Category Archives: Resources

Posts about websites, blogs, books, and film, that may be of use to you

2011 Reading List (So far), Research, and Possibilities.

I tend to do most of my reading and research over the Winter, once the day length shortens enough that I don’t feel too tired to study after a day working outside.  The pattern has changed this year, and I’ve recently had the chance to get a batch of reading underway.

Reason for my Research

My own feeling is that if we want to replace our current system of food production, heavily reliant on fossil fuel, but want to avoid the sheer hard work of subsistence agriculture, then we have to use our imagination, and our intelligence. Now the military version of intelligence is ‘information that has been processed’, and so with that in mind, our ‘intelligence’ depends on an input of information, and a reasoning/evaluation phase, in order to come up with something that is useable. Much of what I read online, falls into two categories. The ‘I’ve just found out about XXXXXXX and here are some links to other sites that tell you all about it’ category is very common, and I tend not to read any further. The second ‘popular’ category is the ‘ this is what I’ve done today/this week/since my last post’ type. Most of what you find falls into one of these categories, including quite a bit of what I write.  Of more interest are the sites that point out the unusual stuff. Not weird and wonderful, but new ways of doing things. I usually read these, even if they don’t relate to what I’m doing now, because there is normally something that I can use, or at least consider using. The most valuable sites are those where the writer is either doing something completely new, or unusual, or is writing about direct observations (information) and interpreting that into something useful (creating intelligence).

One thing that many of these sites do, is to review/list useful books, and many of the books that I’ve read recently have come from a recommendation online, or have been listed on a useful website, or blog. Having checked my account with a major online retailer, I was shocked to see that in 2011, I had bought 47 books for myself, and had read almost all of them. I didn’t calculate how much I’d spent, nor did I check back to see what I’d bought September to December 2010. That figure does not include library books, nor books from second hand bookshops, nor online reading.

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Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden. Book Review

A while ago I reviewed The Resilient Gardener by Carol Deppe. It’s probably one of the most important books that I’ve read so far. In the book, Carol frequently refers to another book, Buffalo Bird Woman’s garden, particularly when discussing food preservation. Buffalo Bird Woman’s garden is an account of Hidatsa American Indian gardening techniques, as told by a Hidatsa woman, born about 1839. The techniques were told to the author of the book, Gilbert L. Wilson, in the early 1900’s. I found another reference to the book recently, so ordered it, and what a gem of a book it is.

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Book Recommendation- The Resilient Gardener, Carol Deppe

Hi All

I recently finished reading The Resilient Gardener, by Carol Deppe. Normally I would do a full review on a good book, but possibly the most telling thing that I can say about this book, is that there is so much outstanding content in this book, that it would take me hours to tell you about it. Instead, I’m going to tell you why you should buy your own copy, and study it hard.

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Book Review – Gaia’s Garden, by Toby Hemenway

This is the first book that I have bought primarily to review, which was quite a strange experience in some ways, as I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to benefit from the contents.

We have recently formed a Permaculture group here in Horncastle, and so far, I am the only one with a full design certificate. As I was already a gardener, and Smallholder, before becoming interested (some might say obsessed) in Permaculture, all of my focus, and my library, has been targeted towards land based Permaculture, as opposed to smaller scale, or urban design. With the formation of the group, I wanted to find a book which would be a good introduction to Permaculture for those with less space. I also wanted to expand my own understanding of some of the problems, and solutions, faced by people in towns and cities. I came a cross the book by accident (Serendipity?), whilst doing some research into Guild design, and decided to purchase the book.

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