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Namibia: ‘Growing Food in Windhoek’ Handbook

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By producing food in and around the city, we can connect – the production with the market, experiments, ideas and solutions, and people of all ages and all walks of life.

Excerpt:

Namibia needs to urgently tackle hunger, undernourishment and malnutrition. Thee latest data stems from the 2016 Global Hunger Index of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

In this report, “hunger” refers to four indicators – undernourishment, child stunting (low height-for-age), child wasting (low weight-for-height), and child mortality.

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April 24, 2017   No Comments

Home Kitchen Garden – in Italian

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By Sandra Longinotti
Maggio 2016

Home Kitchen Garden è un discorso aperto fra cucina e orto cittadino possibile, in una contaminazione continua fra gusto e lifestyle. Si parte dalla bellezza del fiore edule di alcune varietà orticole, spontanee e floreali che possono crescere anche in piccoli spazi urbani – sul davanzale di una finestra, sul balcone o in un piccolo giardino – per aprire un discorso più ampio su ogni specie.

Coltivazione, ricette, piccole idee living, curiosità e informazioni pratiche per piante comuni e molto diffuse come la Rosa o il Carciofo, così come per varietà meno conosciute, da cui lasciarsi sorprendere e ispirare. Ecco le quattordici varietà: Acmella, Amaranto, Begliuomini, Begonia, Borragine, Carciofo, Cipolla, Crisantemo, Finocchietto, Lavanda, Nasturzio, Rosa, Rosmarino e Viola.

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April 10, 2017   Comments Off on Home Kitchen Garden – in Italian

1935 by Beate Hahn – ‘Hooray, We Sow and Harvest!’

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Published in Germany – A Garden Book For Children

By Beate Hahn (Horticulturist)
(The author is the mother of famous landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander)
1935 Wilh, Gottl, Korn Verlag, Breslau, Printed in Germany, 110 pages
(This translation was kindly done by Evelyne Teichert.)

Introduction

Today is yet another grim, cold day in November. Outside the wind is blowing through the streets, urging snowflakes along high up into the air. It roars around the street corner, and anyone who meets it will be blown down. This is quite ugly weather, and everyone is happy when they can once again sit in their warm home.

Here in our home a bright wood fire is crackling in the fireplace. When all the big and the small people have completed their daily tasks, we assemble around the red sheen of the fire, because father tells us stories. Mother says that this way she’ll never be able to mend all the torn children’s clothes, but everyone else thinks it is marvelous. If Peter and Lore move over just a bit, then you too will be able to join us on the bench by the fire and listen in. We also have a baked apple for you. you can hear them already crackling in the oven. Lisel, the oldest among us, gets up from time to time to tend to them.

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April 6, 2017   Comments Off on 1935 by Beate Hahn – ‘Hooray, We Sow and Harvest!’

At Seattle Children’s Theatre, ‘Seedfolks’ a flourishing tale of a community garden

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Seedfolks. Children’s book published in 2004 by Paul Fleischman (Author), Judy Pedersen (Illustrator).

First up is that shyly determined Vietnamese child who digs into cold, packed dirt to plant beans in honor of her late father.

By Misha Berson
Seattle Times
Mar 27, 2017

Excerpt:

It starts with a 9-year-old girl and a handful of lima beans. It ends with a formerly trash-filled vacant lot in a poor Cleveland neighborhood that’s been transformed into more than a garden.

Paul Fleischman’s popular book “Seedfolks” is a thoughtful volume for young readers. It is about transformation — a common ingredient in so many green myths and fables. So is the charming one-woman stage adaptation created by the Children’s Theatre of Minneapolis.

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April 6, 2017   Comments Off on At Seattle Children’s Theatre, ‘Seedfolks’ a flourishing tale of a community garden

Three Ways To Urban Agricultures: Digging Into Three Very Different Offerings From Three New Books

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Gardening activist Chiara Tornaghi and her assistant. “How to set up your own urban agricultural project with a socio-environmental justice perspective.”

