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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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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 203.2 x 251.46 x 25.4mm | 703.06g
  • Chelsea Green Publishing Co
  • White River Junction, United States
  • English
  • Black and White Line Drawings
  • 193339207X
  • 9781933392073
  • 354,698

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Bookwatch/Midwest Book Review-For activist readers who believe activism is a political pursuit, FOOD NOT LAWNS: HOW TO TURN YOUR YARD INTO A GARDEN AND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD INTO A COMMUNITY offers a different viewpoint, maintaining that growing food where you live is a key method of becoming a food activist in the community. Chapters advocate planting home and community gardens with an eye to drawing important connections between the politics of a home or community garden and the wider politics of usage, consumption, and sustainability. Another rarity: chapters promote small, easy changes in lifestyles to achieve a transition between personal choice and political activism at the community level, providing keys to change any reader can use.show more

About Heather C. Flores

Heather C. Flores, a certified permaculture designer, holds a B.A. in ecology, education, and the arts from Goddard College. She offers environmental landscape design and consultation services. She is an author, artist, musician, community activist and farmer in Oregon. Her website is www.heatherjoflores.com. For more information about the Food Not Lawns movement, visit www.foodnotlawns.com.show more

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 Generationshow more

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