Fans of Sepp Holzer have come from all over the world to see the productivity of his farm, a veritable permaculture paradise. His first book, Sepp Holzer's Permaculture, offers a detailed guide to what Holzer has achieved on his farm. Many readers might have wondered-but how can we achieve this on a global scale?
Luckily, his newest book, Desert or
Paradise, examines Holzer's core philosophy for increasing food production,
earth health, and reconnecting mankind with nature, applied to reforestation
and water conservation across the world. Through years of consultation with
other countries, Holzer has developed a core philosophy for reconnecting
mankind with nature even in arid or otherwise "lost-cause" regions.
He details a process he calls "Grundierung," a term from painting meaning "base coat," which goes into great detail the importance of water, and Desert or Paradise offers his concept and guide to construction of large water reservoirs in arid, rainfall-dependent regions with examples from Greece, Turkey, Spain, and Portugal. Holzer describes the ecological and economic benefits of these changes, as well as the use of a variety of plant and animal species for further integration and regeneration of the surrounding areas, including reasons for reforestation and the cause and use of forest fires.