- 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 (79 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,636 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!
After reading this book a second time I will add that I commend some of the ideas in the book, however, I must denounce some flaws. To being with, perennial crops are not more reliable than annual. I have perennial and annual crops. It's almost an every other year that a late frost, for a season, makes either apples, pears, or peaches a TOTAL loss where I live by killing the blossoms. The only protection is having apples, pears, and peaches which all blossom at different times. Meanwhile, I have never known (nor do I know anyone) who has known a modern corn crop to fail. Might be a disappointing year (under 180 bu/acre), but corn is tough stuff. I've seen it withstand winds that toppled apple and oak trees, I've seen it weather droughts that toasted perennial pastures, and it isn't planted when floods or winter weather are a worry, while all perennials need to withstand both.
Furthermore, I am left wondering how the harvest of the diversity of crops at all different heights and whatnot is supposed to be achieved with a reasonable amount of work.Read more ›
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I love this book and especially loved the section own beekeeping. I loved learning about incorporating animals to permaculture.Published 1 month ago by L. Lewis
This book needs to be reviewed by someone knowledgeable in all of the subjects involved. As an interested amateur, I can say it appears to have some good information and ideas but... Read morePublished 2 months ago by doug korty
This is a well-written, well-considered book on how to imitate natural forms in agricultural systems. It's not just another back-to-Nature or back-to-the land book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a pretty broad overview of the Restoration Agriculture system(?). You will not get much how to, or step by step instructions so you can copy what Mark has on your land. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bryan Z
A good introduction for a true and absolute beginner. It is definitely worth the money and time if permaculture and the ideas of restoration agriculture are still very new to you. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 5 months 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 7 months ago by tomten