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Edible Insects in Africa


How to collect and prepare, 10 different insect species from 5 groups: caterpillars, beetles, termites, grasshoppers and crickets.

Author: Josianne Cloutier et al
Pages: 80

Edible insects are a common ingredient in traditional dishes in many parts of Africa, a continent with more than 250 potentially edible insect species. As the world’s population continues to grow, there is renewed interest in the use of insects as human food. Insects provide animal protein of good quality, and they are rich in lipids and macronutrients. The many edible insect species – an accessible and affordable source of food – can contribute to food security.

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April 20, 2015   No Comments

The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm


The D Acres Model for Creating and Managing an Ecologically Designed Educational Center

By Josh Trought
Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: March 17, 2015


The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm describes not only the history of the D Acres project, but its evolving principles and practices that are rooted in the land, its inhabitants, and the joy inherent in collective empowerment.

For almost twenty years, D Acres of New Hampshire has challenged and expanded the common definition of a farm. As an educational center that researches, applies, and teaches skills of sustainable living and small-scale organic farming, D Acres serves more than just a single function to its community. By turns it is a hostel for travelers to northern New England, a training center for everything from metal- and woodworking to cob building and seasonal cooking, a gathering place for music, poetry, joke-telling, and potluck meals, and much more.

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April 17, 2015   No Comments

A Year on the Farm


Narrated by Casey the farmer and Tillus the worm

By Holly Dufek, Paul E. Nunn
Octane Press

A Year on the Farm introduces children to the world of modern farming, showing the tractors, combines and other equipment needed to plant and harvest crops. The book is filled with photographs of equipment at work and a cast of illustrated characters including Case the farmer and Tillus the worm, and a whole team of equipment characters.

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April 15, 2015   No Comments

New Book: ‘Raíces en el Asfalto: pasado, presente y futuro de la agricultura urbana’


Roots in the Concrete: past, present and future of urban agriculture

By José Luis Fernández Casadevante, Kois and Nerea Morán
April 04, 2015


City and countryside have kept profound links throughout history, so they cannot be understood separately. The book (in Spanish) Raíces en el Asfalto [Roots in the Concrete] follows this theme, tracking the urban theories and the main historical episodes in which social movements and local communities have grown food in the city.

From the first relief poor gardens to their appropriation by the worker’s culture, from victory gardens during the World Wars to nowadays economic and urban crisis… the book seeks for the aims and political significance of urban gardening developed by clergymen and noblemen, educators, social reformers, freethinkers, revolutionaries, unionists, artists, contra-cultural, neighbourhood & environmental movements…

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April 5, 2015   Comments Off on New Book: ‘Raíces en el Asfalto: pasado, presente y futuro de la agricultura urbana’

Living Architecture Monitor – Urban Agriculture Issue


Volume 17, Issue 1
Spring 2015

Excerpts from Table of Contents:

Integrating Agriculture and Architecture in the 21st Century

On the Roof with Urban Agriculture Rick Stars

Profitable Green Roof Vegetables

Grand Rapids Chefs Experiment With Produce From 700 Foot Edible Wall

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March 19, 2015   Comments Off on Living Architecture Monitor – Urban Agriculture Issue

The Pet Poo Pocket Guide


How to Safely Compost & Recycle Pet Waste – Forthcoming May 2015

By Rose Seemann
New Society
May 2015

Eighty-three million dogs and ninety-six million cats call the US home. Dogs alone produce enough waste to fill more than 1,091 football fields 1 foot deep in a single year. Add billions of plastic pick-up bags to the mix, and season well with tons of litter box waste. Scoop a hefty portion into local landfills and seal it tightly to ensure optimal methane production. Clearly, this is a recipe for disaster.

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New 3rd edition of ‘Teaching Organic Farming & Gardening’


Manual addresses practical aspects of organic farming and gardening, applied soil science, and social and environmental issues in agriculture

By Martha Brown
University of California Santa Cruz
March 04, 2015


Drawing on nearly 50 years of teaching organic farming and gardening, the staff of the UC Santa Cruz Farm & Garden Apprenticeship and invited authors have developed an updated and expanded resource for instructors based on many of the skills and concepts taught in UCSC’s annual Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture program. Teaching Organic Farming & Gardening: Resources for Instructors, 3rd Edition addresses practical aspects of organic farming and gardening, applied soil science, and social and environmental issues in agriculture.

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‘Potager urbain’ – Urban Food Gardens


Book in French on city farming

de Nicolas Bel (Auteur)
Relié: 288 pages
Editeur : Hachette Pratique (20 août 2014)

Excerpt from Brooklyn Grange article:

In addition to being the founder of Topager, Nicolas is also the author of the book on French urban ag (Potager Urbain), and an academic researcher at AgroParisTech (from what I gather, the French equivalent of Cornell’s College of Agriculture) and the farm I visited was essentially his data collection facility. At this particular location, he studies every measurable variable. First, he blended several soil mixes side-by-side to measure their productivity and health.

