Permaculture in AID and Development (this is the project that first grabbed my attention and drew me to permaculture)

U.N. Report: Permaculture in Refugee and IDP Settings: Recommendations for Institutional and Technical Support  doctoral research on benefits of permaculture regarding malaria incidence in Malawi Africa done by a student of mine  (terrible copy, but may not be available as a digital file)

Permaculture Design for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, a USAID PEPFAR publication

Facilitators Handbooks

For institutions or agencies that want to donate this media to your community in need, we will happy to service your request.


Resources are:

    • Resource Book for Permaculture – Solution for Sustainable Lifestyles

This reference book contains 13 modules of Permaculture practices, each of which includes detailed explanations and practical exercises.

    • Permaculture Facilitator’s Handbook

This handbooks includes guidelines and techniques for delivering Permaculture workshops and implementing effective courses appropriate to the needs in your area.

    • Permaculture Facilitator’s Training Resource & Assessment Resources Book

This resource book provides facilitators with tools to create dynamic workshops and learning environments.

    • Permaculture Facilitator Resources DVD Rom

This DVD enhances the effectiveness of trainings and public awareness events about Permaculture.


In West Sumatera, we freely distribute permaculture guideline books to organic farming facilitators.The organic farming movement in West Sumatera, joined in Gelanggang Alam Petani Organik (GAPO) is a huge movement with thousands member in West Sumatera. Through this movement we introduce permaculture to farmers to supplement their traditional practices.


In Aceh, these books have become the guidelines for tsunami-affected communities in 2004, in doing the recovery in economic, environmental and social order. These guidelines facilitate the local communities in implementing permaculture techniques in their territories. IDEP Foundation has established permaculture education in Aceh, the GreenHand Field School, established in 2005 to 2009 and is now a Aceh Permaculture Foundation (YPA).


In Bali, the permaculture guidelines have become a so called ‘holy book’ for IDEP Foundation, used in every community outreach or training program.


Click here to see IDEP Permaculture Projects 

For compherensive information, download the IDEP Media Catalogue in English or in Bahasa

Click here for more information about IDEP’s Permaculture Trainings


Lost Crops of the Incas: Little-Known Plants of the Andes with Promise for Worldwide Cultivation ( 1989 )

Free Download (with registration) fodder trees and shrubs–4

From Lesley via G.L.’s online PDC forum, 2015

“Here are some very good websites with solid data for most of the climates and subclimates. You will see links on the left side of the home page. There is a ton of good data there. If you scroll down to ‘Useful Plant Profiles”, this will take you to a page and start scrolling through and you will see “Nitrogen Fixing Tree Factsheets”, “Fruits of Warm Climates”, which will help you Alexandre in putting together a banana circle; “Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture”. Start there. Then there is which has chapters all over the U.S. and some in other countries. There is some really good drought resources center, native plant databases, and a national directory which may help you tap into your area. They are headquartered out of Texas. Cold and I mean cold climate check out Dan Halsey in Minnesota, he has been putting together a significant plant data base and teaches a class on design and is a really great person. Another cold climate website out of Canada is, some interesting stuff there, including pest management. Look up “temperate climate permaculture” , based out of Tennessee. He has been putting together a growing list of plant species. For people in the U.S. I have also found a ton of information through the Agricultural extension offices in all states, which keep plant data bases. The other sources you can look into is your local universities, worldwide. In my overseas work I work a lot in building partnerships with their universities who usually have a solid wealth of data of all plant and tree species in your area. Mike has also given you the website. Oh, and if you are interested in agroforestry, the University of Missouri, as one of the best forestry departments in the world and knows about permaculture and is very forward thinking. I work with them overseas. They have an agroforestry newsletter you can sign up for free. UK Permaculture also has an agroforestry newsletter but I think you have to pay for it. “

Subtropical (southern hemisphere):

-Green harvest Green notes:  (and related blog

-Brisbane Organic Growers inc.

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Holistic Management and Permaculture concepts for land planning

11 05 2010

Notes from NE Beginning Women Farmer workshops sponsored by Holistic Management International and funded by a USDA grant, located in MA & CT on 5/9/10 and 6/12/10

Just a few thoughts and resources for planning the layout of your farm.

Using both the tools of Holistic Management and Permaculture Design can be very helpful to make a sound farm layout before you begin moving things around or spending money and time on infrastructure. Sunday, the group braved the cold blustery mountain top winds in Ashfield, to begin to look at the land from a new perspective. Taking into consideration soil types, location of water and buildings. The MA Beginning Women Farmers group broke into two to work on a farm layout for the landowner, taking into consideration her mission statement. She is still working on her Holistic Goal, but gave some solid quality of life statements for the group to work from. We discussed how some aspects of permaculture design can be very helpful when thinking about what makes sense to place where on the farm.

In particular we discussed the concept of Permaculture Zones of Use.

A permaculture design is divided into zones according to how frequently you visit the different areas during the day or year. Your plants, animals, greenhouses, barns, watering troughs, fencing, woodlot, fruit trees, etc. are strategically placed in locations at certain distances from your house, so you visit the critical areas as you come and go, according to how much attention they need to be well maintained. I offered to the group that when I learned about this concept, it made a great deal of sense to me, so I moved my vegetable garden from it’s location about 50 feet from my front door to right outside my front door. I had no idea what a difference such a short distance would make, but humans being fairly lazy, it really made a huge difference. I found myself stepping from my kitchen out into my new garden two or three times a day to grab a fresh bunch of herbs for my food as I cooked it. I also noticed when it needed water, and gave it some, everytime I came or left the house, the same thing happened with the weeds. Since I had to look at the plants so often, I took much better care of them, weeded them much more often, but for less time – I was able to get the little weeds before they became a big head ache, and I grew attached to the beauty and abundance that the smaller but well tended garden brought into my daily living space. When it was bigger, and further from my view, I never cared about the garden the same way.

