Best books for paleo-izing land with permaculture or agroforestry?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 23, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Unfortunately, recently my family realized that our land is really too damaged to support our herd of cattle for the moment and we've had issues with our farm manager, so we've decided to sell off the cattle and I'd like to initiate a forestry project. I have one year of college forestry, but most of it was calculating timber yields and other non-applicable stuff. I'd like to re-forest most of the property, but shape it in a way that it provides us food (berries, nuts, mushrooms, fruits etc.) with agroforestry and permaculture methods. My goal would be a kind of "paleoforest" which would not be too dense, but provide some openness for activities like hunting and grazing when the land is rebuilt.

I'd like to start researching and reading some books, so what books would you recommend?



on February 24, 2012
at 05:58 AM

What do you mean the land is too damaged? If the land lacks minerals, you can put those minerals back in the land by testing the soil and then putting a soil amendment (eg limestone ) on the land. The farmer I get most of my grass fed beef from uses Kinsey (kinsey.com) for his soil testing. I've noticed a big difference in meat quality between those farmers who do soil amendment for minerals and those that don't.



on February 24, 2012
at 12:02 AM

I don't know any books, but I know a couple of permaculture consultants, if that would be helpful. Are you in the mid-west now?



on February 23, 2012
at 11:59 PM

There were some recommendations made here http://paleohacks.com/questions/81063/how-would-you-make-your-yard-a-wilderness#axzz1nFb5QHU6 that might be applicable.

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on February 24, 2012
at 01:15 AM

For permaculture reference its hard to go past Mollison's "Permaculture: A designer's manual"



on May 30, 2012
at 12:14 AM

Edible Forest Gardens (2 volume set) Volume I: Ecological Vision and Theory for Temperate Climate Permaculture, Volume II Ecological Design and Practice for Temperate Climate Permaculture by Dave Jacke, Eric Toensmeier

Kind of expensive ($90 US) but a fantastic resource.



on February 24, 2012
at 03:27 AM

A great book for insight into aboriginal methods of sustainable land management is Changes in the Land, by William Cronon. Cronon compares the land management practices of the Native Americans along the eastern seaboard with those of the newly-arriving European colonists, and delves into the effects of this clash of cultures and practices on the environment. It's not exactly permaculture, but it's a very interesting book on its own, and maybe it will give you a few ideas.



on February 24, 2012
at 12:08 AM

My fave is Gaia's Garden, but I don't know if it is on the scale you need.

I also know several permaculture consultants in the Pac NW & Scotland/UK, but if you are in the midwest now, you might be better off googling for consultants who are based there.



on June 10, 2012
at 09:34 AM

Hi, I'd be interested to hear how this is going? I've just ordered http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creating-Forest-Garden-Working-nature/dp/1900322625/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_cart_3 and http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Grow-Perennial-Vegetables-Low-maintenance/dp/1900322846/ref=pd_sim_b_1

They are UK-based, which orks for me!

The website http://www.agroforestry.co.uk/ also has plant lists.

In terms of soils, have you heard about biochar and/or mycelia? http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_stamets_on_6_ways_mushrooms_can_save_the_world.html


on May 29, 2012
at 11:08 PM

Google "Sepp Holzer" He is the man! His book got translated not too long ago. Have you seen what Allan Savory is doing to rehab land? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOmlw2eiW1I

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