[permaculture] Recommended reading: "The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City" & "Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times"

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflj at intrex.net
Mon Jun 23 22:39:57 EDT 2008


http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1934170011/boingboing

The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series) 
(Paperback)
by Kelly Coyne (Author), Erik Knutzen (Author)

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  Product Description

The Urban Homestead is the essential handbook for a fast-growing new movement: urbanites are becoming gardeners and 
farmers. Rejecting both end-times hand wringing and dewy-eyed faith that technology will save us from ourselves, urban 
homesteaders choose instead to act. By growing their own food and harnessing natural energy, they are planting seeds for 
the future of our cities.

If you would like to harvest your own vegetables, raise city chickens, or convert to solar energy, this practical, 
hands-on book is full of step-by-step projects that will get you started homesteading immediately, whether you live in 
an apartment or a house. It is also a guidebook to the larger movement and will point you to the best books and Internet 
resources on self-sufficiency topics.

Projects include:

     * How to grow food on a patio or balcony
     * How to clean your house without toxins
     * How to preserve food
     * How to cook with solar energy
     * How to divert your grey water to your garden
     * How to choose the best homestead for you

Written by city dwellers for city dwellers, this illustrated, smartly designed, two-color instruction book proposes a 
paradigm shift that will improve our lives, our community, and our planet. Authors Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen happily 
farm in Los Angeles and run the urban homestead blog www.homegrownrevolution.org.


About the Author
Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen are creators of the blog homegrownrevolution.org, a green living and self-sufficiency 
resource for urbanites. They contribute regularly to Daniel Pinchbeck's new online magazine, realitysandwich.com. They 
live in Los Angeles.
Product Details

     * Paperback: 330 pages
     * Publisher: Process (April 1, 2008)
     * Language: English
     * ISBN-10: 1934170011
     * ISBN-13: 978-1934170014
     * Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
     * Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Also:

http://www.amazon.com/Gardening-When-Counts-Growing-Mother/dp/086571553X/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b

Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series) (Paperback)
by Steve Solomon (Author)
				
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The decline of cheap oil is inspiring increasing numbers of North Americans to achieve some measure of backyard food 
self-sufficiency. In hard times, the family can be greatly helped by growing a highly productive food garden, requiring 
little cash outlay or watering.

Currently popular intensive vegetable gardening methods are largely inappropriate to this new circumstance. Crowded 
raised beds require high inputs of water, fertility and organic matter, and demand large amounts of human time and 
effort. But, except for labor, these inputs depend on the price of oil. Prior to the 1970s, North American home food 
growing used more land with less labor, with wider plant spacing, with less or no irrigation, and all done with sharp 
hand tools. But these sustainable systems have been largely forgotten. Gardening When It Counts helps readers rediscover 
traditional low-input gardening methods to produce healthy food.

Designed for readers with no experience and applicable to most areas in the English-speaking world except the tropics 
and hot deserts, this book shows that any family with access to 3-5,000 sq. ft. of garden land can halve their food 
costs using a growing system requiring just the odd bucketful of household waste water, perhaps two hundred dollars 
worth of hand tools, and about the same amount spent on supplies - working an average of two hours a day during the 
growing season.

Steve Solomon is a well-known west coast gardener and author of five previous books, including Growing Vegetables West 
of the Cascades which has appeared in five editions.


About the Author
Steve Solomon is a well-known west coast gardening guru, and author of five previous books. The founder of Territorial 
Seed Company, he has taught Master Gardener and Urban Farm classes at the University of Oregon in Eugene. His book, 
Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades has appeared in five editions.
Product Details

     * Paperback: 360 pages
     * Publisher: New Society Publishers (April 1, 2006)
     * Language: English
     * ISBN-10: 086571553X
     * ISBN-13: 978-0865715530
     * Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.9 inches
     * Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)




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