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Permaculture in a Nutshell: 1 [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Jonathon Porritt , Patrick Whitefield
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Permaculture is a creative approach to abundant and fulfilling lifestyles. It is for everyone wishing to live sustainably and tread more lightly on the Earth, and provides an ecologically sound approach to providing for our needs, including our food, shelter and financial and social structures. It is based on co-operating with nature and caring for the Earth and its people. Permaculture in a Nutshell is a concise and accessible introduction to the principles and practices of permaculture in temperate climates. It covers how permaculture works in the city, the country and on the farm and explores ways in which people can work together to recreate real communities. This inspiring book clearly describes how we can live fruitfully and sustainably, and is essential reading for anyone wishing to reduce their environmental impact.This hugely popular publication is now in its 7th edition. Small and concise, Permaculture in a Nutshell gives a grounding in permaculture, after which you can either move on to more detailed reads suggested at the end of the book, or run off to get started in your permaculture practice!

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Permanent Publications; 7th edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856230031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856230032
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This excellent little book serves as a very good introduction to the subject, covering all the basic elements of the subject, as well as illustrating it with examples more relevant to this climate than many of the Australian books. It is an excellent little book to give to people who know nothing about permaculture. It is beautifully illustrated and is the only permaculture book that you can fit in your back pocket (if you have large back pockets). --Rob Hopkins,

After a short but compelling introduction to the key issues, the bulk of the book is divided into explorations of the subjects which most people will be keen to learn about: 'In The City', 'In The Garden', 'On The Farm' and 'In The Community'. Permaculture In A Nutshell gives plenty of useful ideas on urban solutions. Perhaps best of all, this book makes you want to act. Clearly written, full of easily applied suggestions and complete with a section giving details on further reading and useful contacts, this book should be required reading for all budding permaculturists. --Rob Weston, Permaculture Magazine

About the Author

Patrick Whitefield is a British permaculture teacher, designer, and author. He has been an influential British exponent of the permaculture movement since 1990, and has appeared in several television programmes, including the BBCs Its Not Easy Being Green (2006) and A Farm for the Future (2008). Patrick grew up on a smallholding in Somerset and qualified in agriculture at Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire. He has experience of farming in Britain, the Middle East and Africa, and has been involved in organic gardening, nature conservation, country crafts and green politics. He offers various permaculture courses at Ragmans Lane Farm, Gloucestershire.

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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a delicous nut 15 May 2003
what a great little book, when i first got it i was dissapointed by its small size, but as with many nuts - there is a whole lot of protein and other good things in a small package!!
the book is a great introduction to permaculture, perfect for the beginner who wants to know about farms, gardens, and city living and not just to specialise in one area. It has great examples and is very well written and has a great biblio at the end to give lots of info sources.
to sum up, its a great mulch from which to grow ideas!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting 9 Aug 2009
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A great basic introduction to the subject. The book is very short, but was enough to inspire me to want to learn more about permaculture and how I can apply it to my own life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to Permaculture 13 Jan 2010
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This is a great introduction to the concept of permaculture. I enjoyed the book so much I went and did a course with Patrick. Both are highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Permaculture 28 Mar 2011
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Very interesting! For a small pocket book, this covers the subject fully. Gives a good insight into what Permaculture is all about
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Hippy
This book is fine if you want to read about why permaculture is a good idea and how it works in principle. However, if you're looking extensive, *practical* detailed design ideas and plans for creating your own permaculture environment then this is probably the wrong book. I had already done a lot of background reading and wanted a practical guide so this book was not for me.
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