Permaculture zones save a lot of time and energy by reducing unnecessary inefficiencies.

The zones of use in permaculture design are numbered from the location you visit most frequently, Zone 0 out to the wildlands that are left relatively untouched.
Zone 1 contains the most visited areas of your living area/land.
Everything that needs a lot of attention should be growing or living in zone 1. Examples for plants to grow here are seedlings that require daily watering, frequently used herbs, salad greens and home consumption vegetables, small fruit shrubs and tress that you want to notice ripe fruit on before the birds or animals enjoy them, and other helpful herbs, plants, and flowers that bring joy and beauty into your daily life.

Zone 2 is still near the house, and is a small enough zone that it can be maintained fully with irrigation and mulch. It may contain larger groves of fruit shrubs and trees and other things that you may need to visit one or two times per day, like your poultry or young livestock.

Vegetables that take a long time to mature and are only picked once or twice also are grown in zone 2. Things like winter squash, potatoes and sweet corn, or garlic and onions as well as commercial crops.
Zone 3 is still a managed growing zone, but it would not be mulched and visited less regularly. It’s an area for your sugar bush, your large fruit or nut trees, and firewood. On farms it might include your main crop areas if they only needed tending at the beginning and end of the season, and the larger pastures if you weren’t rotating animals on a daily or hourly basis.
Zone 4 is only semi-managed. This is an area for gathering wild foods and for growing timber.
Zone 5 is your unmanaged land. It is wild and a source of inspiration, retreat and wonder.

When you are thinking about your property and trying to decide where you will put the important things you need to build or manage, it is also very important and useful to think about the scale of permanence. Basically, start identifying the critical factors that you can’t change – like the path of the sun.Because of shadows from large trees or existing barns, there may only be one or two ideal spots to locate the greenhouse you simply must have. So you wouldn’t want to inadvertently put something there that wouldn’t benefit from that precious sun, like a waste storage shed or parking lot. Wind is another permanent force, so knowing which direction it comes from during which time of year can help you reduce energy costs. Using landform to help harness gravity as much as possible for moving water around on your property is another excellent factor to consider early on in the planning process. If you invest a small amount in creating a small dam high up in the landscape that captures runoff every time it rains, you can much more easily and efficiently gravity feed irrigation lines and livestock water systems than if you try to pump water up hill from a stream at the bottom of your property. Similarly, if you design garden beds in zone 1, why not capture water from your rooves to water the beds (if you are building from scratch, you’d need then to decide to install a non-toxic roofing material in order to be able to capture and use that gravity fed and abundant resource).
Much more on these design concepts can be learned by reading PERMACULTURE: A Designers’Manual by Bill Mollison or Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren

Holistic Farm Business Planning

An online business planning workshop

SCORE – mentors\


Small Business TV – internet marketing
; market research tools

Emyth Worldwide

Ag marketing

New England Food Entrepreneurs

MA Specialty Foods Association

Cornell Food & Brand Lab

PA Food Ventures

Meat science

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project


Internet Direct Marketing Tools, and sites for other traditional communication tools like press releases, newsletters and direct mailings and resources like Constant Contact and use of coupons.






Holistic Grazing Planning

This is a great read to understand how grazing animals learn what they can and can’t eat and why they do what they do

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Non Violent Communication (NVC)
-super important way of relating, listening and connecting to each other, especially when people are in pain.
– I think these tools are just a powerful for the world as permaculture. Permaculture deals with the external shared world, NVC deals with the internal shared world.
I believe there are NVC audio on the hard drive. go to Permaculture Stuff -> Media -> Audio -> Nonviolent communication.
There is a two CD set called Speaking Peace that is a great intro.
And there is a book called “NonViolent Communication” by Marshall Rosenburg.

Other resources:
Please use me as a resource. I will do my best to answer your questions, or direct you to someone who can. Just e-mail me. – The forum at that site is the largest permaculture forum in the world, and very active. So you can post questions there. – the permaculture social network. It is really cool, because it shows on a map all the permaculture projects around the world (that have registered). I recommend registering and becoming part of the community. (got to plug it one more time!) At least go check it out. and maybe chip in $10 to help me make a tropical permaculture documentary: visit that here:

This is an awesome resource as well:

And just to leave you with lots of resources, here is more for you!:

Generic Permaculture Resources
Global Permaculture Network (run by PRI – AU) –
UK Permaculture Network and Association –
Permaculture Acitivist –
Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (also good forum site) –
Permaculture Institute –
Permaculture International Limited –
Permaculture Visions (includes online PDC)-
Permaculture Wiki Page (add to it!)-
Soil and Health Library-
David Holmgren –
Darren Doherty –
Bill Mollison & Tagari –

International Listservs
Permaculture List –
Permacultureactivist –
Open Permaculture List –
Global Directory – Permaculture International –
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education-

Global Ecovillage Network –

NGO Resources
NGO in a Box –

Volunteer Sites
Organic Volunteers –
Permaculture Across Borders –

Financial Permaculture
Financial Permaculture –
Permaculture Credit Union –
Solari –

Forest Gardens
Edible Forest Gardens –

Permaculture Blogs
Permaculture and Regenerative News –
Permaculture Designs –

BioDynamic Agriculture
Considera –

Urban Permaculture
Urban Permaculture Guild –
Rhizome Collective –
FreeCycle –
Business Alliance for Living Local Economies –
No Impact Man –
365 days of Trash –

Locally Grown Net –

Plants for a future –
International Legume Database and Information Service –

Sustainability Institute –