The Home Water Supply: How to Find, Filter, Store, and Conserve It

The Home Water Supply: How to find, filter, store and conserve it

The Home Water Supply: How to Find, Filter, Store, and Conserve ItAuthor(s): Stu Campbell

Publisher: Practical Action (December 1986)

Paperback: 240 pages

ISBN-10: 0946688222

ISBN-13: 978-0946688227

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If you live in the country or suburbs, you’ve had, are having, or will have water problems.

What’s yours? Not enough water? Too much? Tastes terrible? The pump quits? The water’s contaminated?

No matter what it is, author Stu Campbell addresses it in this book, and offers down-to-earth solutions in language understandable to all of us who aren’t plumbers.

Campbell had coped with water problems in both the East and the West, from the many-state shortages of the West to a cantankerous pump in Vermont. And he’s probed the minds of experts — dowsers, well diggers, plumbers, electricians, and those who know about the flow of water deep underground.

In a friendly, knowledgeable manner, Campbell discusses your difficulties. He provides concrete and money-saving answers to questions that range from locating water to digging a pond to hooking up the plumbing in your home. You’ll know when to try something yourself, when to call a plumber or other expert.

You’ll learn

— How to find water.

— How to move it.

— How to purify it.

— And how to store and distribute it in your home.

Bob Vogel’s illustrations take much of the mystery out of things as the underground flow of water and how pumps and other water-linked equipment operate.

About the Author

Stu Campbell is an accomplished gardener and the author of The Home Water Supply, The Mulch Book, Let It Rot!, Mulch It!, and Improving Your Soil.

The Toilet Papers: Recycling Waste and Conserving Water

The Toilet Papers: Recycling Waste and Conserving Water

The Toilet Papers: Recycling Waste and Conserving WaterAuthor(s): Lim Van Der Ryn, Sim Van Der Ryn

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

ISBN: 0964471809

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A classic is back in print! One of the favorite books of 1970s back-to-the-landers, The Toilet Papers is an informative, inspiring, and irreverent look at how people have dealt with their wastes through the centuries. In a historical survey, Van der Ryn provides the basic facts concerning human wastes, and describes safe designs for toilets that reduce water consumption and avert the necessity for expensive and unreliable treatment systems. The Toilet Papers provides do-it-yourself plans for a basic compost privy and a variety of graywater systems.

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With a forward by Wendell Berry, this classic book from the 1970s is back in print! The history of how humans have dealt with their own waste is handled with intelligence (and wit), and the book provides up-to-date plans for the do-it-yourselfer on water-saving systems, composting privies, and practical greywater systems.

Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable Landscape

Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable Landscape

Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable LandscapeAuthor(s): Craig Campbell and Michael Ogden

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 22, 1999)

Paperback: 288 pages

ISBN: 0471107204

ISBN-13: 978-0471107200

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Constructed wetlands are gaining worldwide acceptance as effective, low-cost and low-impact alternatives to unsightly, high-impact wastewater treatment facilities. The creative involvement of today’s planners, landscape architects, developers, environmental engineers and public officials is helping to maximize the potential of these wetland habitats — from their aesthetics to their multiple uses as water treatment plants, wildlife refuges and recreational or educational facilities. Yet, to date, the literature has paid no attention to these aspects, focusing instead on the technical side of wetlands construction and function.

Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable Landscape is the first book to integrate aesthetic design and planning issues with the technical aspects of wetlands engineering. Renowned landscape architect Craig S. Campbell and engineer Michael H. Ogden clearly demonstrate how the successful development and management of multifunctional, sustainable wetland habitats depend on harnessing the knowledge and working principles of a number of disciplines. Richly illustrated with real-world case studies, the book:


  • Covers the concept of sustainable development and the nature of wetland processes.
  • Discusses designs for new and existing municipal and small community wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Offers calculations for designing surface and subsurface flow wetlands.
  • Provides guidance for construction and operation.
  • Contains examples of on-site planning for, and management of, stormwater renovation, single-family residential systems and multiple-use systems.
  • Examines landscape engineering and planning for ponds, urban wildlife, and ecological art.

Clearly written and accessible to nonengineers and nonscientists, Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable Landscape is a crucial guide for landscape architects, environmental engineers, planners, developers and government officials.


