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A Listmania! list by Joy Banks (AZ)
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The list author says: "Permaculture is the combining of many facets. It's architecture, town design, road engineering, gardening, forest management, wildlands enrichment, plant propagation, farming, animal husbandry, energy resourcing, waste containment, herbal lore, ecology, and the kitchen sink, all wrapped up in one. Caution: It's highly addictive! Once you understand the principles, you won't be able to stop seeing how every place could have been better designed."
A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure)
1.  A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure) by Christopher Alexander
The list author says:
  "One of the most useful books I own. Highly recommended. Ideal for homeowners remodeling or building; for city planners, construction companies, farmers, anyone who deals with buildings, roads, pathways or other places used by human beings."
$40.00   Used & New from: $28.64
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Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition
2.  Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition by Toby Hemenway
The list author says:
  "The BEST introduction to permaculture, highly recommended. Don't be put off by the title if you aren't into earth-as-goddess. Frankly there's none of that in this book. It's all practical advice from a man who knows everyone in the permaculture world."
$19.89   Used & New from: $15.89
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)

Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening
3.  Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening by Sepp Holzer
The list author says:
  "Amazing fellow from the Tyrols of Austria-Germany. He reminds me of The Man Who Planted Trees. His ideas are so common-sense and easy to use, I found myself saying 'wonder why I didn't think of that!'"
$19.86   Used & New from: $17.64
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands (Vol. 1): Guiding Principles to Welcome Rain into Your Life And Landscape
4.  Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands (Vol. 1): Guiding Principles to Welcome Rain into Your Life And Landscape by Brad Lancaster
The list author says:
  "Essential reading for the homeowner / gardener / farmer in any climate. Use that rainwater instead of piping it to the nearest sewer. Highly recommended."
Used & New from: $4.14
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-Cost Wood-Fired Mud Oven, Simple Sourdough Bread, Perfect Loaves, 3rd Edition
5.  Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-Cost Wood-Fired Mud Oven, Simple Sourdough Bread, Perfect Loaves, 3rd Edition by Kiko Denzer
The list author says:
  "I borrowed this from the library to build my own outdoor pizza oven in the next few weeks! Highly recommended."
$15.83   Used & New from: $10.48
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition
6.  Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition by Abigail R. Gehring
The list author says:
  "Very useful book I still refer to after 40+ years."
$14.10   Used & New from: $10.06
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community
7.  Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community by Heather Flores
The list author says:
  "Great primer on what to plant instead and how to do it."
$19.17   Used & New from: $4.50
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine
8.  How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine by John Jeavons
The list author says:
  "Very much a classic in organic gardening circles. This man is still actively engaged in spreading the good news of organic gardening around the world."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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The New Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems - Includes Branched Drains
9.  The New Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems - Includes Branched Drains by Art Ludwig
The list author says:
  "A must-have books for how to devise safe and effective greywater systems in any location including cities. Done with scientific studies and first-hand information. Highly recommended."
$17.22   Used & New from: $12.90
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

Adobe
10.  Adobe by Orlando Romero
The list author says:
  "Incredible book that I've checked out more times than any book from my local (southwestern AZ) library. The pictures will help you understand why building with earth can help people reconnect with the natural world in almost a therapeutic way."
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The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience
11.  The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience by Rob Hopkins
The list author says:
  "The Transition Town movement is worth knowing about and their ideas are sound."
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Introduction to Permaculture
12.  Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison
The list author says:
  "Don't buy this out-of-print book here, find the free download on the internet. Very useful for the beginner, highly recommended. Note: This is NOT the more expensive Permaculture: A Designer's Manual, which is hard to find for under $100."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil
13.  Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil by Andy Lee
The list author says:
  "Some ideas for using poultry to dig your soil while cutting your feed bill to near zero."
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Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond (Vol. 2): Water-Harvesting Earthworks
14.  Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond (Vol. 2): Water-Harvesting Earthworks by Brad Lancaster
The list author says:
  "The second book in this series, also a must-have."
$27.16   Used & New from: $19.50
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses
15.  The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses by Eliot Coleman
The list author says:
  "Great ideas from a man who is earning $80,000 profit yearly from his small acreage in Maine. Very detailed and quite intensive gardening methods that go beyond my skill level but highly recommended for the hoop house design for simple economical greenhouses that hold up to severe weather."
$22.23   Used & New from: $18.20
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

Permaculture: A Designers' Manual
16.  Permaculture: A Designers' Manual by Bill Mollison
The list author says:
  "Yes that what it costs. Beware of sites claiming to sell if for much under $100. They are probably selling copy-paper editions of "Introduction to Permaculture", a much smaller tome."
Used & New from: $99.95
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use--Includes How to Make Ferrocement Water Tanks
17.  Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use--Includes How to Make Ferrocement Water Tanks by Art Ludwig
The list author says:
  "Great book for seeing the possibilities with rainwater harvesting."
$15.64   Used & New from: $8.75
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, 2nd Edition
18.  Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, 2nd Edition by Ernest Ashworth
The list author says:
  "Saving your own seeds means you can cut out another expense come planting time."
$19.44   Used & New from: $15.16
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)

