This list is inspired by Toby Hemenway’s Permaculture Reading List and many of the book descriptions below are his. Most of the links are affiliate links meaning we may receive money, at no expense to you, if you purchase anything through these links.
ABC of Poultry Raising: A Complete Guide for the Beginner or Expert. Florea, J, H. A standard work on small-scale poultry care.
The American Minor Breeds Notebook. Heise & Christman. Rare livestock with unique characteristics
Chicken Tractor. Lee, Andy. “The Gardener’s guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil.” A second-generation Pc book that goes beyond Mollison; using animals multifunctinally.
Chickens in Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide.Luttmann, Rick, and Gail Luttmann. A good book on small-scale chicken raising for the homeowner.
The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable. de Bairacli Levy, Juliette Faber and Faber. A look at traditional knowledge and the importance of plant diversity to animals.
The Family Cow. van Loon, Dirk.
The Forgotten Pollinators. Buchman, Steve, and Nabhan. Stories about ecology through the window of pollination, a crucial link. I recommend any of Gary Nabhan’s books, which mostly center on the Sonoran desert; this one is of world-wide urgent importance.
Grass Productivity. Voisin, Andre. A primary text for rotational grazing.
Raising The Home Duck Flock. Holderread, Dave. A local expert on waterfowl.
Keepers of the Game. Calvin Martin
The Last Ranch. Bingham, Sam. A year in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, centering on a few ranchers applying Holistic Resource Management methods. Well-written by the author of the HRM Workbook, it begins with a quote from Permaculturist Michael Crowfoot: “Not only are ecologies more complex than we imagine, they are more complex than we can imagine” Very highly recommended.
Microlivestock. “Little-known small animals with a promising economic future”
A Natural History of Domesticated Animals. by Juliet Clutton-Brock. All you could want to know about the wild ancestors of all the domesticated animals of the world. With extensive references, this book is very useful if you are designing low-input systems with animals.
Pastured Poultry Profits. Joel Salatin. Production model describes how to produce an income from small acreage raising poultry. He tells how anyone can earn $25,000 in 6 months on 20 acres.
The Power of Duck: Integrated Rice and Duck Farming. Takao Furuno.
Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits. Bennett, Bob. Good introduction to rabbits in the backyard.
Salad Bar Beef. Joel Salatin. This proven system can yield a superb profit from a small cow herd regardless of the commodity price of calves.
The Tender Carnivore and the Sacred Game. Paul Shepard. Deep thinking and poetic writing about our need for relationships with animals; good for countering anti-meat food dogma.
The Third Chimpanzee. Diamond, Jared. I recommend all of Diamond’s books because of his wide range of knowledge, which includes genetics, birds, language and owes much to his long involvement in research in New Guinea, the area with the greatest human cultural diversity.
The Composting Toilet System Book. Carol Steinfeld. The most complete book on the subject’s state of the art that I’ve seen.
The Humanure Handbook. Joseph Jenkins. Excellent guide to composting humane manure.
Landscape Design That Saves Energy. A. Moffat.
The Integral Urban House: Self-Reliant Living in the City. Helga and Bill Olkowski. Guide to 19 integral home designs, focusing on energy conservation.
At Home in the Universe. Kauffman shows how life inevitably will emerge when there is sufficient complexity.
Ecological Design. Van der Ryn, Sim, and Stuart Cowan. The essential concepts of ecological design.
The Ecology of Urban Habitats. Wheater, C. Philip. Though written for a British audience, this book contains a wealth of information about urban ecology: succession, soils, animals, microclimates, and more.
Fundamentals of Ecology. Odum, Eugene, P. W. B. An early textbook on the basics of ecology, in depth.
A Hierarchical View of Ecosystems. O’Neill, R. V. An advanced look at how ecosystems function.
Holistic Resource Management. Savory, Alan. The central work of a school of sustainability developed in parallel with permaculture. Good biblio which includes personal growth.
Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Back Yards. Stein, Sara. A well-written and compelling plea for allowing nature back into our yards, full of natural history.
The Origins of Order. Kauffman, Stuart. A dense and scholarly treatment of the ideas expressed in At Home in the Universe.
Out of Control. Kelly, Kevin. How our new understanding of biology is transforming both ecology and economics.
