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Growing Your Own

"Growing your own food is like printing your own money!"
-- Ron Finley, in a TED talk

"If your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life. "
--Bill Watterson

"Planting a garden is having faith in the future: that the sun will shine, the rains come, the pests not be too severe; that someone will be found to eat what is grown, that the new seeds will ripen and grow."
-- anon.

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(For farming and animal-raising, see Small family farms.)

General gardening

Title Author, etc. Medium Topic Library Description
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Kingsolver, Barbara Book Food both Kingsolver's attempts to eat locally
The Encyclopedia of Country Living Carla Emery et al. Book LS/Food Kl Co The 10th edition of this book on food production and self-reliance
A Garlic Testament Stanley Crawford Book Farming KSC Subtitled 'Seasons on a small New Mexico farm', this is one of the seminal books on gardening. Although filled with advice on raising garlic, this book reaches much farther: into natural history, cultivated crops, and human relations.
The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It Seymour, John Book Food/Living sust. Both Original back-to-the-land guru. Growing your own, preserving, building stuff, livestock, compost toilets, lot of other stuff.
Square Foot Gardening Mel Bartholomew Book Food Kl Co Intensive growing method using pathways and dense seeding. Shade from plants cuts down on weed growth.
This Organic Life Gussow, John Dye Book Food KSC How and why this organic gardener chose vegetable self-sufficiency in her backyard in upstate New York. It also has many good recipes.
The Urban Homestead Coyne/Knutzen Book Self-reliance, urban life Kl Co Gold for the city-dweller or suburbanite. Treats gardening, foraging, livestock, preserving, cleansers, choosing a place to live, rain harvesting, greywater use, lots of energy projects, transportation.
The Resilient Farm and Homestead Falk, Ben, book permaculture, small farms Both The best permaculture gardening/farming book I've seen. Falk knows permaculture theory, and he's applied it excellently to his farm in New England.

Aquaculture

Title Author, etc. Medium Topic Library Description
Getting Food From Water Logsdon, Gene Book Food Both Ways to do aquaculture
Other Homes and Garbage Leckie et al. Book Green B, Living S. KSC "Designs for self-sufficient living". 1975, but lots of the info hasn't changed.
The Vertical Farm Dr. Dickson Despommier Book Food/LivingSust Kl Co Bringing intensive growing to the city through hydroponics, which many conventional greenhouse growers are adopting.

Bees

Title Author, etc. Medium Topic Library Description
Queen of the Sun Taggart Siegel Video Food Kl Co Bees and the dire straits they're in now

Fruit

Title Author, etc. Medium Topic Library Description
Successful Berry Growing Logsdon, Gene Book Food KSC Another from Gene Logsdon
Western Fruit Berries and Nuts Walheim & Stebbins Book Food Both An orcharding guide for the western states
Organic Orcharding Logsdon, Gene Book Food KSC "A Grove Of Trees to Live In"

Grain

Title Author, etc. Medium Topic Library Description
Small-Scale Grain Raising Gene Logsdon Book Food Kl Co Homegrown grains -- the key to food security.
Homegrown Whole Grains Sara Pitzer Book Food Kl Co "...how to grow, harvest and cook nine whole grains..."

Mushrooms

  • The Klamath County library system has quite a few books about mushrooms; many are catalogued under the Dewey codes 579 and 589. Also check 635.8 for books on growing mushrooms, and look for anything by Paul Stametz.
  • Radical Mycology

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