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Grounded – A Gardener’s Journey to Abundance and Self-Sufficiency by Liz Zorab
“The beauty of Grounded is it provides the mental toolkit needed to unlock homegrown food abundance from an empty or under-used space.”From the foreword, Huw Richards, Gardening YouTuber and author of Veg in One Bed and Grow Food for FreE
For International Orders
In USA, Grounded by Liz Zorab via Chelsea Green Publishing
Grounded will be available in USA from early April onwards (transportation permitting)
Europe and rest of world via Permanent Publications
Grounded is available to order from Permanent Publications and don’t forget to check out some of their other titles too!
This story is of a gardening journey, from bare field to bountiful feast! Grounded is an inspiring tale of a transformation. From tired paddock to food abundance in just over four years with little money and a lot of resourcefulness and clever ideas.
Liz Zorab also tells the story of how she transformed her life. Overcoming the effects of chronic illness to develop a self-sufficient, independent lifestyle. This has taken Liz and her husband away from the rat race. They now enjoy greater freedom and a more abundant life.
Grounded is an inspiring blend of practical tips and ideas with personal narrative and a smattering of humour. It will encourage you to take your first steps to self reliance – because this is more easily achievable than you had ever imagined. It will show you how to:
- Become more resilient
- Be creative with resources
- Make the most of the space you have
- Achieve more without exhausting yourself
- Fill your garden without emptying your pocket
- Enjoy the process as much as the results
Grounded by Liz Zorab is a tale of courage and imagination that will inspire you to grow your own productive paradise and live your dreams.
Published by Permanent Publications.
You can read why I wrote Grounded and some of the process of writing it on this blog post. There is certainly much more to writing a book than I had imagined and seeing some of the processes behind the production has left me with a feeling of awe for the publishers, Permanent Publications, who have been supportive, patient and great to work with.
REVIEWS of Grounded by Liz Zorab
What a beautiful book this is; honest, uplifting, practical, and full of inspiring projects which I cannot wait to try in our own back garden. The author’s ‘can-do’ attitude, her openness, and her willingness to learn and adapt as she goes along, shine throughout. Most of all, I love the way Liz and her husband have gone the extra mile to work with nature. The results, on so many levels, are remarkable. Brigit Strawbridge Howard, author of Dancing with Bees
“A lovely description of making a new life through restoring health to soil and body, while finding a calm peace – so much about what we need now.” Charles Dowding
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I was so keen to read Grounded as Liz lives in a similar part of the world to myself and I have thoroughly enjoyed it; the forward was also written by Huw Richards and he brought Byther Farm to life before I'd read a word!
Liz has such determination and grit in achieving her goals and I loved the idea of putting your back to the task whilst facing the achievemnent. I particularly loved her honesty in that, even now after the farm is establshed in so many ways, she still has doubts about her gardening abilities - I am jam packed full of those so just great to read that.
Liz shares the personal obstacles she has overcome and explains how the farm plus working/living in line with the seasons has bolstered her health. By giving herself the permission to take the time to recharge herself has been so very beneficial, something we could all try at times.
I was so impressed with the size and success of Byther Farm in what to me seems a short amount of time so that inspires me to push myself a little. However, I know the work needed was hard to reach those goals and I loved that I would also read about a task or project and think to myself "oh, I could do that" but also thought at times "I'm glad I do that already".
The hints and tips throught the book, often in side boxes to the main text, were numerous but I especially liked the outdoor sink area with the recycled water system. Ideas for perenial veg were wonderful as the book is not so much a "how to" rather than this is what did or didn't work, try this, work with what you have, experiment and was also a good introduction to permaculture about which Liz is very passionate.
She, like myself, acquired her polytunnel some time into a new growing year not getting the full benefit until the following year; fantastic to hear ideas for something that can help in real time
Altogether I found this an inspirational book, it made me smile, made me think and encouraged me in my plans for my own garden. Thank you Liz.
A really good read
A truly inspiring read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how Liz and Mr Jay took on Byther Farm and changed their lives for the better. This book is down to earth and honestly written. I hope it has a follow up.
I have been following Liz Zorab on her YouTube channel for quite some time and so I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Grounded. It did not disappoint. The genuine passion for growing and nurturing Liz displays on her channel is alive and well in her book. It gives the reader an insight into the journey Liz has been on, from her struggles with debilitating illness to tackling poor soil and encouraging diversity whilst growing food for her family and others. She writes with honesty, intelligence and humour, and provides tips and tricks anyone can apply to growing sustainably on a budget. The book is also sprinkled with some lovely photos to further illustrate what she and Mr J have achieved on Byther Farm. My only criticism is it was over too soon! I would recommend Grounded to anyone looking to grow their own food, especially if they doubt their ability due to health, age or any other physical issues or a tight budget or lack of knowledge. This book provides a roadmap to set you on your way and gives you the confidence to just have a go. I very much look forward to any further offerings Liz writes in the future.
Grounded is an amazing and easy read book with a cuppa. I have got completely lost within this book with not just the words but with the wonderful pictures too. Liz and Mr J are an inspiring couple and make you feel like you can achieve your dreams of grown your own food.
What an inspiring and uplifting book. I've read it from cover to cover and enjoyed every page often chuckling or nodding in agreement at things she has written. Liz is a brave lady taking on such a huge plot of land while coping with a debilitating illness.
‘Grounded’ is an honest and compelling account of how Liz Zorab and her husband transformed a plain piece of grassy paddock into a food- secure, permaculture paradise. What’s particularly remarkable is that they did this with very little money and during a period of Liz’s life when she was struggling with significant health issues.
The book gives a beautifully detailed account of the yearly changes and growth of their garden -and every chapter is written with warmth, humility and humor.
For anyone who is contemplating starting their own Permaculture paradise, please read this book. It’s proof of the potential in all of us and the healing nature of regenerative gardening methods.
In Grounded, Liz Zorab unfolds the history of her gardens creation. But also, the deeper story of how we change the landscape, and in doing so, change ourselves. Filled with important lessons learned along the way, the reader can be gently educated about permaculture, frugal gardening, and intentional living. But more importantly, they will always be entertained by Liz's joy of growing and relatable worries.
Grounded is a refreshingly honest and entertaining read that weaves together personal experience and practical food-gardening tips. It's a modern yet down-to-earth guidebook for aspiring smallholders on par with John Seymour’s ‘The Fat of the Land’