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A complete list of all publications created by the New Alchemy Institute from 1970-1991. Highlighted items are available for online reading and download.

BULLETINS   [ 1970 –1971 ]
  • Bulletin #1. The New Alchemy Institute. Fall 1970 – 12 pp.

Overview of NAI projects

  • Bulletin #2.   The New Alchemy Institute. Spring 1971.

“A Modest Proposal”;   Design for a Tropical Center


  • Shaping an Organic America. Sept 1971. Organic Gardener & Farmer   by John Todd
  • Designing a New Science. Oct 1971. Organic Gardener & Farmer   by John Todd
  • The Organic Gardener and Farmer as Scientist. Nov 1971. Organic Gardener & Farmer by John Todd
  • The 21st  Century Homestead. Dec 1971. Organic Gardener & Farmer by John Todd
  • The Farm Pond Revisited . Nov 1971   Organic Gardener & Farmer pp. 88-95   by Wm. McLarney.
  • Farm Pond Project Questionnaire. 14 pp. by Wm. McLarney
  • Instructions for the Readers’ Research Farm Pond Project. 20 pp. by Wm. McLarney
  • Back Yard Fish Farm Jan 1972. Organic Gardener & Farmer. pp. by John Todd & Wm. McLarney.
  • The Backyard Fish Farm Working Manual for 1973.
  • Instruction Supplement No. 1. 20 pp.   by Wm. McLarney
  • Why Not Carp? Feb 1972. Organic Gardener & Farmer. 76-81 pp.
  • Pond Construction ; First Step in Successful Aquaculture. April 1972. Organic Gardener & Farmer by Wm. McLarney
  • Insect Resistance in Vegetable Crops. Mar 1972. Organic Gardener & Farmer by John Todd & Richard Merrill.   9 pp.
  • Ecological Design in the Organic Garden : Companion Planting and Natural Repellents.
  • April 1972. Organic Gardener & Farmer 48-53 pp. by   Richard Merrill
  • Workbook for 1973 – Project #2 and Project #3. By Richard Merrill and Hilde Maingay 50 pp.
  • The Reader’s Research Program of 1973. April 1973.   Organic Gardener & Farmer by John Todd


  • Newsletter No. 1. The New Alchemists – Spring 1972 – New Alchemy East, Falmouth, MA

NAI East; Costa Rica; Culturing Aquatic Systems

  • Newsletter No. 2. The New Alchemists – Fall 1972

Aquaculture; Dome & Greenhouse Skin Designs; Water Purification

  • Newsletter No. 3 – Spring 1973 –  New Alchemy Institute West, Santa Barbara, CA

 Methane Digesters for Fuel Gas & Fertilizer, by L. Ron Fry & Richard Merrill



The Journal of the New Alchemists – Vol. 1, Published 1973  66 pp.

editor Nancy Jack Todd     (publ. New Alchemy Institute.)

  • “Wind Power” by Earle Barnhart
  • “A Windmill in India”   by Marcus Sherman
  • “Costa Rica – The Endangered Tropics” by John Todd
  • “Costa Rica – Restoration & Reconstruction in Costa Rica”   by John Todd


Journal of the New Alchemists – Vol. 2, Pub. 1974 134 pp.

editor Nancy Jack Todd     (publ. New Alchemy Institute.)

  •  “A Water Pumping Windmill That Works” by Marcus Sherman
  • “New Alchemy’s Ark” by Robert Angevine, Earle Barnhart & John Todd
  • “A Study of Twenty Varieties of Cabbages and Cabbage Worm Butterfly Pieris rapae” by Hilde Maingay
  • “Irrigation of Garden Vegetables with Fertile Fish Pond Water” by Wm. McLarney
  • “Waldon Two: A Compleat Guide to Backyard Fish Farming” by Wm. McLarney & John Todd (a working manual review of the previous 3 years of tilapia aquaculture research)


The Journal of the New Alchemists – Vol. 3, Published 1975  130 pp.

editor Nancy Jack Todd     (publ. New Alchemy Institute.).

