I give this book 9 out of 10 apples!
I’d love to hand a copy of this to everyone who I have ever seen on Permies saying “But there’s so much! How do I even know what the choices are?”
permaculture tells how to choose from a dauntingly large toolkit — all the human technologies and strategies for living — to solve the new problem of sustainability. ~ Toby Hemenway
In this book Crystal Stevens shows a lot of the tools and options that are used in permaculture, and makes them accessible to people who are just starting out, have a yard and are overwhelmed, or want to work on a larger property and don’t know where to start.
Some things covered are why to get rid of your lawn, building soil, choosing plants, canning and cooking with what you grow, using herbs, and much, much more. It’s an excellent starting point, with lots of good ideas to think on.
I think my favorite part of the book was her showing us pictures of Punta Mona organic farm in Costa Rica, and gardens in the St Louis area. As I’m in that zone, the local pictures taught me a lot, and since I’m not in the zone for the tropical gardens of Costa Rica, it gave me inspiration and beautiful things to dream of doing within my own zone.
Definitely worth reading, and worth giving copies to people who are ready to learn but not sure of the steps to take.