Giveaway: Introduction to Permaculture book

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So who would like a copy of this fabulous book? It’s one of the favourites of our permaculture library, and also the textbook we give out to students at our Intro to Permaculture courses.

The reason for choosing this as our introductory textbook is simple: it’s a great introduction to permaculture theory and practice. It’s also a good choice as a gift, if you’re looking to get someone excited about ecological design…

Small space permaculture garden out the back of Lucille's flat in Sydney, using good design to grow good food
Small space permaculture garden out the back of Lucinda’s flat in Sydney, using good design to grow good food
Designs for ensuring clean rainwater collection - illustration from Introduction to permaculture
Designs for ensuring clean rainwater collection – illustration from Introduction to Permaculture
Sample polyculture planting for productive, edible seasideforest - illustration from Introduction to Permaculture
Sample polyculture planting for productive, edible seasideforest – illustration from Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to PermacultureΒ as a book is very much not just about gardening. It covers concepts for building design, rainwater harvesting, energy generation, animal systems and many other facets of sustainable human systems.

A great book for sparking ideas and getting your brain clicking next time you sit down to figure out a permaculture design for your garden, verge, spare room, house, school or wherever you’re at.

So! Who wants their very own copy of this iconic, awesome, and very readable book? (Er, not the exact copy above, that’s one of our much-thumbed Milkwood library copies. We’ll post you a nice new one).

Comment below and we’ll roll the dice Wednesday morning, choose someone, and let ’em know…

Alternately, you could come along to one of our Intro to Permaculture courses and get a copy that way, along with 2 days of intensive permaculture knowledge. Just sayin.

Student designs form a recent Milkwood Permaculture Design Course
Student designs form a recent Milkwood Permaculture Design Course

>> More posts on Permaculture here…

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  • Ooh, pick me please! I’d love a copy of my own.

  • Would love a copy of the book! We are always looking on how to improve our ‘backyard food production space’!

  • Vikki

    I’d love a copy! Thanks πŸ™‚

  • OOh! OOH! OOH! Me! I do! I do! Hey today is my birthday! This would be a great B-day gift… Jus sayin! LOL. Thanks for all you do, I love your newsletters they help me a great deal.

    Live long and prosper!


  • I would love a copy! Looks great. Thanks for the contest!

  • Clayt Kruger

    Hi! I’d LOVE my very own copy of this iconic, awesome, and very readable book! Thanks!

  • Having obtained a 3.5 acre woodland as a youth project we have spent 10 months preparing ourselves and saying ok what are we going to do? The answer is permaculture. The reality is, I don’t have a clue what that means…. I’m a youth worker, but this project is exciting. I’ll be learning alongside the young people! Of course a book like this would give me a head start!
    Thanks for the blog. It has already been an inspiration and given me too many considerations. I would love to go back to a simple veg plot or maybe I wouldn’t.

  • We have just mulched and composted our whole front yard to the verge…. we want to plant a forest garden for our neighbours to see…. would love ‘Introduction to Permaculture’!

    • Jonathan you’ve WON A BOOK! yay! please email your name + mailing adress to kirsten at milkwood dot net – huzzah!

  • anthonypickering

    I could pick up a copy when I am up there for the natural building course and save you the postage πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Alissa

    Hi there! I would love a copy πŸ˜€

  • I would love a copy!

  • penny clark

    i would love to have this book…i would share the wealth of knowledge with everyone..thanks for the opportunity

  • I would love to have a copy! I am just starting my garden after the 15th of April.

  • serudji

    I would love to have a copy! I am starting my garden after April 15th. Pick me:)

  • James bell

    Me, me, pick me please πŸ™‚

  • Claire Johnson

    Would love a copy!

  • Paul Comstock

    A wonderful book I’d love to own.

  • I would love one!

  • James

    Pick Me! πŸ™‚

  • Jessica

    I would really like a copy of this book please

  • Considering I’m about to buy a new house with 2 acres of terraced lawn just itching to be planted (and is nowhere close to a big town), this would be the absolute must-have for our move-in! With four teenagers still at home, growing and raising our own food is a no-brainer.

    In short, please and thank you! <3

  • Gisele

    Oh man, that looks like a great book! I may have to put it on my wish list.

  • Radha Case

    I would love a copy!! I live in London so I live in hope…

  • I would write a comment to get a copy of this book!!!

  • Leonardo Cannone

    I would read it and apply it.

  • Karyn Simpson

    I would love a copy

  • Toni

    I would love this book!!!

  • Rennae Wallace

    I would love a copy please!! I am forever borrowing it from the library and to be able to have my own would be awesome πŸ™‚

  • Catherine Christmas

    I would love a copy and gratefully out it to good usethis gardening year!

  • bevvy234

    I would love a copy. I could do more gardening instead of wasting time on the internet trying to find good information(your great site excluded).

  • Pick me please! Just a single mom trying to teach her daughter how to live independently and locally. We plan our gardens every year and I would love a book to pass on to her when she is old enough to move forward with gardens of her own!

  • I would love a copy of this book!

  • That would be fantastic! I’ve learnt so much already, but a book to read and refer to would be awesome – fingers crossed!

  • I would love to add a copy to my Permaculture book family. Thank you for offering it as a contest. I love your posts and wish I was younger and closer. Peace

  • Iona Dunbar

    ooh, looks like a brilliant book! i’m from Scotland and we have had some weird weather the last few years so i’m keen to see what direction i can get from looking into permaculture. please pick me!! πŸ™‚ xxx

  • Kathy Hatch

    I am an elementary school teacher and would love a copy! Sharing the passion of permaculture with our future leaders!!! πŸ™‚

  • Marcela Brandao

    Yes, yens, yens!! I do want one!!! I also have lotes of friends i would like to share all this beutifull knowledge ! Please please please!!

  • I’d be hightly appreciative of a free copy of that awesome book.

  • Jodie Lawson

    A copy of my own would be fantastic!

  • Annie Gilchrist

    Would love a copy. We want to do more in our preschool setting. xx

  • Logan turner

    I would love to add that to my collection

  • jane

    I’d love to come and do your amazing course, but as that is unlikely to be happening anytime soon, a copy of the book would be really appreciated.

