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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.
Certified permaculture designer Flores advocates living an ecologically friendly lifestyle by creating gardens. Following a foreword by Toby Hemenway (Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture), she discusses the identification of garden sites, the water cycle and water conservation, soils and composting, plants, how to save seed, project design, the fostering of community involvement, the inclusion of children in projects, the sharing of information, and activism. Many of Flores's ideas are for the extremely committed. She advocates dumpster digging, composting human feces, and living life without appliances like refrigerators. She also suggests growing food on land, not necessarily with the landowner's permission, and espouses gray-water conservation techniques that may be illegal in some communities. While growing your own food is a worthy goal, Flores doesn't always seem to recognize the hard work involved. She also doesn't expand on all of her ideas, but she does offer an extensive list of resources for further research. Flores has an engaging style and is clearly passionate about her subject, and her debut book provides an alternative viewpoint, but it will probably not interest mainstream audiences. Purchase as required.
"More than just another gardening book, Food Not Lawns provides a road map for ecological and social literacy in our own backyards and neighborhoods. A quiet revolution is taking place across the country centered on small plots in urban and suburban areas where food is being produced, jobs grown, and real community developed. This timely book serves as an important guide, providing a source of both information and inspiration for one of the most hopeful and exciting movements of our time."--Michael Ableman, author of Fields Of Plenty
"Food Not Lawns is radical (rooted), subversive (underground), and seeded throughout with treasures that will sprout into savory, beautiful flowers. Don't just buy this book: Read it. Don't just read this book: Do it. Grow a garden. And let the weeds grow; they're good medicine."--Susun Weed, Wise Woman Herbal Series
"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
That said, this is an excellent book, full of WONDERFUL information and great (seriously great) tools to plan your future paradise garden.
It's written in a way that allows you to skip around and read about subjects you're most interested in (although the entire book is definitely worth reading!).
Thank you H.C. Flores for this excellent book and for all the inspiring things you do to build a more rational, socially just, and ecological society!
love love lovvve this book!!! Recommended to everyone-- Seriously, you need it:)
I got this book almost 10 yrs ago and I still use it as a reference regularly! So good:)
I found Food Not Lawns to be inpiring, fun to read, and full of great ideas. I highly reccomend to anyone living in an urban area interested in gardening, sustainability,... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Agonized Glee
Love this book. I've already started incorporating a lot of the ideas. Actually many years ago I grew veggies in my front yard instead of a lawn much to the disgust of the... Read morePublished 25 days ago by P. Guerrero
Love this book. Heather Flores describes exactly how to create the garden of your dreams and connect with your community.Published 26 days ago by Hayley
Are you tired of mowing your lawn, pulling dandelions, spraying it with toxic chemicals, feeding it with artificial fertilizers that kill our rivers and oceans, and paying the... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Steve Bivans
Good overview book on how to be more sustainable. It takes somewhat of an activist approach, but you can apply it easily to your own life!Published 1 month ago by ejsteinn
Very good book about natural gardening. I still have some lawn, but I have to say that my great NY suburban house is looking pretty good (and tasty) without EVER spraying or adding... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ludy