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The Earth Care Manual: A Permaculture Handbook for Britain and Other Temperate Countries
The Earth Care Manual This volume is a manual for sustainable design and development. Full description
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Permanent
(first published March 30th 2005)
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I didn't rate this book, because I only read the smaller Basics section (136 pgs) and skipped the Specifics section (another 280ish pgs) simply because I didn't need that depth of knowledge at the time. I'd consider buying the book though, based on the first part and as a standalone, would give it at least 4 stars. Very well written, thoughtful and well-considered, balanced, and clear. I took something from every chapter and it's already taught me how to look at systems all around me differently ...more
This hefty volume, weighing in at 450+ letter-sized pages (and about $80!) is no breezy novel, but I'm almost done with it and would highly recommend it to others. It's almost like a permaculture coursework, covering all of the essential topics in quite a bit of detail, with lots of photos, charts and illustrations. It was recommended to me by Peter Bane, a permaculture teacher well-known in the US (and publisher of the wonderful Permaculture Activist magazine). He didn't steer me wrong. One of ...more