  • Nan

    Yes please! We’re moving along the path of sustainability and would love to have a guide to help!!

  • I would lob one of these books, the local
    Indigenous communities would benefit,
    I can teach them πŸ™‚

  • Ohohohohohohoh Pick me.

  • wwax

    Ohhhhh pick me.

  • Ashley

    Yes please, i Just started doing a PDC with the good folks from VEG in Melbourne, this would be a great resource πŸ™‚ keep up the good work guys!

  • Sonja

    Me please!!!! Trying to set up the farm so its complely sustainable.

  • Would also love a chance to win, thank u!

  • michelle

    Looks like a great book! I’ll have to go see what the local library has.

  • Would also love to win this, thank you!

  • I was able to get this on an inter-library loan once – just throwing that out to everyone who isn’t selected. But I would love to have my own much-thumbed library copy! If you pick me, this 59 year old farmer, PDC and Polyface Farm Intensive weekend grad and Planning Commissioner promises to stack functions and use if for personal as well as community resilience!

  • Ash

    Yes please, i Just started doing a PDC with the good folks from VEG in Melbourne, this would be a great resource πŸ™‚ keep up the good work guys!
    (I got an error, sorry if this posts twice)

  • I would be thrilled for a copy. We are a high passion, low income family that is not only trying to undertake a permaculture redesign of our property but also to raise our children with this way of thinking and acting.

  • Gabe

    If I could come for a 2 day workshop, I would. In the meantime, I will gladly enter the giveaway for the book.

  • Albert Rios

    You know you wanna give it to me…im using my jedi mind trick on you…..oooga booga!!

  • Becs

    I would love one for my husband!

  • I would love a copy of this book. A friend of mine got a copy from her visit to your wonderful farm and she raves about it. I have a small block but every inch is being used for our own food. I would love a copy please.

  • Larissa

    I would love a copy! Your copy looks so well read that it is obviously full of great information!!

  • cherie

    Yes please!! Pretty pretty please!

  • Beatrix

    I would love a copy! Pick me! πŸ™‚

  • Alea jacta est!

  • That would be awesome. Yes please πŸ™‚

  • We desperately need Permaculture in Kansas….I am introducing the concept and philosophy at Wichita State University tomorrow! (Hopefully they won’t want to talk just about basketball.)

  • Mrs sensible and I would love a copy. If you roll the dice our number is 6.

  • Katherine

    We have a blank one acre just ready for permie applications!

  • Good book, one copy would be great πŸ™‚

  • kkgale

    I would love that book. Although we have a great small space. We do not really know how to design and create what is in our heads. We try to be self sustaining but can’t put it together. That book would really help!

  • Yes please!!

  • Gary

    wow good to see such a great response to this offer, we might just have a chance as a race and looking after our planet better with so many people starting to see the light & right way to live and grow, am sure the right person will get this book, the one who needs it most πŸ™‚

    I am still picking nice red tomatoes temp climate , have everything built on the north facing side of my yard but still manage to find a way even we facing south gardens to get some good crops, so never say never there is always a way πŸ™‚

  • Mark Chadwick

    With a 1200 m2 urban block built on 3 years ago I’d love to expand on my knowledge to further the transformation we are undertaking from former cow paddock on black peer clay to productive, sustainable food production and habitat. I am also involved in a food production start up at a local golf course and would love to share the permaculture message with that group.

  • Great prize. I’m in. Cheers πŸ™‚

  • Sally

    Oh, pick me! We’re just about to move on to a blank slate of 2 acres and this would so help our planning.

  • Very much so, count me in! I am currently learning and trying to grow food, mostly in containers in a rental backyard. It is heaps of fun and I love absorbing all the new knowledge! I do need a lot more help and experience, though…

  • Fawn

    This book looks great!

  • Wendy Williams

    This book sounds very interesting! I would love to learn about permaculture!

  • Please let the dice roll my way

  • Gary

    what I meant was all the house etc is in the prime land eg north facing land so my garden is south facing, there’s a will there’s a way. happy growing all.

  • I have been taking an 8 month Permaculture course and plan to take an advanced course this summer and get a teaching cert. I am so interested in this, I can’t get enough. It is the best way to have food security and save the plant. I would be honored to add this to my Permaculture collection.

  • DW

    That book is on my wish list!
    Thanks for all you do, I really enjoy the posts, and, if ever I get to Australia, (for more than just a layover, where I am not allowed off the plane, yikes…) I hope very much to visit.
    Take care, and my best;
    DW Burdwood-Porter

  • Judie keech

    I would Love a copy of the book as I can not afford to fly there for classes.

  • Gai

    I have a rural property that my son and I dream of turning into ‘crops, chooks and a cow’ when we are able to live there again. In the mean time I’m looking to learn all I can about sustainable planting and layout, solar installation, rainwater tanks and composting. Your book sounds perfect.

  • Kerrie

    oh yes please! I would love a copy

  • I’d love it. Thank you Milkwood!

  • Cass

    If I had this book I could stop borrowing it constantly from the library and then other people might see it on the shelves more often and borrow it and learn about permaculture too :-). It would seriously help transform our post house build rubble into productive wonderland. Thanks for offering this prize and sharing your knowledge.

  • James

    I’d love a copy. Thank you Milkwood!

  • Wow, what a great giveaway. Here’s hoping it comes my way. πŸ™‚

  • Adam M

    pick me!

  • I would love this book! Please pick me πŸ™‚

  • Ben

    very interested in getting into more permaculture, does the book have a section on shade growing plants.

  • I am so excited to have the opportunity to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

  • katrina spark

    A great resource to inspire our acreage in NW Tas! Thanks for your blog!

  • Zack G

    I would be thrilled to have a copy of this book =D

  • Rae

    Oh gosh can you put e in the running, it would be amazing to own a copy.

  • Great giveaway! What a fantastic resource !!

  • this book would be a fantastic incubator to the community garden library … currently in the research and begging phase πŸ™‚

  • Zack G

    I would be thrilled to have a copy of this book!! =D

  • Malchus

    I could use one! πŸ™‚

  • aaem

    i’d love a great reference to someday create connected gardens to frolic amongst!

