Reviewer Allan Becker: Allan has been designing and planting flower gardens, since he was a teenager in the 1960's. Now retired from the soft goods industry, where he held several positions in design, product development, and marketing, he has turned his passion for gardening into a second career, as a garden designer for private clients in Montreal, Canada.
Author: Steven Apfelbaum
Author: Steven Apfelbaum
Urban dwellers, far removed from arable land, are
pleased that food is relatively affordable. Many of us are also proud
that we grow enough food to feed the world. That this efficient food
chain abuses the earth concerns too few people. When we are
informed that this process is clearly unfriendly to
nature, we cannot imagine why anyone would choose to turn back
the clock on successful agricultural history.
The author of this book leads us to reconsider our position on this subject by describing the toll that agro processing exacts from the earth. In doing so, he politely sets the stage for a controversial debate.
So much time and space has been devoted by the media to the
deterioration of our environment. We are continuously being reminded
about global warming, pollution, the need to find alternate renewable
sources of energy and the importance of securing reliable sources of
potable water. Yet, very little attention is paid to the importance
of restoring land abused by agricultural overuse, mining, forestry
and landfills. The author reminds us that we are the original
stewards of our planet and that it is our responsibility to pass on
this earth to subsequent generations in good stead.
Steven Apfelbaum is an ecologist and educator. His specialty is natural resource conservation which is an ecological restorative process of nurturing wild plants and animal communities back to health. Restoration is, in essence, the act of putting back into the land what has been taken out of it. This book documents his personal experience in restoring overworked farmland.
Reading about his successful land restoration, it
becomes clear that there is sheer delight to be found in recreating a
natural preserve. The sense of accomplishment that he
derives from his work is also shared by his family and admirers. The
goal of this dedicated ecologist is not only to inspire others to
restore parts of their own land but also to see restored patches of
reclaimed land interconnected across the mid western U.S.A. in
order to create a vast stretch of a renewed ecosystem.
There is nothing ostensibly controversial in writing about one’s passion. Indeed, advocating the restoration of abused farmland is an admirable endeavor. And yet, this sincere desire to heal parts of our planet is a reminder that we have deliberately chosen to abuse too many portions of it in order to efficiently feed the world. How powerful is the written word that a noble conviction, by its mere publication, can become a veiled but valid critique of an essential part of our food chain. So, no matter what you may have read to the contrary, reading a book still remains a thrilling, mind expanding, experience.Click Here To Purchase Nature's Second Chance: Restoring the Ecology of Stone Prairie Farm