ISBN: 9781900322287 Year Added to Catalog: 2008 Book Format: Paperback Book Art: B&W photos throughout Dimensions: 6 x 9 Number of Pages: 256 Book Publisher: Green Books Release Date: April 30, 2009 Web Product ID: 456
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It’s a dream come true when you finally get a piece of land or join an eco-community and start to plan your sustainable land-based enterprise. But all too often the dream is spoiled by lack of money, stress, exhaustion, and poor time management, and your work and future plans can dissolve into discord, illness, and poverty. Smallholdings provide food, home, fuel, and employment for those who run them and local, seasonal, often organic and ethical food and timber for an expanding market.
Surviving and Thriving on the Land looks at ways in which projects can be designed that care for the people involved in them as well as the earth that they are trying to protect. If land-based ecological projects are to offer a realistic solution to the problems we face in the twenty-first century, it is imperative that they be sustainable in terms of human energy. This book offers a framework, backed up by real-life examples, of issues to consider when setting up a new project or for overcoming human-energy-based problems in existing projects.
About the Author
Rebecca Laughton lived for 4 years at Tinkerís Bubble, an ecological community in Somerset where the residents manage 40 acres of land without the use of fossil fuels. While researching her book, she traveled around France and the UK visiting other landbased projects, and she found that the subject of human energy use within ecological projects had not been addressed adequately. Laughton studied geography at Newcastle University and has an MSC in sustainable agriculture from Wye College, University of London. She lives in the UK. ...