Food Security Through Biodiversity And Promiscuous Pollination
Bringing dynamic back into vegetable gardening, seed saving, and breeding of plants and animals. A joyful and accessible approach to growing tasty, productive, and resiliently diverse food.
Advocating a return to traditional regenerative horticulture methods of gardening and farming, while minimizing the use of current agricultural methods. Focusing on communities, and local varieties of crops and animals. Biodiversity and cross pollination allow selection for crops that thrive under ever changing conditions, while lessening the need for costly inputs, like poisons, fertilizer, materials, and labor. Less labor means more time for friends, family, music, dancing, or whatever it is that brings you joy.
The book includes detailed suggestions for developing a more reliable food system using local crop varieties. The techniques taught in this book can bring self-reliance and sustainable food security to small scale back yard beginner gardens, large scale farms, and permaculture food forests.
A chapter is devoted to pollination and the benefits of encouraging cross-pollination.
Chapters are devoted to breeding tomatoes, corn, beans, squash, and grains. Tips on growing many other vegetable varieties are included. The appendix includes a summary of which vegetables and grains are easiest to work with.
A chapter is devoted to extending the principles of local gardening to breeding chickens, honeybees, mushrooms, and trees.
"Landrace Gardening is brilliant." Dan Barber, Blue Hill At Stone Barns, and Row 7 Seed Company
"Landrace Gardening gives us a roadmap to the kind of joyful food security that we need for healing many of the most important wounds of our time." Jason Padvorac
"The best part is that everything in this book is adaptable for any gardener." Jere Gettle- Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company.
"The western sustainable agriculture movement has long needed its own version of the 'One Straw Revolution'. Joseph Lofthouse provides just that. " Alan Bishop, Alchemist at Spirits Of French Lick
"Awesome to see this process beginning to work in just one year." Josh Jamison, HEART Village
"Inspiring. Empowering. VERY important work." Stephanie Genus
"This book begins to spark the imagination to the possibilities of what we have lost and how to begin to resurrect the return to something even better." Karin Kee
"Man is way too eager to take extra burdens upon his shoulders, babying and pampering the plant when it should be bred to do all the work itself. Landrace Gardening makes important progress in that direction." Dave Blanchard
"If one can learn to take a more free approach to gardening and seed saving you will experience much of the joy Joseph receives when he gardens." Andrew Barney
"No Homestead Or Garden Is Complete Without This Book!" EmsyDoodle