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Over 2000 videos, eBooks, podcasts and documentariesPermaculture Media Bloghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03993928438731752171noreply@blogger.comBlogger1886125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-33779557867485582262012-05-02T00:01:00.003+02:002012-05-06T11:59:28.049+02:00Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening - Free eBook!<iframe frameborder="0" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://books.google.sk/books?id=jNXK9kE-lOoC&amp;lpg=PP1&amp;dq=permaculture&amp;hl=sk&amp;pg=PP1&amp;output=embed" style="border: 0px;" width="500"></iframe><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=160358370X" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1603580298" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1580085792" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1890132608" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /><br /><b>With information on mushroom cultivation, sowing a fruit forest, alternative ways to keep livestock, and more...</b><br /><br /><b>Sepp Holzer</b> farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1,500 meters above sea level. His farm is an intricate network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks, well covered with productive fruit trees and other vegetation, with the farmhouse neatly nestling amongst them. This is in dramatic contrast to his neighbors’ spruce monocultures.<br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8EEkGyUzCqo/T6ZLFbIDH-I/AAAAAAAADQM/okju8cwTi7g/s1600/Sepp+Holzer%27s+Permaculture+A+Practical+Guide+to+Small-Scale,+Integrative+Farming+and+Gardening+-+Free+eBook+Preview%21.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8EEkGyUzCqo/T6ZLFbIDH-I/AAAAAAAADQM/okju8cwTi7g/s200/Sepp+Holzer%27s+Permaculture+A+Practical+Guide+to+Small-Scale,+Integrative+Farming+and+Gardening+-+Free+eBook+Preview%21.jpg" width="131" /></a>In this book, Holzer shares the skill and knowledge acquired over his lifetime. He covers every aspect of his farming methods, not just how to create a holistic system on the farm itself, but how to make a living from it. Holzer writes about everything from the overall concepts, down to the practical details.<br /><br />In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/160358370X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=160358370X"><b><i>Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture</i></b></a> readers will learn:<br /><ul><li><b>How he sets up a permaculture system</b></li><li><b>The fruit varieties he has found best for permaculture growing</b></li><li><b>How to construct terraces, ponds, and waterways</b></li><li><b>How to build shelters for animals and how to work with them on the land</b></li><li><b>How to cultivate edible mushrooms in the garden and on the farm</b></li><li><b>and much more!</b></li></ul><br />Holzer offers a wealth of information for the gardener, smallholder or alternative farmer yet the book’s greatest value is the attitudes it teaches. He reveals the thinking processes based on principles found in nature that create his productive systems. These can be applied anywhere.<br /><br /><h3> <b>See also Documentary Film:</b></h3><ul><li><a href="/2011/04/sepp-holzer-agro-rebel-permaculture-in.html"><b>Sepp Holzer - The Agro Rebel: Permaculture in Salzburg Alps (Der Agrar-Rebel)</b></a></li></ul><br /><h3> <b>40 hours of Free Permaculture Webinar:</b></h3><ul><li><a href="/2011/09/introduction-to-permaculture-40-hours.html"><b>Introduction to Permaculture - 40 hours of Free video lectures</b></a></li></ul><br /><h3> <b>The Ultimate Reading List for Sustainable Living:</b></h3><ul><li><a href="/2011/11/best-permaculture-homesteading-books.html"><b>100 Best Permaculture &amp; Homesteading Books</b></a></li></ul><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-3377955786748558226?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-66773399644758508442012-05-02T00:01:00.002+02:002012-05-02T00:01:08.964+02:00Masanobu Fukuoka - Sowing Seeds in the Desert: Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Ultimate Food Security<iframe frameborder="0" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://books.google.sk/books?id=k6hWTd2Baz8C&amp;lpg=PP1&amp;dq=Sowing%20Seeds%20in%20the%20Desert&amp;hl=sk&amp;pg=PP1&amp;output=embed" style="border: 0px;" width="500"></iframe><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1603584188" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1590173139" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=8185987009" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1890132608" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /><br />The earth is in great peril, due to the corporatization of agriculture, the rising climate crisis, and the ever-increasing levels of global poverty, starvation, and desertification on a massive scale. This present condition of global trauma is not "natural," but a result of humanity's destructive actions. And, according to Masanobu Fukuoka, it is reversible. We need to change not only our methods of earth stewardship, but also the very way we think about the relationship between human beings and nature.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Xag5v-j5EdA/T6BXZ2WbYxI/AAAAAAAABmo/NWHGkmPhm6c/s1600/Masanobu+Fukuoka+-+Sowing+Seeds+in+the+Desert+Natural+Farming,+Global+Restoration,+and+Ultimate+Food+Security.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Xag5v-j5EdA/T6BXZ2WbYxI/AAAAAAAABmo/NWHGkmPhm6c/s320/Masanobu+Fukuoka+-+Sowing+Seeds+in+the+Desert+Natural+Farming,+Global+Restoration,+and+Ultimate+Food+Security.jpg" width="200" /></a></div>Fukuoka grew up on a farm on the island of Shikoku in Japan. As a young man he worked as a customs inspector for plants going into and out of the country. This was in the 1930s when science seemed poised to create a new world of abundance and leisure, when people fully believed they could improve upon nature by applying scientific methods and thereby reap untold rewards. While working there, Fukuoka had an insight that changed his life forever. He returned to his home village and applied this insight to developing a revolutionary new way of farming that he believed would be of great benefit to society. This method, which he called "natural farming," involved working with, not in opposition to, nature.<br /><br />Fukuoka's inspiring and internationally best-selling book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1590173139/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1590173139"><i><b>The One-Straw Revolution</b></i></a> was first published in English in 1978. In this book, Fukuoka described his philosophy of natural farming and why he came to farm the way he did. One-Straw was a huge success in the West, and spoke directly to the growing movement of organic farmers and activists seeking a new way of life. For years after its publication, Fukuoka traveled around the world spreading his teachings and developing a devoted following of farmers seeking to get closer to the truth of nature.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1603584188/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1603584188"><i><b>Sowing Seeds in the Desert</b></i></a>, a summation of those years of travel and research, is Fukuoka's last major work-and perhaps his most important. Fukuoka spent years working with people and organizations in Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States, to prove that you could, indeed, grow food and regenerate forests with very little irrigation in the most desolate of places. Only by greening the desert, he said, would the world ever achieve true food security.<br /><br />This revolutionary book presents Fukuoka's plan to rehabilitate the deserts of the world using natural farming, including practical solutions for feeding a growing human population, rehabilitating damaged landscapes, reversing the spread of desertification, and providing a deep understanding of the relationship between human beings and nature. Fukuoka's message comes right at the time when people around the world seem to have lost their frame of reference, and offers us a way forward.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-6677339964475850844?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-68160101006212119372012-05-02T00:01:00.001+02:002012-05-02T00:01:03.889+02:00Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together<iframe frameborder="0" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://books.google.sk/books?id=iiT7GbUoauUC&amp;lpg=PP1&amp;dq=Aquaponic%20Gardening&amp;hl=sk&amp;pg=PP1&amp;output=embed" style="border: 0px;" width="500"></iframe><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=086571701X" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=160358370X" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0865716781" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0964343363" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /><br /><b>Aquaponics</b> is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazingly productive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs, and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein. On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater pollution, and the impacts of overfishing on our oceans.<br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-M-DfWuajFPM/T6BWKBDz08I/AAAAAAAABmg/KPDwErDY2Qo/s1600/Aquaponic+Gardening+A+Step-By-Step+Guide+to+Raising+Vegetables+and+Fish+Together.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-M-DfWuajFPM/T6BWKBDz08I/AAAAAAAABmg/KPDwErDY2Qo/s320/Aquaponic+Gardening+A+Step-By-Step+Guide+to+Raising+Vegetables+and+Fish+Together.png" width="260" /></a><br /><i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/086571701X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=086571701X"><b>Aquaponic Gardening</b></a> </i>is the definitive do-it-yourself home manual, focused on giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh, and delicious food all year round. Starting with an overview of the theory, benefits, and potential of aquaponics, the book goes on to explain:<br /><br /><ul><li>System location considerations and hardware components</li><li>The living elements--fish, plants, bacteria, and worms</li><li>Putting it all together--starting and maintaining a healthy system</li></ul>Aquaponics systems are completely organic. They are four to six times more productive and use ninety percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging, or heavy lifting--in fact, there really is no downside! Anyone interested in taking the next step towards self-sufficiency will be fascinated by this practical, accessible, and well-illustrated guide.<br /><br /><b>Sylvia Bernstein</b>&nbsp;is the president and founder of The Aquaponic Source and the Vice Chairman of the Aquaponics Association. She also manages AquaponicsCommunity.com, the largest US-based online community site dedicated to aquaponic gardening. An experienced speaker and internationally recognized expert on aquaponic gardening, Sylvia writes and blogs on the subject for the&nbsp;<i>Aquaponic Gardening Blog, Growing Edge&nbsp;</i>and more. Her inspiration is a large, thriving aquaponic setup in her backyard greenhouse in Boulder, CO powered by tilapia, catfish, and other creatures-that-swim.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-6816010100621211937?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-35622272757927542312012-05-02T00:01:00.000+02:002012-05-02T00:01:00.467+02:00The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World<iframe frameborder="0" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://books.google.sk/books?id=-zmLa205d0QC&amp;lpg=PP1&amp;dq=The%20Art%20of%20Fermentation&amp;hl=sk&amp;pg=PP1&amp;output=embed" style="border: 0px;" width="500"></iframe><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=160358286X" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1931498237" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1603583017" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1933392118" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /><br /><b>With practical information on fermenting vegetables, fruits, grains, milk, beans, meats, and more… </b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GZZciG-fb9c/T6BVkjHKP4I/AAAAAAAABmY/-wJ3Fa8_44s/s1600/The+Art+of+Fermentation+An+In-Depth+Exploration+of+Essential+Concepts+and+Processes+from+Around+the+World.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GZZciG-fb9c/T6BVkjHKP4I/AAAAAAAABmY/-wJ3Fa8_44s/s320/The+Art+of+Fermentation+An+In-Depth+Exploration+of+Essential+Concepts+and+Processes+from+Around+the+World.jpg" width="235" /></a></div><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/160358286X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=160358286X"><b><i>The Art of Fermentation</i></b></a> is the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Sandor Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide a reader through their first experience making sauerkraut or yogurt, and in-depth enough to provide greater understanding and insight for experienced practitioners.