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There Is a Garden in the Mind: A Memoir of Alan Chadwick and the Organic Movement in California

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“In 1966, a conversation between visiting professor of history Donald Nicholl and his office-trailer mate, philosophy professor Paul Lee, sparked the idea of creating a garden to offset students’ feelings of displacement and disruption.”

By Paul A. Lee
North Atlantic Books (Mar 12 2013)
Paperback: 248 pages

There Is a Garden in the Mind presents an engaging look at the work and life of pioneering organic gardener Alan Chadwick and his profound influence on the organic farming movement. In this wide-ranging and philosophical memoir, author Paul Lee recounts his first serendipitous meeting with Chadwick in Santa Cruz, California, in 1967, and their subsequent founding of the Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz, the first organic and biointensive garden at a U.S. university.

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March 15, 2013   1 Comment

Farming the City – Food as a Tool for Today’s Urbanisation

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36 page preview of the new book

Excerpt:

The final section of the book is an ode to invention, innovation and inspiration. The Farming the City Selection showcases 35 exemplary urban farming projects from the global north, providing valuable insight into how citizens, entrepreneurs, organizations and public officers are using food as tool to re-interpret contemporary notions of urban living, working and collaboration.

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City Farming with Backyard Quail – An Alternative to Raising Chickens

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Eggs of a female quail. By Soloshenko Irina.

They taste no different than chicken eggs, just about 1/5 the size.

By Gaye Levy
Backdoor Survival
March 5, 2013

Excerpt:

Back in September, I shared some information about raising livestock. Although it was a bit tongue in cheek, the serious part of it all was that if given the room, it would be wonderful to have a small flock of chickens that could provide fresh eggs for consumption. That plus chicken meat, of course.

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