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Perennial Vegetables

From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener’s Guide to Over 100 Delicious and Easy to Grow Edibles

By Eric Toensmeier
Chelsea Green

There is a fantastic array of vegetables you can grow in your garden, and not all of them are annuals. In Perennial Vegetables the adventurous gardener will find information, tips, and sound advice on less common edibles that will make any garden a perpetual, low-maintenance source of food.

Imagine growing vegetables that require just about the same amount of care as the flowers in your perennial beds and borders—no annual tilling and potting and planting. They thrive and produce abundant and nutritious crops throughout the season.

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April 17, 2018   No Comments

Canada: Concrete Garden Magazine

Grow – A short film by Concrete Garden Magazine – about urban agriculture in Victoria, B.C. from Concrete Garden Magazine on Vimeo.

The five students decided that people needed to be more informed and open to the idea of food grown in urban settings, whether that was through community farms, backyard gardening, or just by supporting local farmers.

Concrete Garden is a quarterly print magazine about sustainable urban agriculture based in Victoria, B.C. We feature compelling stories on our food system, local businesses, Indigenous food practices and food sovereignty, green architecture, and global ecological issues from a local perspective.

Concrete Garden is dedicated to decolonizing agriculture and food communities throughout our work. We humbly acknowledge that this magazine is produced on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish – the Lekwungen and W?SÁNE? peoples.

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April 12, 2018   No Comments

The Pumpkin-Easies and Magic Memories: An Allotment Garden Story

The author’s husband is an enthusiastic fruit and vegetable grower. They have had allotments – land traditionally rented or leased from local government – for almost 40 years

By M.J. Anderson
December 27, 2017


A great pumpkin grew on our allotment. It was grown for our grandchildren to take to school at Halloween. It was unwanted and it ended up back in the compost bin. But many creatures living on the allotment did want it, especially the Easies.

This is a story of ancient creatures–the Easies–who try to live away from people. They are talented and determined and they have evolved special powers. Nowadays they are very fast, small, and chameleon-like as they can change shape and colour. They can also communicate telepathically.

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Isabella Rossellini Would Like to Introduce You to Her Chickens

Click image to see larger file. Courtesy of Patrice Casanova, My Chickens and I (Abrams Image; 2018)

In My Chickens and I, the actress and artist combines her love of animal behavior and her experience as a model, making her brood of heritage chickens the stars.

By Jasmine Arielle Ting
Vanity Fair
March 22, 2018


Leave it to Isabella Rossellini to take what started as a hobby—raising chickens on her Long Island farm—and turn it into art. In the new book My Chickens and I, the actress, model, and artist introduces readers to her crew of heritage-breed chickens, with names like Andy Warhol and Amelia Earhart, who are photographed inside their own sets. The book, with photographs by Patrice Casanova, documents the growth of Rossellini’s first flock of around 40 chickens, from the moment they arrived as online-ordered chicks in a box, until they began laying eggs themselves. Today, there are around 120 chickens on her farm in Bellport, NY.

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Backyard Bounty: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

Packed with a wealth of information specific to the Pacific Northwest

By Linda A. Gilkeson
New Society Publishers.

Now completely updated and expanded, Backyard Bounty will demystify gardening, bringing it back to the down-to-earth, environmentally practical activity that anyone can enjoy.

Planning your garden and preparing the soil
Organic fertilizers and simplified composting
Planting for winter harvests and intensive planting schedules
Adapting to weird weather and the changing climate

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Scotland: The New Craze For ‘Front’ Garden Allotments

‘Eat Your Front Garden’ author, Mat Coward, has been writing a monthly column on organic gardening for the Morning Star newspaper since 1993. Mat started gardening seriously in the late 1980s, when he rented his first allotment.

With growing space at a premium – especially in cities – and waiting lists of nearly ten years for allotments in Glasgow and Edinburgh, there is a growing trend to turn front gardens into “quirky and fun” allotments allowing keen gardeners to grow edible plants that look good and feed the family.

By Karin Goodwin
The Herald
Mar 10, 2018


There is, however, a worry that turning your front garden into an allotment might upset neighbours and make growers the talk of the street if a potato patch suddenly appeared where a lawn once was. However, Coward said: “My book puts forward the idea of the ‘Invisible Allotment’.” He has collected a list of more than 30 plants which can be grown for food which don’t look like crops, including Caucasian spinach and bamboo. “Sometimes they are edibles in their countries of origin which we’ve adopted as ornamentals, some of them are traditionally used as edibles, but you wouldn’t know it by looking. My main criterion is that these are plants you can grow openly out front without anyone raising an eyebrow.”

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The Shaker Book of the Garden

Includes an exact facsimile of the original Shaker Gardener’s Manual, published in 1843

By Lorraine Harrison
Barron’s Educational Series


The Shakers are noted among gardeners and farmers as the first commercial producers of species seeds. Today they are best remembered and respected for their holistic approach to tending the earth responsibly and reaping God’s bounty. This unusual book presents modern advice on gardening, food preservation, and cooking, all based on Shaker doctrine and values. It also includes a “book-within-a-book”- an exact facsimile of the original Shaker Gardener’s Manual, published in 1843 and retailed throughout the United States at that time for six cents.

