The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach


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By Ben Flak
Trade paperback book
ISBN 9781603584449

The Resilient Farm and Homestead is a comprehensive how-to manual that will help you select, design, develop, and manage land for self-reliance and regeneration, and presents a thriving model for productive, durable homesteads and farms in cold climates and beyond.

Author Ben Falk, a land designer and site developer, has seen his Vermont-based, permaculture-research farm draw national attention as a proven working model of regeneration agriculture and modern homesteading. Situated on a terraced hillside over-looked by conventional farmers as unworthy farmland, Falk’s farm is an array of fruiting plants, ducks, nuts, fuelwood hedges, earth-inspired buildings, and even rice paddies.

The Resilient Farm and Homestead covers many of the strategies Falk and his team have tested at the Whole Systems Research Farm over the past decade, as well as experiments from other sites Falk’s business has designed and implemented.

Complete with full-color photography and detailed design drawings, The Resilient Farm and Homestead includes information on:

  • The site-design process, site selection, and site management;
  • Adapting land to rapid change, including food mitigation and costs of living;
  • Gravity-feed water systems;
  • Compost, urine, humanure, and biochar;
  • Fuelwood production and processing;
  • Human health and nutrient-desire food-production strategies; and
  • Integrating perennials crops with grazing animals

Praise for The Resilient Farm and Homestead

“Ben Falk extends the conversation about resilience to deep resilience – resilience from the level of personal attitudes and skills to design and creation of the maximally resilient homestead. The Resilient Farm and Homestead … will be essentials reading for the serious prepper as well as for everyone interested in creating a more resilient lifestyle or landscape.”

-Carol Deppe, author of The Resilient Gardener

“This book outlines the process of designing one’s homestead with not just the future in mind, but the imminently practical NOW! This one is going on my shelf next to Helen and Scott Nearing.”

-Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture

“Imagine. Honoring biodiversity in a place we each commit to for the long haul is what it takes to address a rapidly changing climate. Ben Falk provides the encouragement and critical know-how to create your own food-producing sanctuary in The Resilient Farm and Homestead.”

-Michael Phillips, author Holistic Orchard

“Ben Flak calls his book about reviving a worn-out hill farm in Vermont an example of resilience and regeneration; I call it pure natural magic.”

-Gene Logsdon, author of A Sanctuary of Trees

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Weight 1.95 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 1 in


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