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  • Real-World Permaculture for Farmers
  • Written by: Mark Shepard
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Restoration Agriculture

Written by: Mark Shepard
Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
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Restoration Agriculture reveals how to sustainably grow perennial food crops that can feed us in our resource-compromised future.  

The restoration agriculture system described in this award-winning book works! It is possible for humans to produce staple foods using perennial agricultural ecosystems that actually improve the quality of the environment. This can be done on a backyard, farm, or ranch scale and is needed right now - on a global scale.  

Restoration Agriculture explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel, and many other needs. Using the restoration agriculture system, an oak savanna mimic will produce more than twice the number of edible human calories per acre as an average acre of corn, never needs to be planted again, prevents erosion, creates oil, and can be managed with no fossil fuel inputs. This book, based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future.

©2013 Mark Shepard (P)2019 Tantor

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Changed the way I will grow my food for ever!

I've been gardening for 3 years now and not a single person has changed my views like this author has. I will start a food forest of my own and try to inspire others!

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Just bad woowoo bro science

Not good. No science-based info. Focus on feel good woowoo farming that us real farmers know is no walin the park. There is a gigantic body of scientific research on regenerative agriculture - use that.

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A tour de force on a crucial subject -

After my first "audit" of this wonderful book, I found myself wanting to narrate it properly and listen to it again. As strange as this may sound it's true! Restoration Agriculture is a comprehensive masterwork that describes in rich detail all the elements that are necessary to understand and incorporate into a "Forest Garden". But oh, how constantly grating is the enthusiastically inept reading of this wonderful work. It truly needs to be read by a professional narrator, or, preferably, the author, who knows exactly which words to emphasize in order to bring out the richness of the text, and the depth of the wisdom it contains. Mr. Ross seizes upon and annihilates with enthusiasm the very first verb or a noun that sounds as though it probably needs it. Like reading a teleprompter, word by word, with no idea of what's on the next as yet invisible line. If he forgets to emphasize the right word as he passes it by (not quite as frequent) he then proceeds to assail the next non-article with unbridled passion, usually completely misplaced. So many times I almost cried out in anguish for Stephen Fry. But...
I'M GOING TO BUY THIS AMAZING BOOK AND READ IT OUT LOUD TO MYSELF!

Thank you Mr. Shepard for writing this book.

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Fantastic listen/read

Love the topic of perennial agricultural practices.
Massive improvement on annual just in the case of time savings and environmental health impacts

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A must read

This book is the embodiment of the William Gibson quote, “the future is here, it is just on evenly distributed“. I knew everything in this book without knowing the fax. All you have to do is look around us and see what is explained within this book is absolutely 100% true. I hope to start joining the ranks of planting a tree.

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eye opening and inspirint

It's full of informative facts & statistics. Profiting from Perennial Polyculture. Good environmental advice for restorative kindness to rebuild our dying planet.
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Everyone should read this!

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Very informative

There is a lot of really useful and promising information in this book. It can be used on large and small scale agriculture projects and still help restore the ecosystem and improve biodiversity.

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Must listen - inspiring way to look at growing foo

I think this book introduces the change that we need in the world. A lot of data and numbers are given but they provide back ground for a great option in agriculture moving forward. I'm excited to do my part in planning for permaculture.

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So interesting!

Found this book so interesting I listened to it a second time!
It was nice to hear the positive references to my home province of Saskatchewan mentioned on multiple occasions as well.
Helps with the fact that others have done this here before!

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