  •  “The Trash Fish Cook Book” by Wm. McLarney & Bryce Butler
  • “An Advanced Sail-Wing for Water-Pumping Windmills “ by Earle Banhart
  • “Savonius Rotor” by Earle Barnhart
  • “An Ark for Prince Edward Island” by John Todd
  • “Further Experiments in the Irrigation of Garden Vegetables with Fertile Fish Pond Water” by Wm. McLarney
  • “The World in Miniature” by John Todd


The Journal of the New Alchemists- Vol. 4, Published 1976  152 pp.

editor Nancy Jack Todd     (publ. New Alchemy Institute.)

  • Opening the Arks” by Nancy Jack Todd
  • “Intensive Vegetable Production” by Hilde Maingay
  • “Fertile Fish Pond Water Irrigation Trials” by Susan Ervin
  • “The Saga of the Solar-Algae Ponds” by Ron Zweig
  • “Three Experiments with Semi-Enclosed Fish Culture Systems” by Ron Zweig
  • Cage Culture” by Wm. McLarney
  • “ Tomorrow is Our Permanent Address” by John Todd [bioshelter concepts & PEI Ark details ]
  • “Bioshelters as Organisms” by Ron Zweig
  • “Bioshelter Primer” by Earle Barnhart
  • “The Six-Pack : A Backyard Solar Greenhouse” by Laura Engstom


The Journal of the New Alchemists – Vol. 5, Published 1979   154 pp

editor Nancy Jack Todd     (publ. New Alchemy Institute.).

  • “Calculating Engines” by Albert Doolittle, Jr.
  • “On the Cryptic Phrase “Mathematical Modelling – John Wolfe
  • “ Costa Rica 1977” by Wm. McLarney
  • “The New Alchemy Sailwing – Earle Barnhart and Gary Hirshberg
  • “The Green Gulch Sailwing” by Tyrone Cashman
  • “Effects of Mulches” by Susan Ervin
  • A Study of the Energy Efficiency of Intensive Vegetable Production”  by Hilde Maingay
  • “Some Other Friends of the Earth” [earthworms]  by Jeffrey Parkin
  • “On the Feasibility of a Permanent Agricultural Landscape” by Earle Barnhart
  • Open System Fish Culture” by Wm.McLarney & Jeffrey Parkin
  • “Investigations of Semi-closed Aquatic Ecosystems” by Ron Zweig
  • “The Birth and Maturity of an Aquatic Ecosystem” by Ron Zweig
  • “Biotechnic Strategies in Bioshelters” by Earle Barnhart
  • “Soundings from the Cape Cod Ark” by Kathi Ryan
  • “Where Does All the Heat Go?” by Joe Seale   [ a computer model to calculate heat in the PEI Ark]


The Journal of the New Alchemists- Vol. 6, Published 1980   186 pp.

editor Nancy Jack Todd (publ Stephen Green Press, ISBN-8289-0367-0)

  • “Farm Saturdays and Beyond” by Nancy Jack Todd [ on-site education ]
  • “A Water-Pumping Windmill Primer” by Gary Hirshberg
  • “Further Experiments on the Effects of Mulches on Crop Yields and Soil Conditions” by Susan Ervin
  • “Tree Crops: Creating the Foundation of a Permanent Agriculture” by Earle Barnhart
  • “New Alchemy Tree Crop Research” by Paula Gifford & Earle Barnhart
  • “Cage Culture” by Wm. McLarney & Jeffrey Parkin
  • “Solar Aquaculture : Historical Overview” by Ron Zweig
  • “The Dome as Nursery” by Ron Zweig
  • Summary of Fish Culture Techniques in Solar-Algae Ponds” by John Wolfe & Ron Zweig
  • “Sunlight Patterns Without, Chemistry Patterns Within : the View from a Solar Algae Pond” by John Wolfe, Dave Engstrom, Ron Zweig
  • “The Energetics of Solar-Algae Pond Aquaculture” by John Wolfe
  • “From Our Experience : The First Three Years Aboard the Cape Cod Ark” by NAI staff and Solsearch Architects
  • Part 1 – The Cape Cod Ark : Its Rationale Revisited
  • Part 2 – Physical Description of the Ark
  • Part 3 – Critique of the Ark : …. After Three Winters of Ark Performance
  • Part 4 – Experiences with Some of the Ark’s Subcomponents
  • Solar Aquaculture Energetics and Its Contribution to the Ark Climate Condensation Cycles, Composting and Carbon Dioxide Production
  • Part 5 – Agriculture In the Ark   by Kathi Ryan and Colleen Armstrong
  • Part 6 – A Review of Aquaculture in the Ark   by Ron Zweig