<br /><br />While Katz expertly contextualizes fermentation in terms of biological and cultural evolution, health and nutrition, and even economics, this is primarily a compendium of practical information—how the processes work; parameters for safety; techniques for effective preservation; troubleshooting; and more.<br /><br />With two-color illustrations and extended resources, this book provides essential wisdom for cooks, homesteaders, farmers, gleaners, foragers, and food lovers of any kind who want to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for arguably the oldest form of food preservation, and part of the roots of culture itself. Readers will find detailed information on fermenting vegetables; sugars into alcohol (meads, wines, and ciders); sour tonic beverages; milk; grains and starchy tubers; beers (and other grain-based alcoholic beverages); beans; seeds; nuts; fish; meat; and eggs, as well as growing mold cultures, using fermentation in agriculture, art, and energy production, and considerations for commercial enterprises. Sandor Katz has introduced what will undoubtedly remain a classic in food literature, and is the first—and only—of its kind.<br /><br /><b>See also:</b><br /><br /><a href="http://permaculture-media-download.blogspot.com/2010/10/wild-fermentation-flavor-nutrition-and.html" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-pJ-vEjmuAGo/TXER2YFNxCI/AAAAAAAABB8/bFPGeE2DANQ/s200/Wild+fermentation+the+flavor%252C+nutrition%252C+and+craft+of+live-culture+foods.jpg" width="140" /></a><a href="/2010/10/wild-fermentation-flavor-nutrition-and.html"><b>Wild fermentation: the flavor, nutrition, and craft of live-culture foods (ebook preview)</b></a> - The book covers vegetable ferments such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and sour pickles; bean ferments including miso, tempeh, dosas, and idli; dairy ferments including yogurt, kefir, and basic cheesemaking (as well as vegan alternatives); sourdough bread-making; other grain fermentations from Cherokee, African, Japanese, and Russian traditions; extremely simple wine- and beer-making (as well as cider-, mead-, and champagne-making) techniques; and vinegar-making. With nearly 100 recipes, this is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging fermentation cookbook ever published.<br /><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-3562227275792754231?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-53527645442128089652012-05-02T00:00:00.002+02:002012-05-02T00:00:31.896+02:00West Coast Food Forestry: A Permaculture Guide - Free eBook!<br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>West Coast Food Forestry: A Permaculture Guide by Rain Tenaqiya</b></div><br /><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/2029243/West-Coast-Food-Forestry" style="-x-system-font: none; display: block; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-size-adjust: none; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 12px auto 6px auto; text-decoration: underline;" title="View West Coast Food Forestry on Scribd">West Coast Food Forestry</a><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="" data-auto-height="true" frameborder="0" height="600" id="doc_63345" scrolling="no" src="http://www.scribd.com/embeds/2029243/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=list&amp;access_key=key-1353vvc9u43xj4eb98mw" width="100%"></iframe><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1900322625" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1931498407" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1580085792" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1890132608" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /><br />West Coast permaculturist and food forest expert Rain Tenaqiya has created a guide to bioregional food forest concepts, design and maintenance that is a definitive, advanced textbook and practical reference on the subject. This will be a "must-have" for permaculturists seeking real-world and real-time guidance in maximizing yield in limited space, based on mimicking systems and patterns in nature. <br /><br />In her introduction, Rain wisely sends readers to Patrick Whitefield’s seminal <a href="/2011/07/how-to-make-forest-garden.html">How to Make a Forest Garden</a> (1996, Permanent Publications) and Toby Hemenway’s highly accessible, info-packed <a href="/2010/10/gaias-garden-guide-to-home-scale.html">Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture</a> (2001, Chelsea Green Publishing Company) as prerequisites to get the most out of her work. She then proceeds to focus on practical aspects and examples that experienced permaculturists can use in design, installation and upkeep of food forests.<br /><br /><b>West Coast Food Forestry </b>is organized into two sections, with several useful appendices. The first section begins by outlining characteristics of the West Coast that influence and affect plants and their growth, including climate, geography, fire ecology, pests and other factors. It concludes with a dazzlingly succinct tour of nine established food forests on the West Coast, from the Bullock Brothers’ legendary larger-scale site on Orcas Island in Washington to Jude Hobbs’ one-third acre in Eugene, Oregon, to Terry’s 30-year-old, 1,800 square-foot phenomenon in Santa Cruz, California.Not only do these virtual tours provide a thicket of useful information and insight, they will inspire readers to want to visit the sites Rain describes--the indispensable first-hand observation at the root of good permaculture design.<br /><br />Section Two is a mini photo encyclopedia of 239 plants suitable for West Coast food forestry. This section is extremely useful not only as a guide to appropriate species but as a mini plant identification tool for those with limited experience in botany and taxonomy. The list is categorized into seven layers of a traditional permaculture food forest: tall trees, short trees, vines, shrubs, herbaceous plants, groundcover and roots. Current developing practice is to include an eighth, a fungus layer, in the design concept. It would have been interesting and helpful if Rain had included more information about the roles fungi can play in providing food, creating microclimate and releasing soil nutrients in food forestry, rather than the passing mentions to fungi that are offered.<br /><br />West Coast Food Forestry also includes charts that list fruit and nut harvest seasons so that it is possible to design and create a food forest that will yield food year round. A table of plant characteristics, their preferences and needs for growth; a West Coast Permaculture Resources Guide including guilds, courses and websites; and plant information and materials sources and nurseries round out the book. Appended is a short introduction to permaculture, its ethics and principles.<br /><br />Although the book addresses the West Coast, missing entirely from its focus is Southern California, the Coast’s most populous area and, some would argue, the one most in need of more permaculture. The author specifically states that she is focusing on food forests that have been in place at least four years. I assume that absence of sites south of Fresno (the southern-most point on the book’s map) means that there are none, but it would have been helpful to find information applicable to the Southland for those wishing to try their hands and soils at food forestry. I look forward to the success of West Coast Food Forestry and its applications by the rapidly growing number of Southern California permaculturists, so that future editions will include the area.<br /><br />This is an important, useful and indispensable resource for permaculturists on the West Coast written by an accomplished author with depth of understanding, breadth of experience and generosity of mind and spirit.<br /><br />The book is available on CD-ROM for $13.50, postage paid, and can be ordered by contacting the author at:<br /><br />Rain Tenaqiya<br />1114A W. Perkins St.<br />Ukiah, CA 95482<br />707-463-1307<br />raincascadia@yahoo.com<br /><br /><a href="http://www.hopedance.org/media-reviews/books/1438"><b>Scott Horton</b></a> is a permaculture designer and teacher who recently moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to the mountains of Southern California. He has taught permaculture and natural building through the Permaculture Institute of Northern California, Portland Community Colleges, in annual gigs at The Farm in Tennessee and other venues.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-5352764544212808965?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-2052047715176459512012-05-02T00:00:00.001+02:002012-05-02T00:00:25.218+02:00Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture<br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://books.google.sk/books?id=0PQvqpVnFbAC&amp;lpg=PP1&amp;dq=Tree%20Crops%3A%20A%20Permanent%20Agriculture&amp;hl=sk&amp;pg=PP1&amp;output=embed" style="border: 0px;" width="500"></iframe><br /><h3> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><b><a href="http://www.soilandhealth.org/01aglibrary/010175.tree%20crops.pdf" target="_blank">&gt;&gt; Soil and Health Library (pdf download)</a></b></span></h3><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0933280440" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1890132608" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1931498407" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=160358370X" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4Ovy7hKRXsA/T6BG-w-DqLI/AAAAAAAABlQ/YSUa6ke-OAI/s1600/Tree+Crops+A+Permanent+Agriculture.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4Ovy7hKRXsA/T6BG-w-DqLI/AAAAAAAABlQ/YSUa6ke-OAI/s320/Tree+Crops+A+Permanent+Agriculture.jpg" width="207" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Times New Roman,Georgia,Times;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0933280440/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0933280440"><b><i>Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture</i></b></a> by J. Russell Smith is the classic work on tree crops. First published in 1929, this highly readable blueprint for the development of high-yield tree crops proves that vast, untapped food sources can be harvested from common species of North American trees.<br /> <br /> Smith's philosophy is based on the idea that agriculture must be "adapted to physical conditions," that "farming should fit the land." He observed worldwide the catastrophe of hill agriculture whose one-time cycle he described so accurately as "forest -- field -- plow -- desert."<br /> <br /> Wendell Berry, one of our most important ecological voices, has written a compelling introduction on the need for utilizing these still-revolutionary ideas, for Smith's plans were never adopted to the degree he wished. And the potential for erosion control, increasing human and animal food supply, and diversifying our ecosystem remains as great a challenge as it was when <i>Tree Crops</i> was first published more than fifty years ago.<br /> <br /> -- "<i>Tree Crops</i> made so much sense to me that I have never been the same since... As my work took me all over the world, everywhere I could see it, thanks to Russell Smith: Agriculture in mountainous, rocky, or dry regions is a disaster, but trees are salvation." -- E. F. Schumacher<br /> <br /> -- "Here is one of the most important books of our time. It relates ecology, national economics and human welfare in a way that is fascinating for anyone interested in the basic problems of the nations ... Also, a very practical and profitable investment." -- Louis Bromfield</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-205204771517645951?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-75031740058609470462012-05-02T00:00:00.000+02:002012-05-02T00:00:04.967+02:00The Natural Building Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to Integrative Design and Construction<iframe frameborder="0" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://books.google.sk/books?id=k354gKVr0wIC&amp;lpg=PP1&amp;dq=The%20Natural%20Building%20Companion&amp;hl=sk&amp;pg=PP1&amp;output=embed" style="border: 0px;" width="500"></iframe><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1603583394" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1890132349" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1903998727" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0865715076" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /><br /><b>A State-of-the-Art Resource for Natural Builders that is a part of <i>The Yestermorrow Design/Build Library</i> and includes an instructional DVD</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P_8tB5OAgkI/T6BT5vnlJBI/AAAAAAAABmQ/2nPqa-l6QyY/s1600/The+Natural+Building+Companion+A+Comprehensive+Guide+to+Integrative+Design+and+Construction.