Backyard Skills Primer Booklets Available Now!

The Ecology Center is excited to offer the first edition in a series of booklets entitled Backyard Skills Primers, available now inside our general store, Tools for Change. Check 'em out!

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  • Each book in the Backyard Skills Primer series is filled with resources to inspire positive ecological action!

    Each book in the Backyard Skills Primer series is filled with resources to inspire positive ecological action!

  • Backyard Skills Primer, Vol. 1 / Container Gardening

    Backyard Skills Primer, Vol. 1 / Container Gardening

  • Backyard Skills Primer, Vol. 2 / Rainwater Harvesting

    Backyard Skills Primer, Vol. 2 / Rainwater Harvesting

  • Backyard Skills Primer, Vol. 3 / Bicycle Care

    Backyard Skills Primer, Vol. 3 / Bicycle Care

  • Backyard Skills Primer, Vol. 4 / Backyard Chickens

    Backyard Skills Primer, Vol. 4 / Backyard Chickens

  • Backyard Skills Primer, Vol. 5 / Preservation & Pickling

    Backyard Skills Primer, Vol. 5 / Preservation & Pickling

Each of these 5" x 7.5" booklets explores a different area of focus including food, water, waste, shelter and energy. Inside each is 35-50 pages of information, tools, resources, how-to instructions, helpful tips, colorful graphics and photographs that we hope will start you on your way toward a more ecologically-aware and sustainable lifestyle. With this knowledge, we can make the right changes that will positively affect our environment on the local and global level.

It starts here! Whether planting your backyard bounty, harvesting every drop of rain on your property, introducing backyard chickens to manage waste, preserving the cabbage harvest through lacto-fermentation or understanding the basics of bicycle maintenance, each of these booklets features positive ecological actions that elevate the health of our home and community.

A Backyard Skills Primer published by The Ecology Center including...

Vol. 01 / Container Gardening Basics with information on starting your garden, choosing what to plant, seasonal planting charts, planting your garden, and projects like how to build a vegetable box and make a self-irrigating planter.

Vol. 02 / Rainwater Harvesting Basics with projects like how to make a water level and build a rain barrel, and how to incorporate passive water collection, earthworks, and rainwater collection into your home and community.

Vol. 03 / Bicycle Care Basics including helpful hints on preparing for a trip, bicycle ergonomics, emergency repairs, performing preventative maintenance and projects like how to repair a broken spoke and flat tire.

Vol. 04 / Backyard Chicken Basics with information on ethical chicken husbandry, keeping your chickens healthy, and projects like how to make a chick brooder and make your own feed.

Vol. 05 / Preserving & Pickling Basics with information on the importance of preserving food, and projects like how to make berry jam, can tomatoes, dry and freeze various food, make sauerkraut and more.

Visit Tools for Change, our general store and purchase one or all five booklets today! $7/each or $25/full series. But this is only the beginning. The next step is to inspire your friends and family to take action just like you. Let them know how you are part of the solution. And, tell us as well!

 

This edition of Backyard Skills Primers is generously funded by SAPPI Fine Papers “Ideas That Matter”

The Backyard Skills Primer booklets were curated by Evan Marks, designed by David Rager, and written by authors Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne of Root Simple.

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