OUR NATURAL HOME & SANCTUARY

We have divided our resources topics under four main subject headings Our Natural Home & Sanctuary
(aspects of design), Your Natural Home & Sanctuary (aspects of design), Building Topics and Related
Important Topics.
This was a somewhat arbitrary process as so many of the topics fit under two, if not
more, of the main subject headings.

Such is the nature of the interconnecting, interdependent systems that support life on planet Earth.

If your time permits make sure to check out the other resource subject headings.

Please note that these resource pages are not complete or comprehensive. The listings are samplings of
interesting internet sites and books to whet your interest and get you started if you aren’t already.

If you have suggestions for additional relevant listings drop us a line and let us know.

AGRICULTURE AND FOOD

Web Site on Agriculture and Food:

The must see movie Food Inc. web site:
http://www.foodincmovie.com/

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association:
http://www.mofga.net/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx

Wendell Berry’s book web site:
http://www.wendellberrybooks.com/

Kitchen Gardens from Scarborough Maine:
http://kitchengardeners.org/

The Land Institute.
http://www.landinstitute.org/

Stone Soup Institute, in Harpswell Maine!
http://stone-soup-institute.org/

The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/

Acres USA
http://www.acresusa.com/magazines/magazine.htm

Gene Logsdon’s “The Contrary Farmer” web site:
http://thecontraryfarmer.wordpress.com/

Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm (featured in Food Inc.):
http://www.polyfacefarms.com/

Frances Moore Lappes’ Small Planet Institute:
http://www.smallplanetinstitute.org/

Take a Bit Out of Climate Change:
http://www.takeabite.cc/

Food Democracy Now, fighting for family farms and safe non-GMO food:
http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/

US Bio-Char Initiative
http://www.biochar-us.org/index.html

Further Reading on Food and Agriculture:

The Omnivores Dilemma
By Michael Pollen
http://michaelpollan.com/books/the-omnivores-dilemma/

and

http://www.amazon.com/Omnivores-Dilemma-Natural-History-Meals/dp/0143038583/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328018491&sr=1-1

Secrets of the Soil: New Age Solutions For Restoring Our Plane
Peter Tompkins & Christopher Bird
http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Soil-Solutions-Restoring-Planet/dp/006091968X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321824146&sr=1-2

Secrets of the Soil: New Solutions for Restoring Our Planet
Peter Tompkins & Christopher Bird
http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Soil-Solutions-Restoring-Planet/dp/1890693243/ref=pd_sim_b_2

Depletion and Abundance: Live on the New Home Front or One Woman’s Solution to Finding
Abundance for Your Family while Coming to Terms with Peak Oil, Climate Change and Hard Times.
By Sharon Astyk
http://www.amazon.com/Depletion-Abundance-Life-Home-Front/dp/0865716145/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322412680&sr=1-1

Gaia’s Garden Second Edition: A Guide to Home Scale Permaculture
By Tobey Hemenway
http://www.amazon.com/Gaias-Garden-Second-Home-Scale-Permaculture/dp/1603580298/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326423332&sr=1-1

How to grow more vegetables (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops) than you
ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine.

By John Jeavons.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_12?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=how+to+grow+more+vegetables&sprefix=how+to+grow+

Consulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture.
By Wes Jackson
http://www.amazon.com/Consulting-Genius-Place-Ecological-Agriculture/dp/1582437807/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322415266&sr=1-1

The Resilient Gardner: Food Production and Self Reliance in Uncertain Times
By Carol Deppe
http://www.amazon.com/Resilient-Gardener-Production-Self-Reliance-Uncertain/dp/160358031X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322415644&sr=1-1

Also Carol’s Web Page:
http://caroldeppe.com/

The Post Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook:Recipes for Changing Times
By Albert Bates
http://www.amazon.com/Post-Petroleum-Survival-Guide-Cookbook-Changing/dp/0865715688/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322422956&sr=1-1

The Wisdom of Small Farms and Local Food: Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic and Sustainable Agriculture
By John E. Carroll

Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You can Do About it.
Anna Lappe
http://www.amazon.com/Diet-Hot-Planet-Climate-Crisis/dp/1596916591

Holy Shit! Managing Manure to save Mankind.
By Gene Logsdon
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1603582517/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=contraryfarmer-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399349&creativeASIN=1603582517

Web Site for all of Joel Salatin’s books (too numerous to list)
http://www.polyfacefarms.com/books-dvds/

THE BLUE ECONOMY

Recently Gunter Pauli, founder of Ecover Corporation has written as book titled “The Blue Economy”.
The Blue Economy began as a project to find 100 of the best nature-inspired technologies that
could affect the economies of the world, while sustainably providing basic human needs - potable
water, food, jobs, and habitable shelter.

