Sepp Holzer's Permaculture

Sepp Holzer's Permaculture

A Practical Guide to Small-scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening

Book - 2011
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Chelsea Green Publishing

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 Permaculturereaders 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.

Book News
This interesting volume on permaculture and small scale alternative farming techniques provides detailed practical information while showing readers a glimpse inside the life and work of Sepp Holzer, a Austrian farmer who has transformed a small farm in Salzburg into a beacon for gardeners and activists for food independence around the world seeking alternatives to corporate controlled agriculture. The work is divided into sections covering landscape architecture, alternative agriculture, fruit trees, cultivating mushrooms, and gardens. Chapters discuss topics such as designing permacultural systems, multi-use livestock, mushroom cultivation methods, and kitchen and medicinal gardens. The work is packed with full-color photographs, illustrations, and technical drawings. It is an excellent companion to larger and more technical guides to permaculture and provides readers with a wealth of both useful information and inspiration. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: White River Junction, VT : Chelsea Green Pub., 2011
Edition: 1st English language ed
ISBN: 9781603583701
Characteristics: xix, 232 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps, ports. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Sapsford-Francis, Anna
Alternative Title: Permaculture


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Apr 03, 2013

My favourite book on Permaculture - Sepp Holzer has 50 years of experience on a high altitude farm in Austria. His results are amazing and heartening. His cautions would apply to every farm and garden I've seen here in ontario to date. An accessible read for both the large scale farmer and the balcony gardener.

Mar 06, 2013

This book gives a fantastic look into a high-elevation working farm subsisting on far from conventional methods. Informative and inspiring, well worth the read.

rowanquincy Oct 17, 2012

Interesting approach to gardening and livestock management. Very inspiring.

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