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Traditional Country-House Techniques for The Modern Gardener or Smallholder
By Helene Gammack
Peek behind the garden door at some of Britain’s grandest estates to discover the traditional crafts of growing, cooking, and self-sufficiency from past masters.
From “growing your own” and cooking with herbs to harvesting honey and keeping chickens, Britain’s great estates and country house gardens offer a wealth of inspiration to the modern gardener.
March 4, 2014 No Comments
Release date May 1, 2014
By Cinead McTearnan (Author), Jason Ingram (Photographer), Raymond Blanc (Foreword)
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
This book features the chefs and gardeners at the UK’s most exciting restaurants, hotels, pubs and cafes focusing on the ways they produce the very best fruit and vegetables to appear on that day’s menu. It reveals their beautiful kitchen gardens, inspiring and delicious recipes, and their tried-and-tested gardening techniques.
Now you can explore the kitchens and gardens of famous chefs and restaurants from Terence Conran and Raymond Blanc to River Cottage and Petersham. Gain extraordinary access to the kitchen gardens and personal recipe books of more than 20 head chefs.
February 27, 2014 No Comments
Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth
By Cindy Conner
New Society Publishers
Everyone loves to prepare a meal with ingredients fresh from their own garden. But for most of us, no matter how plentiful our harvest, homegrown produce comprises only a fraction of what we eat. And while many gardening guides will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about individual crops, few tackle the more involved task of helping you maximize the percentage of your diet you grow yourself.
Grow a Sustainable Diet will help you develop a comprehensive, customized garden plan to produce the maximum number of calories and nutrients from any available space. Avoid arriving in August buried under a mountain of kale or zucchini (and not much else) by making thoughtful choices at the planning stage, focusing on dietary staples and key nutrients. Learn how to calculate:
February 18, 2014 Comments Off
Canadian born author Louisa Jones
The Art of French Vegetable Gardening
By Louisa Jones
The French, who are known for their style in all things, have long brought their artistry to bear on vegetable gardening, turning plots that could be merely utilitarian into gardens of real beauty. The Art of French Vegetable Gardening explores this rich and varied tradition in a way that is both inspirational and practical. Combining 175 color photographs shot throughout France with an informative text, The Art of French Vegetable Gardening explains how to create different styles of decorative vegetable gardens, from the strict geometries of formal tradition to the happy-intermingling of vegetables with flowers, herbs, and fruit trees beloved by organic gardeners.
February 1, 2014 Comments Off
65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat
By Ellen Zachos
You don’t need to trek into the forest to forage edible plants. Ideal for first-time foragers, this book features 70 edible weeds, flowers, mushrooms, and ornamental plants typically found in urban or suburban neighborhoods. You’ll be amazed by how many of the plants you see each day are actually nutritious edibles! Full-color photographs make identification easy, and tips on where certain plants are likely to be found, how to avoid pollution and pesticides, and how to recognize the plants you should never harvest make foraging as safe and simple as stepping into your own backyard.
January 25, 2014 Comments Off
76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the Garden, Store the Harvest, House Your Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture
By Spike Carlsen
2014 – coming in April
Homesteaders, gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love these 76 DIY projects for practical outdoor items designed to help you live more sustainably and independently. Expert woodworker Spike Carlsen offers clear, simple, fully illustrated instructions for everything from plant supports and a clothesline to a potting bench, a chicken coop, a hoop greenhouse, a cold frame, a beehive, a root cellar with storage bins, and an outdoor shower. Most of the projects are suitable for complete novices, and all use just basic tools and standard building materials.
January 24, 2014 Comments Off
How to Grow Food in Harmony with Nature
By Tammi Hartung
This one-of-a-kind book shows you how to create a peaceful co-existence between your vegetable garden and the wildlife who consider it part of their habitat. By understanding and working with the surrounding environment – instead of continually fighting it – you’ll reap a larger harvest with less stress and effort.
January 19, 2014 Comments Off
Could we go West and buy a farm, a real farm, a man’s farm?
By Dorothea Alice Shepherd – pseud. of Ella (Farman) Pratt
D. Lothrop and Co.
Originally published in the Atlantic Monthly Feb 1875
Boston 1879, 175 pages
(Must read. Mike)
“We will take our moneys” – I had three hundred of my own? – “and go into the great Northwest and make the best bargain we can for a little farm, which, however, shall be as big as possible, for from the very beginning we must keep a horse and a cow and a pig, and some hens. Don’t open your eyes so wide, dear – I got it all from you. It’s is your own idea – I have only put it in practical working order.
