Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (March 23, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Incredible! Inspiring and informative, this could very well be regarded one day as the book that changed it all. There is a movement underway, a post-industrial revolution in agriculture led by farmers like Eliot Coleman, John Jeavons, Jean-Martin Fortier, and others. Their techniques are changing the way people farm, with staggering results. The Herve-Gruyers have integrated the best of these techniques as well as others from around the world, and their La Ferme du Bec Hellouin is a shining example of permacultural brilliance. This book will change the way you think about farming, and quite possibly the world. A MUST READ.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was interesting to see how they worked through their ups and downs in this business venture. There is not a lot written about Permaculture and a working farm so this was a nice change. Some readers must not have read the book thoroughly or they would know that the test on 1000 meters (1/4 acre) was conducted and show to be a viable way to make a reasonable living. The title is misleading in the fact that some people will think that you can feed the world on this 1/4 acre space. Yes, they have way more than 1/4 acre, they merely took a 1/4 acre spot and did the experiment. You can tell who really reads a book and who skims through just by their feedback.
This book will challenge your assumptions about profitable small farming. Can it be that intensively farming a small space (a quarter of an acre) with hand tools can actually support a farmer? If you read the book and look at the numbers published on the internet, you will find that, indeed, a quarter of an acre can make money and support a farmer. A melding of John Jeavons' Biointensive horticultural methods and Permaculture work flow design.From 'broke' to 'flourishing' in just a couple of years. Amazing.Don Stewart
It was somewhat interesting, but I expected there to be more information on how to make my own garden "Miraculously Abundant." It was more about their personal journey to reach their garden philosophy then it is a how to book to achieve the same results yourself. I was hoping to get more tips to improving my own garden.
Dreamers and Doers. Perrine and Charles are both. I bought the book to learn more and better ways to use my land for growing food. They have some excellent suggestions and ideas. I was more interested in the "hows" of what they are doing than the "whys". At first I was frustrated by the parts of the book which express their vision of the world using these techniques. But I became intrigued by the strong science and data behind their vision. Previously I had felt mostly hopeless about our ability to change the world in any significant way before we destroy our ability to live here. But I became much more hopeful as Perrine and Charles explained the science-based ways significant change can be achieved right now by everyday people. The solution is already available, not in some laboratory, but in the land and people we have. And everyone, consumer or producer, can easily be part of it. I still want even more specifics about day to day, in the ground operations of their farm, but I am glad to have a much better view of where we can go and how we can get there....and that I can actually be part of that change.
When I read about what this farm accomplished and all of the hype about their production volume, I was really expecting more information on the practical steps that were taken. I read the entire book, and I cannot recall a SINGLE piece of practical information associated with the challenges that they met. They reference a lot history and people that inspired them and from whom they learned, but nowhere did they write how they took those sources and applied them to their needs in a practical way. Nowhere in this book can I turn and ask, They had a similar problem as I have. How did they solve it? Or, They did something unique, I wonder if I can apply that to my situation?On the other hand, if you know nothing about permaculture, and other forms of natural gardening, then this might be for you. It is basically one LONG overview of different methods of sustainable methods, what kinds of problems the world is facing, and so on. I'm reminded of one of those rambling Tedtalks that seem to not have a point and jump from point to point.If anyone wants my copy, pay for shipping and it's yours. Because I know that I will never reference this book again.
So inspiring! Would love to find a community to implement his vision in Northern California. I loved every page of this book!
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