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The Resilient Farm and Homestead is a manual for building sturdy, beautiful, and extremely functional human habitat systems match to manage an age of rapid transition. Ben Falk is a land designer and website 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 group have been testing at the Complete Systems Investigation Farm over the previous decade, as well as experiments from other web sites Falk has created through his off-farm consulting company. The book involves detailed information on earthworks gravity-fed water systems species composition the site-design and style approach website management fuelwood hedge production and processing human well being and nutrient-dense production strategies fast topsoil formation and remineralization agroforestry/silvopasture/grazing ecosystem services, particularly relating to flood mitigation fertility management human labor and social-systems aspects tools/equipment/proper technology and considerably far more, comprehensive with gorgeous photography and detailed style drawings. The Resilient Farm and Homestead is far more than just a book of tricks and methods for regenerative internet site improvement, but delivers actual operating results in living within complicated farm-ecosystems based on study from the “great thinkers” in permaculture, and presents a viable house-scale model for an intentional food-creating ecosystem in cold climates, and beyond. Inspiring to would-be homesteaders everywhere, but especially for those who uncover themselves with “unlikely” farming land, Falk is an inspiration in what can be completed by imitating natural systems, and producing 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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