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2017 Permaculture Calendar

4.67 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

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The 2017 Permaculture Calendar, now in it’s 9th year, is ethically produced with the wholesome look and feel of post-consumer recycled paper printed with vegetable based inks. Internationally relevant and filled with inspirational and thought provoking images that support and reinforce your values every day of the year.

Learn each of the 12 design principles over the course of a month and be reminded of suitable garden activities with daily icons and phase times according to our moon planting guide. Includes a handy rainfall / temperature chart to keep track of the years events and moon icons for north and south hemispheres.

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Organise your garden, your life and share your schedule with this deceptively simple but thought-provoking permaculture calendar – for your home or workplace. Illustrating one of the twelve permaculture design principles for each month, gives you the time to absorb them. Each example includes and image and story of locally appropriate sustainable living and design.

The 2017 calendar features geese free-ranging amongst the amaranth, an integral part of managing kikuyu grass at Fair Harvest Permaculture near Margaret River in Western Australia. We’ve included also images from projects in other parts of the world, including the USA, UK, Japan, Indonesia and Nepal.

The 2017 Permaculture Calendar - a welcoming giftIncluded is a planting guide that can help yield more productive crops and healthier plants by planning your garden activities according to the moon phases. Exact phase time changes along with daily icons enhance the traditional gardening rhythms that have been handed down over the centuries. See the ‘tune your fork’ blog post for more.

Moon phase icons to guide your planting

• leafy annuals • fruiting annuals • root crops and fruiting perennials • improve your soil

Produced in Australia on 100% recycled paper using vegetable based inks. 10% of net return donated to Permafund. Size: A4 (210mm x 297mm) opening to A3. ISBN: 9780994392824

What makes the permaculture calendar ethical?

The permaculture calendar is made from post consumer recycled pulp on certified carbon neutral paper that is manufactured and printed in Australia using 100% renewable energy.

The calendar’s size and weight take advantage of standardised postage and reduced freight costs. Printing plates and paper waste are all recycled. Inks are vegetable based so don’t release unnecessary VOC’s into the atmosphere or require harmful solvents for clean up. Once the calendar has reached the end of its life you can recycle or compost it, hang the pictures, or keep it intact as a reminder of the principles and important events over the year.

While the production effort does a lot in limiting its impact on the earth and the people in the process, we’re also demonstrating the ethic of Fair Share by donating 10% of the net return from sales of the calendar to Permafund, supporting permaculture projects internationally.

Permafund is a public fund that makes grants available for activities that demonstrate the ethics and application of the principles of permaculture.

Additional information

Weight .114 kg
Dimensions 297 x 210 x 3 mm

7 reviews for 2017 Permaculture Calendar

  1. Sure, the 2016 Permaculture Calendar it is good for planning your year, but that’s not all. Hang it from a nail in the wall and it becomes something else that has nothing to do with making best use of our time. It becomes a reminder, not of dates, but of what matters most to us as permaculture practitioners… that’s the values the design system brings us… the networks we participate in… the permaculture ethics we try to live by… and how it is that we seek a better way to live through the principles of the permaculture design system.

    See Russ’s full review here: https://permacultureprinciples.com/post/that-time-of-year-again/

  2. 5 out of 5

    I’ve just browsed through the calendar again (after I’d browsed, and browsed ….) and am so looking forward to using it in the new year. Am sharing ideas with family too – so thank you!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Absolutely wonderful! Looking forward to enjoying this calendar throughout the year.

    The moon planting guide is a welcome addition. “Unlike the seasonal cycle, this lunar cycle is more universal so can be incorporated into a calendar with global relevance.”

    Great gift idea for anyone into healing our planet. Grow on!

  4. Help restore the planet! by Rob Bartrum at Makino Food Forest
    Permaculture Designer & Educator / Founder of New Zealand’s Regional Permaculture Pages

    You will truly be taking part in global restoration when you grab these multi-purpose calendars for your family, friends, workmates, and yourself! Grab them now! Why? This one’s even better than last year, with it’s very useful Moon Calendar to help you save time and get the most from your patch of paradise. This time the images are from all over the world and reflect permaculture in numerous vibrant ways. Once again, this is a great teaching aid, and like I said last year, it’s the most useful and inspiring calendar I’ve ever come across – it’s multifunctional, makes a very thoughtful gift, and it’s entirely made in an ecologically way: produced using renewable energy; botanical inks; and with recycled paper! Furthermore, 10% of the net return from sales goes to Permafund, towards permaculture projects worldwide.

    Be part global restoration – help restore the planet and grab your calendar pack here now while stocks are still available.

  5. I WASN’T SURE how to review the 2014 Permaculture Calendar. Last time I reviewed this annual publication I approached the job with a utilitarian perspective. So, being uncertain, I decided to flick through the pages and let subjective impressions emerge.

