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Bulletin #59: Permaculture & the City

Welcome to the world of permaculture! Although the “man on the street” has most likely not heard this word and is not aware of its principles and practices, there is a cadre of people–both amateur and professional–that are heavily involved in its use and promotion. Below are some of the best leads into this interesting world of alternative land management.


Experts in permaculture have been rather prolific in writing books. Entry of the word “permaculture” in the search box at will bring up a number of currently-available books. Here are several we have found particularly insightful. The first two are by the founder of permaculture as we know it, and the third is by the author cited in the “principles” section of Tree City USA Bulletin No. 59. All three were published in Australia.

  • Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison with Reny Mia Slay. Tagari Publications.
  • Permaculture Two–Practical Design for Town and Country in Permanent Agriculture by Bill Mollison. Tagari Publications.
  • Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow. Kangaroo Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
  • Food Not Lawns–How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community by H.C. Flores. Chelsea Green Publishing Co.
  • The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen. Process Media.
  • Forest Gardening–Cultivating an Edible Landscape by Robert Hart. Chelsea Green Publishing Co.
  • Community Gardening.Brooklyn Botanic Garden.



Permaculture Magazine, published in the U.K., where today’s permaculture movement originated.

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