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Building a Multi-Use Barn

By John D. Wagner (1994, Williamson Publishing, P.O. Box 185, Charlotte, VT 05445 USA) This complete how-to book contains step by step instructions for constructing a 24 foot X 30 foot barn. Every aspect of the job is covered, from preparing the site and pouring the foundation to framing, roof construction, siding, wiring, plumbing and interior finishing. The flexible design in this book can be used (as the title suggests) for a number of different purposes. Variations in the one-and-a-half storey design can transform the barn into a home office, studio space, workshop, greenhouse or guest cabin. Attention is given in Wagner's barn design to sustainable building techniques, passive solar building orientation, and the possibilities for using scrounged or recycled materials. Detailed construction plans, and over 300 close-up illustrations and photographs supplement the practical, readable text. As well as worksheets and sidebars in each chapter to help figure out building permits and estimate the total construction costs, the book contains a sizable resource section. Scattered throughout the book, Wagner also shares practical building tips and suggestions, which are useful for beginner or experienced builders. Reviewed by Ken Shorely

 

Just Weeds - History, Myths and Uses

By Pamela Jones (1994, Chapters Publishing; distributed by Firefly Books, 250 Sparks Ave., Willowdale ON M2H 2S4 Canada) To Pamela Jones, the wild plants we call weeds - far from being the scourges of the garden - are among nature's most generous, useful gifts. Just Weeds covers 30 of the most common wild plants in North America. It describes their botanical and everyday names, recognizable features, habitat, history, myths and practical applications. Conversational in tone and illustrated with full-colour illustrations, the book is packed with information of interest to any gardener who has ever wrestled with plantain or tried to eliminate dandelions from a lawn. So turn your resentment and contempt for weeds into curiosity and appreciation. Also included are an appendix on traditional herbal folk remedies, a glossary of medical terms and herbal preparations, a bibliography and a useful index.

 

International Journal of Ecoforestry

The practices, Science and Philosophies of Ecologically Responsible Forest Use

IJE will cover all dimensions in human activities of ecologically responsible forest use: scientific, practical, economic, legal, valuational, cultural, and spiritual. As our first issue demonstrates, we will bring together authors who represent an approach to forests informed by ancient wisdom and based on new ecological paradigms and values. IJE will present focuses on low impact systems for removing trees from forests, and on alternative ways of using forests with minimal intrusions. Information from practitioners around the world will be shared. Policy matters will be discussed. To subscribe contact: IJE, Box 5885, Stn. B, Victoria, BC V8R 6S8 (604) 598-2363 or fax (604) 598-2365.

 

"From the Ground Up," a 30-minute educational video and teachers' guide, is $85 from Green & Growing, 507-63 Albert Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1G4; (204) 957-1092. "Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture: A Bibliography," SRB 94-13, is available from Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, National Agricultural Library, 10301 Baltimore Blvd., Beltsville, MD 20705-2351. 1994 National Organic Directory is $34.95 plus $5 shipping (plus $2.60 sales tax for California residents) from Community Alliance with Family Farmers, P.O. Box 464, Davis, CA 95617; (916) 756-8518 or (800) 852-3832.

 

Agricultural Ethics: Issues for the 21st Century. Edited by Peter G. Hartel, Kathryn Paxton George and James Vorst. 70 pp., 1994. Order from ASA, CSSA, SSSA Headquarters Office, Book Order Department, 677 South Segoe Road, Madison, WI 53711-1086 USA. $21 softcover. The Future Use of Conservation Reserve Program Acres: A National Survey of Farm Owners and Operators. 47 pp., 1994. Soil and Water Conservation Society, 7515 NE Ankeny Road, Ankeny, IA 50021; phone 1-800-THE-SOIL. $19.50 softbound.

 

Soil Ecology by Ken Killham, 242 pp., 1994. Cambridge University Press, 40 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011-4211. $64.95 hardbound, $24.95 softbound.

 

Wind Erosion Control in Winsconsin. Including 1993 Conservation Tillage on Irrigated Vegetable Crops Report. Prepared by the Central Sands Wind Erosion Control Project. 30 pp., 1994. Central Sands Wind Erosion Control Project and Golden Sands RC & D, 1516 Church Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481.

 

The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog. Howard Rheingold, ed. A catalog of products, tools, and ideas for the 21st Century. Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, PO Box 38, Sausalito, CA 94966. $30 for U.S. orders.

 

Managing Agricultural Residues. Paul W. Unger, ed. 464 pp., 1994. Available through Lewis Publishers, 2000 Corporate Blvd., N.W., Boca Raton, FL 33431. $139.95.

 

Pesticides in Drinking Water. By David I. Gustafson. 240 pp., 1994. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 115 Fifth Avenuek, New York, NY 10003. $59.95 hardbound.

 

 

 

 

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