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Karl North

Karl North, after his graduate work in social anthropology and ecology, learned and practiced subsistence agriculture in the French Pyrenees. With his wife Jane, he built and has operated Northland Sheep Dairy since 1980. He completed three years of training as an educator in Holistic Management in 2004. His articles on the themes of holism and sustainability in agriculture have appeared in NOFA periodicals.

    Karl's Books

    Whole-Farm Planning

    Ecological Imperatives, Personal Values and Economics

    Part of the NOFA Guides. Includes information on: * Lessons from systems science (including tools) * Assessing the whole farm (what are we managing? The people, physical and mental assets, money) * Understanding the farm ecosystems (the water and mineral cycles, dynamics of biological community, energy flow) * Choosing appropriate tools * Making a framework to test decisions Including examples and statements from practicing farmers, and more holistic resources and alternative business models.

    NOFA Guides Set

    A series of 8 guides originally published by NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association), on organic principles and practices for both the beginner farmer as well as established farmers looking to convert to organic, or deepen their practices. Each book is 100 pages, but the information is weighty; the guides use a strong whole-systems farming theory behind their practical advice, as well as offer historical information, further resources, detailed appendices, and profiles of various organic farms across the Northeast.

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