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Resource Guide for Sustainable Gardening
for South Central Alaska
Table of Contents
Books by topics …………………………………..1-4
Key to Sources of Books…………………………….4
Community Service …………………………………5
Local Sources of Assistance…………………………5-6
On-line Networks and Information…………………….6
BOOKS Please see Key to Sources of Books below;
Most of these resources are available from www.acresusa.com
The Alaskan Gardener’s Handbook by Lenore Hedla
Alaska Gardener’s Manual from Cooperative Extension Service, University of Alaska
Alaska Gardening Guide, Vol 1 by Ann D. Roberts
Kachemak Cultivating from Seaside to Summit by Homer Garden Club
Ask Mother Nature- A Conscious Gardener’s Guide by Ellen Vande Visse
General Organic Gardening
The Healthy Garden Handbook by Ed. of Mother Earth News and Simon and Schuster.
How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons. Ten Speed Press (ACRES USA)
How to Grow Vegetables Organically. By Jeff Cox and Eds. of Rodale Press.
From Rodale Books, # 01-820-0, Box 220, Emmaus, PA 18099-0220.
Living the Good Life and Continuing the Good Life by Scott and Helen Nearing,
Schocken Books, NY. (in libraries & ACRES USA and
The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman (ACRES USA)
Organic Gardening by Crow and Elizabeth Miller (ACRES USA)
Rodale’s All New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. (Rodale Press & ACRES USA)
Backyard Composting in Alaska 2nd Edition Video, 30 minutes: $15
This video gives you step by step instruction for successful Alaskan backyard production. From www.goodearthgardenschool.com “on-line store”
The Humanure Handbook. A Guide to Composting Human Manure by J. C. Jenkins, Jenkins Publishing, PO Box 607 Grove City, PA 16127. (ACRES USA)
Lessons in Nature by Malcolm Beck (ACRES USA)
The Rodale Book of Composting. Martin and Gershuny, Eds Rodale Press. (ACRES USA)
Composting- Worms (Vermiculture)
Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Appelhof (ACRES USA)
The Worm Book by Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor (ACRES USA)
“Worm Away Your Garbage” by Ellen Vande Visse (www.goodearthgardenschool.com)
Compost Tea, Soil Food Web, and Carbon Farming
Compost Tea Brewing Manual see latest edition by Dr. Elaine Ingham www.soilfoodweb.com The
Field Guide for Actively Aerated Compost Tea (AACT) by Dr. Elaine Ingham www.soilfoodweb.com
Soil Biology Primer by Dr. Elaine Ingham, Andrew R. Moldenke & Clive A. Edwards Published by NRCS Soil Quality Institute (www.soilfoodweb.com and ACRES USA)
The Soil Will Save Us by Kristin Ohlson (Mat-Su College library) Teaming with Microbes Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis Teaming with Nutrients and Teaming with Fungi Jeff Lowenfels
Extending the Season
Four Season Harvest and Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman. Chelsea Green.
Four Season Farm, 609 Weir Cove Rd, Harborside ME 04642 www.fourseasonfarm.com
Microfarming at High Latitudes: A Resource for Small-scale, Cold-climate Food Security by Michael A. Kircher, Palmer AK
Successful Cold Climate Gardening by Lewis Hill
Discovering Wild Plants by Janice Schofield
The Future of Food by Deborah Garcia: book and VHS or DVD (ACRES USA) Organic Consumers Association: http://www.organicconsumers.org for products list, campaigns, and information.
Genetically Engineered Food by R. Cummins and B. Lilliston (ACRES USA)
Green Peace www.greenpeace.org.uk
Your Right to Know: GE and the Secret Changes in Your Food, by Andrew Kimbrell
Harvest Preservation, Storage, & Cookbooks for Garden Surplus
“Build Your Own Underground Root Cellar,” by Ed. of Mother Earth News. (from Mother Earth News or Storey’s Bulletin #A-76)
Canning and Preserving without Sugar by Norma MacRae.
Moosewood Daily Specials
Recipes from a Kitchen Garden and More Recipes from a Kitchen Garden by Rene Shepard &
Fran Raboff, Ten Speed Press
Root Cellaring by Nancy and Mike Bubel. (Mother Earth News books and ACRES USA)
Local Food & Problems with Industrial Agriculture
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Collins
Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture Edited by Andrew Kimbrell
From Center for Food Safety, www.centerforfoodsafety.org/YRTK.cfm
Local Help: Pest Scout— contact through your Cooperative Extension Service or Alaska Bugline 1-800-586-BUGS
Suppliers Most products are carried locally; otherwise see:
Hydro Gardens, Inc. PO Box 9707, Colorado Springs, CO 80932. Tel 719-495-2266
Organic Gardening Magazine website www.organicgardening.com
Soil Foodweb Inc (SFI) Microbial assays and products. www.soilfoodweb.com
Rincon-Vitova Insectories http://www.rinconvitova.com/
Common Sense Pest Control. An excellent reference. $40
Companion Plants and How to Use Them and
Encyclopedia of Natural Insects and Disease Control by Roger Yepson, Rodale Press.
Garden Pest Problem Solver Rodale Press
Gardening without Poisons by Beatrice Trum Hunter
Great Garden Formulas from Rodale Press, 1999
Insects of South-Central Alaska by Dominique M. Collet, 2008. Kenai Watershed Forum, Soldotna, AK
Roses Love Tomatoes and Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louse Riotte
The Bug Book Helen Philbrick and Richard Gregg.
Weeds and What They Tell by Ehrenfried E. Pfeiffer
Weeds: Guardians of the Soil by J. A. Cocannouer.
