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

Ben Falk.
Publisher Chelsea Green  
Format paperback
ISBN 9781603584449
Pages/Publication Date 304/2013
Daedalus Item Code 38797
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A pioneer in researching and developing permacultureóa holistic system of self-sustaining land managementóBen Falk has created a terraced paradise on a hillside in Vermont that would otherwise be overlooked by conventional farmers. The interdependent array of fruit trees, rice paddies, ducks, nuts, and earth-inspired buildings on Falk's research farm offer a hopeful image for the future of regenerative agriculture and modern homesteading. With drawings, diagrams or color photos on nearly every page, his book is a manual for developing durable, beautiful, and highly functional human habitat systems for an age of rapid social, economic, and ecological transition. Falk covers nearly every strategy that he and his team have been testing at the Whole Systems Research Farm over the past decade, providing detailed information on earthworks, gravity-fed water systems, species composition, site design and management, hedge production and processing for fuel, nutritionally dense food production, rapid topsoil formation and enrichment, ecosystem support and flood mitigation, fertility management, and aspects of human labor and social systems.

"Ben Falk calls his book about reviving a worn-out hill farm in Vermont an example of resilience and regeneration; I call it pure natural magic. Grow rice in New England? Yes. Heat water to 155 degrees Fahrenheit on cold winter days at a rate of gallon a minute by piping it through a compost pile? Yes. How about dinner tonight of your own rack of lamb garnished with homegrown mushrooms? Yes. Your choice of scores of different vegetables and fruits even in winter? Yes. Plus, your own dairy products from your own sheep. All the while, the soil producing this magic, on a site once thought little more than a wasteland, grows yearly more fertile and secure from natural calamity."óGene Logsdon

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