The Journal of the New Alchemists- Vol. 7, Published 1981   178 pp

editor Nancy Jack Todd (publ Stephen Green Press, ISBN-8289-0406-0)

  • “New Alchemy and Ecodevelopment in Costa Rica” by Wm. McLarney
  • “A Report From the Tree People : Nitrogen-Fixing Trees & Shrubs”
  • “Tree Crops For Structural Materials”
  • “Weaving With Willow”
  • Alternatives to Commercial Feeds in the Diets of Cultured Fish” by Wm. McLarney & Jeffrey Parkin
  • “Defining & defying Limits to Solar-Algae Pond Fish Culture”   by Dave Engstrom, John Wolfe, and Ron Zweig
  • “Modelling Algal Growth and Decline in Solar-Algae Ponds” by Dave Engstrom & Ron Zweig
  • “Logging the Course of the Ark”
  • “Indoor Gardening” by Colleen Armstrong
  • “Controlling the Whitefly” by Colleen Armstrong
  • “ Toxic Materials in the Bioshelter Food Chains & Surrounding Ecosystems” by Dr. Han Tai, Colleen Armstrong, and John Todd
  • Modelling and Design of Future Bioshelters” by Joe Seale & John Wolfe
  • “The Village as Solar Ecology” by Nancy Jack Todd & John Todd
  • “Energy And Architecture”
  • “Solar village Principles & construction Ideas” by Malcolm Wells
  • “Soft-Energy Paths From Here To The Village” by Amory Lovins
  • A Dome Bioshelter as a Village Component” by J. Baldwin


  1. How to Build the New Alchemy Sailwing Windmill by Gary Hirshberg, Jay Baldwin, Joe Seale. 8 pp.
  2. How To Construct a Solar Algae Pond. by Carl Baum and Ron Zweig. 4 pp.
  3. Notes on Greenhouse Agricultural Management.   by Colleen Armstrong. 8 pp.
  4. The New Alchemy Institute Bibliography. 8 pp.
  5. Designing Sustainable Small Farms & Homesteads.     by John Quinney   12 pp.

( a reprint from Mother Earth News July/August 1984)

  1. Home-Scale Wastewater Treatment Systems. by Tad Montgomery. 23 pp.
  2. Controlling Aphids in the Greenhouse.   9 pp. Colleen Armstrong, Steven Chamay, Richard Heiman, Canstance Wiseman
  3. Nontoxic Insect Pest Management for the Garden.   23 pp. Pam Moran and Dave Simser.
  4. Toxins In the Home and Safe Alternatives. 22 pp. Maureen Mc Clelland
  5. Gypsy Moth Control


CALENDARS   [ 1975 – 1980 ]

1975 Luni-Solar Calendar [ year divided into 24 lunar periods], editor Susan Ervin

1977 The New Alchemy Calendar

1978 The New Alchemy Calendar for 1978,   editor Susan Ervin

1979 The New Alchemy Calendar for 1979 : The Year of the Child, editor Susan Ervin

1980 New Alchemy Institute, editors Susan Ervin & Christina Rawley


RESEARCH REPORTS   [ 1979 – 1995 ]

RESEARCH REPORT 1. An Economic Comparison of Four 10,000-Square-Foot Food-Producing Greenhouses for Cape Cod, Massachussets.   April 1986. 19 pp.  by Norm Marshall

RESEARCH REPORT 2. An Analysis of Costs and Returns in Conventional and Organic Vegetable Production. July 1986.   16 pp. by Kurt Teichert

RESEARCH REPORT 3. The Composting Greenhouse at New Alchemy Institute: A Report on Two Years of Operation and Monitoring. Nov 1986. 30 pp. by Bruce Fulford.