Weeds and Why They Grow by Jay Mc Caman. From Mc Caman Farms, 9 Oak St., Sand Lake MI 49343. $20. Tel 616-636-8226. This tells how to eliminate weeds simply by manipulating the nutrients rather than using herbicides.
Natural Solutions to Things that Bug You by Dr. Myles H. Bader, Mar. 2012 TELEBrands Press.
Rincon-Vitova Insectories http://www.rinconvitova.com/
Biological Control News. Newsletter on line. www.entomology.wisc.edu/mbcn/mbcn.htm
Planting Calendar by Moon and Stars
Moon Sign Handbook and Gardening Guide.
Stella Natura, the Biodynamic sowing calendar (ACRES USA)
Organic Growing Specialties:
Biodynamics: Bio-Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association, PO Box 550, Kimberton, PA 19442, Tel 215-935-7797.
Culture and Agriculture by Storl
Secrets of the Soil by Bird and Tompkins (ACRES USA)
The Bio-Dynamic Farm and Bio-Dynamic Agriculture by Herbert Koepf Various books by Hugh Lovell, & by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer
One Straw Revolution, The Natural Way of Farming by Masanobu Fukuoka The Road Back to Nature by Masanobu Fukuoka
Gaia’s Garden A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway. Chelsea Green Permaculture One and Permaculture Two. By Bill Mollison
Seed Sources, Seed Starting
The New Seed Starter’s Handbook by Bubel, Nancy. (Rodale & Mother Earth News) Garden Seed Inventory. Seed Saver Publications, Rural Rte 3,
Decorah, Iowa, 52101. www.seedsavers.org (ACRES USA)
Soil Chemistry and Biology
The Soul of Soil by Grace Gershuny and Joseph Smillie
The Findhorn Garden by the Findhorn Community. Harper Colophon Books, Harper and Row,
Behaving as if the God in All Things Mattered and The Perelandra Garden Workbook I and II. By Machaelle Small Wright from Perelandra Ltd., Warrenton, VA, 22724. www.perelandra-ltd.com
Ask Mother Nature- A Conscious Gardener’s Guide by Ellen Vande Visse. Findhorn Press, 2009. www.goodearthgardenschool.com
KEY to SOURCES of BOOKS
ACRES USA 1-800-355-5313 www.acresusa.com Request catalog for books & DVD’s and request a separate list for tapes and CD’s from annual conferences. email@example.com
Mother Earth News bookstore www.motherearthnews.com
(magazines and on-line newsletters)
ACRES USA: A Voice for EcoAgriculture. A magazine from ACRES USA . 1- 800-355- 5313 www.acresusa.com . I recommend you subscribe. Monthly issues about eco-farming are packed with practical information, but the overflow richness ends up here: Eco-Farming Daily www.ecofarmingdaily.com
Countryside PO Box 6017, Duluth MN 55806-6017
Farmstead Box 111, Freedom, ME 04941
Horticulture PO Box 51455, Boulder, CO 80321-1455 www.hortmag.com
The Land Report (of the Land Institute) 2440 E Water Well Road Salina, Kansas 67401 www.landinstitute.org
Mother Earth News; the magazine; also on-line newsletter, books, and booklets available. www.motherearthnews.com PO Box 56304, Boulder, Colorado 80323-6304
Organic Bytes an on-line newsletter about safe food issues. www.organicconsumers.org
Master Gardener Program: Contact your Cooperative Extension Service office of U of A
LOCAL SOURCES OF ASSISTANCE
Anchorage Farmers Market 1305 N Smith Rd, Palmer 99645, 907-746-1087
Alaska Food & Farm Products Directory a booklet listing all agriculture operations and contacts in Alaska. Obtain from AK Dept of Natural Resources, Division of Agriculture, 907-745-7200.
Classes on organic growing methods Good Earth Garden School, Palmer AK. Courses, email news bulletins, and networking. www.goodearthgardenschool.com
Cooperative Extension Service of University of Alaska www.uaf.edu/ces
Anchorage 786-6300; Palmer office is 745-3360; Fairbanks office is 474-1530
Soil testing; horticulture publications, Pest Scout program, Alaska Bugline: 1-800-586-BUGS
Division of Agriculture State of Alaska Dept of Natural Resources Palmer, AK 99645-0949. 745-7200
Garden Clubs in Alaska: contact Anchorage Cooperative Extension Service 907-279-5582.
Mat-Su area: Valley Garden Club: PO Box 871244 Wasilla, AK 99687;
Master Gardeners Organization listings for AK at www.alaskamastergardeners.org
Mat-Su Master Gardeners working through the Coop. Ext Service office at UAF Experiment Farm, Palmer, 745-3360.
Jeff Lowenfels Garden writer for Anchorage Daily News and host of radio garden show. Email garden questions to: Jeff@gardener.com
Permaculture Guild in Alaska: http://akpermaculture.ning.com/
Plant Materials Center, Palmer Agriculture research, diseases, & potato inspection 907-745-4469
ON-LINE NETWORKS about SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN)
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
Room 304, National Agricultural Library
10301 Baltimore Ave. Beltsville, MD 20705-2351 (301) 504- 6425 www.ces.ncsu.edu/san E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education www.sare.org Grants, publications, assistance.
ATTRA Hotline National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology www.attra.org An incredible wealth of free knowledge and information in all aspects of agriculture. Free newsletter available.
Rodale Institute Soils of the world, Regeneration of soils and healthy food systems. www.rodaleinstitute.org