Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Tuesday 2 September 2008

The three books that changed my life for better (or greener)

On the INEBG forum there is currently an interesting thread asking which 3 books did the above.

Hmm 3 Books...have been thinking about this and 3 is REALLY hard !

But of all the books in my top 10...these are the formative 3..and interestingly I read them at quite a young age!

Complete Guide to Self Sufficiency
John Seymour

Read it when I was about 8 or so...my Dad and Mum had a copy and we used to refer to it A LOT on our smallholding. Nuff said I think!

Silent Spring Rachel Carson.

Read it when I was about 12 or 13? Scared the carp out of me..I could see it all happening around me and I KNEW there had to be a better way of farming/ growing food than this.

Lark Rise to Candleford. Flora Thompson

I read this when I was about 8 or 9...and I kept coming back to it over the years , wondering WHY we were no longer so connected to the land and our locality. It also contains some pretty good description of a lot of things which are quite useful Not an eco book as such, but a hugely influential one on me.

I will also add Heat ( George Monbiot) Shopped ( Joanna Blythman) Fast Food Nation (Eric Schlosser) Global Warming: The Complete Briefing (John Houghton) Not on the Label (Felicity Lawrence) The Great Food Gamble (John Humphrys)

oh and DEFINATELY Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (Barbara Kingsolver) Its a brilliant book!

If i hadn't already had my life changed I would have it in my top 3 I think!


  1. I must get the book Animal Vegetable Miracle. Only ten minutes before reading this I noted it down on my notepad because Lyn had mentioned it in the comments on the Down to Earth blog.


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