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Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture

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.

Sepp Holzer's Permaculture

You might not guess it by simply looking at the cover, but another title for this incredible book could be the High Altitude Farming Handbook. I am certain that I will be going back to this book many times over the years as I begin to create gardens in a harsh mountain environment.

Sepp Holzer’s Austrian homestead named the Kramterhof, is nestled on a high elevation hillside. It is the very same place he grew up! When he was a child, his parents gave him a small plot of land to do with as he pleased. It was in this little garden that as a child he began to experiment with how to grow the best berries, how to terrace, and how to grow strong fruit trees and much more on a mountainside. Over many years of hard work, he has perfected his methods and compiled many of his amazing insights into one well-thought-out book.


The highlight of this book is how his nurturing and compassionate nature repeatedly shine through the translation. From his teachings, you will grow to understand that pests and animals are not actually the adversaries of farmers, but rather to be appreciated like everything in nature. His attentive and hearty character has led to methods of farming that are so deeply in tune with Mother Earth that you will finish wondering why on Earth so many farmers seem to fight with it.


It is almost as if Mr. Holzer has been gifted and spoken to from a higher power as many of his best ideas come from his dreams. He explains he didn’t even know his methods were “permaculture” until travelers to his acreage described them as such.


Reading this book you will learn how to dig ponds, build terraces, graft fruit trees, cultivate mushrooms, care for livestock, and design gardens, ALL at high altitudes!! His methods are economical and profoundly sensical. The way he explains, anyone can understand.

I cannot stress enough the importance of this book. Especially now, when it is becoming more and more apparent that “modern” farming techniques are not only expensive but actually damaging our very environment. Chemical fertilizers and GMO's should be avoided at all costs! Unfortunately many farmers cannot convert to a permaculture system due to contracts and other obligations, but if you are just beginning a small scale farm, or even just a garden, you must read this book!


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