World-Renowned Permaculture Master Sepp Holzer Visits U-M and Southeast Michigan

Event Date and Time: 
4/2/2013 - 12:00 am to 11:45 pm
Rackham Auditorium, Fourth Floor

The Rebel Farmer Returns!

World-renowned farmer and permaculture master Sepp Holzer visits SE Michigan this April for an incredible three-day, hands-on installation course, as well as a public lecture at the University of Michigan. 

Sepp Holzer has pioneered the use of ecological farming and permaculture throughout the world, practices that help to counter modern agricultural crises such as drought, pesticide pollution, loss of biodiversity and soil erosion. Sepp began farming this way in Austria in the 1960s after being unsuccessful with conventional agriculture methods. He is known as the "rebel farmer" because he persisted in these practices despite being fined and even threatened with prison. His working farm in the Austrian Alps receives thousands of students and visitors each year.

Holzer Permaculture is a natural form of agriculture, based on the cycles and interactions found in nature. In addition to farming, animal husbandry, fruit growing, aquaculture, horticulture, and agroforestry, Sepp works to regenerate and remediate damaged landscapes. This includes the building of terraces, raised beds, water gardens, soil reservoirs, wet biomes and ponds in order to create resilient ecosystems and microclimates. These strategies have proven that working in harmony with nature is not only ecologically sound, but can also be economically successful.

In May of 2012, Sepp made his first ever visit to the Midwest for a hands-on installation course at Detroit’s Catherine Ferguson Academy. Students worked with Sepp to install one of his signature "kratergartens” — gardens or small-scale farms built upon a substructure of craters and mounds — and the results were nothing short of astonishing. The upcoming three-day course will provide another opportunity to travel and work with Holzer — this time to create TWO of his signature permaculture installations, in Ypsilanti and Highland Park.

The events this April, 2013 include:

  • Public lecture by Sepp at The Rackham Amphitheatre, University of Michigan (Rackham Building, 4th floor), Tuesday, April 2, 2013 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. — open to the public
  • Three-day installation course, April 2, 2013 – 4th (in Ann Arbor, Highland Park and Ypsilanti) — space for 40 registered participants only. Includes three days of hands-on learning plus a private dinner and movie with Sepp on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER.



"Learn to speak with Nature. Learn to assess her accurately. Ask yourself what she offers you. Those who learn to observe will identify niches in production and in all areas of farming, making it possible for a good living." — Sepp Holzer