Permaculture Primer

Permaculture Primer eBooklet
Components • Strategies • Species • Costs • Profits

Primer CoverMidwest Permaculture is happy to offer A Permaculture Primer, a brief introduction to permaculture. Covered are components & design strategies, species & their functions, precedents, and costs & profit models. Written by Emily Hahn, a landscape architect student, it is a beautifully-crafted whirlwind of information. It does such a nice job that we asked Emily if we could make it available for free to everyone. She wonderfully agreed and so now you have it as well.  Thanks Emily.

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From the Forward

In 2015 we received an email from a college student asking us for some statistics regarding a permaculture plan for a family of four. My response basically was “it depends”.  When we begin our design work the first step includes a site assessment followed by honing in on the vision that our clients have.  Next, we assess what they have that can contribute to a Permaculture project i.e.  Do they have more time or more money?  Are they hands on folks or will they hire help?  Are they looking for income or are they offsetting the need for income? Are there any specific needs or challenges on the property?  Emily was looking for something more general for planning purposes on a hypothetical property.  After she completed her project, she sent us a copy.  When we saw it, we realized that others might find her research project very helpful and informative.   As such, with her agreement, we decided to make her illustrations and text more available to a wider public. With the assistance of Milton Dixon’s editing skills they are now in a public format that is easy to share on the internet.  We hope that you find them practical, useful, and inspiring.

Becky Wilson – Cofounder, Midwest Permaculture
November 2015

Note: This publication is a gift from Emily Hahn and Midwest Permaculture. You may share, print, and copy it freely with attribution.  May this booklet serve the greater good. 

About the Author

Emily Hahn is a recently graduated Landscape Architecture student from Penn State University.  Her goals as a designer are to creatively shape spaces in unique, site specific ways, utilizing scientific process and beautiful form.  She hopes to transform everyday spaces into new and extraordinary places which go above and beyond the social/ human needs of the space to create diverse and sustainable designs.

This Permaculture Primer was completed as a part of a 4th year interdisciplinary design studio project with Penn State’s Visiting Scholar Peter Lynch.  A core component of the design project was determining sustainable approaches to suburban development in the State College, Pennsylvania area of the Ridge and Valley region.  Through the integration of permaculture practices a sustainable model was created for an existing farmstead.  The information in this booklet was gathered from various permaculture websites, blogs, articles and books including: Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening, Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Two, and Edible Cities by Judith Anger, Dr. Immo Fiebrig and Martin Schnyder

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