"These will be the benchmark works in the field for many years. The level of scholarship and meticulous footnoting is unsurpassed by anything I've seen in permaculture literature."
—Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden
A tree de force! A must-have set of books for anyone serious about polyculture, integrated organic garden and landscape design, permaculture in the temperate zones and, of course, food forests. The charts of condensed information alone are worth the price of admission. The best book on these topics in years Keep these books within arm's reach at all times!
—Robert Kourick, author of Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally
"Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier have done us all a service by revealing in a clear and straightforward fashion how Nature works. Diversity in turn points the way to more sustainable food systems that all of us can fine tune on our home ground. I hear the voice of this good and gentle earth in Edible Forest Gardens . . . and am excited to keep reading more!"
—Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower and The Herbalist's Way
"While the scope of the permaculture concept has expanded from its initial focus on forest gardening, it is exciting to see how the authors have brought together the ecological theory and practise necessary to further this aspect of the permaculture agenda."
—David Holmgren, cofounder of permaculture and author of Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability
"Dave Jacke has knit an indigenous practice at once ancient and renascent with the mainstream of scientific exploration. He has given us legitimacy—and by us I mean all the ecological agricultural explorers of the epoch—and a cogency that will now be impossible to denigrate or diminish. Permanent agriculture has found a potent and disciplined way forward. Let us seize the moment!"
—Peter Bane, Publisher of Permaculture Activist