Ben Falk is a permaculture teacher and practitioner in Vermont, and details how he has built up his farm to feed him and his family and to withstand shocks of climactic or economic origin. He grows northern-hardy rice in paddocks, raises a large variety of fruit and nut trees, as well as vegetables, ducks, and sheep. He has shaped the land to conserve water and to keep it infiltrated in the soil. He also has excellent advice about the economy of the house itself, and details many energy-saving designs including the use of a wood cook stove which heats his home, cooks his meals and heats all of his domestic hot water in the colder months. Dreamy!