By Sepp Holzer. Up the steep mountainsides of Austria (1,500 meters above sea level) this unusual farmer creates abundance. His farm is a network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks of gardens.
How do you grow at high elevations on rock steep slopes? Sepp Holzer does it with permaculture design and practical ingenuity. Montezuma would look in wonder.
His land is growing productive fruit trees and other vegetation. A farmhouse rests among them. This is in dramatic contrast to his neighbors’ spruce monocultures.
While his neighbors install expensive infrastructure; his family enjoys more for less. In his book, Holzer shares his skill and knowledge acquired over a lifetime.
You'll learn how to setup a permaculture system in a high elevation temperate climate. The best systems for fruit trees, terracing, ponds, and water ways. You'll discover unique shelters for animals.
Holzer uses no fencing, paddocks, or barrier yet raises animals among forest gardens. There is so much to adopt small farms, homesteads, or estate gardeners no matter how rugged the land.
Get your copy of Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening here. It's worth many reads. I use his insights here at Prosperity Homestead for developing terraces.
You'll find solutions for handling pests, raising fish, and even growing mushrooms. Holzer's unique property exhibits the opportunity that property management delivers.
Permaculture design principles create this unique homestead. Sepp Holzer shows you how to do the same for your own land. I recommend this book as a starting point if you have steep land.
Justin Hitt is a Permaculture Design Consultant with more than two decades of experience with organic gardening. He teaches the practical application of critical thinking, entrepreneurial ecology, and homestead management. Practical insights for practitioners, estate owners, and homesteaders.