- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Acres U.S.A.; 1 edition (January 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601730357
- ISBN-13: 978-1601730350
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This model has been outlined in pieces in other books. Much of his ideas about livestock forage are similar to what Joel Salatin writes, though Shepard is less strident, and more open to the idea of a vegetarian diet. He spends a great deal of time demonstrating with chart and figures how, exactly, a more perennial agricultural model can generate more nutritious calories per acre than the current single crop. But the graphs do not overwhelm.
I was pleased by the concrete examples in the book. Shepard demonstrates, in color pictures and with facts and figures, the viability of a farm based on permaculture principles. He gives tree spacings, plant yields, and grazing techniques. He explains the proper ratio of cows to sheep, for instance. However I was expecting a lot more details regarding plant choices, harvesting techniques, etc. What can be said for Shepard is that he stays on point better than, and is more accessible than, Bill Mollison, who has a tendency to wax philosophical. That said, ...Read more ›
Of special interest to me were chapters 11 and 12, in which he deals with questions about the capacity of a perennial agriculture to provide enough calories to feed people. Can 'permaculture' really feed people or must we subsidize the permaculture fantasy with destructive annual tillage and a diet based on annual crops? Shepard admits his figures are a bit rough (yields for polycultures will change as trees mature), but corn produces about 13 million calories per acre annually, and Mr. Shepard suggests that a perennial system with perhaps a few annuals alley-cropped, can produce 6 million calories per acre. He says nutritionally there is simply no comparison between a monocrop of corn and the variety of a perennial system - the nutrition of the perennial system is vastly superior to a corn-based diet.Read more ›
And best of all I now practice the STUN (Sheer, Total, Utter, Neglect) planting method. I love it!
This was a frustrating book because I would love nothing more than to implement these ideas and make my living from my farm this way. But the liberal arguments about conventional ag, citing "scientists" whom I believe to be mere political hacks, undermined his credibility. His use of emotional arguments and lack of any hard information about anyone doing this profitably was disappointing. I found myself writing corrections to his faulty logic in the margins. It was frustrating to see the many problems in his presentation. Especially since I WANT him to be correct and for it to be true that this could replace conventional agriculture. But he did not prove his point.
This book has lots of useful information about growing perennial crops. Despite it's many problems, it is very much worth reading and owning. It is a visionary book, but not a practical guide for someone who wants to farm profitably this way.Read more ›
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An insightful work that lays out how we can better feed the planet and restore soil fertility and eco systems at the same time. An uplifting read.Published 2 days ago by Dennis Allen
Anyone interested in agriculture, backyard farming, or eco-movements should read this book. It is very informative and easy to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by tomten
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