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A Guided Tour Through Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture

If you’re a permaculture practitioner, you may know Paul Wheaton as the genius and webmaster behind the forums at permies.com—a fantastic resource if you’ve never checked them out. In the forums you can ask questions of other permaculture fans, troubleshoot your garden or fish pond, and learn about new techniques.

Over recent months Paul has been leading listeners of his podcast through our recently published book, Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture.

Sepp Holzer is a farmer, author and international consultant for natural agriculture. His farm, high in the mountains of Austria, now spans over 45 hectares of forest gardens, including 70 ponds, and is said to be the most consistent example of permaculture worldwide.

Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture covers every aspect of Holzer’s farming methods—including practical details for planning and cultivation, and how to make a decent living from the land.

Paul’s podcasts go through nearly everything Sepp’s book has to offer. You can follow along by perusing the list of podcasts here.

To get you hooked, here are the podcasts on the Preface and Chapter One.

Thanks, Paul!


New French edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead available

Great news for French-speaking fans of Ben Falk’s The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. The French language translation is now available from Imagine Un Colibri, from French booksellers, and on Amazon.fr. Falk’s book is a technical manual that details the strategies he and his team have developed for […] Read More

How to Make Biochar

Doing some spring cleaning around your property? By making biochar from brush and other hard-to-compost organic material, you can improve soil—it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer. This excerpt from The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3, explains how to get started. To make biochar right in your garden, start by […] Read More

Generosity as Activism, and Other Homesteading Principles to Live By

“Like everyone I know, we occasionally find ourselves faced with a decision to which there is no obvious answer,” says Ben Hewitt, coauthor of The Nourishing Homestead. “Do we borrow money to build a bigger barn, or do we keep getting by with what we have? Do we spend our meager savings on trees and […] Read More

Pass the Walnut Syrup?

Everyone knows and loves maple syrup, and in some states (like Chelsea Green’s home state of Vermont), it’s big business. However, it’s a widespread myth that maples are the only trees that can be tapped to produce sap, according to Michael Farrell, sugarmaker and director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest. Sap can also be collected […] Read More

4 Books for Growing Food in Winter

Don’t let cold weather stop you from producing and enjoying your own food. For many, the coming of winter simply means cultivation moves indoors or under cover. Small farmers, homesteaders, home gardeners, and commercial growers can extend the growing season with techniques outlined in these essential books. There’s no need for urbanites and small-space dwellers […] Read More
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