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Desert or Paradise

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

High Altitude Homestead is in no way affiliated with the book, author, or publishers. Rather I aim to inform the public on books that contain highly important information and are therefore unbiased recommendations.

The full title is; Desert or Paradise, Restoring Endangered Landscapes, Using Water Management, including Lake and Pond Construction.


This is the most recent (2012) entry into the bibliography of Mr. Sepp Holzer. If you read my review of his book Sepp Holzer's Permaculture, than you know my adoration for this person.


He is one of the most in-tune-with-nature people that our time has ever seen. His love and respect for everything, from lowly bacteria to the whole planet, once again shines through this entire book.




Filled with Sepp Holzer's jolly enthusiasm and poignant remarks, reading this book is truly an enjoyable experience. It is essentially a more in depth look on what is the most important resource to all species, fresh water.


Mismanagement of water for many generations has left us with a world that is drying up. The top soil is eroding, the plants are dying, in turn killing bees and other species of animals. Eventually this will affect humans, but by then it may be too late to do anything.


This book therefore serves as both a blunt warning and an optimistic guidebook, on how to stop the cataclysm before it happens. During the read, you will learn all the basics to the natural water system on Earth. I came away with a much greater idea for what an underground spring is, changing my whole knowledge of how the rivers and lakes of the world work.


If you read Sepp Holzer's Permaculture, you will appreciate this book for going into much more detail on many subjects. This includes, the follies of monoculture planting, creating microclimates, hugelkulture, feeding the world, keeping wild game and fish; there are just too many different subjects to list, really!


This book is an essential compendium for any permaculture enthusiast. As the author makes it clear, "the time for small changes is past, we need big changes to save the planet." This book will teach you exactly how to do that, make big changes to preserve Earth for future generations.

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