The Web of Life. Capra, Fritjof. An engaging account of how the new sciences of complexity and self-organization are affecting our understanding of living systems.
Ecology of Commerce. Paul Hawken. Ecological analysis of Business. Practical suggestions
Finding and Buying Your Place In the Country. Classic land buying guide; includes useful property evaluation lists
Nine Steps to Financial Freedom. Suze Orman. Easy to understand and practical. Basic tips for getting your personal finances in order.
Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered. F. Schumacker. The author recommends decentralized localized life styles. He outlines a series of proposals intended to save the planet from economic and environmental collapse.
Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence. Joe Dominguez. The focus is on finding satisfaction with your life-Recommends how to save money on all aspects of living.
Bioengineering for Land Stabilization and Conservation. Hugo Schiechtl. The foundation text for using live plants in engineering.
Firewood Crops. National Academy of Sciences Wash. Shrub and tree species for energy production.
Forest Farming. Douglas, J. Sholto, and Robert Hart. A strong argument for growing trees for food and fodder, with descriptions of many species; a basic Pc book.
Forest Gardening: Cultivating an Edible Landscape. Hart, Robert. A personal account of forest garden design by one of the originators of the field.
Forest Primeval. Maser, Chris. The forest of the PNW, by a clear-thinking eco-forester.
How to Make a Forest Garden. Whitefield, Patrick. Distributed in the United States by Chelsea Green. Instructions and ideas for forest gardens, with a British focus but usable in North America.
A Natural History of Western Trees. Peattie, Donald Culross. Stories and illustrations, a bit of ecology; the N. H. of Eastern Trees volume is equally good but he died before completing N. H. of Southern Trees
The Redesigned Forest. Maser, Chris R & E Miles. Forestry, old and new, in the Northwest.
Saving Our Ancient Forests. Zuckerman, Seth. Written to a high school level, fresh style.
Seeing the Forest Among the Trees. Hammond, Herb, Polestar. Herb is the holistic forestry consultant in BC and this is his book for the public at large. Good “invisible structure” social info.
Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture. Smith, J. Russell. A foundation, visionary text for Pc.
American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Brickell, Christopher. An illustrated guide to most common plants, with thousands of photos.
Bamboo in the U.S. R.A. Young. Description, culture and utilization, a foundation book.
The Beautiful Food Garden Encyclopedia of Attractive Food Plants. Gessert, Kate Rogers. How to landscape with good-looking vegetables.
The Book of Bamboo. Farrelly, David. A thoughtful and thorough investigation into the culture, varieties, and uses of bamboo.
Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties. Deppe, Carol. Good plant breeding book. How to stabilize patented hybrids and similar tricks.
Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden. Wilson, Gilbert. Traditional Hidatsa agricultural methods; a look at the first farmers of N.Am.
City Food. Wade, Isabel. “Crop selection in 3rd World Cities” Has a great biblio.
Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden. Jekyll, Gertrude. One of several classic books by Jekyll on garden design.
The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping. Creasy, Rosalind. The foundation book that brought vegetables into the front yard.
Complete Book of Herbs and Spices. Sarah Garland. A definitive guide to herbs and spices with great illustrations, stories, and recipes
Common Weeds of the United States. United States Department of Agriculture. A good technical guide to 224 species of weeds, with clear drawings. Organized by plant family, so it requires a little botanical knowledge.
Cornucopia II: A Source Book of Edible Plants. Facciola, Stephen. A comprehensive list and description of edible flora.
Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape. Kourik, Robert. Zone 1 design and implementation. Wonderful! OP, maybe available still from Dan Hemenway, Barking Frogs Pc.
Farmers of Forty Centuries. King, F.H. Traditional Chinese agriculture by an early agro-tourist.
Ferment and Human Nutrition. Bill Mollison.
Fertility Pastures. Turner, Newman. Polyculture pastures for restoring soil.
The Food Lover’s Garden. Pellegrini, Angelo. A much-loved English professor from Seattle, born an Italian peasant. He understood microclimate well.
Four-Season Harvest. Coleman, Eliot. How to extend the growing season to the whole year, even in northern climates.
Fruit, Berry and Nut Inventory. Whealy, Kent. A listing of all varieties available by mail in the US
The Ghosts Of Evolution: Nonsensical Fruit, Missing Partners, And Other Ecological Anachronisms. Connie Barlow. How surviving plants are clues to vanished ecological relationships. For designing systems for humans and animals.
