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Please join me in welcoming Mark Krawczyk, author of Coppice Agroforestry




Read the book review here!




Mark will be hanging out in the forums until this Friday answering questions and sharing his experiences with you all.

At the end of the week, we'll make a drawing for 4 lucky winners to win a copy of his book! From now until Friday, all new posts in the woodland forum are eligible to win.

To win, you must use a name that follows our naming policy and you must have your email set up to receive the Daily-ish email. Higher quality posts are weighed more highly than posts that just say, "I want this book!"

When the four winners are selected, they will be announced in this thread and their email address will be sent to the publisher, and the publisher will sort out the delivery details with the winners.


Please remember that we favour perennial discussion.  The threads you start will last beyond the event.  You don't need to use Mark's name to get his attention. We like these threads to be accessible to everyone, and some people may not post their experiences if the thread is directed to the author alone.


Posts in this thread won't count as an entry to win the book, but please say "Hi!" to Mark and make him feel welcome!
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Welcome Mark! I *really* enjoyed reading your book and I think it's an excellent reference for anyone planning a complete homestead.
 
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Welcome Mark, I'm looking forwards to some tips on managing my coppice wood here in Scotland. Thanks for being here!
 
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Welcome, Mark! I don't know much about Agroforestry. Looking forward to learning. Thanks for writing this book.
 
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Welcome to Permies! That looks like an interesting book on a much more sustainable way of dealing with trees.
 
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Ayy! What up, Mark? Hope things are well.

Y'all should buy his book. ;)
 
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Thank you for joining us, Mark!  I am very excited about your book!  Some permies have been saying wonderful things.

Glad you're here!
 
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Hi folks!
I'm excited to join you all this week and share some coppice-related insights and inspiration. Keep your questions coming.

Thanks so much for your interest and your conscious and creative engagement with the landscapes you inhabit!

Looking forward to it,
Mark
 
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This is exciting! I've read so many good things about this book!
 
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Welcome Mark! I have your excellent book right next to me.

I am especially interested in 21st century ways to utilize coppice. Pea sticks, for example, aren’t exactly in demand :)

Aside, automistake turned coppice into codpiece. Chuckle
 
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Hello!

I have always been amazed by the capacity of some trees to be coppiced, cutting a tree to ground level and have it come back to life! I have some trees that I think can be coppiced and I would love to learn more about it so I can use the resources I have better; just like the Permaculture Gods and Goddesses intended. This book would be very useful and appreciated in our little urban permaculture oriented yard.

If you have any free coppicing and pollarding learning recommendations, please share them with me. Thanks!

 
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I only just bought your book a few weeks ago and have not progressed very far into it yet, but I have looked in the index and there is no mention of lilac. Do you have any knowledge of lilac being useful for anything specific? I didn't intentionally coppice one, but I did a heavy pruning one year to cut it back from a building and it seemed like it responded in the way you would want a coppice species to respond.
 
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I'm growing more and more interested in coppicing and pollarding since I accidentally discovered it while pruning my mulberry.

I look forward to this week's forum activity!!! Thanks for joining us Mark.
 
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Thank you Mark!  This was a great reminder for me to get a copy of your book for Christmas.  If folks are interested in buying a copy directly from Mark it looks like it will be signed by him and I'm guessing it goes a longer way in supporting his work.  Visit Mark's website here.
 
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Welcome Mark number am I but eager to learn this is amazing
 
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Welcome Mark! I'm a coppice novice, so I'm really looking forward to your week with us here on Permies!
 
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This thread/your book/this topic couldn't have come out at a better time for us! We just moved to our homestead a few months ago and with that, we purchased about 30 acres of woods behind us. Now that we are getting into the winter months, we figured this would be an excellent time to "tackle the woodlands" behind our property.

Just last month we had visit us Ag and Forestry Division of a local University to walk the property, discuss tips and tricks, and in general come up with a very generic gameplan on how to best care for this area.

So glad to be here, but especially grateful that you are!
 
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I’ve been exploring copiccing for a new project wherein I’m working on developing a replacement for peat moss and coco coir. Will need LOTS of fresh growth.
 
