Green Wizardry: Conservation, Solar Power, Organic Gardening, and Other Hands-On Skills From the Appropriate Tech Toolkit

Green Wizardry: Conservation, Solar Power, Organic Gardening, and Other Hands-On Skills From the Appropriate Tech Toolkit

by John Michael Greer

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Green Wizardry: Conservation, Solar Power, Organic Gardening, and Other Hands-On Skills From the Appropriate Tech Toolkit by John Michael Greer

TESTED SKILLS FOR THRIVING IN THE AGE OF LIMITS

Wanted: real wizards. Must be capable of guiding their communities through difficult times by exercising practical skills and applying down-to-earth knowledge of how things work… A magical career awaits you. — Richard Heinberg, author, The End of Growth

In ancient times, a wizard was a specialist in unfamiliar knowledge – basically a freelance intellectual. Rather than magical powers, his main stock in trade was good advice supported by a thorough, well-rounded, practical education— in essence, the true Renaissance man. In Green Wizardry, Greer proposes a modern mage for uncertain times; one who possesses a startling array of skills gleaned from the appropriate tech and organic gardening movements forged in the energy crisis of the 1970s.

From the basic concepts of ecology to a plethora of practical techniques — such as composting, green manure, low-tech food preservation and storage, small-scale chicken and rabbit raising, solar water heating, alternative energy sources, home-scale energy conservation and more — Green Wizardry is a comprehensive manual for today’s wizard-in-training. Providing a solid practical introduction to the entire appropriate tech toolkit, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned about decreasing our dependence on an overloaded industrial system and, in a world of serious energy shortages and economic troubles, making life a great deal less traumatic and more livable.

John Michael Greer tackles energy, economics, technology and organic production practices with approachable precision … Interested in a real “Green” Revolution? Let Green Wizardry show you the way AND the why! — Oscar H. Will III, editor-in-chief, GRIT Magazine , and author, Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-budget Homesteading Solutions

John Michael Greer is a scholar of ecological history and an internationally renowned Peak Oil theorist whose blog, “The Archdruid Report,” has become one of the most widely cited online resources dealing with the future of industrial society. He is the author of more than 30 books including The Wealth of Nature and The Long Descent .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865717473
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 353,114
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John Michael Greer is a scholar of ecological history and an internationally renowned Peak Oil theorist whose blog, "The Archdruid Report," has become one of the most widely cited online resources dealing with the future of industrial society. He is the author of more than 30 books including The Wealth of Nature and The Long Descent . As well as being a certified Master Conserver and devoted organic gardener, Greer continues to practice a myriad of skills honed during the appropriate tech movement of the 1970s. He has been active in the contemporary nature spirituality movement for more than 25 years.

Table of Contents

Foreword: A Time for Wizardry vii

Part 1 Principles 1

Lesson 1 Introducing Energy 1

Lesson 2 Introducing Matter 7

Lesson 3 Introducing Information 13

Lesson 4 Thinking in Systems 19

Lesson 5 Flows and Funds 25

Lesson 6 Sustainability and Resilience 32

Resources for Part One 37

Part 2 Food 45

Lesson 7 The Small Garden 45

Lesson 8 Understanding Soil 50

Lesson 9 Composting and Mulching 55

Lesson 10 Keeping Them Healthy 62

Lesson 11 Season Extenders 67

Lesson 12 Saving Seeds 71

Lesson 13 Breeding New Varieties 76

Lesson 14 Wild Helpers 80

Lesson 15 Home Livestock 85

Lesson 16 The Unwanted 91

Lesson 17 Storing the Harvest 96

Lesson 18 Using the Harvest 101

Resources for Part Two 105

Part 3 Energy 111

Lesson 19 Using Less Energy 111

Lesson 20 Caulking and Weatherstripping 117

Lesson 21 Insulation 122

Lesson 22 Window Coverings 126

Lesson 23 Conserving the Differences 131

Lesson 24 Hayboxes and Sunboxes 135

Lesson 25 Solar Hot Water 141

Lesson 26 Passive Solar Heat 146

Lesson 27 Solar Electricity 150

Lesson 28 Wind Power 155

Lesson 29 Other Energy Sources 160

Lesson 30 Transportation 166

Resources for Part Three 171

Part 4 Whole Systems 175

Lesson 31 Putting It Together 175

Lesson 32 The New Alchemy Option 181

Lesson 33 The Down Home Funk Option 186

Lesson 34 The Retrofit Option 191

Lesson 35 The Way of Dissensus 196

Lesson 36 The Long View 201

Resources for Part Four 206

Afterword: Why It Matters 211

Notes 228

Index 230

About the Author 235

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