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P_8tB5OAgkI/T6BT5vnlJBI/AAAAAAAABmQ/2nPqa-l6QyY/s320/The+Natural+Building+Companion+A+Comprehensive+Guide+to+Integrative+Design+and+Construction.jpg" width="250" /></a></div>Natural buildings not only bring satisfaction to their makers and joy to their occupants, they also leave the gentlest footprint on the environment. In this complete reference to natural building philosophy, design, and technique, Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton walk builders through planning and construction, offering step-by-step instructions on:<br /><ul><li>siting and site analysis</li><li>choosing materials</li><li>integrating basic structural considerations into a design</li><li>strategies for heating/cooling efficiency and moisture management</li><li>planning for acoustics</li><li>developing an integrative design</li><li>navigating budgeting, code compliance, and project management</li><li>creating the foundation, wall system, roof, and floors</li><li>selecting and making plasters and paints</li><li>evaluating options for mechanical and utility systems</li><li>protecting against fire and insects</li><li>integrating structures within landscape, climate, and human communities</li></ul>...and moreApplicable to building in climates that are cold and wet, hot and dry, or somewhere in-between, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1603583394/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1603583394"><b><i>The Natural Building Companion</i></b></a> provides the tools necessary to understand basic principles of building science, including structural and thermal engineering, and hydrodynamics.<br /><br />This guide offers thorough, up-to-date, and advanced installation details and performance characteristics of straw-bale, straw-clay, woodchip-clay, and cellulose wall systems, as well as earthen and stone wall systems and a variety of framing, roofing, flooring, mechanical system, and finishing options. This fully-illustrated volume informs professionals making the transition from conventional building, homeowners embarking on their own construction, or green builders who want comprehensive guidance on natural-building options.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-7503174005860947046?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-47501297202047929702012-05-01T23:59:00.006+02:002012-05-01T23:59:57.076+02:00Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long Term Change (Vol I and II) - Free eBooks!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-piUyeRxocEs/T51Miie-c3I/AAAAAAAADPE/lyuOzxr5-c0/s1600/TACTICAL+URBANISM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="120" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-piUyeRxocEs/T51Miie-c3I/AAAAAAAADPE/lyuOzxr5-c0/s400/TACTICAL+URBANISM.png" width="400" /></a></div><br />Improving the livability of our towns and cities commonly starts at the street, block, or building scale. 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width: 120px;"></iframe><br /><br />Many people want to grow fruit on a small scale but lack the insight to be successful orchardists. Growing tree fruits and berries is something virtually anyone with space and passionate desire can do - given wise guidance and a personal commitment to observe the teachings of the trees. A holistic grower knows that producing fruit is not about manipulating nature but more importantly, fostering nature. Orcharding then becomes a fascinating adventure sure to provide your family with all sorts of mouth-watering fruit.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-brt-30W6NV8/T6BPyrK95pI/AAAAAAAABl4/2iIZgZRa5YQ/s1600/The+Holistic+Orchard+Tree+Fruits+and+Berries+the+Biological+Way.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-brt-30W6NV8/T6BPyrK95pI/AAAAAAAABl4/2iIZgZRa5YQ/s320/The+Holistic+Orchard+Tree+Fruits+and+Berries+the+Biological+Way.jpg" width="256" /></a></div><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1933392134/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1933392134"><i><b>The Holistic Orchard</b></i> </a>demystifies the basic skills everybody should know about the inner-workings of the orchard ecosystem, as well as orchard design, soil biology, and organic health management. Detailed insights on grafting, planting, pruning, and choosing the right varieties for your climate are also included, along with a step-by-step instructional calendar to guide growers through the entire orchard year. The extensive profiles of pome fruits (apples, pears, asian pears, quinces), stone fruits (cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums), and berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, and elderberries) will quickly have you savoring the prospects.<br /><br />Phillips completely changed the conversation about healthy orcharding with his first bestselling book, <i>The Apple Grower</i>, and now he takes that dialogue even further, drawing connections between home orcharding and permaculture; the importance of native pollinators; the world of understory plantings with shade-tolerant berry bushes and other insectary plants; detailed information on cover crops and biodiversity; and the newest research on safe, homegrown solutions to pest and disease challenges.<br /><br />All along the way, Phillips' expertise and enthusiasm for healthy growing shines through, as does his ability to put the usual horticultural facts into an integrated ecology perspective. This book will inspire beginners as well as provide deeper answers for experienced fruit growers looking for scientific organic approaches. Exciting times lie ahead for those who now have every reason in the world to confidently plant that very first fruit tree!<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" src="http://blip.tv/play/AYLfpAcC.html?p=1" width="480"></iframe><embed src="http://a.blip.tv/api.swf#AYLfpAcC" style="display: none;" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed><br /><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">Rooted in the author's many years of organic orcharding experience, this book blends ideas from soil science, holistic health, permaculture, and traditional fruit growing into a powerful new approach to orchard design and care. Phillips' first-hand knowledge anchors this innovative and highly readable book in practical wisdom that both beginner and long-time fruit growers will find invaluable.--<a href="/2010/10/gaias-garden-guide-to-home-scale.html"><b><i>Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture</i></b></a></blockquote><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-8294909494618555418?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-40947056498521261002012-05-01T23:59:00.004+02:002012-05-01T23:59:33.350+02:00Free Permaculture Workbook by Gaiacraft<br /><img align="right" height="320" src="http://www.permaculture.org.au/images/gaiacraft_workbook.jpg" width="247" />As an offering to the planetary permaculture movement we have created<b> a workbook of permaculture worksheets</b>. This educational tool kit will help support your learning and teaching practice.<br /><br />In the spirit of a genuine love for permaculture education and in gratitude to the world community, this new learning tool is intended to help heal and empower our relationship with ourselves, the Earth and each other. <b>The Gaiacraft Permaculture Workbook</b> shares a collection of universal handouts which string together a larger body of teachings from Bill Mollison, Rosemary Morrow, Geoff Lawton, David Holmgren and Toby Hemenway. It’s edited in collaboration by the Gaiacraft team; Delvin Solkinson, Lunaya Shekinah, Jacob Aman, Tamara Griffiths and Ali Ma. This is a unique and practical addition to your understanding and practice of <a href="/2011/11/best-permaculture-homesteading-books.html">permaculture</a>.<br /><br />The first press is in English and currently we are working on editions in Spanish, Portuguese and Hebrew. We would love to have translations into other languages as well.<br /><br />Given freely, we encourage copying of these worksheets for your students and their copying them for their students. We recommend high quality color reproduction so that they can be successfully passed through many printings. In this way we see the worksheets travelling the world freely to support and inspire the evolution of the permaculture paradigm. The workbook is also available as a professionally bound edition direct from our print-on-demand printer. Purchasing a copy is a way to support Gaiacraft and the development of many more permaculture learning and teaching tools. <br />It’s an honour to share this tool with you as a companion to your journey with permaculture.<br /><br /><b>Free Download Link: </b><a href="http://www.lightscience.ca/gaiacraft/flatty-wholeSystemSequence.pdf" target="_blank">www.lightscience.ca/gaiacraft/flatty-wholeSystemSequence.pdf</a> (<b>Warning:</b> very large file! 227mb.)<br /><br /><b>Hardcopy Purchase Link:</b> <a href="http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/gaiacraft-workbook/18826462" target="_blank">www.lulu.com/product/paperback/gaiacraft-workbook/18826462</a><br /><br /><b>Source: <a href="http://gaiacraft.squarespace.com/worksheets/">http://gaiacraft.squarespace.com/worksheets/ </a></b><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-4094705649852126100?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-57045984906010622682012-05-01T23:59:00.003+02:002012-05-01T23:59:27.104+02:00Permaculture Design for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programming - Free eBook<br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-r4F-ST5BxfQ/T5kbh-hyAiI/AAAAAAAABVI/mSl_dkvVMOM/s1600/permaculture-orphans-cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-r4F-ST5BxfQ/T5kbh-hyAiI/AAAAAAAABVI/mSl_dkvVMOM/s200/permaculture-orphans-cover.jpg" width="154" /></a>A promising development approach for addressing food and nutrition insecurity for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) is permaculture. In the context of OVC programming, permaculture helps guide communities toward permanent solutions for food and nutrition security, while ensuring &nbsp;that these options exist harmoniously within their environment. The purpose of this technical brief is to provide an overview of permaculture programming as a sustainable, non-donor-dependent tool for improving the health, food, and nutrition security and livelihoods of OVC and their families.<br /><br /><ul><li><b></b><b> <a href="http://www.aidstar-one.com/sites/default/files/technical_briefs/AIDSTAR-One_TechBrief_Permaculture_OVC.pdf" target="_blank" title="Permaculture Design for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programming">Download the Permaculture Design for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programming Technical Brief</a></b> (PDF, 581 KB)</li></ul><br /><h2> Introduction</h2>Among children under five years of age in the developing world, nearly one-quarter are underweight (127 million) and one-third are stunted (195 million). Over 90 percent of those who are stunted live in Africa and Asia (U.N. Children's Fund [UNICEF] 2009, 2011a). These forms of undernutrition can have long-lasting and damaging effects on children, especially when it occurs during critical developmental years.<br /><br />The situation is even more concerning for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) living in communities with a high prevalence of HIV; many of these children and their families are food and nutrition insecure as a direct consequence of the epidemic. Severe and moderate acute malnutrition (wasting) among people living with HIV, including children and youth, occurs where HIV prevalence is high, and there are delays in seeking treatment. And among infants living with HIV, low birth weight (a major determinant of mortality and morbidity) is not uncommon (Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care 2008).<br /><br />A recent AIDSTAR -One review of promising practices in food and nutrition security programming for OVC revealed very few models of sustainable programming that directly impact long-term food and nutrition security for OVC and the families who care for them. Programs attempting to address these challenges are mostly small-scale, short-term, donor-reliant, and/or expensive in terms of inputs per child.<br /><br />For most countries attempting to meet food and nutrition security challenges at scale, school meals have been the intervention of choice because of the positive impact on school attendance, cognition, and educational achievement, particularly when supported by complementary actions such as deworming and micronutrient fortification or supplementation (Bundy et al. 2009). School feeding programs, unfortunately, often rely heavily on resources external to communities and even to the countries themselves. Additionally, these inputs may not be available beyond a given donor's project cycle. While school meals can deliver important short-term value, especially in terms of OVC retention, they do not address long-term food and nutrition insecurity in a sustainable manner.