The Resilient Farm and Homestead

The Resilient Farm and Homestead

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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. Falka€™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 a€œgreat thinkersa€ 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 a€œunlikelya€ 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 whata€™s possible. A gorgeous case study for the homestead of the future.The most important tools and parts to have on hand so you can keep your rapid wood-cutting capacity going for as long as possible ... I bought my first chain saw, a 025 Stihl, in college thirteen years ago and since have added to the collection as wood-cutting ... or so ago, based on his experience as a professional firefighter with the US Forest Service and exposure to top-notch saw use and maintenance.

Title:The Resilient Farm and Homestead
Author:Ben Falk
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing - 2013-05-23


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