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Grow: Stories from the Urban Food Movement


This book is dedicated to everyone who is strengthening the soil and rebuilding the world one meal at a time.

By Stephen Grace
Bangtail Press
June 1, 2015

What do a rapper, a returned soldier, a reformed gangster, a grandmother, a petroleum geologist, a bestselling author, and a microchip engineer have in common? They are all wresting control of food from an industrial system responsible for a plague of poor personal and planetary health. Stephen Grace embarks on a journey of discovery to understand what motivates these urbanites working to reinvent the way we feed ourselves.

From the driver of a repurposed garbage truck healing the soil to a guerrilla gardener bombing the city with seeds, a cast of extraordinary characters emerges as Grace makes his way into the heart of a revolution. He discovers that food can be a means to tackle some of our most pressing problems, from youth crime to the healthcare crisis, from resource depletion to climate change.

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UA magazine 29 – City Region Food Systems


This issue addresses the growing attention for policy and practice approaches that focus on food issues from a city-regional perspective

May 2015


Food is increasingly an urban issue. This is gaining broad recognition among local, regional and national governments, international and support organisations, civil society, the private sector, consumers and academia. Evidence for this recognition can be found in cities in all regions of the world, where policy and programme initiatives are being undertaken in various fields related to urban and peri-urban food production and supply – as many of the articles in this Magazine illustrate.

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Indoor Kitchen Gardening


Turn Your Home Into a Year-round Vegetable Garden – Microgreens – Sprouts – Herbs – Mushrooms – Tomatoes, Peppers & More

By Elizabeth Millard
Cool Springs Press
June 15 2014

It takes just a few dollars and a few days for you to start enjoying fresh, healthy produce grown indoors in your own home. Imagine serving a home-cooked meal highlighted with beet, arugula, and broccoli microgreens grown right in your kitchen, accompanied by sautéed winecap mushrooms grown in a box of sawdust in your basement.

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Texas Farm Girl: Reap What you Sow


By Rebecca Crownover
Mascot Books
January 6, 2015

Texas Farm Girl learns from her PawPaw what Reap What You Sow means when she makes a big mistake on the farm. The lesson learned from Reap What You Sow can be applied to all of us so that we can overcome adversity and Shine Like A Lone Star Pearl.

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American Bar Association – Urban Agriculture: Policy, Law, Strategy, and Implementation


The book addresses the concerns and misconceptions that can occur when planning, developing and implementing an urban agricultural idea.

Martha H. Chumbler, Sorell E. Negro, and Lawrence E. Bechler, Editors
American Bar Association
2015 (Must See. Mike)

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 — The growing demand for urban farms and community gardens continues to sprout across the country. A new American Bar Association book “Urban Agriculture: Policy, Law, Strategy, and Implementation” provides an overview of information, perspectives and examples of urban agriculture to government officials, lawyers, planners and individuals, nonprofits and community organizations considering some aspect of farming within the city limits.

A current, practical resource on all aspects of agricultural activities within non-rural settings, ranging from neighborhood gardens to commercial farming operations, this book addresses many of the land use, environmental, and regulatory legal issues that confront local governments, property owners, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and neighborhood groups when addressing urban gardening or farming. Chapter authors also describe and analyze the experiences of specific urban areas, providing perspectives on their different approaches.

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From India: ‘My Pumpkin Roof’


How To Grow Your Own Urban Food Garden

By Malvika Pathak, Martin Scherfler, Nafeesa Begum, Nalini Mangwani, Navleen Kohli, Urvashi Devidayal and Vimal Bhojraj.
Published by Auroville Consulting and Earthcare Books
Auroville is a centre for alternative technology in India and the world.


Dr. Vandana Shiva, Founder, Navdanya Foundation

The promotion of food growing among urbanites is an important issue. We in India face food security issues, and consumers don’t often have a choice when it comes to whether their food is pesticide- treated or not. Moreover, our indigenous knowledge of organic farming methods and indigenous species are being lost as genetically modified seeds and synthetic growth enhancers are increasingly used.

