Brad Lancaster lives what he preaches and Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Volume 2 is just as useful as volume 1 is, but has a more detailed focus on water harvesting earthworks.
This is a practical guide to all those tropical Oasis that once existed along the silk road between Europe and China thousands of years ago before Rome destroyed Carthage.
In this self-contained rainwater harvesting manual, you can learn to cultivate your own plot of unproductive piece of Sonora Desert into something similar to those of the Mediterranean 1001 Arabian Nights. Passive low-tech water harvesting that is historically proven to with Mother Natures own purifying process.
So what exactly are water harvesting earthworks? Well, if you read his first volume on rainwater harvesting for drylands you already know, but for those of you looking to get straight to it; water harvesting earthworks are about using the land in favor of natures water cycles to capture clean rainwater in favor of local indigenous plants as well as sustainable land management practices that are agriculturally more environmentally friendly.
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Volume 2 builds on the basic do-it-yourself landscaping architecture for homesteaders and landowners interested in a more sustainable living with more detailed how-to information and a plethora of varying earthworks, uses of mulch, vegetation, greywater recycling and the overall customization that fits your particular site.
The four factors that put this volume apart from the other two in this series are Earthworks, Mulch, Vegetation and Greywater Recycling.
Of course volume 2 wouldnt be complete if it didnt review the basics that were well developed fully in details in volume one, such as a more holistic planning, guiding principles, and a range of strategies that will help you assess your water harvesting potential, but here, the emphasis is on recovering drylands through more creative earthworks.
Developing desert and drylands into useful, sustainable green areas, is a way for us human beings to steward the earth through our own lands and Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Volume 2 takes us closer to working smarter, not harder.
This volume two of a three part series helps people take responsibility for their own communitys food production, stimulating locally what should happen globally; true sustainability and stewardship.
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Volume 2 is a 336-page paperback written by Brad Lancaster, published by Chelsea Green and does what the author has been doing for years; it teaches through real life stories, how to take back the desert for a more sustainable tomorrow through water harvesting earthworks that cost nothing yet replenish everything the way the Earth intended, lending each creature their role.
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands Volume 2 is not merely a comprehensive do-it-yourself guide to water harvesting earthworks for more sustainable living in uninhabitable desert-like conditions; it is also an integral part of the path to universal stewardship of space-station earth.
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands – Volume #1 Interview with Brad Lancaster.