<br /><br />One development approach that shows promise for OVC programming, particularly in an HIV context, is permaculture. Permaculture is a framework that works toward sustainability of human habitats. It maximizes the use of local resources, applying ecological principles to meet human needs for food, shelter, energy, and a sense of community. In the context of OVC programming, permaculture helps guide communities toward permanent solutions for food and nutrition security while ensuring that these options exist harmoniously within their environment. Importantly, bringing a perpetual source of food and nutrition to OVC through households, schools, and other community institutions is only one aspect of what permaculture offers to OVC programming. It also offers opportunities for income generation, and on a more philosophical level, it teaches children about their relationship with the environment and how to meet their needs in a responsible, environmentally- friendly manner.<br /><br />The purpose of this technical brief is to provide an overview of permaculture programming as a response to food and nutrition insecurity for OVC. It emphasizes the role of permaculture as a sustainable, non-donor dependent tool for improving the health, food and nutrition security, and livelihoods of OVC and their families.<br /><br />Specifically, this brief aims to:<br /><ul><li>Define permaculture as a development approach and design process, and describe some of its key concepts and principles</li><li>Explain why permaculture is relevant to OVC programming, particularly in the context of HIV, and list some of its benefits</li><li>Explain the theory and step-by-step practice of applying permaculture design in primary and secondary schools</li><li>Delineate the costs of integrating permaculture into school curricula, and into communities more generally</li><li>Identify the implementation challenges and make recommendations on how to overcome those challenges</li><li>Provide brief summaries on the use of permaculture in schools in South Africa and Malawi</li><li>Offer a list of resources and networking opportunities to OVC programmers interested in applying permaculture within their specific country contexts.</li></ul>This technical brief is not intended to offer an exhaustive review of permaculture's methodology. Instead, it serves as an introduction to its principles, and provides initial guidance and examples on how it can be used to benefit OVC and their families. The geographic focus of this brief are countries in Africa with high HIV-prevalence.<br /><br /><b>Source: <a href="http://www.aidstar-one.com/focus_areas/ovc/resources/technical_briefs/permaculture_for_OVC">http://www.aidstar-one.com/focus_areas/ovc/resources/technical_briefs/permaculture_for_OVC</a> </b><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-5704598490601062268?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-29430417449399579532012-05-01T23:59:00.002+02:002012-05-01T23:59:19.227+02:00Michael Pollan’s Food Rules Animated in Stop-Motion<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/35444471?title=0&amp;byline=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe><br /><br />Based on <a href="/2011/08/michael-pollan-on-food-rules-eaters.html">Michael Pollan</a>'s talk "Food Rules" given at the RSA, this animation was created in the context of the RSA/Nominet Trust film competition. Using a mixture of stop-motion and compositing, our aim and challenge was to convey the topic in a visually interesting way using a variety of different food products. We made a little table top set up at home and worked on this a little over three weeks. <br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1594203083" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0143038583" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0143114964" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0802140114" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-2943041744939957953?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-40322448996510211802012-05-01T23:59:00.001+02:002012-05-01T23:59:13.747+02:00What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?: 100% Organic Solutions for All Your Vegetables, from Artichokes to Zucchini<iframe frameborder="0" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://books.google.sk/books?id=y2MMF72yhJ0C&amp;lpg=PA191&amp;dq=organic%20gardening&amp;hl=sk&amp;pg=PP1&amp;output=embed" style="border: 0px;" width="500"></iframe><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1604691840" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0881929611" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1605296775" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=093003175X" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /><br />More and more home gardeners are discovering the rewards of growing their own vegetables. But along with the pleasures of homegrown produce come a host of problems: bugs, diseases, and mysterious ailments that don't have an obvious cause. What's a gardener to do?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZlSb7GO7SWE/T6BSgX9hoqI/AAAAAAAABmI/dSGd8mOe6Ac/s1600/What%27s+Wrong+With+My+Vegetable+Garden++Organic+Solutions+for+All+Your+Vegetables,+from+Artichokes+to+Zucchini.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZlSb7GO7SWE/T6BSgX9hoqI/AAAAAAAABmI/dSGd8mOe6Ac/s320/What%27s+Wrong+With+My+Vegetable+Garden++Organic+Solutions+for+All+Your+Vegetables,+from+Artichokes+to+Zucchini.jpg" width="273" /></a></div>Don't panic — help is at hand. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604691840/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1604691840"><i><b>What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?</b></i></a> teaches you how to keep your vegetables healthy so they're less susceptible to attack, and when problems do occur, it shows you how to recognize the problem and find the right organic solution.<br /><br />Among the book's highlights are:<br /><ul><li><b>Clear information about how to team with nature to create the best growing conditions for your vegetables.</b></li><li><b>Detailed portraits of the most commonly grown vegetables, including growth habit; information on the plant's season; temperature, soil, light, and water requirements; and best garden uses and planting techniques.</b></li><li><b>Illustrated problem-solving guides that enable you to identify at a glance what's ailing your plant.</b></li><li><b>Discussions of the most effective organic solutions, ranging from how to modify the growing conditions in your garden to how to cope with and eliminate specific pests and diseases.</b></li></ul><br />If you care about raising the freshest, healthiest, most problem-free vegetables possible, then What's Wrong With My Vegetable Garden? will quickly become one of your most essential tools.<br /><br /><b>See also:</b><br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0881929611/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=217145&amp;creative=399369&amp;creativeASIN=0881929611" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NWanVq3gpQE/Tr61RyI5DUI/AAAAAAAAAK4/-4fbNbc6brM/s200/whats-wrong-with-my-plant-and-how-do-i-fix-it-a-visual-guide-to-easy-diagnosis-and-organic-remedies.jpg" width="151" /></a><a href="/2011/11/whats-wrong-with-my-plant-and-how-do-i.html"><b>What's Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?): A Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies</b></a> by <b>David Deardorff, Kathryn Wadsworth</b> - provides an easy system for visually diagnosing any problem, and matching it to the right cure. Whether your garden consists of herbs on a kitchen windowsill, a vegetable garden, an elaborate backyard border, or a container on a patio, <i>What's Wrong With My Plant?</i> is an indispensable resource. If you can see it, you can fix it. Curing a sick plant just doesn't get any easier.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-4032244899651021180?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-34067275489504287482012-05-01T23:59:00.000+02:002012-05-01T23:59:08.090+02:00Interplanting and Beyond, An Excerpt from Gaia’s GardenThis coming Sunday, May 6, is <a href="2012/05/international-permaculture-day-sunday.html">International Permaculture Day</a>! To celebrate, this week we’ll be sharing some classic excerpts from one of our perennial bestsellers, <i>Gaia’s Garden</i> by Toby Hemenway. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-X8_j0dusOWQ/T6BLg9yTzmI/AAAAAAAABlg/MpD-N3yaU9o/s1600/Interplanting+and+Beyond,+An+Excerpt+from+Gaia%E2%80%99s+Garden.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="133" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-X8_j0dusOWQ/T6BLg9yTzmI/AAAAAAAABlg/MpD-N3yaU9o/s200/Interplanting+and+Beyond,+An+Excerpt+from+Gaia%E2%80%99s+Garden.jpg" width="200" /></a></div>Permaculture is more than just a way to garden, it applies systems-thinking to every facet of our relationship to the earth and each other. The three main ethics of permaculture are care for the planet, care for people, and only keeping a fair share of the yields of your productive work (gardening and otherwise). Expanding outward from these seemingly simple statements are a plethora of intricate methods for mimicking natural systems in gardening, building, planning, and community organization. Gaia’s Garden was one of the first books published in the US to popularize permaculture techniques for the home garden, and we’re proud to share some of its wisdom with you. <br />So without further ado, here’s an excerpt on interplanting!<br /><br />Using different veggies’ strengths and weaknesses to avoid competition and maybe even get them to help each other out is called <i>interplanting</i>. It’s a planting strategy that adds up to one big happy vegetable family—think of it as a square-foot salad.<br /><br /><i>The following is an excerpt from </i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1603580298/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1603580298"><b>Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture</b></a><i> by <a href="/2011/08/14-principles-of-permaculture-by-toby.html">Toby Hemenway</a>. It has been adapted for the Web.</i><br /><br />Vegetable gardeners have some experience in creating plant communities. Food-growers have long attempted to avoid the drawbacks, both aesthetic and ecological, of large blocks of a single crop.<br /><br />Monocultures deplete the soil, provide a sumptuous feast for pests, and dull the senses. To avoid these faults, many gardeners practice <i>interplanting</i>, mixing different varieties together to save space and avoid solid clumps of one vegetable. Interplanting strategies, while usually limited to vegetables, illustrate some of the principles of combining varieties that work together to deter pests and aid each other in other ways. Once we’ve learned the basics of interplanting, we can broaden our spectrum and look beyond vegetables toward garden plant communities that benefit not just people but all of nature.<br /><br /><img src="http://www.chelseagreen.com/common/files/image/Interplant.jpg" /><br /><br />One simple interplanting scheme mixes onions, carrots, and lettuce in the same garden bed. These three plants have different leaf forms, light requirements, and rooting depths, which makes them compatible both physically and in terms of their resource needs. The cylindrical leaves of onions grow virtually straight up, casting little shade. Feathery carrot leaves bush out a bit but don’t create deep shadows. Lettuce, although it forms a solid mass of greenery, is short and casts its shade below the other plants. The three leaf forms fit well together, allowing ample sunlight to bathe each plant. Also, lettuce needs less sun than onions and carrots, so the slight shade cast by the latter two won’t impede lettuce’s growth. In summer, lettuce tends to bolt and taste bitter unless shaded, which is a good reason to grow it beside taller plants. And, lastly, the roots of these three plants don’t compete for space: Onions are shallow rooted, lettuce reaches to an intermediate depth, and the taproots of carrots go deep but straight down. Each searches for nutrients in a different place. These three vegetables, with their varying shapes, light requirements, and rooting patterns, can be interplanted very successfully.<br /><br />Other combinations: Interplanting Brussels sprouts, parsley, spinach, and onions is effective because the spinach and onions are ready before the sprouts mature, and the parsley can tolerate some shade. Also, their root depths and nutrient needs are divergent. Radishes, lettuce, and peppers work well for similar reasons; the radishes grow fast, the lettuce doesn’t mind the shade of the young peppers, and by the time the peppers are full-grown, the other plants have been harvested.<br /><br />Though interplanting saves space, it doesn’t go far enough for me. Most interplanting, as in the above examples, simply combines plants to avoid negative interactions, such as competition for space or light. This form of interplanting doesn’t blend plants into dynamic, interactive associations the way nature does. What’s more, interplanting rarely capitalizes on the mutual benefits plants can provide each other, such as deterring pests or transporting and storing nutrients.