Permaculture Design: A Step-by-Step Guide: Aranya, Whitefield, Patrick: 8601404349867: Amazon.com: Books
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Our friend loved the book and read it in a day! He is excited about how detailed and well laid out the information was put.
This is an excellent guide for the beginner – permaculture design can be daunting, but this talks you through each step, in a clear and humorous way, with lots of examples.
Eleanor Justice –
This is *definitely* worth getting! It’s like an entire class in one handy little book (it really is a handy size — perhaps a bit too big for a pocket, but definitely easy to carry into the field with you)I’ve *just* received mine and have only skimmed it so far but I am elated. It’s even more thorough and hands-on than I had hopes and I am absolutely tickled.If you’re trying to figure out whether this book will actually be useful, and you’re not already a certified permaculture designer (heck, perhaps if you *are*), this book will make you happy. It’s awesome, and I highly, highly recommend it.
Kindle Customer –
So many permaculture books don’t get specific. This book is all about prepping your design for the customer. It shows techniques, helps you manage your team and gives lots of resources.This book should cost a lot more.
kathryn fillman –
I bought 3 books and this one fits right in with the others. Very helpful with great information and pictures.Kathryn
Overseas Again –
Great techniques and approaches for a variety of subjects. Great value for money.
I have just finished a six week introductory course in permaculture. This text is an excellent follow up to that experience. Aranya has distilled much of what I was exposed to making for a efficient reference tool. This text has served as an excellent resource as I start implementing the concepts I learned in the course.I highly recommend it for those starting out as I did. My sense is that it would useful to experienced practitioners as well.
Vincent VPK –
I can not say enough about this handy small paperback (to be carried about) that this generous man put together to provide us with a “map” to the permaculture design process in a logical thoughtful manner.This book is meant to be used out in the field and crimped up….a working tool and having taken a design course is worth every penny and more. I bought several copies and plan to share them with other…you will too.It is top quality heavy gloss paper (FCS sustainable certified) with color photos.Aranya provided an index to other references and even a website of his own that provides larger pictures in the book, along with much more.One of the best Permaculture books I have (along with Peter Bane’s new book, “Garden Farming for Town and Country”. Buy both at the same time and also view these two on Youtube for a at home permaculture course.
Farm Girl –
The design process included here is not in depth information on how to build a swale or a dam or how to plant a bio-diverse orchard. In fact, you should probably have a deep understanding of that stuff, and probably some actual experience in building those types of structures, before you pick up this book. What this book really does is give you a foundation for being able to create a design and actually execute it. The soft skills needed, the type of observation and analysis to do, the map drawing and other communication skills that you may lack, and tips on how to run your actual project. I am a systems analyst by trade and a certified project manager – and it is the skills from those professions as they apply to a permaculture project that this book provides. So yes, as some reviewers have commented, there is not a lot of “permaculture how to” – but there is much information on how to approach an actual permaculture project. The information is clearly presented, and no, you don’t have to be a certified analyst or project manager to understand it! I bought the kindle version, so instead of having a dog-eared paper copy, I am hoping to refer to my pristine electronic copy for years to come. Highly recommended!
Permaculture Design by Aranya fulfills the purpose that the author intended for the book: to be a straightforward guide that you can pick up and read just the section you need or all of it. Each chapter is well-written and uses plain language anyone can grasp. The parts, chapters, sections organization of the book makes it easy to find what you’re looking for, and I appreciated the many online resources provided as well.The book is a bit of a slow read if have already read Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual by Bill Mollison, and that would indicate Aranya took sufficient time to explain the basics to someone with no prior knowledge of permaculture. There is redundancy in the book, but again, this book is meant for anyone to be able to read in any order, so yeah, I think the author’s objective for the book was accomplished.I did learn some new things from this book, too, so I find my time and money was well-spent on this book.