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Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard Into a Garden and Your Neighborhood Into a Community


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ISBN13: 9781933392073
ISBN10: 193339207x
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Gardening can be a political act. Creativity, fulfillment, connection, revolution--it all begins when we get our hands in the dirt. Food Not Lawns combines practical wisdom on ecological design and community-building with a fresh, green perspective on an age-old subject. Activist and urban gardener Heather Flores shares her nine-step permaculture design to help farmsteaders and city dwellers alike build fertile soil, promote biodiversity, and increase natural habitat in their own "paradise gardens." But Food Not Lawns doesn't begin and end in the seed bed. This joyful permaculture lifestyle manual inspires readers to apply the principles of the paradise garden--simplicity, resourcefulness, creativity, mindfulness, and community--to all aspects of life. Plant "guerilla gardens" in barren intersections and medians; organize community meals; start a street theater troupe or host a local art swap; free your kitchen from refrigeration and enjoy truly fresh, nourishing foods from your own plot of land; work with children to create garden play spaces. Flores cares passionately about the damaged state of our environment and the ills of our throwaway society. In Food Not Lawns, she shows us how to reclaim the earth one garden at a time.

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A permaculture designer based in Eugene, Oregon, Flores offers advice about home gardening, but emphasizes the context of a garden in the complex community ecosystem. For her, gardening is not a leisure activity, but the foundation of a movement to change the environment, economy, and culture. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


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Gardening can be a political act. Creativity, fulfillment, connection, revolution?it all begins when we get our hands in the dirt.

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Heather C. Flores, a certified permaculture designer, holds a BA degree in ecology, education, and the arts from Goddard College. She offers environmental landscape design and consultation services. Flores' next project is to use low-tech performance arts to bridge cultural and economic gaps in environmental education. She lives in Oregon. Toby Hemenway is the author of the first major North American book on permaculture, Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, and an adjunct assistant professor at Portland State University. He was the editor of Permaculture Activist for five years and is currently working to develop urban sustainability resources in Portland, Oregon.

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kittylittle, December 23, 2010 (view all comments by kittylittle)
Very preachy and insufferable. Her most common noun is "I". Little useful information that is not already known by anyone even tangentially involved in permaculture, organic gardening or living a non-consumer lifestyle. It's rare that I don't finish a book but couldn't plow through this one. Read Toby Hemenway or Bill Mollison instead.
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micheal sunanda, November 8, 2006 (view all comments by micheal sunanda)
This is the most inspiring book on naturalizing our home & neighborhood relationships I?ve ever read, after 30 years of study & practice. I?ve visited 100s of gardens in a dozen nations & grown them in Oregon, Puget sound, Hawaii & Australia during my Permaculture design course training with Robyn Francis in Nimbin NSW.
If you want to green up your yard & grow fresh organic food at home, this is it. Heather?s writing is lucid, clear & personal ?how to? do it at every stage beginning to ever growing greener. I?ve known her since late ?90s when she & friends began to urbanize Permaculture, ie organic homesteading with many cooperative projects, gardening in a park, seed swaps, workshops, etc. So FNL was born of instingating local groups for green homes. Now there?s few 1000 gardens growing food, herbs & flowers around town & 100s of fruit trees dropping food in season.
About the gardening techniques of FNL, simply beautiful illustrations of natural elements of gardening: composting, planting, mulching, water cycles, microcosmos of soil fertility in urban ecology. It?s great for beginners to advanced. Her chapters on ?Free your lawn, Gaining ground, The Water cycle, Living soil, plants & polyculture, Seed stewardship, Ecological design, Beyond the garden, Into the community, Reaching out, Working together & The next generation? are simple, innovative & immense potentials of growing more healthy.
It contains vast resources on many all levels organic & cooperative. She write more personal, friendly & sensitive than pioneering books by Bill Mollison & David Homlgren on Permaculture. I?m amazed at how she?s gathered & explains 100s of ways to transform our homes & community into abundant green-belts around our yard. It guides us into sources of fertility, beauty, pleasure, green work & cooperating with Nature & our neighbors raising awareness about 100s of codependent cycles supporting our natural living anywhere on earth. naturallyours micheal sunanda Oness press
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Product Details

Flores, H. C.
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Holmstrom, Jackie
Foreword by:
Hemenway, Toby
Hemenway, Toby
Flores, Heather C.
Garden Design
Agriculture - Agronomy
General Gardening
Edible forest gardens
Gardening-Garden Structure
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Trade paper
Publication Date:
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10 x 8 in 23 oz

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