Synopses & Reviews
Permaculture is much more than organic gardening. Arguably it is one of Australia's greatest intellectual exports, having helped people worldwide to design ecologically sustainable strategies for their homes, gardens, farms and communities. This book charts a history of the first three decades of permaculture, through the personal stories of Australian permaculturists. From permaculture co-originator David Holmgren, to ABC TV's Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne, the authors span the generations and the continent.
These stories represent the scope, depth and diversity of permaculture in Australia and around the world. They explore some of the influences on those who have embraced it, record milestones and highlight recurring themes. The editors' contributions and afterword by social ecologist Professor Stuart B Hill frame the stories in terms of transformation of the inner landscape of our minds and hearts, as the critical starting point for the outer change that is needed.
For those whose lives have been changed by permaculture, this book provides a context for articulating and celebrating their own stories and experiences. Even more, it invites each of us, permaculturists or not, to embrace our power in designing our world out of the best in ourselves, for the benefit of the whole earth community.
About the Author
Kerry Dawborn is a permaculturist with post-graduate qualifications in Social Science, Environmental Urban Planning and Secondary Teaching. She has worked in both sustainable and conventional agriculture and in the organic produce retail industry. Kerry is passionate about ecological economics, small-scale sustainable farming and land-use, community food security, social justice and related public policy and education issues. She has been a university tutor, researcher, permaculture teacher and political candidate. Living in the Yarra Ranges with her three dogs, her chickens, muscovies, fruit trees and veggie garden (when she has time), Kerry looks forward to a world in which humans understand and honour their place as part of a diverse, healthy and biologically rich earth community, and in which access to healthy, sustainably produced local food, and vibrant, connected human communities, are a right, and not a privilege, for people all over the planet.
Dr. Caroline Smith is a teacher, permaculturist and organic farmer who was born in England and lived for some years in South Africa. Caroline is passionate about local food production and operates an organic box scheme with her husband Aidan in the Dandenong Ranges just outside Melbourne. Caroline has worked as an agricultural scientist, secondary teacher and teacher educator, and currently teaches at the National Centre for Sustainability, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. She is also a member of the editorial committee of EarthSong journal. Caroline has published widely in the area of sustainability education, and her PhD thesis explored personal empowerment through learning permaculture. She has two grown-up children, a cat and a horse.