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Six Fundamental Permaculture Design Principles

by: EJ on 11/04/2016

Ross Mars, author of the recently released The Permaculture Transition Manual: A Comprehensive Guide to Resilient Living, has been a permaculture teacher and designer for decades.  In his new book, he has condensed the ideas and concepts of permaculture design into six fundamental concepts.

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Our Own Advice Can Be the Hardest to Follow

by: Sara on 09/23/2016

Today, the second day of our Fall Book Sale, we are celebrating 'wabi-sabi'  the act of appreciating the simple and letting go of the superficial with Robyn Lawrence Griggs, the author of Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House. Robyn shares the story of moving out of the home she raised her children in, and the process of letting go of …

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Essential Hempcrete Construction launches Sustainable Building Essentials Series

by: Sara on 06/15/2016

Hot off the press! Essential Hempcrete Construction:The Complete Step-by-step Guide kicks off the launch of our exciting new Sustainable Building Essentials series.

Written by Chris Magwood, designer and builder of some of the most innovative and sustainable buildings in North America, this book will cover a complete step-by-step guide to using …

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Sustainable Building Essentials Series Launched

by: Sara on 06/13/2016

We are excited to announce that the Sustainable Building Essentials Series has officially launched with the release of Essential Hempcrete Construction, The Complete Step-by-step Guide by the series co-editor Chris Magwood.

THE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING ESSENTIALS SERIES was written with the practical, sustainable builder in mind. This unique series …

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What is a Rocket Mass Heater?

by: Sara on 05/19/2016

While heating with wood is often considered a natural and economical alternative to electricity or fossil fuels, even with a fairly new and efficient stove, many cords of wood are required for a single winter and incomplete combustion can contribute to poor air quality.

A rocket mass heater is an earthen masonry heating system which provides clean, …

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