Bill Mollison

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Bill Mollison

Bruce Charles 'Bill' Mollison (born 1928 in Tasmania, Australia) is a researcher, author, scientist, teacher and naturalist. He is considered to be the 'father of permaculture', however Joseph Russell Smith, 1929, was the first to write about a system of Permanent Agriculture. Permaculture is an integrated system of design, co-developed with David Holmgren, that encompasses not only agriculture, horticulture, architecture and ecology, but also economic systems, land access strategies and legal systems for businesses and communities. In 1978, Mollison collaborated with David Holmgrem, and they wrote a book called Permaculture One. Bill Mollison founded The Permaculture Institute in Tasmania, and created a training system to train others under the umbrella of Permaculture. Teachers such as April Sampson-Kelly who created the first on-line system called, Permaculturevisions Online Institute in 1993, via Bill Mollison's system of train the trainer has taught thousands of people how to grow food and be sustainable using the Permaculture method.

He received the Right Livelihood Award in 1981 with Patrick van Rensburg and Mike Cooley. (ref)


See also


  • Permaculture One: A Perennial Agriculture for Human Settlements (with David Holmgren, Trasworld Publishers, 1978) ISBN 978-0-938240-00-6
  • Permaculture Two: Practical Design for Town and Country in Permanent Agriculture (Tagari Publications, 1979)
  • Permaculture - A Designer's Manual (1988) ISBN 978-0-908228-01-0
  • Introduction to Permaculture (1991, Revised 1997) ISBN 978-0-908228-08-9
  • The Permaculture Book of Ferment and Human Nutrition (1993, Revised 2011) ISBN 978-0-908228-06-5
  • Travels in Dreams: An Autobiography (1996) ISBN 978-0-908228-11-9
  • Right Livelihood Award Recipient (1981) [1]

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