Desert or Paradise
Restoring Endangered Landscapes Using Water Management, Including Lake and Pond Construction
Sepp Holzer is known around the world for bringing deserted landscapes back to life using his unique methods of creating water-retention basins. In Desert or Paradise, Holzer applies his core philosophy for increasing food production, earth health, reconnecting mankind with nature, and reforestation and water conservation across the world. He urges us to look beyond failed “solutions” to drought by learning from his lengthy catalog of successes in arid, rainfall-dependent regions such as Greece, Turkey, Spain, and Portugal.
Holzer offers a wealth of information for the gardener, homesteader, permaculture designer, and sustainable farmer, yet the book’s greatest value is in the attitudes it teaches and in demonstrating that the simple principles found in nature used to create Holzer’s productive systems can be applied anywhere.
Holzer also outlines his ten points of sustainable self-reliance and how these methods can help feed the world, such as the need to:
- Regulate water usage;
- Eliminate factory livestock farming;
- Bring more fallow or unused land into production;
- Enlarge crop areas by using terracing and Holzer-style raised beds;
- Engage in community building;
and much more.
Expressed with Holzer’s unique style and opinions, Desert or Paradise gives hope to those who see an apparently barren landscape as a failure from which there is no return, and helps us move beyond conventional methods that trap us in a cycle of dependence.