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How to use the book

Vol One. Permaculture-and-people

Volume One: Permaculture and People

This volume, in Chapters 1, 2 and 3, explains permaculture and provides the information to design systems and choose the appropriate techniques. They are the foundation for the rest of the guidebook. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 connect permaculture to people and communities, including training, livelihoods, economies, urban ideas and community resilience.

  • Ch 1 Permaculture ethics and principles
  • Ch 2 Natural patterns
  • Ch 3 Design strategies and techniques
  • Ch 4 Urban and community permaculture
  • Ch 5 Cooperatives
  • Ch 6 Trainers guide

Vol Two. House-and-garden

Volume Two: House and Gardens

Volume Two includes information that directly relates to families, family houses and family garden production. It also links these ideas to community-scale techniques. Chapters 9, 11 and 12 are foundation chapters for many chapters in Volume Three.

  • Ch 7 Houses, water and energy
  • Ch 8 Food, health and nutrition
  • Ch 9 Soils
  • Ch 10 Family gardens
  • Ch 11 Seeds and propagation
  • Ch 12 Plant nurseries

Vol Three. Regenerative-agricultutre

Volume Three: Regenerative Agriculture

This volume is called Regenerative Agriculture because the techniques and strategies continuously improve the land, production and environment over time. The chapters explore different parts of tropical agriculture and describes practical steps for achieving good results. In Volume Three chapters, such as Ch 14 Integrated pest management (IPM) and Ch 17 Animals, are also important for referencing and linking with Volume Two.

  • Ch 13 Sustainable agriculture
  • Ch 14 Integrated pest management (IPM)
  • Ch 15 Trees
  • Ch 16 Bamboo
  • Ch 17 Animals
  • Ch 18 Aquaculture

The chapters are also integrated with each other, reflected by the content and reference points within the chapters.


Each introduction contains its own foreword, welcomes the reader and explains about the guidebook and its purpose. It lays out the challenges we face environmentally and as a society, and the tools we have to build solutions to those challenges. Tips for how to access the information are also included.


The glossary contains clear explanations of key words that are used in the book, which are important to understanding the concepts and techniques. Included are words that might be unfamiliar to some readers, especially those readers that are new to permaculture.


The reference section is the vital ‘next step’ for guidebook users. We list a large range of websites providing information that follows on from the guidebook and explain many strategies, techniques and concepts in greater detail.There is a list of general websites as well as a list of websites linked to each chapter for further research. As with the guidebook we have only chosen websites which are practical and provide clear easy-to-follow information. In the reference section we have also included all the fantastic books used for researching and checking information for the guidebook.

Here’s a sample of the content

Terracing and swales
Terracing and swales workshop
Clay stove
Making a clay stove
Bamboo watering pipe
Bamboo watering pipe for fruit tree
Permayouth camp
Local seed ID, Permayouth camp
Mulching garden beds
Reading the guidebook
Reading the guidebook
Solar dryer
Food solar dryer training
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