<br /><br />A second technique, <i>companion planting</i>, takes advantage of some of these mutual benefits. For example, planting sage near carrots reputedly repels the carrot fly. Carrots themselves are thought to exude a substance that stimulates the growth of peas. Companion planting is a step in the right direction; but, unfortunately, many traditional combinations turn out, in careful trials, to provide no benefit at all. Surprisingly, some old recipes even produce detrimental effects. Robert Kourik, in his excellent book, <i>Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape—Naturally</i>, summarizes a wealth of research that debunks many old-time companion-plant recipes. For example, gardeners have long edged their beds with marigolds to deter pests, and Kourik notes that certain marigolds, especially Mexican marigolds <i>(Tagetes minuta)</i> can repel harmful soil nematodes. However, other varieties of marigold actually attract pests, and most simply don’t help at all. I’ve seen gardens randomly strewn with marigolds as a general panacea, but the research makes me wonder if the benefits extend beyond offering something nice to look at.<br /><br />Hence, without supporting data I’m skeptical of planting basil alongside tomatoes in the hopes of getting bigger beefsteaks—to choose an old-time companion recipe at random. Companion planting in its highest form can create beautiful mixed beds of flowers and vegetables. In its simplest and most common mode, however, companion planting merely combines plants in what is not far from monoculture: nice orderly beds of two or perhaps three species—static, perfectly weeded, and ecologically dead. We can do better.<br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1603580298" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=160358370X" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1931498407" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1890132608" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /><br /><b>See also:</b><br /><br /><ul><li><a href="http://permaculture-media-download.blogspot.com/2010/10/gaias-garden-guide-to-home-scale.html#uds-search-results" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YKLMbBxytZA/TkkAFD10QeI/AAAAAAAACWA/fPvtjCPn7qY/s1600/Gaia%2527s+Garden+Permaculture.jpg" border="0" height="200" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YKLMbBxytZA/TkkAFD10QeI/AAAAAAAACWA/fPvtjCPn7qY/s200/Gaia%2527s+Garden+Permaculture.jpg" width="159" /></a><b><a href="/2010/10/gaias-garden-guide-to-home-scale.html">Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway (ebook preview)</a> </b>- The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers.</li></ul><ul><li><b><a href="http://permaculture-media-download.blogspot.com/2010/10/toby-hemenway-how-permaculture-can-save.html">Toby Hemenway - How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and the Earth, but Not Civilization (video lecture)</a></b></li></ul><ul><li><b><a href="http://permaculture-media-download.blogspot.com/2011/02/permaculture-on-your-balcony-writers.html">Permaculture on Your Balcony: Writer’s Voice Interviews Toby Hemenway</a></b></li></ul><ul><li><b><a href="http://permaculture-media-download.blogspot.com/2011/04/home-scale-permaculture-interview-with.html">Home Scale Permaculture: Interview with Toby Hemenway</a></b></li></ul><ul><li><a href="/2010/10/food-not-lawns-how-to-turn-your-yard.html"><b>Food Not Lawns - Foreword by Toby Hemenway</b></a></li></ul><br /><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-3406727548950428748?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-20660068293345267682012-05-01T23:58:00.006+02:002012-05-01T23:58:59.031+02:00Short Film: Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/36843721" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe><br /><br /><b>Sacred Economics</b> traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.<br /><br />Today, these trends have reached their extreme - but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.<br /><br />Read the book <a href="http://sacred-economics.com/">sacred-economics.com</a><br /><br />This short contains some visuals from the upcoming feature doc Occupy Love <a href="http://occupylove.org/">occupylove.org</a><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1583943978" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1603583432" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1933633867" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1603583920" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-2066006829334526768?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-5003417125774102722012-05-01T23:58:00.005+02:002012-05-01T23:58:53.883+02:00Free eBook - Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-apyCjI5SJKo/T5gYHYoXbDI/AAAAAAAABUs/9LzXkrpeask/s1600/Free+eBook+-+Sacred+Economics+Money,+Gift,+and+Society+in+the+Age+of+Transition.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-apyCjI5SJKo/T5gYHYoXbDI/AAAAAAAABUs/9LzXkrpeask/s320/Free+eBook+-+Sacred+Economics+Money,+Gift,+and+Society+in+the+Age+of+Transition.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><i><b>Sacred Economics</b></i> traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme—but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.<br /><br />This book is about how the money system will have to change—and is already changing—to embody this transition. A broadly integrated synthesis of theory, policy, and practice, Sacred Economics explores avant-garde concepts of the New Economics, including negative-interest currencies, local currencies, resource-based economics, gift economies, and the restoration of the commons. Author Charles Eisenstein also considers the personal dimensions of this transition, speaking to those concerned with “right livelihood” and how to live according to their ideals in a world seemingly ruled by money. Tapping into a rich lineage of conventional and unconventional economic thought, <i>Sacred Economics</i> presents a vision that is original yet commonsense, radical yet gentle, and increasingly relevant as the crises of our civilization deepen.<br /><br /><h3> Read Online:</h3><br /><b>Sacred Economics</b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_introduction" target="_blank">Introduction</a> (<a href="http://sacred-economics.com/read-online/sacred-economics-fr/">read French version</a>)</b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch1_pt2" target="_blank">Chapter 1: The Gift World</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch2_pt3" target="_blank">Chapter 2: Greed and the Illusion of Scarcity</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch3_pt4" target="_blank">Chapter 3: Money and the Mind</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch4_pt5" target="_blank">Chapter 4: The Trouble with Property</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch_5_corpse_commons" target="_blank">Chapter 5: The Corpse of the Commons</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch_6_usury" target="_blank">Chapter 6: The Economics of Usury</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_chapter_7_crisis_civilization" target="_blank">Chapter 7: The Crisis of Civilization</a><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_chapter_8_turning_age" target="_blank"><br />Chapter 8: The Turning of the Age</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_chapter_9_story_value" target="_blank">Chapter 9: The Story of Value</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_chapter_10" target="_blank">Chapter 10: The Law of Return</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_chapter_11" target="_blank">Chapter 11: Currencies of the Commons</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_chapter_12" target="_blank">Chapter 12: Negative-interest Economics</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_chapter_13" target="_blank">Chapter 13: Steady-state and Degrowth Economics</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch_14_social_dividend" target="_blank">Chapter 14: The Social Dividend</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_chapter_15_local_currency_pt_16" target="_blank">Chapter 15: Local and Complementary Currencies</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch_16_transition_gift_economy" target="_blank">Chapter 16: Transition to Gift Economy</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch_17_summary_roadmap" target="_blank">Chapter 17: Summary and Roadmap</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch_18_relearning_gift_culture" target="_blank">Chapter 18: Relearning Gift Culture</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch_19_nonaccumulation" target="_blank">Chapter 19: Non-Accumulation</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch_20_right_livelihood_sacred_investing_pt_21" target="_blank">Chapter 20: Right Livelihood and Sacred Investing</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch_21_working_gift_pt_22" target="_blank">Chapter 21: Working in the Gift</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch22_community_unquantifiable" target="_blank">Chapter 22: Community and the Unquantifiable</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch23_new_materialism" target="_blank">Chapter 23: A New Materialism</a></b><br /><b><a href="http://www.realitysandwich.com/sacred_economics_ch24_conclusion" target="_blank&quot;">Chapter 24: Conclusion: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Tell Us Is Possible</a></b><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1583943978" style="height: 240px; 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width: 120px;"></iframe><br /><br /><b>Praise For Sacred Economics…</b><br /><br />“This brilliant and beautifully written book is an indispensable must-read for all those who believe our economic system is terminally sick and in need of radical, sacred rehaul. Charles Eisenstein has the great gift of being able to make complex ideas both thrilling and inspiring. I hope this book begins a serious, worldwide conversation on how we can reinvent our attitude to money.”<br /><i><b>—Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism</b></i><br /><br />“I consider Charles Eisenstein one of the up-and-coming great minds of our time. Rarely have I met a person who combines such philosophical and spiritual depth with such practical insights into the cultural and institutional origins of the potentially terminal dysfunctions of modern society—and the potential solutions.”<br /><i><b>—David Korten, author of The Great Turning</b></i><br /><br />“If you want a convincing account of just how deep the shift in our new axial age is and must be, look no further than this brilliant book by Charles Eisenstein, one of the deepest integrative thinkers active today.”<br /><i><b>—Michel Bauwens, founder of the P2P Foundation</b></i><br /><br />“With his breadth of knowledge, enthusiasm, commitment, diligence, and sensitivity, Charles has become a beacon of hope for others. Your heart and mind will be opened by this treasure of a book that shines with wisdom of crucial importance to our troubled world today.”<br /><i><b>—Kamran Mofid, founder of the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative</b></i><br /><br />“[Sacred Economics] meticulously explains why our current system will inevitably give rise to cyclical and worsening economic crises. [Eisenstein] exposes the myths and lies that sustain power structure, the social and spiritual devastation in which we are all complicit, and lays the foundation for a way of thinking that can restore hope and help us emerge to a positive future. … Eisenstein’s book provides some of the most creative and hopeful ideas out there.”<br /><i><b>—New Consciousness Review</b></i><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-500341712577410272?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-51640168992882423332012-05-01T23:58:00.004+02:002012-05-01T23:58:46.506+02:00E.F. Schumacher & the Reinvention of the Local Economy (documentary film)<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="409" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/19523798?title=0&amp;byline=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe><br /><br /><b>COMING HOME: E.F. Schumacher and the Reinvention of the Local Economy</b>, is a new 37 minute film that tells the story of a series of revolutionary innovations by the community of Great Barrington, MA to address, at the local level, some of the economic challenges of our nation’s current hard times.<br /><br />In 1973, British economist E.F. Schumacher wrote “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0881791695/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0881791695"><i><b>Small is Beautiful – Economics as if People Mattered</b></i></a>”, – a book that offered a vision of an economy driven by a desire for harmony, not greed; a local economy based on community and ecological values, not global financial derivatives. In the 1970s, “Small is Beautiful” helped launch a back-to-the-land movement that is the ancestor to the Local Food Revolution of today.