Writings

Sharon February 15th, 2008

BOOKS

I am the author of

Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front from New Society Publishers, 2008. 

I focus on how families can adapt to climate change, financial crisis and peak energy, with an emphasis upon finding ways to keep a high quality of life while using radically less energy. The book suggests that we should focus our adaptive energies towards the things we’ve always cared most about – education, health care, food security and giving future generations a real future.

Read reviews here: http://www.storycirclebookreviews.org/reviews/depletion.shtml and here: http://carolynbaker.net/site/content/view/791/1/.

 The book can be purchased from New Society Publishing here: http://www.newsociety.com/bookid/4015

A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil, written with Aaron Newton, New Society Publishersm, Spring 2009.

 Our present agricultural system depends on heavy inputs of increasingly expensive and scarce fossil fuels, and is exacerbating our current world food crisis, and the ongoing climate crisis.  Hunger is on a rapid rise both in the US and in the world – despite record harvests.  What happens when we run up against real shortfalls?  We are facing a world food crisis of a kind we’ve never seen before.

We need an agriculture that restores and regenerates, rather than depletes and destroys.  We need a food system that is secure, rather than unstable.  We need food that nourishes and sustains, rather than food that makes  us sick.  And to get these things, we need ordinary people to participate in the production and processing of their food in ways that we’ve lost.  This is a call for 100 millon new farmers and gardeners, and 200 million Americans to make their way back to the kitchen!   We explore the possibility – and urgent necessity of creating a truly sustainable food system that nurtures our democracy.  There is a short excerpt here: http://henandharvest.com/?p=166

Independence Days focuses on food preservation and storage as an essential tool both for enabling local food systems, and also as an urgently necessary project in the face of a growing hunger crisis that threatens all of us.  Reclaming the most basic of all human activities – self-provisioning – is both empowering and enriching. 

The book explores ways to fill your pantry, save money, save time on trips to the store, reduce energy consumption and have a good time doing it.  It tackles the vexed question of how to get started on storing a reserve of food, and walks folks through all those skills our Grandmothers and we so desperately need – canning, dehydrating, lactofermentation, root cellaring, salting, etc…  from New Society Publishers, Fall 200

This blog focuses on food, farm and family activities – I also maintain another blog over at Science Blogs www.scienceblogs.com/casaubonsbook.

What am I writing now?  Besides multiple blogs, I’m working on two new books. The first is about what I’ve called “Adapting-in-Place” – the very basic presumption that most of us are not going to respond to our energy and climate crisis by building the perfect straw bale home and putting a 20K solar system on our roofs.  More realistically most of us are going to be doing the best we can to reduce our consumption and live a good and full and rich life with a lot less.  Adapting in place begins from the assumption that we will be working with the resources we have accumulated, in the places we already are or shortly will choose, with the imperfect people we love and in the ordinary communities we already participate in.

I explore ways to do this, not as second best, but as our fundamental project – to make a good life with a lot less.  The book explores everything from home insulation to education of children, how to get around, how to get along without a job and a whole host of other necessary skills.  The book will be forthcoming from New Society in Fall, 2011.

I’m also beginning a Young Adult novel of a family navigating a world getting warmer and poorer and more depleted.  More on that as things come to light!

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