Dear permies, do you have your very favorite book recommendations to learn about permaculture in sequence from the very basics (learn terms/lingo and fundamentals) to advanced permaculture (applied to various situations/climates/purposes)? I'd like to get into the theory, science, and practice of permaculture, but my knowledge is very superficial. I'd like to learn about permaculture foundation, like its ideology/philosophy, benefits to humanity and sustainability, to practical design and planning. I'm especially interested in arid climate farming with water management techniques.
You can take it in any direction you want: money making farm, food forest for individual use, urban garden, etc. The list can be 3-10 books of the very crucial books you think are essential material to get from zero knowledge to buying a plot of land and starting your own kickass permie farm.
I understand that there is a 100 book review list, but it's too large a list to go through, and the books are listed best to worst (as I understand) and not from beginner to advanced.
It's not entirely "permaculture " but a great start would be The Encyclopedia of Country Living." It covers a lot of skills and highlights a great many schools of thought. It is interesting and easy to read
When you reach your lowest point, you are open to the greatest change.
Building a Better World in Your Backyard by PW and SK is very basic. Gaia's Garden is moderate maybe. Resilient Farm and Homestead is moderate- heavyish. And I'm suspecting that the Permaculture Designer's Manual is as rich as they get. Bill Mollison also wrote ( somebody correct me if I'm wrong) Permaculture 1 and 2?
1-3, Mollison's Books, Permaculture 1, Permaculture 2 and the Design manual
4 Gaia's Garden
5 Matt Power's Permaculture Student 2
6 One Straw Revolution
7 Sepp Holzer's Permacuture
8 Tree Crops
9 maybe couple of books on food forests
10 some gardening books, especially Ruth Stout, John Jeavons, John Seymore, Louis Riotte, Mel Bartholomew… anything from Rodale
Add to that some books on raising chickens, livestock, food preservation, mushrooms, etc.... Create and Oasis with Grey Water, Rainwater Harvesting for Dry Lands, Keyline stuff... soil live stuff, like Dr, Elain Ingham, Teaming with Microbes, etc... maybe some biodynamic stuff, KNF... Foxfire books... etc
"Them that don't know him won't like him and them that do sometimes won't know how to take him... he ain't wrong, he's just different and his pride won't let him do the things that make you think he's right"