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  • Food Not Lawns How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community
  • Heather Flores
  • English
  • 07 December 2019
  • 9781933392073

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Review Food Not Lawns How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community Free read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ð Heather Flores Heather Flores ð 6 Free download Ommunity meals; start a street theater troupe or host a local art swap; free your kitchen from refrigeration and enjoy truly fresh nourishing foods from your own plot of land; work with children to create garden play spacesFlores cares passionately about the damaged state of our environment and the ills of our throwaway society In Food Not Lawns she shows us how to reclaim the earth one garden at a tim Now I am pretty crunchygranola according to my friends I compost garden eat little meat raise chickens for eggs cook from scratch recycle conseve energy drive carefully care about where my food is coming from blah blah blah This book is all about those things and and how to do them but it s all phrased in a preachy holier than thou hippie propaganda manner Some funny lines but overall it was too touchy feely group think for my tastes

Review Food Not Lawns How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a CommunityFood Not Lawns How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community

Review Food Not Lawns How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community Free read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ð Heather Flores Heather Flores ð 6 Free download Soil promote biodiversity and increase natural habitat in their own paradise gardensBut Food Not Lawns doesn't begin and end in the seed bed This joyful permaculture lifestyle manual inspires readers to apply the principles of the paradise garden simplicity resourcefulness creativity mindfulness and community to all aspects of life Plant guerilla gardens in barren intersections and medians; organize c This book for me was enhI skimmed a lot of this book because much of it was familiar a repeat of what I ve read in the rather copious SOLE sustainable organic local ethical reading I ve done in my day There s a bit of hippy dippy self righteous holier than thou stuff from Flores that got a little old after a while I was particularly irritated at her carbon footprint section because I thought Well cool for you Ms Flores And if everybody did the same things you do no refrigerator no car etc then you re right we d be better off The thing is people DON T do what you do so ya got any other ideas Like all books this one had some good moments But overall I found myself aching for some of the information I really wanted ie there isn t a single word in there about garden varmints and skipping past a lot of the stuff I didn t If you still want to read this I suggest getting a library copy first

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Review Food Not Lawns How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community Free read ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ð Heather Flores Heather Flores ð 6 Free download Gardening can be a political act Creativity fulfillment connection revolution it all begins when we get our hands in the dirtFood Not Lawns combines practical wisdom on ecological design and community building with a fresh green perspective on an age old subject Activist and urban gardener Heather Flores shares her nine step permaculture design to help farmsteaders and city dwellers alike build fertile wrote this for wwwgreenprophetcom I finished reading Food Not Lawns on my roof just after I checked my new vermi compost bin The roof compost represents my attempted adaptation to life in the modern world whereby I try and lead a sustainable lifestyle within my means and ability in our modern world I was hoping to read Flores book and gain tips on how to build and maintain an edible yard in my future home and possibly how to manage to grow edibles in the most unlikely of places like a concrete wasteland in Tel Aviv As it turns out I was in for a bit of a surprise Flores sets out to write two books the first on how to convert one s lawn into a garden and thereby live a ecological life replete with sweet anecdotes and exercises like planting one s self in their own garden and the second on how to reject modernity and reclaim our land government and culture from post industrial life I ll begin with her first book Flores is clearly an accomplished landscape designer and permaculturist though her writing is a bit dry She starts each chapter with a brief somewhat vague meditation on the state of our modern world In this modern age of fast paced electronic consumerism and global violencemany people have lost touch with their natural instincts she writes in a typical lament of society The average person in the United States knows over a thousand corporate logos but only ten species of plants The book really shines once it revels in the details of how to build a thoughtful and effective garden The tips that stick out in my mind are how to build effective gray water systems which reuse sink and shower water in the garden Slime monsters can be built to purify your reused water by building a mini ecosystem in a reused plastic half barrel replete with woodchips soil and plants Thus water can flow from your sink to the slime monster to the irrigation channels that will water your garden Flores also explains composting and principles of biodynamic farming and perhaps most fascinating how to brew compost tea to use instead of buying expensive fertilizers really just put compost in a sock and stick in a barrel of water like you would a tea bag and use a pump to agitate the brew for 24 hours The book also includes important lists on which plants to consider planting and how to choose one s own gardening goals and how to select for plant life to match those goals Armed with information and useful tips from her chapters on the water cycle soil plants and polycultures seed stewardship and ecological design I felt ready and eager to begin laying my own garden plans If you want to garden you have to get dirty Flores reminds the readers and I was ready Replacing our wasteful and preposterous lawn culture for which Americans devote a significant amount of their water supply I felt is a wonderful way of adapting and improving our interaction with modern life Plus gardening is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle a point Flores stresses over and over again She reminds readers to love your hammock as you do your pitchfork Flores write nicely about the importance of polyculture and diversity in one s garden and articulately criticizes monocultures in America She warns don t base your food security on just one two or even fifty species and proceeds to offer ideas for how to save your own seeds and exchange seeds with other gardeners Surprisingly Flores hardly devotes any time to the fascinating history of lawn monoculture in America that has been written about both by Michael Pollan in Second Nature and recently by Elizabeth Kolbert in the New Yorker It was a disappointing omission and just proclaiming that it s time to reclaim our lawn didn t uite cut it in my opinion In fact Flores book uickly veers from an ecological how to into a treatise on ecological activism Flores comes out of an anarchist tradition and as a former Greenpeace activist and founder of the non profit organization Food Not Bombs her activism is well known in various environmental circles In her book she suggests that ripping up concrete and asphalt to make room for edible gardens is in itself a form of activism a protest against the modern system which on its own is a nice thoughtAlthough she isn t interested in reaching millions of people by convincing them to take the source of so much waste and pollution our lawns and alternatively converting them into abundant sources of food for our families and community rather Flores goes one step further and proscribes how to live the most ecologically sensitive existence suggesting uitting jobs getting rid of clocks mirrors alarms and engaging in radical community action I actually agree with her on certain ideological levels but for a host of practical reasons I think she misses the mark For starters without jobs most people can t afford homes or lawns in the first place Secondly I believe that striving to adapt the modern world to our environmental needs is realistic and beneficial to a majority of the world than foolishly hoping that millions of Americans will suddenly throw out their watches and begin living a fully subsistent agrarian lifestyle I was left with the thought that Flores has existed too far outside of the mainstream to be a relevant voice on just how to make modern life sustainable I think Flores officially loses me by chapter 9 Into the Community in which she provides advice on protests and demonstrations Sometimes even a small demonstration can uickly become violent usually in my experience as a result of police overreaction to civil unrest she writes In just a few minutes things can get really crazy and a lot of people can get arrested beaten tear gassed and sometimes killed by police Aren t we talking about gardening She continues to offer advice on activist training camps to learn how best to prepare for civil disobedienceThe book then continues on for three chapters on community organizing and how to run an effective meeting and how to teach gardening to children Her book strays considerably from what I presumed it to be about Somehow she also finds room to offer advice on scrapbook making and how to throw a party Yet in the section on composting Flores writes that there s not enough room to explain vermi composting in detail and that the reader should read other books to attain such informationAt the end of the book it became clear to me that I had just read a cultural manifesto a how to guide on radical activism and living in the fray in which reclaiming land to grow food is just one way to defy the mainstream When I have a house with land I will certainly use Food Not Lawns to plan my garden and gray water system and the book will be a vital resource for me I would recommend this book to those who see their sustainable living as radical activism which sometimes includes me but for those aspiring gardeners I d peruse the gardening section at your local book store for something a bit well useful