Bryan Frew (
Mon, 14 Nov 94 07:07:56 PST


Permaculture is a lot more than that and I'm not an expert by any means. Mollinson says:

"The philosophy of permaculture is one of working with, rather than
against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than
protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their
functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and of allowing
systems to demonstrate their own evolutions."

This can be applied directly to the commercial world.

His book, Permaculture, A Designer's Manual (Bill Mollinson 1988; Tagari Publications, Tyalgum,
Australia ISBN O 908228 01 5.) contains 5 very useful Chapters for people involved in designing
systems. (The rest of the book is useful for people designing "farms".) What makes it
particularly interesting to me is that he has been able to apply his theories of system design in
tha natural world and demonstrate positive results..

> I'm familiar with Bill Mollison's Permaculture work from my
>days as an editor at the Whole Earth Catalog......
> Just to summarize it, however, it has to do with basing
>a local community's architectural, business, and land use
>structure around the cultivation of long-standing fruit-bearing
>trees. WIth a lot of innovative work around both the tree
>cultivation, and the economics that support it. I hope,
>Bryan, that I'm doing the subject justice. I think it
>resonates very well with the kind of thing we were doing
>with the Fieldbook.

Bryan Frew
Global Strategies Australia
Tel: +61 2 970-7566
Fax: +61 2 970-7510