Permaculture One eBook

AU$ 20.00

Facsimile edition – PDF format

Bill Mollison and David Holmgren

Permaculture One: A perennial agriculture for human settlements was originally published in 1978, kickstarting the permaculture movement. It is the only book co-authored by the two originators Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.

This new facsimile edition is a fully searchable scan of a first edition copy and includes a new preface by David Holmgren reflecting on the decades since it was first written.


Permaculture One will be of interest to all permies as a historical document from the very start of the movement. Its information is still relevant to help people on their permaculture journey today. In particular, it contains a catalogue of 130 trees and plants useful to a temperate climate permaculture system.

The copy that this facsimile edition was created from has two special features:

  • Signed by both Bill Mollison and David Holmgren
  • features the sticker from the bookstore it was purchased at – Rellim Books, David Holmgren’s parents’ bookshop.

The Age review of Permaculture One. April 1978.
Nation Review of Permaculture One. May 1978.
Bill Mollison and David Holmgren at APC9 in Sydney, 2008 (Photo: Russ Grayson)


David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator with Bill Mollison of the permaculture concept following the publication of Permaculture One in 1978. Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting permaculture ideas through practical projects and teaching by personal example, that a sustainable lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism. As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability, which he explored in Future Scenarios (2009), and Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2003/2017) and his most recent book RetroSuburbia (2018). With an increasingly high profile as a public speaker, David Holmgren provides leadership with his refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time. David lives with his partner Su Dennett at “Melliodora“, a one-hectare permaculture demonstration site at Hepburn Springs, Central Victoria, Australia. Visit his web site at

Bill Mollison has inspired countless people to take action. He is a recipient of the “Right Livelihood Award,” a prestigious honour that is often nicknamed the “Alternative Nobel Prize.” He was also named one of the “Senior Australians of 2010,” and has received honours and accolades from many places he has visited worldwide. Bill’s first two books, Permaculture One (co-authored with David Holmgren) and Permaculture Two, are considered by many to be among the most important writings in sustainable agriculture. His encyclopaedic classic Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual is used as the foundation for the Permaculture Design Courses that he developed in the early 80’s that spread the permaculture philosophy and practice worldwide.

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