RESEARCH REPORT 4.     (not found)

RESEARCH REPORT 5. The Potential for Commercial Food-Producing Greenhouses in the Northeast : A Review of the Literature. March 1987. 19 pp. by Norm Marshall.

RESEARCH REPORT 6.   Report on a Survey of New England Organic Farms. June 1987. 22 pp. by Kurt Teichert & Debra Schulz.

RESEARCH REPORT 7. Laboratory and Field Application of Entomologenous Nematodes for Control of Insect Pest Species- Part One – Literature review. 1986. 19 pp. by Dave Simser.

RESEARCH REPORT 8.   Lab and Field Trials 1987: Nematodes

RESEARCH REPORT 9.   Lab and Field Trials 1989: Nematodes

RESEARCH REPORT 10. Cover Cropping and Green Manuring on Small Farms in New England and New York – An Informal Survey. July 1988. 27 pp. by Mark Schonbeck.

RESEARCH REPORT 11. Bigflower Vetch and Rye vs. Rye Alone as a Cover Crop for No-till Sweet Corn. 1995 12 pp. by Ralph DeGregorio, Mark Schonbeck, Joshua Levine, Guillermo Iranzo-Berrocal, and Heidi Hopkins. Published in Journal of Sustainable Agriculture. Vol. 5(4) 1995.

RESEARCH REPORT 12. A Preliminary Experiment on Covering Sweet Corn with Netting to Exclude Raccoon. 1995. by Ralph DeGregorio, Mark Schonbeck , Dave Simser, Susan Cady, et al. Sustainable Agriculture. Vol. 6(2/3). p 21-28.

RESEARCH REPORT 13. Winter Annual cover Crops for the Home Garden. 1995. by Mark Schonbeck , Ralph DeGregorio, & Peggy Elder. Sustainable Agriculture. Vol 6(2/3). p. 29-53.

RESEARCH REPORT 14.   Evaluation of a Paper Mulch Made from Recycled Materials as an Alternative to Plastic Film Mulchfor Vegetables. 1995. by Mark Schonbeck , Ralph DeGregorio, et al. Sustainable Agriculture. Vol. 7(1). p 39-61.

SOLAR AQUACULTURE : Perspectives in Renewable, Resource-Based Fish Production

A Report to the National Science Foundation (151 pp.) September 1981.

A final report summarizing all research & computer modelling of solar pond aquaculture up to June 1982.

Ron Zweig (co-principal investigator)                   Robert Angevine (administrative officer)

John Todd (co-principal investigator)                    Albert Doolittle (computer monitoring speciallist)

John Wolfe (ecosystem analyst)                               David Engstrom (water chemist)

Six progress reports were written as background to the above final report :

  • “Assessment of a Semi-Closed, Renewable Resource-Based Aquaculture System”
  • Progress Report No. 1 “A Six-Month Progress Report “ May 23, 1978 88 pp. by John Todd & Ron Zweig
  • Progress Report No. 2 [not found]
  • Progress Report No. 3 – May 20, 1979 . 134 pp. (experiments from April 1978 to April 1979)


A Computer Simulation Model of the Solar-Algae Pond Ecosystem, by John Wolfe, Ron Zweig & David Engstrom. Ecological Modeling. 34: 1-59. 1986.

