Food Gardens for a Changing World

August 2019
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  • Published
    8th August
  • ISBN 9781789240993
  • Language English
  • Pages 328 pp.
  • Size 7.5" x 9.625"
August 2019
More details
  • Publisher
  • Published
    8th August
  • ISBN 9781789240986
  • Language English
  • Pages 328 pp.
  • Size 7.5" x 9.625"

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.

"Observe, test, learn, adapt: a culture of empiricism may be what we most need to grow in our gardens and food systems--the front lines of humanity's survival in a changing climate. This book is a resource for communities to take charge of their gardening through experimentation, and for scientists to adjust their practices towards transparency and mutual respect. The readable concepts and examples provided show how to equitably partner across formal science and informal garden institutions, and collaborate to produce and use diverse knowledge--essential for improving our individual and collective capacity to change."

Liz Barry, Director of Community Development - Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science

"The unique contribution of Food Gardens for a Changing World is to combine findings from the natural and the social sciences to allow us to understand better the new challenges food gardening faces. For growing food is not just a matter of maintaining healthy soils and cultivating the plant: it is also about strengthening links with others, co-finding solutions for scientists, and ultimately, by reconnecting with nature, healing communities."

Olivier De Schutter, LL.M., Ph.D., Professor, - Catholic University of Louvain and at Sciences Po Paris

"Food Gardens for a Changing World is a rich and comprehensive resource written by thoughtful, creative scientists in service to gardeners and small-scale farmers. It weaves prosocial culture, scientific documentation, best garden practices, botanical basics for seed savers, and a big picture look at challenges for food production that have already arrived with increasing global temperatures of climate change. Reference lists encompassing the breadth of ideas presented are extensive for every chapter."

Elizabeth Johnson - San Luis Obispo Seed Exchange

"The confluent imperatives of public and planetary health call for pragmatic solutions. Food Gardens for a Changing World offers up just the kind of guidance we all need now--an approach that engages and empowers us to be part of the solution to multiple problems. Thorough, thoughtful, and actionable--this book is as encouraging as it is informative."

David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.L.M. - Prevention Research Center Yale University

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 research is on local and scientific knowledge
systems in small scale agriculture and gardens, and collaboration between formal
scientists and gardeners and farmers. This includes research with communities around
the world in quantifying farmer practices, documenting risk assessment and cultural
identity related to seeds, and investigating new semi-formal seed systems. She teaches
a class at UCSB on "citizen" and community science, and is currently working with seed
and garden activists and scientists to investigate crop diversity and adaptation in
California food gardens.

David A. Cleveland

David A. Cleveland is a human ecologist who has done research and development project work on sustainable agrifood systems with 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, and local and
scientific knowledge and collaboration between farmers and scientists. His current
research and teaching focus is on food system localization and diet change to improve health, mitigate anthropogenic climate change and environmental degradation, and promote food and climate justice, including at the University of California, in California,and globally.

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