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1. Introduction


2. Design


3. Regenerating Watersheds


4. Regenerating Soils


5. Flowering Plants

  • 5.1 Plant Identification
  • 5.2 World Vegetables
  • 5.3 Plant Propagation (Seed saving, cuttings, divisions, grafting and budding)
  • 5.4 Herbalism and Plant Medicine

6. Trees, Forests & Windbreaks

  • 6.1 Temperate Zone Deciduous Fruit Trees
    • Physiology
    • Temperate Zone Deciduous Fruit Tree Care
  • 6.2 Subtropical Fruit Trees
  • 6.3 Forestry
  • 6.4 Agroforestry
  • 6.5 Windbreaks
  • 6.6 Arborsculpture

7. Animal Husbandry

  • 7.1 Bees
  • 7.2 Chickens
  • 7.3 Ducks and Geese
  • 7.4 Pigs
  • 7.5 Goats
  • 7.6 Cattle
  • 7.7 Holistic Management and Rotational Grazing

8. Mushrooms

  • 8.1 Mushroom Identification
  • 8.2 Growing Mushrooms
  • 8.3 Foraging Mushrooms

9. Aquaculture & Aquaponics


10. Zone 0 - Our Homes

  • 10.1 Natural Building
  • Passive Solar Design
  • Cob
  • Strawbale
  • Light-Straw Clay
  • Rammed Earth
  • Timber Frame
  • Earthships
  • Passiv Haus
  • Green Building, LEED, and Living Building Challenge

11. Zone 1 - Home Food Gardens

12. Zone 2 - Food Forestry

13. Zone 3 - Farming

14. Zone 4 - Harvest Forests

15. Zone 5 - Natural Conservation Forests

16. Appropriate Technology & Renewable Energy

17. People Care: Personal and Social Permaculture

18. Resilience


19. Fair Share: Financial Permaculture


20. Curriculum and Online Courses


21. Recommended Reading