Permaculture needs all of us, and all of us need permaculture.
Permaculture is a way of farming, gardening, or managing land for sustainable food that emphasizes a reciprocal relationship with nature. It’s also a way of living that has countless benefits for both individual and collective well-being and is an essential tool in the fight of our lives: tackling the climate crisis.
Incorporating such concepts and practices as rewilding and community resilience, permaculture is an approach with core principles that center collectivism and stewardship. From these principles, we can take key lessons about how we interact with nature and with others in all areas of life.
Exploring the history of permaculture, how it exists today, and combining practical prompts with personal stories, this book is written with expertise, yet is accessible and enjoyable for beginners and the experienced alike.
Whether you’re completely new to permaculture, or you’re someone with experience who wants to reconnect and learn more about its history and principles, this book will contain valuable lessons for growth far beyond the garden.
Preface: A personal note by the author, about herself and her interest/background in the subject.
1. Introduction to this book: its guiding principles, and how the reader can use it.
2. What is permaculture? Looking backward to move forward. Introducing permaculture;
earth care, fair share, people care, indigenous influence.
3. Why is it important? The impact of climate change, environmentally and emotionally.
4. The twelve design principles Your arsenal in permaculture design – which can also be
applied not only to land, but any area of your life that requires observation/ re-thinking.
5. Design process: ‘formal design process’: mapping, zoning, site analysis etc.
6. Soil: soil types, soil test, composting, mulching, no dig (no-till) gardening.
7. Water: the water cycle, how to catch and store your water, earthworks e.g swails.
8. Plants: companion planting, perennials and annuals, pest control, forest gardening
(layering), plant guilds (eg. nitrogen fixing, windbreak).
9. Animals: how to manage animals in a permaculture system (the different types: silvopasture,
rotation), how to select the right animals for your site
10. Intersectional environmentalism: highlighting misconceptions about the environmental
movement / reframing environmentalism / permaculture to centre marginalised communities.
11. Urban permaculture: Allotments, small gardens, raised beds, permaculture in the inner
city with less access to green spaces and more demand for food, community, resources.
12. Permaculture as activism: Mutual aid / resourcing less-developed countries with climate
resilience / sustainable and regenerative approaches to activism that don’t burn us out.
13. Self care: cultivating resilience, active hope, nature connection. How to live fully and
appreciate abundance and responsible, mindful actions that nurture us.
14. Group work: active listening, consensus decision-making, kindness, facilitation,
collaborative working, support, and bonding strategies.
15. Wide-scale global people care: off-grid communities (eco-villages); how to connect with
wider communities and networks, conclude on the value of community growing and sharing
on many levels for our personal and collective wellbeing.
16.How to get involved: inspiration to help you get started; reminders of why, and why now.
Health and better food. Examples and case studies of community initiatives: guerrilla
gardening groups; (in UK: Incredible Edibles Todmorden; Transition town Totnes,
Permaculture Association) (in US/Canada: similar examples tk), PDC courses local to you.