Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster

Brad Lancaster: Public Talk & Book Signing: Integrated Local Harvests, August 16, 2013 — Sedalia CO

August 16, 2013

Brad will give a public talk and have his new Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1, 2nd edition, on hand to sell & sign.

Volume 1 e2 Cover.inddWhere:
Woodbine Ecology Center, Sedalia CO

Friday evening, August 16, 2013
Time TBA

More details to come…

The Talk:
Integrated Local Harvests:
Simple and Effective Ways to Enhance the Abundance of Your Home, Community, and the Larger World

This dynamic presentation shares patterns and strategies to harvest, integrate, and enhance free local resources—such as rain-, grey-, and stormwaters; sun, wind, and shade; and soil fertility, wild foods, and community fun—in a way that generates far more potential than the sum of their parts. Scarcity is re-visioned into abundance simply through creative cycling and utilization of what is already at hand. Costly and consuming habits and infrastructure, disconnected from their surroundings, are reoriented and reconnected to maximize enriching opportunities.

You’ll see many examples of such transformation, including how once-dying wetlands and creek flows are being regenerated with simple hand-built structures made of on-site materials; how ancient sun- and shade-harvesting sites are informing passively heated, cooled, and powered modern homes and retrofits; and how once-blighted, overheated neighborhood streets are being rejuvenated into thriving greenbelts of water, people, wildlife, art, food, and celebration by planting once-drained stormwater, seed, and yard prunings.

This talk is both an invitation for you to engage and partner with your natural surroundings and community, and a treasure map showing you the way—by planting the rain, dancing with the sun, growing shade, feeding the soil, sailing with the wind, and living as one of your community’s inspirational sparks!

The Book:
Turn water scarcity into water abundance! Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1, 2nd Edition, is the best-selling, award-winning guide on how to conceptualize, design, and implement sustainable water-, sun-, wind-, and shade-harvesting systems for your home, landscape, and community. This book enables you to assess your on-site resources, gives you a diverse array of strategies to maximize their potential, and empowers you with guiding principles to create an integrated, multi-functional plan specific to your site and needs.

Clearly written with more than 280 illustrations, this volume helps bring your site to life; reduce your cost of living; endow you with skills of self-reliance; and create community-building, living, air-conditioning vegetation that grows beauty, food, and wildlife habitat. Stories of people who are successfully welcoming rain, sun, wind, and shade into their life and landscape will invite you to do the same!

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