Our Chelsea Green Authors : Gardeners & Farmers of Terre Vivante
Gardeners & Farmers of Terre VivanteCentre Terre Vivante is an ecological research and education center located in Mens, Domaine de Raud, a region of southeastern France. Terre Vivante hosts courses on regenerative gardening and farming, renewable energy, and ecological building techniques. In addition to more than fifty books, Terre Vivante publishes the influential organic gardening magazine, Les Quatre Saisons du jardinage. Eliot Coleman is the author of two best-selling gardening books, The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest.
Terre Vivante is a nonprofit association founded in 1980 to promote a way of life that is respectful of the natural environment. Until the early 1990s, Terre Vivante's main activity was the publication of an organic gardening magazine, Les Quatre Saisons du jardinage. Since 1994, with the creation of a remarkable ecological education center, the work of Terre Vivante has taken on new dimensions, including:
The design of Centre Terre Vivante's facilities and programs is
based upon "first principles"—clean air, clean water, and
clean food, which used to be the birthright of all people. Although
the effects of pollution can now be traced throughout the world, at
Terre Vivante the malign impacts of human development are being
minimized. On formerly infertile land at an altitude of more than
two thousand feet above sea level, Terre Vivante's
horticulturalists are growing a wide range of foods, induding
forgotten or endangered varieties, relying entirely upon composts
and organic fertilizers generated nearby In addition to vegetables
and flowers, visitors can see a bamboo garden, nursery, playground,
wild meadows, and a constructed wetlands for waste-water treatment.
Terre Vivante's buildings demonstrate the potential for
earth-friendly construction, utilizing passive and active solar
features including photovoltaics, composting toilets, solar and
wood-burning water heaters, and natural materials. The center's
restaurant offers delicious meals made from locally grown
ingredients, featuring many regional favorites, and has been
described as having "the finest restaurant view in Europe."
The publishing program of Terre Vivante has grown beyond
production of the magazine Les Quatre Saisons to encompass a
list of more than fifty books on a diversity of subjects, including
organic gardening, health and nutrition, ecological building
methods, and environmental education. An ongoing series of lectures
and workshops is also offered at the center, with schedules
available on Terre Vivante's web site.
Centre Terre Vivante is open to visitors from May through
October. For more information, please contact:
Gardeners & Farmers of Terre Vivante's Books
If you're a dedicated gardener you probably know about hot-water-bath canning and pickling, but there are many other ways to preserve the bounty of your harvest so it will last the whole year. This set combines a classic book on food preservation with a new book on gardening that includes some innovative preservation methods.
Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation
Traditional food preservation techniques from France that retain the nutritional value of foods with a minimum of boiling or freezing.