Permaculture. Earthworks. Handbook. Understanding the hydrological cycle is key to restoring damaged landscapes and ecosystems. Even relatively small areas can benefit from well-chosen earthworks to invigorate the growth cycle.
Author: Douglas Barnes
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Category: Technology & Engineering
Maximize your water harvesting potential with efficient, cost-effective earthworks In the face of drought and desertification, well-designed, water harvesting earthworks such as swales, ponds, and dams are the most effective way to channel water into productive use. The result can be increased food production, higher groundwater levels, reduced irrigation needs, and enhanced ecosystem resilience. Yet, due to a lack of knowledge, designers, and landowners often build earthworks that are costly, inappropriately sized and sited, or even dangerous. The Permaculture Earthworks Handbook is the first dedicated, detailed guide to the proper design and construction of water harvesting earthworks. It covers the function, design, and construction methods for nine main types of water harvesting earthworks across a full range of climates. Coverage includes: Swales, ponds, dams, hugelkultur, net-and-pan systems, spate irrigation, and more Cost versus benefit of different earthworks Assessing site needs and suitability Soil types and hydrology Designing for maximum efficiency and lowest cost Risk assessment and safe construction Stacking functions and integrating earthworks into a design This practical handbook is the essential resource for permaculture designers, teachers and students, landowners, farmers, homesteaders, landscape architects, and others involved in maximizing the water harvesting potential of any landscape at the lowest cost and impact. Douglas Barnes is a permaculture designer trained in Australia by Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton. He has designed and built earthworks in North America, Japan, and Andra Pradesh, India. He lives in Tweed, Ontario in a passive solar house he designed and built, and he blogs at permaculturerelections.com.
CALENDAR Permaculture design course and introductory April 2000 course by distance learning ( by mail or email . ... swales , • 120 page course handbook of notes & rsources Aquaculture & Earthworks aquaculture , woodlots , bush foods ...
Small earthworks are so immediately effective , cheap , and permanent that it continually amazes me that people will suffer ... An excellent handbook for those involved in such painstaking work , and one covering many climates and areas ...
Author: B. C. Mollison
"Permaculture" (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of economical, agriculturally productive ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. While focusing on agriculture, it also establishes the importance of integration between landscape and people. Permaculture is a step-by-step working manual providing a dozen design methods replete with map overlays, flow diagrams, and component, zone, and sector analyses.
Provides dozens of ideas on how to create a home that is compatible with holistic living, covering such topics as construction materials, soft energy, healthy lighting, natural furnishings, and nontoxic home care. Original. 30,000 first printing.
Climatic changes. Tropical deforestation. Toxic contamination of food and water. Citizens concerned about the fate of the planet are eager to become active and informed on these and other environmental issues. The Environmentalist's Bookshelf: A Guide to the Best Books lists and describes the 500 best books on nature and the environment as determined by the recommendations of over 200 environmental leaders from around the world. Scientists, educators, authors, activists, and government officials, including representatives from 150 environmental groups and editors from 15 environmental journals and magazines, share their personal responses to the environmental books that have most influenced their thinking and actions. Classics by Aldo Leopold, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, and Edward Abbey, and newer works by Wendell Berry, William Cronon, Marc Reisner, Vandana Shiva, and Donald Worster are among those reviewed by author Robert Merideth and his roster of experts. This guide includes: The Environmentalist's Bookshelf list of the top 40 books deemed essential to any environmentalist's library; detailed descriptions of the 100 core, 250 strongly recommended, and 150 further recommended books; and a biographical listing of survey respondents, a virtual who's who in the field of nature and the environment. For professionals, students, and anyone concerned about environmental issues, The Environmentalist's Bookshelf is an invaluable tool for building an ecologically sound library.