There are also 14+ appendices on solar pond aquaculture, including :

  • Instrumenting the Arks, by Albert Doolittle & Charles Rockwell
  • Looking for a New Aquaculture: The Roads Ahead, by John Todd
  • Agriculture & Aquaculture in Bioshelters: The New Alchemy Experience, by John Todd & John Wolfe
  • The Energetics of Solar Pond Aquaculture,   by John Wolfe
  • Progress Report No. 4 – December 7, 1979 (experiments from May 1979 to Sept 1979)
  • Progress Report No. 5 – September 22, 1980
  • Progress Report No. 6 – Part 1 Experimental Data – June 30-1982
  • Progress Report No. 6 – Part 2 Computer Simulation Model September 1981


QUARTERLIES  [ 1980 – 1990 ]

New Alchemy Quarterly

  1. Spring 1980. Notes on Tree Crops at New Alchemy. 8 pp.
  2. Summer 1980.
  3. Fall 1980.   8 pp.
  4. Winter Solstice 1980. 12 pp. Notes on Greenhouse Agricultural Management, by Colleen Armstrong.
  5. Summer 1981. 16 pp. Gardening in Fertile Waters, by Carl Baum
  6. Fall 1981. 24 pp. Bioshelters – Pillowdomery, by J. Baldwin
  1. Winter 1981/1982. 24 pp. Bioshelter, by John Wolfe. Relative Insulating Properties of Gases, by Joe Seale
  1. Spring 1982: Reading Up, Reaching Out. 24 pp. Costa Rica : A Report from N.A.I.S.A. by Wm. McLarney. Aquaculture Hydroponics in the Ark, by Peter Burgoon
  1. Summer 1982. Second Generation Bioshelters 24 pp. The Pillow Dome Opening : The Modern Age of Bioshelters Begins, by Gary Hirshberg.  The Latest Year of Research on Bioshelters : A Summary, by John Wolfe. [Fish] Breeding in Bioshelters, by Linda Gusman. Bioshelters : How’s the Dome Project doing? by J. Baldwin. Heat Transfer with Insulating Gases, by Joe Seale
  1. 1982  Annual Report
  2. Spring 1983. 24 pp. Farming Black Locust and Bamboo on Cape Cod, by Earle Barnhart. Notes from the Winter Dome, by Daryl Bergquist
  1. Summer 1983. 24 pp.
  2. Fall 1983: Naives and Visionaries. 20 pp. Overall, the Pillow Dome is working well, by Daryl Bergquist
  1. Winter 1983: 24 pp. The Composting Greenhouse for Commercial Regenerative Agriculture, by Bruce Fulford. Some New Ideas for Residential Bioshelters, by Earle Barnhart. Working to Breed a Better Predator, by Colleen Armstrong. How Warm are Our Bioshelters? by Daryl Bergquist. Seasonal Aquaculture : Outdoor Summer Production, by Ron Zweig & Linda Gussman.
  2.  Spring 1984. 24 pp.
  1. Summer 1984: Alternative Agriculture. 24 pp.
  2. Fall 1984. 24 pp.
  3. Winter 1984: Do Integrated Systems Really Work Better? 24 pp. Business School Student Looks at NAI’s Composting Greenhouse, by Norm Marshall. The Economics of Integration : The Composting Greenhouse as a Case Study, by Bruce Fulford. When Do Solar Algae Ponds Make Cents? by Ron Zweig. Infared Radiation Heat Loss Through Greenhouse Glazings, by Daryl Bergquist.
