Permaculture: a Beginners Guide – French edition

A French edition of our popular publication ‘Permaculture a Beginner’s Guide’ translated by Stephane Grolueax is available from our friends at Editiones Ecosocietie.

La permaculture une breve introduction

Cultiver un jardin de ville ou une terre agricole sans perturber les écosystèmes ni trop se fatiguer. Habiter une maison qui consomme moins et qui produise même un peu. Mettre sur pied des réseaux d’échanges dont les bénéfices resteront dans la communauté. La permaculture permet à chacun de concevoir et de réaliser ces projets – et bien d’autres – simplement en imitant les modèles déjà présents dans la nature.

Dans ce micromanuel abondamment illustré, Graham Burnett montre en effet que la permaculture consiste d’abord à travailler avec la nature et non contre elle, en minimisant l’effort requis. Le niveau d’intervention optimal, selon l’auteur : « ne rien faire »! Car la nature est économe, pour ne pas dire paresseuse. Son principe est de multiplier les interactions fertiles, d’employer des éléments qui remplissent plusieurs fonc tions, de tendre vers l’autosuffisance et de ne rien jeter.

Apparue en Australie dans les années 1970, la permaculture (de agriculture permanente) a évolué audelà de la seule recherche de stratégies de production alimentaire viables pour devenir une véritable méthode de design écologique aux multiples applications.

A Croatian edition of our popular book ‘Permaculture A Beginners Guide’ is available from our friends at Zmag. – See more at:
A Croatian edition of our popular book ‘Permaculture A Beginners Guide’ is available from our friends at Zmag. – See more at:
A Croatian edition of our popular book ‘Permaculture A Beginners Guide’ is available from our friends at Zmag. – See more at:
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The Vegan Book of Permaculture by Graham Burnett

A vegan cookbook packed with wholesome recipes, veganic growing, forest gardening and eco-friendly living.

How we eat is such a fundamental part of what we are; yet in our present time-poor culture of pre-packed fast foods, food can become an expensive symptom of alienation and disempowerment. It doesn’t have to be this way!

The Vegan Book of Permaculture gives us the tools and confidence to take responsibility for our lives and actions. Creating a good meal, either for ourselves or to share, taking time to prepare fresh, wholesome home or locally grown ingredients with care and respect can be a deeply liberating experience. It is also a way of taking back some control from the advertising agencies and multinational corporations.

In this groundbreaking and original book, Graham demonstrates how understanding universal patterns and principles, and applying these to our own gardens and lives, can make a very real difference to both our personal lives and the health of our planet. This also isn’t so very different from the compassionate concern for ‘Animals, People and Environment’ of the vegan way.

Interspersed with an abundance of delicious, healthy and wholesome exploitation-free recipes, Graham provides solutions-based approaches to nurturing personal effectiveness and health, eco-friendly living, home and garden design, veganic food growing, reafforestation strategies, forest gardening, reconnection with wild nature and community regeneration with plenty of practical ways to be well fed with not an animal dead! This is vegan living at its best.

Published: 21st November 2014
ISBN: 978-1-85623-201-2
Size: 240mm x 170mm
Format: Paperback, 304pp. Authors line drawings


Special online introductory offer – buy a signed copy at the reduced price of £13.99 (normally £14.99) and also receive a FREE copy of Graham’s Towards An Ecology Of The Self booklet plus exclusive greetings card featuring artwork by Graham Burnett.

OR buy signed copies of ‘The Vegan Book of Permaculture’ AND ‘Permaculture a Beginners Guide’ together for the special price of £21 (saving almost £3.00 on their cover prices) and receive two extra free booklets, ‘Towards An Ecology Of The Self’ AND ‘Top of the Crops’ plus exclusive greetings card featuring artwork by Graham Burnett.

Also available as part of our Special Gift Package!

Download a sample from the book here

This is book is about practical, ethical, and compassion approaches to life, a handful of beautifully crafted common sense. It is an inspirational gift to humanity that can liberate you. It can shake you up, wake you up, and raise your consciousness. Some of us try hard to do the best for ourselves, our families, our animals, and our planet. Sometimes we need help. Here is help. After reading this book I didn’t just think, yes I can, I said, yes I will.

– Benjamin Zephaniah, Poet, writer, lyricist, musician and trouble maker

Long time permaculture practitioner and activist Graham Burnett has written a very practical guide to living lightly using permaculture design within the ethical constraints and opportunities of a vegan diet. Based on lived experience rather than ideology, the strong focus on food, complete with recipes, helps vegans and omnivores alike make better use of the diversity of plant based ingredients in cool temperate climates. For vegans wanting to reduce their ecological footprint, maintain nutritional balance and increase their autonomy and resilience in a rapidly changing world, this book is the ideal introduction to permaculture living and land use.