He also captures runoff via a simple “out spout” which drains into gallon water bottles, from which he collects samples on a regular basis. His methodology is incredibly thorough and it was exhilarating to meet such a focused and serious practitioner of our incredibly unique type of cultivation. We have a lot to learn from Nicolas and his colleagues at Topager, and only through an open exchange of information can we pioneers truly make progress.

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February 26, 2015   Comments Off on ‘Potager urbain’ – Urban Food Gardens

Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food and Agriculture Poems


Features 51 poems written by 34 writers from seven countries

Editor Carol-Ann Hoyte

Bursting with flavor and just the right infusion of insight, Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food and Agriculture Poems presents a collection of poems from thirty-four writers on the most universal topic of all: food. Featuring a wide assortment of styles, from haiku to acrostics to free verse, these poems touch on topics that range from lighthearted to seriously thought-provoking. Whether the focus of the poem is a child’s battle over eating peas or a celebration of fair trade, this collection introduces kids to a fresh new view of where their food comes from.

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Urban pollinators get the job done, San Francisco State study finds

To artificially pollinate some of the tomato plants floral clusters, researchers used tuning forks to reproduce the frequency at which bees buzz, releasing pollen. Photo by Drew Potter.

Wild bees provide adequate pollination service to tomato plants in San Francisco, researchers find

San Francisco State University
Eureka Alert
Public Release: 12-Feb-2015


Even more surprising, neither the size of the garden nor the amount of green space in the surrounding area impacted the amount of pollinator service a plant received. Instead, the key factor was the “floral resource density,” or the abundance of flowers present within the garden in which the tomato plant was located. The more densely flowers were grown within each garden, the higher the yield of tomatoes.

“This is good news in San Francisco, because we have very limited space for urban agriculture,” said Potter, now an environmental consultant. “Small gardens with lots of flowers are enough to attract bees.”

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February 25, 2015   Comments Off on Urban pollinators get the job done, San Francisco State study finds

Alberta writer has close relationship with food, farming

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dee Hobsbawn-Smith is winning international literary awards for her portrayal of Alberta farmers

By Steven Biggs
Country Guide
Feb 11, 2015


In 1998, she started giving “Foodie Tootle” tours to city folks, taking them by bus to farms and ranches, ending the tours with on-farm dinners. Over the 12 years she did the tours, she took more than 600 people to over 50 farms and ranches.

Her own story is deeply entwined with food and farming. “I grew up drinking raw milk,” says Hobsbawn-Smith as she talks about being a farmer’s daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter. Raised in Saskatchewan, she moved to Calgary in the 1980s, becoming a cook, caterer, restaurateur, and classically trained chef.

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February 21, 2015   Comments Off on Alberta writer has close relationship with food, farming

The Living Landscape


Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden

By Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy
Timber Press

A home garden is often seen as separate from the natural world surrounding it. In truth, it is actually just one part of a larger landscape made up of many living layers. And the replacement of the rich layers of native flora with turf grass greatly diminishes a garden’s biological diversity and ecological function.

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February 18, 2015   Comments Off on The Living Landscape

California Master Gardener Handbook–2nd Ed


Packed with research-based information and more than 21 in-depth home horticulture topics

By D Pittinger
Copyright Date: 2015
Length: 756 pp.


Since it was first published in 2002, the California Master Gardener Handbook has been the definitive guide to best practices and advice for gardeners throughout the West. Now the much-anticipated 2nd Edition to the Handbook is here—completely redesigned, with updated tables, graphics, and color photos throughout.

Whether you’re a beginner double digging your first bed or a University of California Master Gardener, this handbook will be your go-to source for the practical, science-based information you need to sustainably maintain your landscape and garden and become an effective problem solver.

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February 8, 2015   Comments Off on California Master Gardener Handbook–2nd Ed

Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land


Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty

By Gary Paul Nabhan
Chelsea Green

Excerpt from publisher:

With climatic uncertainty now “the new normal,” many farmers, gardeners, and orchardists in North America are desperately seeking ways to adapt how they grow food in the face of climate change. The solutions may be at our back door.

In Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land, Nabhan, one of the world’s experts on the agricultural traditions of arid lands, draws from the knowledge of traditional farmers in the Gobi Desert, the Arabian Peninsula, the Sahara Desert, and Andalusia, as well as the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Painted deserts of North America to offer time-tried strategies, including:

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The Tao of Vegetable Gardening


Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity

By Carol Deppe
Chelsea Publishing

—Gene Logsdon, author, Gene Everlasting and The Contrary Farmer

“If you want to read the complete, deepest-down lowdown on how to grow organic vegetables successfully, this is the book. It also stands as a guide to the most genuine, independent lifestyle possible, relying only on nature and the author’s awesomely detailed knowledge of plant life to achieve successful food production and a contented way of life. The reader learns not only how to grow and cook vegetables, but how to breed new varieties and save the seed. And while you read her book, you are also charmed with the Tao philosophy of living—something I have come to believe is a sure path to tranquility.”

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January 29, 2015   Comments Off on The Tao of Vegetable Gardening