- Backyard Homesteading All-In-One for Dummies by Todd BrockCall Number: SB450.97 .B75 2019 (Du Bois)ISBN: 9781119550754Publication Date: 2019Live a more sustainable lifestyle Historically referred to as a government program for revitalizing undesirable living areas, "homesteading" today has come to mean the pursuit of a self-sufficient lifestyle.
- A Brief History of Thrift by Alison HulmeCall Number: E-bookISBN: 9781526128843Publication Date: 2019The relationships between thrift and frugality, mindfulness, sustainability, and alternative consumption practices are explained, and connections made between myriad conceptions of thrift and contemporary concerns for how consumer cultures impact scarce resources, wealth distribution, and the Anthropocene.
- The Carbon Farming Solution by Eric Toensmeier; Hans Herren (Foreword by)Call Number: S494.5.A65 T64 2016 (Sci and Engineering)ISBN: 9781603585712Publication Date: 2016With carbon farming, agriculture ceases to be part of the climate problem and becomes a critical part of the solution Agriculture is rightly blamed as a major culprit of our climate crisis. But in this groundbreaking new book, Eric Toensmeier argues that agriculture--specifically, the subset of practices known as "carbon farming"--can, and should be, a linchpin of a global climate solutions
- The Community Food Forest Handbook by Catherine Bukowski; John Munsell; LaManda Joy (Foreword by)Call Number: SB454.3.E35 B85 2018 (Du Bois)ISBN: 9781603586443Publication Date: 2018Collaboration and leadership strategies for long-term success fueled by the popularity of permaculture and agroecology, community food forests are capturing the imaginations of people in neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the United States.
- Doughnut Economics by Kate RaworthCall Number: E-bookISBN: 9781603586757Publication Date: 2017Kate Raworth sets out seven key ways to fundamentally reframe our understanding of what economics is and does. Along the way, she points out how we can break our addiction to growth; redesign money, finance, and business to be in service to people and create economies that are regenerative and distributive by design.
- Edible Forest Gardens by Dave Jacke; Eric ToensmeierCall Number: SB454.3.E35 J24 2005 (Sci and Engineering Library)ISBN: 1890132608Publication Date: 2005A groundbreaking two-volume work that spells out and explores the key concepts of forest ecology and applies them to the needs of natural gardeners in temperate climates.
- Gaia's Garden by Toby HemenwayCall Number: E-bookISBN: 9781603582230Publication Date: 2009Extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers. Many people mistakenly think that ecological gardening--which involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants--can take place only on a large, multiacre scale. As Hemenway demonstrates, it's fun and easy to create a "backyard ecosystem" by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including: Building and maintaining soil fertility and structure Catching and conserving water in the landscape Providing habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and animals Growing an edible "forest" that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods
- More from Less by Andrew McAfeeCall Number: HC79.C6 M383 2019 (Du Bois)ISBN: 9781982103576Publication Date: 2019A compelling argument--masterfully researched and brilliantly articulated--that we have at last learned how to increase human prosperity while treading more lightly on our planet.
- One Size Fits None by Stephanie AndersonCall Number: E-bookISBN: 9781496211927Publication Date: 2019"Sustainable" has long been the rallying cry of agricultural progressives; given that much of our nation's farm and ranch land is already degraded, however, sustainable agriculture often means maintaining a less-than-ideal status quo. Industrial agriculture has also co-opted the term for marketing purposes without implementing better practices. Stephanie Anderson argues that in order to provide nutrient-rich food and fight climate change, we need to move beyond sustainable to regenerative agriculture, a practice that is highly tailored to local environments and renews resources.
- Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier; Jonathan BatesCall Number: SB453 .T59 2013 (Du Bois)ISBN: 9781603583992Publication Date: 2013When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to work designing what would become not just another urban farm, but a "permaculture paradise."
