The Permaculture City

The Permaculture City

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Permaculture is more than just the latest buzzword; it offers positive solutions for many of the environmental and social challenges confronting us. And nowhere are those remedies more needed and desired than in our cities. The Permaculture City provides a new way of thinking about urban living, with practical examples for creating abundant food, energy security, close-knit communities, local and meaningful livelihoods, and sustainable policies in our cities and towns. The same nature-based approach that works so beautifully for growing fooda€”connecting the pieces of the landscape together in harmonious waysa€”applies perfectly to many of our other needs. Toby Hemenway, one of the leading practitioners and teachers of permaculture design, illuminates a new way forward through examples of edge-pushing innovations, along with a deeply holistic conceptual framework for our cities, towns, and suburbs. The Permaculture City begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience; wea€™re not just gardening plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures. Hemenway lays out how permaculture design can help towndwellers solve the challenges of meeting our needs for food, water, shelter, energy, community, and livelihood in sustainable, resilient ways. Readers will find new information on designing the urban home garden and strategies for gardening in community, rethinking our water and energy systems, learning the difference between a a€œjoba€ and a a€œlivelihood, a€ and the importance of placemaking and an empowered community. This important book documents the rise of a new sophistication, depth, and diversity in the approaches and thinking of permaculture designers and practitioners. Understanding nature can do more than improve how we grow, make, or consume things; it can also teach us how to cooperate, make decisions, and arrive at good solutions.Next up on the scale of easy-to-raise animals for the town yard, bunnies can grace us with a near perfect manure for the soil; naturally shed fur for spinning; and provide weed and grass control, meat and wearable pelts if we wish, and a gentle presence that enchants children and adults. Their most ... The hivesa#39; beeswax can be used in candles, salves, waxes, wood finishes, and lip balm. Even theiranbsp;...

Title:The Permaculture City
Author:Toby Hemenway
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing - 2015-07-17


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