North America needs a book on the ancient lost art of growing woody plant resprouts for crafts, food, fuel & more. We are writing it.
We humans must develop land management systems that provide diverse products to meet our needs while regenerating healthy ecosystems. Coppice agroforestry systems can do exactly this.
Many woody plants resprout from the stump or root suckers when cut to the ground--we call the regrowth "coppice", and the management system "coppicing". Many ancient cultures understood this plant behavior and managed coppice to produce their fuel, craft and building materials, livestock fodder, fencing, and much more. In North America, coppicing was a casualty of European emigration from a culture of resource conservation (by necessity) to one of widespread overexploitation and industrialization. We now must re-engage with these practices and develop them to a high art for our times and for our future.
Mark Krawczyk (www.keylinevermont.com and www.rivenwoodcrafts.com) and Dave Jacke (www.edibleforestgardens.com) have therefore decided to write "Coppice Agroforestry: Perennial Silviculture for the 21st Century." Coppice Agroforestry will serve as a detailed manual for foresters, farmers, craftspeople, and land managers describing the history, ecology, economics, design, and management of agroforestry systems based on the repeated harvest of small diameter wood products from resprouting tree stumps. Bridging ancient coppice traditions and cutting-edge agroecosystem design, Coppice Agroforestry will articulate a practical vision of forest management that integrates ecosystem health, economic viability, multi-generational tree crops, and diverse non-timber forest products. Our book will fill several critical gaps that so far have been unfilled in the literature on coppice woodlands - namely:
- How to apply this strategy to North American ecosystems and species;
- Effective design processes for multifunctional, productive landscapes;
- Details on coppice system establishment;
- Consolidated research from a scattered literature;
- Data on projected system yields;
- An in-depth discussion of coppice products and market potential.
As we strive for solutions to stabilize our communities, economies and ecologies, it’s vital that we come prepared with a diverse and well-stocked toolbox. Coppice woodland management can and will provide complementary solutions for a post-petroleum world. We feel eager to contribute to this expanding toolbox with Coppice Agroforestry.
While we have found publishers interested in this book, we have chosen to self-finance the manuscript production phase, and need help to do so. We have already begun work, with literature research, searches for case studies, and first drafts underway. We expect to need at least **$18,000** to fully fund the writing of this book. We set our minimum goal at $5,000 to make sure we got enough to fund our research trips to visit case study sites, but every little bit helps. We also need money to support us while we work this winter and next spring, and we need money to cover the costs of research (many of the resources we need to access are overseas and therefore expensive to acquire). If we don't raise the full amount we will need to earn money to pay bills and save enough to write on the side, which will slow us down a lot! So any help you can offer will be appreciated. We would love to finish the first draft of our manuscript by early spring if we can.
We look forward to hearing from you all, to developing this resource in support of our planet and people, and to sharing the results of our work with you in the future! Thanks very much!
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Nov 4, 2010 - Dec 10, 2010 (45 days)
Pledge $5 or more
2 pages of original manuscript with editing marks on them. Backers outside the U.S. please add $1 for extra postage.
Pledge $10 or more
One original sketchy sketch used to develop illustration ideas for the book, signed by the author-artist (might be on the back of scrap paper!), PLUS a packet of seed for a coppicing tree or shrub species (we'll select the species; sorry, U.S. backers only). Backers outside the U.S. please add $2 for extra postage.
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One high quality 8 x 10 print of a photo from the book, signed on the back by Dave and Mark, PLUS a packet of seeds as above. Backers outside the U.S. please add $2 for extra postage.
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One digital media disc (or a folder sent by ftp server) with tons of info on coppicing trees and shrubs, including unedited audio or video of selected interviews/site visits from our case study research, research papers, etc., PLUS a packet of seed as above, PLUS your name in the book's acknowledgments. Backers outside the U.S. please add $2 for extra postage or you can download digital media from a free ftp server such as Yousendit.com.
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One signed copy of the book, PLUS the above digital media disc or ftp file, PLUS a packet of seeds as above, PLUS your name in the book's acknowledgments. Backers outside the U.S. please add $6 for extra postage.
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A 1.5 hour webinar with Dave and Mark, PLUS a signed copy of the book, PLUS the digital media disc or ftp folder above, PLUS a packet of seeds as above, PLUS your name in the book's acknowledgments. Backers outside the U.S. please add $6 for extra postage.
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A 4-hour consultation with either Mark or Dave (within 200 miles of us at no travel cost; longer consults or distances at our going rates), PLUS a signed copy of the book, PLUS the digital media disc or ftp folder above, PLUS a packet of seeds as above, PLUS your name in the book's acknowledgments with many thanks! Backers outside the U.S. please add $6 for extra postage. Backers >200 miles away or outside the U.S.please contact us about additional consult costs.
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One 4-hour consultation with Dave AND Mark (within 200 miles of us at no travel cost; longer consults or distances at going rates), PLUS a signed copy of the book, PLUS the digital media disc or ftp folder above, PLUS a packet of seeds as above, PLUS your name in the book's acknowledgments with many many thanks! Backers outside the U.S. please add $6 for extra postage. Backers >200 miles away or outside the U.S. please contact us about additional consult costs.