  • Ana Evelyn santiago

    Need to have that book in Puerto Rico me me

  • oh yes please… want to do one of your courses but between 2 fulltime shift workers living in another state it is getting very difficult… have my eye out for next years mushroom course…. want to run one in Brissie???

  • Phil

    Would love a copy to apply its principles to a newly acquired 21 acre property on the NSW far south coast….

  • timinillinois

    Sounds like a great book.

  • Kim Martin

    Please pick me! I have a huge interest in all of that. But with a small child at home and a husband who travels for work, classes aren’t an option for me right now! πŸ™‚


  • Happy Easter to everyone at Milkwood. I am spending Easter struggling with the Permaculture approach to 9 dry months then 3 months of rain in winter. Maybe this book would take me a step closer to resolving the issues of water.

  • Nicole

    I am new to permaculture, owning a copy of this book would be an ideal starting point to what feels like an exciting journey of change ahead!

  • Deirdre

    would love this please xxx πŸ˜€

  • Thanks for posting this πŸ™‚
    I think just because you actually endorse this book and have given it a good wrap is enough for me to want to buy it.
    It’s hard to find good sources at times to learn new skills.
    You have a great path and a good website!

  • Tiffany Frey

    Oh how I NEED this. I do ALOT of reading but all on the internet. I miss the feel of a real book in my hands where I can mark on the pages and use real bookmarks. And the information… Oh the my..the wealth of information here!

  • Karina

    I’m week 3 of my happy garden and loving every day. It feels like such an achievement.

  • Would love to take your class but given that we live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, I think it unlikely so maybe the book? That would be great!

  • Mario

    Would be awesome to get this book! πŸ™‚ Happy Easter!

  • Marie Boisclair

    I’d love this book! I borrowed it from the library once and LOVED it! It’s definitely the kind of book that would be useful in the bookshelf as I know I’d refer to it again and again!

  • Tania

    We’re dreaming of escaping Sydney and living sustainably on our own patch of dirt. I’m busy reading everything I can lay my hands on in preparation, so we can hit the ground running when we finally get there. This book is on my reading list but I don’t have it yet, so winning a copy would be a big help, not to mention EXCITING!

  • melissa

    this would be excellent . Long term gardener who has decided that ther emust be a better way.

  • Doug

    I would love a copy

  • Look at all those comments! Fantastic! Congratulations to a fantastic group of people all keen to get into their garden and their world. But yeah – I’d live a copy too! Send it on over, and we’ll continue to Leo spread the word!

  • Each weekend I work on my veggie garden and today I am trying to get an aquaponics set up going.. sadly have to work full time and support my adult dyspraxic son so going on the course is just a far off dream.. instead I use books to work out how to do things…so would love one!

  • bernadine carroll

    Hi I love your post they inspire me. With the help of other workers we have just set up a food garden at our community organisation for our staff disadvantaged clients. I enjoy picking produce from it to feed my self for lunch. I am now looking for property to be able to live my dream, my suburban back yard is to small for my growing aspirations to live sustainably. One day i will get to do one of your courses.

  • Mira Makenna

    Great Fan from Santa Cruz, California…wanting to co-create a similar community so I’ve been following and enjoying your growing adventures…MOST Inspired and would very much enjoy a copy to assist in the “germenation” process of my Dream Life coming into fruition *;-D Mira

  • I follow you from Crystal Palace Transition Town, London UK where we have started a number of community gardens – an edible and another based on the principles of permaculture.. You are an inspriation and it’s fun following opposite seasons. If we could twin, we would but only over social media :-). I’d love to give a copy of your book to my dear friends Jonno and Cat up in Brisbane. They have a piece of land near the Granite Belt where they are at the start of an adventure to live sustainably.. Your book would be the perfect intoduction to Permaculture and no airmiles either. well not from the UK at least. Thank you for sharing your adventure. x

  • I would also love to own a copy of this book. For 2 reasons 1) big permaculture follower trying to design my own 5 acres right now… this would come in handy.
    2) books are the best!!! Thanks for being so informative

  • We have a large yard, have been renovating, next few years….. huge learning curve as we plan and transform large yard into permaculture garden, huge need for planning ideas and instruction book to guide and inspire, to be offered one would be even nicer. I anticipate it will be well used and hopefully our garden will eventually be a good example of a permaculture garden. x

  • Marg

    I would love a copy, thanks!

  • I would love a copy! I’ve been growing my own veg for 2 years now, but I’m ready to step it up that next level. Going to get chickens in a few months too! πŸ™‚

  • Cynthia Brink

    Need to learn as much as I can to help make changes that will be good examples for others to explore that change is possible.

  • JenB

    I LOVE the diagrams you posted from the book. I’m just starting out my own little garden on rented property (first garden in 30 years!) and I’m doing my best to follow permaculture principles. I’m excited to begin this and dearly wish I had a way to pass on my excitement to family and friends. The diagrams and drawings I see make me want to draw my ideas in detail so that I can more easily pass them on to stimulate interest and understanding in others. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • I would love a copy. Am looking at my options to do a PDC in the coming year so would be good to do some pre-reading!

  • Libby

    I’d love a copy, got permaculture one but this might be a bit less advanced!

  • fiona whiston

    I would so love a copy

  • Meg McGowan

    I used to have my own copy of this book until someone borrowed it and forgot to give it back. It’s an amazing book that stretches you mind so effectively you can’t remember how you used to think before you read it. I promise if I win a copy I will never, ever loan it to anyone!

  • Fiona Thompson

    if there’s a spare copy to be had count me in please Milkwoodians!

  • Dianne

    Spring is fast approaching and I would love to use some of your fantastic techniques in my garden. What a wonderful thing to give out the book. Thank you

  • Jean Barberi

    I HATE MY LAWN! I never wanted one but didn’t know what other options were out there.. This book could give me the answers I have been looking for to help me replace my lawn with other, hopefully some edible, options. Thanks!

