Sepp Holzer

Josef "Sepp" Holzer (born July 24, 1942 in Ramingstein, Province of Salzburg, Austria) is a farmer, author, and an international consultant for natural agriculture. 

He has created some of the worlds best examples of using ponds as reflectors to increase solar gain for Passive solar heating of structures, and of using the microclimate created by rock outcrops to effectively change the hardiness zone for nearby plants. 

Aquaculture Synergy of Land and Water

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WATER IS LIFE - The Water Retention Landscape of Tamera

Sepp Holzer and Bernd Mueller explain the construction, the effect and the basic ideas for the construction of a water retention landscape: a local and natural solution to the global problem of disturbed water balance.
More in the books:
Bernd Müller: The Secret of Water (Meiga)
(DOWNLOAD "The secret of water":
Sepp Holzer: Wüste oder Paradies (Stocker-Verlag) - Available in english soon 

Water is life. The Water Retention Landscape of Tamera.
Sepp Holzer and Bernd Müller
A film by Grace Media, 12 min.
Camera and editing: Ludwig Schramm
Script: Leila Dregger
Female Voice Over: Layla El Khadri
Music: Rui Braga, Kevin McLeod
Photos: Tamera and Krameterhof archive, Ecomeda, Steve Lovegrove

Sepp Holzer work in Ecuador against natural disasters

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Movie about the work of Sepp Holzer in Ecuador to prevent natural disasters. Produkte/products: Homepage:

After an upbringing in a traditional catholic rural family, he took over his parents' mountain farm business in 1962 and pioneered the use of ecological farming, or permaculture, techniques at high altitudes (1100 to 1500 meters above sea level) after being unsuccessful with regular farming methods. 

Called the "rebel farmer" because he persisted in these practices despite being fined and even threatened with prison for practices such as not pruning his fruit trees (unpruned fruit trees survive snow loads that will break pruned trees).

He has also done original work in the use of Hugelkultur and natural branch development instead of pruning (see Fruit tree pruning) to allow fruit trees to survive high altitudes and harsh winters.

 He is currently conducting permaculture ("Holzer Permaculture") seminars both at his Krameterhof farm and worldwide, while continuing to work on his alpine farm. His expanded farm now spans over 45 hectares of forest gardens, including 70 ponds, and is said to be the most consistent example of permaculture worldwide.

He is author of several books, works nationally as permaculture-activist in the established agricultural industry, and works internationally as adviser for ecological agriculture.

 He is the subject of the film The Agricultural Rebel directed by Bertram Verhaag.


  1. ^ "Holzer´sche Permakultur - Permakultur with Sepp Holzer". Der Krameterhof. Retrieved 2011-08-08.
  2. ^ "Permaculture Miracles in the Austrian Mountains". 2008-03-23. Retrieved 2011-08-08.
  3. ^ Ferguson, Julia. Ecological farming, permaculture; Alpine Garden of Eden proves Mother Nature knows best. Reuters. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "About Sepp Holzer".
  5. ^ "The Agro Rebel". Retrieved 28 April 2010.