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Trees of Power: Ten Essential Arboreal Allies

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The organic grower's guide to planting, propagation, culture, and ecology

Trees are our allies in healing the world. Partnering with trees allows us to build soil, enhance biodiversity, increase wildlife populations, grow food and medicine, and pull carbon out of the atmosphere, sequestering it in the soil.

Trees of Power explains how we can work with these arboreal allies,
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 18th 2019 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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Clare O'Beara
This excellent book from a tree propagator should be read by anyone concerned about climate change, feeding the people of today and the future, biodiversity loss, atmospheric carbon.
Maybe you have seen the YouTube video of a TED talk about restoring desertifying land using mobs of cattle, bunched and moved regularly. What the cattle do is eat up dead grasses and put organic compost, including seeds, on the ground. Traditional mixed farmers and organic farmers know this already. In just the same
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Alicia Bayer
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was really torn on how many stars to give this book. On the one hand, there were ways that I felt it could have been improved. There are no ID pictures of the trees, the author does seem to "brain dump" as another reviewer put it (but what a brain full of information he has on trees!) and it's a bit of a long and wandering read in places. It lacks the quick sound-byte character of many books these days, full of charts and summaries and short sections with cliff notes written right on the pages ...more
David Wineberg
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Akiva Silver is a tree crops evangelist. I don’t think there is a tree he hasn’t thought about to make meals, and money out of. That’s the main difference between Trees of Power and other nature, gardening or farming books. Everywhere he looks, Silver sees the potential for new markets. Throughout, he looks at everything as a cash crop. From perennial spring medicinal flowers to fall chestnuts, the forests provide sellable crops, often in ways we have yet to master.

The book is a brain dump from
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Deborah
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eco-living
What a great read to begin the year!
David Hopkins
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Akiva Silver is a neighbor who has provided me with numerous trees in exchange for honey. He’s visited my home and woodland, shared his perspectives, and taught me about the trees where I live. I enjoy his kindness and intelligence. I’m grateful that he’s put it down in words. I’m proud of his writing and I’ve told him so.

Akiva has an affection for the woodlands that is contagious in this book. His enthusiasm is woven with his wholistic and knowledgeable insight into his chosen ten trees, the pr
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Zach
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Akiva's writing has a really wonderfilled quality, with each page he invites us not only to think, and to understand, but to feel and to empathize. His writing is really a strength and carries forward the book, making it an enjoyable, soulful read. Along the waya he discusses trees in their relations to wildlife, ecosystems, and climate. Akiva has built a lot of experience for himself growing trees professionally for a decade, and so his propagation guidance is sound, balanced, and conveyed in a ...more
Jess Macallan
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: environment
If you're interested in permaculture, regenerative farming, sustainability, food forests, or want to enhance your organic gardening skills, pick up a copy of this book. The author shares his love for and talents with cultivating trees harmoniously with nature. I appreciated his focus on stopping to pay attention and learn from trees rather than merely learning about them, and also the emphasis on how trees are sentient beings.

Readers will enjoy the comprehensive look at the allies--he offers an
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Corrie
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this book. It's life changing. I can't wait to put some of these techniques into practice. As I read each chapter that's my new favourite tree. And there are some really exciting things to learn about - Bitternut Hickory?! Hungarian Timber type Black Locust?!! What! Really cool.
Dan Laubach
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I deff skimmed over some sections, but I really hope to find the money and land to make the ideas in this book a reality in my life. His argument for Trees is powerful and his advice for people who want to save the planet and make a decent living doing it by growing trees is super helpful.
Vaclav Adler
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book is awesome! I know the author of the book from YouTube and I wanted to support him buying the book, as I said the book is great and inspiring. Thx
Joanne McKinnon
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tree lover book

My home is surrounded by a forest. I want to leave it healthy and thriving for futur generations. What I have learned in this book will help me achieve my mission.
Todd Burris
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great info on planting, caring, and using trees. This book is worth reading just for the Afterword and life philosophy.
Jerrilyn
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five stars *Only* means life-changing in my system. Trees of Power is a book of wonder and depth, simple message and profound value. It is about "making the choice to participate in nature through conscious intent by planting trees," Trees are fountains of life! Trees want to live and grow! Anyone can grow trees! "We can bemoan the tragedies that nature has endured or we can cast seeds and plant a future." Akiva Silver
"Go out into Nature & plant trees / That when the south wind blows /
You shall
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