  • I would love winning this book! I’d really love to get it by taking your course, however, it isn’t financially feasible for me. Looking for something a little closer to home here in Ohio. Thanks for all the info you share with us!

  • Alex Mateer

    we would love a copy for our garden group and you wouldn’t even have to post it as we are visiting in a few weeks!…hope this isn’t an April fools???

  • Yes please! This is the next step for me. As a Naturopath and Nutritionist healthy food is my passion. I now have a backyard that I could grow organic food in. I would love to permaculture the place and have a mini orchard πŸ™‚

  • Hey lady luck, get at me girl.

  • Amy Joy

    I’d be delighted to win a copy! It would be incredibly useful for the entire family πŸ™‚

  • Virginia

    Yes please Milkwood, I’d love a copy. Happy Easter!

  • I am new to the permaculture philosophy and need a basic guide to begin a park board project on a slope of a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. It butts up against the edge of a natural forrest and sounds like the perfect solution. The small town of Weston has long been a monoculture, agrarian society since the mid 1800’s. I believe that if we begin growing an example of permaculture and create educational signs explaining it, by the time it is a producing forrest garden, the concept might catch on. It is worth a try!

  • Becky Schwinefus

    I would love a copy! It looks amazing!

  • Leigh

    Would love a copy. We have just built (or still finishing off) a strawbale tiny house and have absolutely no gardens or anything yet, so we are a blank canvas and are looking get designed and planting

  • I would love a copy, better yet I would love do the course, our 25acre property can do with all the help it can get. The course will have to wait (8week old baby), but I could get a head start on design ideas.

  • I would never be able to get to a course so would love a copy, but I see so many before me would be a miracle

  • Dr. William DeBolt

    Living here in the Canadian prairies, we have a acre and half that we have been slowly but surely changing over to a permaculture stewardship. With the “hippie” change as the villagers call it, we have developed a change in our village and especially happy to say with the young childen that attend a local school here. We know that our organic vegetable garden, our honeybees, our seven apple orchard, our grey water system, our local perennial flowers, our solar passive very green home and our full rain (lots of snow) harvest. It would be fab to have a copy of this book in our library. Cheers to all and please take a strong stand against Monsanto (it is killing us and we know it… permaculture is one of the greatest way)

  • Me! I’d love a copy! x

  • Christopher Horacek

    Support the youth! Let us read! 17 male from Georgia! Ps. Nick Ritar is my idol.

  • Maria Elizabeth Zazzero

    wow! lotsa comments_ all i can say is,”I need all the help I can get,so,this book would be handy. Besides,I like picture πŸ˜‰ ”

  • Robyn Matthews

    I’d love to have this book. Love the website and and newsletter – can’t do any courses as I’m on very limited income. Do use principles for living every way that I can. Have been a fan of Bill Mollison for a long time.

  • would love a copy, but would you send all the way to Canada??? =D
    u guys do great stuff!

  • Yes, please!

  • sam

    I would love one to help us transform our boring suburban 1/4 acre block into a permaculture paradise

  • I’d love to add this book to my collection. I’m a student of permaculture here in Melbourne and I don’t have this book. It’d be incredibly helpful to have.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Jenine

    Please Please could I have a copy, It’s never available at the local library!!

  • Marius

    I want to buy one, is it available online? Shipped to Canada.

  • Alex S.

    I would love to receive that permaculture book. I have a lot to work on with this red clay soil. Thanks.

  • Anne

    I would love one. Love your reular posts. thanks for everything.

  • Hi! I would love a copy! Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Dani Croaker

    Hi! I am an avid learner and fascinated by permaculture. I would love this book to be able to get started on setting up a food garden in our block! Keep up the great work! πŸ™‚

  • Debra Baker

    Great idea on the book give away, I think this intro would be great for my daughter who is jsut getting her own place

  • This book is not available in bookstores in my country (Malaysia). I’ve been trying to get a free / subsidize copy of this book. (quoted price in Malaysia was USD300 – far beyond me). I only get to read part of the book at Google book online. The book would provide an invaluable resource to my community of Punan natural farmers here in Sarawak, Malaysia. Would love to get one.

  • april

    I would love a copy. thank you!

  • Lindy at Mendooran

    I would love a copy of this book so I can use it as a topic for my kids home schooling! They love growing food but we haven’t had much luck with it over the last few years πŸ™

  • Kel

    Thanks for the tip abut the book. My son loved the Farm Anatomy one.

  • I would love to win a copy. I can’t wait for Bill’s new book to come out very soon.

  • lisakamaralli

    I would love one have been trying and failing miserably with permaculture since moving to our property.

  • Helen Ward

    Absolutely perfect permaculture information – would love the opportunity to kickstart my100 acres at magical Rutherglen Victoria – plus I’ll actually know what Cam is telling me.
    Thanks guys!

  • I would love a copy so I can stop getting fines on my local libraries copy that I get so engrossed in I forget to return it on time.

  • So many comments now! I’m on the constant search for inspiration renewal, as my journey into alternate living continues to lovingly unfold. Thanking yew Milkwood for your amazing emailz and effortz!

  • Heather Krcha

    Awesome!! Thanks for the great giveaway- my fingers are crossed πŸ™‚

  • Alana

    Yes Please!

  • Annora

    woo hooo!

  • Would love to win a copy of this oh so important book which will truly alter every aspect of the way one see’s their current life and help with turning any problems into solutions! πŸ™‚

  • Ellen

    As they say, gotta be in it to win it πŸ™‚
    I love reading this blog, thank you.

  • Loura

    I’m just getting started in permaculture and I would love a copy!

  • RiatheDeer

    Is this open to a poor struggling Aussie who needs some help in figuring out how to survive off my own land? Coz if it is, I would dearly love your wonderful informative book! Cheers!

  • Cheryl

    I plant to come to several (bees and fish and permaculture, the food forest one looked sooo good!) of your courses when funds and travel work out but a copy would be very handy in the meantime!

