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."
The nation's 275,000 community college instructors teach over 5,500,000 students, or over one-third of "all" college students in the US. However, community colleges and their instructors have received little attention in either the academic or popular press. This book presents the results of an unprecedented national study of the community college professoriate. It offers insights into a wide variety of their attitudes and practices, and includes chapters on such crucial topics as instruction, satisfaction, professional involvement, and the use of reference groups. In addition, it provides a unique longitudinal perspective on community college faculty by updating a major study of the professoriate conducted in the 1970s. The book debunks some popular myths regarding community college faculty, such as notions that collaborative teaching and in-class technology have become more prevalent. In addition, it offers a portrait of the professoriate as increasingly diverse, as well as increasingly fragmented. The book concludes with practical recommendations for administrators and faculty interested in improving the quality of faculty lives, and faculty practice, at their institutions.
"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?"
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