Links – Information and Inspiration

Permaculture

Books:
Bill Mollison & Mia Slay, 1979. Introduction to Permaculture.
Bill Mollison, 1988. Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual.
Fransje de Waard, 1996. Tuinen van Overvloed.
Patrich Whitefield, 2004. The Earth Care Manual.
Toby Hemenway, 2009. Gaia’s Garden; A guide to Home-Scale Permaculture.
Martin Crawford, 2010. Creating A Forest Garden.
 
Websites:
Permacultuur Nederland (NL) – www.permacultuurnederland.org
The Permaculture Association (UK) – www.permaculture.org.uk
Transition Towns Vallei (Wageningen area) – vallei.transitiontowns.nl
 
Inspiring Films:
A Farm for a Future – (met nederlands vertaling!) documentary on what permaculture can offer a farming future: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhVWNwCRpKg
Hope in a Changing Climate – documentary about restoration agriculture, another aspect of  a permaculture approach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQjKLYcu1PI
Julius Piti, CELUK project, Chikukwa, Zimbabwe (I met Julious at the EU Permaculture Convergence and he is now working on projects with an organisation called PORET – Fiona). The stream dried-up in Chikukwa, and the land was eroding…Help from a permaculture centre stimulated land recovery, improved productivity, peer-to-peer learning, an organic, community-based NGO: http://vimeo.com/33761246,

How to rebuild a rainforest – (je kan een nederlands vertaling krijgen door het menu bodem rechts, onder de scherm – ‘Show transcript’ -> Dutch) Willy Smits studied at Wageningen University, and although he does not use permaculture explicitly, his systems-thinking holistic design solution to a problem is what good permaculture design aims for. A stunning project bringing landscape restoration, food, materials, jobs, biodiversity, rain…and all beginning with one orphan baby orang-utan, a small sad messenger of  habitat in crisis:  http://www.ted.com/talks/willie_smits_restores_a_rainforest.html

Plants

In order to increase diversity, ecosystem balance and health, permaculture works with plants as parts of whole systems…

Guilds:
Permaculture uses nature to do the work where possible. Productive plants can be grouped in ‘guilds’ with beneficial neighbours  to create a self-supporting productive plant system with:
  • nitrogen
  • nutrients/ dynamic accumulators (non mineral, mineral, soil)
  • mulch
  • pollination
  • protection from external threats
(NL) Guild Finder – companion planting ‘families’: http://plantengildes.saiwala.nl/Default.asp
(EN): www.neverendingfood.org/b-what-is-permaculture/permaculture-guilds/
(EN): www.self-willed-land.org.uk/permaculture/plant_guilds.htm
 
Companion Planting:
In traditional horticulture the concepts behind the guilds are used in a slightly less extensive way, in the form of  ‘companion planting’. Here are some PDF’s of companion-planting A-Z articles from the web:
Companion Planting
Companion plants – Seeds Of Change.com
Companion Plants, Insect-Repellant Plants, Beneficial Insects
Companion planting guide – The Gardeners Calendar
 
Welke planten zijn eetbar?/ What plants are edible?:
(NL) http://www.permacultuurnederland.org/planten.php
(EN) Plants for a Future (plant database) – www.pfaf.org
 
 
Seeds:
(NL) Van der Wal – www.zaadhandelvanderwal.nl/
(NL) Tuinkabouter – www.freewebs.com/belevenissen-van-een-tuinkabouter/
(NL) Vreeken’s Zaden – www.vreeken.nl  (be aware of  €3,50 administration cost on top of postage, and long delivery times)
(NL) Make your own annual vegetable seed planting calender at: www.mijnmoestuin.nl/moestuinkalender

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