Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Trailblazer Press; 1st edition (June 1, 1998)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Solviva-How to Grow $500,000 on One Acre & Peace On Earth. Thisis a strange book! A How-To book it is not. It is a hodge podge ofthoughts, green speak, observations, the authors past 20 years oflife, some interesting applications of solar structures, much greenspeak, her experience with a greenhouse and the business it generated,more green speak, ...full-color pictures of plants, animals, insects,artwork, green speak, and lastly green speak. Whether written this wayon purpose or not it is confusing. It is a very disjointed book; moreabout a persons philosophy of life than about a greenhouse that washeated and cooled by strictly solar methods. The books layout andprogression is far from logical and it is quite a chore waddingthrough all of the philosophizing to arrive at some meat. Does thisbook have value? Some. But cut out all of the psycho babble, greenspeak and moralizing, rearrange the contents, do some more homework onsolar and other peoples projects and failures, get a few scientificfacts verified, more data and details on what Mss Edey did and did notdo, then perhaps it might be a worthwhile book. One glaring lack, atleast as far as I am concerned; it is not a How To book. Maybe thatis not a big issue when one is writing in a diary, but when the bookstitle page uses those words and the book does not deliver, then it is amajor issue. The income generating potential of a solar heatedgreenhouse that uses strict organic methods has a lot of merit andexpanded outdoors during the summer months one could expect that theincome would increase. She makes a claim that $500,000 is possiblewith the 10,000 sq. ft. greenhouse and about an acre of land.
I am a gardener with a few years of experience and a lot of book learning on the subject. This is my opinion, after reading the book, and coming to it from that point of view.If you aren't very well read on gardening or mini-farming, I'd recommend skipping this book until you've read a few others, such as Bartholomew's Square Foot Gardening, Jeavons books on biointensive gardening, and a few others. Otherwise you'll buy too deeply into what Edey is trying to sell.If you are pretty well read on the topic and have gardening/mini-farming experience, then the book is a reasonable weekend read.Either way, unless you're extremely flush with cash, I wouldn't buy the book, I'd only spend time on it if it's available from the library.The title is misleading, the "How To Grow $500,000 On One Acre" is catchy, but not realistic. The author says that her "gross income was up to $50,000 a year," (pg 158). "up to" ought to raise an eyebrow. I'm supposing that the reader is supposed to assume that the author grossed $50K, but that's not what it says. It also wasn't indicated how many years this was achieved, though there was an earlier reference to the author working at it for 8 years. There wasn't also a hard indicator regarding how long it took to build up to this, the term "soon" was used, but could mean just about anything.The author then made some seriously goofball (in my opinion) extrapolations: that if the set up had been run more professionally, the author would have been earning well over $100k; that if a full acre was used, then that would obviously mean earnings would be over $500k. There's nothing to support such claims. In fact, at one point she indicated that "gross income never did reach much beyond the $50,000.
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