Recommended Resources

Permaculture Design Course

Before the course starts, we recommend the following reading.

Gaia’s Garden, by Toby Hemenway.  This is our course textbook.

A Messenger from the South Brings Word to the North: There’s a Better Way to Feed The World, Miguel Altieri, 2001

Energy & Permaculture, David Homgren, 1994

Farmscaping with Insectary Plants, Robert L. Bugg

The Future is Abundant, Species Index, Shery Litwin

How Your Garen & Yard Can Weather our Changing Climate, Carol Deppe, 2011

In Praise of the Weened Design Course, Toby Hemenway and Jude Hobbs

Farmer in Chief, Michael Pollan, 2008

Permaculture Solutions for Climate Change, Starhawk, Blog 2014

The Practice of Salon, Hazel Ward

Conflict and Change in the Era of economic Decline, Richard Heinberg 2012

General Resources.  Enjoy!


Downloadable 16-page summary taken from David Holmgren’s book, Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (FREE)

A Guide to Multi-functional Hedgerows. Free downloadable 4 page brochure from OSU by Jude Hobbes.

Humor which will prepare you to laugh at the end of the world.

Globalize Liberation. A strategy article for activists on how to create social change. By George Lakey

Permaculture as a Development Tool for 3rd World Aid

To Build Community, an Economy of Gifts, by Charles Eisenstein

Economic Growth-A Primer, by Erik Lindberg, 2017, The growth economy demystified and suggestions on what is necessary to persist on the planet.

Bill Mollison, Time Scout, by Permaculture Institute, a short remembrance that gives you an idea of the man and his work.

Permaculture, Politics and Solutions Thinking, Angelo Eliades explains the political underpinnings of permaculture and ways to think about our relation to politics.

Speaking of Nature, Robin Wall Kimmerer discusses how language creates the connection or disconnection from nature.

The Serviceberry; an Economy of Abundance, Robin Wall Kimmerer on reciprocity.

The Lost Forest Gardens of Europe, Max Pachall, 2020



The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann; a series of audio interviews online.

Earth Repair Radio, with Andrew Millison



Permaculture Design (formerly known as the Permaculture Activist), US journal with articles written by our colleagues

Permaculture Drylands Magazine, Archive of articles 1986-1997

Oil Drum’s archives for discussions of suburbia, economics and powerdown strategies.

Resurgence & Ecologist, online.

Resilience, news page related to the Post Carbon Institute

Permaculture, the UK magazine featuring international efforts and DIY tips.

Communities Magazine, free downloads; life in cooperative culture


The Future is Abundant, Species Index, by Shery Litwin

Practical Plants, Open source listing of 7,500 plants with uses and characteristics. Haven’t explored this much so send me any feedback.

Insectary Matrix , Kate Burroughs

AIM Resource List, green building organizations

Seed Savers Exchange, heirloom seed bank

Ashland Area Specialty Map Collection


How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and the Earth, and
Redesigning Civilization with Permaculture with Toby Hemenway

How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change, TED talk, with Allan Savory

Heiko’s World of Permaculture Plants: Soil Building Methodologies

Hugelkutur-quickie view

Soil & erosion with Larry Korn

Synergistic Garden; natural farming, deep mulch & many tips for vegetable production, with Emilia Hazelip

Andrew Millsion Videos collection, youtube channel

Permaculture Masterclass with Geoff Lawton

No Such Thing as Waste, fun music video

A new Story of the People, TED Talk with Charles Eisenstein
Charles Eisenstein videos collection

The Interconnectedness of Nature, understand the return of the salmon with Dr. David Suzuki

Drought Proofing Farms, from Oregon State University with Andrew Millison. This a whole series of videos that constitute a module in the online course available free.


We’ve tried to keep this list to the ones we think are must valuable.

Botany in Day, The Patterns Method of Plant Identification, Thomas J. Elpel

Braiding Sweet Grass; Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer

Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties, Carol Deppe

The City Forest: the keyline plan for the human environment revolution, P.A. Yeomans (download)

The Cob Builder’s Handbook, Becky Bee

Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape–Naturally, Robert Kourik

Ecovillages, Lessons for Sustainable Community, Karen Litfin

Edible Forest Gardens, Vols 1 & 2,Dave Jacke

Four Season Harvest, Eliot Coleman

Future Scenarios, How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change, David Holmgren

Gaia’s Garden, Toby Hemenway

The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, David Korten

Holy Shit; Managing Manure to Save Mankind, Gene Logsdon

Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West, by Michael Moore

Ministry of the Future, and all other books of delightful fiction by Kim Stanley Robinson

Mycelium Running; How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, Paul Stamets

Natural Remodelling, Carole Venolia & Kelly Lerner

Oak; the Frame of Civilization, William Bryant Logan

Pacific Coast Tree Finder: A Pocket Manual for Identifying Pacific Coast Trees

Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual, by Bill Mollison

The Permaculture Handbook; Garden Farming for Town and Country, Peter Bane

Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability, David Holmgren

Practical Permaculture, Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein

Rainwater Harvesting Vols. 1 & 2, Brad Lancaster

Sacred Economics, Charles Eisenstein

The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling, Daniel Chiras

Teaming with Microbes; the Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web, Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis

Tending the Wild, Kat Anderson

Through the Eyes of a Stranger, Will Bonsall, utopian fiction

The Transition Handbook, Rob Hopkins

Urban Homesteading; Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living, Rachel Kaplan

Water for Every Farm, P.A. Yeomans

Wild Edible Plants of Western North American, Donald Kirk

Wild Fermentation; the Flavor, Nutrition and Craft of Live-Culture Foods, Sandor Katz