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Hi Mark!

I heard you talk on a podcast a while back and got inspired! I started some black locusts from seed earlier this year, and over this last weekend planted out the first seven trees. Very excited for this project and to get a chance to dig into the new book!
 
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Hello Mark!

I'll admit I never thought to look up books on coppicing or pollarding. But I've seen these techniques used in many places in my travels. Can those be done poorly? Sometimes I look at the end result and just shake my head because the tree (usually pollarded), looks completely out of place in a landscape. But then I see it done in orchards, and it seems so appropriate.

For my new farm, I thought I could use sapling-thick branches for more natural fencing and gardening structures, so coppicing some trees would probably give me more of what I need more consistently, right?

I suppose I should get your book and read it!  I'll add it to my holiday wish list and see if I can land a copy.

Cheers!
 
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Welcome Mark!
 
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Looking forward to reading this book (whether I win a free copy or not). I think my husband will enjoy this aspect of permaculture.
 
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Welcome, Mark! Your book is on my wishlist. It’s a topic I have very little knowledge about, but want to dive into as I build my homestead. Thank you for spending time here!
 
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Welcome Mark. Looking forward to your book.
 
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Welcome! So looking forward to learning more about coppicing in our woods & perhaps w our old apple trees.
Your book looks full of helpful knowledge.
Thanks!
 
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thanks for writing the book i wanted, mark! i lived in the uk for a while and learned a lot of traditional skills and have been wishing this was one of them!

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Welcome Mark, I am on the board of a non-profit that does many things and one is operate a tree farm so agroforestry is something I've been learning on the fly. We are always looking for new ways to expand. In particular, we have had interest in the value added products beyond timber. I look forward to reading more.
 
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Hi Mark and welcome :)

I'm now learning about Moringa, pruning, and grafting.

I have not heard of Coppice, but it seems to be something I need to learn more about.

Looking forward to learning more and how this will help me in establishing an Agrofarm :)

Cheers
 
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Hello Mark,
This book sounds very interesting. I've only been homesteading a few years. I have so much to learn. Lol
 
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Welcome Mark!

I bought your book after the Verge Cold Climate event in September.  I look forward to you instructing in the PDC.  I hadn't really heard of coppicing prior to the summit, but it certainly seems to be a tool I could use on my property, so I look forward to learning more and implementing.

 
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Welcome Mark and I appreciate you sharing your time here. I haven't read your book yet but it's on my to do list. I'm anxious to read all your input in the forums.

 
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Hi Mark! I'm glad this topic came up and look forward to getting your book (either by winning one or a purchase) as this is an area of improvement I've been working on with my farm this year.
 
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This is a very interesting topic and I have been reading and experimenting on a small scale in my backyard. So far I have played with a few species that grow in the back corner of the yard, which I call “The Jungle”. Looking forward to learning more.
 
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Welcome Mark! Very timely, as I just saw your book on NSP's site and was considering it for the holidays! I have questions!!
 
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Hello Mark!

I heard you interview podcast with Oliver on Regenerative Skills earlier this year and have had your book on my wishlist since then. I imagine based off your interview that the information is presented in a very easy to digest manner that a novice like myself could understand. Thanks for all that you do in this important topic!
 
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Welcome Mark.  I look forward to learning more about coppicing.  It is something I have been wanting to research more, esp. since I started heating my home with a rocket mass heater that likes smaller diameter wood for burning.
 
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Welcome!

I have a couple of books on coppicing but I am finding it very hard to translate what I am reading into actual practice, I have lots of questions but most of them are probably already answered in the books I have already got so I will lurk in the threads and see what I can learn in small chunks!
 
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Jay Angler wrote:Welcome Mark! I *really* enjoyed reading your book and I think it's an excellent reference for anyone planning a complete homestead.



Thanks so much Jay! That's exactly what I was hoping for. So glad you enjoyed it.
 
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Welcome, Mark! I used to not understand why anyone would coppice, but I've begun to understand, in the last year or so - but, I'm still not doing much more than just finding uses for the trimmings, from pruning my peach tree, lol. I'm looking forward to learning how to really utilize more of my trees better.
 
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