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Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Mark Shepard , Anna Lappe

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Restoration Agriculture reveals how to sustainably grow perennial food crops that can feed us in our resource-compromised future.
How our food is produced is too often overlooked in the quest to get it into our mouths. Around the globe most people get their calories from “annual” agriculture. The majority of the carbohydrates, proteins and oils that feed humanity are from annual plants; those that grow fast for one season, produce lots of seeds, then die. Rice, wheat and corn are all seeds from annual plants. But human cultures have only relied upon annual plant seeds as staple food crops for 10,000 years. In addition to requiring ceaseless labor, annual plants have carried with them another curse. Every single human society that has relied on annual crops as staple foods in their diet has collapsed.
The restoration agriculture system described in this award-winning book works! It is possible for humans to produce staple foods using perennial agricultural ecosystems that actually improve the quality of the environment. This can be done on a backyard, farm or ranch scale and is needed right now — on a global scale.
Restoration Agriculture explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs. Using the restoration agriculture system, an oak savanna mimic will produce more than twice the number of edible human calories per acre as an average acre of corn, never needs to be planted again, prevents erosion, creates oil, and can be managed with no fossil fuel inputs. This book, based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 12228 KB
  • Editeur : Acres U.S.A. (11 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not just for career farmers 15 avril 2014
Par Darcy L. Bunn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Mark Shepard's book is entertaining and readable. It provides clear examples of real-life practices for cold-climate permaculturists, whether a professional farmer or not. Yes, Shepard comes at the topic of permaculture from the standpoint of a farmer looking to transition from "Big Ag" methods to a sustainable alternative, and makes a great case for making the switch. But a clear picture with ideas to try are included that any gardener, homesteader or permaculture designer will find useful. Shepard presents ideas for producing food and other products sustainably, beyond organic, that can take place on any size agricultural acreage.

It's a fun read. For instance, did you know there is a movement to reintroduce very large mammals into the North American ecosystems, like elephants? There are lots of interesting tidbits and anecdotes, told in a witty, conversational voice.

At the same, time, Shepard successfully portrays the extremely serious, accelerating death spiral of current agricultural practices. It was the first time I was really struck with the full truth of what is happening and where we are heading if we don't change how we farm.

As a student in Geoff Lawton's online Permaculture Design Course, I am finding in retrospect that Shepard worked the principles of permaculture into the text in a very digestible form. Now as I learn about the foundations of permaculture, I think of this book and think, oh, that's why he did that!

I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in sustainably farming or gardening in a cold climate, and believe it is essential to any permaculture designer.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent look at making permaculture on the commercial level 13 août 2014
Par Candy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Excellent look at making permaculture on the commercial level. I only wish there was more how to and less rehashing of why we need to convert to a more sustainable process of food production.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book, though a little short on details 18 juin 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Great book, though a little short on minor details. Mark Shepard is one of the few people who is laying a groundwork for farming as a profitable profession. Buy the book, buy a pair of chestnut trees and fill underneath with more edible plants to truly begin the journey to feeding the world.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 EXCELLENT book - Definitely worth buying! 16 septembre 2015
Par Angela - Health Conscious Mom - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book is fantastic!! I have read almost every permaculture or perennial gardening book and still learned a lot by reading this book! Here are the things I liked most:

-The New Forest Farm is located in Wisconsin - so he is dealing with a sustainable cold climate farm. Gardening is easy when you have a long growing season and plenty of sun. Not so much in cold climates.
-The author is realistic! There are no pie in the sky numbers or concepts in this book. There are only procedures and methods that have been tried and tested.
-The farm covered in the book grows mostly perennials, but integrates annuals and animals into the system in succession with nature. There is no fighting nature or doing more work than necessary.
- The book is focused on improving our farming techniques, reversing soil erosion, improving our plants (varieties, health, taste, and profitability) all while improving human and animal health and maybe even profiting?? Or at least not going broke.

I suggest you get this book. I waited for months on our library's waitlist. When I finally got the book, my kids had just started school and swim team again and I was only halfway through before the library demanded it back! I had to buy the book and even though I almost never buy books I do not regret it. It's a great book to go back and reference for information and motivation. I live in Minnesota and I'm motivated to drive down to Wisconsin and see his farm in action!

If you are looking for other books on cold climate sustainable agriculture I would recommend the following:

For another great cold climate permaculture book I would suggest Ben Falk's "The Resilient Farm and Homestead". This guy tries all sorts of great off-grid solutions and strives to be fully sustainable. He's got a great system in place and there is a lot to learn from his book. He goes into detail about raising poultry and even grows rice in Vermont!

If you want to hear a story about how two guys turned a small lot into a cold climate food forest (I mean tenth acre small) then you might like Eric Toensmeier's "Paradise Lot." That book has a lot of useful plants to consider but is not an all sustaining solution. You just need more than a tenth acre and room for big old trees and animals. Their trials and errors are good to learn from and they did a lot of things right too.

If you want a really good book about the struggles of farming and how to raise pastured animals effectively (and cost efficiently) I really enjoyed "Gaining Ground". The author's farm is set near Washington DC so their climate differs greatly from the cold climates of the north, but it's still a good read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Read! 8 juillet 2014
Par John Fischer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is one of the best books I have ever read. This book should be a prime source for ecology/ science teachers. There is a lot of good science inside. As a hobby gardener, this book makes so much sense! Wow!
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