This inspirational, practical guide is essential for anyone considering a shift to a greener way of living. For needs inside and outside the home, Alan and Gill Bridgewater cover the ecological gamut, from geothermal heating to crop rotation to soap making. They answer important questions like how much land is really needed to be self-sufficint, whether or not to depend entirely on natural forms of energy, and which farm animals will best meet your needs. There’s practical information on building an insulated flue pipe chimney, identifying edible wild plants, and composting with worms-as well as recipes for jams, rhubarb wine, cheeses, and more. Three A to Z sections offer planting and harvesting instructions for vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Packed with helpful illustrations and diagrams, this guide will appeal to urban dwellers who want to adopt certain aspects of greener living and to serious adherents of back-to-basics living.