Melliodora A3 Book + Free eBook

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David Holmgren

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The original large format book (1985-1995) and the eBook (1995-2005) provides the full documentation of ‘Melliodora’, the best known permaculture demonstration site in Australia developed by David Holmgren and Su Dennett. Limited stock available.

Melliodora: Ten Years of Sustainable Living

The original large landscape format book (A3) in sepia tones on high quality paper and card cover that is a pleasure to study and browse. An important historical snapshot of 'Melliodora' (1985-1995).

The updated eBook (1985-2005) in PDF format is also available as a download or on CD.

Melliodora: Ten Years of Sustainable Living eBook

The eBook shows the changes and growth over the following decade (1995-2005) with high resolution zoomable graphics and full colour high resolution versions of the photos as well as linkable new photos of key views to compliment the printed book.

Built in navigation bar, jump buttons and text links allow you to cross reference, move around the eBook and get back to where you were.

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Throughout the first 10 years of the ‘Melliodora’ project (1985-1995), David Holmgren kept detailed records and photos, which have been collated into this large format 80 page book. It has A3 size landscape pages, so at a single opening it covers your desk! Each spread has a theme – such as house design, orchard, or animals with maps, plans photos and text.

The book was written inside the property it is describing – it’s a kind of autobiography. It was written over a five year period, and with property “established” the text was revised with the benefits of hindsight. It is ideal for anyone seriously interested in sustainable living – both at a practical level and with a good dose of Holmgren holistic thinking.

The meticulous detail allows the reader to trace the development of the property from the purchase of a steep weed-infested site, through the early stages of blackberry slashing, dam construction and tree planting to the “finished” product of family home, office, workshop, greenhouse, and integrated living systems with perennial plants and a range of animals fulfilling many functions.

Hepburn is in central Victoria, 470 metres above sea level, in the Great Dividing Range. It is an arboretum for cool climate permaculture and the book has an extensive species list (over 170 listings). Twenty years on from the first draft of Permaculture One, this book shows that permaculture works.

Product details

Published 1995, reprinted 2001
Melliodora Publishing
Softcover, b&w, diagrams, illustrations and photographs throughout, 297 x 420mm (A3) + eBook digital version.
ISBN: 0646269909

The updated eBook – Included free

The eBook includes all the original book text Melliodora: Ten Years of Sustainable Living (1985-1995), along with high resolution graphics, full colour photos and linked new photos showing the changes and growth over the following decade (1995-2005). Available individually here.

Built in navigation bar, jump buttons and text links allow you to cross reference and move around the eBook easily.


The eBook works best with Adobe Reader 5 or 7 (a free download available from and contains HTML content that will open up in your web browser. The software should run well on Mac OS 9.1 , Windows 95 and Linux based systems.

Features and additional content includes:

• 150 pages of zoom-able plans, graphic diagrams, photos and text
• House thermal performance upgrade and review
• Grid feedback photovoltaic installation and performance
• Cool cupboard review and design
• Animals update including goats and soil management
• Seasonal cycle photos

Demo available here (7.7MB pdf)

The download version of this eBook is around 95MB, compressed into a ZIP archive (.zip). It may take several attempts to download if you have a satellite or mobile internet connection – dial-up connections are not recommended.

About the Author

David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator with Bill Mollison of the permaculture concept following the publication of Permaculture One in 1978. Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting permaculture ideas through practical projects and teaching by personal example, that a sustainable lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism. As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability, which he explored in Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009), and Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2003). With an increasingly high profile as a public speaker, David Holmgren provides leadership with his refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time. David lives with his partner Su Dennett at “Melliodora”, a one-hectare permaculture demonstration site at Hepburn Springs, Central Victoria, Australia. Visit his web site at

Additional information

Melliodora: Ten Years of Sustainable Living

Weight 0.840 kg
Dimensions 425 × 300 × 8 mm

Melliodora: Ten Years of Sustainable Living eBook

Weight 0.110 kg
Dimensions 145 × 125 × 10 mm


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