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Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community [Paperback]

By Heather Jo Flores (Author) & Toby Hemenway (Foreword by)
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Item description for Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community by Heather Jo Flores & Toby Hemenway...

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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Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community by Heather Jo Flores & Toby Hemenway has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Scitech Book News - 09/01/2007 page 129
  • Library Journal - 11/15/2006 page 87

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Item Specifications...

Pages   344
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.94" Width: 7.96" Height: 0.91"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Chelsea Green
ISBN  193339207X  
ISBN13  9781933392073  

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Heather C. Flores, a certified permaculture designer, holds a B.A. in ecology, education, and the arts from Goddard College. She offers environmental landscape design and consultation services. She is an author, artist, musician, community activist and farmer in Oregon. Her website is

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Reviews - What do customers think about Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community?

Food in your own yard  Aug 17, 2008
This is a interesting lots of help starting you own garden in your front yard or back.
Wonderful Book  Aug 11, 2008
This book has so many great ideas that I just had to have it. She makes many great "eco" points that had me going "ah, I never thought of that." I'm very glad I purchased this book.
Impractical and Incomplete Advice  Aug 5, 2008
I was very excited about ordering this book. I envisioned it would gave step by step, practical advice on how to transform my suburban yard into a lush garden. I was very disappointed, however, to find it full of advice that was either too vauge, or too complicated for the average home owner.
Ms. Flores starts off the book preaching about environmental concern. She could have spared the reader, since anyone who would buy this book is already concerned about their eco-system. Several pages of the beginning of the book give spacey, loose instructions on observing your community and yard space, as if the average reader has unlimited time to stare at her yard, and go on excursions for resources.

Flores goes on with her irrational ideas, giving several suggestions which are ILLEGAL, like diving into dumpsters and stealing off of thrift store lots. She also devotes quite a few paragraphs to setting up a water conservation system, which starts with recycling bathwater, which BTW, she also mentions is illegal in many cities. There's no in-between or alternate suggestions given. Flores, instead goes rambling on about elaborate modifications that the average person would not do to begin a garden.

This book might be good for those who have extensive knowledge of gardening, lots and lots of free time, and advanced mechanical skills, who want an all-or-nothing approach, but it offers very little for a beginner.
lightweight  Jul 2, 2008
definitely not a how to book. there are no pictures - i would have liked to see pictures of her garden....
Not a how to book, or is it  Jun 20, 2008
Anyone who picks up this book expecting to find a "How to" manual on converting your lawn into an edible garden will be disappointed. However, if you're looking for some fresh ideas on not only changing out your lawn for a garden mixed with a little permaculture, activism, optimism, and community building ideas, this is the book for you.

I read this book twice because there is so much good information and ideas in it that it was hard to wrap my head around the first time. Coming back to the book a few weeks later really made it hit home for me that gardening in your front yard is a community affair, as it should be.

I really enjoyed this book and will likely read it again in the next few weeks as I put H.C. Flore's ideas into motion and need a little pep rally to keep up the hard and rewarding work.

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