Sepp Holzer's new book on permaculture
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 the monoculture fir tree plantations favoured by his neighbours.
In his new book, which you can get here from Green Shopping, Sepp shares the skills and knowledge he's 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 also how to make a living from it.
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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.
“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