The Permaculture Transition Manual

The Permaculture Transition Manual

A Comprehensive Guide to Resilient Living

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Perseus Publishing

The complete permaculture skills guide to thriving during the great transition to a fossil fuel-free world. Packed with information on permaculture design principles, nutrient-dense food growing and forest gardening, soil building, ecological land management, animal husbandry, home-scale energy generation and water efficiency

Harness the power of permaculture to thrive, not just survive, the great transition from fossil fuels

Caught between climate change and a fossil fuel-driven economy that demands ever more growth, the world faces a great transition—by design or disaster—away from fossil fuels to a less energy intensive future.

But what proven tools are available to aid in making a successful, deliberate transition to a resilient, sustainable future?

For the first time, the power of permaculture design has been brought to bear on the great transition problem. In the process, acclaimed permaculture teacher and designer Ross Mars has distilled his considerable knowledge into the ultimate resource for resilient living.

The Permaculture Transition Manual is packed with information on permaculture design principles, soil building, nutrient-dense food growing, including top plant and tree selections for all climatic zones. Coverage extends to rainwater harvesting and irrigation, human waste management, and strategies for rural properties plus a unique focus on applying permaculture to small urban spaces for decluttering and efficient food growing. Also covered are hand tools, food preservation, energy production, and low-carbon housing and a plethora of nearly forgotten skills such as soap making, basket weaving, seed saving, and rope and candle making, and more.

On the desert island of a world in decline this is the one-stop guide to vibrant, resilient living you'll want to take with you.

Ross Mars is a scientist with a PhD in Environmental Science, entrepreneur and highly-regarded permaculture teacher and designer. Author of The Basics of Permaculture Design , he manages Candlelight Farm, a permaculture demonstration site and training center in Western Australia.

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This accessible, illustrated guide offers techniques for less reliance on fossil fuels and more sustainable everyday life, with step-by-step instructions for growing, cooking, and storing food for humans and animals, as well as making and repairing related machinery and making items such as soap, rope, and paper. There is also information on water conservation in the home, irrigation practices, graywater reuse, rainwater harvesting, sustainable wastewater systems, and active solar systems. The permaculture design principles provided here can be used in both rural properties and urban spaces. Numerous recipes for cooking and preserving are included. The book is illustrated with b&w drawings throughout and includes numerous summary charts. Distributed by Perseus Distribution. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Gabriola, British Columbia : New Society Publishers, 2016
ISBN: 9780865718357
Characteristics: x, 277 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Hopkins, Rob 1968-


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