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5.0 out of 5 stars Interested in Urban Permaculture? Get this book., July 1, 2011
This review is from: Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living (Paperback)
I am thankful for this book and the perspectives offered by Rachel Kaplan and K. Ruby Blume's on living a regenerative lifestyle based in permaculture. The artwork and photographs in the book are wonderful, it's well written, easy to understand, and contains a number of hands on projects to get you started in your area of interest.

The chaptering of the book is a logical progression, with each chapter containing a description of the subject, information on it, interviews with people or organizations and how they are working with the idea, and hands on projects. Throughout there are some sidebars with more information and in some chapters a time-frame you can use to implement these concepts gradually, so as not to get overwhelmed.

My favorite parts of this book are the Principles of Urban Homesteading, interviews, hands on projects, and the inclusion, and focus on, the non-material.

The Principles of Urban Homesteading reflect the way the Principles of Permaculture arose over time through the action of it's practitioners. They reveal a way to consider the urban environment while practicing permaculture there.

The interviews are reminders that others face the same challenges we do. They are empowering and inspiring.

Many books on Permaculture can be overwhelming with the amount of knowledge and information that is imparted in just a few pages. Rachel and Ruby have spread that out and the projects help to give us little things to focus on and then take action. The reader can move forward without being caught up in paralysis by analysis trying to figure out "What do I do next? There's so much!". Find something you like and do it. Many of these can be done in an afternoon with supplies you already have at your home.

The non-material is something that, though we discuss it as being part of our ever growing need to implement permanent-culture, I feel it is often overlooked as the focus becomes one of design, food, and stable ecosystems. We also need to work on our stable social-systems.

Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living now has a permanent place on my book shelf and is on the short list of recommended reads for people beginning their path to permaculture. If you've been doing this for a while and want a book for someone who is still on the fence, this is it.
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