Over our 30 years of service to the permaculture community, Organic Growers School has collected many useful handouts and reference guides that have been created and shared by our presenters. We offer a frequently updated selection of these resources here, free for public use.
Gardening & Growing
Practical Plant Pathology
Vanessa Campbell • 2016 OGS Spring Conference
A guide to managing and preventing plant disease
Winter Harvest Planting Guide
C. Newhouse • 2016
A weekly reference chart with planting dates for winter harvest and overwintering spring crops
Organic, NoTill Urban MiniFarming
Rationale and techniques for successful no-till farming practices that reduce soil depletion.
Forest Farming & Wild Harvesting
Acornucopia Project Harvester’s Guide
A nut forager’s guide to species identification, harvest tips, and handling.
A Forest Gardener and Farmer’s Year
Zev Friedman • 2016 OGS Spring Conference
Laying out a Southern Appalachian forest farmer’s yearly activities by month.
Preserving the Wild Harvest
Abby Artemisia • The Wander School
Guidelines for harvest, processing, and preservation methods for wild-foraged foods
Cooking & Preserving
Infographic Guide to Spices
Become a seasoning pro with this comprehensive chart of spice flavor profiles and culinary uses.
The Root Cellar
Adapted from Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits and Vegetables, by Mike and Nancy Bubel
A guide to root vegetable storage requirements.
Homesteading Food Storage
Ashleigh Hillen & NC State Extension
A quick reference guide to safe home canning practices, with lots of suggested web resources.
Livestock & Beekeeping
Poisonous Plants to Livestock
D. L. Ace, L. J. Hutchinson, Pennsylvania State U., University Park; G. F. W. Haenlein, U. of Delaware, Newark
A guide to dangerous plants to avoid in livestock areas.
A Beekeeper's Year in Western NC
Jon Christie • Wild Mountain Apiaries and Wild Mountain Bees
A monthly chart of suggested processes for beekeeping success in Southern Appalachia
Meat Goat Animal Science Facts
NC State Cooperative Extension Service
A comprehensive reference guide to meat goat reproduction, health, grazing, and more.
The Principles of Permaculture
Bill Mollison & David Holmgren
Design principles, strategies, and specific techniques for permaculture farming practices.
Permaculture Land Assessment
Luke Costlow • OGS 2020 Spring Conference
Introduction to whole-systems design thinking and land assessment practices.
Perennial Permaculture Plants
Natalie Bogwalker & Cailen Campbell
A well-annotated guide to high-yield perennials that support permaculture goals.