  • Amy

    We’d LOVE your book. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • jess

    count me in for the draw please

  • Agnes

    Yes please! I would love this πŸ™‚

  • Tracey

    I have wanted this book for some time, but sadly it’s not in the budget. Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful book. Would be a great birthday present on Wednesday πŸ™‚

  • Angie

    I homeschool my two girls and this is our fav book! We have to borrow it from the library as we dont have a copy. We are studying permaculture and aquaponics and want to teach my girls how to grow all their own food sustainably. This book is a perfect learning tool for that.

  • Paul

    Would love and appreciate this book!

  • Meg

    We would love this!

  • Tiffany

    i’d love a copy! i’m currently accruing overdue fees from the local library for this book… have to return it tomorrow and couldn’t renew it as someone else is waiting to read it! how awesome is that! but yup read a little into it and decided it was one we HAVE to have in our library! wow!

  • Charity

    Oh I love this book! I can’t wait to get a copy. Thanks in advance.

  • Sharon T

    Would love a copy I have an area all picked out ready to start and need this book for some advise – thanks for giving us the opportunity to win one….:)

  • I see my chances are rather slim, but I shall definitely be interested in getting this book for my brother πŸ™‚

  • One of those books I keep getting out of the library, and always think, must get my own copy one day. Though right now after spending a couple of hours in a bee suit on a hot day, I’m thinking, do I really NEED a book full of more ideas about what I could / should be doing, or should I just go lie down and have a nana nap :p

  • Christopher Lamb

    Am very interested in the topic of permaculture,my backyard is no longer big enough for all the projects I have in mind.every chance I get i’m either in the garden or reading about it,so this book would get read cover to cover.

  • I’m in, too! Great give-away!

  • Lynell Rosenberg

    My hubby & I would love to receive a copy. We left city life behind & bought a 70 year old church in a small country town in central west NSW. It took 2 years to renovate it to be our home, but we have just moved in πŸ˜€
    We want to start planning our vegetable & fruit garden on our one acre plot, but we need help. This Permaculture Book would be a blessing for us.

  • What a great opportunity to expand our library! Kindly include me in your drawing. By the way, I enjoy and appreciate your Tweets. Thanks for tons of valuable info.

  • Shelley

    Awfully popular book! I’ve always wanted it too!

  • Kaitlin schitea

    I would cherish having this book, I can use it as my bible as I travel the world transforming landscapes and lives!

  • This would go a long way on our 81 acre property near Somerset Dam in Queensland, on which we are working towards being self sustaining!! We love it here and want to learn a holisictic approch to keeping the land naturally beautiful and productive! πŸ™‚

  • Chris

    Since I have recently had 2 mini strokes (October 2012) I am unable to enroll in the permaculture design course I was hoping to this spring due to financial reasons (short/long term disability doesn’t pay much) this book would have been part of it and I would love the chance to own/read it and carry on my permie path minus the PDC.

  • Thanks for the opportunity to share some good knowledge through a tried and tested reference book. I’ll put my hand up for the draw. πŸ™‚

  • 200 comments? really? Ok let’s make it two copies, since everyone’s in such adoration of this text. Wow. Thanks for the enthusiasm, all πŸ™‚

  • steve

    Amazing offer! Would like to be included please.

  • I’d love a copy of this, as I’ve been following your posts, and can’t get to do a course, but want to put the concepts into practice at my place and become more self-sufficient. Even though I have a disability, I can plan, plod along, and get some of these goals achieved. Having all the ideas in one place ( book) would be more helpful also, as I keep losing the bits of paper I write the ideas on! Thanks for you site and this opportunity.


  • I run and am looking to learn more about permaculture for our projects in Malawi. Please pick me!

  • I’ve been trying to learn as much as possible about permaculture, I haven’t read this book yet, so would be great to win a copy!

  • Wendy Goss

    In three weeks, we’ll be heading to Tassie as caretakers at Bill Mollison’s Tagari Farm for the next 5 mths hrough Winter and would love this fantastc book to help us design our new purchase of land near there.

  • Kathy

    Gladly throw my hat in the ring for a chance to win a copy of this wonderful book! Have borrowed it from the library a few times, would be great to own my own. Thanks so much for the opportunity! Very generous πŸ™‚

  • Please add my name to your the virtual hat. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  • Rochelle Vycke

    YES PLEASE- This book may be the ‘kick in the butt’ I need to finally create the garden if been dreaming about.

  • Sylvia

    Bill Mollison was only ever available thru the library, then permaculture “courses” were unheard of. That’s why I love your site. I used to live in NSW but have now retired to tropical north Qld. I reckon if you can grow your own veges up here you’re a wizard! I have pawpaws and chilis growing like mad, all after cyclone Yasi, but anything else needs to be possum/wallaby proofed. I don’t want to “fence in” my whole backyard with wire.
    The only alternative I’ve come across is wired grow houses. Any other ideas?
    All this to say, yes I’d like a book to see if Bill has some options. Many thanks for your great site.

  • Helen

    Just starting out on t
    he permaculture pathway- need all the help i can get! Thanks for the chance for a copy of a well renowned author.

  • I would love a copy of this book! Our local library only has the Japanese translation, and while I can read it, I feel that I am loosing out on a lot of it. Please put me down for a chance!

  • Lisa Peace

    Oh my! I really need this.. My mother is moving to a great piece of land. She is 65 yr old, retiring with a brilliant sea change…. I would love too move me and my kids up, and learn, live a new self sufficient life… This book would be a great start. X love your work.

  • i would love a copy of this book! i am trying to spread the word about permaculture here in Greece, and it seems like an invaluable source for me to translate – premaculture is the best antidote for the crisis here!

  • Jo Fisher

    I would love a copy of this book too. I have your courses stashed away in my mind, for when children and family things allow. We have just moved into a house in the burbs, and I am trying to work out the best way to make it productive. I am sure the book be be a wonderful wealth of knowledge. If I am the very lucky one, I’d like to share it with the school kitchen garden that I am involved with, as well as our local community garden where I have a plot. Thanks guys for this and a great blog. Jo

  • carol spencer

    This looks like a handbook to self-reliance, building community and greening the planet..hell yes, I would love a copy to share with like minded folks! Love getting your emails and updates and finding out how things are done successfully!

