Book Reviews

This book is a guide to profitable, vibrant and sustainable permaculture-based market gardening. Zach Loeks is an educator, designer, consultant and farmer from Canada who says that we must balance the mimicry of natural systems with the practice of profit.

You won’t find plant charts and guides here. This book takes a step back and looks at the farm as a whole ecosystem of people, soils, animals, plants and customers.

With chapters on farm ecosystems, whole farm mapping, holistic planning and design management, Loeks focuses on planning and design. He also explains in detail his own permabed system and how it works.

This book is about how to apply permaculture to growing on a commercial scale, because Loeks believes ‘neither the monoculture farm (a sparse business-as-usual approach) nor the hippie farm (an inefficient/disorganised abundance) will suffice’.