The author includes basic costs per unit, illustrating the savings you can make. He also recommends suppliers, particularly UK companies as you receive helpful after sales advice and support. The diagrams and text are simple to follow and the author doesn't blind you with science. Practicality is the key here, with the emphasis on 'having a go yourself', making this an ideal text for the permaculturist. --Permaculture Magazine
This is an uncomplicated and enthusiastic guide encouraging people to build all sorts of projects, many would think beyond their capabilities. Don t expect blueprints with a detailed description of each and every step fully explained, but rather excellent simplified instructions and diagrams, which are easier to follow and adapt than more complex works. This is the book s strength. It covers a number of areas with sections on bee keeping, field and barn constructions, poultry projects and renewable energy (which is covered in some detail with an insight and very practical guide into most of the major renewable power sources available to the read). A similar section on water is equally well done and interesting. The author has an easy-going and humorous writing style, so it s not like an instruction book which can be very dry reading. I liked the up-to-date references and particularly the references to internet sites: indeed, throughout the book, the author tells you where to look for more information. It is inspiration in its approach and even demystifies the complex subjects of renewable energy and water conservation projects with a practical, common sense approach. The price of the book is very quickly recovered with the helpful tips and practical advice Joe offers. The second volume is due out next year, and I, for one, am looking forward to reading it. --Landworker Newspaper Aug/Sept --The Landworker Magazine
About the Author
As a smallholder Joe Jacobs has used his extensive technical qualifications and training to apply his skills to farming matters.