Tropical Permaculture Guidebook

$11,205 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 113 people in 24 months

Welcome to the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook
GoFundMe campaign!

"Twelve chapters of the guidebook are now available to download and we operate through the Fair Share ethic by offering that people pay as they can.

Thankyou! What incredible support!
We have reached our $10 000 target, we are totally amazed and inspired to have made it.

Our team are working hard to finish the English version (only a couple of chapters to go!) 

We will be continuing this crowd-fund - now to raise funds to develop a Tetum language version, to be used by its 'home' country, Timor-Leste.

We are also upgrading our website and will continue to disseminate the guidebook across the tropical world. Without much promotion so far we have had 13000 downloads in 145 countries! "

Extract from Feb/March 2018 update.

Complete: Stage One $10 000  (English Version)
Current: Stage Two $10 000 (Tetum Language)



Permatil (Permaculture Timor Leste), xpand Foundation and Disruptive Media are producing the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook .
It is an open-source resource that will improve health and well-being, education and training, food security and sovereignty across the tropical world, and is especially for developing countries. This guidebook takes the broad aim of creating sustainability and provides the how-to links for communities and farmers to actually achieve it.

It turns theory into practical steps that anyone can take and use to affect positive change.


The guidebook covers ALL aspects of food production and living, especially addressing the steps needed to protect the environment, reduce climate change and develop resilience to its impacts.

This includes a focus on agroecological, small-scale, organic food production integrating crops and based on regenerative soil and water management.


It is being developed from the highly successful Permaculture Guidebook from Timor Leste published by Permatil in 2008; used by farmers, families, community groups, trainers, demonstrators, government departments and staff, schools, universities, agricultural colleges and NGOs in Timor Leste, and re-used and translated in more than 10 countries.


This new edition is a comprehensive update; including hundreds of new illustrations, new chapters and techniques, with the content now generalised for all tropical countries.

The easy to understand information can be used by readers of all economic and social backgrounds, and with over 2000 detailed illustrations, it is especially useful for semi-literate and illiterate people.

It will be free online, downloadable in chapter format, with the chapters averaging 40 - 50 pages each.


A page spread from Ch 8 Seeds and propagation

To see these chapters completed, then printed and published online - for people in developing contexts across the world to begin using, we’re inviting you help us, and by doing so, becoming part of the project.

With your support we can achieve our aim: for this important resource to be accessible and available to all.

We are also approaching larger funders such as NGOs, Foundations, and ethical businesses to help sponsor other chapters.

Small individual contributions are just as important to us as those from large organisations - they helped to get us started with this project and they add up to something big! They also give us heart and encouragement to keep on with our project! Once we reach our target here we will raise the bar higher with the aim of funding another chapter.

Visit our website for more details about the campaign and what it will achieve.

Visit our Facebook page: Tropical Permaculture Guidebook for loads of information about the book, the team and about great permaculture ideas and links for the tropics.


In all the Sponsor a Chapter campaign will enable us to finish the English version of the guidebook as well as translate, format and post an online Timorese language (Tetum) version and lay the ground work for translations into other languages too.

It seems like a lot of money, but this is a BIG project!

When finished the book will be:
- MORE than 800 pages
- 17 comprehensive chapters
- MORE than 2000 detailed illustrations
- Including a reference chapter and trainer's guide
- In multiple languages

- Available to online, "Pay as you can".
- Download chapter by chapter.
- Available in print.

Our dedicated team have been reviewing, writing, re-structuring chapters, researching, illustrating, editing for technical information, editing for spelling and grammar, compiling finished chapters, formatting, format reviewing, adding illustration captions, final formatting and editing, resizing and uploading to the website! And that doesn't even include project management, website development, language translations, sourcing funding, administration and budgets, media and communications and guidebook promotion to make sure that we get the book across the tropical world and further!!


Guidebook authors Eugenio (Ego) Lemos and Lachlan McKenzie - part of a big production team

With many chapters already completed, some very close and all others are at the final stages of editing and layout, the book is on track and completion is in sight; but we need your assistance. We look forward to completing the English edition very soon, and progressing onto other language editions after that. With your support that can happen.

A page spread from Ch 6 Family Gardens


 As a valued supporter of our guidebook project your name will be listed on permacultureguidebook.org

You will be part of providing this invaluable resource to people who desperately need it and can't afford to pay for it.

From us a HUGE THANKYOU because you are helping us achieve our goal. We have seen how much difference the original book has already made in Timor Leste and we want to replicate and expand that positive change across all tropical countries.

From the people who use this book - they will probably never know that you helped them and their families, but they will be able to have more food, cleaner water, be more resilient, more sustainable, have better livelihoods and live in healthier and more stable communities.  YOU will know that you've contributed to that!!


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Hello!!

Thankyou! What incredible support!!!
We have reached our $10 000 target, we are totally amazed and inspired to have made it.

(And a huge mega-acknowledgement to the very humble and incredible anonymous donor who donated $3000!!)

Our team are working hard to finish the English version, only a couple of chapters to go, but we now have the funds and continue to steadily progress.

We will be continuing this crowd-fund - now to raise funds to develop a Tetum language version, to be used by its 'home' country, Timor-Leste.

