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Restoration Agriculture PDF, ePUB
Around the globe most people get their calories from annual agriculture – plants that grow fast for one season, produce lots of seeds, then die.
Every single human society that has relied on annual crops for staple foods has collapsed.
Restoration Agriculture explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs – in your own backyard, farm or ranch.
This book, based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future.
I’ve read a ton of permaculture books and done years of field work. This is the very best book I’ve read so far.
It still has flaws, like almost all permaculture books, in that it tries to show how permaculture can be more profitable than mainstream big-Ag farming, which is just not the case unless you happen upon a local gaggle of millionaire hippies willing to pay 10x the price for your products.
Still it is really good.
The author covers the contents of a dozen other highly rated books in just a few paragraphs, saving you a lot of wasted time and money reading long and drawn-out hippie diatribes. He covers use of livestock in conjunction with permaculture gardening/forestry to a degree I’ve not seen anywhere else in print. I’m super-critical when it comes to permaculture and people trying to promote it as something more profound and life-changing than it actually is, but this is absolutely a top-notch read. My only criticism is that he does some statistics manipulation to try to show that sustainable agriculture is more profitable than mainstream ag in a calories-per-input scale as well as a dollars-per-input scale and neither is true or there would be no such thing as permaculture. It would just be mainstream agriculture if it were more profitable. Still, even from a curmudgeon like myself, this is a fantastic permaculture read.