by David Holmgren
1: Garden Farming: ecological crisis, historical
antecedents. The novelty of land regeneration and the
advantages of small scale.
Chapter 2: Who am I to farm? Aspirations,
the agrarian dream of the suburbs and reclaiming our lost
Chapter 3: Gardening the Planet: the wisdom
Chapter 4: Permaculture Principles: creating
abundance by nature's logic.
Chapter 5: Learning the Language of Design
Sidebar A: Measuring with the Body
Sidebar B: Design Checklist
Sidebar C: Permaculture Zones and their elements
Chapter 6: A Garden Farming Pattern Language: archetypes
of a healthy world.
Renaissance Farm, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
7: Land: Scales & Strategies; access, quality,
location; the centrality of home
Sidebar: Food Groups in Diet
Chapter 8: Labor - Can You Lend a Helping Hand?
Household size, recruitment, generational ties, seasonality,
transient help and responding to the cycles of nature;
cooperation and the rewards of labor.
Sidebar: The Garden Farming Year
Chapter 9: Running on Sunshine: Sun, shade,
and the use of climates and microclimates; the placement
of buildings, design for solar gain.
Sidebar: Hedge species
Chapter 10: Water From Another Time: Collection,
storage, conservation, use and reuse; swales and ponds,
marshes, greywater; tanks; aquaculture.
Sidebar A: Desert Dishwashing
Sidebar B: Aquaculture species
Study B: Jerome’s Organics, Basalt,
11: Soil - The Real Dirt: durable carbon, the basis
of life; minerals, soil biota, nutrient cycling, waste
= food; moisture and mulch, practices, compost and no-digging;
roots, biomass, fungi and bacteria; balance beyond NPK:
aerobic and anaerobic; worms, manure, and night soil.
Chapter 12: Plants, Crops and Seeds: Crop origins,
rotations, plant families and diversity, propagation,
seed saving, plant architecture and cooperation; polycultures;
rampancy, weeds, pulse and cover crops; useful species;
succession and roles.
Sidebar A: Foods that Feed Humanity
Sidebar B: Crop Origins
Sidebar C: 4th World Pharmacy
Chapter 13: Setting Plant Priorities: key
foods for limited space, staples beyond grain; must-have
fruits; oil, alcohol, fuel, fencing, and medicine.
Study C: Old 99 Farm, Dundas, Ontario,
Chapter 14: Animals for the Garden Farm: their
functions and niches; accelerating fertility; feeding
and rotations, breeds, housing, forage, space requirements.
Chapter 15: Living with Wildlife: trophic
levels and predation; insects and ecosystem services;
integrated pest management; native species.
Chapter 16: Trees and Shrubs, Orchards, Woodlands
and Forest Gardens: Using vertical space; coppice,
the art of cut-and-come-again; harnessing the power of
perennials; shrubs for nitrogen, fodder, and mulch; fuelwood
Productive Trees and Where to Plant Them: living fences,
hedgerows, boundary woodlands and alley cropping; pasture
and fodder trees; orchards; fungal companions.
Chapter 18: Structures, Energy and Technology:
the working farm; fencing, barns, workshop, the drying
yard, woodshed, outdoor kitchens, animal pens, convivial
tools and implements; greenhouses and cloches.
Study D: Radical Roots Farm, Harrisonburg,
19: Diet and Food: harvest, storage, processing; nutrition,
slow food, facilities and practices.
Chapter 20: Culture and Community: celebration,
food and work; closing nutrient loops; life stages and
community, potlatch, neighbors and strangers.
Chapter 21: Markets and Outreach: what you
do well; where the money is; cash or barter? self-reliance,
real surplus; keeping it at home, walking it to town;
Chapter 22: Making the Change: self-evaluation,
where to start, how to manage; future scenarios; hodge-podge
growth; the possibilities of a new commonwealth.
1: Metric Conversion Table
Appendix 2: Bee Forage Species
Appendix 3: Nitrogen-Fixing Species & Biomass Producers