Our Favorite Books on Permaculture

Secret Teachings of Plants Book

The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature by Stephen Harrod Buhner

Buhner takes us on a journey from the mode of linear analytical thinking to intutive perception, feeling and sensing all of nature with ones heart and total being.

This quote sums it up: “I like to think of nature as unlimited broadcasting stations through which God speaks to us every day, every hour and every moment of our lives, if we will only tune in and remain so.” —George Washington Carver

Gaia's Garden Book

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, Second Edition by Toby Hemenway

Bursting with examples of practical applications of Permacullture strategies for the home and garden, this is the seminal book to read if you read only one book on Permaculture.

The Elves of Lily Hill Farm Book

The Elves of Lily Hill Farm by Penny Kelly

This book chronicles the author's experience with the nature spirits in her vineyards. At first she was startled by the voices of the little elves and could hardly believe what she was experiencing. Eventually Kelly began implementing their gardening advice to her immense joy and amazement.

Sepp Holzer's Permaculture Book

Sepp Holzer's Permaculture by Sepp Holzer

Sepp Holtzer is considered one of the authorities and pioneers of the Permaculture movement. He transformed a farm on the rocky hillsides of Austria to a magnificent example of what one can do when in harmony with nature.

Secrets of the Soil Book

Secrets of the Soil: New Solutions for Restoring Our Planet by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird
Paperback 422 pages

A compendium on the science and metaphysics of soil, agriculture, and the environment. Going beyond the rudiments of biology, the authors demonstrate that the inherent life force woven through all plants, stones, soil, water, and air is central to our survival, and our relationship to the soil is of vital importance to our future. You will not find this kind of valuable information in a textbook. It will change your life.

Quote: A single microbe reaching maturity and dividing within less than half an hour, can, in the course of a single day, grow into 300 million more, and in another day to more than the number of human beings than have ever lived.



Video Links

Transforming Your Yard with Permaculture Gardens presentation by Mona Lewis June 5, 2012, 30 min—Watch

A Thousand Suns (video) tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York and Kenya, the film explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond.

Aqua Teal Cleaning of Earth’s Waters, Hercules labor of 2011 Watch:

Boyd's Terrace Garden with Sheet Mulching video Watch

Prehistoric Flower Blooms Again  Watch


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Gardening with God for the Benefit of Family, Loved Ones and Community: Enable Your Youth by Your Own Shining Example— Beloved Portia 4-6-2012  Listen  Read

Kuan Yin reminds us to read David Henry Thoreau regarding knowing mercy in nature—Beloved Kuan Yin 3-25-12  Listen


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How To Create Your Own Geodesic Dome Green House And Have Your Own 'Organic Food Factory–Providing You and Your Family With Incredible Food, Year Round, Even In the Coldest Winter!: https://www.biodomerevolution.com/

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The Regenerative Design Institute (RDI) is a non-profit educational organization with the vision that all people can live in a mutually enhancing relationship with the earth. They envision a world in which people, inspired by nature, create and maintain healthy and abundant livelihoods that enhance fertility and biodiversity on the planet.