Surviving and Thriving on the Land

Surviving and Thriving on the Land : How to Use Your Spare Time and Energy to Run a Successful Smallholding

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It's a dream come true when you finally get a piece of land or join an eco-community, and start to plan your sustainable land-based enterprise; but all too often the dream is spoiled by lack of money, stress, exhaustion and poor time management, and your work and future plans can dissolve into discord, illness and poverty.

Smallholdings provide food, home, fuel and employment for those who run them, and local, seasonal, often organic and ethical food and timber for an expanding market.

Surviving and Thriving on the Land looks at ways in which projects can be designed that care for the people involved in them as well as the earth that they are trying to protect. If land-based ecological projects are to offer a realistic solution to the problems we face in the twenty-first century, it is imperative that they should be sustainable in terms of human energy. This book offers a framework, backed up by real life examples, of issues to consider when setting up a new project, or for overcoming human-energy-based problems in existing projects.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 23mm | 612g
  • Totnes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st
  • photos and line drawings
  • 1900322285
  • 9781900322287
  • 484,632

Table of contents

The human energy equation

The role of the modern smallholder

Livelihoods and lifestyles: case studies

Energy use through the ages


Wise choice of tools

Domestic energy use

Rural social structures past and present

Together or alone?

Livelihood strategies

The seven ages of men and women

Balancing work, rest and celebration
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About Rebecca Laughton

Rebecca Laughton lived for four years at Tinker's Bubble, an ecological community in Somerset where the residents manage 40 acres of land without the use of fossil fuels. Whilst researching her book, she travelled around France and the UK visiting
other land-based projects and found that the subject of human energy use within ecological projects had not really been addressed. Rebecca studied Geography at Newcastle University and has an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture from Wye College, University of London.
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