Path to Permaculture
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Path to Permaculture

for Home, Community, and Planet

About the Book

This is permaculture text which covers the fundamental elements of design.

About the Author

Rhonda Baird
Rhonda Baird

"What is going on in the world? What can I do about it?"

I grew up close to the Earth among an extended family that relied on the forests and lakes to provide when factories were closed or times were tough. I balance learning, practice, and creativity.

  • Co-originated Indiana Forest Alliance and served as its executive director for two years a decade later.
  • Community organized and offered support in: south-side Chicago, Milwaukee, labor, domestic violence, and homelessness
  • Studied American History--Labor and Social Reform Movements as well as South Asian Religions and Gender Studies
  • Teaching and practicing Permaculture Design since 2005; adjunct faculty at Indiana University since January 2018.
  • Homeschooled my kids through elementary school and tended a permaculture system (to this day)
  • Studied at the Tracker School, Art of Mentoring, and other Nature Connection programs
  • Served on the editorial guild for Permaculture Design magazine since 2008; served as senior editor since 2017
  • Studied and practice sociocracy through Sociocracy for All, participate in the permaculture circle for SoFA
  • Co-originated the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute and supported diploma design and field advising for the Permaculture Institute of North America

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One
    • Introduction
    • What is permaculture?
    • Where permaculture started
    • The evidence is in
    • What is permaculture?
    • Three Core Ethics and a Number of Principles
    • Permaculture aphorisms and principles (Mollison)
    • Permaculture principles (Holmgren)
    • What is permaculture? Systems Thinking
    • Weaving in another thread: Caretaking
    • Permaculture Practice: Observation
    • Patterns in Nature and Culture
  • Chapter 2
    • Earth Systems
    • Climate
    • Biogeography
  • Chapter 3
    • Water
    • Trees and Forests in Permaculture Design
    • Role of Trees in the Ecosystem
    • Threats to forests
    • Biomass
    • Wind
    • Temperature
    • Precipitation
    • What to do with trees…
  • Soil
    • What is dirt?
    • Soils of the World
    • Building Healthy Soil
    • Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy People
  • Home System
    • Home Economics Makes a Comeback
    • How to approach the Home System: Overlays
  • Microclimates
    • In the Home
  • Chapter 8: Food and Nutrition; Garden Design
    • Nutrition
    • Design for Nutrition
    • Garden design for the seasons
  • Design Methods
    • Drawing on natural patterns
    • Drawing on cybernetics and systems thinking
  • Notes

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