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Century Greens by David Kennedy Price: 2011, $24.00, 257 pages.
Based on decades of research, this book explores the mostly
untapped potential of many leaf crops. With over 1,000 species
of plants having edible leaves that are low in calories, this
is a large group underutilized for human food. But not all greens
have traits that are valuable as human foods. Fibrous cell walls,
strong flavors and a societal dislike have restricted them in
our diet today. 21st Century Greens will change how you look
at and use this valuable resource. Including how to grow, prepare
and preserve over 100 unique leaf crops. Discover a new world
of green leafy vegetables and how they can help build the food
system we need for the 21st Century.
Creating a Forest Garden
by Martin Crawford 2010, 380pp,
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a Forest Garden gives readers all the information they need
to create their own multilayered garden of edible, and other
useful plants, along with plenty of background on the many
benefits of agroforestry.
a Forest Garden is suitable for readers growing in small gardens
or on much larger plots, including commercial growers. The
* How forest gardens work
* Designing the forest garden
* A comprehensive directory of over 500 trees, shrubs and
ground level plants suitable for the forest garden.
* Detailed advice on paths, windbreaks, harvesting, maintenance,
wildlife and pests.
a Forest Garden covers an exciting range of useful crops including
bamboo shoots, goji berries and yams alongside more familiar
fruits such as apples and raspberries.
A Forest Garden Year with Martin Crawford 49 minutes, 2011, $22.50, DVD (Read
Review - PDF)
Fifteen years ago, inspired by the pioneering work of
Robert Hart, gardener Martin Crawford moved from conventional
organic gardening to creating a forest garden from a bare
field. Today his garden is a wonderful example of what
can be done with a minimum of effort to produce an abundant
crop of unusual edible trees, plants, shrubs and ground
cover. You can apply the principles of forest gardening
to spaces big and small. Here Martin takes you through
the seasons in his Devon forest garden, and shows you
how to plan your planting to mimic the layering, density
and diversity of a forest. A wide variety of edible plants
can be grown: for example, Nepalese raspberry, Siberian
purslane, Turkish rocket and
King Henry, lime trees (their leaves make a good salad),
bamboo (young shoots are tasty when steamed), snowbell
trees (for their fruit), mulberry and chokeberry. A Forest
Garden Year shows you how to graft an apple tree to crop
a variety of apples over several months, how to grow shiitake
mushrooms and perennial leeks, how to pollard and prune,
protect crops from wind, attract beneficial insects and
increase valuable minerals in the soil - all the while
creating a haven for yourself and for wildlife.
with stunning colour photographs, The Woodland Year is an
intimate month-by-month journey through Ben Law's yearly cycle
of work, his naturally attuned lifestyle and his deep understanding
of his woods. Each month also includes guest contributions
from woodlanders in other parts of England and Wales. The
Woodland Year provides a fascinating insight into every aspect
of sustainable woodland management; the cycles of nature,
seasonal tasks, wild food gathering,
making, mouthwatering and useful recipes, coppice crafts,
round pole timber frame eco-building (pioneered by Ben in
the UK), nature conservation, species diversity, tree profiles
and the use of horses for woodland work. This is a profound
book that is both practical and poetic. It describes a way
of life that is economically and ecologically viable and sets
a new standard for managing our woods in a low impact, sustainable
way. As such, it holds some of the fundamental keys to how
we can achieve a lower carbon society.
Ben Law's remarkable gifts, besides being arguably Britain's
greatest living woodsman, is a knack for inspiring others.
The Woodland Year is a month-by-month journey through Ben's
woodland in the Sussex Weald, and a celebration of every aspect
of sustainable woodland management. In words that are often
lyrical but always ungilded, he describes a way of life that
is both economically and ecologically viable. As such, it
holds some of the fundamental keys to how we can achieve a
more sustainable, lower carbon society. Ben is a true pioneer
and is quite simply creating a woodland renaissance in Britain.
