Patrick Whitefield ” Permaculture in a Nutshell”

ISBN 1 85623 003 1. Patrick Whitefield’s “Permaculture in a Nutshell” published by Permanent Publications in 2005. Originally published in 1993 this is the 4th edition. This is a gem of a book. A delightful read it tells us so much more than the lamentable “Food not Lawns” could. The only downside is the “Questions Answered” pages repeat points that Patrick made earlier in the book. A waste of space. This repetition could have been replaced with more examples and explanation. The book is only 84 pages long and has a few black and white photo’s plus line drawings. It really wets the appetite to find out more. Patrick steers clear of any ‘soft’ language about ‘connecting people with the earth’ (although he does occasionally voyage there). Instead he focuses on the non-sustainability of current practices. He seems conversant with Peak Oil although he never mentions this exact term. He does make the mistake of telling us that Oil will run out soon. I am sure he meant to say that CHEAP Oil will run out soon. There is a good reference section in the back with lists of good Companies, Organisations and Books for the interested reader to follow up upon. If you read ONE Book about Permaculture and don’t want to wade through a great big thick text book then this is the book for you. It does exactly what it says on the Cover. Permaculture in a nutshell. Pun intended no doubt. Recommended.

About post-carbon-man

A passionate advocate of a peaceful transition to a sustainable political-economy, Mark hails from a working class farming background. Today he is a Company Director and Chairman of the Low Carbon Chilterns Co-operative. Whilst at University (Engineering Masters) he was active in Conservative Student politics but has had no affiliation since. He has travelled widely on business covering the USA, Europe, Middle East and Central Asian Republics. In 2007 Mark founded Post-Carbon-Living and a year later co-founded Transition Town High Wycombe. He lives with is wife & daughter in a home they retrofitted to be carbon-neutral. Today he blogs about surviving politics on a shrinking planet and is passionate in his rejection of Nationalism.

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