Though we have just learned of this book and are just getting familiar with the ideas, concepts and
principles it all looks to be very in sync with our way of thinking and doing. We look forward to finding
ways to incorporate these ideas to further our goals of “Big Picture” design to reduce and eventually
eliminate the negative impact homebuilding has on our planet’s biosphere by integrating the home
system with the larger biological system.

Web Pages about the Blue Economy:

http://www.community.blueeconomy.de/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1af08PSlaIs

http://www.zeri.org/ZERI/The_Blue_Economy.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB4tMTKabUY&feature=related

Further Reading on the Blue Economy:

http://www.paradigm-pubs.com/catalog/detail/BluEco

And

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Economy-10-Years-Innovations-Million/dp/0912111909

Climate Change, Global “Hotting” and Carbon Emissions

We are experiencing a dramatic and unprecedented change in our biosphere’s climate. Our climate
is, in all likelihood, THE most significant determinant of the livability of our planet’s life support system,
the biosphere. The kingpin change occurring in our climate is a significant increase in the concentration
of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.

The element carbon forms the backbone of biology for all of life on Earth. It readily combines and breaks
bonds with many, many other elements to form all sorts of compounds making life on planet Earth what it is.

The movement of carbon, in its many forms, between the biosphere, atmosphere, oceans and Earth's
crust is called the carbon cycle. Plants absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere during
photosynthesis and release oxygen (O2) during respiration. Animals breathe in O2 and breathe out CO2
.
All organisms release carbon and CO2 during decomposition or burning. This cycle is the primary way
the biosphere captures and utilizes solar energy coming into system from the sun.

This active carbon cycle, with CO2 being released into the atmosphere and reabsorbed by plants and
oceans has been balanced for millennia.

CO2 is the second most abundant Greenhouse Gas (GHG) in the atmosphere, right after water vapor. GHG
are fundamental components in the biosphere’s atmospheric system that make planet Earth a habitable
sanctuary for life as we know it. These gases trap and regulate solar radiation (energy) that keeps the surface
of the planet within the temperature ranges necessary for the biological processes (such as the active carbon
cycle) required to support life.

The amount and proportions of all the GHG in the atmospheric system is a delicate balance. That balance
is now fundamentally disrupted by this radical increase of the concentration of CO2. Since the beginning of
the industrial revolution approximately 200-300 years ago the concentration of CO2 has gone from 290 parts
per million (ppm) to the current level of 391.8 ppm. The CO2 level has been climbing in the last 10 years at a
rate of approximately 2 ppm every year. The current level is higher then seen in the geological record for at
least the last 800,000 years.

The primary driver of this run up of CO2 in the atmosphere is the burning of the “fossil fuels” coal, petroleum
and natural gas. Fossil fuels are huge reservoirs of highly concentrated carbon that where deposited in the
earths crust 10’s of millions of years ago. These fossil fuel deposits are the result of the decomposition of plants
and animals (biomass) in the absence of oxygen. The carbon compounds from these organisms are the result of
very ancient carbon cycles that captured (and stored) very ancient solar energy.

This storage of ancient biomass is called the inactive carbon cycle.

When the carbon from this inactive carbon cycle is burned today in coal, oil or gas fired power planets or as
gas and diesel in vehicles it combines with oxygen to form CO2. This additional CO2 in the atmosphere derived
from ancient solar energy is trapping more and more current solar energy creating the condition we know as
Global Warming (or Global Hotting as Francis Moore Lappe’ has more appropriately termed the situation) which
is causing the noticeable and profound Climate Change of today.

Web Sites with more information on Climate Change:

Dr. Jeff Masters’ Wunderblog from wunderground.com
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/article.html

Dr. Jeff Masters’ weather underground web site
http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/hdfForecast?query=04079

350.org, Started by Bill McKibben who wrote “The End of Nature” 22 years ago warning about Climate Change.
http://www.350.org/

Bill McKibben’s web site:
http://www.billmckibben.com/eaarth/index.html

Current CO2 Level measured by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):
http://co2now.org/

Wikipedia Entry on Greenhouse Gases:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenhouse_gas

Carbon Footprint Definition and Information from Time for Change Web Site:
http://timeforchange.org/what-is-a-carbon-footprint-definition