The Grafter’s Handbook. Robert Garner. One of the best books on grafting; a classic.
Greening the Garden. Jason, Dan. A gardening book by the owner of Saltspring Seeds. A good emphasis on grains and legumes for the W. Coast Maritime climate.
Herbs of the Pacific Northwest. Ross H Penhallen. 65 page comprehensive guide to the growing of herbs.
High-Yield Gardening. Hunt, Marjorie. A superb guide to extending the growing season, high-density planting, and getting more from the garden.
How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine. Jeavons, John. Bio-intensive (and labor-intensive) techniques that boost production; useful but the claimed yields are hard to match.
Lost Crops of the Incas. National Academy Press Wash. Little-known plants of the Andes with promise for worldwide cultivation.
Master Gardener’s Handbook. Oregon State Extension Service. Basic book that covers many aspects of gardening, plant care and botany.
The Mulch Book: A Complete Guide for Gardeners. Campbell, Stu, and Donna Moore. A good introduction to mulching.
The Natural Habitat Garden. Druse, Ken. How to create prairie, meadow, woodland, and wetland gardens using native plants.
The Natural Way of Farming. Masanobu Fukuoka. Fukuoka-san’s insights into applying nature’s knowledge to agriculture. A classic, hard to find.
The One-Straw Revolution. Fukuoka, Masanobu. Hard to find, but a crucial foundation text for Pc.
The Orchard Almanac. Steve Page and Joe Smillie. A seasonal guide to healthy fruit trees. Excellent reference on planting, pruning, fertilization, organic control of pests, restoring old fruit trees, IPM, resistant varieties, harvest and storage.
Organic Gardener’s Edible Plants. Creasy, Rosalind. Descriptions of over 130 edible ornamental plants.
Organic Plant Protection. Rodale Press. A how-to guide to organic gardening. Readily found in used bookstores
Organic Tree Fruit Management. Linda Evans. Text book quality.
Plants for a Future: Edible and Useful Plants for a Healthier World. Fern, Ken. Distributed in the United States by Chelsea Green Publishing. A British book covering a wide range of multifunctional plants.
Pruning and Training. Brickell & Joyce. From the Am. Hort. Society. The current best, “fully illustrated plant-by-plant manual.”
The Ruth Stout No-Work Garden Book. Stout, Ruth. Also, How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back. OP foundation texts of Pc gardening, deep mulching.
The Scythe Book. Tressemer, David. How to use and maintain a scythe.
Sea Weed Vegetables: Harvesting Guide and Cookbook. Evelyn Mc Connaughey. A guide to foraging and preparing of free nutritious sea vegetables.
The Self-Sufficient Gardener. John Seymour. One of my favorite general garden books. Excellent colored line drawings, Soil care, propagation, controlling insects and diseases, harvesting and storage, etc.
Small Scale Grain Raising. Logsdon, Gene. Well-written small-farm info. His latest is The Contrary Farmer.
Stalking the Wild Asparagus. Gibbons, Euell. All his books are useful; Euell was managing his local wild ecologies long ago.
Stocking Up. Carol Hupping Stoner. Food preservation techniques: fruits, vegies, dairy products, meat and fish, nuts seeds and grains. Favorite all-around food prep. book
Subsistence Agriculture Improvement. Goeltenboth, Friedhelm. “A manual for the humid Tropics”, it has an aid worker’s viewpoint, and thereby applicable to other climates as well.
Successful Small-Scale Farming: an organic approach. Karl Schwenke. Good for some of the best of traditional and more modern field techniques, incl. using old equipment and good directions on contour terracing. Lots of illustrations.
Underexploited Tropical Plants with Promising Economic Value. National Academy of Sciences.
Weeds and What They Tell. Pfeiffer, Ehrenfried. How to use weeds to assess the type and fertility of the local soil.
Weeds: Guardians of the Soil. Cocannouer, Joseph. Describes the role of weeds useful crops and as indicators of fertility, with much historical lore.
Western Fruit, Berries and Nuts. Lance Walheim & Robert Stebbins.
