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Perma-Curious Beginner's Group


Perma-Curious Beginner's Group

NOTE: This is a book group specifically, and we are more than half done with our book, so we are now CLOSED TO NEW MEMBERS. Please feel free to look through our discussions, and check out my blog, which has tons of great permaculture resources.


This group is the offspring of Perma-Curious. Participants in this group will be reading Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway, with group discussions by chapter. We will also each be creating a design project, either a real plan for our own yards or a theoretical plan for any real outdoor space (neighborhood park, friend's yard, etc), as a way to use and practice the information. Anyone willing to devote 2 hours/week for study time is welcome to join!

Website: http://permacurious.wordpress.com/
Members: 19
Latest Activity: Jun 21, 2013

Permaculture How-To

I started the main Perma-Curious group last week, after being possessed of an inescapable desire to delve into something very deep, with company. Although lots of folks signed up for my rigorous independant study outline, it quickly became apparent that the text I wanted to use-- the seminal Permaculture: A Designer's Manual by originator Bill Mollison-- was not going to be appropriate for some of the participants. If you are just getting into permaculture, 560 pages of technical ecology and complex design principles is just plain obnoxious. You want to know how to get out there in the dirt and get into it! And although the 'why' is important eventually, I think the 'how' is a better place to start. 

Toby Hemenway's book Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture is a great place to start. It doesn't really include the basics of gardening (seed starting, propogation) but it does explore the basics of permaculture in a very readable way, it is a how-to guide with just enough of the 'why' to keep it interesting.

Participants in this group will probably be looking at a more reasonable 1-2 hours/week time commitment and a book price of about $20 (the original Perma-Curious group asks 3-4 hours/week, and $85-100 for the manual). Participants in both Perma-Curious groups will be working on an actual permaculture design as an end project, either a real plan for your own yard or a theoretical design for some other piece of land you have good access to, such as a nearby park or friend's yard. Practice makes perfect! Initial site surveys are "due" by November 20th.

Anyone willing to devote the time is welcome to join! If you have already read Gaia's Garden but would like to participate in the discussions, projects planning and group brainstorming, you are also welcome!

HOMEGROWN Discussions

chapter 10 and a final design 3 Replies

where are you liz? saw you at the blog... are you reading? bev, how about you, ready for chapter 10?i have finished my design! i posted it on the blog (along with all the other copious writings i did…Continue

Started by Calamity Jane. Last reply by Bev Laing Jun 21, 2013.

chapter 9 7 Replies

are y'all done with this one?

Started by Calamity Jane. Last reply by Farmer Liz Apr 27, 2013.

chapter 8 5 Replies

i've completely lost track of our timeline, but i see it's been about a week since the last chapter, shall we move on to Creating Communities?i love this idea, this element of permaculture. i love…Continue

Started by Calamity Jane. Last reply by Bev Laing Mar 25, 2013.

Chapter 6 - plants 6 Replies

This is the chapter where things start to get really exciting.  This made me think about plants in a whole different way.  Not just want the plants could do for me (ie food), but what they can do for…Continue

Started by Farmer Liz. Last reply by Bev Laing Mar 21, 2013.

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