- The Permaculture Promise by Jono Neiger; Toby Hemenway (Foreword by)Call Number: S494.5.P47 N45 2016 (Du Bois)ISBN: 9781612124278Publication Date: 2016Permaculture is a sustainability buzzword, but many people wonder what it actually means and why it is relevant. Originally coined by combining the words permanent and agriculture, permaculture has evolved into an optimistic approach connecting all the systems of human life: gardening, housing, transportation, energy, and how we structure our communities. The Permaculture Promise explains in simple terms why permaculture may be the key to unlocking a livable future on our planet. Author Jono Neiger asserts that humans can thrive while simultaneously making Earth healthier and not destroying it. The book shows 22 ways that permaculture can create a better future for all living things. Profiles of people and communities -- including an urban dweller who tore up her driveway to create a vegetable garden and a California housing development that dedicates a third of its land to parks, orchards, and gardens -- will inspire you to incorporate permaculture principles into your life today.
- Rain Gardens by Nigel Dunnett; Andy ClaydenCall Number: SB475.83 .D86 2007 (Du Bois)ISBN: 9780881928266Publication Date: 2007Rain gardens encompass all possible elements that can be used to capture, channel, divert and make the most of the rain and snow that fall on a property. Using the innovative and attractive approaches described here, it is possible to enhance outdoor spaces and minimize the damaging effects of drought, stormwater runoff, and other environmental challenges. Nigel Dunnett & Andy Clayden have created a comprehensive guide to water management techniques for the garden and built environment. Filled with practical, manageable solutions for small and large-scale implementations and utilizing authoritative research with state-of-the-art case studies from all over the world, Rain Gardens is the first book on sustainable water management schemes suitable for students and professionals.
- Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities by Patrick M. Condon; Robert Yaro (Foreword by)Call Number: E-bookISBN: 9781597268202Publication Date: 2012Questions of how to green the North American economy, create a green energy and transportation infrastructure, and halt the deadly increase in greenhouse gas buildup dominate our daily news.
- Virtues of Renewal by Jeffrey BilbroCall Number: E-bookISBN: 9780813176420Publication Date: 2018For over fifty years, Wendell Berry has argued that our most pressing ecological and cultural need is a renewed formal intelligence -- a mode of thinking and acting that fosters the health of the earth and its beings. Yet the present industrial economy prioritizes a technical, self-centered way of relating to the world that often demands and rewards busyness over thoughtful observation, independence over relationships, and replacing over repairing.
- We Want Land to Live by Amy TraugerCall Number: E-bookISBN: 9780820350264Publication Date: 2017Explores the current boundaries of radical approaches to food sovereignty. First coined by La Via Campesina (a global movement whose name means "the peasant's way"), food sovereignty is a concept that expresses the universal right to food.
- The Wisdom of Frugality by Emrys WestacottCall Number: E-bookISBN: 9781400883301Publication Date: 2016Emrys Westacott examines why, for more than two millennia, so many philosophers and people with a reputation for wisdom have been advocating frugality and simple living as the key to the good life. He also looks at why most people have ignored them, but argues that, in a world facing environmental crisis, it may finally be time to listen to the advocates of a simpler way of life.
- Your Eco-Friendly Home by Sid DavisCall Number: E-bookISBN: 9780814410370Publication Date: 2008More and more people are becoming interested not just in living green, but particularly in living in a home that's ecologically sound. With thousands of new eco-minded houses being built, and the real estate market becoming more attuned to home-buyers' interests, demand for ecologically efficient living spaces is still exceeding the supply. Yet few resources exist for those wanting to build, buy, or remodel their own home to use less energy and be environmentally sensitive. Your Eco-Friendly Home shows readers how they can: find, finance, and buy eco-friendly real estate - work with eco-conscious agents and brokers - use environmentally friendly materials and techniques for interiors and exteriors - make their homes and landscaping more efficient - take advantage of tax incentives for going green This practical, reader-friendly guide gives readers all the guidance they need to easily become ecologically responsible homeowners.
Finding Books at the UMass Libraries
Use the Library Catalog to locate books at the UMass (and Five College) Libraries
Below are examples of Subject Headings that may be useful for finding permaculture information:
Architecture and Society
Buildings – Environmental aspects
Dwellings – Energy conservation
Green Roofs (Gardening)
House Construction – Environmental aspects
Renewable Energy Sources
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