<br /><br />For the last three decades, the E.F. Schumacher Society has transformed Schumacher’s ideas into a series of practical innovations – reinventing much of the local economy of Great Barrington, Massachusetts and southern Berkshire County in the process.<br /><br />Chris Bedford’s new 37 minutes film, COMING HOME: E.F. Schumacher and the Reinvention of the Local Economy tells the story of the Society’s remarkable work that includes founding of the nation’s first CSA, economic development based on Community Land Trusts, and the creation of the nation’s most successful local currency – BerkShares.<br /><br />“COMING HOME is a timely and profound documentary about an alternative kind of economy, the opposite of the ‘free-market’ capitalism that has led us into our current morass,” writes Professor Albert Nigrin, Director of the New Jersey International Film Festival.<br /><br />“This film offers anyone thinking about relocalization of their community’s economy an inspirational model and a practical guide to that change,” said Denise O’Brien, candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. “Schumacher’s vision has never been more relevant.”<br /><br />COMING HOME is available on DVD by contacting us at chrisbedfordfilms@charter.net<br /><br />Chris Bedford has made over 100 films, winning three dozen awards for Creative Excellence in the process. 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It might be if you ve been reading <i><b>THE URBAN FARM HANDBOOK: CITY-SLICKER RESOURCES FOR GROWING, RAISING, SOURCING, TRADING, AND PREPARING WHAT YOU EAT</b></i>. In this comprehensive guide for <a href="/2012/04/essential-urban-farmer.html">city-dwellers</a> on how to wean themselves off of commercial supermarkets, the authors map a plan for how to manage a busy, urban family life with home-grown foods, shared community efforts, and easy yet healthful practices.<br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MX2VXNxEKpg/T540YzXc-hI/AAAAAAAABa8/dXfx1HLsu5Y/s1600/Urban+Farm+Handbook+City+Slicker+Resources+for+Growing,+Raising,+Sourcing,+Trading,+and+Preparing+What+You+Eat.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MX2VXNxEKpg/T540YzXc-hI/AAAAAAAABa8/dXfx1HLsu5Y/s200/Urban+Farm+Handbook+City+Slicker+Resources+for+Growing,+Raising,+Sourcing,+Trading,+and+Preparing+What+You+Eat.jpg" width="178" /></a>More than just a few ideas about gardening and raising chickens, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594856370/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1594856370"><i>THE URBAN FARM HANDBOOK</i></a> uses stories, charts, grocery lists, recipes, and calendars to inform and instruct. As busy urbanites who have learned how to do everything from making cheese and curing meat to collaborating with neighbors on a food bartering system, the authors share their own food journeys along with those of local producers and consumers who are changing the food systems in the Pacific Northwest.<br /><br /><i>Throughout the book, readers will also find Opportunities for Change - steps people can take to achieve a more sustainable urban kitchen, whether it's as simple as changing the types of vendors you buy from or turning your front yard into an edible farm! --<b>Apartment Therapy</b></i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><i>The Urban Farm Handbook is a vast, thorough, interesting tool for those into food production and homesteading. And even if you're not going to become a hardcore urban farmer, it's useful to understand how the urban and farm worlds can collide in a time in which we need to redesign the way we produce and consume food. --<b>Treehugger</b></i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><i>go-to guide will have even city slickers eating fresh from the backyard --<b>Seattle Magazine</b></i> <br /><br />Author <b>Annette Cottrell </b>lives in Carnation, WA. Follow her at SustainableEats.com. Co-author Joshua McNichols is a Seattle-based journalist with a long-term interest in sustainability and food security. His favorite stories feature people connecting through community and food, and his work has been featured everywhere from KUOW to Weekend America and The Splendid Table. Photojournalist Harley Soltes lives on an organic farmer in Bow, Washington. His work has been published in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Time, Life, National Geographic, and the Seattle Times.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-4273682252371461151?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-83797472421902698282012-05-01T23:58:00.002+02:002012-05-01T23:58:20.478+02:00Real Goods Solar Living Source Book: Your Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living<iframe frameborder="0" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://books.google.sk/books?id=im-No5TYyy8C&amp;lpg=PP1&amp;dq=Real%20Goods%20Solar%20Living%20Sourcebook&amp;hl=sk&amp;pg=PP1&amp;output=embed" style="border: 0px;" width="500"></iframe><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0916571068" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0865715203" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0865716684" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0865716218" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /><br />Concerns over dwindling resources and environmental degradation are driving many to seek alternatives to our wasteful, polluting lifestyle. Clean technologies such as solar power, wind power, and biodiesel fuel are soaring in popularity.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nGcx7yfuY2M/T6AloiKFxMI/AAAAAAAABkY/_hDGMdNjkMk/s1600/Real+Goods+Solar+Living+Source+Book--Special+30th+Anniversary+Edition+Your+Complete+Guide+to+Renewable+Energy+Technologies+and+Sustainable+Living.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nGcx7yfuY2M/T6AloiKFxMI/AAAAAAAABkY/_hDGMdNjkMk/s320/Real+Goods+Solar+Living+Source+Book--Special+30th+Anniversary+Edition+Your+Complete+Guide+to+Renewable+Energy+Technologies+and+Sustainable+Living.jpg" width="244" /></a></div><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0916571068/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0916571068"><i><b>Real Goods Solar Living Source Book—Special 30th Anniversary Edition</b></i></a> is the ultimate guide to renewable energy, sustainable living, green building, homesteading, off-the-grid living, and alternative transportation, written by experts with decades of experience and a passion for sharing their knowledge. This fully updated edition includes brand-new sections on Peak Oil, climate change, relocalization, natural burial, biodynamics, and <a href="/2011/09/introduction-to-permaculture-40-hours.html">permaculture</a>. It also boasts the latest product listings and completely rewritten and expanded chapters on:<br /><ul><li><b>Land and shelter</b></li><li><b>Natural building</b></li><li><b>Passive solar</b></li><li><b>Biofuels</b></li><li><b>Sustainable transportation</b></li><li><b>Grid-tied photovoltaics</b></li><li><b>Solar hot water systems</b></li><li><b>Plus, over 150 pages of maps, wiring diagrams, formulae, charts, solar sizing worksheets, and much more</b></li></ul><br />Whether you’re a layperson or a professional, novice or longtime aficionado, the new sourcebook puts the latest research and products at your fingertips—all the information you need to make sustainable living a reality.<br /><br /><b>John Schaeffer</b> is the president and founder of Real Goods, the oldest and largest catalog company devoted to the sale and service of renewable-energy products. Now merged with Gaiam, Real Goods has converted over sixty thousand homes to solar energy since 1978, when it sold the very first photovoltaic module in America. Real Goods hosts the annual SolFest at its Solar Living Center headquarters in Hopland, California.<br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0916571068" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0865715203" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0865716684" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0865716218" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-8379747242190269828?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-79626649766301210642012-05-01T23:58:00.001+02:002012-05-01T23:58:09.676+02:00The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening<iframe frameborder="0" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://books.google.sk/books?id=vuB4_KRQun8C&amp;lpg=PP1&amp;dq=The%20New%20American%20Landscape%3A%20Leading%20Voices%20on%20the%20Future%20of%20Sustainable%20Gardening&amp;hl=sk&amp;pg=PP1&amp;output=embed" style="border: 0px;" width="500"></iframe><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1604691867" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1933392134" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1603580298" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=193520212X" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-L2qaF8W1KJA/T5_8c_5UF0I/AAAAAAAABic/osKUzT5xxy4/s1600/The+New+American+Landscape+Leading+Voices+on+the+Future+of+Sustainable+Gardening.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-L2qaF8W1KJA/T5_8c_5UF0I/AAAAAAAABic/osKUzT5xxy4/s320/The+New+American+Landscape+Leading+Voices+on+the+Future+of+Sustainable+Gardening.jpg" width="250" /></a></div>Gardeners are the front line of defense in our struggle to tackle the problems of global warming, loss of habitat, water shortages, and shrinking biodiversity. In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604691867/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1604691867"><i><b>The New American Landscape</b></i></a>, author and editor Thomas Christopher brings together the best thinkers on the topic gardening sustainably, and asks them to describe the future of the sustainable landscape. The discussion unfolds from there, and what results is a collective vision as eloquent as it is diverse.<br /><ul><li><b>John Greenlee and Neil Diboll on the new American meadow garden.</b></li><li><b>Rick Darke on balancing natives and exotics in the garden.</b></li><li><b>Doug Tallamy on landscapes that welcome wildlife.</b></li><li><b><a href="/2010/12/perennial-vegetables-from-artichokes-to.html">Eric Toensmeier</a> on the sustainable edible garden.</b></li><li><b>David Wolfe on gardening sustainable with a changing climate.</b></li><li><b>Elaine Ingham on managing soil health.</b></li><li><b>David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth on sustainable pest solutions.</b></li><li><b>Ed Snodgrass and Linda McIntyre on green roofs in the sustainable residential landscape.</b></li><li><b>Thomas Christopher on waterwise gardens.</b></li><li><b><a href="/2010/10/gaias-garden-guide-to-home-scale.html">Toby Hemenway</a> on whole system garden design.</b></li><li><b>The Sustainable Site Initiative on the managing the home landscape as a sustainable site. </b></li></ul><a href="http://www.blogger.com/goog_1912485008"><br /></a><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604691867/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1604691867"><i>The New American Landscape</i></a> offers designers a roadmap to a beautiful garden that improves, not degrades the environment. It’s a provocative manifesto about the important role gardens play in creating a more sustainable future that no professional garden designer can afford to miss.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-7962664976630121064?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-84560282812340517182012-05-01T23:58:00.000+02:002012-05-01T23:58:01.771+02:00URBAN FARMER: In a downtown vacant lot<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ooIZMAylfQU/T5vijdnksoI/AAAAAAAADOQ/XvovOMt43zs/s1600/urbanfarmer.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="221" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ooIZMAylfQU/T5vijdnksoI/AAAAAAAADOQ/XvovOMt43zs/s400/urbanfarmer.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><b>Novella Carpenter</b>, author of the bestselling book, “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003JTHRG4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003JTHRG4"><b><i>Farm City</i></b></a>” and <b><a href="http://amzn.to/Ih3M0d"><i>The Essential Urban Farmer</i></a></b>, contends that people living in cities are not likely to have a direct connection to a local farmer. One solution? To grow food in the urban areas where almost half the people in this country live. Novella converted a vacant lot next door to her Oakland, California apartment into a thriving garden that feeds her family and neighbors.