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Farming with Nature
"Farming with Nature" is the first video in a three-part documentary series on Sepp Holzer. This documentary features Sepp's interactions with the animals on his farm, specifically the heritage pigs that thrive in even deep snow and help loosen the soil for him. It gives a glimpse into his polycultures/guilds, which he calls plant families, and the roles they play. You will also learn about the various income streams that Sepp utilizes: selling his fruittrees in the earth they grow in, saving and selling seeds, selling produce locally, renting out cabins, and hosting seminars.
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I give this video 9.5 out of 10 acorns! Farming with Nature has everything from pigs, to multiple uses of plants, to his income streams and more. Sepp's heritage pigs that are happy outside even in deep snow. During the non-snowy season, they loosen the soil, and are moved from orchard to orchard. They are his "best farm workers."
His cherry trees growing just below the tree line, where trees normally stop growing. The lettuce and vegetables growing along the paths and pollinator flowers intermixed with everything. He explains his form of permaculture and why he combines short and long rooted plants together and the roles they play. The movie shares some of the plants he grows, with descriptions of multiple plants, like how he grows potatoes from heritage varieties, and plants a wide variety of other potatoes to create cross-breeds and landraces. There is also mention of seed-saving, and multiple uses of each plant. For example, cows parsnip, has deep roots to bring up minerals and water, is a source of pollen for bees, it's dry stems can be burnt for kindling, the fresh stems are used as well, and can even be utilized as an instrument.
It describes some of his multiple income streams: sells his fruit trees in the earth they grow in, saving and selling seeds, selling produce locally, renting out cabins, seminars, selling mushroom, selling fish, and other things I'm probably forgetting! I definitely need to watch it again...and thankfully I can, because the stream access doesn't expire!