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ISBN: 9781603584449
Year Added to Catalog: 2012
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: Full-Color Throughout
Dimensions: 8 x 10
Number of Pages: 320
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green
Release Date: May 31, 2013
Web Product ID: 722

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The Resilient Farm and Homestead

An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach

by Ben Falk

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Creating a Positive Legacy while Adapting to Rapid Change

  • Regeneration: Enhancing Life Systems
  • Resiliency: Becoming an Adaptive Animal
  • Using This Book
  • Permaculture
  • Zones and Their Definitions
  • Who Are “We?”
  • WSRF Site Specifics
  • Site History
  • Site Future: What’s Possible?
  • Fleeing
  • Dwelling
  • Energy Cycling
  • Reinvestment
  • The Green Distraction and the Political Black Hole
  • Exodus from Consumer Society
  • Becoming Useful in the Transition
  • When Systems Fail: Emergencies and Resiliency 

Chapter Two: The Design Process and Site Establishment

  • Planning and Design: Observation before Action
  • The Designer’s Set and Setting
  • Site Establishment Leverage Points
  • Ecosystem Management: Steering Succession
  • Resiliency and Regeneration Principles
  • Understanding Your Site and Finding the Synergies
  • Goals Identification and Requirements of the Design
  • Assessing the Site
  • Land Analysis
  • Design Criteria
  • Imagination: Limiting Factor to Design
  • Schematic Design: Sorting Through Multiple Development Options
  • Adaptating Land to Rapid Change
  • Diversity and Connectivity
  • Working Plans and Implementation Documents

Chapter Three: Water and Earthworks

  • Brittleness and the Quest for Resiliency
  • Gravity-Feed Systems
  • Locating Water
  • Slowing and Infiltrating Water
  • An Agriculture as Diverse as the Landscape
  • Water Ridges with Valleys: Keyline Agriculture
  • Ponds

Chapter Four: Fertility Harvesting and Cycling

  • Compost, Urine, Humanure, and Biochar
  • Fungi: Quiet Ally to the System
  • Remineralization
  • Cover Cropping and Winter Cover
  • Tall-Grass Grazing
  • Pasture Reclamation: Why Not to Let Your Field “Go”
  • The Benefits of Mowing
  • Scything: The Most Resilient Biomass Harvesting Method
  • Ducks, Chickens, Dogs, and Sheep
  • Grazing and Perennial Food Crop Integration
  • Keyline Agriculture and Fertigation
  • Leach Field Cropping: Making the Most of a Faulty System

Chapter Five: Food Crops

  • Perennial Plants and Resiliency
  • Staple Crops: Paddy Rice, Meat, Eggs, Fruits, and Nuts
  • Annual Vegetables
  • Growing Food as a Response to Toxicity
  • Food Processing and Storage: Spreading Abundance across the Entire Year

Chapter Six: Adaptive Fuel and Shelter

  • Using Wood for Your Main Heat Source
  • Adaptive Shelter
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Water: Passive Supply for the Resilient Home

Chapter Seven: Resilience and Regeneration for the Long Haul

  • Enhancing Vitality in a Time of Biospheric Toxicity
  • Growing Health and Body-Mind Resistance, Not Just Calories
  • Money: One Means to Get Work Done
  • Staying

Appendix A: Assessing Resiliency Aptitude Quiz

Appendix B: Practical Curriculum Outline

Appendix C: Crucial Skill List for Emergencies

Appendix D: Tools and Materials

Appendix E: Homestead Vulnerability Checklist and Strategy Summary to Reduce Vulnerability in Acute Events

Appendix F: Vocabulary and Concepts

Appendix G: Resources



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