Book Giveaway: The Resilient Farm and Homestead

by Daisy on 08/29/2013

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I began reading this book over a week ago and am still tumbling down its fascinating rabbithole, bouncing from one adventure in permaculture to another.

In case you are unfamiliar with permaculture, briefly it’s a way of farming which seeks to mimic and enhance (tweak?) the tendencies of nature, working with rather than contrary to the normal succession processes of disturbed land.

The author, Ben Falk, is the principal of Whole Systems Design, a sustainable design firm and permaculture training center in Vermont, USA.  This book is an expo of his experiences establishing a sustainable farm on 10 acres of depleted land, using his training in land-use planning and landscape architecture.

I almost don’t know where to begin to describe what is in this book. It is information rich and cutting edge in terms of permaculture and sustainability.  This is an essential addition to anyone’s permaculture bookshelf.  If you are trying to move in a permaculture direction and mold your piece of earth into a food forest, I believe you will find it a must-read.

This book includes the author’s experiences with growing and using many of the permaculture food and medicine crops most of us are unfamiliar with, such as seaberry, yacon, shiitake and reishi, as well as chapters on fuel, shelter, livestock and fowl.  There is a don’t-miss sidebar on a compost hot water heating system, an explanation of his rice paddy system (yes, rice!), and valuable information on site selection you’ll wish you’d read first before finalizing the design of any new garden and farm layout.

All with beautiful photography and enough detailed design sketches, charts, and graphs to keep you coming back for more long after the first read-through.

For a chance to win one of the two copies Chelsea Green Publishing is giving away to two LHITS readers, click here.

Good luck!



{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Vickie August 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Wow, I would love to win a book like that! Thanks for the opportunity!

Lanette August 30, 2013 at 4:35 am

I was just looking at this book last night on Amazon!

angi August 30, 2013 at 7:31 am

Now I have another book to add to my library list. I’d love for you to link this post up to my Non-Fiction Book Love monthly link up. Here’s the link, http://www.schneiderpeeps.com/2013/08/non-fiction-book-love-monthly-link-up.html

Daisy August 30, 2013 at 7:40 am

Done, thank you!

lola August 31, 2013 at 5:35 am

sure could use this book ty for a chance of winning

Gina August 31, 2013 at 5:35 am

Another reason to move to America! You have the best stuff! I will put this book on my wish list. Clearly the moving thing would be difficult with my very English husband. Lol.

Charlotte Tucker August 31, 2013 at 6:01 am

I would love to win The Resilient Farm and Homestead book. I have been a country gal all my life this would be so good to win this book. I have had to milk cows, make butter from the milk raise chickens for the eggs and meat for my family. This books is on my list to get.

Prissy September 2, 2013 at 8:22 am

Interesting and useful book. Thank you for telling about us about it.

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