[permaculture] Amazon.com: Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening--With information on mushroom cultivation, sowing a ... ways to keep livestock, and more... (9781603583701): Sepp Holzer: Books

Lawrence F. London, Jr. venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Mon May 30 22:05:08 EDT 2011

Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, 
Integrative Farming and Gardening--With information on mushroom 
cultivation, sowing a ... ways to keep livestock, and more... [Paperback]


"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

"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

"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

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

"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

"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

Product Description
Sepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1,500 meters 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 neighbors' spruce monocultures.

In this book, Holzer 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. Holzer writes about everything from the overall concepts, down 
to the practical details.

In Sepp Holzer's Permaculture readers will learn:

     How he sets up a permaculture system
     The fruit varieties he 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!

Holzer 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.

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