We became very interested in Permaculture after attending a seminar about it at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair, and since then we've been doing a lot of reading on the subject. So far our favorite book is Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which is a lot more readable and affordable than some of the thicker permaculture manuals and is geared specifically toward smaller home-scale projects like ours rather than larger farms.
We are also really interested in growing nuts on the open land at the front (west) of our property, and Badgersett Farms is a great resource for learning about hazelnut and chestnut culture as well as a source of seedlings that are adapted to the Midwest climate and grown with high genetic diversity. We'll probably be ordering some young trees from them next year, once we have an overall plan figured out. In the mean time we've obtained some of their nuts and used them in chestnut stuffing.
More to come!