rice paddies in vermont? / by Dustin Vandervest

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Not too long ago I finished up the book "The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Approach" by permaculture designer Ben Falk. The book covers design philosophies and techniques for implementing permaculture on a property, and uses his farm for several examples. One of the more unique systems on his farm are the rice paddies and their part in the farms stormwater management program. This particular systems provides a way of handling rainwater onsite, irrigating crops during drought, capturing/building fertility in the soil, and mitigating erosion all while providing a yield of rice. To learn more about Ben Falk and the work he is doing you can visit his website at: http://www.wholesystemsdesign.com/

Video Highlighting Ben Falks farm in Vermont