Updated: Mar 5
Since the 1970's when permaculture hit the world like a puff of dandelion dander, several of the industry's luminaries have taken to their computer and typewriters to sketch out what permaculture (and its offspring/cousins regenerative agriculture, sustainable agriculture, and Productive Urban Landscapes) could mean in the wider global food conversation.
The movement has come a long way over the last 40 odd years, growing an ever-growing backlog of brilliant books along the way. To help you make sense of it all, we've put together this handy guide to the top 10 books about permaculture and regenerative agriculture. Think we missed anything? Hit us up in the comments, or drop us a line.
The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience
By Toby Hemenway
Toby Hemenway is one of our biggest inspirations and guides for our work. The Permaculture City offers solutions for many of the social and environmental challenges that are becoming more and more dangerous the longer we ignore them. The key lesson is, when we design our spaces for food and ecology, it also solves a lot of the other issues we face. The book discusses abundant food, energy security, close-knit communities, local and meaningful livelihoods, and sustainable policies, all centered around edible and ecologically friendly landscapes.