January 16, 2014 Comments Off
My Life Shared with Sheep, Pigs, Chickens, Goats, and a Fine Fiddle
By Jenna Woginrich
Jenna Woginrich’s inspiring journey from city cubicle to rural homestead has captivated readers of her blog and previous books. Now, in One-Woman Farm, Woginrich shares the joys, sorrows, trials, epiphanies, and blessings she discovers during a year on her own land, finding deep fulfillment in the practical tasks and timeless rituals of the agricultural life.
January 16, 2014 Comments Off
‘With a growing interest in gardening, food preservation and livestock, urban agriculture is making its way to the forefront of planning and policy agendas.’
Reports by Sheila Golden
Agricultural Sustainability Institute at University California Davis
Excerpt from website:
The University of California Sustainable Agriculture and Education Program (SAREP) has compiled an extensive annotated bibliography on social, health, and economic impacts of urban agriculture. This bibliography is meant to provide policy makers and urban agriculture practitioners with articles that discuss researched impacts. It is accompanied by a quick-reference resource and a literature review.
January 15, 2014 Comments Off
A Canadian landscape architect entering her seventh decade of practice
By Susan Herrington. Foreword by Marc Treib
University of Virginia Press
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is one of the most important landscape architects of the twentieth century, yet despite her lasting influence, few outside the field know her name. Her work has been instrumental in the development of the late-twentieth-century design ethic, and her early years working with architectural luminaries such as Louis Kahn and Dan Kiley prepared her to bring a truly modern—and audaciously abstract—sensibility to the landscape design tradition.
January 12, 2014 Comments Off
Scope – General Introductions – Subject Headings – Basic Texts – Specialized Titles – Dissertations – Selected Dissertations – Abstracting and Indexing Services – Journals – Representative Journal Articles – Selected Materials – Selected Internet Resources
Science Reference Services
Science Tracer Bullets Online 07-2
The Library of Congress
September 25, 2013
The kitchen garden, once a standard fixture of most American households, is gaining renewed attention as one component of the movement towards local, fresh and seasonal foods. Many people who take up kitchen gardening are concerned about the sustainability of a system in which most foods in a typical meal have traveled over 1,000 miles to get to their tables. Some kitchen gardeners are drawn by the variety of heirloom and hybrid plants available to growers, while others are attracted by freshness, flavor and nutritional value.
December 25, 2013 Comments Off
The Complete Manual For Vegetable And Fruit Production
Aminuzzaman Talukder (Writer/Editor)
Dora Panagides (Editor)
Hou Kroeun (Editor)
Regina Moench-Pfanner, M.Sc., Ph.D. (Editor) Saskia de Pee, Ph.D. (Editor)
Martin W. Bloem, M.D., Ph.D. (Editor)
2003 Helen Keller Worldwide – 112 pages
Foreword by Dora Panagides and Aminuzzaman Talukder
Homestead food production is a long-term, food-based strategy for combating micronutrient deficiencies, particularly vitamin A deficiency. A large proportion of people affected by micronutrient deficiencies can be found among the poor and marginalized populations of the developing world. The high cost of most micronutrient-rich foods available in consumer markets can limit their consumption in such populations. More than a third of Cambodians are living below the poverty level and many households face chronic food insecurity.
December 24, 2013 Comments Off
A Guide to Britain’s Traditional Fruit and Vegetables from Orange Jelly Gooseberries and Dan’s Mistake Turnips
By Christopher Stocks
2009 – 320 pages
Description from Guardian Bookstore:
Britain has an extraordinarily rich heritage of traditional varieties of fruit and vegetables, but how many of us know the fascinating and sometimes eccentric stories behind them?
Who was the Mr Cox, for example, who gave his name to Cox’s Orange Pippins, now the most popular apple in the world? Which conference were Conference pears named after? Where do Victoria plums really come from? What is so mysterious about the apple called the Bascombe Mystery? What role did beetroot play in ending the slave trade, and how did gooseberries help Charles Darwin arrive at his theory of evolution? Who started the uniquely British love-affair with rhubarb and runner beans? When and where was growing potatoes illegal? And how was the Spanish Inquisition responsible for our carrots being orange?
December 23, 2013 Comments Off
Colorful 268-page guide features 31 K-12 lessons linked to the state’s academic standards
The Associated Press
Minnesota School Gardens
Developed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture in the Classroom Program – Fall 2013
272 pages – free guide is available online
(Must read. Mike)
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesota teachers have a new resource for planning, planting and harvesting gardens with their students.
Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom has published a guide for school gardens. The colorful 268-page guide features 31 K-12 lessons linked to the state’s academic standards in science, social studies, language arts, health and math.
The state agriculture department, which helped develop the guide, says it’s bursting with delicious ideas to build connections between the classroom, the school garden and the cafeteria.
December 17, 2013 Comments Off