Permaculture Resources


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:

C is for Companion - a plant that grows well with the receiver, and might be typically found with it in the natural environment
R is for Receiver - typically, an anchor tree or fruit tree
is for Intermediary - a plant that is put in until the Receiver becomes established
is for Mulcher - a plant that can be chopped and dropped in place for mulching and fertilizing
P is for Protector - a plant used as a shield against predators (insects, pigs, deer, humans, etc.)
is for Insectary - a plant (or habitat nook) that houses or attracts beneficial insects or attracts pollinators (and may include beneficial birds)
is for Nitrogen-Fixer - a plant that fixes nitrogen
G is for Ground Cover - a plant that protects and holds the soil and suppresses undesirable plants.
And here a link to an excellent plant guilds ebooklet:

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:

Client Interview & Site Assessment Worksheet

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 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

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...