Practical information on landshaping, water security, perennial crops, soil fertility, nutrient-dense food and much more.
The Resilient Farm and Homestead (paperback, 310 pages) by Ben Falk is a manual for developing durable, beautiful, and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition.
Author Ben Falk is a land designer and site developer whose Vermont-based, permaculture-research farm has drawn national attention. Situated on a terraced hillside that was overlooked by conventional farmers as unworthy farmland, Falk's wide array of fruiting plants, rice paddies, ducks, nuts, fuelwood hedges, and earth-inspired buildings is a proven working model of regenerative agriculture and modern homesteading.
The Resilient Farm and Homestead covers many of the strategies Falk and his team have been testing at the Whole Systems Research Farm over the past decade. In addition to being a detailed guide for homesteaders, this book is a valuable resource for professionals and students of design, resiliency, and regenerative land use, and serves as a preparedness manual for families seeking health and economic viability in turbulent times.
The Resilient Farm and Homestead, complete with full-color photographs and detailed design drawings, includes information on:
The site-design process and site management.
Adapting land to rapid change, including flood mitigation.
Gravity-feed water systems.
Compost, urine, humanure, and biochar.
Fuelwood production and processing.
Nutrient-dense food production strategies.
And much, much more.
The Resilient Farm and Homestead shows you how to select, design, develop, and manage land for resilient self-reliance, and presents a thriving model for a productive, durable lifestyle.