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Free/Cheap Permie Resources

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Brother, can you spare a dime?

Are you interested in learning permaculture, but cannot afford $1,200 in tuition and $300 for books and tools? Are you prevented from attending a Permaculture Design Certificate course in a classroom setting because of transportation, work, or baby-sitting issues? Here are 34 free or cheap resources to help you study permaculture independently this winter:

1. Artifact Interactive, Garden Planner free software trial
2. Bill Mollison, Introduction to Permaculture
3. Bill Mollison, Pattern Understanding Lecture
4. Charlie Jones, Permaculture Ukulele Project
5. Daft Logic, Google Maps Area Calculator Tool
6. David Holmgren, Permaculture Principles
7. Donna Read and Starhawk, Permaculture: The Growing Edge . . . Beyond Sustainability to Regeneration
8. Duncan Carver, Worm Farming Secrets Newsletter
9. Erik of Widdershins Farm and his Permaculture Designs
10. Fabrice Menoyot, Extracts from Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual, by Bill Mollison
11. Jack Rowe, Seed Saving Handbook
12. Jack Spirko, Permaculture Principles and Design Series and Contour Based Wood Core Permaculture Garden Design
13. Jason Bruns, LetMBee Blog
14. John Jeavons, GROW BIOINTENSIVE video series
15. LaMar Alexander, Ultimate Off-grid Guide
16. Larry Korn, Free Online Permaculture Design Course
17. Lenntech, Rainfall Calculator
18. Marjory Wildcraft, Grow Your Own Groceries
19. Paul Wheaton
20. Permaculture Activist Magazine
21. PermaWiki
22. Plant Maps, Interactive Gardening and Plant Hardiness Zone Map for Ontario, Canada
23. Plants For A Future Database
24. Prof. Will Hooker, North Carolina State University, 610 Kirby Urban Permaculture Model
25. Sara Simmons McDonald, One-Acre Homestead and 10 Acre Permaculture Project
26. SunEarth Tools
27. Theresa McCuaig, Permaculture Herbal
28. Theresa McCuaig, Permaculture Primer
29. Toby Hemenway, The Center for Pattern Literacy
30. Topozone, Ontario Natural Resources Canada Topo Maps & Aerial Photos
31. Urban Farming Guys and
32. Vandana Shiva, Seed Freedom
33. WeatherSpark, Average Weather
34. Worldwide Permaculture Network

If you would be interested in attending a low-cost Introduction to Permaculture course in 2015 in Centre-East Hamilton, please e-mail

Think your straitened circs are new and different? Check out the inspirational back-to-the-land film Our Daily Bread, from 1934:

Our Daily Bread Poster

Our Daily Bread, 1934

3 comments on “Free/Cheap Permie Resources

  1. Pingback: Designer Becomes Recliner | Permaculture Hamilton

  2. The Zero-Waste Chef
    July 18, 2014

    Thanks for the list! I’ve forwarded it to my sister. She has a farm near Lindsay (they don’t grow much yet) and wants to learn more about permaculture.

  3. lethally
    July 23, 2014

    What a terrific list! I’ve been learning permaculture, and what works and what doesn’t, just by doing hands-on. I found there was a world of difference between Melbourne, Australia and Dunedin, New Zealand, simply because of the way climate changes what grows, what doesn’t, and how fast it all happens. One size of tactics does NOT fit all!

    Cheers – and thanks again :)

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