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How to Make a Root Cellar

by: EJ on 11/20/2017

We are already lining up the books in the Sustainable Building Essential Series for next spring.  I am particularly excited about Essential Earthbag Construction: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide by Kelly Hart.

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The Advantages of Light Straw Clay

by: Sara on 07/06/2017

Today’s blog is from the just released book Essential Light Straw Clay Construction: The Step-by-Step Guide by Lydia Doleman. It is the fourth book in our Sustainable Building Essentials Series.

Light straw clay is an infill system of loose straw lightly coated in clay that is packed into forms to insulate and enclose a building. It is not load …

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Flagging as an Indication of Wind Speed - Selecting a site for your Wind Turbine

by: Sara on 06/05/2017

Today's post is an excerpt from Power from the Wind: A Practical Guide to Small-scale Energy Production - Revised 2nd Edition by Dan Chiras. In it he describes flagging and the Griggs-Putnam Index of Deformity and there use in wind site assessment. 

Mike Bergey states that a stand-alone (off-grid) wind energy system makes sense if you’re in an …

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Adventures in Mediterranean Permaculture: The Story of an Olive Groves Understory

by: Sara on 05/08/2017

Today's post is from Darrell Frey, author of The Biohselter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm and co-author with Michelle Czolba of the long awaited The Food Forest Handbook: Design and Manage a Home-Scale Perennial Polyculture Garden.

In a previous post Darrell shared his experiences at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center where he and his partner were …

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Start a Basic Backyard Garden for 50 dollars (10×10-foot Plot)

by: Sara on 03/01/2017

When starting a garden the costs can add up quickly. In today's post we learn how to start a garden for $50 in an excerpt  from Crystal Stevens book Grow Create Inspire: Crafting a Joyful Life of Beauty ans Abundance. You can receive this or any other New Society book for 35% off until March 2nd when you order at www.newsociety.com using the …

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