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Rural Renaissance: Renewing the Quest for the Good Life (Wiser Living) Paperback – May 1, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Ivanko and Kivirist's journey from Chicago advertising careers to proprietorship of a Wisconsin b&b inspired this earnest, engaging book, which is both a manifesto for simple living and a guide for living on a small farm. Many readers won't have the resources—or the stamina—to match the authors' energetic overhaul of Inn Serendipity, which included installing a wind turbine system, solar heating panels, state-of-the-art wood-burning stove, hay bale greenhouse and a new well. But along with their practical stories of successful renovation and the homespun lessons they learned, the authors provide an excellent compendium of information about green issues. "How to" sections guide novices in such mysteries as canning, raising chickens, organic gardening and bluebird trails, while sidebars lead to Web sites, organizations and additional reading on subjects from seeds to ecotourism. At times the couple's mania for living "zero waste" is exhausting, and urban readers may struggle in culling useful tips from this tribute to country life. But if every generation needs its own back-to-the-earth creed, this work is an inspiring clarion call for today's seekers, weaving together the wisdom of earlier "good life" advocates with a uniquely 21st-century take on living well: it may take a village to build your greenhouse, but it takes e-mail to successfully manage your b&b reservations. 50 b&w photos.
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In the '60s it was called the .back to the land. movement, and in Helen and Scott Nearings' day, it was .living the good life.. Whatever the term, North Americans have always yearned for a simpler way. But how do you accomplish that today?
Blending inspiration with practical how-to's, Rural Renaissance captures the American dream of country living for contemporary times. Journey with the authors and experience their lessons, laughter and love for the land as they trade the urban concrete maze for a five-acre organic farm and bed and breakfast in southwestern Wisconsin. Rural living today is a lot more than farming. It's about a creative, nature-based and more self-sufficient lifestyle that combines a love of squash, solar energy, skinny dipping and serendipity...
Among the many topics explored in Rural Renaissance include:
- .right livelihood. and the good life
- organic gardening and permaculture
- renewable energy and energy conservation
- wholesome organic food, safe water and a natural home
- simplicity, frugality and freedom
- green design and recycled materials
- community, friends and raising a family
- independence and interdependence
- wildlife conservation and land stewardship.
An authentic tale of a couple whose pioneering spirit and connection to the land reaches out to both the local and global community to make their dream come true, Rural Renaissance will appeal to a wide range of Cultural Creatives, free agents, conservation entrepreneurs and both arm-chair and real-life homesteaders regardless of where they live.
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This is a good starting point for beginning your own journey back to the land, in that you must get your head in the right place to be able to walk the walk, so to speak. The authors give plenty of resources for further investigation of particular topics.
A great book for someone seeking a simpler eco friendly way of life by starting a "mindful" business. Great advice and strategies for success.