PERMACULTURE: A Designers Manual
by Bill Mollison
This is the definitive Permaculture design manual in print since 1988. It is the textbook and curriculum for the 72-hour Certificate course in Permaculture Design. Written for teachers, students and designers, it follows on and greatly enlarges on the initial introductory texts, permaculture One (1978) and Permaculture Two (1979) both of which are still in demand over twenty years after publication. Very little of the material found in this book is reproduced from the former texts. It covers design methodologies and strategies for both urban and rural applications, describing property design and natural farming techniques.
Earth User's Guide to Permaculture
By Rosemary Morrow
Permaculture is a straight-forward manual of practical permaculture. Fundamentally, permaculture is design science and in this new edition design is emphasised. This book will be most beneficial if you apply it to the space where you live and work. The same principles apply for becoming more sustainable and living lightly whether you live in a small city apartment with a balcony, in a house with a garden in the suburbs, or on acreage in the country. Included in this new edition are chapters on seed-saving, permaculture at work, integrated pest management, information about domestic as well as rural water usage, a non-destructive approach towards dealing with weeds and wildlife, and designing to withstand a disaster. Earth User's Guide to Permaculture is suitable for beginners as well as experienced permaculture practitioners looking for new ideas in moving towards greater self-reliance and sustainable living.
The Transition Handbook
By Rob Hopkins
We live in an oil-dependent world, arriving at this level of dependency in a very short space of time by treating petroleum as if it were in infinite supply. Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive outcome. These changes can lead to the rebirth of local communities that will grow more of their own food, generate their own power, and build their own houses using local materials. They can also encourage the development of local currencies to keep money in the local area. There are now over 30 “transition towns” in the UK, Australia and New Zealand with more joining as the idea takes off. They provide valuable experience and lessons-learned for those of us on this side of the Atlantic. With little proactive thinking at the governmental level, communities are taking matters into their own hands and acting locally. If your town is not a transition town, this upbeat guide offers you the tools for starting the process.
Everything I Want to do is Illegal
By Joel Salatin
Although Polyface farm has been glowingly featured in countless national print and video media, it would not exist if the USDA and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services had their way. From a lifetime of noncompliance, frustration, humor, and passion come the behind-the-scenes real stories that have brought this little family farm into the forefront of the non-industrial food system. Asked recently where he thought America's food system was on a continuum of history, Joel Salatin responded: “We're at Wounded Knee. For all the foodie fluff and eco-local buzz, in the final analysis the imbedded, heritage, transparent, truthful food system is in danger of annihilation. The Seventh Cavalry wears blue pinstriped suits and sits in posh government office buildings. The Native Americans are farmers trying to heal their land, their neighbors, and their food.” Using the stories as a springboard to the broader philosophical issues surrounding food choice and entrepreneurship, Joel comes across as both evangelist and lover. You may not agree with all of his conclusions, but this book will force you to think about things that most people didn't even know existed.
The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer
By Joel Salatin
Have you ever wondered: “So what really is the difference, anyway? Can there really be that much difference between the way two farmers operate? After all, a cow is a cow and the land is the land, isn’t it?” This is the book that makes the contrasts clear. Gleaning stories from his fifty years (okay, he started young) as a localized, compost-fertilized, pasture-based, beyond organic farmer, Joel Salatin explores the metes and bounds of the differences. They are profound. From how farmers view soil and water, to how they build fences, market their products or involve their families, this book shows a depth of thought—the why—that expresses itself through farms like his family’s Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. In the international spotlight for this different kind of farm, Salatin explains how the why creates such a different food model. While modern conventional industrial food advocates pooh-pooh the alternative paradigm, Salatin shows with good humor and stories how this alleged lunacy actually offers a life of sheer ecstasy. Anyone wishing to understand and articulate the issues in the industrial food vs. local transparent ecological food system debate will appreciate this book. Prepare to laugh, to be challenged, and to be empowered.
Holistic management Handbook
By Jody Butterfield
Holistic management, as described by Allan Savory in the books "Holistic Resource Management" (Island Press, 1988) and the revised edition, "Holistic Management" (Island Press, 2001), has been practiced by thousands of people around the world to profitably restore and promote the health of their land through practices that mimic nature, and by many others who have sought a more rewarding personal or family life. "Holistic Management Handbook" offers a detailed explanation of the planning procedures presented in those books and gives step-by-step guidance for implementing holistic management on a ranch or farm. "Holistic Management" and "Holistic Management Handbook" are essential reading for anyone involved with land management and stewardship, and together represent an indispensable guide for individuals interested in making better decisions within their organizations or in any aspect of their personal or professional lives.
