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Permaculture Design is an independent quarterly serving the permaculture movement in North America. We publish articles dealing with the spectrum of permaculture thought and action—from gardening to ecovillages, renewable energy, natural building, ethics, and more.

"The greatest change we need to make 

is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.”  

      – Bill Mollison

     Since 1985, we at Permaculture Design Magazine, formerly Permaculture Activist Magazine, have celebrated the support of our readers, the designers and inhabitants of a regenerative human culture. As North America’s first and leading permaculture periodical, you’ll find information about permaculture design, edible landscaping, bioregionalism, ecovillage design, aquaculture, natural building, earthworks, forestry, soils, agriculture, urban sustainability, renewable energy, regeneration & restoration, and many practical solutions to the challenges of life in an age of energy decline and Peak Everything.

     On our website you’ll find back issues, articles from past issues, directories of plant nurseries & seed sources, an extensive catalog of books for redesigning your life, economics, and habitat, and so much more.  We provide you with a current listing of upcoming permaculture design courses, in addition to a valuable  Permaculture Networking Directory.  Our intention is to link students to teachers and information, homeowners to designers and consultants, homeseekers to community, and hope as well as help for all who desire a healthy, happy planet that is able to care for ALL it’s species.

     You can help make a difference, have fun, eat well, find new friends, propagate love and justice, help the earth heal, and earn the praise of your descendants.

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This is one of the most important magazines out there. Articles are well written by people actually doing the work rather than just talking and writing about it. I know – I worked as a journalist for 25 years until I decided to stop writing and reporting the bad news and actually get dirt under my finger nails and grow some food – after all, without food we are dead… period! If we have a future it will be because of magazines like this – intelligent, thoughtful, practical and indispensible, if you want a look inside the future.

- Andrew Phillips “permaculture teacher” (Hancock, New York)


     “The ultimate end to a growth economy is the same as an analagous growth: cancer. But for national economies, the victims are nature, soils, forests, people, water, and quality of life. There is one, and only one, solution, and we have almost no time to try it. We must turn all our resources to repairing the natural world, and train all our young people to help. They want to. We need to give them this last chance to create forests, soils, clean waters, clean energies, secure communities, stable regions, and to know how to do it from hands-on experience.”
      – Bill Mollison

The Permaculture Activist is one of the most important periodicals of our time. Our world is in the midst of experiencing one of the greatest shortages of natural resources we have ever seen. It may not be completely apparent to everyone, but it is happening. What does the Permaculture Activist have to do with this, you may ask? Everything.


The Permaculture Activist offers in depth articles which cover positive solutions that every one of us can follow to aid our planet in restoring its natural resources as well as preparing for the coming energy shortfalls. Articles range from Organic Gardening, Natural Building, Relocalizing Communities, all the way down to art & traditional knowledge.


Anybody that has begun to realize that we are not living in this world the way we should be must pick up this magazine.

- Sean Jennings (Santa Monica, California)


Our Magazine Production Team

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Rhonda Baird

Senior Editor

Magazine layout, permaculture designer, teacher, editorial services, fiber arts, Center for Sustainable Living,


John Wages

Publisher / editor


Peter Bane

Editorial guild

Author of The Permaculture Handbook, designer, teacher.

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