- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Green Books; First edition (6 Nov. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1900322285
- ISBN-13: 978-1900322287
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Surviving and Thriving on the Land: How to use your time and energy to run a successful smallholding: How to Use Your Spare Time and Energy to Run a Successful Smallholding Paperback – 6 Nov 2008
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This book is a virtual tour of the world of contemporary smallholding. The conclusions which emerge are gold-dust for prospective and actual smallholders, while for the rest of us the book is a fascinating insight to a way of life which will become increasingly important in the future. --Patrick Whitefield, author of The Earth Care Manual and How to Make a Forest Garden
An invaluable and inspiring guide to anyone who seeks to return to their hard-working roots. A rich resource upon which to reflect. Henry Thoreau would have been proud of the analysis. --James Crowden, author of Ciderland and In Time of Flood
From the Back Cover
It's a dream come true when you finally get a piece of land or join an eco-community, and start to plan your sustainable land-based enterprise. But all too often the dream is spoiled by lack of money, stress, exhaustion and poor time management, and your work and future plans can dissolve into discord, illness and poverty. Rebecca covers questions such as:
- How do you balance work and leisure on a smallholding?
- How do you cope with children whilst working on the land?
- What makes a successful land-based community tick?
- What happens when you get old?
Surviving and Thriving on the Land looks at ways in which projects can be designed that care for the people involved in them as well as the earth that they are trying to protect. If land-based ecological projects are to offer a realistic solution to the problems we face in the 21st century, they must be sustainable in terms of human energy. This book offers a framework, backed up by real-life examples, of issues to consider when setting up a new project, or for overcoming human-energy-based problems in existing projects.
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Top Customer Reviews
She looks not just at the practicalities of how to make a living using low input techniques but equally, if not much more importantly, she looks at the stresses, issues, and of course happiness that working in such a way places on individuals, relationships, communities, kids and looks at the different stages in life and what that means in this context.
Following extensive visits and corespondence with low carbon projects in the UK and France she draws up some very interesting examples and ideas.
A 'must' read for anyone looking to change their life-style. There's much more to a low carbon lifestyle than solar panels and vegetable patches.
Rebecca's book helps you look at the wider human issues involved. Wish I ahd read it before we made the leap, it would have helped us address so many of the issues we didn't even think about.
The book is packed with information. She has put a great deal of time into gathering the primary research that fills most of this book; asking the sorts of questions of existing small holders that I would have wanted to ask. The secondary research, facts about peak oil and how productive small scale food production can be are really useful too.
It's well structured & the research seems very good / thorough.
However, I'd have to say that the book is more of an academic thesis, comparing & contrasting the styles & methods of existing land-working communities (I wouldn't be surprised if this book was an evolution of the author's Masters degree dissertation), than a practical 'how to' type book.
Well worth a read though, as it might help raise issues you hadn't considered; but don't expect a template to follow in order to find happiness working the land.
But then how could you, as everyone is different and will find happiness in different ways!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its ok! Long winded and full of jargon rather than good ideas.Published on 13 Aug. 2014 by Tom Bombadil
It wasn't either.
It isn't entertaining as a read - it reads like a thesis.
So then you expect it to be useful, with lots of useful hints and tips pikced up... Read more
This is a well-researched, thoughtful and extremely readable book. There are many books around looking at the practicalities of smallholding, self-sufficiency, down sizing or... Read morePublished on 16 May 2010 by S. Cleeve
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