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    DescriptionThe Resilient Farm and Homestead is a manual for developing durable, beautiful, and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition. Ben Falk is a land designer and site developer whose permaculture-research farm has drawn national attention. The site is a terraced paradise on a hillside in Vermont that would otherwise be overlooked by conventional farmers as unworthy farmland. Falk's wide array of fruit trees, rice paddies (relatively unheard of in the Northeast), ducks, nuts, and earth-inspired buildings is a hopeful image for the future of regenerative agriculture and modern homesteading. The book covers nearly every strategy Falk and his team have been testing at the Whole Systems Research Farm over the past decade, as well as experiments from other sites Falk has designed through his off-farm consulting business. The book includes detailed information on earthworks; gravity-fed water systems; species composition; the site-design process; site management; fuelwood hedge production and processing; human health and nutrient-dense production strategies; rapid topsoil formation and remineralization; agroforestry/silvopasture/grazing; ecosystem services, especially regarding flood mitigation; fertility management; human labor and social-systems aspects; tools/equipment/appropriate technology; and much more, complete with gorgeous photography and detailed design drawings. The Resilient Farm and Homestead is more than just a book of tricks and techniques for regenerative site development, but offers actual working results in living within complex farm-ecosystems based on research from the "great thinkers" in permaculture, and presents a viable home-scale model for an intentional food-producing ecosystem in cold climates, and beyond. Inspiring to would-be homesteaders everywhere, but especially for those who find themselves with "unlikely" farming land, Falk is an inspiration in what can be done by imitating natural systems, and making the most of what we have by re-imagining what's possible. A gorgeous case study for the homestead of the future.


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    Title
    The Resilient Farm and Homestead
    Subtitle
    An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ben Falk
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 203 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 880 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781603584449
    ISBN 10: 1603584447
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: COU
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.4
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: TV
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 20
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 560
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 40
    BISAC V2.8: REF015000
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    B&T Approval Code: A70504200, A71520000
    Libri: I-TE
    BISAC V2.8: GAR016000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27600
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HOM022000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: TEC003070
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 631.5/8, 631.58
    DC21: 631.58
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: S494.5.P47 F35 2013
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC region code: 4.0.1.1.6.0.0
    Illustrations note
    Full-Colour Illustrations Throughout
    Publisher
    Chelsea Green Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Chelsea Green Publishing Co
    Publication date
    02 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    White River Junction
    Review quote
    Foreword Reviews- "Permaculture can seem like a too-large umbrella term attempting to bring together a range of concepts and strategies, and many authors have tried to articulate the discipline in an accessible way. Ben Falk stands out for this highly successful effort at addressing how farmers and homesteaders can select, design, develop, and manage resilient properties that adapt to changing environmental conditions. Bringing his decade of experience managing a ten-acre permaculture farm in Vermont, as well as teaching about whole-systems design, Falk conveys the importance of better-designed agriculture and systems in The Resilient Farm and Homestead. Going beyond how-to advice on vegetable growing or chicken coop management, he delves into topics like fuel wood production, nutrient-dense food production, and gravity-fed water systems, which rely on moving water downhill instead of utilizing mechanical pumps. Natural strategies are emphasized, like silvopasture, a practice that combines livestock grazing and forestry to enhance soil protection and provide wind protection for animals. The material, seemingly overwhelming in scope, is presented artfully with numerous sidebars and bullet points that break information into digestible chunks. For example, a chapter on food production includes a chart on annual vs. perennial labor and input costs, a diagram of a "living security fence" made of black locust trees, and a list of storage options for harvested vegetables. Particularly compelling are a number of appendices, from a "resiliency aptitude quiz" to a crucial skill list for emergencies to a vocabulary of concepts. Also useful, the book's abundant photography presents a bucolic, serene series of images that make urban dwellers sigh with longing. Burlap sacks brimming with potatoes grace one page, while a lush summer garden pops from another. Farm volunteers are shown picking elderberries, raising a timber-framed wall, and grafting fruit