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Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shepard

Adrien Lapointe

Joined: Feb 23, 2012
Posts: 2639
Location: Kingston, Canada (USDA zone 5a)


Credit: Summary written by Dale Bunger.

Restoration Agriculture gives us a glimpse into the future of large scale, sustainable agriculture.

In his book, Mark Shepard discusses the myth of feeding the world with annual crops and provides an alternative that is not only practical, but can be used as a transitional blueprint. He weaves his wealth of experience with scientific facts and technical knowledge, providing answers to some of the most discussed topics in Permaculture today.

Restoration Agriculture tackles the myth that our current agricultural system is the only way to feed our planet and provides an intelligent counterpoint to the typical arguments against large scale Permaculture. Mark explains how many of the so called advances in modern agriculture have actually contributed to our current dilemma and offers practical ways that Permaculture can be implemented into large scale, productive food systems.

Where to get it?

Mark Shepard's Website
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neil bertrando

Joined: Nov 11, 2011
Posts: 111
Location: Reno, NV
Awesome book Mark!!!

We're excited to use the information and precedents in it, in your work in Wisconsin and Illinois, and other examples of AgroEcology to implement experiments and demonstrations in Nevada. Thanks for sharing your depth and breadth of practical experience.

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Cj Verde

Joined: Oct 18, 2011
Posts: 3397
Location: Vermont, off grid for 22 years!
I think there is a error in the narrative of the video. Hunter Gatherer societies have a flat structure - not heirarchal. Toby Hemenway has a pretty good description of this here:

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Jonathan Ramirez

Joined: Dec 23, 2011
Posts: 1
Good catch CJ. An important differentiation.
Matthew Fallon

Joined: Jan 07, 2010
Posts: 307
Location: long island, ny Z-7a
for a second i thought it might've been the same Mark Shepard whose book i read when first learning the craft of flute-making .
good stuff thanks for sharing

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Meryt Helmer

Joined: Oct 02, 2012
Posts: 336
Location: west marin, bay area california. sandy loam, well drained, acidic soil and lots of shade
it has taken me a few days to find time to listen to both videos but wow there is a lot of great information in both of them!
John Saltveit

Joined: May 09, 2010
Posts: 1221
I thought that this was really a great book. Some permaculture books just say all the same stuff that you've heard a million times before. Mark has a real, distinctive take on permaculture. He is a little oriented toward real farming, whereas "gaia's garden" by TOby Hemenway applies really well to people who have gardens and other jobs more. They're both great books but different.
John S
I agree. Here's the link:
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