US Bio-Char Initiative’s Short Explanation of the Carbon Cycle and Climate Change:
http://www.biochar-us.org/climate%20change.html

Ross Gelbspan’s (Boston Globe columnist) site a very hard hitting web Page:
http://www.heatisonline.org/main.cfm

Transition Town Network Site:
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/

Brunswick’s Transition Town site:
http://www.meetup.com/Merrymeeting-Permaculture-Transition/boards/?returnUri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.meetup.com%2FTransition-Town-Brunswick%2Fboards%2Fview%2Fviewthread

Dr. James Hanson site:
http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/

Joe Romm’s Climate Progress:
http://thinkprogress.org/romm/issue/?m=20111127

An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Global warming Impacts:
How We Know Inaction is the Gravest Threat Humanity Faces:

http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/09/28/330109/science-of-global-warming-impacts/

Climate Change Denial Debunking:
http://climatecrocks.com/

Skeptical Science addresses Climate Change/Global Warming skepticism:
http://www.skepticalscience.com/

The Climate Hub from “Down Under”:
http://www.theclimatehub.com/

Take a Bite Out of Climate Change:
http://www.takeabite.cc/

The Climate Hot Map from the Union of Concerned Scientist:
http://www.climatehotmap.org/

Architecture 2030.org on why buildings are significant contributors to climate change:
http://architecture2030.org/the_problem/buildings_problem_why

Architecture 2030.org on how changing the way we build and renovate can be part of the solution:
http://architecture2030.org/the_solution/buildings_solution_how

Further Reading on Climate Change:

Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity.
By Dr. James Hanson
http://www.amazon.com/Storms-My-Grandchildren-Catastrophe-Humanity/dp/1608195023/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328021013&sr=1-1

The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a
Climate-Changed Planet
by Dr. Heidi Cullen
http://www.amazon.com/Weather-Future-Extreme-Storms-Climate-Changed/dp/0061726885

Ignition: What You Can Do to Fight Global Warming and Spark a Movement
Editors; Jonathan Isham and Sissel Waage with introduction by Bill McKibben
http://www.amazon.com/Ignition-Fight-Global-Warming-Movement/dp/1597261564

The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience.
By Rob Hopkins
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1900322188/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=4841831487&ref=pd_sl_71lcbzfqm6_b

A Buddhist Response to The Climate Emergency
Editors; John Stanley, David R. Loy and Gyurme Dorje
http://www.amazon.com/Buddhist-Response-Climate-Emergency/dp/0861716051

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
By Bill McKibben
http://www.amazon.com/Eaarth-Making-Life-Tough-Planet/dp/0805090568

Earth: The Sequel
By Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn
http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=earth%2C+the+sequel&tag=googhydr-20&index=stripbooks&hvadid=7076414591&ref=pd_sl_g7c2zqola_e


Buddha at the Apocalypse: Awakening From a Culture of Destruction
Kurt Spellmeyer
http://www.amazon.com/Buddha-Apocalypse-Awakening-Culture-Destruction/dp/0861715829/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321825445&sr=1-1

Depletion and Abundance: Live on the New Home Front or One Woman’s Solution to Finding
Abundance for Your Family while Coming to Terms with Peak Oil, Climate Change and Hard Times.

By Sharon Astyk
http://www.amazon.com/Depletion-Abundance-Life-Home-Front/dp/0865716145/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322412680&sr=1-1

Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You can Do About it.
Anna Lappe
http://www.amazon.com/Diet-Hot-Planet-Climate-Crisis/dp/1596916591

PEAK ENERGY/OIL

The understanding of Peak Oil was first articulated by M. King Hubbert. Based on his research as a highly
respected oil geologist, he presented a paper to the 1956 meeting of the American Petroleum Institute in San
Antonio, Texas, which predicted that overall petroleum would peak in the United States between the late 1960s
and the early 1970s.

At first his prediction received much criticism, for the most part because many other predictions of oil capacity
had been made over the preceding half century, but these had been based purely on reserve and production data
rather than past discovery trends, and had proven false.

Hubbert became famous when this prediction proved correct in 1970.

We now are coming to grips with the understanding that all forms of “banked ancient carbon energy”, oil, natural
gas and coal are limited resources that will all increase in price and hence decrease in availability as reserves
are depleted.

