Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison – Paperback Revised Edition 2002


Permaculture is about designing sustainable human settlements. It is a philosophy and an approach to land use which weaves together micro-climate, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, water management, and human needs into intricately connected productive communities.

Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison - Paperback Revised Edition 2002

Written and compiled by Australian researcher and the legendary father of Permaculture, Bill Mollison, Introduction to Permaculture is an updated and revised version of the first two permaculture books ever written:

  • Permaculture One by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, 1978
  • Permaculture Two by Bill Mollison, 1979

New material by Bill Mollison and Reny Mia Slay has been inserted into this edition, along with excerpts from  Permaculture Designers’ Manual and quotes from Bill Mollison and Lea Harrison’s permaculture design courses during the 80s’.

Some of the illustrations in this book have appeared in the original books while others have been added along the way so you can better visualize the many concepts, principles and ideas described in this book.

Introduction to Permaculture- In a Nutshell

Permaculture is an integrated system of design encompassing not only agriculture, horticulture, architecture and ecology but also money management, land access strategies and legal systems for businesses and communities. It aims to create systems that provide for their own needs, do not pollute and are sustainable. Conservation of soil, water and energy are central issues to permaculture, as are stability and diversity.

About Bill Mollison

Introduction to permaculture by bill mollisonBill Mollison was the first to conceptualize permaculture, a topic on which he had extensively written and taught, bringing environmental solutions the attention of both institutions and the general public.

Founder and director of the Permaculture Institute, Bill was the most experienced Permaculture teacher and designer. He taught and developed projects from the Arctic through Sub-tropics and Equatorial regions of the planet. There are few countries left in the world where he has not personally planted the seeds of Permaculture.

He gave courses in the drylands and developed projects with Native Americans, Indigenous Australians, tribal women of the Deccan, Kalahari, San groups and Pima people of the Sonora. In the USA, Europe and Scandinavia, Bill lectured and helped to develop ecological designs for urban and rural properties, including many city-farms and CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture).

Bill Mollison had been vitally concerned with the environment for over 40 years. His many roles included: scientist, naturalist and University professor. Later he became a vigorous campaigner against environmental exploitation which lead him to develop Permaculture as a positive solution.

Bill devoted his life to designing sustainable systems, writing books and articles on Permaculture, and most importantly, teaching. He passed away in 2016, at the age of 88. This book makes a great way to honor his teachings and spread them across so that more and more people can discover the life-changing practice of permaculture.


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