Whole-Farm Planning: Ecological Imperatives, Personal Values, and Economics (Paperback)
Part of the NOFA Guides. Includes information on:
Lessons from systems science (including tools)
Assessing the whole farm (what are we managing? the people, physical and mental assets, money)
Understanding the farm ecosystems (the water and mineral cycles, dynamics of the biological community, the energy flow)
Choosing appropriate tools
Making a framework to test decisions
Including examples and statements from practicing farmers, and more holistic resources and alternative business models.
About the Author
Elizabeth Henderson co-authored The Real Dirt and Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture. She farms in Newark, New York, and has been involved in CSA farming for more than 15 years. Karl North, after his graduate work in social anthropology and ecology, learned and practiced subsistence agriculture in the French Pyrenees. With his wife Jane, he built and has operated Northland Sheep Dairy since 1980. He completed three years of training as an educator in Holistic Management in 2004. His articles on the themes of holism and sustainability in agriculture have appeared in NOFA periodicals.