Sepp Holzer

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Sepp Holzer
Born (1942-07-24) July 24, 1942 (age 74)
Ramingstein, Austria
Residence Austria
Fields Permaculture, Agroforestry
A Rainwater harvesting landscape designed by Sepp Holzer in Tamera, Portugal

Josef "Sepp" Holzer (born July 24, 1942 in Ramingstein, Province of Salzburg, Austria) is a farmer, an author, and an international consultant for natural agriculture. 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 (1,100 to 1,500 meters (3,600 to 4,900 ft)[1] after being unsuccessful with regular farming methods.

Holzer was called the "rebel farmer" because he persisted, despite being fined and even threatened with prison[2] for practices such as not pruning his fruit trees.

Current work[edit]

He is currently (2010) still conducting permaculture ("Holzer Permaculture") seminars both at his Krameterhof farm and worldwide, while continuing to work on his alpine farm.

He is author of several books, works nationally as permaculture-activist in the established agricultural industry, and works internationally as adviser for ecological agriculture.[3] He is the subject of the film The Agricultural Rebel directed by Bertram Verhaag.[4]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "About Sepp Holzer" (PDF). 
  4. ^ "The Agro Rebel". Retrieved 28 April 2010. 

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