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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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