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The Resilient Farm and Homestead

Published on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Resilient Farm and Homestead

by Ben Falk of Whole Systems Design

Great looking upcoming book from Ben Falk with Whole Systems Design in Vermont. 

The Resilient Farm and Homestead is a handbook for developing regenerative human habitat systems adaptive to drought, flooding, heat, power outage, price spikes, pest pressure, and the multitude of challenges brought by climate change, peak oil, food system contamination and economic decline.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Leaving 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

·      Context for This Book: The Green Distraction and the Political Black Hole

·      Exodus from Consumer Society

·      Becoming Useful in the Transition

·      Preparing for Rapid Change: 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: What Do You Have to Work With?

·      Design Criteria

·      Imagining What Could Be: A Limiting Factor to Design

·      Schematic Design: Sorting Through Multiple Development Options

·      General Strategies for Land Adaptation 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 on the Homestead

·      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 as It Relates to Fertility

·      Leach Field Cropping: Making the Most of a Faulty System



Chapter Five: Plant Foods

·      How Perennial Guilds Enhance Resiliency

·      Staple Crops: Paddy Rice, Annual Vegetables, 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 Techniques in Fuel and Shelter

·      Using Wood for Your Main Heat Source

·      Managing Fuels on the Homestead Farm

·      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 Resistance, Not Just Calories

·      Bioregional Herbalism: Using Locally Found Medicines

·      Money: One (Important) Means to Get Work Done

·      Looking to the Future



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

Index

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