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Will Bonsall's Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening : Innovative Techniques for Growing Vegetables, Pulses, Grains, and Perennial Food Crops While Minimizing the Use of Fossil Fuels and Animal Inputs - Will Bonsall

Will Bonsall's Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening

Innovative Techniques for Growing Vegetables, Pulses, Grains, and Perennial Food Crops While Minimizing the Use of Fossil Fuels and Animal Inputs

Paperback Published: 12th July 2015
ISBN: 9781603584425
Number Of Pages: 432

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With in-depth coverage of mulches, compost and green manures, plant propagation, and radical self-reliance.

"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 realise 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, agriculture-not 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 nuts-even 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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Every gardener and small farmer can benefit from Will Bonsall's decades of focused, quality experience. Will's book is one of the key practical resources you should read as you reach for full sustainable soil fertility in your garden or farm! --John Jeavons, author and developer of sustainable biologically intensive food-growing"

ISBN: 9781603584425
ISBN-10: 1603584420
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 12th July 2015
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 20.3  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 1.09

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