<br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0143118714" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0143117289" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe></div><br /><b>NOVELLA CARPENTER IS AN URBAN FARMER</b><br /><br />(because that’s what she is)<br />urban = a city like Oakland<br />farmer = one who raises food for others<br />Her mission is to grow food for herself, her friends, her neighbors, and the larger community.<br /><br /><br /><b>OTHER RELATED TERMS</b><br /><br /><h3> <i>ROOF TOP FARM</i></h3><i>Adds environmentally beneficial green space to cities and increases the local food supply by creating a self-sustaining ecosystem (in this case on a roof).</i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><h3> <i>FOOD MILES</i></h3><i>The distance food travels from the field to your table.</i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><h3> <i>RESILIENCE</i></h3><i>The ability to keep going even when things around you are going wrong.</i><br /><br /><b>ADDITIONAL TEXT TAKEN FROM THE PHOTOGRAPH</b><br /><br />“Food in the city is so important, because you are localizing the food in the actual city where people live.”<br /><br />NOVELLA CARPENTER SAYS, “50% OF PEOPLE LIVE IN CITIES. IN PLACES LIKE MY NEIGHBORHOOD, THEY’RE NEVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD LOCAL, ORGANIC, SUSTAINABLY RAISED FOOD. We live in a society where supposedly you can vote with your fork, and you can change the system just by buying local food, but the thing is, if you look at our society, that’s great for people who have money…but there are people who don’t have access to ANY food. You look around here: it’s a total food desert. It’s like malt liquor is all that’s available so that’s what people are going to buy.”<br /><br /><b>ABOUT NOVELLA</b><br />“A child of back-to-the-land hippies, I grew up in Idaho and Washington State. I went to University of Washington in Seattle where I majored in Biology and English. I’ve had many odd jobs including: assassin bug handler, book editor, media projectionist, hamster oocyte collector, and most recently, free-lance journalist.<br /><br />I studied under Michael Pollan at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism for two years. My journalistic work reflects my interests–in farming, food, the environment, and culture. In a nutshell, I like to tell stories about people who follow unconventional paths.<br /><br />As for the urban farmer in me, I’ve been cultivating the city for over ten years now, and my neighbors still think I’m crazy. It all started with a few chickens, then some bees, until I had a full-blown farm near downtown Oakland.” – Novella Carpenter<br /><br /><ul><li><a href="/2012/04/essential-urban-farmer.html"><b>The Essential Urban Farmer: The "how-to" guide for a new generation of farmers from the author of Farm City and a leading urban garden educator</b></a></li></ul><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0143118714" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0143117289" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-8456028281234051718?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>Permaculture Media Bloghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03993928438731752171noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-62025847026259367952012-05-01T23:57:00.004+02:002012-05-01T23:57:49.008+02:00PERMACULTURE: Learning from nature<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-e24Gntv_7ak/T5vcwjkdUgI/AAAAAAAADN8/Q98F1rsmbQY/s1600/permaculture+lexicon+photo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="252" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-e24Gntv_7ak/T5vcwjkdUgI/AAAAAAAADN8/Q98F1rsmbQY/s400/permaculture+lexicon+photo.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><b>Penny Livingston Stark</b> devotes herself to sustainable land use principles based on observing and learning from the efficiency and balance inherent in natural systems. The results are increased food production, the conservation of resources, and the re-integration of built environments (farms, homes, even towns) into their natural environment.<br /><br /><h3 style="text-align: center;"> <b>PERMACULTURE</b></h3><br />permanent – “nent” + culture (as in cultivate) = <a href="/2011/11/best-permaculture-homesteading-books.html">permaculture</a><br /><br /><b>OTHER RELATED TERMS</b><br /><br /><h3> <i>WILDLIFE CORRIDOR</i></h3><i>Natural corridors provide habitat for birds and other predators that eat insects and gophers, thereby helping to maintain an ecological balance on the farm.</i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><h3> <i>CONTOUR CROPPING</i></h3><i>Contour cropping is an erosion friendly way of planting crops on hilly terrain.</i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><h3> <i>WEED CONTROL</i></h3><i>Instead of herbicides, straw is spread between the rows to eliminate weeds which rob the soil of water and nutrients.</i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><h3> <i>RIPARIAN BUFFER</i></h3><i>An area of vegetation, usually forested, near a stream that helps to shade and protect it from the impact of nearby land uses. It plays an essential role in increasing water quality in streams, rivers and lakes. Conventional agricultural production has led to the decline of many ecosystems and as a result, riparian buffers have become a common conservation practice aimed at increasing water quality and reducing pollution.</i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><h3> <i>GUILDS</i></h3><i>Similar to companion planting, where plants of different species are planted together in symbiotic groups, providing nutrients, pest protection and shade to each other.</i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><h3> <i>FOOD FORESTS</i></h3><i>The implementation/ mix of fruit and nut trees with bushes, shrubs and vegetable plants which are planted in a way that mimic woodland ecosystems.</i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><h3> <i>RAINWATER HARVESTING</i></h3><i>Harvesting rainwater for drinking and agricultural use.</i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><h3> <i>ORGANIC PEST MANAGEMENT</i></h3><i>Organic Pest Management works on the basis of prevention, the gardener must prepare the environment to be diverse and a healthy soil life in order to rear plants immune to pestilence, if pests do become a problem; one follows the following systems; Cultural Controls, Physical Controls and Biological Controls.</i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><h3> <i>HEIRLOOM SEEDS</i></h3><i>Seeds that produce food not able to survive mass production. These seeds tend to be open pollinated with fruits that are often propagated through cuttings.</i><br /><i><br /></i><br /><h3> <i>MULCHING</i></h3><i>The use of biodegradable material to combat weeds and improve the soil’s workability, tilth, and fertility.</i><br /><b><br /></b><br /><b>OTHER TEXT TAKEN FROM THE PHOTO</b><br /><br />I asked Penny for a “pithy” definition for Permaculture and she said it’s…a “whole systems” approach to the design of human settlements that integrates landscape, water, plants, animals, built structures, agriculture, ecology, energy, economy and social justice into a framework that provides opportunities for humans to become a benefit to the planet and all creation while supplying resources for an abundant existence.<br /><br /><b>ABOUT PENNY LIVINGSTON-STARK</b><br /><br />Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer and speaker. She has been teaching internationally and working professionally in the land management, regenerative design and permaculture development field for 25 years and has extensive experience in all phases of ecologically sound design and construction as well as the use of natural non-toxic building materials. She specializes in site planning and the design of resource-rich landscapes integrating, rainwater collection, edible and medicinal planting, spring development, pond and water systems, habitat development and watershed restoration for homes, co-housing communities, businesses and diverse yield perennial farms.<br /><br />With her husband James Stark, and in collaboration with Commonweal – a cancer health research and retreat center – Penny co-manages a 17-acre organic and certified salmon-safe farm in Bolinas, California, called the Commonweal Garden. In addition, Penny and James are stewarding and working to restore 200 acres of land in Trinity County, California. She co-created the Ecological Design Program and its curriculum at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, and she co-founded the West Marin Grower’s Group, the West Marin Farmer’s Market and the Community Land Trust Association of Marin. Penny has also worked with the Marin County Community Development Agency and Planning Department to develop recommendations on sustainability for updating the Community Plan.<br /><br />Penny is a founding member of the Natural Building Colloquium, a national consortium of professional natural builders, creating innovations in straw bale, cob, timberframe, light clay, natural non-toxic interior finishes and other methods using natural and bio-regionally appropriate materials for construction.<br /><br /><h3> Source:&nbsp; </h3><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/38752392?title=0&amp;byline=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe><br /><br /><a href="http://www.lexiconofsustainability.com/"><b>The Lexicon of Sustainability</b></a> is based on a simple premise: people can’t be expected to live more sustainable lives if they don’t even know the most basic terms and principles that define sustainability.<br /><br />For the past three years <a href="http://www.lexiconofsustainability.com/about/who-we-are/">Douglas Gayeton</a> and <a href="http://www.lexiconofsustainability.com/about/who-we-are/">Laura Howard-Gayeton</a> have crisscrossed the USA to learn this new language of sustainability from its foremost practitioners in food and farming. Alice Waters on edible schoolyards. Wes Jackson on reinventing wheat farming. Joel Salatin on embracing the value of saner farming practices. Vandana Shiva on the global imperative of protecting seeds. Paul Stamets on how mushrooms can save the world. Will Allen on Food Security. Temple Grandin on the humane slaughter of animals. Farmer John on the revolutionary idea of community-supported agriculture.<br /><br />In all, nearly two hundred leaders in food and farming from across the country have contributed their valued experiences to this rapidly growing <b>Lexicon of Sustainability</b>. These insights have been translated into large format “information art” photo collages, a series of short films, and pop up shows across the USA. Study guides, a book, and lastly a social network of good ideas, a place where people can dig deeper into these terms (and even add to our ever-evolving lexicon), are also under development.<br /><br />By illuminating the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture, and with it the conversation about America’s rapidly evolving food culture, the Lexicon of Sustainability educates, engages and activates people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America.<br /><br />And it all begins with learning a few words.<br /><br /><b>Press and Speaker inquiries can be made to words@lexiconofsustainability.com.</b><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-6202584702625936795?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>Permaculture Media Bloghttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03993928438731752171noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-62883993599142072742012-05-01T23:57:00.003+02:002012-05-01T23:57:39.434+02:00The Kingdom Fungi: The Biology of Mushrooms, Molds, and Lichens<iframe frameborder="0" height="500" scrolling="no" src="http://books.google.sk/books?id=1yk5FBOruJ8C&amp;lpg=PP1&amp;dq=The%20Kingdom%20Fungi&amp;hl=sk&amp;pg=PP1&amp;output=embed" style="border: 0px;" width="500"></iframe><br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0881928917" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1580081754" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=0226721175" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&amp;bc1=000000&amp;IS2=1&amp;bg1=FFFFFF&amp;fc1=000000&amp;lc1=0000FF&amp;t=permacmedia-20&amp;o=1&amp;p=8&amp;l=as4&amp;m=amazon&amp;f=ifr&amp;ref=ss_til&amp;asins=1580085792" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe><br /><br />The ubiquitous fungi are little known and vastly underappreciated. Yet, without them we wouldn’t have bread, alcohol, cheese, tofu, or the unique flavors of mushrooms, morels, and truffles. We can’t survive without fungi.<br /><i><b><br /></b></i><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yWJxgUYfsfY/T5-nyRAhyQI/AAAAAAAABew/FE3dhObWDf4/s1600/The+Kingdom+Fungi+The+Biology+of+Mushrooms,+Molds,+and+Lichens.