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The Woman Hobby Farmer

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Female Perspectives on Farming Challenges and Solutions

By Karen Lanier
CompanionHouse Press.
Forthcoming Sept 2017

Hobby farming is alive and thriving in urban, semi-rural, suburban, and rural areas across the country, and female farmers have been cited as the fastest growing sector within the farming community in recent years. With more than 1 million women in the United States and Canada describing farming as their primary source of income, and many more for whom hobby farming is just that—a hobby—the time is right for a publication dedicated to hobby farming from a female perspective.

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June 13, 2017   Comments Off on The Woman Hobby Farmer

The Aquaponic Farmer

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Forthcoming: A Complete Guide to Building and Operating a Commercial Aquaponic System

By Adrian Southern & Whelm King
New Society Publishers
Sept 1, 2017

Aquaponic farming — raising fish and vegetables together commercially — is the most promising innovation for a sustainable, profitable, localized food system. Until now, systems have largely focussed on warm-water fish such as tilapia. A lack of reliable information for raising fish and vegetables in the cool climates of North America and Europe has been a major stumbling block.

The Aquaponic Farmer is the game changer.

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June 2, 2017   Comments Off on The Aquaponic Farmer

Home Grown Food Summit 2017 – Register To Watch For Free

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38+ experts share their best secrets for growing all your own food and medicine

Speakers:

Mike Adams
The Coming Antibiotics Apocalypse

Howard Garrett
Planting & Managing Trees
(The Right Way!)

Sally Fallon
Nourishing Fats In Your Diet

Sayer Ji
Nightshades Illuminated

Joel Salatin
Salad Bar Beef

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May 30, 2017   Comments Off on Home Grown Food Summit 2017 – Register To Watch For Free

The Food Forest Handbook

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Design and Manage a Home-Scale Perennial Polyculture Garden

By Darrell Frey & Michelle Czolba
New Society Books
April, 2017

A food forest is a productive landscape developed around a mix of trees and perennials. Rooted in permaculture principles, this integrated approach to gardening incorporates a variety of plants such as fruit and nut trees, shrubs, vines, and perennial herbs and vegetables. Food forests can help increase biodiversity, protect valuable habitat for beneficial insects, and promote food security and resilience, all while providing an abundant harvest.

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May 29, 2017   Comments Off on The Food Forest Handbook

Worms at Work

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Harnessing the Awesome Power of Worms with Vermiculture and Vermicomposting

By Crystal Stevens
New Society Publishers
June 1, 2017

Increasingly, we want to know where our food comes from, who grows it and how it is grown, and interest in permaculture, backyard composting, and gardening in general, is growing. So how does the budding gardener ensure that the soil is healthy and nutrient-rich enough to support growing some great food? One answer — worms! Vermiculture is the healthiest and most cost-effective way to ensure that your soil receives the nourishment that it needs. A simple vermicompost bin can produce completely natural, nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be used to boost soil health and, in turn, increase crop yield.

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May 25, 2017   Comments Off on Worms at Work

Writer bringing energy to Vale Urban Farm in Schenectady, New York

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Sharon Astyk stands with her children Zion Woods, 4, and Malkiah Woods, 5.

A science blogger and author who has written four books on agricultural, energy policy and food preservation. “It’s amazing to me how much land and agricultural possibilities there are in cities.”

By Bill Buell
The Daily GAzete
April 27, 2017

Excerpt:

During her time in Knox, Astyk produced four books, beginning with “Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front” in 2008. She followed that up with “Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation” and “A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil” in 2009, and then wrote “Making Home: Adapting our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place” in 2011.

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May 5, 2017   Comments Off on Writer bringing energy to Vale Urban Farm in Schenectady, New York

Global Urban Agriculture

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One of the first volumes to bring together evidence from urban agriculture in the Global North and the Global South

Edited by A WinklerPrins,
US National Science Foundation, USA
May 2017 / Hardback / 251 Pages
(Must see. Mike)

In one of the first books to consider urban agriculture in a global context, this book brings together material from around the world, illustrating how urban agriculture is much more than growing food. The book opens with an introductory chapter (WinklerPrins) defining urban agriculture and discussing how the topic has been differentially treated around the world, comparing and contrasting UA between the Global North and South.

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May 2, 2017   Comments Off on Global Urban Agriculture

No Dig Organic Home & Garden

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New Book: Charles is a pioneer of organic and no dig growing since 1983, creating and cropping four market gardens, the largest of seven acres.

By Charles Dowding & Stephanie Hafferty
Permanent Publications
May/June 2017

They describe how to:

make compost and enrich soil
learn skills you need to sow and grow annual and perennial veg
harvest and prepare food year round
make natural cosmetics, cleaning products and garden preparations

These approaches work as well in small spaces as in large gardens. The Authors’ combined experience gives you ways of growing, preparing and storing the plants you grow for many uses, including delicious vegetable feasts and many recipes and ideas for increasing self reliance, saving money, living sustainably and enjoying the pleasure of growing your own food, year round.

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May 1, 2017   Comments Off on No Dig Organic Home & Garden

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   Comments Off on Namibia: ‘Growing Food in Windhoek’ Handbook

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