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Sepp Holzer's Permaculture

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Sepp offers a wealth of information for the gardener, smallholder or alternative farmer yet the book’s greatest value is the attitudes it teaches. He reveals the thinking processes based on principles found in nature that create his productive systems. These can be applied anywhere.

Published 07/12/2010

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Sepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1,500 metres above sea level. His farm is an intricate network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks, well covered with productive fruit trees and other vegetation, with the farmhouse neatly nestling amongst them. This is in dramatic contrast to his neighbours’ spruce monocultures.

In this book, Sepp shares the skill and knowledge acquired over his lifetime. He covers every aspect of his farming methods, not just how to create a holistic system on the farm itself, but how to make a living from it. He writes about everything from the overall concepts, down to the practical details. Learn…

* How Sepp Holzer sets up a permaculture system

* The fruit varieties Sepp has found best for permaculture growing

* How to construct terraces, ponds, and waterways

* How to build shelters for animals and how to work with them on the land

* How to cultivate edible mushrooms in the garden and on the farm

* and much more!

Sepp offers a wealth of information for the gardener, smallholder or alternative farmer yet the book’s greatest value is the attitudes it teaches. He reveals the thinking processes based on principles found in nature that create his productive systems. These can be applied anywhere.

“A fascinating book written by a man who has devoted a lifetime to working with nature and creating extraordinarily diverse polycultures. His work is breathtaking.” Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture Magazine

“There, at an altitude which everyone else has abandoned to low-value forestry, what is probably the best example of a permaculture farm in Europe stands out like a beacon.” Patrick Whitefield, permaculture author and teacher


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Author Sepp Holzer
Short title Sepp Holzer's Permaculture
Long title Sepp Holzer's Permaculture - a practical guide for farmers, smallholders and gardeners
Publisher Permanent Publications
Page count 240
Language English
ISBN-10 No
ISBN-13 9781856230599
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Inspiring must read for all permies Review by Carl Legge
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The range of the permaculture applications covered is extensive. From major landscape design & works to small scale projects in high rise apartments. Holzer presents new ways of thinking about & practising: agriculture; growing fruit trees and fungi, and kitchen & medicinal gardening. At the end of the book are some inspiring case studies of projects from around the world.

What comes through loud & clear is Holzer's sense of challenge to the orthodoxy. And it's not just a theoretical, academic challenge; it's more practical. He's constantly asking us to examine why we do what we do and think of more sustainable ways of doing it.

The book is well and helpfully illustrated with photographs and clear diagrams. There are extensive listings of recommended plant species and varieties. On the negative side, the absence of an index makes it harder to find and cross check interesting information. I hope that any new edition might have this rectified.
(Posted on 05/05/2011)

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