The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm describes not only the history of the D Acres project, but its evolving principles and practices that are rooted in the land, its inhabitants and the joy inherent in collective empowerment.
For almost 20 years, D Acres of New Hampshire has challenged and expanded the common definition of a farm. As an educational center that researches, applies and teaches skills of sustainable living and small-scale organic farming, D Acres serves more than just a single function to its community. By turns it is a hostel for travelers to northern New England, a training center for everything from metalworking and woodworking to cob building and seasonal cooking, a gathering place for music, poetry, joke-telling and potluck meals, and much more.
While this book provides a wide spectrum of practical information on the physical systems designed into a community-scale homestead, author Josh Trought also reviews the economics and organizational particulars that D Acres has experimented with over the years.
The D Acres model envisions a way to devise a sustainable future by building a localized economy that provides more than seasonal produce, a handful of eggs and green appliances. With the goal of perennial viability for humanity within their ecosystem, D Acres is attempting an approach to sustainability that encompasses practical, spiritual and ethical components. In short: They are trying to create a rural community ecology that evolves in perpetuity.
No other book contains such a wealth of innovative ideas and ways to make your farm or homestead not only more sustainable, but more inclusive of, and beneficial to, the larger community. Readers will find information on such subjects as:
Emphasizing collaboration, cooperation and mutualism, this book promises to inspire a new generation of growers, builders, educators, artists and dreamers who are seeking new and practical ways to address today’s problems on a community scale.
Author: Josh Trought
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An essential element in cuisines around the world, garlic enjoys near mythic status among cooks, chefs, foodies and enthusiasts of natural remedies. Worldwide, garlic cultivation occupies more than 2 million acres of farmland, an area that has more than doubled since 1970. Yet even garlic fanciers may be unable to tell hardneck from softneck, or Purple Stripe from Rocambole … not to mention the hundreds of cultivated varieties grown today, many with distinct differences in taste and character.
In fact, the wealth of garlic varieties in nearly a dozen horticultural groups rivals that of corn, carrots, apples and peaches. This book is the most comprehensive and in-depth guide available to what surely should be the next gourmet frontier. From 'Ajo Rojo' to 'Zemo', Ted Jordan Meredith presents illustrated profiles of nearly 150 cultivars. Detailed chapters cover natural history, the history of garlic in cultivation, the nuances of cuisine and culture, therapeutic benefits, plant structure, how to cultivate, curing and storage, taxonomy, pests and diseases, and chemistry.
Especially useful are the Quick Guides, which summarize information on growing and buying garlic and provide recommendations for the best-tasting cultivars for specific uses and climates. Lists of garlic sources and organizations are a boon to the aficionado.
Whether you share Ted Jordan Meredith's "garlic affliction" or just find the pungent bulb indispensable, you'll understand it as never before with this meticulously researched, lovingly written exploration.
Author: Ted Jordan Meredith
Consuming whole grains offers not only a wide variety of health benefits, but they can be incredibly delicious. We also know that more and more people are looking for gluten-free alternatives. It is a huge market, and that's where this book fits in perfectly, with great recipes featuring amaranth, buckwheat, corn, job's tears, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, sorghum, teff and wild rice.
Its color pages throughout feature a wealth of health information on these grains. There is a culinary profile for each, with buying and storing information, cooking methods and recommendations, and detailed nutritional analyses for each individual grain as well as for the recipes. The color photographs for each grain provide easy identification.
Featuring mouthwatering recipes for breakfast through dessert, author Judith Finlayson ensures that good taste and a gluten-free lifestyle go together beautifully, from soups, salads and sides to pancakes, puddings and so much more.
This book is proof positive that good taste, excellent nutrition and gluten-free options are not mutually exclusive.
Author: Judith Finlayson
Two best-selling books-now in one comprehensive volume! Together, The Art & Craft of Stonescaping and The Art & Craft of Stonework make up the best beginner-friendly guide available for anyone wanting to build stone walls (freestanding, retaining, dry-stacked or mortared), steps, benches, paths, patios and borders
Author: David Reed
This comprehensive book is a reflection of the groundswell of enthusiasm for healthy eating … leafy greens in particular. Kale led the charge and now consumers are looking for new alternatives among these inexpensive, nutritious and versatile ingredients.
Dozens of varieties of leafy greens are featured (67 to be exact), each with a photograph for easy identification. They range from the well-known (spinach) to the trendy (kale and collards) to the obscure (items that mizuna and purslane). With the world growing smaller every day and our grocery store selections expanding, it's probably just a matter of time before you see these at your local grocers.
All the greens are listed alphabetically, and each listing contains:
Award-winning food writer Susan Sampson has created 250 outstanding vegan recipes, a wide and wonderful variety that can be enjoyed as main dishes, sides and even breakfast. Smoothies are the perfect way to incorporate more greens into your diet. The humble Brussels sprouts rise to a whole new level in Brussels and Yukon Hash, dandelion takes a dandy turn in Penne Boscaiola, and Napa simply shines in Grilled Kimcheese Sandwiches. Explore greens from other parts of the world that are now grown in North America: Yu Choy in Yu Choy with Saucy Shiitakes and Baby Corn, or taro leaves that perfectly complete the recipe for West Indies Pepper Pot Soup.
So stretch beyond your typical cooking routine and tap into a healthier, more interesting way of eating by simply incorporating more greens into your kitchen.
