Permaculture Book and Video Links

Books and video links from Whole Systems Design course syllabus

Permaculture and Design
Ben Falk’s Principles in Practice at NOFA VT: (the WSD Vimeo Channel is very helpful)
Green Gold: Land Destruction and Regeneration: John Liu
Pattern Mind by Joel Glanzberg (will be emailed)
Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture by J. Russell Smith
A Designer’s Manual, Mollison – first 1/3 of the book especially.
Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability – David Holmgren
Temperate Permaculture – Bill Mollison Global Gardener
Just Enough, Azby Brown
The Resilient Farm and Homestead, Ben Falk (chapters will be emailed and the book will be available for discounted purchase during the course)
Natural Farming with Masanobu Fukuoka
Farmers of Forty Centuries by F.H. King
Ecological Design by Sym Van Der Ryn, Stuart Cowan
Edible Forest Gardens Volumes 1 and 2 – Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier
Greening the Desert – Geoff Lawton
Ben Falk on Good Design
Don Tipping: Swales/Keyline
Water Management and Flood Mitigation at the Whole Systems Research Farm
Don Tipping’s Keyline and Swale Water Farm

Ecology, Land Use and Relationship
1491 by Charles Mann
Satoyama, BBC
Reading the Forested Landscape or ‘Forest Forensics’ – Tom Wessels
Tending the Wild, Anderson
David Theodoropoulos & Invasion Biology
Centers of Origin
Cattle: Cause or Cure of Climate Crisis?
Sepp Holzers Synergy of Land and Water
Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants 1,360 Acre Forest
Chief Oren Lyons on Climate Change

Water, Consciousness & Intent – Dr. Masaru Emoto
Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows
Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making by Allan Savory
The Next 10 years will be very unlike the last
Gas and Food:
Combustion Free Hot Water at the WSRF
The Power of Compost: Jean Pain

Toxicity and Vitality
Ron Finley: Guerilla Gardening
Our Nuclear Legacy: Chernobyl Photo Essay (caution, heavy stuff)
(caution, heavy stuff)
Chernobyl: Life in the Dead Zone (incredibly hopeful)
Posioned Places Map: Air PollutionChernobyl: Professional Photo Essay
Superfund Finder Map
Monsanto: Scientists on the Inside
Best Air-Filtering House Plants According to NASA: TreeHugger
Homegrown Revolution
Nature Cure and the Process of Healing

Seed saving
Seed to seed, Suzanne Ashworth

Herb Gardening and Medicine-Making
The Medicinal Herb Grower, vol 1, Richo Cech
Growing 101 Herbs that Heal, Tammi Hartung
The Medicinal Garden: How to Grow and Use Your Own Medicinal Plants, Anne McIntyre
Making Plant Medicine, Richo Cech
A Woman’s Book of Herbs, Deb-Soule
Growing at-risk and endangered plants
Food as Medicine
Full Moon Feast, Jessica Prentice
Healing with Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford

Small is Beautiful by E.F. Schumacher
Wendell Berry, What are People For? Another Turn of the Crank
Vandana Shiva: “Corporations have abandoned them long ago.”

Collapse/Cultural Succession
Chris Hedges The American Empire Is Over
Last Words to America in Decline, Callenbach
A Conversation about Europe, Orlov
Coconut Revolution (Bougainville: Our Island, Our Fight)
List of wars and anthropogenic disasters by death toll – Wikipedia
Guns Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond


How Civilizations Fall: A Theory of Catabolic Collapse by John Michael Greer —

1. Overshoot: Ecological Basis for Revolutionary Change by William Catton (Excerpted from book, but probably more useful than reading entire book) — Ecological Understandings

Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System by Donella Meadows,

Valuable Books to always have on hand when you are in the field:
Wetland. Woodland, Wildland – Liz Thompson and E. R. Sorenson
Peterson’s: ‘Eastern Forests’ – (or a field guide to natural communities in your area)
Newcomb’s “Wildflower Guide”