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Grow a Sustainable Diet: Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth Kindle Edition

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Grow A Sustainable Diet is just the book you have been looking for!
---John Jeavons, author of How To Grow More Vegetables—and Fruits, Nuts Berries, Grains and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine

Amid the plethora of how-to garden books, this book stands out as the comprehensive resource written from the lifetime of rich experience of a successful gardener.
Cindy not only gives us experienced guidelines for the management of a healthy organic garden, but clearly explains the practical details of every aspect of managing a successful garden-homestead from planning, tending, harvest and storage to preserving the harvest. If you are seeking one book to to carry you through the full cycle of gardening, seek no further!

---Eli Rogosa . Heritage Grain Conservancy, growseed.org

Grow a Sustainable Diet is both timely and timeless. Cindy Connor’s book is a valuable addition to current locavore lexicon. The practical down home advice she provides will be of use for generations of gardeners to come. Cindy speaks with authority, drawing on her real life experience, her teaching skills and her love of the earth, providing practical guidance to help readers to design the garden and to grow, store and use the fruits of their labor. A combination of bio-intensive gardening, permaculture planning , and straight forward down home wisdom Grow a Sustainable Diet shows us that good nutrition is a close as our own back yard.
---Darrell E. Frey, Three Sisters Farm, author of The Bioshelter Market Garden

Are you looking for ways to better nourish your family, care for your garden, and walk more lightly on the planet? Come spend a day, a season or the cycle of seasons with one of the nation’s leaders in ecological home food production in the pages of Grow a Sustainable Diet. Ms. Conner’s practical innovations will guide your homesteading endeavors, and her commitment to living in harmony with all life will inspire you.
--- Mark Schonbeck, consultant in sustainable agriculture

Too many of us see gardening as an analog in miniature to Big Ag--an essentially extractive process powered by machines and fossil fuel, requiring purchased inputs to replace depleted soil fertility and protect crops from insects. Imagine gardening instead as a process which improves the soil even as we grow our crops, helps balance and enrich the ecology, relies on free services of nature rather than purchased inputs--and is powered with energy from the nearest star. That is the way of gardening Cindy Conner offers in Growing a Sustainable Diet. ~
---Harvey Ussery, author of The Small-Scale Poultry Flock

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MAXIMIZE YOUR HARVEST AND FEED YOUR SOIL
BY DEVELOPING A CUSTOMIZED PLAN FOR YOUR GARDEN

Just the book you have been looking for!---John Jeavons, author of How To Grow More Vegetables—and Fruits, Nuts Berries, Grains and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine

A combination of bio-intensive gardening, permaculture planning , and straight forward down home wisdom Grow a Sustainable Diet shows us that good nutrition is a close as our own back yard.---Darrell E. Frey, Three Sisters Farm, author of The Bioshelter Market Garden

It’s not just how you grow – what you grow and where you grow it are at the root of truly sustainable food production. Grow a Sustainable Diet will help you develop a comprehensive, customized garden plan to produce the maximum number of calories, dietary staples and key nutrients from any available space. Learn how to calculate:

• Which food and cover crops are best for your specific requirements
• How many seeds and plants of each variety you should sow
• What and when to plant, harvest and replant for maximum yield.

While many gardening guides will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about individual crops, few tackle the more involved task of helping you maximize the percentage of your diet you grow yourself. Focusing on permaculture principles, biointensive gardening methods, minimum fossil fuel input, and growing crops that sustain both you and your soil, Grow a Sustainable Diet is a must-read for anyone working toward food self-sufficiency for themselves or their family.

Imagine gardening as a process which improves the soil even as we grow our crops, helps balance and enrich the ecology, relies on free services of nature rather than purchased inputs--and is powered with energy from the nearest star. That is the way of gardening Cindy Conner offers in Growing a Sustainable Diet. ---Harvey Ussery, author of The Small-Scale Poultry Flock

Cindy Conner is a permaculture educator, founder of Homeplace Earth and the producer of two popular instructional DVDs on sustainable gardening. Her passion lies in helping everyone to work towards growing a complete diet in a small space while minimizing the input of fossil fuels.

To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending select New Society Publishers books to its readers. This book is one of them

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  • File Size: 4065 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (February 17, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 17, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HK47P4I
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Cindy Conner researches how to sustainably grow a complete diet in a small space at her home near Ashland, VA, and has produced the videos Develop a Sustainable Vegetable Garden Plan and Cover Crops and Compost Crops IN Your Garden. Cindy, a former market gardener, was instrumental in establishing the sustainable agriculture program at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Goochland, VA and taught there from 1999-2010. Her book Grow a Sustainable Diet became available in early 2014. Follow Cindy's blog at www.HomeplaceEarth.wordpress.com.


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Upon hearing Cindy Conner speak at the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, NC this weekend, I knew I had to purchase her book. She is a passionate speaker and compassionate person who was kind enough to talk to me about her experiences and provide me with helpful advice and encouragement for my gardening endeavors. Her innovative, efficient, and realistic approach to gardening is beautifully written in her book and truly engages me as a reader. I am yet to finish the book, but find it very difficult to put down. I love her guidelines for choosing crops to grow, mapping out garden space, and utilizing every inch of soil 12 months a year to make gardening easier and more efficient while continually improving soil with each successive planting. This book is a must-read for everyone regardless of prior knowledge or skill level. Whether you intend to grow crops for yourself, your family, or community, "Grow a Sustainable Diet" will help you achieve your goal and will be a delight to read.
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Grow a Sustainable Diet. Cindy Conner.
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I was brought up with the idea that if we didn't grow it we didn't eat it, with a few exceptions of course. We had a fairly large council house garden, and dad had two allotments nearby, so as well as fruit and veg, we had chickens, rabbits, turkeys ( that was the xmas spending money!) and goats – I still hate the smell of goats milk! So home grown to me seems a natural way of life, and even though we've had some tiny gardens I’ve always tried to grow what I can. I know quite a lot about it by now but there's always room for more info so this book caught my eye.
Its a useful, practical book. Packed with simple ideas to maximise the use of space, how to plan ahead to avoid feast or famine gluts, how to preserve what you can in the most efficient way. My mum always used to make jams, chutneys, preserve fruits and tomatoes in kilner jars ( we had a Rayburn always on the go for heating and hot water), salted runner beans in huge crocks, and preserved eggs in Isinglass solution. In US – this book is written in US terms – although you seem to go for canning rather than kilner jars we use in UK, it seems a similar premise. Then there's a section on animal husbandry – useful for those with larger gardens or allotments as we had. Its not just a how to gardening book though, but one where Cindy looks at nutritional needs and advises how to get the calories and vitamins etc we need in our diet. There are some things simply not practical to grow – one thing that caught my eye was oils, and Cindy calculated just how much land would be taken up to produce enough oil. As she says if land is short that space is better taken with something more efficient.
I really like the approach she takes about balance...
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In this book I found lots of information presented in an understandable format. I am uncertain about my ability to do everything the author details in the book but after reading at least I understand how. Sometimes the author gets a little fervent as far as the permaculture ethic of "care for the earth and care for everybody too!" (My translation) kind of thing but that is an admirable goal, so I found it easy to read through. The "no outside inputs" seems a little puzzling from a city dwellers point of view. Why grow all my own inputs on my tiny lot when I can harvest as many bags as I can carry of deciduous tree leaves (for example), all within less than a mile radius? I guess, like anything else, knowledge is a good thing to gather and then sort out the chaff to make it work for your situation. I am grateful to this author for such a good harvest of wisdom.
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