The Community Scale Permaculture Farm

Author: Josh Trought
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603584757
Format: PDF, Kindle
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For almost twenty years, D Acres of New Hampshire has challenged and expanded the common definition of a farm. As an educational centre that researches, applies, and teaches skills of sustainable living and small-scale organic farming, D Acres serves more than just a single function to its community. By turns it is a hostel for travellers to northern New England, a training centre for everything from metal- and woodwork to cob building and seasonal cooking, a gathering place for music, poetry, joke-telling, and potluck meals, and much, much more. In Community-Scale Homesteading, author and D Acres founder Josh Trought describes not only the history of the project, but its evolving principles and practices, all rooted in the land, its inhabitants, and the joy inherent in collective empowerment. From working with oxen to working with a board of directors, no other book contains such a wealth of innovative ideas and ways to make your farm or homestead not only more sustainable, but more inclusive of, and beneficial to, the larger community.

The Lean Farm

Author: Ben Hartman
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603585931
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A practical, systems-based approach for a more sustainable farming operation To many people today, using the words “factory” and “farm” in the same sentence is nothing short of sacrilege. In many cases, though, the same sound business practices apply whether you are producing cars or carrots. Author Ben Hartman and other young farmers are increasingly finding that incorporating the best new ideas from business into their farming can drastically cut their wastes and increase their profits, making their farms more environmentally and economically sustainable. By explaining the lean system for identifying and eliminating waste and introducing efficiency in every aspect of the farm operation, The Lean Farm makes the case that small-scale farming can be an attractive career option for young people who are interested in growing food for their community. Working smarter, not harder, also prevents the kind of burnout that start-up farmers often encounter in the face of long, hard, backbreaking labor. Lean principles grew out of the Japanese automotive industry, but they are now being followed on progressive farms around the world. Using examples from his own family’s one-acre community-supported farm in Indiana, Hartman clearly instructs other small farmers in how to incorporate lean practices in each step of their production chain, from starting a farm and harvesting crops to training employees and selling goods. While the intended audience for this book is small-scale farmers who are part of the growing local food movement, Hartman’s prescriptions for high-value, low-cost production apply to farms and businesses of almost any size or scale that hope to harness the power of lean in their production processes.

Beyond the War on Invasive Species

Author: Tao Orion
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 160358563X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Invasive species are everywhere, from forests and prairies to mountaintops and river mouths. Their rampant nature and sheer numbers appear to overtake fragile native species and forever change the ecosystems that they depend on. Concerns that invasive species represent significant threats to global biodiversity and ecological integrity permeate conversations from schoolrooms to board rooms, and concerned citizens grapple with how to rapidly and efficiently manage their populations. These worries have culminated in an ongoing "war on invasive species," where the arsenal is stocked with bulldozers, chainsaws, and herbicides put to the task of their immediate eradication. In Hawaii, mangrove trees (Avicennia spp.) are sprayed with glyphosate and left to decompose on the sandy shorelines where they grow, and in Washington, helicopters apply the herbicide Imazapyr to smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) growing in estuaries. The "war on invasive species" is in full swing, but given the scope of such potentially dangerous and ecologically degrading eradication practices, it is necessary to question the very nature of the battle. Beyond the War on Invasive Species offers a much-needed alternative perspective on invasive species and the best practices for their management based on a holistic, permaculture-inspired framework. Utilizing the latest research and thinking on the changing nature of ecological systems, Beyond the War on Invasive Species closely examines the factors that are largely missing from the common conceptions of invasive species, including how the colliding effects of climate change, habitat destruction, and changes in land use and management contribute to their proliferation. Beyond the War on Invasive Species demonstrates that there is more to the story of invasive species than is commonly conceived, and offers ways of understanding their presence and ecosystem effects in order to make more ecologically responsible choices in land restoration and biodiversity conservation that address the root of the invasion phenomenon. The choices we make on a daily basis--the ways we procure food, shelter, water, medicine, and transportation--are the major drivers of contemporary changes in ecosystem structure and function; therefore, deep and long-lasting ecological restoration outcomes will come not just from eliminating invasive species, but through conscientious redesign of these production systems.

Das Ende der Natur

Author: Susanne Dohrn
Publisher: Ch. Links Verlag
ISBN: 3862844021
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In Deutschland ist die Natur doch noch in Ordnung? Wir Deutschen sind vorbildliche Naturschützer? Weit gefehlt. Zahllose Wiesen- und Ackerpflanzen, Insekten und Vögel gehörten bis vor wenigen Jahrzehnten ganz selbstverständlich zu unserer Landschaft. Heute sind viele von ihnen gefährdet oder schon verschwunden. Je mehr aus Bauern intensiv produzierende Landwirte wurden, desto stärker verödeten artenreiche Wiesen und Weiden zu Intensivgrünland und vielfältige Ackerlandschaften zu industriell bewirtschafteten Monokulturen. Statt dem Treiben Einhalt zu gebieten, fördert die Politik den Wahnsinn noch. So wird die Landwirtschaft vielerorts zur Totengräberin der biologischen Vielfalt. Susanne Dohrn zeigt den stillen, aber drastischen Verlust auf, der sich vor unserer Haustür abspielt, indem sie die bedrohten Lebensräume und ihre Bewohner eindrücklich beschreibt. Sie benennt die Beteiligten und stellt Beispiele einer naturverträglichen Landwirtschaft vor.

Die Wald Apotheke

Author: Dr. Markus Strauß
Publisher: Knaur MensSana eBook
ISBN: 3426442248
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Der gefragte und aus dem Fernsehen bekannte Wildpflanzen-Experte Dr. Markus Strauß erklärt, wie der Wald zu unserer natürlichen Ressource für Nahrung und Heilung werden kann. Bäume, Sträucher und Kräuter bildeten seit Anbeginn der Menschheit unsere Lebensgrundlage. Die Wald-Apotheke entdeckt dieses traditionelle Wissen neu. Ein praktischer Waldführer mit Kochrezepten, Heilrezepturen, Erntekalender und Sammelhinweisen. In fünf Kapiteln präsentiert die Wald-Apotheke: - Lebensmittel aus Wildpflanzen, - Heilmittel aus Wurzeln oder Blättern, - Genussmittel aus Waldbeeren oder Nadeln, - Wellness aus Kastanien oder Kräutern, - Räucherwerk aus Harzen für die natürliche Konservierung oder zur Meditation.

Das Omnivoren Dilemma

Author: Michael Pollan
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641119804
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Das Standardwerk über vernünftige Ernährung Der Mensch gehört von der Konsititution seiner Verdauungsorgane her zu den Omnivoren, den Allesfressern. Das war in der Evolution sicherlich nützlich. Doch das heutige Überangebot von Nahrungsmitteln in Supermärkten und Schnellrestaurants bringt nicht nur ihn selbst körperlich an den Rand des Abgrunds, sondern ruiniert auch noch seinen Lebensraum und sein soziales Umfeld. Mit Biss und investigativer Recherche sieht sich Pollan um, wie unsere Nahrungsmittel hergestellt und verarbeitet werden, vom Maisfeld über Cheeseburger mit Pommes bis zum Öko-Menü. Er öffnet uns die Augen für unser gestörtes Essverhalten und für den Weg zurück zu Einfachheit und Genuss.