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New Carbon Architecture

Building to Cool the Climate
$29.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Society
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9780865718685
In stock now: 1

"Green buildings" that slash energy use and carbon emissions are all the rage, but they aren't enough. The hidden culprit is embodied carbon the carbon emitted when materials are mined, manufactured, and transported comprising some 10% of global emissions. With the built environment doubling by 2030, buildings are a carbon juggernaut threatening to overwhelm the climate.

It doesn't have to be this way.

Like never before in history, buildings can become part of the climate solution. With biomimicry and innovation, we can pull huge amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere and lock it up as walls, roofs, foundations, and insulation. We can literally make buildings out of the sky with a massive positive impact.

The New Carbon Architecture is a paradigm-shifting tour of the innovations in architecture and construction that are making this happen. Office towers built from advanced wood products; affordable, low-carbon concrete alternatives; plastic cleaned from the oceans and turned into building blocks. We can even grow insulation from mycelium.

A tour de force by the leaders in the field, The New Carbon Architecture will fire the imagination of architects, engineers, builders, policy makers, and everyone else captivated by the possibility of architecture to heal the climate and produce safer, healthier, and more beautiful buildings.

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Sacred Soil

Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: July, 2017
ISBN: 9781623171186
In stock now: 3

This book details the remarkable potential of terra preta, the recently rediscovered sacred soil of the pre-Columbian peoples of the Amazon rainforest, to reverse some of the most the catastrophic damage that has been visited on our environment. The authors lay out a fascinating description of how utilizing the biochar embedded in this highly fertile, living soil offers a way to free ourselves from dependency on petrochemicals, restore the health of our soils, and remove carbon from our overheating atmosphere by fixing it back where it belongs--in the earth. They predict that biochar could significantly contribute to the restoration of the planet to pre-industrial levels of atmospheric carbon by 2050. The book also shows that the rediscovery of terra preta is an opportunity to move beyond the West’s tradition of plunder and genocide of the native civilizations of the Americas by offering an invitation to embrace the deeper mystery of the indigenous methods of inquiry and to participate in an animate cosmos that gave rise to such a powerful technology as terra preta in the first place.

The current challenge to our species is not growth and expansion, or even sustainability in the face of continuing resource depletion, but the discovery of new and rejuvenating ways of living on the planet within the era of the Anthropocene, when human actions increasingly determine whether or not we will survive and flourish…

 

Sacred Soil offers a profound prescription for addressing our current environmental crisis from the ground up. The “dark and loamy soil” that human beings, now lost to time and imagination, once engendered in the heart of Amazonia is presented as a viable foundation for an ecologically based global civilization that unites indigenous wisdom with the intellectual and technological resources of the modern world…Through restoring the soil that is the essential foundation for all life, we engage in a larger restoration of humankind’s relationship with nature

 


The highly qualified and experienced authors of Sacred Soil show us a way forward toward restoring our garden planet, shifting the Earth’s carbon balance from the oceans and the sky to the soil and living vegetation, where it can nourish our hearts, blood, and bones and ensure our collective thriving. It is up to us all to act on this knowledge. —from the foreword by Ian Baker, author of Heart of the World

Sacred Soil, in recognizing the need for biocultural regeneration, takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the phenomenon of bio-char soils, utilizing mythopoeic, historical, anthropological, and scientific perspectives to embrace the deep past, the vexed present, and the prospectus for our future. Coming at this crucial juncture in human history, the potential resting in biochar is also an open doorway into the indigenous ways of knowing that enabled the pre-Columbian Amazonian high civilizations to support a population of millions while leaving their lands more fertile than when they arose.

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How to Grow More Vegetables, Ninth Edition

(and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land with Less Water Than You Can Imagine
$28.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: July, 2017
ISBN: 9780399579189
In stock now: 5

The world's leading resource on biointensive, sustainable, high-yield organic gardening is thoroughly updated, with new sections on using 12 percent less water and increasing compost power.

