Summary Permanent Publications says, "Grounded is the story of a gardening journey, from bare field to bountiful feast! This is an inspiring tale of the transformation of a tired paddock to food abundance in just over four years with little money and a lot of resourcefulness and clever ideas."
About the Author Permanent Publications says, "Liz Zorab spent more than 20 years working with specialist housing charities and in community development, including setting up the first time bank project in the UK. An award-winning gardener, she gained an RHS Silver Medal for a community-led garden featured on BBC’s ‘Gardeners World Live’ in 2002."
A Gardener's Journey to Abundance and Self-Sufficiency | Permaculture, Maddy Harland and writing
From the video description:
"Byther Farm is a small organic homestead, designed and managed using permaculture practices. We aim for self-sufficiency in fruit and vegetables for increased self reliance and better resilience to the modern world. I recognise that we are unlikely to be truly self sufficient, but do the best we can. I share our home with my loving husband, Mr J and our cat, Monty."
The Micro Smallholding: Grow 85% of your food on 8/10th acre
From the video description:
"Liz Zorab from Byther Farm explains how she produces 85% of her annual food. She tells us what she grows in terms of crops, what she substitutes to replace the food she cannot grow, plus what she preserves, and stores for the year. She also us talks about some of her tested techniques that make this garden as low maintenance as possible for one person to manage."
Companion Planting | Simple way for a more productive garden
No Rules Gardening vs Vegetable Planting Plan | Which gardening method is best for me?
I have read it twice now, and it was a wonderful experience each time.
Reading this book, you walk step by step with the author through five years as she transforms a not-quite-an-acre plain Welsh suburban yard into Byther Farm, a flourishing homestead that provides more than enough for her household and a local CSA. Written out of the blog she kept during those years, this book is replete with photos, tips, thoughts, and quotes.
It's so fun to see how Zorab grows the farm--and it's just as fun to see how she grows herself: in health, resilience, strength, joy, and hope, making lots of friends and learning so much the whole time. Her years chronicled here are a wonderful example of what can be done, seen through a specific person's eyes on a specific plot of land, yet it doesn't keep the reader stuck there--it propels us out to imagining what we could do and are now inspired to do. I loved learning ways to turn an ordinary yard into a thriving, regenerative homestead very cheaply--but with lots of hard work!
This book would be a fantastic gift for any readers in your life who enjoy autobiographies and people stories that you would like to nudge more towards gardening and Permacultural living. It's inspiration, encouragement, and even some entertainment, for all of those open to getting started on a more holistic way of living.
“Every human activity is an opportunity to bear fruit and is a continual invitation to exercise the human freedom to create abundance...” ― Andreas Widmer
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