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When Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer set out to create their farm in an historic Normandy village, they had no idea just how much their lives would change. Neither one had ever farmed before. Charles had been circumnavigating the globe by sail, operating a floating school that taught students about ecology and indigenous cultures. Perrine had been an international lawyer in Japan. Each had returned to France to start a new life. Eventually, Perrine joined Charles in Normandy, and Le Ferme du Bec Hellouin was born.

Bec Hellouin has since become a celebrated model of innovative, ecological agriculture in Europe, connected to national and international organizations addressing food security, heralded by celebrity chefs as well as the Slow Food movement, and featured in the inspiring and COLCOA award-winning documentary film, Demain. Miraculous Abundance is the eloquent tale of the couple's evolution from creating a farm to sustain their family to delving into an experiment in how to grow the most food possible, in the most ecological way possible, and create a farm model that can carry us into a post-carbon future when oil is no longer moving goods and services, energy is scarcer, and localization is a must.

Today, the farm produces a variety of vegetables using a mix of permaculture, bio-intensive, four-season, and natural farming techniques - as well as techniques gleaned from native cultures around the world. It has some animals for eggs and milk, horses for farming, a welcome center, a farm store, a permaculture school, a bread oven for artisan breads, greenhouses, a cidery, and a forge. It has also become the site of research focusing on how small organic farms like theirs might confront Europe's (and the world's) projected food crisis.

©2016 English translation copyright by Chelsea Green Publishing (P)2017 Chelsea Green Publishing

What the critics say

"A chameleon with language, British narrator Tim Bruce clearly enunciates the many French words in this visionary audiobook. He captures the ameliorative tone of this tribute to micro-farming and the organic life. His considerable ability adds authority to a globe-spanning work that asks the listener to conceive of a future of tiny market gardens replacing vast tracts of corn and soy. The authors left their previous lives to go back to the land to create a multifaceted project--a small but successful working farm (market garden) that also functions as a center for research and a site for agritourism. This is an audiobook that can benefit anyone with an interest in the land, the methods of miniaturizing agribusiness, or just maximizing a minimal garden." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Thought provoking guide to sustaining our world

This is a brilliant book, describing the experiences of permaculture backed by scientific studies. The result is a solid case for a revolutionary way of living and of providingnfornour race in harmony with nature. I highly recommend this work.

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Inspiring

A vision of the present and future that would change the world in great ways - and it all starts with a garden!

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  • Ganesh
  • 2018-02-08

Nice book

Wonderful book which gives a nice insight to permaculture way of life. It is not a step by step guide.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-24

exceptional and inspirational

loved the book and narrator. Good pronunciation of French. sounded like he enjoyed reading it

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  • Crystal Forbes
  • 2019-06-05

Useful read, perhaps too glowing about permaculture

Unique listen. Increased my awareness and interests in small market farming. Sounds like a beautiful farm, would certainly love to visit it someday. I think it would be difficult to recommend this book to my commercial agricultural practicing family. The idea of a garden utopia sounds fantastic, but I have difficulty seeing modern America rolling back to a series of small farms like we had a century ago.

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