By Pat Coleby
Natural Farming carries a simple but widely overlooked message: healthy soil makes healthy plants, which in turn make healthy animals and healthy people. The book explores the consequences in the soil of applications of superphosphate and other artificial fertilisers over decades, and explains soil chemistry in terms that every farmer can understand. It describes the exact role of each mineral and vitamin, both in the soil and in the body. And it explains how to prevent expensive disease outbreaks and minimise the use of costly artificial sprays and fertilisers. Natural Farming equips the farmer to get the best from the land using environmentally sustainable methods that save time, expense, and worry — and to supply the rising global demand for pure food.
By Karl-Erik Sveiby Tex Skuthorpe
We are consuming more than our earth can provide. In Australia, cities and towns struggle to maintain a reliable water supply, climate change triggers droughts which devastate farmland, and fish stocks are running low. It is increasingly clear that we are heading towards collapse if we don't change direction. Aboriginal people taught themselves thousands of years ago how to live sustainably in Australia's fragile landscape. A Scandinavian knowledge management professor meets an Aboriginal cultural custodian and dares to ask the simple but vital question: what can we learn from the traditional Aboriginal lifestyle to create a sustainable society in modern Australia? Karl-Erik Sveiby and Tex Skuthorpe show how traditional Aboriginal stories and paintings were used to convey knowledge from one generation to the next, about the environment, law and relationships. They reveal the hidden art of four-level storytelling, and discuss how the stories, and the way they were used, formed the basis for a sustainable society. They also explain ecological farming methods, and how the Aboriginal style of leadership created resilient societies. Treading Lightly takes us on a unique journey into traditional Aboriginal life and culture, and offers a powerful and original model for building sustainable organisations, communities and ecologies. It is a compelling message for today's world.
Plantes des Haies Champêtres
de Christian Cogneaux et Bernard Gambier
Nos anciens connaissaient la valeur des haies qu'ils avaient plantées. Elles leur permettaient non seulement d'enclore le bétail mais leur fournissaient également de multiples ressources alimentaires, médicinales ou artisanales. Le bois et les lianes servaient au chauffage et à la cuisson mais aussi à la fabrication d'outils et d'objets de la vie courante. Côtoyant quotidiennement ces plantes, ils en avaient percé les secrets. Qui, alors, aurait pu imaginer que l'on puisse arracher des haies si précieuses ? Aujourd'hui, combien d'entre nous connaissent les noms et les vertus de ces plantes qui vivent autour de nous ?
Graines de Permaculture
de Patrick Whitefield (traduit de l'ouvrage "Permaculture in a Nutshell")
Traduit par Passerelle Eco, le livre « Graines de Permaculture » est un ouvrage de référence concis et accessible qui ouvre les portes de la permaculture aux néophytes. Il explore différents écosystèmes : la ville, la ferme, le jardin... Partant de ces situations et d’exemples de mise en œuvre, il énonce des principes essentiels. Certaines pratiques de la permaculture sont ensuite détaillées : nouvelles ou déjà connues, elles se trouvent alors reliées dans un tissu d’interactions bénéfiques qui en multiplie les potentiels.
Créer un jardin-forêt
de Patrick Whitefield (traduit de l'ouvrage "How to make a forest garden")
Créer une forêt comestible dans son jardin avec des fruits, des légumes, des champignons, des plantes aromatiques et médicinales organisés intelligemment pour une production sans pesticide et avec peu d'entretien. Un livre de grande valeur pour ceux qui souhaitent une technique écologique cohérente en permaculture.
La permaculture de Sepp Holzer
de Sepp Holzer (traduit de l'ouvrage "Sepp Holzers permakultur")
L'auteur expose en détails ses techniques d'agriculture et de potager naturels qui l'on conduit à créer l'une des plus belles réussites en permaculture. Sepp Holzer excelle dans de nombreux domaines : légumes, fruits, céréales, élevage et pisciculture, champignons. Son expérience est d'autant intéressante qu'elle fut menée sur 40 ans et dans des conditions climatiques (froid, altitude entre 1000 et 1500 m) et géologiques (pente forte) difficiles. De quoi trouver des solutions pour les situations ingrates de nos sites agricoles ou potagers mais aussi partout ailleurs pour améliorer voir transformer profondément notre façon de cultiver. Nombreux schémas et photos en couleur.Un livre de grande valeur pour l'agriculture et le potager écologiques.
Petit manuel pour faire ses semences
de Rosemary Morrow (traduit de l'ouvrage "The family seedsaving book")
Rosemary Morrow expose de façon simple les repères essentiels pour la multiplication de nos semences. Accessible à tous grâce à son petit prix, il vous permettra une bonne initiation sans partir dans les explications complexes nécessaires à ceux qui veulent être experts ou devenir semenciers professionnels.