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- Permaculture was developed in 1978 by Australian Bill Mollison , then 50 years old, with the publication of Permaculture One. He later joined with fellow Australian David Holmgren . They were influenced by the ecological systems thinking of North Carolina scientist Howard T. Odum . Bill Mollison shared some thoughts on permaculture on a visit to Western North Carolina back in 1980.
- Courses (the best, but most expensive way) at a permaculture institute or elsewhere. Permaculture Design Courses (PDCs) follow a standard 72 hour worldwide curriculum. The word "permaculture" is copyrighted to prevent it from being watered down.
- Books, including some from Buncombe County Library
- Online sites and email lists
- Worktrades, internships and workparties Permaculture Guilds Courses are associations of course graduates and others interested in spreading permaculture. The Asheville Guild will stage tours and workparties, hold talks and provide a way for people to network every 4-6 weeks.
You can learn about Permaculture through
- There is no annual North American Permaculture gathering, but regional gatherings take place in the Southeast , Northeast, and
Permaculture Activist magazine comes out six times a year. Based in Bloomington, IN (and formerly out of Earthaven Ecovillage near Black Mountain, NC) the magazine and it's website are good sources of information.
The first global conference was in 1984. They now take place every two years. The 8th International Permaculture Conference and Convergence (IPC 8) will be held in Brazil in May 2007.