Agricultural history and sustainable systems
The green revolution, peak
oil, sustainable building, and water stewardship formed the themes for
this week's selection of Folks,
This Ain't Normal.
I found the first to be the most interesting, with Salatin's history of
chemical fertilizers stemming from war-era scientific advances butting
up against Sir Albert Howard's studies of composting in India using
cheap manpower. If you're only going to read one chapter for
ideas and book recommendations, "The Poop, The Whole Poop, and Nothing
But the Poop" would be my top choice so far.
The Weekend Homesteader presents fun and easy projects for building your own sustainable systems, from rain barrels to gardens.
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