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The Agro Rebel
Permaculture in Salzburg Alps

A film by Bertram Verhaag
Documentary, 45 minutes

Sepp Holzer, the Austrian farmer and forester practices “permaculture” a different kind of farming on his mountain property. With this certain form of organic agriculture, he is very convincing and successfully. Contrary to all conventional rules and despite annual average temperatures of 4.5°C and an altitude of between 900m-1400m, he cultivates cherries, apples, mushrooms, kiwis, lemons, pumpkins, potatoes and zucchinis. In 2000 he also started big permaculture-projects in Brazil, Columbia, Peru and Venezuela.


Press release:

In the southernmost tip of Salzburg Land – in Lungau, the “Siberia“ of Austria – Sepp Holzer, farmer and forester, does farming of a different kind on his mountain property.

Contrary to all conventional rules  –  and despite annual average temperatures of 4.5 °C and an altitude of between 900m – 1400m  –  he has created an edible, paradisiacal landscape and caused quite a stir in so doing.  In forty years of observing nature, of unrelenting joyful experimentation and fighting government agencies, he has succeeded in convincing his opponents of his way of farming, which means adhering to the laws of nature.  Holzer states:  “Variety instead of uniformity, for all plants and animals have a meaningful function“.  He completely refrains from using pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers.  Sepp Holzer’s golden rule for achieving success in farming and the basic principles of permaculture:  “Cooperate with nature instead of fighting it.  Observe nature to determine which plants support one another.“

Since 1962 when he took over his father’s farm at the age of 19, Sepp Holzer and his wife have operated a perfectly functioning permaculture system without ever having heard the term “permaculture“ before.

Laid out in terraces, similar to rice fields in Asia, his 46-hectare farm greatly differs from the surrounding pine monocultures.  Many things grow here not thought possible at an altitude of 1400m, ranging from cherries, apples, mushrooms and kiwis to lemons, pumpkins, potatoes and zucchinis.  Nature is sprouting and thriving everywhere, along the paths, on the terraces, in the woods, on extremely steep inclines and even on rocky ground.  Within the mixed cultivation there are ca. 45 water gardens, humid biotopes, ponds and three mountain lakes.  It is here that the organic farmer breeds rare fish, toads, crustaceans and aquatic plants.  His pigs plough the earth, harrow and fertilise it, and plants supply each other with moisture, nitrogen and fertiliser.  In this way, Sepp Holzer has less work and more time to elucidate his mixed cultivation to interested visitors from all over the world.


DIRECTOR
Bertram Verhaag


FILM EDITOR
Gabriele Kroeber B.F.S


CAMERA
Malcolm St. Julian Bown
Gerardo Milsztein

MUSIC
Hubert von Goisern

POSTPRODUCTION
Michael Saenger Film

PRODUCER
Bertram Verhaag

CO-PRODUCTION
DENKmal-Film & BR


THE FARM OF SEPP HOLZER WAS SELECTED AS THE ONLY AUSTRIAN
AGRICULTURAL PLANT FOR THE EXPO-PROJECT 2000



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CONTACT SEPP HOLZER (THE AGRO REBEL)

KRAMETERHOF
Keusching 13
Ramingstein, Bezirk Tamsweg
A-5591 Salzburg
Fax: 0043 / 6475 / 239
e-mail: krameterhof@aon.at
Internet: www.krameterhof.at


FURTHER FARMS WITH PERMACULTURE IN GERMANY

Oekotop-Heerd
Fritz Hornaek          
Am Ökotop
40549 Duesseldorf
Tel. 0049 (0)211 / 501312

Heide Gerot
Witzfeldstr. 21
40667 Meerbusch
Fax 0049 (0)211 / 922193
Anrufbeantw.: 02122 / 70032

Prinzhoefte Zentrum für oekologische Fragen
Volker Kranz
Simmenshauserstr. 1
27243 Prinzhoefte
Tel. 0049 (0)4244 / 544
Fax 0049 (0)4244 / 95067

Peter Birkett
Herrmannsdorf 11
85625 Glonn
Tel. 0049 (0)8093 / 5020
Fax 0049 (0)8093 / 3137



FURTHER READING

Permakultur - Landwirtschaft und Siedlungen in Harmonie mit der Natur
Bill Mollison/David Holmgren, Pala - Verlag, Schaafheim 1983

Permakultur II - Praktische Anwendungen
Bill Mollison, Pala - Verlag, Schaafheim 1983

Permakultur konkret
Bill Mollison, Pala - Verlag, Schaafheim

Das alternative Branchenbuch
Al-Top Verlags- und Vertriebs Ges. für Umweltfreundliche Produkte

Mulchen- Gärtnern ohne Arbeit
Ruth Stout, Pala - Verlag, Schaafheim

Die ökologische Landwirtschaft - Reihe : Alternative Konzepte
Reinhold Kickuth, C.F. Müller Verlag, Karlsruhe

Der große Weg hat kein Tor
In Harmonie mit der Natur
Rückkehr zur Natur
Masanobu Fukuoka, alle erschienen im Pala - Verlag, Schaafheim

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