Permaculture is focused on acting locally - thus it's not surprising that there are many locally-based permaculture websites. 

By adopting the ethics and applying these principles in our daily life we can make the transition from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible producers.

Permaculture: Geoff Lawton

Designing your way to abundance

Geoff Lawton is an internationally - renowned permaculture educator, consultant and practitioner. He emigrated from England to Australia and later studied permaculture with Bill Mollison in Tasmania. He established the Permaculture Research Institute at Tagari Farm in New South Wales, Australia, a 147 acre farmstead previously developed by Mollison. 

Since 1985, Geoff has designed and implemented permaculture projects in 30 countries for private individuals and groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, & multinational corporations. He has taught the Permaculture Design Certificate course and designed permaculture projects in 30 countries.

  • Welcome to PolyfacePolyface, Inc. is a family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. 

We are in the redemption business: healing the land, healing the food, healing the economy, and healing the culture. Writing, speaking, and farm tours offer various message venues.


America’s average farmer is sixty years old. When young people can’t get in, old people can’t get out.

Approaching a watershed moment, our culture desperately needs a generational transfer of millions of farm acres facing abandonment, development, or amalgamation into ever-larger holdings.

Based on his decades of experience with interns and multigenerational partnerships at Polyface Farm, farmer and author Joel Salatin digs deep into the problems and solutions surrounding this land- and knowledge-transfer crisis.

This book empowers aspiring young farmers, midlife farmers, and nonfarming landlords to build regenerative, profitable agricultural enterprises.


From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In FOLKS, THIS AIN'T NORMAL, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love.

Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact.


Salatin understands what food should be: Wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life.

To create a community called SPICE in which individuals are spiritually nourished and empowered to live in harmony with self, others, and the environment. SPICE is an initiative of Ecolocity DC to provide opportunities for the examination and development of holistic approaches to development in the areas of human potential and ecology. It proposes to establish a living community to demonstrate those ideas which have application to problem-solving as it relates to the individual in urban settlements, the wider community, and the global environment.
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  • Deep Green Permaculture - The design principle of Zones and Sectors is concerned with efficient energy planning, that is, planning the placement of elements in the design, such as trees and plants, animals, structures and buildings, to make to most efficient use of energy.
  • Agroecology - is the study of ecological processes that operate in agricultural production systems. Agroecologists study questions related to the four system properties of agroecosystems: productivity, stability, sustainability and equitability.
  • Arthofergut (german) - Mit einfachen Mitteln kann man heute trotz eines Überangebots an chemischen und technischen Hilfsmitteln wieder zu einem wirklich grünen Gärtnern zurückfinden. Wir wenden uraltes Wissen nicht nur an, sondern geben es auch gerne weiter.
  • Peter Steffen (german) - Mit Permakultur zurück ins Leben. Das Buch geht weit über das Thema "Gärtnern" hinaus, indem es die Möglichkeit aufzeigt, wie man durch völlig autarke Selbstversorgung mit gesunden "Lebens-Mitteln" einer Krise entgehen kann. Ein weiteres wichtiges Thema des Buches ist auch die Mineralstoffversorgung des Körpers mit Kräutern und Wildkräutern, ohne diese es keine wirkliche Gesundheit gibt.
  • Bioshelter Market Garden - A Permaculture Farm describes the creation of a sustainable food system through a detailed case study of the successful year-round organic market garden and permaculture design at Pennsylvania’s Three Sisters Farm.
  • Ecofilms - Building a raised bed garden
  • New Society Publishers - New Society Publishers is committed to building an ecologically sustainable and just society not just through education, but through action.
  • Permaculture Media Download - Introduction to Permaculture – 40 hours of Free video lectures. This course will explore, through lectures, discussions, field trips, and required projects, a design/thinking methodology that seeks to profide for our physical needs, food, water, shelter, energy, etc., while doing so in an environmentally friendly, sustainable manner.
  • Homegrown Revolution - Homegrown Revolution is a short introduction to the homegrown project that has been called a new revolution in urban sustainability. In the midst of a dense city setting in downtown Pasadena, radical change is taking root. For over twenty years, the Dervaes family have transformed their home into an urban homestead and model for sustainable agriculture and city living. Through the creation of the "Urban Homestead" the Dervaes family shows that change is possible -- one step at a time. They harvest 3 tons of organic food annually from their 1/10 acre garden while incorporating many back-to-basics practices, solar energy and biodiesel in order to reduce their footprint on the earth's resources.
  • Network Earth - . These videos bear many viewings and will benefit anyone who wants to learn how to help regenerate the earth - from back yard to bio-region. Teachers of permaculture have found these tapes to be a valuable coaching tool - edited to one hour.
  • Higher elevation - come help us build Higher Elevation Permaculture Education Center, our earthship, and our dream for this land!
  • RegenAG - Our charter is to provide farmers, land holders and communities with opportunities to learn from the world’s most innovative and effective regenerative agriculture practitioners in a wide range of fields:
  • Homesteading - we offer rare books, information and items found nowhere else. Our primary goals are to spread and preserve this rare knowledge now largely ignored and fast disappearing in today’s culture. The rare texts from the 1800's through and beyond the modern day contain the secrets to self-sufficiency and independence. With these books now available on disk, the Age of the Apprentice is back and learning can begin again. We know you'll enjoy the information that we offer. They are jewels not to be missed.
  • Gardenart - Natural pond designs work particularly well in countryside settings, where the pond becomes a seamless part of the natural environment.
  • Plant-Care - 7 Tips On Building Rich Organic Soil for Wonderful Results
  • Alaska Tundra Farm - Farm flourishes on Alaska tundra. A landscape where you can start farming without a bunch of time-consuming and costly land clearing. And a landscape with another big plus. "I grew 50,000 pounds of food last year," Meyers said. "I've got a root cellar I can keep that and sell it all winter." His goal is to store 100,000 pounds of potatoes, beets, rutabaga, carrots, turnips and cabbage, and sell them at an average of $1 per pound over the winter. His storage costs in an underground bunker are minimal.
  • Backyard Permaculture - Starting at home... Continue to be inspired with what you can do in your own space
  • Peter Bane - Educator Peter Bane is preparing for the local future, beyond the global economy and after peak oil. Bane's talk is the story of the history of permaculture, and how he has used permaculture methods to move towards a self-sustaining homestead using free or low-cost techniques. Peter Bane is the publisher of Permaculture Activist Magazine for 20 years. He is a garden farmer in Bloomington, Indiana. He teaches permaculture design for Indiana University.
  • Work With Nature - Sharing Information and Videos on Organic gardening and Natural beekeeping. It is also intended as a network for sharing heirloom seeds.
  • treehugger - From food forests to healthy soil. 5 Incredible permaculture videos.
  • Green Renaissance - We are professionals in green content creation. We help environmentally conscious organisations share their vision with the world
  • Permaculture and Synergy - For those who are unfamiliar with permaculture it is a design system that intentionally creates a harmonious integration of the natural landscape and people as a means of providing food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. It is also the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience that is found in natural ecosystems.