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Green Wizardry: Conservation, Solar Power, Organic Gardening etc by John Michael Greer

 
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Summary

Merlin, Gandalf, Voldemort - these well-known sorcerers from popular culture are famed for their amazing spells and spectacular magical powers. In ancient times however, a wizard was actually a freelance intellectual whose main stock in trade was good advice, supported by a thorough education in agriculture, navigation, political and military science, languages, commerce, mathematics, medicine, and the natural sciences - in essence, the true Renaissance man.

Greer proposes a modern mage for uncertain times; one who possesses a startling array of practical skills gleaned from the appropriate tech and organic gardening movements forged in the energy crisis of the 1970s. From the basic concepts of ecology to a plethora of practical techniques such as composting, green manure, low-tech food preservation and storage, small-scale chicken and rabbit raising, solar water heating, alternative energy sources, and more; Green Wizardry is a comprehensive manual for today's wizard-in-training.

Providing a solid practical introduction to the entire appropriate tech toolkit, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned about decreasing our dependence on an overloaded industrial system and, in a world of serious energy shortages and economic troubles, making life a great deal less traumatic and more livable.

From the back cover

In ancient times, a wizard was a specialist in unfamiliar knowledge – basically a freelance intellectual. Rather than magical powers, his main stock in trade was good advice supported by a thorough, well-rounded, practical education— in essence, the true Renaissance man. In Green Wizardry, Greer proposes a modern mage for uncertain times; one who possesses a startling array of skills gleaned from the appropriate tech and organic gardening movements forged in the energy crisis of the 1970s.

From the basic concepts of ecology to a plethora of practical techniques -- such as composting, green manure, low-tech food preservation and storage, small-scale chicken and rabbit raising, solar water heating, alternative energy sources, home-scale energy conservation and more -- Green Wizardry is a comprehensive manual for today’s wizard-in-training. Providing a solid practical introduction to the entire appropriate tech toolkit, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned about decreasing our dependence on an overloaded industrial system and, in a world of serious energy shortages and economic troubles, making life a great deal less traumatic and more livable.

Wanted: real wizards. Must be capable of guiding their communities through difficult times by exercising practical skills and applying down-to-earth knowledge of how things work… A magical career awaits you. -- Richard Heinberg, author, The End of Growth

John Michael Greer is a scholar of ecological history and an internationally renowned Peak Oil theorist whose blog, “The Archdruid Report,” has become one of the most widely cited online resources dealing with the future of industrial society. He is the author of more than 30 books including The Wealth of Nature and The Long Descent.

Where to get it

Available direct from the publisher at New Society Publisher
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amazon.co.uk

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John Michael Greer is among my favorite authors. His blog series about Green Wizardry was highly influential on how I approach life and farming. I highly recommend Green Wizardry: Conservation, Solar Power, Organic Gardening etc.

 
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I consider you our resident permies Green Wizard, Joseph.

 
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Just because he is a druid and writes on spiritual, religious and political topics does not disqualify him from writing on practical, permies-relevant topics. He does make a point of separating spiritual topics and keeping them on his other blog, and could easily focus on just practical matters if brought in to discuss Green Wizardry.
 
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Glenn Herbert wrote:Just because he is a druid and writes on spiritual, religious and political topics does not disqualify him from writing on practical, permies-relevant topics. He does make a point of separating spiritual topics and keeping them on his other blog, and could easily focus on just practical matters if brought in to discuss Green Wizardry.



That is what is so impressive about Mr. Greer: while he has a spiritual side, he can be incredibly pragmatic and it shows in his writings.

On a more personal level, it was reading his blog that got me thinking about the 'predicament' (by his definition different from a problem; problems have solutions while predicaments just have to be accepted as they are) our species faces in the not-too distant future and, indirectly, led to my discovery of permaculture.
 
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