The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach

The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach

Paperback

By (author) Ben Falk

$29.41
List price $45.29
You save $15.88 35% off

Free delivery worldwide
Available
Dispatched in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?

  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 203mm x 251mm x 18mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 2 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: White River Junction
  • ISBN 10: 1603584447
  • ISBN 13: 9781603584449
  • Illustrations note: Full-Colour Illustrations Throughout
  • Sales rank: 22,159

Product description

The 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."

Other people who viewed this bought:

Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

Other books in this category

Showing items 1 to 11 of 11
Categories:

Review quote

"Ben Falk extends the conversation about resilience todeep resilience--resilience from the level of personal attitudes and skills to the design and creation of the maximally resilienthomestead.The Resilient Farm and Homesteadweaves together permaculture theory as modified by actual practice ona ten-acreVermontfarm with a thorough preparedness guide fortimes of climate change and greater uncertainties of all kinds and sizes. The book is greatly enhanced by numerousgloriousphotos of permaculture plantings as hedge rows, rice paddies, people swimming in swale-enclosed ponds, fruit and vegetable harvesting, and foraging sheep, chickens, and ducks. I particularly appreciate that Falktells us what didn't work as well as what did. This book will be essential reading for the serious prepper as well as for everyone interested increating a more resilient lifestyleor landscape."--Carol Deppe, author ofThe Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times"