  • Frankie

    thank you for the wonderful pictures and posts, a great distraction whilst i do my assignment during the Easter Long weekend. Ta πŸ™‚

  • Amanda Borland

    Been meaning to get this one, count me in.

  • Michael Brouwer

    Yes please, count me in.

  • Derek Deuce Deeley

    WE ARE ABOUT TO BUY 1.38 hectares IN SOUTHERN Finland AND MY girlfriend HAS TAUGHT ME THE VIRTUES OF PERMACULTURE. this book would be a great start on our journey

  • efiliation

    hiya. what a sign to commit more to the permie side of my passions that would be. Though, i really oughtta just do it anyway πŸ™‚ thanks for your work n inspiration milkwood

  • I’d love to win this …even though I already own a copy, I would give it to some friends who are just discovering permaculture!

  • Tania Sherwood

    I follow Milkwood’s activities with great relish as we are doing similar things on a small acreage – pigs, livestock, ducks and chooks and trying to do this self sufficiency thing in a holistic way. So much of it is based on instinct about whats right but some extra ideas from the book would be such a help. Pick me please!

  • gitte kaan

    Would love a copy of the book! We are always looking on how to improve our β€˜backyard food production space, and we do not have much material about these thinks in danish, so english is the next best <3

  • Gemma Elliott

    I would love that!! I just started a PDC with the very edible garden guys in Melbourne and it would be awesome to have a copy if my own!! πŸ™‚ you guys are great!!

  • We purchased a ‘new’ home last year on almost one half of an acre with my ultimate goal or the property for it to be a food forest, but I definitely need guidance as I have never done any Permaculture design. I recently discovered that then way I was gardening Was permaculture! Basically on accident, on purpose obviously, but I had never heard the word. Now trying to learn all I can from what resources I have, but it is time to move on to things like this book and get serous about my education! I would be most appreciative if Milkwood had a role in that :0) many thanks

  • jinjeannine

    would love to be considered for this permaculture introduction book…thanks,

  • Daniela

    Thank you for my copy! πŸ™‚

  • Brett Anthony

    Would love the chance of a copy, Thanks

  • Alexandra

    I’d love a copy too! It would help greatly to figure out what to do with our steep, cold, windy, frost-prone block. It’s a hard one!!

  • Terri

    Hi Nick, Kirsten & family.
    My family and I have enjoyed the many posted emails from you guys.
    We’ve made many changes to our little “THEMBA” 3.29acres. On a limited budget. Much to the disbelief of our community.
    They said I wouldn’t grow anything here.
    But being inspired by your edible garden has my place looking very green at this point in time.
    We’ve fertilized,planted and worked with the humanure toilet to benefit the families needs.
    We would be honored to receive your book.
    As we missed your last open field day at Milkwood, we certainly won’t be missing the next one.
    We look forward to getting the next updates.
    Please, keep them coming : )
    Thanks heaps guys.

  • Simone

    I NEED this book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • malcolm

    Yes please! Trust it’s not an April 1st Joke!

  • Laura Baker

    Yes please! I’d lend it to all the women in our Mums and Bubs permaculture course (after reading it, of course!)

  • Lisa

    Planning a food forest garden in Bendigo, this book would be mighty handy!

  • Ange Constable

    fantastic funky fabulous freak of nature seeks book of goodness…

  • Ann Green

    I stand in the line and hope it’s my lucky day. I’d like the book to go to my daughter, whos is together with her partener planning to build a home in a sustainable way. Sweden

    • Maria Svavarsdottir

      Yes please i would very much like a copy of this wonderful book

  • TL

    Me too – I read your posts and would love to do one of your courses to help us on our Hunter Valley property, but they are so expensive – perhaps I can start learning from the book …….

  • I’ll happily join the list as I’m digging away at the moment….
    Looks like its a popular line though.

  • Yes please! I’ve read and loved Linda Woodrow’s, I own Rosemary Morrow’s but I’d love to have this one to look through!

  • Hello,
    My sister shared the Milkwood farm with me and I enjoy the ideas on facebook updates.
    I discovered Permaculture on youtube about 6 years ago at the age of 15. Watched every good video available on the subject and read books at the library. From there I tried composting, raising chickens, and vegetable gardening for four years. I’m now 21, studying at a fine art atelier and living in a shared apartment in Florence, Italy. Still collect kitchen scraps and am attempting a compost pile in the parking lot behind the building. Since I don’t have planting space, have sprouted squash seeds and guerrilla planting them in my neighborhood. After finishing at school here, my goal is get my PDC in Tasmania (or somewhere nearby) and learn Permaculture Design to the best of my abilities. I would love the chance to read this book in depth!
    Thank you, Evanny

  • Julianne Wilson

    Please put me in the drawing! I am so grateful for your posts. I have learned so much and shared much with others. However, I am in the USA, which would add a bunch of postage, so if by some chance I win, please send the book to richrown (comment #7 above) to help with his youth project. Thanks! How delightful that you are getting so many comments this way! Hope you are enjoying the glow of knowing how many people are actually reading your blog and have been inspired by your work! Kudos! And thank you!!!

  • I want it. I went to buy it at amazon but it was too expensive and I went with a cheaper alternative that wasn’t by Bill Mollison. But I want a Bill Mollison book. Pleeeeeeeease. πŸ™‚

  • Tina

    Yes, please! I’m kind of new to the ideas of permaculture. I need to book to help figure it all out and get started.

  • Louise

    Me please! I’m a newbie and I would love a companion in print to help me take my first steps!!

  • devon

    Hopefully I can come to a course someday, until then…I’d love the book!

  • Rhoda

    Wow what a great giveaway.

  • I would read this book cover to cover and start over again. I live in the Midwest.

  • I will put my hand up too, please, to be in the lottery for this book. What a prize… πŸ™‚

  • I’ve been wanting to learn more about permaculture and this book seems like the perfect place to start!

  • I would so love a copy please. πŸ™‚

  • Tina

    Please add me to your drawing! I live in Kansas in the middle of industrial agriculture. Learning all that I can about more sustainable practices and hoping to influence others. Thank you!! Love your site!!!

  • mel

    Love reading your blogposts and following your fb page! Thanks for sharing all the info and for all the hard work you do!