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Potted History of Vegetables: A Delicious, Dip-In Kitchen Cornucopia

Reveals the origins and traditions of over 100 different vegetables. -Includes a table of Latin names, families and countries of origin.

By Lorraine Harrison
Ivy Books

A Potted History of Vegetables embraces this idea by reacquainting the reader with the origins, nature and peculiarities of the world’s produce. Combining beautiful reproductions of the finest nineteenth-century botanical illustrations with a miscellany of fascinating facts and extraordinary histories, the book immerses you in the wonderful world of vegetables.

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The Fruitful City: The Enduring Power of the Urban Food Forest

Examining the roots and fruits of the urban foodscape

By Helena Moncrieff
ECW Press
1 edition (April 3 2018)

Our cities are places of food polarities, food deserts and farmers’ markets, hunger and food waste, fast food delivery and urban gardening. While locavores and preserving pros abound, many of us can’t identify the fruit trees in our yards or declare a berry safe to eat. Those plants, and the people who planted them, are often forgotten.

In The Fruitful City, Helena Moncrieff examines our relationship with food through the fruit trees that dot city streets and yards. She tracks the origins of these living heirlooms and questions how they went from being subsistence staples to raccoon fodder. But in some cities, previously forgotten fruit is now in high demand, and Moncrieff investigates the surge of non-profit urban harvest organizations that try to prevent that food from rotting on concrete and meets the people putting rescued fruit to good use.

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Awesome Ancient Grains And Seeds

A backyard-to-table guide to growing and enjoying ancient grains and seeds, featuring fifty vegetarian recipes.

By Michele Genest, Dan Jason
Douglas and McIntyre
Jan 2018

Bravo for tomatoes, beans and kale. But what’s next for the ardent home gardener? Wheats, including farro, spelt and kamut, are surprisingly easy and very rewarding backyard crops. They can be planted as early as the ground can be worked in spring and harvested mid-summer to make room for fall crops. These ancient food sources can be milled for flour, sprouted or eaten as whole grains to retain their natural amino acids, fibre, vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics, among other benefits.

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The Suburban Micro-Farm

Modern Solutions for Busy People

By Amy Stross
Twisted Creek Press
March 2018
Available for Pre Order

Would you like to grow healthy food for your table? Do you want to learn the secrets of farming even though you live in a neighborhood? Author Amy Stross talks straight about why the suburbs might be the ideal place for a small farm.

In these pages you’ll learn:

How to make your landscape as productive as it is beautiful
Why the suburbs are primed with food-growing potential
How to choose the best crops for success
Why you don’t need the perfect yard to have a micro-farm

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Canada: Extraordinary Ornamental Edibles

100 Perennials, Trees, Shrubs and Vines for Canadian Gardens

By Mike Lascelle
Douglas and McIntyre
March 2018

Growing your own food continues to gain popularity, but planting and tending vegetables every year certainly requires more effort than the ease of maintaining a backyard full of well-established hardy perennials. Now, with the help of this volume, gardeners can have the best of both worlds by planning a garden full of edible perennials that are both gorgeous and easy-to-maintain. From Akebia vine, with its scented flowers and tasty purple-skinned seed pods, to shade-loving Japanese Zingiber—there are so many options for Canadian gardeners beyond the traditional veggie plot.

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Urban And Peri-Urban Agriculture Best Practice Catalogue

6 MADRE metropolises: Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, Aix-Marseille Provence Métropole, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Tirana Metropolitan Area, and Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area

Press Release
Feb 2, 2018


Marseille, 2 February 2018 – After almost a year of implementation, MADRE releases its Best Practice Catalogue on urban and peri-urban agriculture. Developed by ANIMA Investment Network, it highlights the best practices identified in the 6 metropolises associated with the project, in terms of farmers’ innovation, social innovation, consumer innovation, academic research, territorial innovation and transnational innovation.

6.3 billion people will live in urban areas by 2050. Although recognised as a major lever for the sustainability and competitiveness of metropolises, urban and peri-urban agriculture still suffers from a lack of consideration in public policies, preventing it from reaching a wider audience.

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Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat

Chapter 5. Back-to-the-Landers and Organic Farming

By Jonathan Kauffman
Harper Collins
Jan. 2018

An enlightening narrative history—an entertaining fusion of Tom Wolfe and Michael Pollan—that traces the colorful origins of once unconventional foods and the diverse fringe movements, charismatic gurus, and counterculture elements that brought them to the mainstream and created a distinctly American cuisine.

Food writer Jonathan Kauffman journeys back more than half a century—to the 1960s and 1970s—to tell the story of how a coterie of unusual men and women embraced an alternative lifestyle that would ultimately change how modern Americans eat. Impeccably researched, Hippie Food chronicles how the longhairs, revolutionaries, and back-to-the-landers rejected the square establishment of President Richard Nixon’s America and turned to a more idealistic and wholesome communal way of life and food.

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We Need Soil!

Children’s book

By Ji-Hyeon Lee (Author), Bo-Mi Shin (Illustrator)
Big & Small
Aug 1, 2016

A girl and boy demonstrate the value of soil by pointing out its uses, such as providing a habitat for earthworms, growing fruits and vegetables, and dyeing fabric.

Ji-hyeon Lee used to work for a children’s publishing company and now writes stories for children. She is the author of A Storyteller in the Animal Kingdom and I Want a Tree in My House.

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