The Resilient Farm and Homestead
Ben Falk, 2013, 305 pp.
We think this is the book of the year, and probably
the decade. Open it to almost any page and you’ll
find some stimulating and exciting way of making a
homestead more productive, more healthful, more
energy-efficient, and more like a natural, self-sustaining
system. After decades of gardening and
homesteading ourselves, it is not often we run into
so many ideas that trigger that “aha!” Many of us
hands-on types will want to dip into the exciting projects and
experiments going on at the author’s farm. Not only gardening
and permaculture, but building, fuel, grazing animals medicinal
foods, preserving—he has rethought it all, leading to some surprising
conclusions. Who would have thought that the best grain
to grow in Vermont would be rice?