“This book is a valuable resource to be consulted in the early planning stages of a wetland construction project, particularly where aesthetics and social acceptance are important factors.” (Theodore J. Hogan: Environmental Practice 3(1), March, 2001)”This book addresses a broad audience: water and environmental engineers, planners, landscape architects, developers and public officials responsible for planning and environment protection. Written in a clear way, it is accessible to a wider audience than engineers and scientists, and can be a useful compliment in studying. Indeed, anyone interested in sewage treatment, water protection, landscape planning and ecology may find this book useful. Specialists may benefit from a new, broader perspective on their professional problems.” (Hydrological Sciences Journal, Feb. 2002)

Residential Windows: A Guide to New Technologies and Energy Performance, Second Edition

Residential Windows: A Guide to New Technologies and Energy Performance, Second Edition

Residential Windows: A Guide to New Technologies and Energy Performance, Second EditionAuthor(s): John Carmody, Stephen Selkowitz, Lisa Heschong

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 2 edition (October 9, 2000)

Paperback: 224 pages

ISBN: 0393730530

ISBN-13: 978-0393730531

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This guide to style and energy efficiency in windows covers design, technology, placement and other issues. It looks at window selection, considering factors such as glare, ventilation and sound control, as well as procedures for calculating the energy performance of windows.

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Everyone knows that windows give us views, fresh air, and light , and recognizes the important role windoews play in how buildings look What is less obvious is that windows have undergone a remarkable technological transformation over the last fifteen years. Based on the latest research, Residential Windows offers a fascinating look at the state of the art today as well as the windows of the future, and the information necessary to evaluate windows and make intelligent choices. Emphasizing energy performance, residential Windows covers every aspect of window design and technology: the basic mechanisms of heat transfer; new products and rating systems; the effects of the window frame material and installation; and how to make the best decisions when specifying or purchasing windows for a new house or renovation.

Silence, Song and Shadows: Our Need for the Sacred in Our Surroundings

Silence, Song and Shadows: Our Need for the Sacred in Our Surroundings

Silence, Song and Shadows: Our Need for the Sacred in Our SurroundingsAuthor: Tom Bender

Publisher: Fire River Press (January 1, 2000)

Paperback: 123 pages

ISBN-10: 0967508908

ISBN-13: 978-0967508900

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Silence, Song and Shadows is an eloquent and visually stunning introduction to how the sacred and chi energy in our surroundings affect our lives and health. Explaining the energetic connections between people and place with historical and modern examples, it presents successful techniques through which we can experience and apply this aspect of design. Key concepts and actions are outlined to bring sacredness into our own homes and communities.

* Explores a sweeping new dimension of energy and healing, showing how the world outside of our bodies affects our health.

* Shows movingly how to use the heart of community Ð our dreams, values, and connectedness Ð to create places sustained by love.
* Brings the sacred down to earth and into concrete application in our everyday lives, in ways we wouldn’t have dreamed possible.
* Contains a whole array of new and easily applied tools with which we can bring the sacred and chi energy into our own surroundings.

Building with the Breath of Life: Working with Chi Energy in Our Homes and Communities

Building with the Breath of Life: Working with Chi Energy in Our Homes and Communities

Building with the Breath of Life: Working with Chi Energy in Our Homes and Communities

Author: Tom Bender

Publisher: Fire River Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)

Paperback: 288 pages

ISBN-10: 0967508916

ISBN-13: 978-0967508917

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Building with the Breath of Life is the definitive introduction to the emerging field of energetic design. This new work, companion volume to Bender’s acclaimed Silence, Song and Shadows, provides the detailed historical, conceptual, and how-to information for working with chi energy in our surroundings:

* Exciting new findings concerning the widespread historical use of chi energy in building and community design in Egyptian, Mayan, Asian, Native American and European cultures.

* The necessary theoretical concepts from Chinese feng shui, the energetic practices of other cultures, and contemporary research.

* What is needed for the reader to successfully apply energetics in their personal surroundings and their work:

-energetic design tools
-exercises for learning to work with chi and intention
-how to analyze our homes and communities from an energetic perspective
-examples of successful use of energetic design in our culture
-access to a wealth of resources for more in-depth exploration of all aspects of chi design.

Vital new perspectives on the role of chi and the sacred in personal, community, and planetary health; interaction of work with chi energy in our bodies and in our surroundings; and significance of the acknowledgment of chi occuring today in our society.

