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Permaculture Design: A Step by Step Guide

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Are you excited about permaculture but unclear how to put it into practice for yourself? In this unique, full colour guide, experienced permaculture teacher Aranya leads you through the design process from beginning to end, using clear explanations, flowcharts and diagrams. It is based on course worksheets which have been designed, refined and tested on students over time. ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 19th 2012 by Permanent Publications
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Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
A great book for someone who is already a permaculture expert and wants to do designs for others. Not so helpful if you are still learning what permaculture involves, and mainly for personal use.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: agriculture-ish
Permaculture Design focuses on the planning and designing phases of building a permaculture garden/farm. It does include a very small section on farm maintenance but it does not include any advice on food production itself.

The book would be more useful for people who are ready to build their own farms (already acquired their parcels of land), or ready to take on the role of a consultant. The book takes the readers through step-by-step process of designing permaculture farms. People who find the
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Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Simply so far for me one if the best read-able permaculture books available today. And there are hundreds of permaculture books. Of course the "Permaculture: A designers manual" bible by Bill Mollison is awesome but it's not created to be read like a book. It's more something like a bible and a manual. This is what I enjoyed about this book is that there is a look of know how but it's still very easy to read even for a non English mother tongue reader like myself. Indeed there was a little to ...more
Meg McGowan
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a joy to find this book after many years of reading the often theory based and somewhat academic works written by the co-founders of permaculture. (Don't get me wrong. These foundation books are essential reading for anyone interested in permaculture but they are a high mountain to climb!)
Aranya offers exactly what the cover says: A step by step guide to permaculture design that anyone could use. If you have some knowledge of permaculture and want some assistance with designing your own
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
The book is literally a design manual, occasionally very technical, with lots of flowcharts and step-by -step explanations. More useful for a professional than for amateur enthusiast.
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is perfect 'next-step' book for anyone who has read an introductory book (or three) about permaculture and is really excited about the possibilities but a little stuck on the process. This book grew out of a workshop for permaculture design in great Britain and so some of the specific resources are for that area, but the author does a wonderful job of stating and explaining everything in general terms and without too-specific examples so that the information is applicable anywhere.

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Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I read this book before going on a PDC with Aranya. I found it very clear and extremely useful in my journey to doing permaculture design. He breaks down each section with clarity, giving you confidence to get out there and do it.

Having now done the PDC with Aranya I have found the book to be a very important asset in working on designs for others and for our own piece of land. It has reinforced what I learned on my PDC and is a nice addition to a course should you do one. I
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This book touches on the Six Thinking Hats tool for group discussion & individual thinking.
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