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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Permanent Publications; 7th edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856230031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856230032
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,858 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, Co-founder of the Transition Movement

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

Though this book is less than a hundred pages long, it has enough detail to get you started on some serious practical projects. The information on making a mulch bed transformed my stony, un-diggable back yard into a highly productive vegetable garden in just one growing season, with very little effort (and thankfully no digging!). The book also includes plenty of contact details for taking permaculture further, which, after reading Permaculture in a Nutshell, you will be unable to resist! --R. Griffiths, Permaculture magazine

About the Author

Patrick Whitefield (11th February 1949 27th February 2015) was an early pioneer of permaculture, adapting Bill Mollison s teachings with a strong Southern Hemisphere bias to a cooler, maritime climate such as the British Isles. He wrote a number of seminal books, Permaculture in a Nutshell (1993), How to Make a Forest Garden (1996), a new edition of Tipi Living (2000), The Living Landscape (2009), How To Read the Landscape (2014) and his magnum opus, The Earth Care Manual (2004), an authoritative resource on practical, tested, cool temperate permaculture.

Patrick was born in Devizes, Wiltshire and brought up on a smallholding in Somerset. He qualified in agriculture at Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire and after several years working in agriculture in the Middle East and Africa, he settled in central Somerset.

Patrick has appeared in several BBC TV programmes, made popular YouTube videos and was a consulting editor of Permaculture magazine since its launch in 1992. Patrick taught many permaculture and other practical courses with his wife, Cathy, and was one of the first teachers in the world to develop an online Permaculture Design Course.

After Patrick s death, there were obituaries in The Telegraph, The Guardian and on BBC Radio 4, and tributes to him from all over the world on social media. Patrick Holden from The Sustainable Food Trust wrote, "It is only towards the end of his life that the wider significance of permaculture ideas began to emerge... the true significance of Whitefield s ideas was not adequately acknowledged during his lifetime, but his influence will survive him..."

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