Wetland Plants of Oregon and Washington. Guard, Jennifer. A very useful new-wave field guide, includes an illustrated glossary.
Winter Gardening in the Maritime Northwest. Binda Colebrook. A guide to growing vegetables between October and May. Site selection, variety choices, when to plant and harvest. Explanation of common winter crop pests and diseases. Excellent resource!
America’s Neighborhood Bats. Tuttle, Merlin. An entry level eco-action text.
American Wildlife and Plants A Guide to Wildlife Food Habitats. Alexander Martin, Herbert S. Zim, Arnold Nelson. Food and feeding habits of more than 1000 migratory birds and mammals and the relationship to each other; Plants for wildlife food; huge and comprehensive.
A Guide To Bird Homes. Scott Shalaway. Rich in descriptions of what birds like what type of nesting and roosting space. Adequate plans for nesting boxes and predator baffles. The basics of who, what, where, when, and how.
How to Attract Birds. McKinley. Instructions for attracting specific birds with plants and The National Wildlife Federation’s Guide to Gardening for Wildlife. Craig Tufts Craig and Peter Loewer. Rodale, 1995. How to provide garden habitat for birds, insects, and nocturnal animals.
The Hummingbird Garden. Tekulsky, Mathew. A guide to cultivating plants that attract these flying jewels; one of the best on the subject.
National Audubon Society Bird Garden. Kress, Stephen M. Designs and plants for gardens that provide food, water, cover, and nesting sites for birds.
The National Wildlife Federation’s Guide to Gardening for Wildlife. Tufts, Craig and Peter Loewer. How to provide garden habitat for birds, insects, and nocturnal animals.
The Wildlife Garden. Seidenberg, Charlotte. An introduction to wildlife habitat gardening with examples of garden designs.
The Wildlife Gardener. Dennis, John V. Knopf. A good introduction to creating gardens for wildlife habitat.
The Ages of Gaia. Lovelock, James. 2nd book on the Gaia hypothesis by the originator, answers the questions raised by the Gaia Hypothesis.
Before The Wilderness. Blackburn and Anderson. Environmental Management by Native Californians.
The Earth Manual. Margolin, Malcom. good except the out-of-date tree surgery stuff; largely about working with public land.
Ecodefense. Foreman, Dave, and Haywood. A field guide to monkeywrenching; may be hard to find! Realistic and cautionary about consequences, and recommended for those feeling eco-angered.
Kingdoms and Domains: An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth. Margulis, Lynn. Current wisdom on Gaia’s lifeforms.
The Future Eaters. Flannery, Tim, “An ecological History of Austronesia” which means Oz, NZ, New Guinea and New Caledonia. Hard, real eco-reality with examples quite exotic to us northerners. This book gives me ideas about why Pc began in Oz.
The Klamath Knot. Wallace, David Rains. “Explorations of Myth and Evolution” and centered on a region of the PNW.
The Ohlone Way. Margolin, Malcolm. Indian Life in the S.F.- Monterey Bay area
One Acre & Security: How to Live Off the Earth Without Ruining It. Angier, Bradford. A useful and broad-ranging resource for homesteading and small animal care.
The Songlines. Chatwin, Bruce. Ruminations from Australia about humans as essentially nomadic.
The Composting Toilet System Book. Del Porto, David and Steinfeld, Carol. Excellent reference on the subject by leaders in the field.
Create an Oasis With Greywater. Ludwig. Art is a permaculturist who has developed household cleansers for greywater systems.
The Toilet Papers. Sim Van der Ryn. Excellent book on composting human manure
Rebirth of the Small Family Farm. Bob and Bonnie Gregson. A handbook for starting a successful organic farm based on the Community Supported Agriculture concept.
You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Succeeding in a Farming Enterprise. Joel Salatin. This book targets wannabe farmers- offering specific details on how to succeed in farming.
Biological Control of Insects and Mites. An Introduction to beneficial natural enemies
The Gardener’s Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control. Easy to understand book on bugs- lifecycles, beneficials.
The Butterflies of North America. James A. Scott. The definitive b-fly text of the moment.
Handbook for Butterfly Watchers. Robert Michael Pyle. Butterflies as indicator species
Natural Enemies Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Biological Pest Control. Mary Louise Flint and Steve Dreistadt. “Best ever” practical guide to insect control. This book will help you find, identify, and use natural enemies to control pests in almost any agricultural setting.