Web Sites concerning Peak Energy/Oil:

Post Carbon Institute:
http://www.postcarbon.org

Energy Bulletin:
http://www.energybulletin.net/

Albert Bates web page:
http://www.thegreatchange.com/

The Oil Drum:
http://www.theoildrum.com/

The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas:
http://www.peakoil.net/

Peak Oil:
http://peakoil.com/

This is a series of THE MOST important collection of videos you will ever watch. Entitled, Arithmetic, Population
and Energy
, Albert A. Bartlett, Professor Emeritus, Department of Physic, University of Colorado, Boulder talks
about the fundamental importance of the Exponential Function and how humans fail to understand its significance.
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=6A1FD147A45EF50D

Further Reading on Peak Energy/Oil:

Depletion and Abundance: Live on the New Home Front or One Woman’s Solution to Finding Abundance for
Your Family while Coming to Terms with Peak Oil, Climate Change and Hard Times.

By Sharon Astyk
http://www.amazon.com/Depletion-Abundance-Life-Home-Front/dp/0865716145/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322412680&sr=1-1

Energy Autonomy: The Economic, Social and Technological Case for Renewable Energy
By Hermann Scheer
http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Autonomy-Economic-Technological-Renewable/dp/1844073556/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322413708&sr=1-1

The Post Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook:Recipes for Changing Times
By Albert Bates
http://www.amazon.com/Post-Petroleum-Survival-Guide-Cookbook-Changing/dp/0865715688/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322422956&sr=1-1

This 1976 publication is a classic. Ultimately, Blair emphasizes the need for developing alternate energy
sources in the future. A timeless comprehensive study done by an expert, published at the time of the
so-called "oil crisis" of the mid-1970’s; unmasking the oil industry's politics, economics and technical aspects.
Top priority for any well informed person, in order to know, how the "free" market has been circumvented by the
best kept secret conspiracy of all times, between major producers and giant distributors at the expense of
domestic and foreign consumers.

The Control of Oil
By John Blair
http://www.amazon.com/control-oil-John-Malcolm-Blair/dp/0394725328

SYSTEMS THEORY

We take a “System Theory” approach to all levels of our design work. Systems theory, originally conceived
within a biological frame of reference, is a non linear, holistic way of conceptualizing how everything relates
and interacts within systems and subsystems; a framework to recognize that all the parts of any system
relate and interact with all other parts of the system and that in turn systems have subsystems and are
themselves subsystems of larger systems. An endless cycling of interaction.

So not only do we look at your home as a system with component subsystems such as plumbing, electrical,
framing, siding, windows, insulation, roofing, etc. we also look at your home as a subsystem of your property
and the landscaping around the structure and then your property as a subsystem of your community all the way
up to being a component of our planetary biosphere system that supports all life on our blue HOME Earth.

Systems function best when they are balanced, in equilibrium and harmony. Design decisions for your home
need to be made to further this goal from the house structure system all the way up to the planetary biosphere system.

Web Sites relating to or reflecting Systems Theory thinking: Natural Capitalism Institute.
http://www.natcap.org/

Further Reading on Systems Theory and Sustainable Design:

Thinking in Systems: A Primer
By Donella H. Meadows
http://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Systems-Donella-H-Meadows/dp/1603580557/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326660577&sr=1-1


The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability, 10th Anniversary Edition: Design for Sustainability
William McDonough & Michael Braungart
http://www.amazon.com/Hannover-Principles-Design-Sustainability-Anniversary/dp/1559636351

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
William McDonough & Michael Braungart
http://www.amazon.com/Cradle-Remaking-Way-Make-Things/dp/0865475873

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
Janine M. Benyus
http://www.amazon.com/Biomimicry-Innovation-Inspired-Janine-Benyus/dp
/0060533226/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b


The Ecology of Commerce Revised Edition: A Declaration of Sustainability
Paul Hawkins
http://www.amazon.com/Ecology-Commerce-Revised-Declaration-Sustainability
/dp/0061252794/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_c


Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

Paul Hawkins, Amory Lovins & L. Hunter Lovins
http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Capitalism-Creating-Industrial-Revolution/dp/B00008RWBH/ref=pd_sim_b_1

TRANSITION TOWN

Web Sites for Transition Towne

Transition Town Network Site:
http://www.transitionnetwork.org/

Brunswick’s Transition Town site:
http://www.meetup.com/Merrymeeting-Permaculture-transition/boards/?returnUri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.meetup.com%2FTransition-Town-Brunswick%2Fboards%2Fview%2Fviewthread

Further Reading on Transition Town:

The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience.
By Rob Hopkins
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1900322188/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=4841831487&ref=pd_sl_71lcbzfqm6_b

 


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