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Summary

Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture, first published in 1929 and last updated in 1953 (current edition 2019) is a classic, pioneering look at the use of trees for food, soil conservation, and sustainable agriculture. Author J. Russell Smith (1874-1966) traveled widely and shares his insights and research into agro-forestry, describing how trees such as carob, honey locust, persimmon, mulberry, oaks and pecans can be used to enrich the land and the people and animals dependent on it. Illustrated with over 80 pages of photographs.

From Tree Crops:

[Tilling] removes the basis of civilization and of life itself. It is far worse than burning a city. A burned city can be rebuilt. A field that is washed away is gone for ages. Hence the Old World saying, "After the man the desert."



"You may not have realised, but this 1929 classic book was a major influence on the development of the Permaculture concept in the 1970’s. It is a very hard to find a copy of this book, but it is worth your effort. Or there are a number of websites from which you can download the entire book." - David Holmgren

Where to get it?

Amazon US
Amazon CA
Amazon UK
Amazon AU

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