Encyclopedia of Natural Insect and Disease Control. Yepson, Roger. Natural pest
The Orchard Mason Bee. Brian Griffin. Good little book on Mason Bees. Also, provider of Adult blue orchard bees (Osmia lignaria) along with nesting material and educational products.
Rodale’s Color Handbook of Garden Insects. Anna Carr. Readily available used. Photographs illustrating insect (beneficial and 19pest’) life cycles.
The Greening of the Revolution: Cuba’s Experiment with Organic Agriculture. Peter Rosset and Medea Benjamin. Cuba has lost its sources for conventional farming, empty city lots and other available land is being converted to organic gardens
Staying Alive: Women , Ecology, and Development. Vandana Shiva. Shiva examines women’s relationship to nature and defines the links between the ecological crisis, colonialism, and the oppression of women.
Gardening With Natives of the Pacific Northwest. Arthur Kruckenberg. Good descriptions NW plants, how to propagate and their landscape uses.
Handbook of Northwestern Plants. Gilkey. Complete book of plants native to the area from the summit of the Cascade Range to the coastline of Washington and Oregon, to the south line of Lane County.
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Pojar and Mackinnon. One of the best books for native plant ID, great color photos.
Plants and Animals of the Pacific Northwest: An illustrated Guide to the Natural History of Western Washington, Oregon, and B.C.. Eugene Kozloff. Good info on our native fauna and flora.
Propagation of Pacific Northwest Native Plants. Robin Rose. Very easy to understand book on propagation. Highly recommended.
Plant Association and Management Guide–Willamette National Forest. Hemstrom. US Department of Agriculture. Excellent reference for guide of guilds utilized in the Willamette National forest.
By Nature’s Design. Neill, William, and Pat Murphy. Stunning photographs and clear explanations of nature’s patterns.
The Fractal Geometry of Nature. Mandelbrot, Benoit. Key insights into natural patterns by the developer of the fractal concept.
Metapatterns. Volk, Tyler. Very compatible with Mollison’s pattern writings.
On Growth and Form. Thompson, D’arcy Wentworth. A magisterial text on how the shapes and patterns in nature are formed; a classic in the field.
A Pattern Language. Alexander, Christopher. Design for human building and settlements using patterns derived from successful designs.
Patterns in Nature. Stevens, Peter S. A review of the common classes of patterns found in nature.
Acres USA, P.O. Box 91299, Austin, TX 78709
Permaculture Activist, PO Bo 1209, Black Mountain, NC 28711.
Permaculture Magazine (UK) available thru the Activist.
Countryside and Small Stock Journal W11 564 Hwy. 64, Withee, WI 54498
Pomona. North American Fruit Explorers Magazine 1716 Apples Rd., Chapin, IL 62628
The Herb Quarterly PO Box 689 San Anselmo, CA 94979
The Last Straw, PO Bo 42000, Tucson, AZ 85733-2000
The Best of Permaculture: A Collection. Lindegger and Tap. Great stuff from the first 10 years or so of permaculture.
Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture. Morrow, Rosemary. An informal introduction to permaculture by an experienced teacher.
Edible Forest Gardens. Jacke, David and Eric Toensmeier. Simply the best book on forest gardens, comprehensive and readable. A good all-round permaculture book for temperate climates.
The Future is Abundant: A guide to sustainable agriculture. Korn, Snyder and Musick. OP, needs to be re-done. The first bioregional (US PNW) permaculture handbook.
Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. Toby Hemenway. Easy to use and understand tour through the permaculture garden
Introduction to Permaculture. Slay, Reny, and Mollison, Bill. An intro from the founder, includes a concise listing of principles.
Living Community. Haggard, Ben. The evolution of a premier permaculture site, written by a master designer.
Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual Mollison, Bill. A comprehensive study guide; the bible of permaculture
The Permaculture Garden. Bell, Graham. A British-oriented introduction to permaculture gardening techniques.
The Permaculture Way. Graham Bell. Simple explanation of permaculture in action. Good examples.
Travels In Dreams. Bill Mollison. Engaging memoir with stories, stories, stories by the man behind permaculture.
