This book is a virtual tour of the world of contemporary smallholding. The conclusions which emerge are gold-dust for prospective and actual smallholders, while for the rest of us the book is a fascinating insight to a way of life which will become increasingly important in the future. --Patrick Whitefield, author of The Earth Care Manual and How to Make a Forest Garden
An invaluable and inspiring guide to anyone who seeks to return to their hard-working roots. A rich resource upon which to reflect. Henry Thoreau would have been proud of the analysis. --James Crowden, author of Ciderland and In Time of Flood
From the Back Cover
It's a dream come true when you finally get a piece of land or join an eco-community, and start to plan your sustainable land-based enterprise. But all too often the dream is spoiled by lack of money, stress, exhaustion and poor time management, and your work and future plans can dissolve into discord, illness and poverty. Rebecca covers questions such as:
- How do you balance work and leisure on a smallholding?
- How do you cope with children whilst working on the land?
- What makes a successful land-based community tick?
- What happens when you get old?
Surviving and Thriving on the Land looks at ways in which projects can be designed that care for the people involved in them as well as the earth that they are trying to protect. If land-based ecological projects are to offer a realistic solution to the problems we face in the 21st century, they must be sustainable in terms of human energy. This book offers a framework, backed up by real-life examples, of issues to consider when setting up a new project, or for overcoming human-energy-based problems in existing projects.