Food Not Lawns

Food Not Lawns

How to Turn your Yard Into A Garden and your Neighborhood Into A Community

Book - 2006
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Chelsea Green Publishing

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 (

Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub. Company, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781933392073
Branch Call Number: 631.58 FLORE
Characteristics: x, 334 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm


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Feb 09, 2013

a good read for those not already convinced of the need to change our ways. some good ideas for community.

Aug 29, 2011

Good introduction to a vast array of eco responsible ways to garden, live, and become an activist. Inspiring and a good first step sustainable living.

Jan 12, 2011

Contains questionable advice, such as: Plant invasive kudzu (on the Do Not Plant List); get rid of your refrigerator; use human waste as garden fertilizer for food crops; and get a friend to bury you up to your knees in earth while you pretend to be a tree for "fun". Not recommended for the credulous or inexperienced gardener.


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