[permaculture] Spanish docs

Antonio Scotti antonio.scotti at tiscali.es
Wed Dec 10 18:27:42 EST 2003

Hello, George and John et al.
many thanks for your pointers, I was sure there had to be more that just Bill's book out there that was translated in Spanish.
I'll look into all these sources, and please if you (George) get your hands on more stuff on your travels to Mexico it would be great knowing about.
At some stage I'll probably (and hopefully) be able to have a good listing of permaculture publications in spanish published on our
web site for anyone to consult.
Many thanks again

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: George Anna Clark 
  To: permaculture 
  Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2003 6:11 PM
  Subject: RE: [permaculture] Spanish docs

  Hi Rick and Antonio and others,

  multi-purpose trees
  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.

  Nitrogen fixers
  NFTA also has much information in Spanish, http://www.winrock.org/forestry/factpub/SPFACTSH.HTM 

  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 www.tierra.mor.org/permacultura/permacultura.htm 

  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.

  Gardening, Agriculture

  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 Ahorrar combustible

  Ecological sanitation
  (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 that.  

  Alternative economies 
  (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!!

  Take care,

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