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

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


By (author) Heather C. Flores

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  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 203mm x 251mm x 25mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 5 January 2007
  • Publication City/Country: White River Junction
  • ISBN 10: 193339207X
  • ISBN 13: 9781933392073
  • Illustrations note: Black and White Line Drawings
  • Sales rank: 317,599

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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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""Food Not Lawns" is a wonderful book expanding on the idea that we can do more than just protest but that we have the power to create the world we want. "Food Not Lawns" is a practical guide to feeding ourselves and making positive change. In a time of so much hopelessness this book reminds us that there really is so much we can do. I encourage everyone seeking peace and well being to dig into this rich loam of information. It will inspire you to grow food not lawns." --Keith McHenry, Co-founder of the Food Not Bombs movement

Table of contents

Free Your Lawn and the Rest Will Follow Gaining Ground The Water Cycle The Living Soil Plants and Polycultures Seed Stewardship Ecological Design Beyond the Garden Into the Community Reaching Out Working Together The Next Generation