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-yWJxgUYfsfY/T5-nyRAhyQI/AAAAAAAABew/FE3dhObWDf4/s320/The+Kingdom+Fungi+The+Biology+of+Mushrooms,+Molds,+and+Lichens.jpg" width="216" /></a></div><i><b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0881928917/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0881928917">The Kingdom Fungi</a> </b></i>provides a comprehensive look at the biology, structure, and morphological diversity of these necessary organisms. It sheds light on their ecologically important roles in nature, their fascinating relationships with people, plants, and animals, and their practical applications in the manufacture of food, beverages, and pharmaceuticals. The book includes information about “true” fungi, fungus-like creatures (slime molds and water molds), and a group of “composite” organisms (lichens) that are more than just fungi. Particular attention is given to examples of fungi that might be found in the home and encountered in nature.<br /><i><br /></i><br /><i>The Kingdom Fungi</i> is a useful introductory text for naturalists, mycologists, and anyone who wants to become more familiar with, and more appreciative of, the fascinating world of fungi. <br /><br />Steven L. Stephenson is a research professor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he served as director of a worldwide project funded by the National Science Foundation to document the distribution of all the slime molds and their relatives. Prior to this he taught biology at Fairmont State University in West Virginia for nearly three decades. Dr. Stephenson has studied fungi and slime molds on six continents in climates ranging from the tropics to the polar regions of both the Arctic and Subantarctic. He is author/co-author of numerous publications, including Myxomycetes: A Handbook of Slime Molds (Timber Press, 1994) and Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of the World (Timber Press, 2003).<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-6288399359914207274?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-62940713828175666982012-05-01T23:57:00.002+02:002012-05-01T23:57:34.348+02:00Introduction to Food Sovereignty: Food and Democracy (Download the E-Book!)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></div><br /><div style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img alt="http://www.permaculture.org.au/images/food_and_democracy_ebook.jpg" src="http://www.permaculture.org.au/images/food_and_democracy_ebook.jpg" /><b><i> </i></b><br /><b><i>Download the <a href="http://permaculture.org.au/files/Food-and-Democracy.pdf" target="_blank">Food and Democracy e-book</a><br />(1.75mb PDF)</i></b></div><br />To give some excellent reading for the readerholics amongst you, regular <a href="http://permaculture.org.au/author/Marcin%20Gerwin">contributor</a> <a href="http://permacultureglobal.com/users/2714-marcin-gerwin" target="_blank">Marcin Gerwin</a> has put together an excellent collection of articles to create a highly readable e-book focusing on food sovereignty — the necessity for it, the challenges to achieve it, and the solutions associated with it.<br /><br />Produced by 17 authors from around the world, attacking the same topic and interconnected issues from different angles, this is a great read and is not only a valuable overview of the crisis we face but ships with excellent holistic suggestions for how we can extricate ourselves from it.<br /><br />Read it, enjoy it, and please do circulate it!<br /><br />Nice work Marcin!<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/1799201419085333228-6294071382817566698?l=www.permaculture-media-download.com' alt='' /></div>permaculture.design.courseshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05688026115486262990noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1799201419085333228.post-1154569745779426912012-05-01T23:57:00.001+02:002012-05-01T23:57:29.144+02:00Permaculture Pioneers: Stories from the New Frontier<div class="content"><br />by <span class="commentauthor"> <a href="http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/permaculture-pioneers-stories-from-the-new-frontier/#authordata">Kerry Dawborn and Caroline Smith</a></span> <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JuY8ntcjXek/T6A8qbAr_TI/AAAAAAAABk0/TdvUzKnfX1w/s1600/Permaculture+Pioneers+Stories+from+the+New+Frontier.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JuY8ntcjXek/T6A8qbAr_TI/AAAAAAAABk0/TdvUzKnfX1w/s320/Permaculture+Pioneers+Stories+from+the+New+Frontier.jpg" width="223" /></a></div>In these days of increased concern over food security, resource scarcity and deteriorating ecosystems, the system of design known as permaculture is an important part of finding sustainable solutions.<br /><br />Permaculture is much more than organic gardening. Some believe it is one of Australia’s greatest intellectual exports, because it has helped many people worldwide to design ecologically sustainable strategies for their homes, gardens, farms and communities.<br /><br />So, what is permaculture? Environmentalist Paul Hawken talks about ‘the movement that has no name’ or ‘the other superpower’. This is a global fast growing and dynamic environmental and social justice movement of millions, working often unnoticed at the edges of society, to bring lasting and positive change. Permaculture is very much a part of this movement.<br /><br />In the early 1970s, Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren developed the idea of permaculture and also ran the first courses, known as the Permaculture Design Certificate or PDC. Since then, permaculture has spread around the world to more than 160 countries and people can study for PDCs in many locations, cultures and languages.<br /><br /><table class="imagetable"><tbody><tr> <td height="267" width="303"><img alt="" height="267" src="http://owe.unu-mc.org/4112/carolines-farm-copy.jpg" width="303" /> </td> <td class="captionx"><div><b>Permaculture's design principles have now been applied in diverse ways to urban food production, suburban gardens, farms, communities, larger bioregions and even social systems.</b> </div></td> </tr></tbody></table><i>Caroline Smith’s small farm, designed using permaculture principles.</i> <br /><br />The genius of Mollison and Holmgren’s work is that it brings together an understanding of natural ecosystems, traditional small-scale mixed agriculture, low impact technology, community development and social justice into an interconnected dynamic system of design principles for creating self-sustaining human settlements. Permaculture is about looking at the whole in all its complexity, and making connections. It is through the complexity of the systems we work with, that we can achieve productive relationships, harnessed through careful observation and responsive, thoughtful design.<br /><br />Early in its development, permaculture focused on agriculture and food systems, but its design principles have now been applied in diverse ways to urban food production, suburban gardens, farms, communities, larger bioregions and even social systems. The principles used to develop permaculture systems are based on a three-part ethical ecological and social justice framework as follows:<br /><br /><div style="padding-left: 30px;">∗ Care of Earth: Provision for all the well-being of life systems; <br />∗ Care of people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary to their well-being and; <br />∗ Share the surplus. This is sometimes re-stated as ‘return the surplus’ or ‘reinvest the surplus’.</div><b><br /></b><br /><b>Every problem has a solution</b> <br />Though it is based in science, permaculture equally nourishes and supports vernacular, or ‘everyday’ wisdom, encouraging people to adapt permaculture to their own culture as well as trusting their intuition.<br /><br />Yet many of us in industrialised countries have lost confidence in our ability to take care of ourselves, our families and our communities. We buy almost everything and make almost nothing ourselves. Many communities struggle with isolation and are not able to meet the needs of their members or solve their own problems.<br /><br />We have become used to relying on technological solutions to our problems, which are often disconnected from culture and community. Because of our faith in technology, we tend to ignore the price we pay for the mess so often left in its wake. Our reliance on industrial agriculture over the past 50 years has left soils infertile, water storages and ecosystems devastated, and many people without the knowledge to grow their own food or build their own shelter.<br /><br /><table class="imagetable"><tbody><tr> <td height="264" width="303"><img alt="" height="264" src="http://owe.unu-mc.org/4112/apples.jpg" width="303" /> </td> <td class="captionx"><div><b>Though based in science, permaculture equally nourishes and supports 'everyday' wisdom, encouraging people to adapt it to their own culture.</b> </div></td> </tr></tbody></table><i>Photo by Caroline Smith.</i> <br /><br /><a href="http://www.holmgren.com.au/" target="_blank">Permaculture Pioneers: Stories from the New Frontier</a> tells the very personal stories of 25 Australian permaculturists, male and female, old and young, who are inspired by permaculture to work for a more sustainable world.<br /><br />People usually think of pioneer species in ecosystems as ‘weeds’ or ‘pests’. They are those resilient plants and animals with the unique qualities that allow them to thrive in a degraded ecosystem and help to prepare it for other species to follow. The writers in this particular book are also pioneers, a remarkable and diverse group of people who have all chosen to work towards a sustainable future through the practice of permaculture. Like many others, they recognise the need for a deep transformation of cultural and personal values from being high consumers to values based on social justice and ecological sustainability.<br /><br />Their stories offer all readers, not just permaculturalists, something we can all learn from that comes from real life achievements as well as many mistakes and challenges. One of the reasons permaculture is becoming so popular is the common sense (or as some have said, ‘un-common sense’) of its ideas and approaches, which can almost seem revolutionary these days.<br /><br />For example, if you have too many snails in your garden, then the problem is not really too many snails, but not enough ducks to eat them. As Bill Mollison says, if we put some ducks into the garden we not only help restore balance and bring the snails back to lower numbers, we also add to the benefits by having some meat, eggs, feathers, manure, clearing up fallen fruit, controlling grass and weeds and other pests such as insects.<br /><br /><table class="imagetable"><tbody><tr> <td height="228" width="303"><img alt="" height="228" src="http://owe.unu-mc.org/4112/snails.jpg" width="303" /> </td> <td class="captionx"><div><b>If you have too many snails in your garden, then the problem is not really too many snails, but not enough ducks to eat them.</b> </div></td> </tr></tbody></table><i>Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/25512069@N00/2637878973/in/photostream/" target="_blank">allfr3d</a>.</i> <br /><br />Instead of seeing snails as a problem requiring energy and unsustainable measures such as poisons, a permaculture approach says that too many snails means the system is out of balance. Instead it can be an opportunity to stimulate rethinking the design to be more productive. As Mollison puts it, ‘the problem is the solution’.<br /><br />From the insights of co-originator David Holmgren’s and others who have been involved in permaculture for many years, to an inspiring younger generation, the writers in Permaculture Pioneers show us a range of ways of working in permaculture. They are all ordinary people struggling to make sense in a world of fears about food security, peak oil, climate change and ecosystem disruption. Contributors explain how permaculture offers everyone a way to stop being fearful and start being positive and pro-active, and provide readers with strategic and practical skills to work on solutions.<br /><br />One of the book’s key messages is that ordinary folk do not have to wait for experts and governments to lead. The experiences of the Permaculture Pioneers illustrate that we can all be courageous and amazingly creative. We all have the tools to empower ourselves, rather than simply being dragged along in a flow we cannot escape.<br /><br />The great eco-theologian, <a href="http://www.thomasberry.org/" target="_blank">Thomas Berry</a>, wrote that we have reached a time in Western history where our progress towards an ‘ever improving’ human situation has instead brought us to waste-world rather than wonder-world. Permaculture is an attempt to create that wonder-world, with eyes wide open.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i>♣♣♣</i> </div><br /><i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0975078623/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=permacmedia-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0975078623"><b>Permaculture Pioneers – Stories from the New Frontier</b></a>, edited by Kerry Dawborn and Caroline Smith, is available for purchase online <a href="http://www.holmgren.com.au/" target="_blank">here</a>. 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