Solar Gardening: Growing Vegetables Year-Round the American Intensive Way

Solar Gardening: Growing Vegetables Year-Round the American Intensive Way

Solar Gardening: Growing Vegetables Year-Round the American Intensive WayAuthors: Leandre Poisson, Gretchen Vogel Poisson

Publisher: Chelsea Green; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 1994)

Paperback: 288 pages

ISBN-10: 0930031695

ISBN-13: 978-0930031695

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SSolar Gardening shows how to increase efforts of the sun during the coldest months of the year and how to protect tender plants from the intensity of the scorching sun during the hottest months through the use of solar “mini-greenhouses.” The book includes instructions for building a variety of solar appliances plus descriptions of more than 90 different crops, with charts showing when to plant and harvest each. The result is a year-round harvest even from a small garden.

In Solar Gardening the Poissons show you how to:

  • Dramatically increase the annual square-foot yield of your garden.
  • Extend the growing and harvest season for nearly every kind of vegetable.
  • Select crops that will thrive in the coldest and hottest months of the year, without artificial heating or cooling systems.
  • Build solar appliances for your own garden.

Armed with nothing but this book and a few simple tools, even novice gardeners can quickly learn to extend their growing season and increase their yields, without increasing the size of their garden plot.

Successful Small-Scale Farming: An Organic Approach

Successful Small-Scale Farming: An Organic Approach

Successful Small-Scale Farming: An Organic ApproachAuthor(s): Karl Schwenke

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 2 edition (January 4, 1991)

Paperback: 144 pages

ISBN: 0882666428

ISBN-13: 978-0882666426

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“My advice is as old as the plow.” So says author, Karl Schwenke of his guide to making a full- or part-time living on the land, a book for anyone who plans to own a small farm. With sections on soil management, farm practices, cash crop selections, machinery, and many other topics, as well as comprehensive series of appendices, the author touches upon the basics of getting started with one’s own small-scale farm. Schwenke, himself a small farm owner, has provided a great practical resource for the beginning cash crop grower. Get started on acquiring “the hodgepodge of knowledge blended with a plethora of skills” necessary to becoming a successful organic farmer.

From the Back Cover

When I first wrote Successful Small-Scale Farming eleven years ago, writes Karl Schwenke in the preface to this new edition, “an ‘organic farmer’ was synonymous with a ‘lonely hippie troublemaker.’ Today he is classed somewhere between a high-priced elitist and an opportunistic liar.”So begins this classic guide to organic small-scale agriculture, fully updated and revised for the 1990s — for a new generation of readers who would like to live closer to the earth.Successful Small-Scale Farming introduces anyone owning (or planning to own) a small farm to both the harsh realities and the real potential involved in making a full- or part-time living on the land. Karl Schwenke’s clear-eyed approach to the best farming methods covers a wide range of proven techniques and practical advice, including:

* How to improve, conserve, and enrich your soil organically, to ensure the highest (and healthiest) yields.

* What machinery you’ll need and how to use it.

* The best “cash crops” and specialty crops to grow for profit and how to raise them.

* How to use innovative strategies to find or create a market “niche” for your farm’s crops or services.

* A concise overview of essential farmstead skills, such as haying, fencing, and managing a woodlot.

* Numerous charts and tables that put useful calculations at your fingertips.

With today’s increased concern for the quality of the food we eat and the health of our environment, Successful Small-Scale Farming offers a unique and invaluable perspective on the future of agriculture. Karl Schwenke’s message — that small-scale farms can be cleaner, smarter, and more efficient than corporate agribusiness — has never been so relevant as it is today.

About the Author

Karl Schwenke is a professional writer who lives with wife Sue on a farm in Newbury, Vermont, where they have raised strawberries, pigs and hay among other crops. Together, this couple has written the book Build Your Own Stone House, and Karl wrote the Storey title Successful Small-Scale Farming. His other work includes Sierra North and Sierra South from Wilderness Press, an organization in Berkeley, California, that he co-founded after graduating from college. Karl has also written In a Pig’s Eye (Chelsea Green Publishing).

The Expanding World of Solar Box Cookers

Author(s): Barbara Kerr

Publisher: Barbara P Kerr (September 1991)

Paperback: 79 pages

ISBN-10: 096326740X

ISBN-13: 978-0963267405

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Reprinted in 1999; is frequently used to teach simple cardboard solar cooker designs. In addition to using the sun for cooking meals for family and pets, she discusses some of the many ways to use a solar oven, such as to pasteurize water and milk, sanitize dishes, utensils, and diapers.

You can even sprout seedlings and prepare potting soil, among many uses explained in thisbook. Thousands of women outside the US use her simple cooker designs, and the book includes photographs of ovens made of cob and other practical designs in use around the world.

Four easy to make designs are shown, b&w photographs, illustrations, and excellent information on low-cost materials useage. 80 pages, 8.5×11, paperback, index, reprinted 1999.