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The Food Forest Handbook

The Food Forest Handbook

Design and Manage a Home-Scale Perennial Polyculture Garden

A food forest is a productive landscape developed around a mix of trees and perennials. Rooted in permaculture principles, this integrated approach to gardening incorporates a variety of plants such as fruit and nut trees, shrubs, vines, and …

related subjects: Food & Gardening
Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping

Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping

Next Steps for the Thinking Beekeeper

Bee populations are plummeting worldwide. Colony Collapse Disorder poses a serious threat to many plants which rely on bees for pollination, including a significant proportion of our food crops. Top bar hives are based on the concept of …

related subjects: Food & Gardening
Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction

Essential Prefab Straw Bale Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Prefabricated straw bale wall panels combine the performance and low environmental impact of traditional straw bale with reduced labor and more consistent results. These structural insulated panels (SIPs) are built offsite and transported to the job …

Essential Hempcrete Construction

Essential Hempcrete Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Hempcrete is a versatile, energy-efficient natural insulation material, useful for walls, roofs and floors. Made from the inner stem of the hemp plant mixed with a lime-based binder, it is a very strong, lightweight and breathable alternative to …

The Big Book of Nature Activities

The Big Book of Nature Activities

A Year-Round Guide to Outdoor Learning

The average child can identify over 1000 corporate logos, but only 10 native plants or animals—a telling indictment of our modern disconnection from nature. Soaring levels of obesity, high rates of ADHD, feelings of stress and social awkwardness …

related subjects: Education & Parenting
The Rocket Mass Heater Builder's Guide

The Rocket Mass Heater Builder's Guide

Complete Step-by-Step Construction, Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Heating with wood is often considered a natural and economical alternative to electricity or fossil fuels. However, even with a fairly new and efficient woodstove, many cords of wood are required for burning over the course of a single winter, and …