Food Gardens for a Changing World

Paperback
August 2019
9781789240993
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  • Publisher
    CABI
  • ISBN 9781789240993
  • Language English
  • Pages 328 pp.
  • Size 7.5" x 9.625"
$75.00
Hardback
August 2019
9781789240986
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  • Publisher
    CABI
  • ISBN 9781789240986
  • Language English
  • Pages 328 pp.
  • Size 7.5" x 9.625"
$160.00

Food gardening is becoming increasingly popular, as people look for new ways to live more sustainably and minimize harm to the environment. This book addresses the most pressing challenges facing food gardening in the 21st century -- worldwide changes in climate, the environment, natural resources, and communities -- and the basic biological, ecological and social concepts which influence our understanding. Examples throughout the text demonstrate how gardeners can use these theories to their advantage.

PART I: Starting at the beginning: gardens and the big picture
1: What can food gardens contribute? Gardens and wellbeing
2: Changes coming to your garden
3: Responding to change as a food gardening strategy
3: Appendix, Worked formal garden experiments
PART II: Starting the garden
4: Garden placement
5: How plants live and grow
6: Starting and caring for garden plants
PART III: Garden management
7: Soil, nutrients, and organic matter
8: Water, soils, and plants
9: Managing pests, pathogens, and beneficial organisms
10: Saving seeds for planting and sharing

Daniela Soleri

Daniela Soleri is an ethnoecologist whose diverse work focuses on informal, place-based knowledge about food systems in small scale agriculture and gardens as a basis for improvement and collaboration with scientists. That work has included quantifying practices such as farmer seed selection and the phenotypic and genetic response to farmer selection, farmers' risk assessment of transgenic seeds, cultural identity and IPRs in seeds, traditional foods and crop diversity, and new types of semi-formal seed systems. In addition to research, she teaches a class at University of California, Santa Barbara, on "citizen" and community science, and is part of a multi-year project with colleagues at CSU Fullerton providing research experience to under-represented undergraduate students through community science on urban agriculture.

David A. Cleveland

David A. Cleveland is a human ecologist who has done research and development project work on sustainable agrifood systems with small-scale farmers and gardeners around the world. His research and teaching have focused on sustainable, small-scale agrifood systems, including plant breeding and conservation of crop genetic diversity, local and scientific knowledge and collaboration between farmers and scientists, and on the role of local food systems in climate change, nutrition, and food sovereignty. Cleveland was the inaugural "Sustainability Champion" at University of California, Santa Barbara, and currently teaches a popular course there on Diet and Climate Change.

Steven E. Smith

Steven E. Smith is a plant breeder, botanist and statistician whose research, training of students, and teaching cover those areas of expertise. His research interests reflect both his training in application-oriented plant breeding and his fascination with plant survival in natural plant communities in arid environments. For example, he has conducted research on conservation and evaluation of genetic diversity in alfalfa, and on plant physiological responses to drought and their significance in revegetation work in the arid southwestern US. Smith also provides consulting and support to other academic researchers on experimental design and analysis. He has won a number of awards in the University of Arizona's College of Agriculture in recognition of his teaching excellence.