Encouraging people in our urban centres to take up home gardening, means that we empower consumers. By growing our own organic food in our backyards, balconies and gardens, we don’t only make a healthy choice, we can address climate change ourselves. Conventional, chemical farming is a major contributor to climate change. Also, large-scale monocultures deplete soil and water resources. The transport from field to table is also polluting and carbon dioxide-producing. By growing our own food, we provide fresh, organic food, that doesn’t take its toll on the environment.

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Prince “is a big supporter of ‘Urban Farmer’ ” says singer Taja Sevelle

Her new book.

In 2005, she founded Urban Farming with a pamphlet, three gardens and $5,000 of her own money.

By Taja Sevelle
From the Root: 8 Ways to Balance and Change Le Monde
CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Oct 2014

Recording Artist Taja Sevelle, who signed her first record deal with Prince, outlines a courageous plan for bringing the world into balance and shares the reasons she put her music career on the back burner to start the global nonprofit organization Urban Farming™. While recording her third CD for Sony Records in Detroit, Taja saw the widespread poverty in the city and learned about its vast stretches of unused land.

In 2005, she founded Urban Farming with a pamphlet, three gardens and $5,000 of her own money. Inspired by a global vision to “Create an Abundance of Food for All in Our Generation™,” she pulled from her teenage experience of living on a farm for three years and began to plant food on vacant city land.

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The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer


The Ultimate Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs on a Market Scale

By Melanie Carpenter, Jeff Carpenter
Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: April 29, 2015

Both a business guide and a farming manual, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer will teach readers how to successfully grow and market organic medicinal herbs.

Whether you’re trying to farm medicinal plants, culinary herbs, or at-risk native herbs exclusively or simply add herbal crops to what you’re already growing, successful small-scale herb farmers Jeff and Melanie Carpenter will guide you through the entire process—from cultivation to creating value-added products.

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Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening


Innovative Techniques for Growing Vegetables, Grains, and Perennial Food Crops with Minimal Fossil Fuel and Animal Inputs

By Will Bonsall
Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: June 3, 2015

Will Bonsall has worn many hats before and since going “back to the land,” including prospector, draftsman, gravedigger, hobo, musician, logger, and artist, among others; however, he considers subsistence farming to be the only true career he ever had. He is the director of the Scatterseed Project, which he founded to help preserve our endangered crop-plant diversity. His first book, Through the Eyes of a Stranger (Xlibris, 2010), is an eco-novel set in a sustainable society of the future. Will lives and farms in Industry, Maine, with his wife, Molly Thorkildsen, and two sons.

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Forthcoming book: ‘The Urban Farmer’


British Columbia author: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land

By Curtis Stone
New Society Publishers
Pub. Date: 2015-11-01

The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else’s). Major benefits include:

Low capital investment and overhead costs
Reduced need for expensive infrastructure
Easy access to markets.

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1909: ‘The Vegetable Garden’

hotbed Temporary hotbeds in a city backyard. For larger image click on picture.

“Did we cultivate more assiduously our backyard gardens, those of us whose daily grind chains us fast to a bell or whistle or even an office clock, there would be fewer nervous breakdowns.”

By Ida D. Bennett
Doubleday, Page and Co.


There are certain plant-poisons – herbicides – on the market which it is claimed will kill out scrub oak, burdock, Canada thistle, and like persistent perennial growths … It is considerations like this which make the growing of one’s own kitchen vegetables so desirable,

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Canning, Pickling, and Freezing with Irma Harding


Readers are guided through the book by Irma Harding, a fictional spokesperson for appliances produced by International Harvester during the 1950s.

By Marilyn McCray
Octane Press

Urban farmers, foodies, and cooking enthusiasts of all ages are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to food preservation. For those wanting to preserve garden-fresh vegetables at home, Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Hardingoffers modern techniques and tasty recipes from heartland farms.

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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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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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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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