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Books to read

Here is a list of books available in Namibia which are good to learn from: If you cannot find them in the shops then you can find them on Amazon.com and read them with a Kindle app on your phone, Table or Laptop. You can also read all the information on this Wiki first and then see whether you need the book later.

Namibian Organic Production Manual

The go-to book on organic farming in Namibia. This is a MUST have! It’s available for free to download at the NOA website here.


Online Libraries:

Practical Action Publishing


Practical Action Publishing, the publishing arm of Practical Action, partners with experts to disseminate affordable and accessible development insights globally. Drawing on extensive community development experience, they offer a diverse range of resources, from practical manuals to academic texts, available online, in print, and through open access platforms. Serving as an independent publisher, they exclusively distribute works for international partners, organizations, and academic institutions, expanding their holdings through strategic external partnerships. All materials undergo rigorous peer review and adhere to professional publishing standards. In 2019, they expanded their portfolio by managing Health Books International and Practical Action’s Practical Answers service.

Soil & Health Library

To deepen your knowledge and understanding have a look at the Soil & Health Library!

Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems: 10th Anniversary Collection


Ten years ago we opened Volume 37, Issue 1, with an editorial that announced the change of the name of the journal from the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture to Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems-ASFS (Gliessman 2013). For the past 10 years, our journal has been at the forefront of scholarly publishing in the “Agroecology Movement.” It has been our goal to help define what this movement is about, to advance scholarship at the cutting edge of transdisciplinary research, and to learn with and from peasants, Indigenous peoples, smallholders, and workers across the food system who are leading the way in transforming food systems worldwide toward justice and sustainability.

Reading list

Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison https://amzn.to/3ToRtsg

The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming By Masanobu Fukuoka https://amzn.to/4a25KR4

Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Appelhof https://amzn.to/3OPwaxj

Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins https://amzn.to/441FP9w

Restoration Agriculture by Mark Stepard https://amzn.to/422yG7k

Permaculture Design: A Step-by-Step Guide Paperback by Aranya https://amzn.to/3T4HhUG

Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening by Sepp Holzer https://amzn.to/3Tq5kif

Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren https://amzn.to/4bXZlIN

Natural Way of Farming: The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy by Masanobu Fukuoka https://amzn.to/3IqUu5i

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway https://amzn.to/49XxNBl

Practical Permaculture: for Home Landscapes,
Your Community, and the Whole Earth. Jessi Bloom
– Timber Press. Kindle Edition.

Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to
Raising Vegetables and Fish Together
– Silvia Bernstein. Kindle Edition

The Bio-Integrated Farm: A Revolutionary
Permaculture-Based System Using Greenhouses,
Ponds, Compost Piles, Aquaponics,
Chickens, and More (Not available on Kindle)

Gardening with Less Water: Low-Tech, Low-Cost
Techniques; Use up to 90% Less Water in Your
Garden by David A. Bainbridge
This is an easy to read Permaculture book by one of
the two original co-creators of Permaculture.
Meeting the Expectations of the Land: Essays in
Sustainable Agriculture and Stewardship Paperback
– January 1, 1985 by Wes Jackson (Author),
Wendell Berry (Author), Bruce Colman (Editor)

Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land: Lessons from
Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty
by Gary Paul Nabhan

Natural Goat care by Pat Coleby.

Natural Sheep care by Pat Coleby

Natural Cattle Care by Pat Coleby

Natural Horse care by Pat Coleby
Holistic Management, Third Edition: A Commonsense
Revolution to Restore Our Environment Third Edition,
The neem tree, one of the most promising of all plants,
may eventually benefit every person on the planet.
Free download here.

Also consider Storey’s Guidebook series.

Everything you need to know to create an intentional
community from scratch 

Jane’s Delicious Kitchen: Harvesting, Preserving and
Cooking Seasonal Food by Jane Griffiths. Published by
Sunbird Publishers, 2010.
Zephaniah Phiri had the wisdom, vision and strength of
character to transform a resource-starved subsistence
plot into a fertile smallholding. This is his story.
Read about the Power of the Duck. – a complete guide
to integrated duck and rice farming. Takao Furuno,
a Japanese rice farmer has been producing sustainable,
profitable organic rice for the last ten years.

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