The Food Forest Handbook: Design and Manage a Home-Scale Perennial Polyculture Garden
by Darrell Frey & Michelle Czolba, 239 pages, 7½x9, softcover. Polyculture means multiple species growing together interdependently. This happens naturally in the wild. Indigenous communities cultivated ancient polyculture food forests long before monoculture. This book makes sense of modern terms like food forest and permaculture by placing them in their historical context. Before launching into how you can build your own food forest, the authors take you back in time to tour past forests around the world. Like an intermingled planting, the book’s organization runs a bit wild but the text is easy to read even as it delves into the technicalities of designing site maps. The authors seem to have left nothing out in enumerating considerations for your planning. Contains good basic instructions and sample lists for selecting, tending, growing and propagating plants for the rural or urban landscape. Attends to the power of observation and intimate connection with place as much as to the science of growing trees. -Jen Ries
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