Since 1974 this pioneering work has gained an international reputation as the bible on “Grow Biointensive mini-farming,” as originally developed by Alan Chadwick. What it offers us is a direction that is now increasingly necessary, a method that produces high yields of organic food crops in very small spaces, using less water while nourishing the soul—with minimal daily care.

This revised and significantly expanded 9th edition incorporates the latest techniques and methods developed by Jeavons and thousands of people around the world now using the method—including new information on harvesting, rotating crops, stronger composting, using much less water, and fertilizing, with a vast and varied resource section.

The edition represents forty years of working with plants, soils, and people—in virtually all climates and soils around the world.

As with the “French Intensive,” double-digging method, so with the book: a great deal of useful, experienced gardening information is offered in a modest space. There’s basic, seasoned, practical information on bed preparation, tools, fertilization, compost, seed propagation, making the garden plan, companion planting and weed control, “a balanced natural backyard ecosystem and insect life,” and an incredible bibliography.

Written for gardeners and farmers on all levels with any-sized plot of land, How to Grow More Vegetables also offers detailed illustrations and charts with essential information for growing a wide range of crops. This work has continued for a generation to revolutionize food production around the world. It offers practical ways to accomplish what is perhaps the greatest service we can offer to this Earth: to increase soil fertility.

We need to stop growing crops and start growing soil. Granted, in order to grow soil, we need to grow crops, But rather than growing crops for the sole purpose of consumption, the goal changes to one of giving and creating life-producing soil, and in the process, an abundance of food.

Also by John Jeavons is The Sustainable Vegetable Garden.

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No Dig Organic Home & Garden

Grow, Cook, Use, and Store Your Harvest
$34.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Permanent Publications
Publication Date: July, 2017
ISBN: 9781856233019
In stock now: 3

No dig organic gardening saves time and work. It requires an annual dressing of compost to help accelerate the improvement in soil structure and leads to higher fertility and less weeds. No dig experts Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty, explain how to set up a no dig garden, including how to:

  • Make compost and enrich soil
  • Learn skills you need to sow and grow annual and perennial vegetables
  • Harvest and prepare food year round
  • Make natural cosmetics, cleaning products, and garden preparations.

The no dig approach works as well in small spaces as in large gardens. The authors combined experience covers methods of growing, preparing and storing the plants you grow for many uses, and includes recipes and ideas for increasing self-reliance, saving money, living sustainably, and enjoying the pleasure of growing your own food, year round. An acknowledged expert in no dig and author of a half-dozen books on the subject, Charles’ advice is distilled from 35 years of growing vegetables intensively and efficiently. Stephanie, a kitchen gardener, grows in her small, productive home garden and allotment, and creates no dig gardens for restaurants and private estates. She creates delicious seasonal recipes made from the vegetables anyone can grow. She also explains how to use common plants you can grow and forage for to make handmade preparations for the home and garden.

Also by Charles Dowding are Salad Leaves for All Seasons and How to Grow Winter Vegetables.

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Forest Gardening in Practice

An Illustrated Practical Guide for Homes, Communities and Enterprises
$44.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Permanent Publications
Publication Date: May, 2017
ISBN: 9781856232937
In stock now: 2

A forest garden is a place where nature and people meet halfway—between the canopy of trees and the soil underfoot. It doesn’t have to look like a forest: what’s important is that natural processes are allowed to unfold, to the benefit of plants, people and other creatures. The result is an edible ecosystem. For three decades experimental forest gardens have been planted in temperate cities and rural sites, in households, neighborhoods, community gardens, parks, market gardens and plant nurseries.

Forest Gardening In Practice offers an in-depth review of forest gardening with living, best practice examples. It highlights the four core skills of forest gardeners: ecology, horticulture, design, and cooperation. It is for hobby gardeners, smallholders, community gardeners and landscape professionals.