  • Tracey

    Would love to learn more about permaculture & ideas for living on a postage stamp-sized lot.

  • megcourtney

    I love your blog: it gives me a chance to pause in my office-job workday and fantasize about a more connected existence. I also get tons of inspiration for applying your methods and experiments on my small urban plot. From everything I’ve read here and elsewhere, this book is the original authority and a must-have for permaculture in practice. It’s been on my wishlist for some time because it’s a bit of an investment. I’d love the chance to win a copy! Thanks much for all you do!!!

  • Mark Berry

    Me please!!!!

  • We have five acres and truly have no idea what we are doing or even where to begin. This book is much needed to start to our sustainable library and lifestyle. Please choose us.

  • We have five acres and no idea what to do or where to start. This book is a much needed start to our sustainable library and lifestyle. Please choose us.

  • This would go perfectly with my “The self sufficient Life”…

  • Pick Me! Pick Me!

  • brand new to permaculture, in fact brand new to gardening, now that I have 600m2 garden to sort out, I need as much help as possible.
    Karl – Oost Friesland Germany

  • Shiram

    Please!!!!!One copy!!!hahahaha

  • Gus

    Have two community projects on the go at the moment – any resources would be a great help! πŸ™‚

  • cang

    Wow, so exciting to see so many people interested in permaculture in Australia and all wanting to learning more! I’m one of them!

  • Janet McConaughey

    Does this relate to australia only or would it apply to cold wisconsin? I’d love to read it and then pass it along to the next person on the list. We could make a chain all over the world. Everyone could sign it.what do you think?

  • In a couple of weeks we move into our own home, in which I hope to build a productive garden full of food for our family. I’d love to win this book! But if not, I guess I can reintroduce myself to the library. πŸ™‚

  • angus and josie

    Gosh so many people ..even from Wisconsin.! We are not from Wisconsin but enjoy the blog and wonder how you have the time to do it so often,thank you for all your writings i have a feeling this blog will grow and grow.

  • Ranna

    I love reading your blogs each day and following your tremendous progress and efforts at Milkwood. I came across you guys and my gentle intro to Permaculture through RegenAg. I have done courses with Joel Salatin and Kirk Gadzia. I’d LOVE a copy of this book to assist me to improve the productivity and visual stimulation of my teeny backyard!
    Thanks for all the great work you do sharing information, knowledge and most importantly, you experiences πŸ˜€

  • Greta

    Yes please.

  • Erin

    My name is Erin and I’m a sophomore in college, currently studying urban agriculture in Landscape Architecture… I’m helping a school for gifted children design a permaculture garden! This book would be a lovely resource.

  • Peter Windle

    Hope you have a big dice, lots of comments=lots of people read your newsletters which are great! any copies of the full permaculture book. Appreciate the oppourtunity, Cheers Peter

  • I would love this book because you prove permaculture can be beautiful and functional.

  • Taib

    I would love a copy…. sending lots of good energy your way……

  • Fran Payne

    I’ve always wanted to do a Permaculture course, but the price, distance and leaving children behind have always hindered me. A copy of the book would be wonderful.

  • love your website and all the info….you guys are great!!!! please check our little permaculture project in argentina…
    love to have the book!!!!!

  • Last night i realised an important thing that i had never thought before – the earth is like playdoh. Over the course of 20years one can actually develop any landscape that they are inspired by – by digging, dumping, moving, planting – and best thing is, the earth will grow and live. I love that idea. It means that the universe comes to you where you are exactly right now. One doesnt need to go traveling to exotic shores or spend lots of money getting a mortgage because it is near the coast or because it looks relaxing – if one committs and roots oneself in the landscape any plane can become anything. thats amasing! BIG LOVE Kelly jones

  • Jenny

    Loved the Sydney lecture on forest garden design…looking forward to more!

  • Denise

    If you pick me
    I’ll plant a tree
    to grow in my garden
    to provide for me
    and my family
    and if I succeed
    for others to eat

  • Thanks for the giveaway… would be happy to win a copy of this book πŸ™‚

  • Tim

    And the dice rolls….
    This would be a much appreciated and inspiring addition to my new acreage in Olinda NSW. I hope to get along to one of your courses some time soon.
    Following the dream.

  • Sara

    Just what I need to do my PDC! Hope I’m the lucky one:)

  • Bungalow Community Garden is at the beginning of it’s existance. This book would set us on the right path in planning the garden as well as in physically implementing the design. Our community is so diverse, isolated individuals, older people, refugees, migrants, young couples, kids, homeless youth all in an inner suburb of Cairns, Qld. Many need the healing of gardening, the wonderful feeling of creation and many need the companionship gardening provides as well as the nutrition from fresh fruit and vegetables. We all have so much to learn, about gardening, from gardening and from each other. It is an exciting journey.

  • Thank you for the opportunity. i would love to win this book. My husband and I are just beginning to learn permaculture and we’ve been told this is the permaculture book to have.

  • Kashkadigs

    Hi Milkwoodies,
    Thanks again for hosting the great Dave Jacke intensive course- Loved it so much! I’m throwing my hat in the ring for this one. Was talking to my daughters preschool teacher this morning about their vege patch. She has to go in for an operation soon and is worried about what will become of the garden while she is away. I told her about sowing some green manure for the time she is away and she is very interested. I’d love to give her this book and a packet of the green stuff. Figure it might make some good recuperative reading and she can return full of permacultural ideas to share with the kidlies- gettem while they’re young I say! So come on dice- roll my way (;

  • Yes, a copy of Intro to Permaculture would be a great addition to a growing library. Thanks

  • I would love to have a copy of this book. This is a huge family interest, my daughter is already deeply involved here is Wisconsin, and I am following in her footsteps.

  • Jade

    Pick me!!

  • This would be an absolute gem to have a copy of. We try to use permaculture principals in our suburban home and this would help us on our way ( and the fact that it’s ALWAYS out at our local library ). πŸ™‚ Thanks

  • Principle 5: Use and value renewable resources & services.

