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Green Wizardry

Conservation, Solar Power, Organic Gardening, And Other Hands-On Skills From the Appropriate Tech Toolkit
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
New Society Publishers
 | 
September, 2013
ISBN:
9780865717473
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$18.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Merlin, Gandalf, Voldemort—these well-known sorcerers from popular culture are famed for their amazing spells and spectacular magical powers. In ancient times however, a wizard was actually a freelance intellectual whose main stock in trade was good advice, supported by a thorough education in agriculture, navigation, political and military science, languages, commerce, mathematics, medicine, and the natural sciences—in essence, the true Renaissance man.

Greer proposes a modern mage for uncertain times; one who possesses a startling array of practical skills gleaned from the appropriate tech and organic gardening movements forged in the energy crisis of the 1970s. From the basic concepts of ecology to a plethora of practical techniques such as composting, green manure, low-tech food preservation and storage, small-scale chicken and rabbit raising, solar water heating, alternative energy sources, and more; Green Wizardry is a comprehensive manual for today's wizard-in-training.

That, I have come to think, is one of the things that a world on the brink of a long descent into a deindustrial age most needs: green wizards. By this, I mean individual who embrace the task of learning, practicing, and thoroughly mastering a set of mostly forgotten skills to use and to share with others… What it can do, if enough people seize the opportunity, is make the road to that new era much more bearable than it will otherwise be.

Providing a solid practical introduction to the entire appropriate tech toolkit, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned about decreasing our dependence on an overloaded industrial system and, in a world of serious energy shortages and economic troubles—the world our children and grandchildren will make their way in—making life a great deal less traumatic and more livable.

What most people in today’s industrial nations do not know, and have no interest in learning, is that it’s possible to be poor in relative comfort. The central secret of green wizardly is that one way to be poor and comfortable is to learn how to work with nature so that natural processes take care of many of your needs.

Among John Michael Greer’s other books are The Wealth of Nature and The Ecotechnic Future.

Publisher’s Description: 

Merlin, Gandalf, Voldemort - these well-known sorcerers from popular culture are famed for their amazing spells and spectacular magical powers. In ancient times however, a wizard was actually a freelance intellectual whose main stock in trade was good advice, supported by a thorough education in agriculture, navigation, political and military science, languages, commerce, mathematics, medicine, and the natural sciences - in essence, the true Renaissance man.

Greer proposes a modern mage for uncertain times; one who possesses a startling array of practical skills gleaned from the appropriate tech and organic gardening movements forged in the energy crisis of the 1970s. From the basic concepts of ecology to a plethora of practical techniques such as composting, green manure, low-tech food preservation and storage, small-scale chicken and rabbit raising, solar water heating, alternative energy sources, and more; Green Wizardry is a comprehensive manual for today's wizard-in-training.

Providing a solid practical introduction to the entire appropriate tech toolkit, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned about decreasing our dependence on an overloaded industrial system and, in a world of serious energy shortages and economic troubles, making life a great deal less traumatic and more livable.

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