Growing Perennial Foods: A Field Guide to Raising Resilient Herbs, Fruits, and Vegetables (Paperback)

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By Acadia Tucker, Krishna Chavda (Illustrator)
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I want to share this book with every gardener I know, no matter your expertise, because I absolutely love it. Acadia Tucker articulately teaches a method of growing food that provides for better soil health, helps mitigate climate change, and makes maintenance of your garden ten times easier. As a regenerative farmer, Tucker has years of experience that make this book a treasure trove of knowledge and presents it in a way beginners and more experienced gardeners can both appreciate. After brief chapters on how to prepare your garden for the season, there are concise, organized sections on a large variety of herbs, fruits, and vegetables, with tons of great information. It's well-written, to the point, and easy to incorporate into your garden this season, and a great read if you're just waiting for the frost to end and planting to begin (like me).

— Megan


Acadia Tucker's long love affair with perennial foods has produced this easy-to-understand guide to growing and harvesting them. A regenerative farmer who is deeply concerned about global warming, Tucker believes there may be no better time to plant these hardy crops.

Perennials can weather climate extremes, promote healthy soil, mitigate drought conditions, and thrive without chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Many can be harvested year round. They taste good, pack lots of nutrients, and require little tending. In short, the world is a better place with more perennials in it and this book intends to get us there.

Tucker inspires action by first laying the groundwork for tending an organic, regenerative garden. She highlights the 10 steps she recommends gardeners take to help perennial foods thrive. But most of the book is dedicated to profiles of popular perennial herbs, fruit, and vegetables, with explicit instructions on how to plant, grow, and harvest them. Tucker also offers suggestions on how to store and preserve perennials.

Growing Perennial Foods is illustrated with dozens of pen & ink drawings and ends with a short chapter on frequently asked questions. And since this is a field guide, each profile gives readers enough space to write in any additional notes.

While designed for gardening novices, this book is also for experienced gardeners who want to grow more resilient crops, and could use a little guidance.

Growing Perennial Foods is part of our Growing Food book series and a companion guide to Growing Good Food: A Citizen's Guide to Backyard Carbon Farming, which is also written by Acadia Tucker and set to publish in the summer of 2019.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780998862354
ISBN-10: 0998862355
Publisher: Stone Pier Press
Publication Date: March 12th, 2019
Pages: 280
Language: English