We’re very excited to announce that the third book by bestselling author, ecological farmer and consultant Mark Shepard is now available!
About the Book
This new book – Water for Any Farm: Technical Engineering Manual – is a companion to Mark’s other two books – Restoration Agriculture and Water for Any Farm.
This book provides dozens of detailed illustration to help you solve real-live problems on your farm through implementing a Master Line System of farm water management.
In times of drought, this system enables producers to catch, direct and hold water high where it can be put to work, and in times of severe rain or melt, these strategies help prevent erosion by directing water on a meandering journey using a series of retention and distribution features.
Mark Shepard clearly explains this whole-farm approach to understanding water flow and retention, which works on farms of various scales and in diverse climates, and helps troubleshoot a wide range of real-world problems, such as property lines which don’t align with topographical lines, complex landforms, utilities and pre-existing infrastructure.
The book offers detailed diagrams and clear instructions, problem-solving and system maintenance guidance, and up-to-date reference data and information about relevant software products to ensure the accuracy of runoff calculations and construction parameters. The ROI potential on this book for any farmer and rancher is exponential.
About the Author
Author, farmer and consultant Mark Shepard is the CEO of Restoration Agriculture Development, Forest Agriculture Enterprises and runs New Forest Farms, a 110-acre perennial agricultural savanna, one of the first of its kind in the United States. He has been designing and installing farm and ranch-scale rainwater management systems since 1995.
Mark Shepard has been speaking at the Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show for more than a decade, both as a conference presenter and an all-day Eco-Ag U workshop instructor. He is also the instructor of two of our Eco-Ag U Online learning courses:
- Practical Permaculture and Agroforestry for Farmers – a course on how to pivot your farm into a diversified, resilient polyculture with tree crops, livestock, fruits and vegetables, and more.
- Basics of Practical Permaculture for Farmers – a short course where you’ll learn the key terms and basic principles of farm-scale permaculture.
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