Read this, and you will surely want to be part of it. --From
the Foreword by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Forest Gardens Volume
1 & 2
by Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier, 8 x 10, 450 pages, 520pp. $75ea., $135 for both (same
shipping rate for both volumes as for Vol 2 alone)
Volume I: Ecological Vision and Theory for Temperate-Climate
Permaculture, Volume II Ecological Design and Practice for Temperate-Climate
edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting
plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually
beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that
is more than the sum of its parts. You can grow fruits, nuts,
vegetables, herbs, mushrooms,
useful plants, and animals in a way that mimics natural ecosystems.
You can create a beautiful, diverse, high-yield garden that
is largely self-maintained.
Forest Gardens is a groundbreaking two-volume work that spells
out and explores the key concepts of forest ecology and applies
them to the needs of natural gardeners in temperate climates.
Volume I lays out the vision of the forest garden and explains
the basic ecological principles that make it work. In Volume
II, Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier move on to practical considerations:
concrete ways to design, establish, and maintain your own
forest garden. Along the way they present case studies and
examples, as well as tables, illustrations, and a uniquely
valuable “plant matrix” that lists hundreds of
the best edible and useful species.
together, the two volumes of Edible ForestGardens offer an
advanced course in ecological gardening—one that will
forever change the way you look at plants and your environment.
the Authors: Dave Jacke is the owner of Dynamics Ecological
Design Associates and a longtime permaculture teacher and
designer. He lives in Keene, New Hampshire. Eric Toensmeier
is a plant researcher, agricultural educator, and permaculturist
who lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
by Paul Stamets 2005, 352pp.,$35
less pollution! Yes, you heard right: growing more mushrooms
may be the best thing we can do to save the environment. Microscopic
cells called "mycelium"—the fruit of which
are mushrooms —recycle carbon, nitrogen, and other essential
elements as they break down plant and animal debris in the
creation of rich new soil. What fungi expert Paul Stamets
has discovered is that mycelium also breaks down hydrocarbons
—the base structure in many pollutants. So, for instance,
when soil contaminated with diesel oil is inoculated with
strains of oyster mushroom mycelia, the soil loses its toxicity
in just eight weeks. In MYCELIUM RUNNING, Stamets discusses
revolutionary trend in mushroom cultivation and provides tips
for choosing the appropriate species of fungi for various
a physician and practitioner of integrative medicine, I find
this book exciting and optimistic because it suggests new,
nonharmful possibilities for solving serious problems that
affect our health and the health of our environment. Paul
Stamets has come up with those possibilities by observing
an area of the natural world most of us have ignored. He has
directed his attention to mushrooms and mycelium and has used
his unique intelligence and intuition to make discoveries
of great practical import. I think you will find it hard not
to share the enthusiasm and passion he brings to these pages."
– From the foreword by Andrew Weil, MD, author of Eating
Well for Optimum Health
is a visionary emissary from the fungus kingdom to our world,
and the message he's brought back in this book, about the
possibilities fungi hold for healing the environment, will
fill you with wonder and hope." – Michael Pollan,
author of Botany of Desire
has done a unique public service. This visionary and practical
book should be an instant classic in the emerging science
of how to use nature's wisdom and fecundity to rescue the
earth and ourselves from the unwelcome consequences of human
cleverness." – Amory B. Lovins, CEO, Rocky
paradigm-changing book. Stamets' visionary insights are leading
to a whole new understanding of how mushrooms, scarcely seen
and rarely appreciated, regulate the earth's ecosystems."
– John Todd, Ph.D., University of Vermont and John
Todd Ecological Design
gospel of fungi containing crucial pragmatic solutions showing
us how to work with nature in order to heal nature."
– Kenny Ausubel, founder and co-executive director of
Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible
by Samuel Thayer 2005, $23, 368pp (Read
Review - PDF)
A fine, rich guide to wild foods of North America warmly written
by a master forager: uses, botany, habitat. Provides detailed
instructions and personal experiences of harvesting 332 delicious
plants, including butternut, wild rice, ostrich fern, hog peanut,
cattail, and more. Get
the Forager's Harvest video here.
Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild
by Samuel Thayer 2010, 512pp., $25
guide to all aspects of edible wild plants: finding and identifying
them, their seasons of harvest, and their methods of collection
and preparation. Each plant is discussed in great detail and
accompanied by excellent color photographs. Includes an index,
illustrated glossary, bibliography, and harvest calendar.
The perfect guide for all experience levels.
has become the go-to book for students at the Jack Mountain
Bushcraft School. Nature’s Garden, builds upon the high
standard set by The Foragers Harvest and establishes him as
the leading authority and author on edible wild plants that
has ever published. It isn’t slightly better than other
books on the topic; it’s in a whole different league".
Tim Smith, M.Ed. Founder and Director of The
Jack Mountain Bushcraft School
Botany in a Day - The Patterns Method of
Thomas J. Elpel's Herbal Field Guide to Plant
Families 5th Edition, 2004,
in a Day is changing the way people learn about plants! Tom's
book has gained a nationwide audience almost exclusively by
word-of-mouth. It is now used as a text and recommended by
herbal and wilderness schools across North America. Instead
of presenting individual plants, Botany in a Day unveils the
patterns of identification and uses among related plants,
giving readers simple tools to rapidly unlock the mysteries
of the new species they encounter throughout the continent.
often people try to learn plants one-at-a-time, without rhyme
or reason. Now you can cut years off the process of learning
about plants and their uses. Tom's book helps you beyond the
piece-meal approach to botany and herbalism towards a more "whole"
approach. Within 1 1/2 hours you can understand the big-picture
of botany and herbalism. Learn how related plants have similar
features for identification. Discover how they often have similar
properties and similar uses.
Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping
Bees in Your Yard and Garden
by Kim Flottum 2005, 168pp, $25
isn't just a guide to beekeeping or a honey cookbook; it's
both. No other book on the market provides an in-depth review
of beekeeping and what honey is good for and how to use it.
Beautifully illustrated, the Backyard Beekeeper is perfect
for the health-conscious person who wants to sweeten up their
life by saying no to processed sugars and yes to eating organic,
is the complete "honey bee" resource with general
information on bees; a how-to guide to the art of bee keeping
and how to set up, care for, and harvest your own hives; as
well as tons of fun facts and projects that are bee related.
The second half of the book is the complete guide to honey.
It reviews the different types of honey and their health effects
as well as provides hundreds of ideas and recipes for using
honey in recipes, cosmetically in facemasks and shampoos,
and for medicinal uses.
After receiving a degree in horticulture from UW Madison,
Kim Flottum worked four years in the USDA Honey Bee Research
Lab, studying pollination ecology. After that, he spent two
years raising acres of fruits and vegetables, where bees played
a large role. He brings this experience, plus nearly 20 years
of writing and editing articles for beekeepers in the monthly
magazine Bee Culture.
Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture
by Ross Conrad (Author), Gary Paul Nabhan (Foreword)
$35, 246pp., 2007
various chemicals used in beekeeping have, for the past decades,
held Varroa Destructor, a mite, and other major pests at bay,
but chemical-resistance is building and evolution threatens
to overtake the best that laboratory chemists have to offer.
In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making
the problem worse. Natural Beekeeping flips the script on
traditional approaches by proposing a program of selective
breeding and natural hive management.
brings together the best organic and natural approaches to
keeping honeybees healthy and productive here in one book.
Readers will learn about nontoxic methods of controlling mites,
eliminating American foulbrood disease (without the use of
antibiotics), breeding strategies, and many other tips and
techniques for maintaining healthy hives. Conrad's reservoir
of knowledge comes from years of experience and a far-flung
community of fellow beekeepers who are all interested in ecologically
sustainable apiculture. Specific concepts and detailed management
techniques are covered in a matter-of-fact, easy to implement
Beekeeping describes opportunities for the seasoned professional
to modify existing operations to improve the quality of hive
products, increase profits, and eliminate the use of chemical
treatments. Beginners will need no other book to guide them.
Whether you are an experienced apiculturist looking for ideas
to develop an Integrated Pest Management approach or someone
who wants to sell honey at a premium price, this is the book
you've been waiting for.
Simplified: Step-by-step instructions to make your
own round hive for healthier bees.
40 pp, $7