  1. Spring 1985: Growing Food in Water: The Art & Science of Aquaculture and Hydroponics. 24 pp. Why Aquaculture? by Wm. McLarney. A Simple Demand Feeder for [Fish] Cage Culture, by John Hargreaves. The [Typical] New England Household, by David Rosenmiller & John Quinney. Evaluation of Biological Islands for Control of Greenhouse Whitefly, by Richard Meadows. The Compost [Greenhouse] Story Heats Up, by Bruce Fulford.
  1. Summer 1985: Educating for the Future – Now. 24 pp.
  2. Fall 1985: Beating the System. 24 pp. An Aphidoletes aphidimyza Update, by Colleen Armstrong. The Economics of Food-Producing Greenhouses in the Northeastern United States by Norm Marshall.
  1. Winter 1985: Some New Ideas on the House of Your Dreams. 24 pp. Our Superinsulated Auditorium : Monitoring Results summary, by Bill Smith.
  1. Spring 1986: Designing The New Landscape. 24 pp. Lessons Learned from an Established Edible Landscape, by Earle Barnhart. Composting Greenhouse Update, by Bruce Fulford
  1. Summer 1986: Alternative Technology Around the World. 24 pp.
  2. Summer 1986: The Future of the Small Farm. 24 pp.
  3. Winter 1986: We Design Our House. 24 pp. Hard Choices in Building Design [the New Alchemy House]
  1. Spring 1987: Between the Pointed Stick and the Chisel plow : Small Farm Technology. 24 pp.
  2. Summer 1987: Keeping Our Eyes On The Vision, Feet On The Ground. 24 pp.
  3. Fall 1987: Solar Greenhouses. 24 pp. Composting Greenhouse Design Update, by Norm Marshall. Refurbishing the Ark, by Mark Ward. Nitrogen in the Composting Greenhouse, by Mark Schonbeck.
  1. Winter 1987 : Biological Controls: A Promising Future. 24 pp.
  2. The New Alchemy Institute 1987 Annual Report. 16 pp.
  3. Spring 1988: Meeting the Affordable Housing Challenge. 24 pp.
  4. Summer 1988: Preserving Genetic Diversity. 24 pp.
  5. Fall 1988: Composting and Cover Crops. 24 pp. Nitrate in Winter Greenhouse Leafy Vegetables, by Mark Schonbeck
  1. Winter 1988 : Old Alchemists Write Home. 24 pp.
  2. The New Alchemy Institute 1988 Annual Report, 16 pp.
  3. Spring 1989: Educating Tomorrow’s Environmentalists’. 24 pp. New Alchemy’s Green Classroom, by Judy Salisbury. Ecosystems for the Classroom, by Earle Barnhart
  1. Summer 1989: Managing Growth. 24 pp. Composting Greenhouse Update, by Mark Schonbeck.
  1. Fall 1989 : Promise Rediscovered : New Alchemy’s First Twenty Years. 24 pp. [An overview of New Alchemy from 1969 to present]
  1. Winter 1989‑90: Curcs, Legumes, Fruit Loops & More: Our Researchers’ Latest Work. 24 pp. Growing Mulch in Place,  by Mark Schonbeck & Ralph DeGregorio
  1. Spring/Summer 1990 : A Message to Earthkeepers. 24 pp. The Future of Entomogenous Nematodes and the Modern Insect Pest, by Dave Simser. Cover Crops at a Glance, by Mark Schoenbeck & Ralph DeGregorio. Cutting Off the Nitrate Supply, by Robert Rivera, Mark Schonbeck & Ralph DeGregorio.
  1. Fall 1990 : New Alchemy in the ‘90’s. 24 pp. Cover Crops for Weed Control in Lettuce, by Mark Schonbeck, Judy Browne, & Ralph DeGregorio.



