This DVD contains all three films on the Austrian “Agro-Rebel” Sepp Holzer, who simply observes nature and works with it quite successfully. He built one of the biggest functioning permaculture farms in Europe.
Farming with Nature: 33 mins
A beautiful fishpond system with its own water power station, 9000 fruit trees and many other plants support each other in this biotope. 30 different types of potatoes, many different grains, fruits, vegetables, herbs and wildflowers are growing just about everywhere: in the forest, on extremely steep hills, on rocky soil, on pathways, around ponds, as well as raised beds. All of this he grows without the use of any pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer and without depending on subsidies.
Aquaculture: 30 mins
Fishponds on a mountain farm: an unusual sight at these altitudes. On an Austrian mountain, permaculture farmer Sepp Holzer created more than 70 ponds and wetland areas covering about 3 hectares. Aquaculture is about the sustainable use of water.
Terraces and Raised Beds: 27 mins
Lungau, 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.
David Holmgren about Sepp Holzer
David Holmgren is the co-originator of the permaculture concept with Bill Mollison. Through the spread of permaculture around the world, his environmental principles have exerted a global influence.
Holmgren visited Sepp Holzer´s place and was impressed. Listen to the interview with David about the “agro-rebel” Sepp Holzer a few days after his visit to Sepp´s farm. He also gives some short thoughts about natural farming philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka.
Director/Producer: Heidi Snel
Number of discs: 1
DVD Release Date: 2010
Run Time: 90 min
Languages: English, (voiceover)