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"There's nothing coming into this house, no power lines, no gas lines, no sewage lines coming out, no water lines coming in, no energy being used ... We're sitting on 6,000 gallons of water, growing food, sewage internalized, 70 degrees year-round ."

- Michael Reynolds on The Phoenix

Permaculture Research Institute of Australia


Ray Mears

Homestead Blessing

Biodynamic Education Centre

Terraces and Raised BedsLungau, Austria. Pine forest carpets the alpine foothills. It looks natural, a typical scene from a tourist brochure - but it was not always so. This landscape used to support diverse flora and fauna until the pine trees were planted making the soil acidic and acidic soil is completely unsuited to agricultural use.

Farmer Sepp Holzer has made a name for himself by successfully challenging this damaging practice. Out of this sterile monoculture he has created a fertile and productive farm – the Kramaterhof. He grows cereals, fruit and vegetables, he even farms fish. How? By combining ecologically sound permaculture with the traditional techniques of terracing and ra ised beds. The land has not always been forested. It was government policy to plant pine trees. Sepp calls this kind of monoculture „pine deserts“. He knows too well the problems that it can bring. "A pine tree has flat roots that leave the forest vulnerable. Pine trees make the soil acidic, the soil dies, and its capacity to retain water is diminished. The trees lose their vitality and become diseased."


Creator: Crystal Lake Video

Host: Sepp Holzer


Terraces and Raised Beds