Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening: Innovative Techniques for Growing Vegetables, Grains, and Perennial Food Crops with Minimal Fossil Fuel and Animal Inputs

By | December 18, 2017
Will Bonsall's Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening: Innovative Techniques for Growing Vegetables, Grains, and Perennial Food Crops with Minimal Fossil Fuel and Animal Inputs Author Will Bonsall
ISBN-10 1603584420
ISBN-13 9781603584425
Year 2015-06-10
Pages 400
Language English
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing
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Society does not generally expect its farmers to be visionaries Perhaps not but longtime Maine farmer and homesteader Will Bonsall does possess a unique clarity of vision that extends all the way from the finer points of soil fertility and seed saving to exploring how we can transform civilization and make our world a better more resilient place In Will Bonsall s Essential Guide to Radical Self Reliant Gardening Bonsall maintains that to achieve real wealth we first need to understand the economy of the land to realize that things that might make sense economically don t always make sense ecologically and vice versa The marketplace distorts our values and our modern dependence on petroleum in particular presents a serious barrier to creating a truly sustainable agriculture For him the solution is first and foremost greater self reliance especially in the areas of food and energy By avoiding any off farm inputs fertilizers minerals and animal manures Bonsall has learned how to practice a purely veganic or plant based agriculturenot from a strictly moralistic or philosophical perspective but because it makes good business sense spend less instead of making more What this means in practical terms is that Bonsall draws upon the fertility of on farm plant materials compost green manures perennial grasses and forest products like leaves and ramial wood chips And he grows and harvests a diversity of crops from both cultivated and perennial plants vegetables grains pulses oilseeds fruits and nutseven uncommon but useful permaculture plants like groundnut Apios In a friendly almost conversational way Bonsall imparts a wealth of knowledge drawn from his more than forty years of farming experience My goal he writes is not to feed the world but to feed myself and let others feed themselves If we all did that it might be a good beginning

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