The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach Paperback – 14 Jun 2013
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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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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.Read more ›
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Deep but so useful
Just what I need now to help us plan our farm
Quite technical in places but a very interesting and informative read. Good ideas for effective permaculturing which should translate to other sites.Published 20 months ago by ScoobyDoo1989
a must have for any self respecting agriculturist really looking forward to putting this knowledge to good use. must buy for anyonePublished on 9 Mar. 2014 by lordcarl