Food Gardens for a Changing World
- ISBN 9781789240993
- 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