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Book Discussion session 3: The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk

This book discussion will be held at True Brew Barista in Bicentennial Square on selected Tuesday nights throughout the winter.

For the first session we will cover chapters 3-4. Please come ready to share your favorite passage, ideas, topics and design ideas.

True Brew is being very accommodating to hosting us and they ask in return that we buy at least one item each from their awesome menu of herbal teas, coffees, smoothies, wine and beer. (Here's a link to their menu: They also have a light fare menu if you are hungry.

Please respect the RSVP system and only RSVP if you are intending to come! If your plans change, please change your RSVP! Thank you!


The Resilient Farm and Homestead is a manual for developing durable, beautiful, and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition.

Ben Falk is a land designer and site developer whose permaculture-research farm has drawn national attention. The site is a terraced paradise on a hillside in Vermont that would otherwise be overlooked by conventional farmers as unworthy farmland. Falk’s wide array of fruit trees, rice paddies (relatively unheard of in the Northeast), ducks, nuts, and earth-inspired buildings is a hopeful image for the future of regenerative agriculture and modern homesteading.

The book covers nearly every strategy Falk and his team have been testing at the Whole Systems Research Farm over the past decade, as well as experiments from other sites Falk has designed through his off-farm consulting business. The book includes detailed information on earthworks; gravity-fed water systems; species composition; the site-design process; site management; fuelwood hedge production and processing; human health and nutrient-dense production strategies; rapid topsoil formation and remineralization; agroforestry/silvopasture/grazing; ecosystem services, especially regarding flood mitigation; fertility management; human labor and social-systems aspects; tools/equipment/appropriate technology; and much more, complete with gorgeous photography and detailed design drawings.


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  • Donna F.

    This is a great book for discussion. I especially appreciate that it's a New England homestead.

    January 8, 2014

  • Tim J.

    Would like to see it developed into project based review.

    January 7, 2014

    • Donna F.

      Tim do you have a suggestion for step 1? You talked about doing soil analyses. If the results determine what remedial action needs to be taken, that sounds like a good start.

      January 8, 2014

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