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100 Best Permaculture & Homesteading Books: The Ultimate Reading List for Sustainable Living

100 Best Permaculture & Homesteading Books: The Ultimate Reading List for Sustainable Living
If you've ever considered getting into Permaculture, or if you're a veteran Permaculturist who's looking for a new skill to master, the following resources are the absolute best places for you to get started. Each of these books has the potential to introduce you to a whole new skill that you can enjoy for literally the rest of your life! You will find here links to over 60 Free eBook previews and full eBooks! Feel free to post down at the bottom if there are other books you would include on this list. Enjoy and Share with Your friends! Sophia Permaculture - Introductions to the Subject Gaia's Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway - 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. eBook preview: Gaia's Garden, Second Edition Permaculture - More in depth Forest Gardening Related:  Permaculture

How to Grow Perennial Vegetables This is the latest offering from the prolific and encyclopedic Martin Crawford of the Agroforestry Research Trust in Devon where he has tested a huge number of plants of all kinds in his two acre forest garden, established 20 years ago. For a low maintenance, food producing design, such as a forest garden, perennial vegetables can provide an ideal understorey or ground cover accompaniment to a top storey of fruit and nut trees – and Martin has proved that there are a great many such plants available for all niches. The book's design is elegantly straightforward with the first quarter covering the practical issues involved, such as: the reasons for growing perennial veg; how to design them into a garden, and how to grow and look after them. The rest of the book looks at many perennials that can be used productively. As well as vegetables, also included are grains, tubers, aquatic plants and some vegetatively edible trees. Further resources Plants and recipes to bridge the hungry gap

Why YOU Should Raise Rabbits Rabbits produce manure that is arguably the BEST for the gardeners' purposes. It is ready for use with absolutely no composting: no building bins, no heavy work turning the piles, no trucking in loads of manure from animals who may be heavily medicated. Just park an old wheelbarrow under the cage if you like, wheel to the garden, and dump. If you want to water houseplants or tender seedlings, make a manure tea using a quart or more of rabbit droppings soaked in five gallons of water. When the whole of the manure is mixed into soil for growing vegetables, its combination of available nutrients and well broken-down fiber mulch gives incredible results. So what's the cost? What does this splendid organic manure cost? And there would be double satisfaction: at first, saving some small animal lives that would otherwise be wasted. Meat Production Rabbits are the most economical, labor efficient, and practical way to produce protein.

Lots Of Free Books & Videos: Green, Self-Sufficiency, Survival, More Welcome to Jubilee 101. Here you will find a wealth of educational/instructional material* literally at your fingertips. Below is a list of the categories. Each category contains between 15 – 40 educational/instructional PDF documents* and 5 – 30 instructional videos. In total there are over 2600 PDF documents and over 1000 videos. Adobe Construction – BOOKS – VIDEOS Alternative Economics – BOOKS – VIDEOS Appliances – BOOKS – VIDEOS Automobiles – BOOKS – VIDEOS Bamboo-Construction – BOOKS – VIDEOS Beekeeping – BOOKS – VIDEOS Bicycles and Trailers – BOOKS – VIDEOS Biofuels – BOOKS – VIDEOS Biogas Production – BOOKS – VIDEOS Biophotons – BOOKS – VIDEOS Boat Building – BOOKS – VIDEOS Candle Making – BOOKS – VIDEOS Cob Construction – BOOKS – VIDEOS Community Gardens and Orchards – BOOKS – VIDEOS Community Land Trusts – BOOKS – VIDEOS Community Supported Agriculture – BOOKS – VIDEOS Composting – BOOKS – VIDEOS Composting Heaters – BOOKS – VIDEOS Composting Toilets – BOOKS – VIDEOS Coppicing – BOOKS – VIDEOS

Sowing Seeds in the Desert: Natural Farming, Global Restoration & Ultimate Food Security Masanobu Fukuoka's first book, The One-Straw Revolution, introduced natural farming, a nature-integrated practice similar to 'original' permaculture, to a world where the environmental movement had just begun. As this plant pathologist-turned-farmer-philosopher journeyed around the world as a result of the popularity of his book and ideas, Fukuoka was shocked at the environmental degradation and desertification he saw. Sowing Seeds in the Desert, his final book, is his plan to set a 'Second Genesis' in motion: a green revolution led by vegetables, grasses, and trees. Natural farming isn't just another 'method' but rather a way of thinking and living that goes beyond even organic farming. Fukuoka examines science, economics, politics and medicine, arguing that humanity's quest for knowledge and wealth only increases the divide between ourselves and nature, resulting in illness, unhappiness and a deeply damaged planet. This review first appeared in Permaculture magazine issue 75

Hydrogène pour se chauffer et rouler : la France teste en réel S’il est un vecteur énergétique du futur, c’est bien le gaz d’hydrogène (1). Bénéficiant d’une excellente densité énergétique (33 kWh/kg), l’hydrogène se révèle plus performant que tout autre combustible. Mais à l’heure de la lutte contre le changement climatique en cours et sa principale cause, les gaz à effet de serre, ce gaz présente surtout l’avantage de ne dégager que de la vapeur d’eau lors de sa combustion… En conséquence, une production de chaleur ou d’électricité, réalisée à partir d’hydrogène et obtenue via une source d’énergie renouvelable (éolien, solaire), est neutre pour le climat. Or, principalement utilisé pour des applications industrielles, l’hydrogène est essentiellement obtenu à partir d’hydrocarbures, pour un prix de revient d’environ 6 à 8 € le kilo stocké dans un réservoir sous pression (soit une quantité permettant de rouler une centaine de kilomètres …). S’il reste assurément du travail aux chercheurs, les choses évoluent rapidement.

Primitive Tech, Traditional Skills & Hand-Made Tools A Journey of Transition: Becoming a Professional Permaculture Designer - by Dan French Photo © Craig Mackintosh Like the title suggests, I’m going to write a few articles about my journey to becoming a professional permaculture designer… if you don’t mind? I’m doing this for a few reasons: to help me articulate and formalize what it is I’m doing; to tell others who might be interested in doing the same about my ups and downs; to gain exposure and fast track my development as a designer; and perhaps, on some sadistic level, to just put a bit more pressure on myself. I grew up in the Adelaide hills, on the top of the ridge where the elements are in full swing, alongside a national park. During my previous professional lives, I spent many moments wondering what it would be like to break the shackles of endless corporate procedures, boring reporting and restriction of action by various legislative approaches. Just like a religion, it seems permaculture is expressed in many forms. Ok, enough gas-bagging.

L'hydrogène, un moyen de stocker l'énergie des cellules photovoltaïques La commune de La Croix Valmer, vient de s'équiper d'une Greenergy Box d'AREVA pour son pôle de petite enfance. Le système va permettre d'assurer le stockage énergétique du bâtiment et de servir de secours électrique en cas de coupure du réseau. En outre, la chaleur produite par le système sera récupérée et valorisée en apportant de l'eau chaude au bâtiment. La Greenergy Box permet de stocker l'énergie photovoltaïque sous forme d'hydrogène. Ce procédé industriel innovant de stockage d'énergie a été développé avec le support d'OSEO, dans le cadre du programme Horizon Hydrogène Energie (H2E). A l'instar des installations de la plateforme MYRTE déployée en Corse par AREVA depuis janvier 2012, la Greenergy Box de La Croix Valmer est connectée à des panneaux photovoltaïques de 35 kW crête. La région PACA, l'ADEME et le FEDER figurent parmi les partenaires de financement de cette opération.