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By Perrine Hervé-Gruyer, Charles Hervé-Gruyer, Eliot Coleman

Foreword via Eliot Coleman

The Bec Hellouin version for becoming nutrition, sequestering carbon, developing jobs, and extending biodiversity with no utilizing fossil fuels

When Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer got down to create their farm in an historical Normandy village, that they had no concept simply how a lot their lives could switch. Neither one had ever farmed earlier than. Charles were circumnavigating the globe through sail, working a floating tuition that taught scholars approximately ecology and indigenous cultures. Perrine were a world legal professional in Japan. every one had again to France to begin a brand new lifestyles. finally, Perrine joined Charles in Normandy, and Le Ferme du Bec Hellouin was once born. 

Bec Hellouin has on the grounds that develop into a celebrated version of leading edge, ecological agriculture in Europe, hooked up to nationwide and foreign companies addressing nutrition safety, heralded by means of star cooks in addition to the sluggish nutrients stream, and featured within the inspiring César and COLCOA award-winning documentary movie, Demain ("Tomorrow"). Miraculous Abundance is the eloquent story of the couple’s evolution from making a farm to maintain their relations to delving into an test in the way to develop the main foodstuff attainable, within the such a lot ecological approach attainable, and create a farm version which can hold us right into a post-carbon future―when oil isn't any longer relocating items and prone, power is scarcer, and localization is a must. 

at the present time, the farm produces quite a few greens utilizing a mixture of permaculture, bio-intensive, four-season, and usual farming techniques--as good as options gleaned from local cultures around the globe. It has a few animals for eggs and milk, horses for farming, a welcome middle, a farm shop, a permaculture tuition, a bread oven for artisan breads, greenhouses, a cidery, and a forge. It has additionally turn into the location of study targeting how small natural farms like theirs may perhaps confront Europe’s (and the world’s) projected nutrients crisis. 

yet during this sincere and fascinating account of the rigors and joys in their uncompromising attempt, readers meet those who find themselves farming the longer term up to they're farming their land. They envision farms like theirs sometime being the hub for a bunch of different companies that may force rural communities―from bread makers and grain millers to animal care givers and different tradespeople. 

marketplace farmers and residential gardeners alike will locate a lot in those pages, yet so will these who’ve by no means picked up a hoe.  The couple’s account in their quest to layout a nearly Edenlike farm, hone their practices, and locate new how you can feed the realm is an inspiring story. it's also a love letter to a destiny within which humans more and more dwell in rural groups that depend on conventional talents, in the community created and purveyed items and providers, renewable strength, and bigger neighborhood governance, yet also are attached to the bigger world.

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Miraculous Abundance: One Quarter Acre, Two French Farmers, and Enough Food to Feed the World

Foreword through Eliot Coleman

The Bec Hellouin version for transforming into foodstuff, sequestering carbon, developing jobs, and lengthening biodiversity with no utilizing fossil fuels whilst Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer got down to create their farm in an ancient Normandy village, that they had no suggestion simply how a lot their lives may swap. Neither one had ever farmed sooner than. Charles have been circumnavigating the globe by means of sail, working a floating university that taught scholars approximately ecology and indigenous cultures. Perrine were a global attorney in Japan. each one had lower back to France to begin a brand new existence. finally, Perrine joined Charles in Normandy, and Le Ferme du Bec Hellouin was once born.  Bec Hellouin has due to the fact that develop into a celebrated version of leading edge, ecological agriculture in Europe, hooked up to nationwide and foreign agencies addressing meals safeguard, heralded through star cooks in addition to the gradual nutrition circulate, and featured within the inspiring César and COLCOA award-winning documentary movie, Demain ("Tomorrow"). fantastic Abundance is the eloquent story of the couple’s evolution from making a farm to maintain their kin to delving into an test in the best way to develop the main meals attainable, within the so much ecological manner attainable, and create a farm version which can hold us right into a post-carbon future―when oil is not any longer relocating items and providers, strength is scarcer, and localization is a must.  at the present time, the farm produces various greens utilizing a mixture of permaculture, bio-intensive, four-season, and average farming techniques--as good as recommendations gleaned from local cultures all over the world. It has a few animals for eggs and milk, horses for farming, a welcome middle, a farm shop, a permaculture college, a bread oven for artisan breads, greenhouses, a cidery, and a forge. It has additionally develop into the positioning of analysis concentrating on how small natural farms like theirs may confront Europe’s (and the world’s) projected meals crisis.  yet during this sincere and interesting account of the rigors and joys in their uncompromising attempt, readers meet those who are farming the long run up to they're farming their land. They envision farms like theirs sometime being the hub for a bunch of different companies which can force rural communities―from bread makers and grain millers to animal care givers and different tradespeople.  industry farmers and residential gardeners alike will locate a lot in those pages, yet so will these who’ve by no means picked up a hoe.  The couple’s account in their quest to layout a nearly Edenlike farm, hone their practices, and locate new how you can feed the area is an inspiring story. it's also a love letter to a destiny during which humans more and more dwell in rural groups that depend on conventional talents, in the community created and purveyed items and prone, renewable strength, and bigger neighborhood governance, yet also are attached to the bigger international.

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In a few words: • Organic agriculture is a branch of agriculture that prohibits the use of synthetic particles (fertilizers, herbicides, and chemical pesticides) and promotes high standards of respect for plants, animals, and agricultural systems. It is regulated by a set of official rules and subjected to checks and approval. • Agroecology integrates environmental and social considerations in order to meet the food needs of human communities while respecting farmers and nature. Its definition is less clear than that of organic farming, and it is not subject to specific legislation.

We wanted to produce an abundance of delicious fruits and vegetables on a small piece of land using natural techniques. The disappointing results of our first few years led us to look for ways to adapt. We had no idea that our new profession would lead us into a fascinating worldwide investigation. Our search for a better way introduced us to some of the original organic farmers of France, but also to Americans, who were bursting with creativity and helped us discover the rich Parisian market garden tradition of the nineteenth century.

I, too, had a culture, roots that I could not deny. Eventually, I sold my beloved boat. But once I did, I felt adrift: How could I stay true to what I had received from my barefoot teachers and find my way in a Western world that was so often materialistic and predatory? I missed the large open spaces, the softness of tribal communities. Becoming a farmer was, for me, the answer. It was not an obvious move, but took shape gradually over the years. Much time passed before I allowed myself to live that teenage dream.

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