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Introduction To Permaculture [Paperback]

Bill Mollison
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5.0 out of 5 stars Appeals to surprisingly broad spectrum! March 4 2000
A reviewer is well advised to be mindful of the arrogance that is intrinsic to criticizing another's work.
Intro to Permaculture is a book of breath-taking scope. I can only write with authority about those parts that apply to my middle-class, Mid-Western (US) frame-of-reference.
While reading the book, I carried it to work and to my daughter's soccer practice. I have never had so many people ask, "What's that?", pick up the book and start leafing through it. *Every* person who picked it up found some illustration that resonated with them and they started reading. I never had THAT happen before. Observation #1, World-class illustrations that are well linked to the text.
This is a good book to read with a highlighter (pen). These are just a few of the lines I highlighted:
Chapter 1:
"-harmony with nature is possible only if we abandon the idea of superiority over the natural world.
-The core of permaculture is design...To enable a design component we must put it in the right place...Each important function is supported by many elements...The key to using biological resources is management...
-the importance of diversity is not so much the number of elements in a system; rather it is the number of functional connections between these elements. It is not the number of things, but the number of ways things work....
-Edges are places of varied ecology. Productivity increases at the boundary between two ecologies because resources from both systems can be used...There is hardly a sustainable traditional human settlement that is not sited on those critical junctions of two natural economies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read the review below this one Aug. 24 2001
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A lot of fellow americans it seems are rating other books authored by Americans on this subject higher than the two original books on this concept. If its not written expressly for the american market local consumers seem willing to ignore this and other outstanding titles. While there are books written purely for American and British Permaculturists these books are not necessarily better for people buying for that area. This book and its companion, A Designers Manual are too well written to be applied to just one region. These books are applicable to any climate or geology of any area of the planet, and that includes anywhere in the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii. Read the reveiw below mine he explains more eloquently why this book and the more in depth version, Peramculture a Designers Manual, are perhaps the most important books you will ever read. The original and best books on Permaculture this book and, Permaculture a Designers Manual... if you are serious about helping the environment and saving money on your food bill at the same time then do yourself a favour and get one or both of these books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perma Intro June 28 2014
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As an introduction to Permaculture it works but if one is already versed it is redundant to some extent. Bill does a good job of perking ones interest with his matter of fact narrative and interesting drawings. I did find several items that I had not previously encountered in my research of permaculture. My only complaint would be the rather high cost of a smallish paper back, but give it value for the gleaned info it gave me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction March 31 2013
By Cedric
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I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to get introduced with permaculture. Good explanations with good examples and illustrations.
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Takes you from wo to go and is packed full of ideas. Great bedtime reading
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