Getting you started...

The idea of living a greener life appeals to many people today.  With it connotations of healthy food, low impact on the environment and just being a better all around way of life.  But living a sustainable way of life is not without it challenges.  Most people living in the western world and the USA in particular have no clue where to begin.  That is where research and and little brave experimentation on your part is needed to begin your green journey.  With that in mind I have provided a small list that will be very useful to someone getting started on this journey.

Mini Farming Self Sufficiency on a 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham

I just finished reading this book and I must say it is a veritable plethora of information. I couldn't truly absorb it all from one sitting. It is packed with ideas and techniques on how to make the most of a tiny plot of land in urban or rural settings. Covering topics from seed selection and pest control all the way to preserving and selling the harvest. I loved this book so much that as soon as I brought the library's copy back I had one ordered from Amazon. I have already used some of the information in this book to do my first 'hopefully" successful canning of cucumbers into Bread and Butter pickles.  If you want to start a mini farm for profit or just to grow some beautiful food I would highly suggest this book.


The Natural House-by Daniel Chiras

 This "Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy Efficient Environmental Homes" is a excellent primer to many types of natural environmental building.  The authors cover a variety of topics from straw bales, adobe, Earthships and log homes to name a few.  It also covers the topic of sustainable systems like passive solar, renewable energy and siting considerations for your new home.  At the end of the book a well organized resource guide awaits those who wish to learn more on natural building and its associated disciplines. 


Root Cellaring- The simple no-processing way to store fruits and vegetables by Mike & Nancy Bubel

This well written easy to follow guide on root cellaring is a must have resource for anyone interested in the art and science that is root cellaring. It offers insights into produce variety’s that keep well including details on when to plant your keepers. It also offers testimonials from successful and not so successful root cellaring attempts and lets us learn from their design and techniques, so we don't make the same mistakes. Within it pages are detailed designs of both traditional and non traditional root cellars and designs for shelving and storage bins to place your produce in. It basically is a one stop shop for any root cellaring enthusiast just starting out.


The Zero Waste Lifestyle Live Well by Throwing Less Away by Amy Korst

Before reading this book I had no idea just how much of the stuff I thought was The Zero Waste LifestyleCredit: personal phototrash really was recyclable.  This book demystified the role of plastic in recycling and how you can recycle or down cycle many types of plastic and how to avoid what you cannot recycle.  It also provides many tips and trick for avoiding trash while on the road, going out to eat, providing for children and for dealing with people who don't understand/agree with what you are doing.

 It also provides information of making you own homemade cleaners using kitchen items like lemons, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and corn starch


Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre
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