Forest Gardening in Practice features:

  • A history of forest gardening
  • A step-by-step guide to creating your own edible ecosystem
  • 14 in-depth case studies of established forest gardens and edible landscapes in Europe and the U.S.
  • Chapters on integrating animals, learning, enterprises, working in community and public settings.

Tomas Remiarz has been involved in creating and maintaining forest gardens across the UK and Europe for nearly twenty years.

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Homegrown & Handmade

A Practical Guide to More Self-reliant Living - Revised 2nd edition
$29.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Society
Publication Date: May, 2017
ISBN: 9780865718463
In stock now: 1

Food recalls, dubious health claims, scary and shocking ingredients in health and beauty products. Our increasingly industrialized supply system is becoming more difficult to navigate, more frightening, and more frustrating, leaving us feeling stuck choosing in many cases between the lesser of several evils.

Author Deborah Niemann offers healthier, more empowering choices, by showing us how to reclaim links in our food and purchasing chains, to make choices that are healthier for our families, ourselves, and our planet.

In this fully updated and revised edition of Homegrown and Handmade, Deborah shows how making things from scratch and growing some of your own food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a more authentic life.

Whether your goal is increasing your self-reliance or becoming a full-fledged homesteader, this book is packed with answers and solutions to help you rediscover traditional skills, take control of your food from seed to plate, and much more.

This comprehensive guide to food and fiber from scratch proves that attitude and knowledge is more important than acreage. Written from the perspective of a successful, self-taught modern homesteader, this well-illustrated, practical, and accessible manual will appeal to anyone who dreams of a more empowered life.

Whether you have 40 acres and a mule or a condo with a balcony, you can do more than you think to safeguard your health, your money and the planet. And… you can rediscover traditional skills to meet more of your family’s needs than you ever thought possible.

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Greywater, Green Landscape

How to Install Simple Water-Saving Irrigation Systems in Your Yard
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: April, 2017
ISBN: 9781612128399
In stock now: 3

Keep your lawn and garden lush without wasting resources by capturing and recycling the greywater that drains from your sink, shower, and washing machine. This accessible and detailed guide walks you through each step of planning for and installing a variety of greywater systems, including laundry-to-landscape and branched drain gravity-fed. After identifying greywater sources in your home and estimating flow rate, you’ll learn to pinpoint where to redirect the wastewater for the greatest benefit. No matter which system you decide to build, doing so is quick and inexpensive and uses only basic tools and materials readily available at home supply stores.

Simple, affordable projects and strategies to conserve water and reuse it for household food gardens, groundwater recharge, and soil regeneration. These solutions are a win for the household and for the environment.” — Gemma Bulos, director of Global Women’s Water Initiative

Laura Allen is the author of The Water-Wise Home and cofounder of Greywater Action, a collaborative of educators who teach residents and tradespeople about affordable and simple household water systems that dramatically reduce water use and foster sustainable cultures of water.

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Small Homes

The Right Size
$41.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shelter Publications
Publication Date: March, 2017
ISBN: 9780936070681
In stock now: 11

From Lloyd Kahn, the creator/publisher of a popular series of building books comes Small Homes, which is highly relevant for these times. Getting smaller, rather than larger. Some 65 builders share their knowledge of building and design, with artistic, practical, and/or economical homes in the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Spain, New Zealand and Lithuania.

This book is about homes that are larger than “tiny,” but smaller than the national average. It’s a logical step for Shelter Publications after our two books on tiny homes. Compared to the average American home, small homes are less expensive, use less resources, are more efficient to heat and cool, and cheaper to maintain and repair.

These are (but for a few) between 400–1200 square feet of floor area — less than half the size of the typical new American home. (By way of comparison, homes in our book, Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter, averaged 200–300 sq. ft.)

 

The homes here — some 65 of them — vary from unique and artistic to simple and low-cost. Some are plain, ordinary buildings that provide owners shelter at a reasonable cost — and some are inspiring examples of design, carpentry, craftsmanship, imagination, creativity, and homemaking.

