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

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Merlin, Gandalf, Voldemort--these well-known sorcerers from popular culture are famed for their amazing spells and spectacular magical powers. In ancient times, however, a wizard was actually a freelance intellectual whose main stock in trade was good advice, supported by a thorough education in agriculture, navigation, political and military science, languages, commerce, mathematics, medicine, and the natural sciences--in essence, the true Renaissance man. John Michael Greer proposes a modern mage for uncertain times; one who possesses a startling array of practical 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, 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 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 thirty books, including The Wealth of Nature and The Long Descent.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Gabriola Island, United States
  • English
  • 0865717478
  • 9780865717473
  • 147,388

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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.
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Table of contents

Foreword: A Time for Wizardry

PART ONE: PRINCIPLES
Lesson One: Introducing Energy
Lesson Two: Introducing Matter
Lesson Three: Introducing Information
Lesson Four: Thinking in Systems
Lesson Five: Flows and Funds
Lesson Six: Efficiency and Resilience
Resources for Part One

PART TWO: FOOD
Lesson Seven: The Small Garden
Lesson Eight: Understanding Soil
Lesson Nine: Composting and Mulching
Lesson Ten: Keeping Them Healthy
Lesson Eleven: Season Extenders
Lesson Twelve: Saving Seeds
Lesson Thirteen: Breeding New Varieties
Lesson Fourteen: Wild Helpers
Lesson Fifteen: Home Livestock
Lesson Sixteen: The Unwanted
Lesson Seventeen: Storing the Harvest
Lesson Eighteen: Using the Harvest
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PART THREE: ENERGY
Lesson Nineteen: Using Less Energy
Lesson Twenty: Caulking and Weatherstripping
Lesson Twenty-one: Insulation
Lesson Twenty-two: Window Coverings
Lesson Twenty-three: Conserving the Differences
Lesson Twenty-four: The Haybox Principle
Lesson Twenty-five: Solar Hot Water
Lesson Twenty-six: Passive Solar Heat
Lesson Twenty-seven: Solar Electricity
Lesson Twenty-eight: Wind Power
Lesson Twenty-nine: Other Energy Sources
Lesson Thirty: Transportation
Resources for Part Three

PART FOUR: WHOLE SYSTEMS
Lesson Thirty-one: Putting It Together
Lesson Thirty-two: The New Alchemy Option
Lesson Thirty-three: The Down Home Funk Option
Lesson Thirty-four: The Retrofit Option
Lesson Thirty-five: The Way of Dissensus
Lesson Thirty-six: The Long View
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Afterword: Why It Matters

Notes
Index
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Using an integrated systems approach to ecologically sustainable living strategies, John Michael Greer tackles energy, economics, technology and organic production practices with approachable precision in Green Wizardry. Interested in a real "Green" revolution? Let Green Wizardry show you the way AND the why! --Hank Will, editor-in-chief, GRIT magazine, and author, Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-budget Homesteading Solutions 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. If you're interested in applying for the job, then read this marvelous book. Greer is the ideal guide; his wisdom and gentle humor animate every page. A magical career awaits you. -- Richard Heinberg, author, The End of Growth This is book is part nostalgic trip through what once could have been, and could have saved us, before we decided to go all in on unbounded economic growth and endless militarism, and part survival guide which, now that the results of this bout of folly are coming in, can allow families and communities to cut their burn rate in comfort and style. And it also lays out the foundations of a very useful and very necessary vocation to which all of us, young and old can aspire: Green Wizardry. ---Dmitry Orlov, author of Reinventing Collapse and The Five Stages of Collapse Just as someone starting a business would get a book on business planning, this is the book for planning a greener life. Rather than being split into chapters, Green Wizardry is split into 36 lessons, each with an exercise at the end, where you are challenged to apply your new-found knowledge to your own life or delve more deeply into a subject. If there were a class on green living, this would be the ideal text! ---Deborah Niemann, author of Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally
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About John Michael Greer

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.
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