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The Zero-Mile Diet: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food


New book

by Carolyn Herriot
Harbour Publishing
June 2010

Carolyn Herriot is the author of the bestselling A Year on the Garden Path: A 52-Week Organic Gardening Guide. She is much in demand as a speaker and workshop leader on organic gardening in the Pacific Northwest, with regular columns in GardenWise and Common Ground magazines. Carolyn grows her certified-organic seed business, Seeds of Victoria, at the Garden Path Centre for Organic Gardening in Victoria, BC.

It has only taken two generations for the majority of people to forget how to grow their own food. Most city dwellers have become alienated from the source of what sustains them, and have little understanding of the environmental and health impacts of processed and packaged food.

Ten years ago, in order to pacify her concerns about an increasingly uncertain future, Carolyn Herriot decided to grow as much of her own food as possible. Carolyn started The Garden Path, a plant nursery and display garden, in 1990. The Garden Path closed in 2006, and Carolyn now runs Seeds of Victoria, an organic seed company. In the process of her work with gardening she has discovered that it only takes five years to become self-sufficient in fruits and vegetables year round.

The Zero-Mile Diet follows a year of sustainable homegrown food production, growing healthy organic food, eating seasonal recipes from the garden, saving seeds for future harvests and putting food by for the winter. Growing a “Zero-Mile Diet” is a fun way to increase regional food security while cooling down the planet.

Buy the book here.