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Aquaculture - The Synergy of Land and Water

  •  A film about the sustainable use of water by Austrian farmer Sepp Holzer. 

Water – the foundation on which all life depends. A precious but much abused resource. Ironically, it is also under-utilised. In agriculture its potential goes far beyond irrigation.

Lungau, Austria.

For 40 years the Holzers have farmed 45 hectares of mountainside. Remarkably they produce cereals, vegetables and fruit at altitudes up to 1500 metres. The key to their success? ...permaculture - farming in harmony with nature. Unlike monoculture, it produces healthy crops, free of chemical residues. But at the same time it enriches the soil - naturally. Sepp Holzer knew that water had a wider role to play than just irrigation. He realised it would complement his own permaculture philosophy. The result - a delightful landscape of interwoven terraces and ponds - and a healthy income.
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Aquaculture - The Synergy of Land and Water

VHS - 30 minutes - $24.95

Sepp Holzer doesn't irrigate his plants - he prefers Nature to do it for him. He doesn't think much of artificial irrigation.

"If I irrigate, I have to fertilise. Too much Irrigation washes out the soil's nutrients. The nitrogen evaporates and all the other nutrients are washed into the ground water, and the plant is left behind without nutrients. Then I have to feed nutrients again, and then I have to irrigate again. That's a vicious cycle which will never stop, and it costs a lot of money, too.

"If I don't irrigate, the soil protects itself naturally. That is, the plants use less water by folding their leaves a little, they look rather withered, but they open up again when there is dew and rain. When it rains the soil is prepared to receive - the humidity increases, the soil opens up and soaks up the rain. That's natural. But when it's dry the soil protects itself so it won't dry out. If I irrigate it, I deceive it. It will open up, but then will dry out even faster! Then I have to take care of my plants, they become dependent on me, addicted to me.

"If you have the proper vegetation, the plants regulate themselves wonderfully. You need plants with deep, medium and flat roots. Deep-rooted plants bring up moisture and nutrients from 3 to 4 metres depth and sweat it out on top. They give shade to the plants with flat roots, so they won't dry out. That's the exchange – one plant helps the other. You needn't worry about it being too dry or too wet, if you work in harmony with the earth."

That's permaculture - working in harmony with nature. It's very rewarding.

Sepp Holzer's childhood dream has been realised. His Krameterhof has become a Garden of Eden. A garden whose inhabitants, animal and vegetable, are like a team – his team, supporting each other.

A film about the sustainable use of water by Austrian farmer Sepp Holzer.

Water – the foundation on which all life depends. A precious but much abused resource. Ironically, it is also under-utilised. In agriculture its potential goes far beyond irrigation.

Lungau, Austria.

For 40 years the Holzers have farmed 45 hectares of mountainside. Remarkably they produce cereals, vegetables and fruit at altitudes up to 1500 metres. The key to their success? ...permaculture - farming in harmony with nature. Unlike monoculture, it produces healthy crops, free of chemical residues. But at the same time it enriches the soil - naturally. Sepp Holzer knew that water had a wider role to play than just irrigation. He realised it would complement his own permaculture philosophy. The result - a delightful landscape of interwoven terraces and ponds - and a healthy income.

 


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