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The Permaculture Student 2: A Guidebook For The Future

Author and teacher Matt Powers is publishing his second permaculture volume, The Permaculture Student 2, following an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign. A companion to the first high school permaculture textbook ever written, Powers’ newest book received backing from more than 330 backers who pledged over $20,000 to help support the project.

The book is designed for students, teachers, families, and learners – a year-long curriculum filled with projects, activities, and formulas combined into one easy-to-understand volume. With up-to-date information, the book provides a holistic and comprehensive exploration of the philosophy of permaculture.

“For permaculture to become a household word, it needs to find its way into households everywhere. The fastest way to change homes, governments, hearts, and minds is to change what we are teaching in schools,” Powers said. “This will have an immediate and dramatic impact as children and teens all over the world start bringing home money-saving, regenerative, ethical, and practical solutions to their everyday problems and concerns.”

Powers created the curriculum outlined in this new textbook with feedback from some of the most respected and cutting-edge scientists, permaculturists, educators, researchers, designers, and project managers from around the world – ensuring that the resulting book will be a “Launchpad” for all the currently evolving branches of permaculture practice.

The first volume, The Permaculture Student 1, is already in schools across the globe, and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. This new volume deepens and expands on the information presented in the first book, and features a number of new sections – including Urban Permaculture and Alternative Energy.

“For many who are concerned about the direction our world is headed, this book will come as a great comfort,” said Powers in the volume’s introduction. “It is a roadmap to a prosperous, sustainable, healthy, and ethical future where we have enough for everyone because everyone and their communities can provide for themselves in abundance.”

Powers’ own interest in permaculture was inspired by a desire to live a better, healthier life for himself and his family, following his wife’s third bout with cancer. As he and his family began studying food, cancer, health, and organic gardening, they eventually came to discover the philosophy of permaculture.

“Ever since then, I’ve focused my energies on translating the information I’ve found into forms that everyone, especially children, youth, and families, can learn, understand, and use permaculture in their daily lives,” said Powers. “My wife’s been cancer-free now for almost five years.”

With this newest book, Powers is hoping to take his journey with permaculture even further, thanks to the support of his team of experts, parents, students, educators, designers, farmers, and scientists. His campaign to publish the first volume of The Permaculture Student was also a huge success, and Powers is excited to release volume two.

“Time is running out for our biodiversity and all our families’ health and future.” Powers said in an email to the Permaculture Research Institute.

The Permaculture Student 2 is now available from the PRI Store in the Educational Resources Section.

The Permaculture Research Insitute

PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world. Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.

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