Book Review: The Art and Science of Grazing: How Grass Farmers Can Create Sustainable Systems for Healthy Animals and Farm Ecosystems

By Sarah Flack, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016 Review by Samantha Klinck Reading this book is like attending a personal workshop designed for your farm. In her fantastic book, The Art and Science of Grazing, Sarah Flack gives the reader the information they need to properly manage pastures and grazing on the farm for the betterment […]

Book Review: Mycelial Mayhem: Growing Mushrooms for fun, profit and companion planting

By David and Kristen Sewak, New Society Publishers, 2016 Review by Barbara Otrysko The authors’ stated aim was to write a beginners book on mushroom cultivation for two reasons. Firstly, they found that although there are many references on growing mushrooms, most are intimidating for beginners because of their in-depth technical nature. Secondly, they found […]

Book Review: Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier

By Michael Ableman, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016 Review by Sally Luce In this remarkable book, farmer/activist Michael Ableman tells the captivating story of the creation of Sole Food, a community farm started in 2009 in the parking lot of the Astoria Hotel in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Sole Food’s aims are to provide meaningful employment for […]

Book Review: Heal Local: Twenty essential herbs for do-it-yourself home healthcare

By Dawn Combs, New Society Publishers, 2015 (foreword by Joel Salatin) Review by Rashel Tremblay Dawn Combs, author of Heal Local, makes a case to extend the Buy Local movement to our health and to our medicine. Dawn Combs proposes a radical new way of viewing health-care to make it local, sustainable, empowering, approachable, and […]

Book Review: The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer- The Ultimate Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs on a Market Scale

By Jeff Carpenter with Melanie Carpenter, Forward by Rosemary Gladstar Published by Chelsea Green, 2015    Reviewed by Sarah Crocker Ever wanted to turn medicinal plants like dandelions & knotweed into an asset for your farm? In The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer, Jeff and Melanie Carpenter share 20 years as herbal entrepreneurs. Situated on both […]

Book Review: The New Livestock Farmer- The business of raising and selling ethical meat

The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat By Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Jim Dunlop, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015   Reviewed by Chris Bodnar There is a tremendous appetite for sustainable, ethical meat. Especially bacon. Bacon and ethical meat are popular topics of conversation in the media as well as in grocery […]

Book Review: The Lean Farm

The Lean Farm, by Ben Hartman, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015 Review by Scott Humphries I first stumbled across The Lean Farm while washing produce and listening to the popular farming podcast Farmer to Farmer, in which Chris Blanchard interviews Ben Hartman from Clay Bottom Farm and writer of The Lean Farm. Hartman spoke eloquently on […]

Book Review: Digging in the City, an Urban Manifesto

By Anouk Mackenzie Our food system is broken and profit-driven corporations are to blame. With no magic bullet in sight to such a complex problem, urban organic agriculture will have to be part of the solution. So argues Rhona McAdam in her compelling book, Digging the City: An Urban Agriculture Manifesto. As McAdam points out, […]

Book Review: Seed libraries and other means of keeping seeds in the hands of the people

Seed Libraries and Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People by Cindy Conner, New Society Publishers, 2014 Review by Sally Luce This book is an excellent resource for people who are interested in creating a seed sharing event or program in their community.  Cindy Conner discusses a range of activities from […]

Book review: Roots Demystified

Review by Mary Alice Johnson, certified organic farmer, Vancouver Island Robert Kourik, with enthusiasm and much gardening experience, amazes us with his love and knowledge of root systems of food and landscaping plants, with many practical tips for gardeners. Kourik is not an academician; he has, however, many years of practical experience in edible landscaping. […]

Book Review: Holy Shit- Managing Manure to Save Mankind

Review by Robin Guard One always greets a new book by Gene Logsdon with delight, knowing that one is going to learn something new, presented in a style that makes it a positive page-turner.   So it is with this one. As its rather alarming title indicates, it deals exclusively with fecal matter discussed from every […]

Book Review: Farmer Jane- Women Changing the Way We Eat

FARMER JANE: Women Changing the Way We Eat By Temra Costa, Gibbs Smith, 2010 Book review by Michelle Summer Fike This book profiles 26 women leading the sustainable, local food movement in the US. The central message is that food is a vehicle for social change and that women have a unique, but often unheard, […]

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Suggested Readings

suggested readings2