Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Our Top Ten Urban Farming Books
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four MealsIf you have ever seen a documentary about food production in the US- Micheal Pollen is in it. This book breaks down how food production works in the US and why it doesn't work for a lot of us. I appreciated how it highlights the differences between BIG organic and smaller, sustainable farms. A modern classic.
Texas Gardening the Natural Way: The Complete Handbook- Howard Garrett. This is a great reference book for the organic gardener. Tried and true information on plants that grow in your area which is esp. important for gardeners in Texas. You remember reference books? We used them before the Internet.
You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise - Joel Salatin. Joel Salatin is the kind of farmer you picture when you picture a sustainable farmer. He is a real character and writes a lot of entertaining, informative books. You Can Farm is my favorite. It gives practical advice for how to start your own farm and make it profitable.
Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community Heather Flores. How great is that title? It says it all. One of my all time favorite books. Lots of fun projects, such as starting worm composting in an old wooden nightstand that we have utilized over the years.
Gaia's Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture -Toby Hemenway. This is a great introduction to permaculture and how good design can solve just about everything.
Permaculture: A Designers' Manual- Bill Mollison. If Gaia's Garden is the introduction, this is the conclusion.The bible of permaculture by the father. Not cheap but covers it all.
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer Novella Carpenter. Oh this book is fantastic. Novella rents a place in Oakland and turns a vacate lot next to her house into a organic garden filled with chickens, bees and even pigs. She is hilarious and it is inspiring. I still have a yearning to keep bees years after reading it. Someday.
Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle - David Wann. This book is not about gardening per se. It is about slowing down our lives, spending less and stepping off the consumer treadmill. I appreciate the ideas and read it when I need a reminder.
The Winter Harvest Handbook and/ or The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener (A Gardener's Supply Book)- Eliot Coleman. Eliot Coleman runs a farm in Maine. A book about Winter growing in Maine may seem like it does not apply to Texas but he has a lot of practical ideas of how to keep the growing season going through all four seasons.
Organic Farming: Everything You Need to Know- Peter Fossel. This book helps shows how to turn a non-organic garden or farm into an organic operation. It shows the steps to starting a garden business and even covers marketing basics and where to sell your produce.
Did I miss any of your favorites? Let me know!