By Wayne Roberts
Medium
Mar 24, 2017

Excerpt:

Ableman’s understanding of the centrality of engaging the human side of food production (should we call it human-centered food policy?) is the segway to the third body of work considered in this newsletter on urban agricultures?—?the work of Chiara Tornaghi at Coventry University in England.

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April 4, 2017   Comments Off on Three Ways To Urban Agricultures: Digging Into Three Very Different Offerings From Three New Books

Plot 29 : A Memoir – Therapy from an Allotment Plot

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Allan used Plot 29 to make sense of his childhood. Credit: Andrew Crowley

When I am disturbed, even angry, gardening has been a therapy. When I don’t want to talk I turn to Plot 29, or to a wilder piece of land by a northern sea. There, among seeds and trees, my breathing slows; my heart rate too. My anxieties slip away.’

By Elizabeth Grice
The Telegraph
2 Apr 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Plot 29 : A Memoir
By Allan Jenkins
HarperCollins Publishers
Mar 23, 2017

Excerpt:

“When I am disturbed, even angry,” Jenkins says, “gardening is a therapy. Whatever mood I’m in, I can walk through the gates and here, among the seeds and the trees, my breathing and my heart rate slow. My voice becomes slower and oddly deeper. It’s a great antidote to newspaper politics and to anxiety, a place where you can just be.”

Jenkins had plenty to be disturbed about. He and his older brother Christopher spent their early years in and out of “feral” children’s homes, often cruelly separated despite their closeness. At the ages of five and six, they were fostered by a middle-aged couple, Dudley and Lilian Drabble, in the Devon countryside, but spat out again at puberty to go their separate ways.

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April 2, 2017   Comments Off on Plot 29 : A Memoir – Therapy from an Allotment Plot

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

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Follow the author as she collects edible weeds.

13 Essential Plants for Human Survival

By Katrina Blair
Foreword by Sandor Ellix Katz
Chelsea Green
2014

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is the only book on foraging and edible weeds to focus on the thirteen weeds found all over the world, each of which represents a complete food source and extensive medical pharmacy and first-aid kit. More than just a field guide to wild edibles, it is a global plan for human survival.

When Katrina Blair was eleven she had a life-changing experience where wild plants spoke to her, beckoning her to become a champion of their cause. Since then she has spent months on end taking walkabouts in the wild, eating nothing but what she forages, and has become a wild-foods advocate, community activist, gardener, and chef, teaching and presenting internationally about foraging and the healthful lifestyle it promotes.

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March 31, 2017   Comments Off on The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

Compost Stew

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An A to Z Recipe for the Earth

By Mary McKenna Siddals
Ashley Wolff (Illustrator)
Dragonfly Books
Oct 14 2014

Excerpt:

“It has great rhyming and rhythm and a fun chorus for the kids to learn. We used it on the day we planted seeds for our garden boxes. If your children know the difference between garbage and recycling and you want to add compost to their understanding of waste, this book is where to start. Great for learning about waste, the environment, plants and community! My 20 month old asks for it by name.”

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March 27, 2017   Comments Off on Compost Stew

India: Organic Vegetable Terrace Garden Book

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Of course low cost and easy to do…

By Sandeep Chavan
BookGanga

From Introduction:

“Author himself is working on Urban Terrace Garden issues since last 8 years. He has done many experiments in terrace garden issue. He has developed a terrace garden at his present residence. He promotes alternate ways of life, spinning on Amber Spinning Wheel (Charka), Waste Management, Solar Energy, Learning out of School and believes on Walk on the Talk!”

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March 19, 2017   Comments Off on India: Organic Vegetable Terrace Garden Book

Letters to a Young Farmer – Just published

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Anthology of 36 essays and letters. The book is both a compelling history and a vital road map—a reckoning of how we eat and farm; how the two can come together to build a more sustainable future; and why now, more than ever before, we need farmers.

By Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
(Compiled by); Martha Hodgkins (Editor)
Princeton Architectural Press
Mar 7, 2017

A sample of the contributor biographies:

Karen Washington is an activist and farmer. She is co-owner of Rise & Root Farm in Orange County, New York, and cofounder of Black Urban Growers (BUGS) in the Bronx, New York.

Chellie Pingree lives on the island of North Haven in Maine, where she is a longtime organic farmer. She has represented Maine’s First District in Congress since 2009 and is an outspoken advocate for federal policies that better support sustainable farming.

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March 7, 2017   Comments Off on Letters to a Young Farmer – Just published

The Urban Farmer: How to Create a Productive Garden in Any Space

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Just published in Australia

By Justin Calverley CERES
Harper Collons Australia
Feb 20, 2017

The guide for anyone who dreams of living the country life in the city by growing their own healthy, sustainable fruit and veg – and more!

Producing our own fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs and honey is perfectly possible in a suburban space, and this practical guide will help urban dwellers develop a more sustainable existence. With a deep knowledge of permaculture and organic gardening, horticultural expert Justin Calverley shows you how to establish a diverse urban farm, whether in your own backyard, a courtyard or even a balcony.

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February 25, 2017   Comments Off on The Urban Farmer: How to Create a Productive Garden in Any Space

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

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Forthcoming March 2017

By Erin Benzakein, Julie Chai, Michele M. Waite (Photographer)
Chronicle Books
(March 7, 2017) 308 pages

From Erin Benzakein, a leader in the locaflor farm-to-centerpiece movement and owner of internationally renowned Floret Flower Farm, Cut Flower Garden is equal parts instruction and inspiration—a book overflowing with lush photography of magnificent flowers and breathtaking arrangements organized by season. This beautiful guide to growing, harvesting, and arranging gorgeous blooms year-round gives readers vital tools to nurture a stunning flower garden and use their blossoms to create showstopping arrangements.

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February 1, 2017   Comments Off on Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

Pee Wee Meets the Pollinators

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The 6th book about Pee Wee the red wiggler worm

By Larraine Roulston
Castle Compost
2017

In this story, Nancy, Pee Wee and Reddy visit a rooftop garden and learn about the amazing work of pollinators. During their adventure they witness the birth of a monarch butterfly, follow a bee and meet a chorus of crickets. The story features composting, vermicomposting, compost tea and finished compost. It also contains poems, songs as well as additional notes to benefit teachers, parents and children.

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January 22, 2017   Comments Off on Pee Wee Meets the Pollinators

First Bite: How We Learn to Eat

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Bee introduces us to people who can only eat food of a certain colour; toddlers who will eat nothing but hot dogs; doctors who have found radical new ways to help children eat vegetables

By Bee Wilson
Basic Books
Originally Harper Collins
Reprint edition (November 8, 2016)

We are not born knowing what to eat. We all have to learn it as children sitting expectantly at a table. For our diets to change, we need to relearn the food experiences that first shaped us.
Everyone starts drinking milk. After that it’s all up for grabs.

We are not born knowing what to eat; we each have to figure it out for ourselves. From childhood onwards, we learn how big a portion is and how sweet is too sweet. We learn to love broccoli or not. But how does this happen? What are the origins of taste? And once we acquire our food habits, can we ever change them for the better?

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January 21, 2017   Comments Off on First Bite: How We Learn to Eat

Growing Vegetables in Drought, Desert & Dry Times

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The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening without Wasting Water

By Maureen Gilmer
Sasquatch Books
Release date: December 29, 2015

Here is the definitive guide to growing healthy organic vegetables without wasting our precious water resources! This incredibly timely book will give dedicated home gardeners the know-how to grow delicious produce in dry times, focusing on four different low-water conditions in the western United States: voluntary water conservation, drought, and both high and low desert.

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January 16, 2017   Comments Off on Growing Vegetables in Drought, Desert & Dry Times