The Book of the New Alchemists. Edited by Nancy Jack Todd. 1977, E.P. Dutton, New York. 176 pp.

The Village As Solar Ecology, : Proceedings of the New Alchemy/Threshold Generic Design Conference of April 1979. John Todd and Nancy Jack Todd, editors. 1980, New Alchemy Institute. 135 pp.

Backyard Fish Farm Book,: Growing Fish in Floating Cages. William McLarney and Jeffrey Parkin. 1981, Brickhouse Publishing Co. 90 pp.

A Guide to Home Food Production 1982. 1982, Cape & Islands Self-Reliance Corporation. 176 pp.

A Teacher’s Water Pumping Windmill Book. Gary Hirshberg. 1982, Brickhouse Publ. 141 pp.

Gardening for All Seasons. Editors Gary Hirshberg and Tracy Calvan. 1983, Brickhouse Publ. 309 pp.

The Freshwater Aquaculture Book: A handbook for small scale fish culture in North America.  William McLarney. 1984, Cloudburst Press.  583 pp.

Manual for the Green Classroom – A Garden Based Science Curriculum. Judith Salisbury. 1988, New Alchemy Institute. 166 pp.

Bioshelters, Ocean Arks, City Farming.  John and Nancy Todd.

WORKING PAPERS   [ 1983 – 1988 ]
  1. The Pillow Dome Bioshelter : part I, data analysis. Joe Seale, Daryl Bergquist, and John Quinney. Fall 1983
  2. The Pillow Dome Bioshelter : part 2 – test cell investigations. Daryl Bergquist and Joe Seale Spring 1984. (A final report to E.I. duPonde Nemours & Company, Inc.)
  1. Biothermal Energy : cogenerants of thermophilic composting and their integration within food-producing and waste-recycling systems. Sept 1983. 19 pp. Bruce Fulford. (Reprinted from Proceedings of the First International Conference of Composting of Solid Wastes & Slurries, Leeds, England.)
  1. Year-round vegetable growing in Massachusetts : an economic comparison of a hydroponic greenhouse and a composting greenhouse. May 1984. Rob Lichtman
  1. Studies on the suitability of several sages and scented geraniums as host plants for greenhouse whitefly Trialeurodes vaporariorum Westwood and its parasite Encarsia formosa Gahan . Fall 1984. Richard H. Meadows.
  1. Integrated pest management in bioshelters : research and education. Dec. 1984. Colleen Armstrong and John Quinney. (A final report to the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture)
  1. Non-chemical pest control for year-round food production in cold climates : research and education. April 1986. Colleen Armstrong and John Quinney. ( A final report to the C.S. Fund)
  1. Collaborative projects involving the egg-parasitic wasp, Edovum puttleri. December 1985. R.L. Bugg.
  2. The use of nectar-bearing plants to enhance biological control of pests of collards. Jan 1986. Robert L. Bugg.
  3. Insects visiting flowering herbs on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Fall 1986. 64 pp. Hilde Maingay. (Masters thesis, Antioch New England)
  1. The New Alchemy Institute superinsulated auditorium : monitoring results – a low-cost computer monitoring system for superinsulated buildings. Fall 1985. Bill Smith, Daryl Bergquist, & Joe Seale.
  1. Relevant statistics on the life support systems of a typical family of four in New England. Jan 1985. 98 pp. David Rosenmiller
  2. An economic analysis of home food production. April 1987. 143 pp. David Rosenmiller
  3. Alternative technology demonstration houses. Spring 1986. Jake Sterling
  4. The market for the residential bioshelter. Oct 1985. Norm Marshall
  5. The thermal performance of the New Alchemy Institute’s composting greenhouse. Jan 1987. 19 pp. Daryl Bergquist, Bruce Fulford, Norm Marshall, and Rick Baruch.
  1. Co-composting dairy manures and bulking agents from the solid waste stream. Jun 1987. 79 pp. Bruce Fulford.
  2. Considerations for New Alchemy Institute’s role in green manure research. Aug 1986. Lisa Colburn. 13 pp.
  3. Nitrogen dynamics in the New Alchemy Institute’s composting greenhouse. June 1987. 78 pp. Mark Schonbeck
  4. Toxicity of selected pesticides to the aphid predator Aphidoletes aphidimyza. May 1987. Colleen Armstrong
  5. IPM for food production in cold climates : pesticide tolerance of Aphidoletes aphidimyza. 1987. Colleen Armstrong
  6. Leaf composting pilot projects in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Dec. 30, 1987. Bruce Fulford and John Quinney. (report to Mass. Division of Solid Waste Management & Mass. Dept of Envir. Quality Engineering.
  1. Greenhouse vegetables, nitrates, and human health : a literature review. Dec. 1987. 39 pp. Mark W. Schonbeck
  2. Toxins in the home. Sept. 1987. 37 pp. Maureen McClelland.
  3. The classroom ecosystem. 1988.  51 pp. Earle Barnhart and Judith Salisbury.
  4. lmproved composting greenhouse designs based on energy, nitrogen, and materials handling research. Dec 1987.   28 pp. Kurt Teichert, Mark Schonbeck, Bruce Fulford, Daryl Bergquist, Lee Goodell
  1. Integrated pest management for greenhouse floriculture – chrysanthemums. 1988. Colleen Armstrong

(Built by New Alchemy PEI in 1976, and operated by NAI PEI until 1978. The PEI provincial government then managed it until June 1981.)

