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The Basics of Permaculture Design by Ross Mars

The Basics of Permaculture Design:

The Basics of Permaculture Design offers insight into the principles and methods of permaculture while providing the necessary tools for creating sustainable permaculture gardens, farms, and even entire communities. With informative tips, illustrations, and expert guidance, this comprehensive book covers designs for a variety of spaces, including gardens, urban and rural properties, water harvesting systems, animal systems, and even small areas like balconies and patios. It also delves into applications for larger projects such as farms and eco villages.

The Basics of Permaculture Design contains a special chapter on schools and also shows you how to choose a property that best suits your needs.

With detailed artwork by Martin Ducker, this permaculture design manual outlines a number of techniques that can be used to build your own system where energy is harvested, directed and allowed to flow.

Features a preface by Permaculture Co-Creator David Holmgren in which he writes:

"Permaculture involves the integration of ecological design principles, the ethics and values of working with nature and the detailed situation and site-specific practical realities of life. In trying to combine these three very different spheres of human activity, there is constant  tension and the need to re-assert balance."

Other Books by Ross Mars:

Getting Started in Permaculture 

Science in the Garden

How to Permaculture Your Life

About the Author:

Ross MarsRoss Mars is a highly regarded permaculture teacher, designer and consultant. He is the author of the bestselling books, Getting Started in Permaculture, The Basics of Permaculture Design and How to Permaculture Your Life and has produced two videos on energy efficient housing design and renewable energy systems for power generation. Ross founded Candlelight Farm, a permaculture demonstration site and training centre in Western Australia. Over the past decade, he delivered dozens of basic, design, advanced and diploma-level Permaculture Courses. Both a scientist with a PhD in Environmental Science and an entrepreneur, Mars also ran a successful business which manufactures and supplies greywater and rainwater tank systems, and installs waterwise gardens and water-sensible irrigation systems. While we sadly lost Ross in 2023, he has left behind a wealth of knowledge across his various publications for all of us to benefit from.


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