Today I want to review a book I received for Christmas. Sepp’s Holzer’s Permaculture printed in the United States of America by Chelsea Green Publishing.
I was really excited to receive this book because of some videos I had viewed about Sepp’s farming on YouTube. My first impressions of this book after flipping through it did nothing to dampen my excitement. The book is well laid out and makes good use of glossy images and charts to present the authors ideas.
Sepp has been practicing alternative farming methods of diversity and interacting with nature since 1962 which has earned him the name ”Rebel Farmer” well before Bill Mollison and David Holmgren termed the phrase “permaculture”. This book is a practical hands on guide to permaculture. Sepp walks you through how he does permaculture on his farm the Krameterhof. He explains his methods of using raised beds, terraces, and ponds to create microclimates that allow a diverse ecoculture to thrive. Livestock, fruit trees, and cultivating mushrooms are also covered. He provides a list of plants and trees to use in different soil conditions that can be used as a starting point for others. Above all you must experiment (observe and interact) with nature on your own place.
If you’re looking for a book on the mechanics of permaculture this is the book for you, an easy read. If you are looking for permaculture theory to help you with your PDC I would recommend something different. This book goes beyond theory to the actual application.