The Western (Australia) Permaculture Manual. Brown, David. From philosophy to nitty-gritty region specific, untidy early Pc from the trenches, OP
Changes in the Land. Cronon, William. Hill and Wang. Indians, colonists, and the ecology of New England, a foundation work on the managed ecology of pre-Columbian N. America
The History of The Countryside. Rackham, Oliver. About Britain, and full of info about traditional land use.
What are People For? Berry, Wendell. Poet Berry is concerned equally with culture and agriculture.
The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World. Abram, David. Complex and careful thinking about how language shapes our senses.
A Better Place to Live. Corbet, Michael. “New Designs for Tomorrows Communities,” the planning behind Village Homes, lots of ties to Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities movement from earlier in this century.
Bioshelters, Ocean Arks, and City Farming. Jack and Nancy Todd
Build It With Bales. Myhrman & Mac Donald.
The Cob Builders Handbook. Becky Bee.
The Hand-Sculpted House. Ianto Evans, Linda Smiley, Michael Smith. Philosophy and practice of building with cob; highly recommended
The New Natural House Book. David Pearson.
The Owner-Built Home. Ken Kern. A classic on innovative design and techniques for building your own house. Any of Kern’s books (Owner-Built Homestead, Pole-Frame House) is well worth finding.
The Albrecht Papers. Albrecht, William A. Somewhat quirky collection of papers by a soil scientist with vision.
Dirt: the Ecstatic Skin of the Earth. William Bryant Logan. A literate excursion into the life of the soil and of those who work it.
Earthworms for Ecology and Profit. Gaddie, Ronald, and Donald Douglas. One of the best books on worm composting and worm beds.
Feed the Soil. Edwin McLeod. Organic Ag. Resource to understand how natural ag. works and putting it into practice. Focus on green manure crops and nitrogen fixers.
The Gardener’s Guide to Better Soil. Logsden, Gene. Soil fertility, composting, soil science.
The Nature and Properties of Soils. Brady, Nyle C. This major textbook on soils covers the whole subject in depth.
Soil and Health: An Agricultural Testament. Howard, Sir Albert. Written in the 1930s; 25 years of research by the man who coined the term “organic agriculture”
Soil Management. Dalzell, H.W. “Compost production and use in tropical and subtropical environments” My favorite compost book because it covers production ag systems in places w/o machinery, very applicable to those of us working small-scale in the US.
Start with the Soil. Gershuny, Grace. A superb handbook on the how and why of creating great soil.
The Soul of the Soil: A Guide to Ecological Soil Management. Grace Gershuny and J. Smillie.
The Challenge of Landscape. P.A. Yeomans. The development and practice of keyline land management.
Design and Construction of Small Earth Dams. Nelson, K.D. Best book on the subject.
Earth Ponds. Matson, Tim. Very available, and there is also a workbook. Misses much that you’ll find in McClarney, Yeomans and Nelson, but will help you avoid many mistakes.
Farming in Ponds and Dams. Romanowski, Nick. Real aquaculture stuff from an opinionated pro. Australian but current and useful nonetheless.
The Freshwater Aquaculture Book. McClarney, William. Extensive!
Getting Food from Water: A Guide to Backyard Aquaculture. Gene Logsdon. A good lay-persons guide. One of the best illustrated books on the subject.
Living Water. Olaf Alexandersson. Viktor Schauberger’s theories on water. Can be a bit out there for some folks but an interesting read.
Rainwater Harvesting. Pacey, Arnold, and Adrian Cullis. Many techniques for using rainwater.
Sensitive Chaos. Theodore Schwenk. Combines the scientific and the esoteric for an excellent approach to how water interacts with life.
Water: A Primer. Leopold, Luna. An intro to hydrology for designers working with streams and dams. By Aldo’s boy.
Water For Every Farm. P. A and Ken Yeomans. A revised guide to using the keyline system.
Biopiracy. Vandana Shiva. Biotech and what it is doing to seed savers.
The New Seed-Starters Handbook. Nancy Bubel. Excellent guide to starting a variety of vegies, fruits, trees, grains, herbs, etc. Also on seed-saving.
Seed to Seed. Ashworth, Suzanne. Seed saving techniques for the vegetable grower.
Return To Resistance. Raoul Robinson. One of the most permaculturally correct books on plant breeding, entry-level in complexity.