“Permaculture” is a word describing a movement coined by the founders Bill Mollison and his student David Holmgrem in the 70s. The methods of permaculture are well documented. Though there aren’t any large, old established permacultural systems for our area, there are a number of interesting sites people have developed, and informed by these legacies I can say there is quaking and tremendous amount of potential for forest gardens and permaculture design in our area. It is not an ultimate or be-all end-all term, but it is a word that opens up fields of exploration that help people identify and find what they need.
LIST NEEDS WORK. I NEED TO CONSULT MY LIBRARY WHEN I GET THE CHANCE. Lots of books. I’ll put up online links too (I have most of it downloaded already since I’m off grid).
One straw Revolution – Masanobu Fukuoka
Restoration Agriculture – Mark Shepard
Resilience in cold climate – Ben Falk
Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture – Sepp Holzer
University of ID extension publications for Master Gardener and Master Forest Steward programs
Life in the Cold, An Introduction to Winter Ecology – Peter Marchand
Botany In A Day – Tom Elpel, also Foraging the Mountain West by the same author
Rocky Mountain Natural History – Daniel Mathews
Plants of Southern Interior British Columbia – Parish Coupe Lloyd
Permaculture, a Designers Manual – Bill Mollison
Edible Forest Gardens, Ecological Design and Practice For Temperate-Climate Permaculture – Dave Jacke, Eric Toensmeier
I’m working on maps of natural resources, wildcraftable plant densities, old fruit/nut trees on abandoned/public lands, NTFP plant catalogues, etc. as well as directory of specialists in permi-industry for our area.