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Culture and Horticulture


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This classic book by Wolf D. Storl, a respected elder in the practice of permaculture, details how food is grown holistically and beautifully by traditional communities around the world, and shows how to apply their ancient wisdom to our own gardens.

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Wolf D. Storl, PhD, is an ethnobotanist and the author of some two dozen books on herbalism, alternative medicine, ethnobotany, and shamanism. Born in Saxony, Germany, he received his PhD in ethnology from the University of Berne, Switzerland. His early post-doctorate career includes research in a Swiss biodynamic farming community, teaching anthropology and organic gardening at Rogue College in Oregon, participant-observer research at a traditional Swiss farm, and two years in India as a visiting scholar at the Benares Hindu University. Always interested in local gardening practices in his travels around the world, 25 years ago Dr. Storl was able to put his learning to the test when he and his family moved to a mountain farmstead in southern Germany. There he maintains a year-round vegetable garden and continues to teach, also appearing on television in the U.S. and many countries in Europe as a spokesman for natural horticulture. The author lives in Rohrdorf, Germany.


"Wolf Storl in Culture and Horticulture shares with us the philosophy and practice of how to stop the war against the soil, and create a culture of making Peace with the Earth. In these times of a handful of corporations trying to control society and the earth by controlling seed and food and agriculture, gardening, especially organic gardening, is a path to freedom. Wolf's book on organic gardening and biodynamic gardening shows us how we can do it-- each one of us can be a garden revolutionary."
--Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya International and author of Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace

"Culture and Horticulture is one of my favorite books. Wolf captures and expresses so many key concepts well and clearly in an easy read. His history of organic farming is especially good."
--John Jeavons, internationally recognized teacher of the Grow Biointensive farming method, and author of the best-selling book How to Grow More Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine "Culture and Horticulture offers major insights on how we can all become mindful gardeners with amazing soil, strong crops, and a deep connection to our land, no matter how small our plots of land might be. Essential reading for all farmers."
--Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

"I have referenced my dog-eared first copy many times over the decades. It has stood the test of time as one of the best primers on organic and in particular biodynamic gardening."
--Larry Berger, from the foreword Praise for Dr. Storl's previous books
"The author, as you will quickly discover, is brilliant--a cultural ecologist ... and respected herbal elder.... I am humbled by how much I learned reading the wisdom of The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners."
Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and best-selling author of Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health

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