Homegardens are integrated tree crop animal production systems, often in small parcels of land surrounding homesteads, and primarily found in tropical environments. These agroforestry systems, developed and nurtured by farmers through generations of innovation and experiment, are often cited as the epitome of sustainability, yet have been long neglected by the scientific community. Today, however, these age-old systems are receiving increasing attention owing to their perceived potential to mitigate environmental problems such as loss of biodiversity and rising levels of atmospheric CO2, while providing significant economic gains, as well as food and nutritional security to their owners.
This multi-authored volume contains peer-reviewed chapters from the world s leading researchers and professionals in this topic. It summarizes the current state of knowledge on homegarden systems, with a view to using this knowledge as a basis for improving both homegardens and other similar multistrata agroforestry systems. The book is unique in its exclusive and global coverage of the subject, and constitutes a valuable reference material for students and researchers in the field of agroforestry."
"No.40 Norham Gardens, Oxford, is the home of Clare Mayfield, her two aged aunts and two lodgers. The house is a huge Victorian monstrosity, with rooms all full of old furniture, old papers, old clothes, memorabilia - it is like a living museum. Clare discovers in a junk room the vividly painted shield which her great-grandfather, an eminent anthropologist, had brought back from New Guinea. She becomes obsessed with its past and determined to find out more about its strange tribal origins. Dreams begin to haunt her - dreams of another country, another clture, another time, and of shadowy people whom she feels are watching her. Who are they, and what do they want?"
LISA ACOR LAUREL knows firsthand the necessity of letting go of relationships that aren't working-letting go and moving on to mystery, adventure, and fulfillment. In this memoir, she narrates her escape from an abusive relationship and how she found healing and self-discovery through her faith and trust in God.
"Love in the Gardens of Macantar" delivers a series of personal journal entries chronicling Laurel's journey from codependency, addiction, self-pity, and blame to a life of happiness, contentment, and taking responsibility for her actions. It captures her progress through one year of healing, and it sheds light on Laurel's inner-self, the great significance of her journey, and how she found her true passion in gardening.
Inspiring and uplifting, Laurel's testimony offers hope for a prosperous, productive, and fulfilling life after leaving an abusive relationship. Realizing that happiness is not a luxury, it is a responsibility, "Love in the Gardens of Macantar" shows there is a new beginning after the end.