    By the end of my flicking I realised that the photos made for a diverse coverage of permaculture and the types of activities it supports. Five of the images were food growing related and within this group there was the range spanning home and community gardening and farming. There was one food shot, one social permaculture, two lifestyle, one about energy efficient building design and one about soil. That’s a good mix.

    My flicking through the publication done, I sat back and thought about which images had caught my imagination. This is subjective stuff, I know, and people will all have their own favourite images. Mine include Craig Macintosh’s March: Zaytuna Farm, NSW; Jose Lasheras’ April: the moneyless man, UK; Richard Telford’s July: Swaraj Organic Farm, Victoria; Rachelle Davey’s October: Highet Street Community Garden, Melbourne.

    Some time ago I had read the moneyless man’s book and his calendar image, sitting there at the door of what appears to be a wattle and daub shack, reading, took me back to it. I read into the photo that knowledge and careful, critical thought are necessities of the simple life. Mark Boyle deliberately set out on a life experiment to see whether he could live for a time without money. His was an interesting book and, if you are in the mood for reading something real but different, I recommend you buy or borrow a copy. I must warn you that it’s not good bedtime reading because it is difficult to put down. Expect late nights.

    Images that appeal probably strike some resonance and I guess most of those I mention have to do with my work in stimulating and in policy development for community gardens and for the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance in regard to small farms. I must point out that I enjoyed all of the images, those mentioned simply a few that grabbed my imagination.


    By coincidence, Richard Telford sent me the calendar just at the time I am reading a book about documentary photography/photojournalism (‘Photography as Activism: Images for Social Change, by Michelle Bogre).

    The book features numerous interviews with photographers engaged in this kind of work and provides an informed discussion about the different ways they go about getting their images, their motivation and ideas. As I flicked through the 2014 Permaculture Calendar it occurred to me that these images, too, constitute documentary photography and, in the context of a permaculture publication and with the design system’s propensity for creative social change, they too could be regarded as a type of photography of social activism.

    The calendar’s photos illustrate two approaches to documenting people and places — the posed image and the unposed, action image. It’s not that one of these is better than the other. The images in the calendar are for the most part what are called ‘environmental portraits’ — photos of people surrounded by their work or their usual environment. I’m sure it’s only photographers that will see the March, April, July, August and October images as posed environmental portraits. Photos of that type capture people and what they do, whereas the January photo appears more an unposed image, though it might not be.

    Most photos need contextualising to imply meaning, and it is the role of the caption to do that. Those appearing at the bottom of the calendar pages do this well, following the proven formula of telling what is going on in the photo and where is is followed by additional information that tells an informative story.


    I’m an advocate of people photographing or videoing their permaculture work. I guess this comes from having been a journalist/photojournalist, but apart from my own experience there’s the consideration that what does not appear in image and text is likely to be forgotten. What is not recorded is lost.

    A social movement, like permaculture, has to be captured in still and video images, as well as in text, if it is to remain self-conscious, if it is to know where it has been. That’s why the photos in the successive Permaculture Calendars are important — they record the movement’s life, its experiences, experiments and those who made them happen.

    I hope that, one day when Richard has a few spare moments in life, when he’s not building houses or editing publications, he will compile those images in a permaculture picture book. It was in the nineties, I recall, that the Permaculture Institute came up with a proposal for such a book and called for photographic contributions. That book was never published. Now, with a catalog of several years’ photographic contributions for the Permaculture Calendar, perhaps one day we will see a photographic retrospective of the design system (not trying to burden you with more work, Richard).

    Meantime, we’ve got the latest edition of the Permaculture Calendar, the 2014 version. I’m sure you already know that it would be a great Xmas or other gift, even something you could send to someone with a note of thanks for the work they are doing. In doing this you not only give something that each month will present a fresh image of people making a difference, you are supporting a worthwhile permaculture initiative. What could be more win-win?

    Originally posted by Russ Grayson on PacificEdge

  6. Designed with the ever-elegant touch of Richard Telford, the 2014 Permaculture Calendar is a sweet and useful friend that we’re looking forward to having in our kitchen next year.

    The 2014 edition includes images from across the planet of people living like they mean it. Growing, learning, teaching, digging and doing. Simply. And well.

    It will make you smile. And also remind you when to plant stuff.

    The calendars are a bloody bargain and by purchasing one, you’re helping ensure that Richard’s very fine and also useful Permaculture Principles website keeps on truckin.

    By purchasing 10 copies, you’ll be single-handedly nudging your entire office towards an effective backyard veggie planting regime. There is no downside here!

    And, in the spirit of fair share, 10% of each calendar purchase goes to Permafund, which makes grants available for activities that demonstrate the ethics and application of permaculture.

    Might we also add that the moon calendar applies (of course) across the globe… so while this calendar was produced in Australia (on recycled paper and with 100% renewable energy), it’s info is just as relevant in Greenland. Or wherever you are.

    Originally posted by Kirsten on the Milkwood Permaculture website

  7. 5 out of 5

    just wat I needed to get motivated

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