– David Holmgren, Co-originator of the Permaculture concept

Hugely inspiring and fantastically useful. I love the mix of Graham’s cheerful tone, quirky pictures and hard-won experience. The book will interest anyone seeking to live more enjoyably and with greater autonomy whether vegan or not.

– Tom Hodgkinson, Author of How To Be Free and founder of The Idler Academy

In his inimitable maverick fashion, Graham Burnett has jumbled together the pragmatism of Permaculture with the DIY ethos of punk, and come up with an essential and practical guidebook for anyone even remotely interested in the true nature of cultural (r)evolution.

– Penny Rimbaud, Performer, philosopher, writer, and founder of the band/collective, Crass

Wanting to create ways of living that respect, protect and enrich the awe-inspiring diversity of life and culture on Earth is one thing; actually setting about doing it is quite another. In The Vegan Book of Permaculture, Graham Burnett gives you many of the practical tools you need to live in a healthy, connected relationship with both the human and non-human world around you.

– Mark Boyle, Author of The Moneyless Manifesto

A refreshing, radical approach to sustainable living, it is absolutely bursting with interesting, inspiring and engaging snippets.

– Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina, Authors of Becoming Vegan: Express Edition and Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition

Graham has pioneered vegan permaculture and this book is testament to his knowledge and passion. Graham integrates a desire for social justice for non-humans with the ethics, principles and practices of permaculture in a beautiful and accessible way. Its applications worldwide for social change are clear and I hope this book inspires a movement to change our landscapes and society to radically change how we interact with animals and each other.

– Nicole Vosper, Permaculture designer, gardener and community organiser


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Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide

Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide by Graham Burnett

“Everything I have come to understand about the principles of permaculture is summed up in this wonderfully readable and accessible book.”
– From the foreword by Brigit Strawbridge of BBC TV’s ‘Its Not Easy Being Green’.

What is ‘Permaculture’? This graphic guide provides the answers, and more importantly encourages the reader to apply it’s ethics and principles of sustainability and working with, rather than against, nature to their land (whether it’s a windowbox or a 1000 hectare farm), their community or their life. Newly revised, updated and expanded edition.

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Special online offer – buy a signed copy at the reduced price of £7.99 (normally £8.99) and receive a FREE copy of  ‘Top Of The Crops’, a 24 page guide to growing your own vegetables and fruit at home plus exclusive greetings card featuring artwork by Graham Burnett.!

OR buy signed copies Permaculture A Beginners Guide and The Vegan Book of Permaculture for the special online price of £21 and receive extra booklets ‘Well Fed Not An Animal Dead’ and ‘Top of the Crops’ plus exclusive greetings card featuring artwork by Graham Burnett here.

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Spiralseed Special Gift Package!

Buy The Vegan Book of Permaculture, Permaculture A Beginners Guide, an exclusive Salvage™ Spiralseed T-shirt plus extra booklets and special exclusive greetings card for the special price of £39.95 including postage and packing!

Our special offer bundles together the most popular Spiralseed products, including Graham Burnett’s Vegan Book of Permaculture, a vegan cookbook packed with wholesome recipes, veganic growing, forest gardening and eco-friendly living advice; Permaculture A Beginners Guide, that will provide plenty of clear answers to the question “‘what exactly is ‘Permaculture’?”, an exclusive Salvage™ T-shirt, created from 100% salvaged materials by our partners at Sunrise Screenprint Workers Cooperative plus additional booklets and more.

This exclusive gift package includes;

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T-shirt designs below – ‘Make Compost Not War!’ or ‘Permaculture Mandala’ as featured in Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide – select your choice below

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Towards an Ecology of the Self

Towards an Ecology of the Self – ‘Zone Zero Zero Design Notes’ by Graham Burnett

“You start with your nose, then your hands, your back door, your doorstep. You get all that right, then everything is right. If all that’s wrong, nothing can ever be right”

-Bill Mollison

A small booklet exploring the role of the ‘personal’ in permaculture design systems. The interconnected permaculture ethics of earthcare and peoplecare imply that wholeness and earth repair is not just about the wider ‘out there’ of our gardens, farms, forests and oceans, but is just as importantly to do with the ‘ecology of the self’. Paying attention to our own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs and development is fundamental to good ‘Zone Zero Zero’ design. Just as peace is not simply the absence of war, so too health is not just about being free from disease. Therefore self-care – setting up holistic mind and body systems in order to avoid sickness, depression, stress and burn-out – is a vital part of enhancing well-being and developing personal effectiveness.