Complete: Stage One $10 000 (English Version)
Current: Stage Two $10 000 (Tetum Language)

We are also upgrading our website and will continue to disseminate the guidebook across the tropical world. Without much promotion so far we have had 13000 downloads in 145 countries!

Please continue to share our campaign as we finish the English version, upgrade our wesbite and move onto the translations.

We are feeling absolutely fantastic and blessed to have your support and to have reached our English version target. You are all an integral part of this project now!

Onwards and upwards!

Lachlan, for the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook team
Ch 8: To be released soon!
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You've probably been wondering what we've been up to..


Finalising a 3 year project takes a lot of work, especially when its a large publication. But we’re getting close!! We're aiming for the complete final English edition to be available online by April, and the hard copy version to be ready later this year. Other language versions then commence, with a lot interest already registered.

Twelve chapters of the guidebook are now available to download and we operate through the Fair Share ethic by offering that people pay as they can. For all of you generous donators, if you haven’t already then please access our new chapters.

New Chapters released this year:
Ch 3 Permaculture Design Techniques and Strategies
Ch 5 Cooperatives
Ch 9 Soils
Ch 13 Sustainable Agriculture
Ch 14 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and
Ch 15 Trees

Change in book structure

After a few chapters had been finished and we looked at the size of the final printed edition, we realised that one edition was just too big! A new concept of dividing the guidebook into three Volumes has been developed, with the chapters rearranged into themes. This created more work again, but it has been worth it!

Volume 1: Permaculture and People
Volume 2: House and Garden
Volume 3: Regenerative Agriculture

When complete each Volume will contain six chapters, an introduction, glossary and reference section.

This also means that all the links within the chapters have changed because the chapter order has changed. We have also given all the chapters a further polish, including new chapter covers and tighter format. For people who have already downloaded the original six chapters, it is best to download a full new set. Enjoy!!

Reaching our target

We have currently raised $6,936 of $10k goal on this Gofundme campaign. We need to continue through to the $10000 goal. Please spread the word and help us get there. People can download our chapters and donate what they can for them, the donate button on the website leads to this page.

By reaching our target we can finish the English version (only a couple of chapters to go!) and work towards other language versions. We are also upgrading our website and will continue to disseminate the guidebook across the tropical world. Without much promotion so far we have had 13000 downloads in 145 countries!

We've had lot of positive feedback and reports so far from guidebook users, especially about the practical nature of the information and the descriptive illustrations. The opportunities for our guidebook are enormous - we have an ever growing network of partners, users and supporters. This includes very strong relationships with many national Permaculture Associations as well as NGOs, community organisations, grassroots projects and the emerging International Permaculture Education Network (IPEN).


Permaculture Convergence in India

The International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) was in India. Ego and Lachlan, the guidebook co-authors, were there promoting the guidebook to an international audience from around the globe. It was amazing to share the book with Indian permaculturists and farmers and also hearing about many incredible projects from around the world. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet, learn and collaborate! (Many thanks to a generous anonymous donor for helping us get there.)

From the entire guidebook team, many thanks for supporting our work and using and sharing the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook.

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Permaculture downloads around the world
At IPC India 2017
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Tropical Permaculture Guidebook has reached 50% of its goal. Huge thanks to everyone who has contributed so far, we have over 50 supporters who have raised over $5000!!! We feel very humbled and grateful to everyone, not just those who have donated money but also those who have donated time and energy to keep this project going. We have been making steady progress and are very close to some big news. Stay tuned! This progress wouldn't be possible without the amazing contributions to this crowdfund.
Onwards and upwards!!
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Hi fabulous people!
We are very happy and excited with our progress so far for this crowdfunding campaign, having recently reached $2000 and still growing. The support has come from across the world, contributing directly to our work on the guidebook and making us feel great too! Thanks!!

At the moment we are working on Ch 5 - Soils. A very important chapter; as a base for many other chapters in the guidebook, and such vital information to share for the very survival of our food production systems as well as a mechanism for reducing climate change. We CAN grow our soils, and quickly too, as long as we grow and share the knowledge of how to create and maintain healthy living organic soils. This chapter is easily adaptable for all climate zones too. I've added two new illustrations from the chapter as a sneak preview, thanks again to our amazing artists!

This crowdfund is ongoing, with our goal to raise $10000 towards the production of this open source guidebook. Please share this campaign and support us if you are able. And please download our chapters too, they are for everyone to use and share - www.permacultureguidebook.org

Many thanks and good luck for your work as well!
Lachlan McKenzie, for the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook team
Activating biochar in liquid compost
Living soil experiment
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Marco Wollank
18 months ago

Sounds amazing. Is this project still active?

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Emily Gray-Bugg
23 months ago

The new book looks amazing! If you haven't had a chance to read the chapters yet -do! Jump on the website permaculture guidebook.org

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Raised by 113 people in 24 months
Created August 18, 2016
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Monika Wieckowska
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thank you for doing this!

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John Carruthers
23 days ago

Context is critical. "All revolutions are not born the same...You can borrow ideas, but not our situation." (Billy Bragg)

Marco Wollank
18 months ago

Sounds amazing. Is this project still active?

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Emily Gray-Bugg
23 months ago

The new book looks amazing! If you haven't had a chance to read the chapters yet -do! Jump on the website permaculture guidebook.org

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