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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co (14 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603584447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603584449
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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"Very inspiring." --Permaculture Association

About the Author

Ben Falk, M.A.L.D, developed Whole Systems Design, LLC, as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. Life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and backcountry traveler continually informs Ben's integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings. His home landscape and the WSD studio site in Vermont's Mad River Valley serve as a proving ground for the innovative land developments featured in the projects of Whole Systems Design. Ben has studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level and holds master of arts in landscape design degree. He has taught design courses at the University of Vermont and Harvard's Arnold Arboretum as well as on permaculture design, microclimate design, and design for climate change. He recently served on the board of directors at the Yestermorrow Design-Build School, where he also teaches from time to time. He is the author of The Resilient Homestead: Innovative Permaculture Systems for the Home and Farm.


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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.
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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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As one would expect, this book is rather americentric, however it does contain a wealth of information in the form of the writer's personal experience in the matter. I've gotten quite a few idea from reading this.
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This is a really good book to both flick through and read front to back. I particularly enjoyed the section on growing rice. Ben has basically created what I dream of starting, so it was an inspiration that ill be going back to many times. In uncertain times a resilient lifestyle makes good sense.
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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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