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Restoration Agriculture: Real World Permaculture for Farmers by Mark Shepard

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I just finished reading this well written and informative text.
In my opinion, it is a highly valuable book to those that are brand new to the ideas of permaculture, those with some (or lots of?) experience, and those who are looking to transition existing farms into what Mark describes as Restoration Agriculture.
I learned a lot about: the long term development patterns of the north american continent's plant and animal assemblages, the history of bees and beekeeping (honey bees aren't native to north america?!), the real economics of farming, the difference between silvopasture/alley cropping and a ton of other tidbits and bricks that are highly useful for me.
Most of the book is dedicated to cold climate ideas, yet his ideas have application in other biomes as well.
Mark has a simple way of explaining complex ideas in a way that works well for me.
He packs his book with tons of info but you won't be beaten over the head with didacticisms.
He even has a fun joke that he continues to refer to in a variety of subtle and obvious ways, something about nuts and chocolate.
I have read all of Sepp Holzer's books, much of Bill Mollison's, Toby Hemenway, and P.A Yoeman.
I would put this book solidly on the same shelf as these other informative authors.
His writing might be described as existing in an area between Sepp's disregard for the ideas of others, and Mollison's textbook style (although Mollison has a conversational tone at times).
Mark credits the work of others and mentions useful books for further reading.
It is an enjoyable, funny book.
I laughed out loud more than once. I have read tons of books, this doesn't happen all that often in my experience (maybe I read the wrong books?).
I have read much of Mark's currently published work and watched some interviews with him. Some of the info in the book is an expansion of those ideas. I found it useful, but not necessary to have those reference points.
You can order it at www.acresusa.com
I have no connnections to Mark or Acresusa, but I do like Mark's style and I hope to visit New Forest Farm one day.
What a great example of stability he and his wife have created -- thanks! for documenting it for those of us interested in moving in that direction.
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Location: Andalusia, IL. Zone 5a
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Thanks Tom for the valuable short book review!

Geoff Lawton, managing director, Permaculture Research Institute of Australia states --> This book . . . will be invaluable and is destined to be a permaculture classic.” —

I just purchased book and am looking forward to reading.

Applying some of his permaculture methods to our Illinois 150 acre "oak savanna" farm should be beneficial.

Like you, I have no connection to ACRES or Mark Shepard, but investment in his book and
Hands-On Agronomy: Neal Kinsey and Charles Walters seem like wise investments for us.

I have gone to look for myself. If I should return before I get back, keep me here with this tiny ad:
Greenhouse of the Future ebook - now free for a while
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