CRIMPING - Here's an acronym for plant guilding to remember the components you may wish to include in a guild when doing permanent plantings. Remember that any one plant may (and often does) provide one or more functions. Not every function needs to be present to form a guild, but usually, the more the merrier. A plant guild forms a complete system, and mimics the stacking and interconnected relationships found in nature - a guild might include:
LATO is an acronym that stands for:
It is the most useful and valuable permaculture tool, and employing it at various times of the day (and year) can bring many new insights.
On a moonlit walk on a cold, clear night, one may discover a place where cold air settles that was previously unknown; or sitting and reading a book in a place one rarely goes, may reveal a new pig trail, a native orchid the one has never seen before, or any number of things...
Find a new spot to sit for a while, clear your mind, close your eyes, breathe; and the open your eyes as if you are setting your eyes on this place for the very first time - this is one of the best ways to practice LATO - what you discover will surprise you.
Client Interview And Site Assessment Worksheet
A great tool - I have tailored this for my own use for both Oregon and Hawai'i, but please feel free to make this worksheet your own:
The Essence Of Permaculture - David Holmgren
An excellent synopis of Permaculture, with a 12-principle outline which utilizes a common proverb for each principle:
Free Introduction To Permaculture
Here is a readable or downloadable Introduction To Permaculture by Oregon State University's Andrew Millison - It's excellent!
Free Online Module On Permaculture Water Design: Drought Proofing Farms
This is a superb resource:
Rainfall Atlas of Hawai'i - Interactive Map
Plantmaps.com provides a plethora of Hardiness Zone Maps, Gardening Maps, Botany Maps, Climate Maps and Horticultural Maps for just about any location - it's a map dorks' dream!
Geoff Lawton is a pioneering permaculture consultant, designer and teacher, whose aim is to establish self-replicating educational demonstration sites. Give his videos a look - he has done amazing work over the years. Below is a link to his website - also search YouTube for videos.
A great site, with lots of cool stuff...
Pemaculture Voices Podcast
More geared to the Temperate world, and just getting started - but so far, great stuff...