- Paperback: 548 pages
- Publisher: Permanent Agriculture Resources; 2nd edition (July 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0970254431
- ISBN-13: 978-0970254436
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Craig Elevitch has been working for island resource self-sufficiency since 1989. He directs Agroforestry Net, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to empowering people in agroforestry and ecological resource management. The organization's internationally recognized publications have guided thousands of readers in becoming more proficient in ecological food production, agroforestry, and reforestation. Craig edits The Overstory, a monthly agroforestry journal with 8,000 subscribers in 185 countries. He has coordinated numerous workshops and field days for Pacific island agroforestry, with over 1,500 farmers and resource professionals participating since 1993. His books include Agroforestry Guides for Pacific Islands (2000), The Overstory Book: Cultivating Connections with Trees, 2nd Edition (2004), Traditional Trees of Pacific Islands: Their Culture, Environment, and Use (2006), and Specialty Crops for Pacific Island Agroforestry (2011, in press), all of which promote diverse agricultural systems that include trees.
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Numerous related topics are covered, resulting in a comprehensive overview of agroforestry techniques and the issues surrounding them. The book explores the economic, environmental, and community potential of agroforestry systems.The chapters are written by different authors in their areas of expertise. The writing is clear and digestible to all readers, not just the academic crowd.
Look through the Table of Contents to see how many different topics are covered. I have enjoyed reading The Overstory and continue to use it as a reference. One can only hope that the author goes on to make a 3rd edition!
The articles themselves are interesting, but with a real emphasis on tropical/sub-tropical applications, which have little relevance to my own situation. This was not clear from the description, which is why I am writing this review.
If you are interested in tropical/sub-tropical agroforestry, you will probably find the book interesting. If not, then you would be better advised to spend the money on Edible Forest Gardens, by Jacke and Toensmeier, or Creating a Forest Garden, by Martin Crawford.