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Bill Mollison Permaculture Lecture Series, On-Line
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What is Permaculture?

Who is Bill Mollison?

These videos are documents from two design courses taught by Bill Mollison at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose Texas in 1994 and 1995. They are a definitive selection from our original 16 part series. These tapes bear many viewings and will benefit anyone who wants to learn how to help regenerate the earth - from back yard to bio-region. Teachers of permaculture have found these tapes to be a valuable coaching tool - edited to one hour.

You can watch them online by following the View Online links below or follow the Download link and then click the Download button on the resulting page to save a copy to your computer.

The Function Of Design View Video Online
This is an opening lecture. The principles of functional design for sustainability are unique to Permaculture design.
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Fundamentals Of Pattern View Video Online
From a singular event all other events are set in motion in recognizable and predictable patterns This pattern recognition is the core of design in Permaculture.
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Pattern Application View Video Online
Efficiency of energy, resources, and time, and the creation of highly productive systems are the results of good Permaculture design. The methods are obvious once we have become co-creative with the forces of nature.
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Home Gardening View Video Online
Find out why it is so important to grow your own food and how to install the easiest, and highly productive, home food propagation systems; mulch garden, potato box, herb's spiral, and more. You don't need much space. These are basic Permacultural techniques.
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Trees 1 View Video Online
The tree is life - profound, magnificent, and mysterious. To learn what little we can know of trees is sufficient to leave one awestruck and reverent.
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Trees 2 View Video Online
Why is a tree green? Where does a tree end or begin? Why have all human societies destroyed the tree? A Mollison rave.
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Farmer's Trees View Video Online
These are very specific trees which are used around the world for their ability to improve
soils. They are invaluable in range for livestock, as well as in fields under cultivation.

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Forests And Woodlands View Video Online
Methods to plant, sustain, and best utilize woodland and wood for fuel, forage, windbreak and construction.
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Pasture And Range Restoration View Video Online
What is cultura promiscua? To maintain functional bio-diversity is a basic tenet of Permaculture. Severely degraded land can be easily restored to highly productive land by using good observation techniques, plants and animals in succession, and common sense.
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Soil Conditioning View Video Online
... a continuation of #10. Two main techniques: the chisel-plow, and the wonders of worms and how to cultivate them. The patterns described in these two videos can be replicated in any type of Permaculture system, and scaled to any size.
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Water View Video Online
...a continuation of the Trees video. Potable water - where does it come from? How did it get there? What has become of it? What we can do to ensure that we will have safe water to drink, and to conserve as much of this precious material as possible.
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Once one has learned to harvest water, then the real fun begins with production of the myriad of foods and marketable commodities hosted by ponds and other water-rich environments.
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Planting In Drylands View Video Online
There are a multitude of ways to harvest, conserve, and utilize water. These strategies apply to coastal regions or islands with with zero precipitation, arid lands, as well as to areas with plentiful seasonal rainfall.
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Drylands 1 View Video Online
As desert is rapidly claiming vast areas of our planet, millions are on the verge of starvation. Yet, crops which occur naturally in arid land can provide all necessary nutrition for people and animals. The strategies discussed arise from years of observation in the deserts of Australia and from the peoples of Kalahari.
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Drylands 2 View Video Online
... continuation of Drylands 1. Never, never irrigate the desert. The devastation caused by irrigation of arid land is irreparable. But there are alternatives: methods to set up a drought proof system. This is serious Permaculture!
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Working at Ground Level View Video Online

A documentary on the permaculture work done in Ecuador by the Rainforest Information Center, Centro de Investigatión de los Bosques Tropicales.
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Straw Bale Construction
Straw bale construction is gaining worldwide recognition as a viable, high-performance, earth- and people-friendly building technique which utilizes a natural by-product of food production. The Straw Bale Solution is 30-minute video introduction to straw bale building. It offers viewers an excellent look at $1.50 a square foot straw-bale homes in Mexico and the custom high-end straw-bale mansions of Santa Fe... How and why they are built, why they make so much sense and cents, and how to get started are all covered."

The Straw Bale Solution (#C 01)
Building with bales can produce ecological, empowering and affordable housing, and NetWorks' award-winning video provides an entertaining overview of how and why. Narrated by Athena and Bill Steen, co-authors of The Straw Bale House book, The Straw Bale Solution features interviews with architects, engineers, owner-builders and leading straw-bale advocates. See how-to-build, learn about weather and code implications, and experience the barn-raising, community-building aspects of straw-bale homes. Then follow the Steens south of the border as they work with Save The Children in Sonora, Mexico, empowering local townspeople to create comfortable homes from straw bales - an abundant agricultural "waste product" of the region. Educators and innovators, Bill and Athena Steen push the boundaries of vernacular architecture and reveal how the world-wide housing shortage could have a Straw Bale Solution. Made possible by the Katherine and Lee Chilcote Foundation and The Lifebridge Foundation. 30 minutes.

The Last Straw
The Last Straw, the quarterly journal of straw-bale and natural building, began in 1992 with Judy Knox and Matts Myhrman of Out On Bale (un)Ltd at the publishing helm. Five years later, with The Last Straw well-established and recognized as the resource for up-to-date and pertinent straw-bale construction information, Judy and Matts felt the need to begin focusing on other important projects which had to be put on hold when interest in straw-bale construction skyrocketed. They began the search for a responsible, committed team who would continue the tradition of high quality outreach and reporting they had established, and in 1998 they chose NetWorks Productions to be their production and publishing successors.

In 2003, TLS was transfered to, and is now published by the Green Prairie Foundation for Sustainability in Lincoln, Nebraska.  For a current subscription visit

Networks still sells back issues (#1-39) of TLS

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