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Nature's Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm

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Renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold once wrote, "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it does otherwise." Years after Leopold's passing, his "land ethic" is a centerpiece for the modern conservation and ecological restoration movements in America, and around the world.

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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Nelson Eisman
First full disclosure: I have known Steve Apfelbaum and Susan Lehnhardt for ten years. I have visited the farm several times, shared meals, walks with Max, and kicked back to enjoy the critters flitting and chirping around the screened porch. We have been birding together and Steve is awesome – counting 50 species in as many minutes. When I exclaim my awe Susan laughs and says, “He just makes them up!” We have great times together and every time I learn an incredible amount from both of them. No ...more
Katie/Doing Dewey
After reading about ways to attract wildlife to the garden earlier in the week, I was ready to dive into a book about an actual conservation project - Nature's Second Chance by Steven Apfelbaum. In this book, Apfelbaum chronicles his thirty years working to restore the pre-farming ecosystem at Stone Prairie Farm in Wisconsin. As the introduction points out, this isn't a book about homesteading but does include a lot of the same elements. In particular, the author learns about the wood on his pro ...more
I'mm interested in the concept of restoring eroded cornfields to a natural prairie. It doesn't just happen on its own and takes a lot of work and dedication. It seems to work in Wisconson, where it rains from time to time, but I don't know how to approach that kind of project here in the desert.
I was a bit disappointed that the author didn't list any botanical names of plants, even as a cross reference, but then, I'm a plant nerd. Some photos would have been nice, too.
I haven't read A Sand County Almanac yet but this seems to be a 21st century version. Normally I prefer books packed with information and less poetic imagery.. BUT this book was great. I couldn't help but imagine living the same way 10 years from now in a my own biome. Also found out from the acknowledgments that Apfelbaum is the neighbor of Ivanko who wrote a sort of guidebook for sustainable homesteading I read last year.
Not quite personal enough for a memoir, not quite rigorous enough to interest me on the restoration side. I would have preferred the book to have more details on the hows behind the restoration of Stone Prairie Farm.

Riko Stan
Very inspirational. I have been talking with my oldest son about buying up a lot of the empty property around us and doing the same type of thing Mr Apfelbaum did on Stone Prairie Farm.
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