Author: Susan Sampson
Increasing the energy efficiency of your home can save you money, help the environment and enhance your comfort, but how do you decide which improvements are the most beneficial and cost-effective? Completely revised to incorporate the latest developments in green technology, The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings is the definitive resource for consumers who want to better their home's performance while reducing their energy bills.
Well-organized and highly readable, The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings begins with an overview of the relationships between energy use, economics and the environment. Updated and expanded chapters focus on specific aspects of any home, such as heating and cooling, ventilation, electronics, lighting, cooking and laundry, and provide helpful explanations for each, including:
This comprehensive resource is packed with tips on improving existing equipment and guidance for when and why to invest in new purchases, as well as a reminder to check local government and utilities for purchase or retrofit grants or incentives. It is a must-read for anyone concerned about reducing both their energy bills and their environmental impact.
Author: J Amann, A Wilson, K Ackerly
Home gardeners know the key elements to a well-designed garden: perennials that bloom year after year, annuals that add a burst of color and bulbs that guarantee spring flowers. But what about shrubs? What role should these hardy plants play?
The Creative Shrub Garden by Andy McIndoe puts the shrub in its rightful place: front and center. This groundbreaking approach shows you how to make the most of the many benefits of shrubs (including their hardiness, yearlong beauty, size, and low-maintenance nature) by making them the main element in a garden design. McIndoe teaches you the basics first, with tips on choosing shrubs based on a garden’s size, determining soil and climate needs, and pruning and maintenance. He then offers hundreds of shrub combinations that work with 15 main garden styles, including coastal, cottage, Mediterranean, tropical, urban, and more.
The Creative Shrub Garden celebrates a plant that is too often taken for granted and gives gardeners the confidence to use shrubs in the design-forward treatment they deserve.
Author: Andy McIndoe
This survival medicine handbook, a No. 1 Amazon best-seller, is meant for those who want to ensure the health of their loved ones in any disaster situation, from hurricanes to a complete societal collapse. Integrative medical strategies abound for situations in which medical help is not on the way.
In plain English, this book teaches the nonmedical professional how to deal with all the likely medical issues they will face in a disaster situation. You'll learn skills like performing a physical exam, taking care of traumatic injuries and infectious disease, and even how to suture a wound!
Author: Joseph and Amy Alton
In this timely new book, thrifty and resourceful Alys Fowler shows that there is a way to take the good life and refashion it to fit in with life in the city. Abandoning the limitations of traditional gardening methods, she has created a beautifully productive garden where tomatoes sit happily next to roses, carrots are woven between the lavenders and potatoes grow in pots on the patio. And all of this is produced in a way that mimics natural systems, producing delicious homegrown food for her table. And she shares her favorite recipes for the hearty dishes, pickles and jams she makes to use up her bountiful harvest, proving that no-one need go hungry on her grow-your-own regime.
Good for the pocket, good for the environment and hugely rewarding for the soul, The Edible Garden urges urbanites everywhere to chuck out the old gardening rules and create their own haven that's as good to look at as it is to eat.
Author: Alys Fowler
Rosalind Creasy is a name to be trusted in the field of growing and cooking with herbs. This book is full of practical information and personal experience, with plenty of detail on how to take your herbs from the garden to the table with panache.
Author: Rosalind Creasy
Long embraced by corporations that are driven only by the desire for profit, industrial agriculture wastes precious resources and spews millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year, exacerbating climate change and threatening the very earth and water on which we depend. However, this dominant system, from which Americans obtain most of their food, is being supplanted by a new paradigm.
The Emergent Agriculture is a collection of 14 thematic essays on sustainability viewed through the lens of farming. Arguing that industrial food production is incompatible with the realities of nature, science and ethics, this lyrical narrative makes the case for a locally based food system that is:
A revolution in food production is underway. Written from the vantage point of an ecologist who is also a farmer, The Emergent Agriculture is essential reading for anyone interested in food security and the potential for growing local economies. It’s food for thought about the future of food.
Author: Gary Kippel
Nature still provides just as many effective remedies today as in times gone by. These remedies work as valuable medicine against all sorts of diseases and conditions … as well as the unpleasant side effects of modern life, such as stress, exhaustion and listlessness.
New science has acknowledged the positive properties of many medicinal herbs. This growing interest in medicinal herbs is accompanied by the desire to make simple preparations at home that benefit and address the common conditions and ailments of both men and women. When concerns affect children and teenagers, parents can offer onion packs if their offspring complain of painful ears, because they recognize that many of their grandmother's home cures are exactly that, cures. In fact, all age groups can and do benefit from nature's healing powers without a lot of effort. Throughout this wonderfully comprehensive book the easiest methods and the most popular applications for natural remedies are provided in detail. In the large recipe section there is a suitable recipe for almost any complaint.
Making use of the healing power of plants can be accomplished with little effort by producing home-style "remedies." The 68 recipes address different types of complaints, organized for every age and stage of life. Each remedy includes step-by-step instructions, enabling the least-experienced reader to make a suitable remedy with confidence. No prior knowledge required.
For small children, Marjoram Ointment works wonders: By applying a little under a child's sniffly nose, the sneezing stops quickly. Homemade Ginger Candy greatly alleviates the effects of morning sickness. Using a natural gargling solution of sage tea, apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil soothes a tickly, sore and difficult to swallow sore throat.
Recent studies from Europe show that nearly half the population is convinced that herbal remedies work and trust in nature's healing powers. This trend is mirrored here in North America. With this outstanding resource guide, dozens of useful and prescriptive home herbal remedies can be easily created.
Author: Melanie Wenzel