Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening Paperback – Apr 11 2011
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"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
Holzer's beautifully designed and illustrated book is essential reading for all who care about the land and the vast interrelated web of living beings who inhabit it, and it is especially timely, since small and organic farmers in the United States are being threatened by agribusiness, chemical companies, and others who view nature as something to conquer and ravish rather than honor and learn from. Large- and small-scale farmers, home gardeners, and even those who only have room to grow in a few pots on a city balcony will find Holzer's methods applicable and effective, his reasoning and knowledge impeccable, and his spirit pure and honest.
"The real story of a 110+ acre commercial permaculture farm featuring 14,000 fruit trees with diverse understory plants, complete integration of rotationally grazed livestock, terraces and rainwater harvesting, and so much more. Anyone interested in taking permaculture to a larger scale in a cold climate will benefit from Sepp Holtzer's 40 years of practical experience implementing permaculture principles."--Eric Toensmeier, author of Perennial Vegetables and co-author of Edible Forest Gardens
Here's great news for fruit-loving gardeners everywhere! Most of the work of establishing, pruning, and tending fruit trees by 'modern' methods is unnecessary and even counterproductive. Sepp Holzer's Permaculture is the One-Straw Revolution for tree crops.--Carol Deppe, author of The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-reliance in Uncertain Times
"After reading this book, all I can say is Sepp Holzer is a Superstar Farmer. Holzer turns out an absolutely remarkable volume and variety of food products, all without one smidgen of chemical fertilizer, and on land in Austria that an Illinois corn farmer would pronounce too marginal for agriculture. American farmers and gardeners will be particularly interested in Holzer's raised beds--which are quite different in construction from ours in the U.S.--as well as his inventive water well irrigation systems, unique methods for integrating livestock into his fruit and vegetable gardens, and practical, low-labor way to grow mushrooms. A fascinating book for anyone who aspires to become the ultimate, champion professional of sustainable farming."--Gene Logsdon, author of Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind, and The Contrary Farmer
"As the era of cheap energy, stable climates and surplus fertilizer stocks comes to a close, the principles of permaculture will become increasingly attractive as one way to design our future food and agriculture systems. Sepp Holzer's Permaculture provides important insights for applying these principles, for both rural farming and emerging forms of urban agriculture."--Frederick Kirschenmann, President, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
About the Author
Josef ("Sepp") Holzer was born in the province of Salzburg, Austria. He is a farmer, author, and an international consultant for natural agriculture. He took over his parents' mountain farm business in 1962 and pioneered the use of ecological farming, or permaculture, techniques at high altitudes (1,100 to 1,500 meters above sea level) after being unsuccessful with regular farming methods. Called the "rebel farmer" because he persisted in these practices despite being fined and even threatened with prison for practices such as not pruning his fruit trees (unpruned fruit trees survive snow loads that will break pruned trees). He has also created some of the world's best examples of using ponds as reflectors to increase solar gain for passive solar heating of structures, and of using the microclimate created by rock outcrops to effectively change the hardiness zone for nearby plants. He has also done original work in the use of Hugelkultur and natural branch development.
He is conducting permaculture ("Holzer Permaculture") seminars at his farm and worldwide, while continuing to work on his alpine farm. His farm now spans over 45 hectares of forest gardens, including 70 ponds, and is said to be the most consistent example of permaculture worldwide. He is author of several books and the subject of the film The Agricultural Rebel. He works nationally as permaculture activist in the established agricultural industry and works internationally as adviser for ecological agriculture. He is the author of Desert or Paradise: Restoring Endangered Landscapes Using Water Management, Including Lake and Pond Construction, and Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening.^
Patrick Whitefield (1949 – 2015) was an early pioneer of permaculture, adapting Bill Mollison’s teachings with a strong Southern Hemisphere bias to the cooler, maritime climate of the British Isles. He wrote a number of seminal books, including Permaculture in a Nutshell (1993), How to Make a Forest Garden (1996), The Living Landscape (2009), How To Read the Landscape (2014) and his magnum opus, The Earth Care Manual (2004), an authoritative resource on practical, tested, cool temperate permaculture. Patrick appeared in several BBC TV programmes, popular gardening videos, and taught many permaculture and other practical courses, throughout the UK.
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J'ai découvert le concept de permaculture en visionnant un documentaire sur M. Holzer. J'ai été subjugué par le travail de cet homme fascinant.
Comment ne pas être séduit par l'idée de travailler de concert avec la nature plutôt que contre elle? Utiliser des combinaisons de plantes, d'arbres et de bosquets pour rendre le sol fertile sans engrais chimique, voilà ce que nous enseigne ce livre.
Je n'ai pas peur de dire que je suis boulimique de ce genre d'ouvrage. Le seul bémol est que je reste sur ma faim et que j'en voudrais plus: plus d'exemples de combinaisons de plantes, plus de conseils, plus de photos et devis techniques.
Un livre que l'on savoure par l'esprit et qui permet de faire des liens entre les concepts de M. Holzer et la réalité de chaque propriétaire de parcelle de terre afin de conjuguer fertilité de la terre et symbiose humaine.
À quand le prochain livre de ce maître? Une chose est certaine, l'envie me prends d'apprendre l'allemand et de visiter le Krameterhof.
I discovered the concept of permaculture watching a documentary on Mr. Holzer. I was captivated by the work of this fascinating man.
How not to be seduced by the idea of working with nature rather than against it? Combine plants, trees and shrubs to make the soil fertile without chemical fertilizers, it's the purpose of this book.
I'm not afraid to say that I cannibalized this kind of work. The only downside is that I'm left on my hunger and I want more: more examples of combinations of herbs, more advices, more pictures and specifications.
When the next book of this master will be available? One thing is certain, the desire to learn German and visit Krameterhof grow slowly but surely inside of me.
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I simply love this guy!... Doing things his own way turns out to be the way... Fascinating book if you are interested in the future of agriculture...Published 8 months ago by claude gagnon
Highly recommend. A wealth of information, you will not be disappointedPublished on Jan. 7 2015 by william
Although it was dropped twice it ripped apart like a cheaply glued pamphlet. I would recommend the kindle version if available. Read morePublished on June 26 2014 by Jae Pea
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