paper, 465 pp., $44.95
The subtitle best describes the theme of this book by Canadian author Peter Bane, a proponent of applying ecological strategies to living. He explains the principles of permaculture and the language used in such design. The author provides case studies of properties that have become garden-farms. Although his comments are well-meaning, readers may be concerned over the introduction of farm animals into urban situations. Some may also be concerned about the fact that many who promote permaculture ignore local legal restrictions, and that such operations may deteriorate over time if owners become weary of these labor-intensive projects.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden