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The Rebel Farmer Hardcover – Illustrated, 4 Sep 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Leopold Stocker Verlag distributed in the UK by Permanent Publications; 1 edition (4 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English, German
  • ISBN-10: 3702010548
  • ISBN-13: 978-3702010546
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 661,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Holzer is an agricultural rebel who grows kiwis, cherries and pumpkins on his mountain farm in the Lugau district, Salzburg, Austria at an altitude of 1,500 metres above sea level. He harvests radishes in the middle of winter, and his corn grows in the forest. Holzer is a consulant to a large number of projects - including Columbia and Brazil, where destroyed soils are being converted back into agricultural cropland with the aid of permaculture - Holzer shows that this concept can be applied in the most varied enviornmental conditions.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Elvin Simpson on 1 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
A strange book because of it's contents, part biog, part instructional, part railing against the world; but it's compelling. The story of a farmer who goes against all advice because his naturally enquiring mind and his observations tell him otherwise and he has the courage and conviction to follow his own path.
Prefaced by Prof Bernt Lotsch, "My students from the fields of nutritional science and biology hung on his every word for days, learned how to promote warmth-loving cash crop plants, from apricot and peach to record sized pumpkins on a previously unproductive southern slope - in the "Siberia of Austria" with average annual temperatures of only 4.2C and frosts down to minus 25C, with the aid of rocks." Yes you read that correctly,apricot and peach at between 1100m and 1500m above sea level, with the aid of - not polytunnels - rocks.
If you have any interest in great human characters, buy the book and have an enjoyable read. If your interests lie in farming, gardening for food, permaculture, bio-dynamics it might change the way you think and act.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ing Jan Rendek on 23 July 2009
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Very interesting book. But beware - if you are looking for permaculture recipes, you won't find many in this one. Rather, you will be given Sepp's prospective and history to give you some food for thought, and the actual observations and decisions are up to you.
Still, very interesting book to read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gigi rose on 16 Jun. 2010
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This book is easy to read and very inspiring. I admire someone who actually does something rather than just dreaming or doing studies. I wish the book had less about all the court cases as I thought that was a little boring. And more about the plant families which I was very curious about.
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Amazon.com: 12 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A story about him, not so much about his permaculture methods 16 July 2010
By deepest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I gave the book 4 stars, because I hoped there would be more of the permaculture tricks he is using there. It is more of the story about his life and farming, and dealing with authorities. I hope, Sepp Holzer will publish soon a book about his methods in English.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Part biography and part permaculture practice 29 Jan. 2012
By mantech - Published on Amazon.com
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I cannot say anything negative about this book. It explains one man's story in his path to organic and sustainable permaculture food production. It has changed the way I think about gradening, commercial farming, food sources, and even how I spend my time on this planet. It is entertaining and simple.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sepp Holzer, The Rebel Farmer 14 Jan. 2013
By Karen Jescavage-Bernard - Published on Amazon.com
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An incredible book. The story Holzer's childhood makes it hard to believe he was born in the 20th century and wasn't a contemporary of Hansel and Gretel. The section relating his struggles with bureaucrats made me rejoice that our own version are comparatively incompetent in their oversight, interference and meddling in our lives. The heart of the book is the model showing how anyone willing to work hard, oppose authority and never question their own vision can achieve success, whether on a local or global stage.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent starter book for those interested in permaculture 27 Mar. 2011
By Joe Sangemino - Published on Amazon.com
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Sepp Holzer is a genius when it comes to natural agriculture. He tells about his life in this book, as well as some of the experiments he conducted to improve the production of food (plants and animals)on his farm in Austria.

I would recommend this book to anyone determined to improve their gardening techniques and learn more about this fascinating farmer. Looking forward to his next book, which is about to be released.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sepp's Autobiography 17 Nov. 2013
By Diane C. Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
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Good, but not as great as his next book. This is more of an autobiography, but does give some of his permaculture methods.
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