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Try an introductory course. It takes no more than a weekend, is not expensive (usually with special rates for the unwaged) and will introduce you to a network of new contacts. Many countries have Permaculture Associations, with local links to courses, projects, resources and events. The Permaculture Association and Permaculture Magazine in Britain have provided an international networking service between them for 15 years and are useful wherever you happen to live.

*International* _Permaculture International Limited_ www.permacultureinternational.org

*Australia* _The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia_ www.permaculture.org.au

*Britain* _The Permaculture Association_ www.permaculture.org.uk

*Canada* _Vancouver Permaculture Network_ www.alternatives.com/vpn

*Ireland* _Irish Permaculture Worknet_ c/o Training Workshops in Horticulture, College Orchards Church Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

*Japan* _Permaculture Centre of Japan_ www.pccj.net

*New Zealand/Aotearoa* _Permaculture in NZ_ www.permaculture.org.nz

*United States* _The Permaculture Institute_ www.permaculture.org

Worth reading on permaculture...

*Books* The books of *Bill Mollison*, though sometimes dense, can also be eloquent and inspiring. Try the relatively short _Introduction to Permaculture_ (with Reny Mias Slay, Ten Speed, Australia, 1997). *David Holmgren*’s increasingly influential _Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability_ (Holmgren Design Services, Hepborn, Australia, 2003) updates the debates and looks to wider applications and current issues, like ‘peak oil’. For me, the best written and most useful books about permaculture (in Britain, though quite possibly elsewhere too) have been by *Patrick Whitefield*, _Permaculture in a Nutshell_, followed by _The Earth Care Manual_ (both from Permanent Publications, East Meon, Britain). The first is encouraging, the second weighty and expensive, but indispensable when you actually get stuck in.

*Internet* To get some idea of what’s brewing worldwide, it’s worth browsing *www.permacultureactivist.net*. It gives you a ‘Planetary Permaculture Directory’ with hundreds of links, particularly in the Majority World.

New Internationalist issue 402 magazine cover This article is from the July 2007 issue of New Internationalist.
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