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City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing

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City Farmercelebrates the new ways that urban dwellers are getting closer to their food. Not only are backyard vegetable plots popping up in places long reserved for lawns, but some renegades are even planting their front yards with food. People in apartments are filling their balconies with pots of tomatoes, beans, and basil, while others are gazing skyward and "greening" their rooftops with food plants. Still others are colonizing public spaces, staking out territory in parks for community gardens and orchards, or convincing school boards to turn asphalt school grounds into "growing" grounds. Woven through the book are the stories of guerrilla urban farmers in various cities of North America who are tapping city trees for syrup, gleaning fruit from parks, foraging for greens in abandoned lots, planting heritage vegetables on the boulevard, and otherwise placing food production at the centre of the urban community. Additional stories describe the history of urban food production in North America, revealing the roots of our current hunger for more connection with our food, and the visionaries who have directed that hunger into action. Throughout the book, sidebars offer practical tips for how to compost, how to convert a lawn into a vegetable bed, and what edible plants are easy to grow with children, among other topics.

Synopsis:

City Farmer celebrates the new ways that urban dwellers across North America are reimagining cities as places of food production. From homeowners planting their front yards with vegetables to guerilla gardeners scattering seeds in neglected urban corners, gardening guru Lorraine Johnson chronicles the increasing popularity of innovative urban food growing.

About the Author

Lorraine Johnson is the author of eight previous books, including Grow Wild!, 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens, and Tending the Earth: A Gardeners Manifesto. Her writing has appeared in such publications as On Nature, Chatelaine, and the Globe and Mail, and she is a frequent speaker at conferences and garden shows in the United States and Canada.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Bringing Dinner Home · 1

1 Sowing the City, Reaping the Benefits · 9

2 Embracing a Food-growing Ethic · 31

3 Productive Possibility · 47

4 Harvesting Space · 67

5 Rethinking Convention: Finding Soil and Sites · 91

6 Lessons of Care: Food Gardens as Nurturing Hubs · 119

7 People Power: Growing Together in Community Gardens · 131

8 Rogues on a Mission: Guerrilla Gardening and Foraging · 155

9 What the Cluck?: Backyard Chickens · 179

10 The Edible City · 203

Epilogue: Adventures in Possibility · 215

Resources

A Selected List of Urban Farms and Edible Demonstration Gardens · 221

A Selected List of Urban Agriculture and Food-related Organizations · 229

A Selected List of Books · 233

Acknowledgments · 243

Index · 245

Product Details

ISBN:
9781553656289
Subtitle:
Adventures in Urban Food Growing
Publisher:
Greystone Books
Author:
Johnson, Lorraine
Subject:
Gardening : Urban
Subject:
Urban
Subject:
Agriculture & Food
Subject:
Specific Ingredients - Natural Foods
Subject:
Gardening : General
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
Agriculture-Profiles and Biography
Subject:
Gardening: Small and Urban
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110201
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.5 in 15.5 oz

Related Subjects

Cooking and Food » Diet and Nutrition » Natural Healing
History and Social Science » Sociology » Agriculture and Food
Home and Garden » Gardening » General
Home and Garden » Gardening » Writing
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » General

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City Farmer celebrates the new ways that urban dwellers across North America are reimagining cities as places of food production. From homeowners planting their front yards with vegetables to guerilla gardeners scattering seeds in neglected urban corners, gardening guru Lorraine Johnson chronicles the increasing popularity of innovative urban food growing.

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