10 great permaculture websites
Compiled by Claire Marie Luchkina, December 2016
This site is a favorite of mine for specific questions, and to browse discussions for ideas. Topics range from big-picture questions to all types of practical advice. The layout and navigation are friendly. With forum participants from all over the world and at every level of expertise, there is a broad scope of combined experience to draw upon. [Despite the large volume of content, forums are well-organized by major topic sections and searchable by keywords.]
2 & 3. https://permacultureglobal.org/ (Permaculture Worldwide Network) and http://permaculturenews.org/ (Permaculture Research Institute)
These sister-sites by the Permaculture Research Institute are a great place to find the latest news and thought-provoking or inspiring blog-type articles on permaculture, including the latest permaculture research. Contributing writers are from all over the world, and to my knowledge, the “Global” section featuring permaculture projects on a pin-style map is one of its kind. Users may search projects by location, climate zone, and other features.
This website offers a mostly-audio experience, and it’s easy to date-reference the podcasts as they are numbered in increasing order, by the date of issue. There is a wide variety of permaculture topics, from gardens, food, and building to ethics, the vision of the permaculture movement and education. So when you are ready for a break from your computer screen, just pick a podcast that sparks your interest, and begin!
This website is really well-organized, both visually and in terms of content. The articles capture a wide range of topics, and are geographically diverse. Inclusion of an image and short preview with article titles really helps with navigation. My favorite highlights here include Readers’ Solutions (blog-style articles under Features tab, but also found on the main page), book reviews, and the video section.
Wayne Weiseman is a permaculture designer, and a few unique features make his website worth a visit. Unlike the preceding, much larger sites, it offers insight into a permaculture designer’s world, both creatively and practically inspiring. Of interest are the Design Portfolio, Student Projects, and the blog section. Notably, in Resources, you’ll find access to Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Pamphlets.
Another smaller website, this one is by an Australian permaculture gardener and educator Angelo Eliades. The DIY Instructions section is my personal favorite, providing the basic building blocks in a clear, straightforward fashion, priceless in bringing more abstract concepts down-to-earth when feeling overwhelmed by a project. The navigation is easy, content well-labeled, and there are frequent updates.
Permaculture Principles is another site worth a visit. It’s centered around David Holmgren’s take on the primary concepts in permaculture, as one of the system’s original co-founders. The top navigation bar displays an icon for each principle of permaculture, making it easy to explore or refresh the knowledge of these basic concepts, followed by corresponding examples. The blog and resources sections also present useful content, including free PDFs and posters in several languages.
Tons of content on permaculture! Short of traveling to the site of each project, this is the closest you’ll get to quickly visiting a number of permaculture farms, orchards, and gardens. Some are documented with progress updates, which is a plus to consider how each evolves over time. Search the site for a specific geographic area, type of project, or simply use suggestions from the side bar. If you like a video, it’s worth checking out the associated website for more details.
Finally, the Permaculture Association’s Permaculture Digest is a fantastic source for the latest research on permaculture, with frequent updates and some video content. Topics vary from broad-scale ones, like carbon reduction and social justice to more specific, highlighting successful community projects, farming methods, and book reviews. A brief description or an abstract is included with each link to help with navigation.