on 10 September 2009
Permaculture has developed a reputation for being a type of agriculture. This is a beautifully crafted book for moving you away from that narrow description.
Many of the principles of permaculture are covered in enough depth to encourage you to take the next step i.e. to try it for yourself. My expectations are also that you would come back to this book more than most in times of permaculture crisis in your project.
As a reader living in the UK I found Ross Mars turned many of my conventionally held views around, not least that she is writing from OZ and so north faces the sun and the prevailing climate is not damp and cold. However her clear knowledge on water management gained from dry climates should be taken into account even in UK.
The book is about the land being more than just a place to grow food. It sets food production sustainably along side shelter and your own energy production.
Len Marlow Renewable energy engineer Shropshire UK