A5 booklet format, 20 pages

PRICE £3.00

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Top of the Crops – How to Make Your Edible Garden Grow

Top of the Crops – How to Make Your Edible Garden Grow by Graham Burnett

A no-nonsense guide to producing fresh and tasty vegetables in your own back garden. This booklet contains all you need to know to start you off growing crops that are good for your health, good for your children, good for your community, good for wildlife, good for your planet and good
for your pocket!

A5 booklet, 24 pages

PRICE £3.50 or FREE when you buy a copy of Permaculture A Beginner’s Guide!

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Earth Writings

Earth Writings by Graham Burnett

“In the quarter of a century since Johnny Rotten’s chant of ‘no future’, people like Graham Burnett have categorically proved that there is one; in short, if you’re not looking for the solution, you’re part of the problem… To those of us who see today’s supermarket commodity culture as anti-creative and anti-life, there’s no alternative. In its bold optimism, this book is designed to inspire action: read on, and then get out there and Do It”

– From the forward by Penny Rimbaud, former drummer and lyricist of CRASS

Collected in this volume are Graham’s articles, artwork, songs and conversations spanning 3 decades of involvement in ‘Earth Right’ activities, from animal rights protest to compost toilet building. It features material that has appeared in publications as diverse as Green Anarchist and Permaculture Magazine to Attitude Problem and The Idler, as well as his own self published (and some previously unpublished) work.

Herein Graham provides commentary, practical advice, and his own unique and often witty personal takes on issues including guerrilla gardening, permaculture, allotmenteering, forest gardening, punk and DIY culture, LETS and community economics, veganism, ecological building and rustic furniture making and low impact living, as well as his graphic visions for a post energy-descent future… MAKE COMPOST, NOT WAR!!!

PRICE REDUCTION! Was £9.99 – Now only £5.00!

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Teaching Permaculture As If People Mattered – free PDF download

Teaching Permaculture As If People Mattered – A Gathering At Dial House June 23 – 26 2004

In the summer of 2004 a group of permaculture teachers from around the UK and Europe came together at Dial House in Essex for an open space gathering around the theme of ‘teaching permaculture creatively’. Over the four days the 15 of us took part in sharing and discussing our teaching practice as well as ways to strengthen our teaching networks. This PDF publication collects the notes from this event, serving as a useful documentation of the development of permaculture teaching.

Free PDF download

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Permaculture Mandala poster

Permaculture Mandala signed full colour poster by Graham Burnett

This popular poster and tee-shirt design illustrating the ethics and principles of permaculture is now available as an A3 colour edition suitable for framing or laminating.

A perfect gift, or a useful tool for public displays, stalls, events or Permaculture design courses in order to explain the basics and diversity of the permaculture philosophy in a simple yet attractive way.

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Printed on high quality recycled 120gsm paper using vegetable based eco inks, signed by the artist.

PRICE £4.50

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Permaculture a Beginner’s Guide – Croatian edition

Permaculture – a Beginner’s Guide – Croatian edition

A Croatian edition of our popular book ‘Permaculture A Beginners Guide’ is available from our friends at Zmag.

Permakultura – Vodič za početnike

S konzervativnih stanovišta mainstream znanosti, koja kod nas još uvijek kroji “stvarnost”, permakultura može izgledati kao “džungla” čiji se smjerovi razvoja na širem društvenom planu jasno ne raspoznaju. No za nove modele, kakav je i permakultura, ne vrijede zakoni linearnog, ograničenog svijeta.

Price: 30 kn, available directly from Zmag

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Permaculture – a Beginner’s Guide – Spanish edition

Permaculture – a Beginner’s Guide – Spanish edition

A Spanish edition of our popular book ‘Permaculture A Beginners Guide’ is available from our friends at EcoHabitar magazine.

“La historia está plagada de sociedades que sobre explotan sus recursos y que ya se extinguieron. Nos estamos acercando rápidamente a esa situación. No obstante, gracias a un diseño racional, podemos crear los sistemas necesarios para vivir correctamente, sin causar destrucción o contaminación.
La permacultura es el método más coherente concebido hasta el momento “

Steve Read, profesor y diseñador de Permacultura

¿Qúe es la Permacultura exactamente ?
Este libro dará algunas respuestas, y lo que es más importante, te animará a aplicar sus principios de sostenibilidad y como trabajar con la naturaleza en tu entorno, ya sea un balcón o una finca de 1000 ha, tu comunidad y tu día a día…

Price 10,00€, available directly from EcoHabitar

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