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Nature's second chance : restoring the ecology of Stone Prairie Farm (2009)

by Steven I. Apfelbaum

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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 property used for the construction of his house and lives a very green, self-sufficient life style with his family constructing some of their own furniture, using solar power, and canning many of the fruits and vegetables they grow.

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  DoingDewey | Jun 29, 2014 |
A naturalist and ecologist, Apfelbaum was strongly influenced by the work of Aldo Leopold. For Apfelbaum, however, the satisfaction came not only in the observation and documentation, but also in activism. He bought an 80-acre farm in Wisconsin and restored it to its natural state. The book documents his progress, thinking and the context of his work. I found it interesting, touching and inspiring. ( )
  corrmorr | Sep 20, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0807085820, Hardcover)

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.

There are few who have taken to heart Leopold's vision more than restoration ecologist Steven Apfelbaum, who, over thirty years, transformed his eighty-acre Stone Prairie Farm in Wisconsin into a biologically diverse ecosystem of prairie, wetland, spring brook, and forest. In Nature's Second Chance, the author captures the intimate relationship he has created with the land and shows how the restored farm is serving as a model for the human community around him. Opening with his very first walk on the farm, this deeply personal account relates how Apfelbaum and his family worked to restore acres of native wildflowers and wildlife on land he found depleted after years of corn farming. The traditional agricultural community around him was at first deeply suspicious, he explains, but most of them came around to Leopold's beliefs, as lived by the author, after seeing the benefits of restoration at Stone Prairie Farm.

Nature's Second Chance offers unique insights into the biological world, the processes of ecological recovery, and how humans might play a starring role in healing a planet by implementing Leopold's land ethic, one farm, lot, or brownfield at a time.

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Demonstrates the principles and practices of restoration ecology through the microcosm of the author's eighty-acre Stone Prairie Farm in Wisconsin, following his three decade effort to create a biologically diverse ecosystem.

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Two editions of this book were published by Beacon Press.

Editions: 0807085820, 0807085960

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