The main goal of this book is to get the reader to think of permaculture principles as something broader than gardening techniques. Permaculture is a set of design principles that can be applied to any type of system design. The 12 design principles are common sense and will guide the process naturally as you walk your design through a given principle.
In each principle’s chapter, the reader is given an overview of that principle and then given real-world examples of how the principles apply in other areas of our lives beyond the garden. Examples include topics like gardening, finance, health, and education.
The examples or peppered with questions to prompt the reader how and where they can embrace permaculture in their everyday life immediately. From plant guild combinations to how the permaculture mindset can help you save money and live vibrantly
In the second writing of this book, has incorporated as much of the constructive feedback from the first addition and the content has doubled in length to better explore each principle and to explore innovative ideas.
This book attempts to free the principles of permaculture from their most common association of being just farming techniques and view them as a guiding set of design principles for solving problems.
This book doesn’t require the reader to have any prior knowledge of Permaculture or have taken any design courses but rather gives you ideas you can use NOW!
The 12 Principles include…
Principle I: Observe and Interact
Principle II: Catch and Store Energy
Principle III: Obtain a Yield
Principle IV: Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback
Principle V: Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services
Principle VI: Produce No Waste
Principle VII: Design from Patterns to Details
Principle VIII: Integrate Rather Than Segregate
Principle IX: Use Small and Slow Solutions
Principle X: Use and Value Diversity
Principle XI: Use Edges and Value the Marginal
Principle XII: Creatively Use and Respond to Change
Much, much more!
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Anthony has a passion for minimalism. He enjoys finding elegant solutions to complex problems and sharing them with others. He applies this philosophy in writing, design and instruction.
Anthony “Tony” J. Zagelow is a native Oregonian with over 35 years’ experience in the design and construction of the built environment. He literally grew up on construction sites as the son of a general contractor and real estate developer.
All through his childhood and collage career Tony worked with his father developing design and construction skills that he has used as a foundation to build his career upon. Those formative years helped Tony develop the ability to understand good design, execute construction and to look for ways to reduce waste and increase profit.
Over the span of the last 20 years Tony has worked on an assortment of Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) projects in a variety of roles. To make a bigger impact environmentally Tony spent several years working as a controls contractor gaining experience with building automation design, and energy analysis.
Tony went on to earn an MBA with a concentration in management to enable him to better leverage his skills in design, market research, negotiation, project creation, sales, incentive procurement, financial analysis and B2B Consultation.
In 2011 to better understand how natural systems work and to embrace biomimicry and biophilia into his work Tony earned his Permaculture Design Certification (PDC). He uses the 12 permaculture design principals to guide his design philosophy and influence his processes.
Tony’s true passion lies with water. Rainwater harvesting, gray water re-use and water conservation have been and still are much of his life’s focus. He has always felt drawn to and connected with water and is currently focusing his energies on innovative hydro-centric projects. Tony deeply and sincerely believes that the current global water crisis demands that water systems be optimized to ensure water security for the planets future.
Tony is an author, publisher, instructor and active 3rd Dan Black Belt in North American Tae Kwon Do, and he is an avid outdoors-man, tinkerer/artist, gardener, cook and a voracious reader.
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