An Ark for Prince Edward Island : A Report to the Federal Government of Canada. Dec 30, 1976. 78 pp. John Todd, Robert Angevine, Solsearch Architects, Tyrone Cashman.

The P.E.I. Ark. Poster by Solsearch Architects, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada.

The Ark Project – A Year in Review. January 1981. 8 pp. [Includes list of 29 related publications]



Observations of Plant Response and Food Production in Solar Bioshelters. November 1977. 14 pp. Kathi Ryan & Earle Barnhart.   [Report on maiden winter of Cape Cod Ark, built in fall 1976 ]

Importance of Carbon Dioxide in Greenhouse Crop Production : A Greenhouse CO2 Dynamics Primer. Nov 1 1978. 35 pp. Robert “Sardo” Sardinsky

Greenhouse CO2 Dynamics and Composting in a Solar Heated Bioshelter. 1979. 19 pp. Robert “Sardo” Sardinsky. Published in “ Solar Greenhouses : Living & Growing” – Proceedings of 2nd National Energy-Conserving Greenhouse Conference. p. 22-40. American Solar Energy Society.

A Design Report on The Bioshelter Exhibit for the Boston Museum of Science. April 1983. Earle Barnhart & Peter Burgoon.

The New Alchemy House : An Example of Sustainable Design. John Quinney and Donald Watson.



A Visitor’s Guide to the New Alchemy’s Geodesic Pillow Dome   4 pp.

The Superinsulated Auditorium 4 pp.

A Visitor’s Guide to the New Alchemy’s Composting Greenhouse 6 pp.

A Visitor’s Guide to Home Composting   8 pp.

A Visitor’s Guide to The New Alchemy Gardens 6 pp.

New Alchemy’s Guide for A Family Herb Garden 6 pp.

A Visitor’s Guide to the Ark 6 pp.

A Self-Guided Tour of the Farm

Teacher’s Guide for New Alchemy Tour

A Supplementary Resource Guide for Teachers & Students Touring New Alchemy, Grades 3-8, by Jane Rowe. 38 pp.



“The New Alchemists” by the National Film Board of Canada, Montreal. 16 mm. color 106C 0174 157 28 minutes 40 seconds.

“New Alchemy: A Rediscovery of Promise”. Bullfrog Films Inc., Oley, Pennsylvania 19547 (in 58-minute or 28 minute versions)

A portrait of the people and place which make up the New Alchemy Institute, one of the world’s pioneering appropriate technology research centers.  Shows research and education about solar energy, ecology, aquaculture, organic farming and environmental design.



Annals of Earth       A publication of Ocean Arks International.   Edited by Nancy Todd, it often describes on-going work by New Alchemists or related ideas about ecological sustainability. Ocean Arks International, 176 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Burlington, VT 05401

Aquaculture On A Reduced Scale. 1977 Wm. McLarney & John Todd.   The Commercial Fish Farmer

Looking for a New Aquaculture : The Roads Ahead.  John Todd   The Commercial Fish Farmer.  p. 37-39

Economics, Ecology, Appropriate Technologies and a Small-Scale Aquaculture. The Commercial Fish Farmer. p. 6-7

Windmills : An Appropriate technology for aquaculture. John Todd.  The Commercial Fish Farmer. p. 8-10

The Everlasting Universe Readings on the Ecological Revolution. 1971. Edited by Lorne J. Forster & John Todd. 58 pp.

A college instructor’s manual with discussion questions about 40 seminal ecological articles. D.C. Heath, Boston.   



Additional records of the New Alchemy Institute are located at Iowa State University Library, Department of Special Collections, 403 Parks Library, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 50011-2140. (Includes correspondence,  minutes, publications, and other materials from 1970-1991.)

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