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Nature's Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm Paperback – February 1, 2010
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Reminiscent of an outback walkabout this story of an urban academic in search of a personal connection with the Nature he studied hits the mark. The author shares his journey as a son who needs his Mother's help to buy a run down place in the country, as a lonesome stranger among farmers with different values, as a life partner in a loving relationship devoted to land stewardship and parenting, and as an entrepreneur able to make his passions his work. Indeed one of his burning passions almost burned down his neighbor's farm!
Apfelbaum's words flow like the creek he restored, letting us share each season's charm as birds come and go, frogs and toads holler mating frenzies, wild flowers bloom and invasive weeds vex. Mixing love, ethics, struggle and inspiration this book restores us while telling the story of saving the space around us. Even his neighboring farmers begin to see value in a "weedy mess."
I like the book so much I am publishing my first book review.
The author of this book leads us to reconsider our position on this subject by describing the toll that agro processing exacts from the earth. In doing so, he politely sets the stage for a controversial debate.
So much time and space has been devoted by the media to the deterioration of our environment. We are continuously being reminded about global warming, pollution, the need to find alternate renewable sources of energy and the importance of securing reliable sources of potable water. Yet, very little attention is paid to the importance of restoring land abused by agricultural overuse, mining, forestry and landfills. The author reminds us that we are the original stewards of our planet and that it is our responsibility to pass on this earth to subsequent generations in good stead.
Steven Apfelbaum is an ecologist and educator. His specialty is natural resource conservation which is an ecological restorative process of nurturing wild plants and animal communities back to health. Restoration is, in essence, the act of putting back into the land what has been taken out of it. This book documents his personal experience in restoring overworked farmland.
Reading about his successful land restoration, it becomes clear that there is sheer delight to be found in recreating a natural preserve.Read more ›
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Great book with some real practical details about how this property was restored over time.Should be an inspiration to anyone with a few acres that would like to see the land in... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Wanderer
Good book to start my search to understand the ground that feeds us all. Well-written! Some stories I wanted more on!Published 21 months ago by TheTexMN
I wanted to go out and buy land to restore after reading this book, well, I did before that too, but this book made me think I could actually do it...if only I had the capital!Published on April 30, 2010 by A. Thomas