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Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood…

by Heather Coburn Flores

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I think whether you like this book depends a lot on what you are looking for going in. The author is a community activist whose central concern is convincing people to live more communally and sustainably. Its not a book about how to grow food in your neighborhood so much as it is a book about why you should. Which is fine, and good, and not what I was looking for. There are some useful tips here and there but there are also a lot of passages that go something like for example; "composting can be a great way to improve soil fertility. There are many good books on composting or you can pick up a pamphlet from the extension service or talk to other gardeners in your area." She would mention some technique or plant or idea and then just as my interest was starting to rise, she'd advise me to go elsewhere to find out about it, and move on to another subject. After awhile I just got irritated and put the book down. Its not a bad book, its just not what I wanted or thought I was getting when I read the title and the blurb. ( )
  bunwat | Mar 30, 2013 |
Food not Lawns was a fantastic, highly inspirational book. Highly recommended to anyone who has ever wanted to plant a garden or connect to the community as a whole. ( )
  Eric21 | Jan 16, 2010 |
A bit naive, but still fun reading. It is a great vision of front yards turned into shared community gardens, with no alarm clocks to be found. If you're a person with a mortgage, children to feed, or a 9-5 job, the tone may get annoying, but the overall message and information are good. ( )
  wintergreens | Jan 11, 2010 |
Flores's book is much more than a blueprint for how to start and maintain a home garden; it's a manifesto on radical, eco-activist, egalitarian living. Part 'Foxfire', part 'Greenzine' in tone, this book could serve as an introduction to western radical culture for the uninitiated. ( )
  Chicken_Cat | Jul 30, 2009 |
Lots of interesting and practical advice for living more lightly on the earth.
  rlmrhonda | Mar 12, 2008 |
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Dedicated to Mushroom and Linda Kapuler, whose enduring wisdom, steadfast creativity, and humble brilliance have illuminated the most delicious path to peace.
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This is not just another gardening book.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 193339207X, Paperback)

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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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." This joyful lifestyle manual inspires readers to apply the principles of the paradise garden--simplicity, resourcefulness, creativity, mindfulness, and community--to all aspects of life. Plant "guerrilla 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 our throwaway society. Here, she shows us how to reclaim the earth, one garden at a time.--From publisher description.… (more)

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