Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Infectious and motivating... A manifesto on how city dwellers can be more engaged"
Gayla Trail, author of You Grow Girl and Grow Great Grub
"Vibrant and alive... a spirited journey to meet those who are rediscovering the economic, social, and healing power of growing food in the city"
Michael Ableman, author of Fields of Plenty
"passionate, optimistic...a boots-on-the-ground tour of urban farms and a call to civic action."Pittburgh Post-Gazette
About the Author
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
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