This is the seventh in a series of highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The series, The Shelter Library of Building Books, includes Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Each of these books has over 1,000 photos, and each 2-page spread is carefully laid out with respect to balance of graphics and clarity of information.  The underlying theme with Shelter's books, which has continued for over 40 years (he was shelter editor for The Whole Earth Catalog), is that it's possible for you to create your own home with your own hands, using natural materials. Some of these homes are in the country, some in small towns, and some in large cities.

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Good Soil

Manure, Compost and Nourishment for Your Garden
$37.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Publication Date: March, 2017
ISBN: 9780711238725
In stock now: 3

Maximise your garden, whatever you grow in it, with some Swedish expertise.

Plants need nutrients to grow, flower and bear fruit, nutrients that can be found in offal, the sea, fire, rocks, rubbish and, of course, dung heaps. Tina Raman and her co-authors dig into every aspect of nurturing your soil, from chemistry and biology to history and philosophy, giving you practical advice, generous tips and above all masses of inspiration. She lifts the lid on old and reliable fertilization methods and opens the doors to new resource-efficient and environmentally-smart cultivation techniques.

The subject of manure is enough to make grown adults, even those who have nothing but one lonely geranium at home, get all excited about growing—and about pee and poo.

 

Manures and fertilizers probably aren’t the most glamorous aspects of the garden world. They can be mucky, disgusting and smell like crap. The topic also involves quite a lot of chemistry. But in many respects, it’s both important and interesting… We ordinary hobby gardeners often go all out on the plants and decoration, completely forgetting how important it is to build up a good, nutrient-rich soul so that our plants have the right conditions to achieve their full potential

 

We hope that manure will come to mean more to you and your garden. And that you’ll be able to experience the huge difference the right fertilizer can make.

Good Soil doesn’t look like a typical gardening book but it’s a book that everyone interested in gardening needs. It delves into biology, soil, chemistry, philosophy, nourishment, methods, and plants—all with glorious photos, stories, and “the stink of experience.”

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Mycorrhizal Planet

How Symbiotic Fungi Work with Roots to Support Plant Health and Build Soil Fertility
$57.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: CHELSEA GREEN PUBLISHING
Publication Date: February, 2017
ISBN: 9781603586580
In stock now: 4

Mycorrhizal fungi have been waiting a long time for people to recognize just how important they are to the making of dynamic soils. These microscopic organisms partner with the root systems of approximately 95 percent of the plants on Earth, and they sequester carbon in much more meaningful ways than human carbon offsets will ever achieve. Pick up a handful of old-growth forest soil and you are holding 26 miles of threadlike fungal mycelia, if it could be stretched it out in a straight line. Most of these soil fungi are mycorrhizal, supporting plant health in elegant and sophisticated ways. The boost to green immune function in plants and community-wide networking turns out to be the true basis of ecosystem resiliency. A profound intelligence exists in the underground nutrient exchange between fungi and plant roots, which in turn determines the nutrient density of the foods we grow and eat.

Exploring the science of symbiotic fungi in laymans terms, holistic farmer Michael Phillips (author of The Holistic Orchard and The Apple Grower) sets the stage for practical applications across the landscape. The real impetus behind no-till farming, gardening with mulches, cover cropping, digging with broadforks, shallow cultivation, forest-edge orcharding, and everything related to permaculture is to help the plants and fungi to prosper… which means we prosper as well.

Building soil structure and fertility that lasts for ages results only once we comprehend the nondisturbance principle. As the author says, “What a grower understands, a grower will do.” Mycorrhizal Planet abounds with insights into fungal consciousness and offers practical, regenerative techniques that are pertinent to gardeners, landscapers, orchardists, foresters, and farmers. Michael's fungal acumen will resonate with everyone who is fascinated with the unseen workings of nature and concerned about maintaining and restoring the health of our soils, our climate, and the quality of life on Earth for generations to come.