[permaculture] Spanish docs
George Anna Clark
esac at laneta.apc.org
Sat Dec 6 12:11:34 EST 2003
Hi Rick and Antonio and others,
I find the following to be an excellent source of in-depth information
about multi-purpose trees in "mexican" Spanish. Besides info on pretty much
everything you need to know :) about the trees, it also lists common names,
which are many, even within Mexico, reflecting the number of indigenous
groups and languages.
NFTA also has much information in Spanish,
Permaculture and eco-construction
I was talking to Alejandra Caballero just last night (emergency call about
cracks in my mud floor) and she said her "Acercamiento a la Permacultura"
book is out of print yet again. She'd love to find help in re-printing it,
as well as her update of her manual on strawbale building. (without any
commercial interests on her part). (directly speaking to Antonio's
comment.) She does still have a video on strawbale building. She was ok
with my sending her email so here goes: sanisidro at turbotlax.com.mx
The people with tierramor (Holger and Marina) basically took over Skye's
iniciative of getting basic permaculture design stuff translated into
Spanish - as he abandoned us for Brazil :) See
La Casa Ecológica Autosuficiente (para climas templado y frio - I think
another was written for climas cálidos húmedos). Armando Deffis Caso,
Mexico City. Another one that architects seems to like a lot is the
Arquiteco Descalzo.- but it has gone to that great
library-of-loaned-and-not-replaced-books-in-the-sky, so don't have more info.
Cristian Geradon wrote "Agroecología" - a booklet published by Promoción
del Desarrollo Popular (PDP) in Mexico City, which also has two manuals on
double digging gardening. One on soils and fertilization, other on the
technique and companion planting. "El Huerto Biológico" by Claude Aubert in
Barcelona to be the best (any chance this is the same as "Tu Huerto
Biológico"?) overall for gardening, although limited (for me) by its
temperate climate bent.
There's also the book Agroecología published by UCDavis by Miguel Algiers?
something like that. NOT a how-to manual, very good on explaining the
why-fors of sustainable agriculture. (Christian's manual is a
super-condensation appropriate for non-academics.)
Soil and water conservation
Her brother José has a nice manual on soil and water conservation,
especially for farming on those marginal slopes of which we have so many
here, including a bit on how to compost, foliar sprays, etc. His work
email: casfa at prodigy.net.mx
I've seen zillions of manuals on composting, but just saw a new one which
was really artfully done from Guanjuato...
Env educ for groups with social critique, gender perspective
Andrea García de la Rosa and I wrote a series of short manuals for group
work on: worm composting, water, soil, household cleaners (etc) and solid
waste with a gender perspective. Besides basic statistics on the state of
water and soil, it suggests groups exercises for reflecting on
social/environmental issues. Also out of print!! and not great quality stuff.
Ianto Evans has a great book on wood-conserving stoves. Estufas para
(i.e., sanitation which follows nature's way of recycling) César Añorve
(CITA) and I (Espacio de Salud) share a website. All questions regarding
hardware should go to César. My work has been focused on the
educational/follow-up work within the communities (see the link to "clean
water, healthy communities).
http://www.laneta.apc.org/esac/activities.htm But there are two books
published by the Swedes in English and Spanish: Ecological Sanitation and
Closing the Cicle: Ecol. San for Food Security. These you can request in
spanish for free from sarar at laneta.apc.org
Laura Kuri just edited (wrote?) an anthology? compilation? something like
(e.g., trueque, barter, LETS stuff) see PDP again..
Not sure what help this is, but please holler if wanting more information.
A few of us will be giving a design course here in Cuernavaca starting in
January, and will be looking for more materials. But meanwhile, I still
rely by far on English texts. Great news to hear that the Introduction book
has been re-translated, I found the other less than helpful as well.
And "the Troje" we hope will develop into some kind of demonstration farm.
Too bad you didn't ask me this question when you were here, Rick!, I would
have taken you to my house to see all this stuff!!
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