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5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking background theory to permaculture
Rob Hopkins of the Transition Towns movement rates this book highly and having nearly finished it can see why, and tend to agree. If you just want to get stuck in then try more practical guides (in the UK try The Earthcare Manual; albeit not cheap) first however if you're looking to marry the work of your head and hands then I recommend it; he's obviously been doing a lot...
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Good alround reading very informative with great ideas to help the enviroment good tips to encourage wildlife good allround purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking background theory to permaculture, 1 Mar 2010
Rob Hopkins of the Transition Towns movement rates this book highly and having nearly finished it can see why, and tend to agree. If you just want to get stuck in then try more practical guides (in the UK try The Earthcare Manual; albeit not cheap) first however if you're looking to marry the work of your head and hands then I recommend it; he's obviously been doing a lot of thinking as well as doing. It's quite oriented to Australia but no less interesting for that for myself, being 'English' and therefore with a cultural link to that part of the world, Tasmania being however very different to the uk situation (as the farmers there are gradually realising the author might add). Check it out on Amazon.com reviews too as there are more, mostly positive. The thought might be self-serving but reading it (and being open to the concepts of permaculture) you can't help think average/'normal' people in 100-200 years will recognise and admire his insights. Let's hope so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading., 22 Mar 2011
This review is from: Permaculture Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability (Paperback)
Having been interested in permaculture for a year or so, i've heard the Holmgren principles bandied about. This book explains, in fairly simple terms mostly, the rationale behind each of the 12 principles. At times it is heavy on scientific stuff, but it goes to show how deeply it's all been thought through. It's been really helpful in putting my mind at ease about certain things, there's a particular passage where he talks about the use of fossil fuels as being evil. When in fact it's not, but we over-use them. So it helps to know that you're not expected to dig 3 acres by hand, get a machine in and do it. It's a one time thing and it can be justified. And another passage where he compares solar cells to photosynthesis and makes the point that the embodied energy of the things doesn't really match green leaves for efficiency, after billions of years of evolution. So grow trees and burn them for electricity. At least that's what I think he's saying. It's a real head-scratcher of a book and something i'll keep coming back to over the years i'm sure, and a good one to give people to stimulate a bit of conversation on these issues, being as important as they are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long-awaited contribution to permaculture, 2 Dec 2011
This book really filled a vacuum in the permaculture literature by providing a sort of philosophical framework allowing to place the collection of techniques that permaculturists rely on in a larger context. As co-founder of the permaculture concept, David Holmgren is well-placed to reflect on the deeper meanings of all that he has been devoting his time to for the last 30 years or so. Certainly in comparison to Mollison, whose brash statements and lack of structured argumentation have frustrated more than one reader. While I certainly wouldn't recommend this as the first or only book for discovering permaculture, it is certainly the ONE to read if you want to understand the deeper implications of permaculture as a movement and (design) philosophy. Holmgren's insights into the most probable future of our oil-dependent society really gives the approaches used in permaculture an even greater 'edge' compared to conventional ways of doing things. But perhaps above all what most people will appreciate are his 10 (or is it 12?) core principles he uses to explain and illustrate permaculture all throughout the book - if anything remember these. It is probably no exaggeration to say that most teachers in the world have adopted these principals to guide and structure permaculture design courses. These same principles have also been adopted as guiding principles by the Transition Town movement. But don't by this book if you want to plan(t) your garden permaculture style, you wouldn't find the substance you need or want!
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Good alround reading very informative with great ideas to help the enviroment good tips to encourage wildlife good allround purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, 21 Oct 2013
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A long weighty read, but well worth the effort - its helping thousands of Permaculturalists around the world transform the planet
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power down the Permaculture way., 16 July 2012
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It must said that Rob Hopkins sights this book as being very influential in coalescing his ideas for the Transition Initiative movement. That said, I think that if you want to gain a clearer understanding of what we can all do to in meeting the challenges of a future with reduced energy then read this book. Having said that, it is not a book to be taken up by those who are coming to Permaculture for the first time! It is detailed in it's concepts and extends the already the quite profound ideas and foundations of the Permaculture movement. I have no doubt that there will be those of you who will be pleased to have paid the very reasonable price for this important collection of ideas, thoughts and inspirations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review, 11 May 2010
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A really excellent book packed full of useful facts and analysis. This book has changed my way of thinking about the environment and how we can be 'green'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 July 2014
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a book with wide reaching content on living in the visible world
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