Where to learn about Permaculture

Permaculture stands for “permanent agriculture” or, more recently, “permanent culture”: a way of designing gardens, landscapes, farms, neighbourhoods and communities that is permanent, in other words sustainable in the long run. There’s a lot to it, and there are many places to learn: Here’s a collection of places where you can discover more.

Permaculture magazine sites

Permaculture Magazine
Permaculture Magazine portal leading to www.permaculture-magazine.co.uk, www.permaculture-info.co.uk, www.green-shopping.co.uk and www.reverseclimatechange.co.uk. Permaculture Magazine – solutions for sustainable living; about, subscribe, articles, courses, classifieds, news, reviews and back issues
Permaculture Activist
Permaculture Activist, Permaculture directory, permaculture design, permaculture design course, articles, permaculture videos, permaculture back issues, permaculture institutes, permaculture magazine, permaculture journal, ecovillage,agroforestry news, agroforestry, seed sources,nurseries, plants, etc

Permaculture institutes, associations, etc

Permaculture Institute (Americas)

Permaculture Institute is an educational non-profit, offering Permaculture Design Courses and in-depth sustainable living classes at different locations in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Mexico and South America.

Permaculture Association (Britain) – Designing for Sustainability
Find permaculture resources, join the Permaculture Association, contribute a permaculture resource

Permaculture Principles

Explore the ethics and design principles behind the diversity and creativity of permaculture

Permaculture Research Institute USA

The Mission of the Permaculture Research Institute USA is to work with communities worldwide, to expand the knowledge and practice of integrated sustainable agriculture using the whole-systems approach of Permaculture Design. This will provide solutions for permanent abundance by training local people to become leaders of sustainable development in their communities and countries.

newforestinstitute.org – The Pattern Factory

NewForest Institute – Brooks Maine, Newforest Institute: Permaculture Work Plans

Introductory Articles

Introduction to Permaculture: Concepts and Resources

This publication offers definitions and descriptions of permaculture and its central principles. It offers listings of resources and publications on permaculture in the United States, Australia, and worldwide. (ATTRA)

An Introduction to Permaculture – PC Activist Magazine

Some History; Permaculture Defined; Characteristics of Permaculture; Ethics of Permaculture; Holmgren’s Principles of Permaculture Design; Mollison’s Principles of Permaculture Design

Permaculture on Wikipedia

Intro to Permaculture

HowStuffWorks “How Permaculture Works”

Permaculture is a holistic approach to agriculture. Learn about permaculture and why the movement provides a more sustainable way of living.

Permaculture Design Courses and Workshops

These are reasonably local to us in Powell River: either right here, on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands, or in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland of BC.

Permaculture Powell River

This project aims to bring Permaculture into the heart of the Powell River community, and to use Permaculture to bring the community into the heart of a public space that’s full of potential. Design Courses are taught by Ron Berezan and Erin Innes.

Permaculture BC

Based in Victoria, connects bio-regionally experienced and knowledgeable instructors focusing on theory and hands-on activity for students to graduate with the highest amount of retention, application and inspiration needed to create a positive sustainable future.

OUR Ecovillage

On Vancouver Island, this is a permaculture demostration and education site running multiple courses.

Pacific Permaculture

Multiple courses on Bowen Island and in the Kootenays.

Permaculture forums and discussions

Permaculture discussion forums (Australia)
Designing the creation of sustainable human habitat

Permaculture Forum – GardenWeb (N America)
This forum is meant for the discussion of permaculture. Permaculture is most easily defined as a philosophy that stresses the maintenance of horticulture or agriculture by relying on renewable resources and compatibility with the local ecosystem.

Permaculture UK forums
A forum for the discussion of permaculture and related subjects in the UK.

Eastern Suburbs Permaculture discussion group (Australia)
Eastern Suburbs Permaculture discussion group (Melbourne, Australia)

Permaculture Forums
Permaculture forums – organic homesteading – natural living. Lots of activity here. Based in WA state in the US, but discussions range internationally.

Plant Lists for Permaculture

Top 20 plants – Plants For A Future
Top 20 alternative useful plants.

Plants For A Future – 7000 useful plants
Plants For A Future is a resource centre for rare and unusual plants, particularly those which have edible, medicinal or other uses. We practice vegan-organic permaculture with emphasis on creating an ecologically sustainable environment and perennial plants.

Growing Permaculture Plants
Permaculture plant portraits, growing advice and design ideas.

Urban Permaculture

Permablitz Melbourne
Permablitz – Eating the suburbs, one backyard at a time

The Vertical Farm Project – Agriculture for the 21st Century and Beyond | www.verticalfarm.com
Vertical farms, many stories high, will be situated in the heart of the world’s urban centers. They offer the promise of urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply, and year-round crop production.

p4r :: permaculture for renters
Blog on permaculture for those who don’t own their land, especially apartment dwellers. Lots of container gardening.

Beginning Farmers ยป Urban Farm/Gardening
Beginning Farmer resources, information, and research about production, marketing, funding, training, apprenticeships, publications, websites, and events

Planting Justice
The mission of Planting Justice is to democratize access to affordable, nutritious food by empowering disenfranchised urban residents with the skills, inspiration, and paid opportunities we need to maximize food production and natural beauty in our neighborhoods.