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5.0 out of 5 stars brill, 9 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach (Paperback)
a must have for any self respecting agriculturist really looking forward to putting this knowledge to good use. must buy for anyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, practical, grounded, 26 Feb 2014
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This is fantastic! I found Ben Falk through Geoff Lawton's film series and did quite a bit of research before buying this book. I haven't had it long but I've had a good flick through and read the first couple of chapters. I'm already getting little unexpected shivers of pleasure from reading it and I'm tempted to copy out long chunks of it to post on my blog and encourage people to buy it!

I loved the opening sentence: 'Regeneration involves seeing things as they could be, while resiliency requires dealing with things as they are.' This immediately spoke to me, and Ben goes on to explore this in a really practical way, teasing out these two inextricable but at the same time somewhat opposed ideals.

I'm inspired by Ben's abundant physical and mental health, and his observation that this has improved greatly due to his active lifestyle on the land combined with the quality food he produces and eats from it.

Nut trees are certainly going to figure more largely in my planting plans after reading what he has to say about them and the role they played in the guided development of the food forests of the NE of America before the European settlers came - and the return on investment they give for ours and future generations.

I'm writing from the UK at the moment, but my land is in NE Poland and has a much longer and colder winter - like in Ben's part of Vermont - so I'm particularly happy to be reading lessons from someone with similar climate conditions. I do think a lot of what he has to say will be applicable to many in the UK and other places too.

Not every word he has to say is as inspiring as the bits I've singled out, and some of his points are a bit laboured, but the book is certainly worthy of five stars so far. It's also worthy of note that this is a much more measured and less political account than some of the other books I've enjoyed by the likes of Masanobu Fukuoka, Joel Salatin and Sepp Holzer, but it is still pacey and engaging.

A very good read, recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THANK YOU BEN FALK, 18 Jan 2014
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Written by someone who has an enormous amount of practical experience to share. As impressive is his in depth understanding of the damage 'European' agriculture etc has done and is doing to the natural resources of the United States.The first colonists arrived, looked at productive forests and assumed, before logging them, that they were totally natural when in fact they were in part the work of generations of Indian 'gardeners'. Read about the amount of soil being flushed into the Gulf of Mexico and weep..then follow his suggestions relating to the creation of a kind of agriculture that can build soil and go to work helping to spread the word about good practice.Thank you Ben Falk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very informative, detailed book., 25 Nov 2013
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Highly recommended! This book gives wonderfully practical and detailed advice to beginners wanting to understand permaculture and how to get started. Excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, 14 July 2013
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This is a fantastic detailed guide to permaculture in action, based on the rebirth of an exhausted small farm in new England. Totally inspiring, exciting and full of detail. loved it.
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