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  • The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm

    The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm

    By Josh Trought

    With practical examples of alternative building, renewable energy, holistic forestry, no-till gardening, hospitality management, community outreach, and more

    The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm describes not only the history of the D Acres project, but its evolving principles and practices that are rooted in the land, its inhabitants, and the joy inherent in collective empowerment.

    For almost twenty years, D Acres of New Hampshire has challenged and expanded the common definition of a farm. As an educational center that researches, applies, and teaches skills of sustainable living and small-scale organic farming, D Acres serves more than just a single function to its community. By turns it is a hostel for travelers to northern New England, a training center for everything from metal- and woodworking to cob building and seasonal cooking, a gathering place for music, poetry, joke-telling, and potluck meals, and much more.

    While this book provides a wide spectrum of practical information on the physical systems designed into a community-scale homestead, Trought also reviews the economics and organizational particulars that D Acres has experimented with over the years.

    The D Acres model envisions a way to devise a sustainable future by building a localized economy that provides more than seasonal produce, a handful of eggs, and green appliances. With the goal of perennial viability for humanity within their ecosystem, D Acres is attempting an approach to sustainability that encompasses practical, spiritual, and ethical components. In short: They are trying to create a rural community ecology that evolves in perpetuity.

    From working with oxen to working with a board of directors, no other book contains such a wealth of innovative ideas and ways to make your farm or homestead not only more sustainable, but more inclusive of, and beneficial to, the larger community. Readers will find information on such subjects as:

    • Working with pigs to transform forested landscapes into arable land;
    • Designing and building unique, multifunctional farm and community spaces using various techniques and materials;
    • Creating and perpetuating diverse revenue streams to keep your farm organization solvent and resilient;
    • Receiving maximum benefits and yields for the farm without denigrating resources or the regional ecology;
    • Implementing a fair and effective governance structure;
    • Constructing everything from solar dehydrators and cookers to treehouses and ponds; and,
    • Connecting and partnering with the larger community beyond the farm.

    Emphasizing collaboration, cooperation, and mutualism, this book promises to inspire a new generation of growers, builders, educators, artists, and dreamers who are seeking new and practical ways to address today’s problems on a community scale.

    Paperback $40.00

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    The New Net Zero

    The New Net Zero

    By Bill Maclay

    The new threshold for green building is not just low energy, it’s net-zero energy. In The New Net Zero, sustainable architect Bill Maclay charts the path for designers and builders interested in exploring green design’s new frontier net-zero-energy structures that produce as much energy as they consume and are carbon neutral.

     In a nation where traditional buildings use roughly 40 percent of the total fossil energy, the interest in net-zero building is growing enormously–among both designers interested in addressing climate change and consumers interested in energy efficiency and long-term savings. Maclay, an award-winning net-zero designer whose buildings have achieved high-performance goals at affordable costs, makes the case for a net-zero future; explains net-zero building metrics, integrated design practices, and renewable energy options; and shares his lessons learned on net-zero teambuilding.

    Designers and builders will find a wealth of state-of-the-art information on such considerations as air, water, and vapor barriers; embodied energy; residential and commercial net-zero standards; monitoring and commissioning; insulation options; costs; and more.

    The comprehensive overview is accompanied by several case studies, which include institutional buildings, commercial projects, and residences.  Both new-building and renovation projects are covered in detail. 

    The New Net Zero is geared toward professionals exploring net-zero design, but also suitable for nonprofessionals seeking ideas and strategies on net-zero options that are beautiful and renewably powered.

    Hardcover $90.00

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Energy Revolution

By Howard Johns

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The Slate Roof Bible

The Slate Roof Bible

By Joseph C. Jenkins

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Green Light at the End of the Tunnel

Green Light at the End of the Tunnel

By Anna Edey

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The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm

The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm

By Josh Trought

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The Chelsea Green Reader

The Chelsea Green Reader

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Building a Low Impact Roundhouse, 4th Edition

Building a Low Impact Roundhouse, 4th Edition

By Tony Wrench

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The New Net Zero

The New Net Zero

By Bill Maclay

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Snake Oil

By Richard Heinberg

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Extracted

By Ugo Bardi

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The Log Book

The Log Book

By Will Rolls

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Reinventing Fire

Reinventing Fire

By Amory Lovins

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No-Regrets Remodeling

No-Regrets Remodeling

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Compact Living

Compact Living

By Michael Guerra

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Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power, 2nd Edition

Do It Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power, 2nd Edition

By Michael Daniek

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The Woodland Way

The Woodland Way

By Ben Law

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The Greened House Effect

The Greened House Effect

By Jeff Wilson

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Build Your Own Barrel Oven

By Eva Edleson and Max Edleson

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Power from the People

Power from the People

By Greg Pahl

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The Natural Building Companion

The Natural Building Companion

By Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton

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The Transition Companion

The Transition Companion

By Rob Hopkins

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