top of page

Permaculture Information Resources 

Here is a diversity of resources that we use to teach and to expand your abilites for your Permaculture projects.  Please spend time here exploring these pathways and information sets and radical ecological politics for the people.

Watershed Based Models of Economic Development

Watershed Based Models of Economic Development

Watershed based models of economic development looking into creating more localized ecologically informed, socially responsible and profitable directions of economic growth.


It is not a matter of growth or no growth regionally it is a matter of what do we want to grow and how to go about it? 

That is the central question we are exploring in this report taking the Hudson valley watershed as a base map to design a more diverse, local ecological and socially just economy and infrastructure.  We define our region as the Hudson valley watershed and all the sub-watersheds that comprise it and all the municipalities therein.


A Integrated regional master plan that focuses on local food security, renewable local energy production opportunities, better transportation systems and overall with a goal of achieving greater economic self-reliance with a diversity of green jobs and a more resilient infrastructure and livelihood options emerging from our vision for future generations growing up in the region. Most studies focus on a single topic and miss many potential linkages and synergies that are yielded when a range of economic activities in a community are integrated and retrofitted to be healthy and sustainable for the long-term.


The Report: 

Includes 3 basic sections

Section 1:  Analysis - with the Hudson Valley Watershed as our baseline for data collection.


Section 2: Assessment


Section 3: Recommendations for (based on the info. in 1 & 2)

Regional Retrofitting to realistically achieve a more healthy, independent and resilient localized economy and Infrastructure by a goal of 2050- to be for instance in energy=100% Renewable Hudson Valley watershed energy systems.


Three subjects analyzed, assessed and recommended:


Subject #1 - Food: 

Regional Self-reliance analysis of present food production in the region with this criteria in mind.

  • How much is produced locally how much diets imported?

  • What staples could be produced locally

  • With some Changes in diets and new crops that could come in as staples?


Subject #2 - Energy: 

Production sources that it depends upon, what is renewable and local and what is imported and fossil fuel or nuclear dependent

  • How much is produced locally how much is imported?

  • What energy could be produced locally ecologically?

  • With some Changes in systems and lifestyles how much could be generated renewable resiliently locally?


Subject # 3 - Waste and Water:

How much waste it’s impacts on waterways and water quality in the region where is generated where is it sent and 

and how much could be turned into useful, ecologically healthy materials and livelihoods for the region?

  • Volumes and types of water used?

  • Generally throughout  the study area how it is distributed ?

  • Waste loads impacting waterways?

  • Ways to improve and enhance water quality and resilience of aquatic ecosystems

Anchor 1
Bioregional Economies 1 -1.jpg

Read Our Handbook For Scaling Up Permaculture - Connecting communities to their local landscapes for resilient and ecological livelihoods.

Permaculture Site Design Consultation Plans

Anchor 2

Maps of Bioregions of North America and the North East

Anchor 3

Andrew Faust Articles

Anchor 4
Andrew Faust Permaculture Perspectives Podcast

Trade Magazines, Blogs and Interviews

Anchor 5
  • Permaculture Activist Magazine

  • The Ecologist Magazine

  • Earth Island Institute

  • The Weston A. Price Foundation

  • Adbusters Magazine

  • Worldwatch Institute

  • Gaia University

  • New Internationalist

  • International Society for Ecology and Culture

  • Organic Consumers Association

  • Third World Network

  • Whole Earth

  • World Nuclear News

  • Microwave News ~ EMF/EMR Directory

  • Trinity Atomic Web Site

  • 50 Facts About U.S. Nuclear Weapons

  • Stop New Nukes

Recommended Reading
Anchor 6


  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Oasis Maps

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • New York Department of Environmental Conservation

  • The National Academies Advisors to the Nation on Science, Engineering and Medicine

Links for physical characteristics of landscapes:


  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

  • U.S. Geological Survey

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • The Biodynamic Treatment of Fruit Trees, Berries and Shrubs - Pfeiffer, Ehrenfried.

  • Introduction to Permaculture - Mollison, BillP

  • Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability - David Holmgren

  • Amory Lovins and L.Hunter Lovins. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution - Paul Hawken

  • Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution - Hawken, Paul, Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins

  • Keynote Address for the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture's 1999 Farming for the Future Conference:

  • Designing Sustainable Food Systems - William McDonough

  • Conquest of the Land through Seven Thousand Years - Lowdermilk, W. C

  • Living in the Appalachian Forest: True Tales of Sustainable Forestry.- Bolgiano, Chris

  • The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing's Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living -Nearing, Helenand Scott..

  • The Land Question and European Society since 1650 - Huggett, Frank E

  • Water Wars: Drought, Flood, Folly and the Politics of Thirst. - Ward, Diane Raines

  • Gaia: An Atlas of Planet Management - Meyers, Norman.

  • Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - Diamond, Jared

  • Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World. -McNeil, J.R.

  • Out of the Earth: Civilization and the Life of the Soil - Hillel, Daniel

  • The Medium is the Massage and The Gutenbery Galaxy - Mcluhan, MarshallMan and His Symbols - Jung, Carl

  • Deschooling Society - Illich, Ivan

  • On Learning and Knowledge - Krishnamurti, J

  • The Music of Life - Kahn, Hazrat Inayat.

  • Evolution's End: Claiming the Potential of Our Intelligence -Pearce, Joseph Chilton

  • In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nation - Mander, Jerry

  • Permaculture Designer's Manual - Mollison, Bill,

  • The One Straw Revolution - Fukuoka, Masanobu

  • Compost and Preparations - Pfeiffer, Ehrenfried

  • Culture and Horticulture - Storl, Wolf

  • Stolen Harvest - .Shiva, Vandana

bottom of page