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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; Ill edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716780
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Darrell Frey is the owner and manager of Three Sisters Farm, a five-acre permaculture farm, solar greenhouse and market garden located in Western Pennsylvania. Frey writes extensively on permaculture design and ecological land use planning and has been a sustainable community development consultant and permaculture teacher for 25 years.

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The book is both very well organized and very well written.
Marilyn P
This is really a book to get if you actually plan to employ some of these ideas.
richunclskel
A great overview of permaculture with a good emphasis on sheltered gardens.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn P on January 14, 2012
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I have a certificate in permaculture from the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, CA, and am in the very beginning stages of getting a farm going in Oregon. This wonderful book holds an excellent overview of permaculture principles - a great review - then goes on to present details about how they are applied at Three Sisters Farm. In addition to straight permaculture, the authors interweave ecoscience from more mainstream sources, to excellent effect.

Even more special is the thorough presentation of the bioshelter concept, their design, their use of their bioshelter, and - thank you! - thoughts on what they would do differently / how they would adjust their structure. Following the Three Sisters bioshelter are case studies of the structures from other farms.

The book is both very well organized and very well written. It is a treasure, and is going to be a mainstay for me as I lay out the garden and aquaponic areas of my farm. I unreservedly recommend this book. It has wide scope but presents it in a manner that is imminently practical. Can't say enough good things about the book.

Note: The book is, as many farming / gardening books seem to be, focused on what works well in the U.S. northeast where Three Sisters is located. Those of us in different climates can read, understand, and adjust as needed...
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By richunclskel on June 7, 2012
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I have been an urban farmer/designer for the past 4 years. I have read heaps of books on farming and gardening, and I was surprised by how excellent this book is.

Many books are primers on ideas in modern ecological farming and gardening. This book is not a beginner book on vague permaculture design ideas. It's a very thorough book with case studies of actual projects, showing you how to design, build and run these systems, including the pieces of the bioshelter puzzle (ie- keeping chickens, aquaculture, compost in the bioshelter.) It IS light enough reading though that it provides great inspiration for aspiring gardeners.

It's very practical and he goes into a superb amount of detail on everything, even what kind of lights and fixtures to use. This is really a book to get if you actually plan to employ some of these ideas.

He includes calculations of how to determine how to provide sufficient heat in a greenhouse year round with minimal supplemental heating, how to determine BTUs from compost, etc. This book can get you a lot of the way toward designing a farm project that you feel confident about.

In addition to the bioshelter information, he also talks about the general running of an intensive farm, going through each season. This is stuff that would be helpful to any farm or garden, even if you're just growing for yourself. Darrel is very thorough and you can tell that he put a ton of research and time into writing this book. Highly recommended!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By jenn on March 12, 2012
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I agree 100% with Marilyn P's review. This book is 463 pages of pure gold. They even show you...
...how to calculate how much compost you will need annually, and how much raw material you will need to get there. ...how to figure solar gain, solar storage and heat loss so you can size your heating system, and
...a table of temperate zone wetland plants with their uses and problems.

The only criticism I have is that there are only 8 pages of color photos, and only a modest number of black and white photos or line drawings. They do the job though, and I am not sure what I would have wanted them to leave out so that they could have more photos, so this criticism is really nitpicking. I only hope they find the time to write "Volume 2" to give us a status update on their farm activities, provide more photos, and give us more detail on how to set up the more complicated systems.

As it is, this book is worth every penny!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Denice Moffat on March 25, 2012
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Sure do wish the photos were in color. Some of the photos are duplicated more than once. The words are great though and it's very well thought out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2014
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If you are planning to have a commercial (for income) garden, this book is what you need. If you are planning to have a personal garden (not for income), this book is not what you need.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rich on May 2, 2013
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This book is packed with a details. It can be hard to follow if you don't have a mathematical mind. It covers everything from planting seed to how to calculate thermal mass and locate the magnetic south. Great book for a serious sustainable farmer.
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