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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Food Gardens for a Changing World

Food Gardens for a Changing World

Now Published!

By D Soleri, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, D A Cleveland, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, S E Smith, University of Arizona, USA

June 2019 / Hardback / 328 Pages / 9781789240986 £95.00 / €125.00 / $160.00
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Main Description

Food gardening is becoming increasingly popular, as people look for new ways to live more sustainably and minimize harm to the environment. This book addresses the 21st century trends which bring new challenges to food gardening - anthropogenic climate change, environmental degradation, natural resource scarcity, and social inequity - and explains the basic biological, ecological and social concepts needed to understand and respond to them. Examples throughout the text demonstrate how to successfully use these concepts, while supporting gardeners' values, and their goals for themselves, their communities and the world.


Suitable for researchers and students in food systems, environmental studies, agroecology, horticulture, urban geography, sociology, climate change, and urban planning. And gardeners everywhere.

    • PART I: Starting at the beginning: gardens and the big picture
  • Chapter 1: What can Food Gardens Contribute? Gardens and Wellbeing
  • Chapter 2: Changes coming to your garden
  • Chapter 3: Responding to change as a food gardening strategy. Appendix - Worked formal garden experiments
    • PART II: Starting the garden
  • Chapter 4: Garden placement
  • Chapter 5: How plants live and grow
  • Chapter 6: Starting and caring for garden plants
    • PART III: Garden management
  • Chapter 7: Soil, nutrients, and organic matter
  • Chapter 8: Water, soils, and plants
  • Chapter 9: Managing pests, pathogens, and beneficial organisms
  • Chapter 10: Saving seeds for planting and sharing

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Cleveland is a human ecologist who has done research and development project work
on sustainable agrifood systems with farmers and gardeners around the world. His
research and teaching have focused on sustainable, small-scale agrifood systems,
including plant breeding and conservation of crop genetic diversity, and local and
scientific knowledge and collaboration between farmers and scientists. His current
research and teaching focus is on food system localization and diet change to improve
health, mitigate anthropogenic climate change and environmental degradation, and
promote food and climate justice, including at the University of California, in California,
and globally.

Smith is a plant breeder, botanist and statistician whose research, training of students,
and teaching cover those areas of expertise. His research interests reflect both his
training in application-oriented plant breeding and his fascination with plant survival in
natural plant communities in arid environments. For example, he has conducted
research on conservation and evaluation of genetic diversity in alfalfa, and on plant
physiological responses to drought and their significance in revegetation work in the arid
southwestern US. Smith also provides consulting and support to other academic
researchers on experimental design and analysis. He has won a number of awards in
the University of Arizona's College of Agriculture in recognition of his teaching

Soleri is an ethnoecologist whose research is on local and scientific knowledge
systems in small scale agriculture and gardens, and collaboration between formal
scientists and gardeners and farmers. This includes research with communities around
the world in quantifying farmer practices, documenting risk assessment and cultural
identity related to seeds, and investigating new semi-formal seed systems. She teaches
a class at UCSB on "citizen" and community science, and is currently working with seed
and garden activists and scientists to investigate crop diversity and adaptation in
California food gardens.