Water For Every Farm: Yeomans Keyline Plan
19.  Water For Every Farm: Yeomans Keyline Plan by P. A. Yeomans
The list author says:
  "Incredible ideas from an Australian farmer. He proved that a specific kind of simple plow, used on contour, can transform miles of eroded hardpan into luxurious, productive farmland. Something else happens too: The climate changes from drought conditions to regular rainfall in 2 years."
$39.96   Used & New from: $35.96
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Living Community: A Permaculture Case Study at Sol y Sombra
20.  Living Community: A Permaculture Case Study at Sol y Sombra by Ben Haggard
The list author says:
  "Ben Haggard is an old hand at permaculture, working in the desert southwest. Anything he's written is worth owning but google him and print your own."
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Building Green, New Edition: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative Building Methods Earth Plaster * Straw Bale * Cordwood * Cob * Living Roofs (Building Green: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative)
21.  Building Green, New Edition: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative Building Methods Earth Plaster * Straw Bale * Cordwood * Cob * Living Roofs (Building Green: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative) by Clarke Snell
The list author says:
  "One of my favorite building books! Highly recommended."
$25.59   Used & New from: $18.39
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

Edible Landscaping
22.  Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy
The list author says:
  "You can do a lot of dreaming in this book. Opens your eyes to what is possible to plant instead of those inedible hedges and  trees that so many suburban landscapes are filled with."
$27.16   Used & New from: $22.78
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front
23.  Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front by Joel Salatin
The list author says:
  "With the increasing raids on natural food stores, organic farms, and raw milk producers, this book is important background."
$15.78   Used & New from: $8.38
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

Adobe: Build It Yourself, Revised Edition
24.  Adobe: Build It Yourself, Revised Edition by Paul Graham McHenry
The list author says:
  "Yes you can! Excellent book on how to build with adobe."
$16.32   Used & New from: $5.06
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Adobe Homes for All Climates: Simple, Affordable, and Earthquake-Resistant Natural Building Techniques
25.  Adobe Homes for All Climates: Simple, Affordable, and Earthquake-Resistant Natural Building Techniques by Lisa Schroder
The list author says:
  "Lots of do-able plans here."
$26.73   Used & New from: $3.26
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Adobe and Rammed Earth Buildings: Design and Construction
26.  Adobe and Rammed Earth Buildings: Design and Construction by Paul Graham McHenry
The list author says:
  "Rammed earth is another option for homebuilders."
$21.38   Used & New from: $5.49
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

The Straw Bale House (A Real Goods Independent Living Book)
27.  The Straw Bale House (A Real Goods Independent Living Book) by Athena Swentzell Steen
The list author says:
  "Amazing photos of real houses build by real people. Bill and Athena Steen continue to hold natural-building workshops at their place in southern Arizona. (Note: They live in an adobe house!)"
$25.52   Used & New from: $0.27
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

The Owner-Built Adobe House
28.  The Owner-Built Adobe House by Duane Newcomb
The list author says:
  "More on how to do it yourself."
$18.36   Used & New from: $11.45
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

The Small Adobe House
29.  The Small Adobe House by Agnesa Reeve
The list author says:
  "Beautiful."
$16.57   Used & New from: $7.32
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Build It with Bales: Version Two: A Step-By-Step Guide to Straw-Bale Construction
30.  Build It with Bales: Version Two: A Step-By-Step Guide to Straw-Bale Construction by Matts A. Myhrman
The list author says:
  "Matts Myhrman has been doing strawbale building longer than anyone, I think."
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The Cob Builders Handbook: You Can Hand-Sculpt Your Own Home, 3rd Edition
31.  The Cob Builders Handbook: You Can Hand-Sculpt Your Own Home, 3rd Edition by Becky Bee
The list author says:
  "Yes you CAN build a house from mud! Here's the proof. A really fun book that will inspire anyone, but especially women, to get busy and build something themselves."
$18.46   Used & New from: $14.46
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log and Strawbale Construction, 6th Edition
32.  Living Homes: Stone Masonry, Log and Strawbale Construction, 6th Edition by Thomas J. Elpel
The list author says:
  "Check it out."
$22.50   Used & New from: $18.60
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The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes
33.  The Beauty of Straw Bale Homes by Athena Swentzell Steen
The list author says:
  "Ah yes... more gorgeousness from the lady who designs the most elegant homes, walls, and mud plasters this side of heaven."
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Hybrid House, The: Designing with Sun, Wind, Water, and Earth
34.  Hybrid House, The: Designing with Sun, Wind, Water, and Earth by Catherine Wanek
The list author says:
  "Catherine knows whereof she speaks. She owns the Black Range Lodge in Kingston, NM. Google her website."
$19.87   Used & New from: $3.05
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Adobe: Homes and Interiors of Taos, Santa Fe, and the Southwest
35.  Adobe: Homes and Interiors of Taos, Santa Fe, and the Southwest by Sandra Seth
The list author says:
  "Amazing pictures! Amazing details! And the author, an adobe builder herself, shows us step-by=step how to a build super-efficient, old-fashioned adobe fireplace that will draw well and cost almost nothing."
$24.47   Used & New from: $16.03
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Using Natural Finishes: Lime and Earth Based Plasters, Renders & Paints (Sustainable Building)
36.  Using Natural Finishes: Lime and Earth Based Plasters, Renders & Paints (Sustainable Building) by Adam Weismann
$30.36   Used & New from: $24.96
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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