Trees of Power
Trees are our allies in healing the world. Partnering with trees allows us to build soil, enhance biodiversity, increase wildlife populations, grow food and medicine, and pull carbon out of the atmosphere, sequestering it in the soil.
Trees of Power explains how we can work with these arboreal allies, specifically focusing on propagation, planting, and individual species. Author Akiva Silver is an enthusiastic tree grower with years of experience running his own commercial nursery. In this book he clearly explains the most important concepts necessary for success with perennial woody plants. It’s broken down into two parts: the first covering concepts and horticultural skills and the second with in-depth information on individual species. You’ll learn different ways to propagate trees: by seed, grafting, layering, or with cuttings. These time-honored techniques make it easy for anyone to increase their stock of trees, simply and inexpensively.
Ten chapters focus on the specific ecology, culture, and uses of different trees, ones that are common to North America and in other temperate parts of the world:
- Chestnut: The Bread Tree
- Apples: The Magnetic Center
- Poplar: The Homemaker
- Ash: Maker of Wood
- Mulberry: The Giving Tree
- Elderberry: The Caretaker
- Hickory: Pillars of Life
- Hazelnut: The Provider
- Black Locust: The Restoration Tree
- Beech: The Root Runner
Trees of Power fills an urgent need for up-to-date information on some of our most important tree species, those that have multiple benefits for humans, animals, and nature. It also provides inspiration for new generations of tree stewards and caretakers who will not only benefit themselves, but leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
Trees of Power is for everyone who wants to connect with trees. It is for the survivalist, the gardener, the homesteader, the forager, the permaculturist, the environmentalist, the parent, the schoolteacher, the farmer, and anyone who feels a deep kinship with these magnificent beings.
Copyright 2019, softcover, 288 pages
About Akiva Silver
Akiva Silver owns and operates Twisted Tree Farm, a homestead, nut orchard, and nursery located in Spencer, New York, where he grows around 20,000 trees per year using practices that go beyond organic. His background is in foraging, wilderness survival, and primitive skills. He has been observing nature intensively for the last 20 years, cultivating a deep appreciation for life. Akiva lives on his farm with his wife and three young children.
Praise for Trees of Power
"Informative, inspirational, and practical, this timeless work will draw the reader into the selflessly giving world of ten significant tree allies." -Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture and Water for Any Farm
"Of great use to both amateurs and professionals wanting to grow woody plants, written by a commercial nursery owner who really knows his stuff." -Martin Crawford, founder, Agroforestry Research Trust
This is a fine book, so good I’ve purchased a second for an out-of-state friend. Akiva Silver is a knowledgeable purveyor of his subject and a magnificent voice for the holy goodness in the natural world.