  • Marcia

    The person who wins this would be a very lucky person indeed. It would make a lovely surprise gift for my daughter

  • Krystina Steed

    Ooh, I would love a copy of this book!

  • We are going to build a small resort, and our plan is to make it as more sustainable as we can… permaculture, aquaponic are the must to have tools…

  • Bob Kershaw

    me me me me me oh oh pick meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • GreenOceanBliss

    What do you get when you cross a funky 80’s hairdo with the conditions that are perfect for growing bacteria?

    • greenoceanbliss you’ve WON A BOOK! yay! please email your name + mailing adress to kirsten at milkwood dot net – huzzah!

  • reply to 295 a yazz hot-beeswax bac-crop….. urm like u know hot wax n flat tops!

    Milkwoodians I’d love to read the divinity of permaculture if my number gets drawn fro the hay stack πŸ˜€

  • Felix Serrano

    Introduction to Permaculture is the book! I will be working in Haiti! Please let it be me…..

  • di

    Introduction to Permaculture would so help me to get my 3/4 acre patch into some sort of productive heaven. Ahhhh. I need all the help I can get!! πŸ™‚

  • This book is so iconic, I’ve even seen it at a local NGO here in Dili, Timor-Leste. The hubby and I would love a copy!

  • Ohhh yes please! That would be so lovely πŸ™‚

    I ate the last of my (blanched then frozen) Milkwood beans last night that I bought from the popup shop a couple weeks ago… please send more produce to the city! I can’t get enough of it! X

  • michelle knott

    Please pick me! I have just moved onto land and need to learn how to rehab the burnt landscape along with where to start my self sustaining garden!!

  • Rebekka Drewes

    I would love a copy! It sounds like a really good basis.

  • bebe

    Would love a copy…let the die roll…

  • Elissa

    We are just embarking on our permaculture adventure, trying to read as much as possible and would LOVE a copy of this book to help us get started! (We are finding it hard to find an introductory course in Melbourne area…if anyone knows of any short courses happening May/June/July? We can’t quite afford the PDC just yet)

  • I’m comment number 301.. auspicious.. Would love to learn more about Food forests..I’m already on your postings.. and alsways informative and helpful..

  • Mat


  • Jeremy Harris

    My children would benefit hugely from these teachings. Can’t afford the PDC, but would love the book! πŸ™‚

  • EL

    Throwing my hat in as well. Fingers crossed. Thanks for the great blog!

  • Nick Chapman

    Wow, this has been on my ‘What to buy me for a gift’ list for a while now. would love to be able to cross it off! Cheers Guys

  • Angela Matarrese

    I really need it… I am an agronomist from Italy and this book would be a great help to start living my dream!

  • Jim

    This is one way to get a lot of comments. It is great to see that at least this many are prepared to make a comment after reading this blog post. Great to see such a large following Kirsten and Nick. You must be doing something right.

  • Jenny Ann

    Oh, yes. I would love a copy of this book. Been wanting this book for some time but just have not got around to getting it and I am also hoping to do one of your courses soon… Love your ideas! This is our future.

  • Mel

    I would love a copy of the book!! Working so hard on the land πŸ™‚ any extra knowledge would be appreciated πŸ™‚

  • Beck

    We are travelling Australia in a caravan and dreaming of finding our own little part to settle and make a home using permaculture concepts. I have been reading permaculture books in libraries all over Australia and keep referring back to this one when there is something I come across and I need a bit of help understanding! My hubbie and I have learnt a lot and have been able to explain a few things to our children that we honestly did not know anything about two years ago. We have been house sitting for people all over the place who are striving to be a bit more self sufficient or are energy conscious and environmentally aware. It is fantastic to see!! We would love a copy!

  • Robyn Harris

    Wow! So many replies!
    Of course I too would love to win. Reason being that I want to introduce this stuff to my dad’s farm. He’s much more likely to flick through a book than to read the stuff that I print off from the internet.

    now, how will you choose??

  • Robbie Walsh

    Would be a hard book to put down by the looks of it!

  • charlie anderson

    Doing great things at milkwood guys, love to get up there one day but long way from kangaroo island, keep up the good work and i,d love a copy of the book.

  • Rhonda

    Thanks for your awesome newsletters, so generous to share your knowledge and experiences.
    Like everyone else, I’d love to win this book.

  • jacky brown

    I would love to receive this book!!! I have learned so much as I follow your blog and website. Thank you so much!!

  • Kat Power

    I would love to receive a copy of this book, it would be fab, Kat Power,Bendigo

  • Shafqat Ullah

    Oops every buddy want to be a winner great!!!
    I will say please pick me because I am the pioneer of Permaculture in Pakistan. This book will help me and my friends to develop our modle Farm in Pakistan.


  • Wilfredo Moran

    I hope, I have any chance to get it. IΒ΄m planning to start mi backyard farm based on permaculture values and ideas.

  • Devon Hampton

    I would love a copy of this book.we are moving in a smaller space and it would be great to learn more on how to utilize it.

  • Reblogged this on Luna Indigo and commented:
    Permaculture is the future of food. It is important for us to learn how to grow food in this manner.

  • Dave

    Hello !!! A copy of this magnificent book would be amazing . It is not for me , but for a beautiful lady with a heart of gold . She sent me your web page as it is something we are both very interested in. The book for her , would just be something else !!!
    Have a brilliant day πŸ™‚

  • THANKYOU MILKWOODAVERSE! Wow what an amazing response – so, so good to see so many people are into this knowedge! The dice (ok the random number generator, i don’t have dice this big) said 8 + 295 so I’ve contacted those commenters.

    Wish we had enough intro books for you all! Stay tuned for the next round and thanks again for your support πŸ™‚

  • oh yes and also NO MORE COMMENTS PLEASE. It’s all over red rover.

  • Becky

    Holy Cow. I’m just going to buy one here in Tucson AZ.
    The postage to here would be astronomical:-)

  • We are moving our community garden(Ridgway Community Garden, ridgway CO ) this year and I would love to have your book to help us in thinking through all the details. We are at a little over 7000 ft. with a short growing season but have had great production in our current location. Sadly, the landlord wants the property back…sigh, progress. You guys are the Best!