Growing Good Food
This is a handbook for growing a Climate Victory Garden when the enemy is global warming. Acadia Tucker, a carbon farmer and gardener, invites us to think of gardening as civic action. By building carbon-rich soil, even in a backyard-sized patch, we can capture greenhouse gases and mitigate climate change, all while growing nutritious food.
To help us get started, and quickly, Tucker drafts plans for gardeners who have a little ground or a lot of it. She offers advice on how to prep soil, plant food, and raise fruits, herbs, and vegetables using regenerative methods. She describes the climate changes taking place in our own backyards and the many steps we can take to boost a garden's resilience.
Growing Good Food includes calls to action and insights from leaders in the regenerative movement, including David Montgomery, Anne Biklé, Gabe Brown, Wendell Berry and Mary Berry, and Tim LaSalle. By the end of it, you'll know how to grow some really good food, and build a healthier world, too.
"The following pages describe how easy it would be to park some carbon in your own soil," Tucker writes in her intro. "Let's build a loamy, spongy, dark-brown, micrboe-happy foodscape together. It has been done and it can be done, starting with a patch of soil near you."
Copyright 2019 • 159 pages • Softcover
Table of Contents sneak peek (partial)
- Citizen Gardeners Unite
- The Climate Crisis in Your Backyard
- Our Good Earth
- How soil and plants draw down CO2
- Cultivate good soil
- Plant Your Climate Victory Garden
- Plants for Backyard Carbon Farmers
- Charts & Guides
Praise for Growing Good Food
"Growing Good Food is about working where we are, on a small scale, to improve the health of the land. Acadia Tucker tells us that what we do matters and if we have access to any piece of ground we can start addressing climate change. My father, Wendell Berry, says that this kind of work is radical now, when public attention is focused on global solutions. This work is what people are for."
– Mary Berry