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ISBN-13: 978-1933958934 ISBN-10: 1933958936

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...this book looks like a textbook and reads like a novel....  [T]the information in this book is spot-on, presented beautifully, and truly offers "something for everyone" in a way that's not overwhelming but still truly helpful.  If I were to teach a class on urban farming...this is the book I'd use. - Pattie Baker, foodshedplanet.com


"...a new encyclopedic guide to urban food growing. It contains practical lists of how to build urban gardens as well as growing advice." - Jennifer Cockrall-King, Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution.


"Many people know about our farm, Beekman 1802; but we hot our start growing heirloom vegetables on a rooftop in Manhattan...Urban Farming would have made our transition from city to country living much easier. A great guide for urban Farmers everywhere!" - Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, stars of The Fabulous Beekman Boys (Planet Green)

"Covering everything from soil to bees, Urban Farming provides both practical advice and inspiration. Whether you've got a rooftop or a big suburban yard, you'll be motived to get out your shovel." - Erik Knutzen, co-author (with is wife Kelly Coyne) of The Urban Homestead and Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World

"Urban Farming is a fantastic resource...Its detailed, readable text and beautiful photographs will make it an indispensable asset to the Urban Farming movement." - Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew, authors of Toolbox for Sustainable City Living.

Kirkus Reviews' Gardening Blog... "Fortunately, Thomas J. Fox’s Urban Farming: Sustainable City Living in Your Backyard, in Your Community, and in the World is written for grown-ups. It considers politics and history as well as how-to, and informs me that as late as 1860 there were 50,000 hogs in Manhattan. And Fox actually sounds like an urban sophisticate. Before offering advice on fruit tree diseases, he advises, “Get yourself a drink and sit down.”

About the Author

Thomas Fox is a graduate of Fordham University and Fordham University School of Law. An early experience working at Hargrave Vineyard (now Castello di Borghese), Long Island's pioneer winery, awakened in him an appreciation of the shared health of plants, animals, humans, and ecosystems. A former research editor at Reader's Digest, Fox has been published in The Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, The Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere. Fox lives with his family in New Jersey, where he is a passionate gardener and sometime urban farmer.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hobby Farm Press (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933958936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933958934
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Thomas Fox writes on far-ranging interests, among them sustainability and resilience. An attorney and former research editor at Reader's Digest, Fox is the author of "Green Town U.S.A." and "Urban Farming: Sustainable City Living in Your Backyard, in Your Community, and in the World." His work has been published in The Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, and elsewhere. He tweets @farmeresq.

Customer Reviews

This book was easy and fun to read,with lots of useful info.
D. Ferreira
Finally Tom Fox's writing is delightful -- clear, with an easy flow and with just the right humor.
Pat O'Rourke
This is a great resource for the beginning urban homesteader.
ClevelandMom

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee B. Jolliffe on January 4, 2012
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I'm a avid urban "farmer" with chickens, and I've prowled through all the "best tips" and "great ideas" gardening books, from Jeavons' "grow biointensive" work to Rodale's many offerings to even some horticulture textbooks and often the university agriculture research work.

This particular book offers a worldwide view of WHY we need to learn to grow our own food on our own properties (or nearby). Then it moves into suggesting the most effective ways to do this.

If you already garden for food, you'll find the "how to grow xyz" is not that useful, though the photos are gorgeous.

What I appreciated most was that all the information and all the growing advice was backed up by actual research by a global array of experts. (Versus the gardening tips books that so often recycle bad advice, most notorious being the TERRIBLE idea of tearing all the leaves off your poor tomato transplants and burying the stem so it "forms more roots". The truth is, this sets back your tomato harvest by two weeks, makes all your tomatoes smaller, and yields about the same weight in produce, according to research done at Cornell.)

I also appreciated simply finding out how many large companies, big cities, and major research institutions worldwide are engaged in the same project I am here at home: Working to grow food more locally, more sustainably, and more safely.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karen on December 25, 2011
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I love the magazine but didn't love the book. There was less hands-on guidance (like the magazine has) and far more urban history than I expected. There's not a lot of in-depth information for the few parts that are hands-on. I'll continue to subscribe to the magazine but the book will not remain in my collection. I've gotten far more from the few issues of the magazine I have received than the book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pat O'Rourke on April 27, 2011
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I think the pictures were the first things to astonish me -- varied, helpful and beautiful. I love the combination of history of the urban farming movement and the practical applications for both the beginner and the experienced gardener. Finally Tom Fox's writing is delightful -- clear, with an easy flow and with just the right humor. I've given this book to several friends.

Pat O'Rourke
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm on April 25, 2011
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As a fellow gardener with passion for gardening around my house, this book is just sensatonal with great ideas, pictures, and gardening tricks, especially about vegetables and fruits.

It is quite obvious that Tom Fox knows what's he's writing about, and most important, for the reader and gardener, easy to understand.

If you want to create a mini farm around your house, or simply want to grow a few vegetables, this book will be your bible.
Malcolm Stogo,
West Orange, New Jersey
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt Barr on June 26, 2012
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This would be a good book for someone who isn't convinced they want to start urban farming and has never seen a plant before. The first five chapters basically are a cheerleading section for farmers. The rest has good info but not nearly enough. It also will not teach you any basic skills you need to know to grow plants. The author is a lawyer maybe he should have written an urban law book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 1963Honeybee on August 29, 2012
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We purchased this book at the recommendation of a friend. It is a great overview of Urban Farming, along with some extra detail on specific topics. If you are well versed at vegetable gardening and have a small orchard or animals, it is not as useful as it could be. Perfect for someone just starting out. If in doubt, check it out at the library first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By christopher on February 7, 2012
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This book in simple layman terms desribes everything anybody needs to start a small or very large garden! A child very easyly can follow the words/terms in understanding this publication! I look forward to meeting the author and letting him know about my results and helpful wisdom! Thank You Very Much!
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