Resource Guide for Sustainable Gardening

Author Ellen Vande Visse

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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
Periodicals ………………………………………5
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

Alaskan Gardening

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 “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- Large-Scale
See Email:

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 (

Compost Tea, Soil Food Web, and Carbon Farming

Compost Tea Brewing Manual see latest edition by Dr. Elaine Ingham The

Field Guide for Actively Aerated Compost Tea (AACT) by Dr. Elaine Ingham

Soil Biology Primer by Dr. Elaine Ingham, Andrew R. Moldenke & Clive A. Edwards Published by NRCS Soil Quality Institute ( 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

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

Herbs, Wild
Discovering Wild Plants by Janice Schofield

Genetic Engineering

The Future of Food by Deborah Garcia: book and VHS or DVD (ACRES USA) Organic Consumers Association: for products list, campaigns, and information.

Genetically Engineered Food by R. Cummins and B. Lilliston (ACRES USA)
Green Peace

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,

Pest Management

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:

Gardens Alive, free catalog from 5100 Schenley Place, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025 Or call 812-537-8650

Hydro Gardens, Inc. PO Box 9707, Colorado Springs, CO 80932. Tel 719-495-2266

Organic Gardening Magazine website

Peaceful Valley Farm Supply PO Box 2209 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Tel (toll free) 888-784-1722 plus informative videos.

Soil Foodweb Inc (SFI) Microbial assays and products.

Rincon-Vitova Insectories

Reference Books

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

Biological Control News. Newsletter on line.

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. (ACRES USA)

Soil Chemistry and Biology
The Soul of Soil by Grace Gershuny and Joseph Smillie

Spiritual Gardening
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.

Ask Mother Nature- A Conscious Gardener’s Guide by Ellen Vande Visse. Findhorn Press, 2009.


ACRES USA 1-800-355-5313 Request catalog for books & DVD’s and request a separate list for tapes and CD’s from annual conferences.

Mother Earth News bookstore

Rodale Books, Rodale Institute, & Organic Garden Magazine
Magazine is now only by email subscription:

Storey’s How-To Books, Dept. 9069, 105 School House Rd, Pownal, Vermont, 05261. 1-800-827-8673


(magazines and on-line newsletters)

ACRES USA: A Voice for EcoAgriculture. A magazine from ACRES USA . 1- 800-355- 5313 . I recommend you subscribe. Monthly issues about eco-farming are packed with practical information, but the overflow richness ends up here: Eco-Farming Daily

Countryside PO Box 6017, Duluth MN 55806-6017

Farmstead Box 111, Freedom, ME 04941

Horticulture PO Box 51455, Boulder, CO 80321-1455

The Land Report (of the Land Institute) 2440 E Water Well Road Salina, Kansas 67401

Mother Earth News; the magazine; also on-line newsletter, books, and booklets available. PO Box 56304, Boulder, Colorado 80323-6304

Organic Bytes an on-line newsletter about safe food issues.

Organic Gardening (Rodale Press) recently changed to on-line only. Subscribe at . Tel 1-800-666-2206


Plant a Row for the Hungry: PAR Campaign, 10210 Leatherleaf Ct, Manassas, VA 20111 Phone 877-492-2727 Email

Master Gardener Program: Contact your Cooperative Extension Service office of U of A


Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Anchorage, 907-222-7714 Email:

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.

Alaska Sea-Ag Mark Greig 315-0670; Rob 232-273 Fishbone meal and other ecological agriculture amendments. Palmer, E-mail: Robert at

Classes on organic growing methods Good Earth Garden School, Palmer AK. Courses, email news bulletins, and networking.

Cooperative Extension Service of University of Alaska
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;

Mat-Su Master Gardeners Website:

Master Gardeners Organization listings for AK at

Fairbanks Master Gardeners;

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:

Permaculture Guild in Alaska:

Plant Materials Center, Palmer Agriculture research, diseases, & potato inspection 907-745-4469

Soil and Water Conservation Districts: Palmer 746-1636; Wasilla 357-4563


Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN)
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
Room 304, National Agricultural Library
10301 Baltimore Ave. Beltsville, MD 20705-2351 (301) 504- 6425 E-mail

SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Grants, publications, assistance.

ATTRA Hotline National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology 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.