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Carol Deppe

Oregon plant breeder Carol Deppe, author of The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, holds a PhD in biology from Harvard University and specializes in developing public-domain crops for organic growing conditions, sustainable agriculture, and human survival for the next thousand years. Carol is author of The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times (Chelsea Green, 2010), Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties, 2nd ed. (Chelsea Green, 2000), Tao Te Ching: A Window to the Tao through the Words of Lao Tzu (Fertile Valley Publishing, 2010), and Taoist Stories (Fertile Valley Publishing, 2014). Visit for articles and further adventures.

    Carol's Upcoming Events

    • Carol Deppe at the Eugene Good Earth Home and Garden Show
      Good Earth Home and Garden Show, Eugene OR
      January 24, 2015, 10:30 am

      Carol Deppe will present five workshops at the Eugene Good Earth Home and Garden Show on January 24. The schedule for her workshops is as follows: 10:30 a.m. Grow the Best Tomatoes. Varieties that taste great in spite of cool weather, cold nights, and shade. Starting, growing, harvesting. Dealing with late blight. Why the best-flavored tomato may not be the one that is picked vine-ripe. Saving tomato seed. 11:30 a.m. Grow Your Own Cornbread, Polenta, and (All-Corn) Pancakes. Flint corn varieties for cornbread and polenta. Flour corn varieties for cornbread, pancakes, cakes, and gravy. Growing, harvesting, shelling, storing, grinding, using. 12:30 p.m. Growing the Best Winter Squash and Pumpkins. Choosing varieties. Growing, harvesting, curing to perfection, storing, using. 1:30 p.m. Gardening in an Era of Wild Weather and Climate Change. 2:30 p.m. The Eat-All Greens Garden. A new method that allows a family to raise all the greens it needs for summer eating and freezing for winter in even a tiny garden. The no-labor garden¬ójust sow and harvest. Growing, harvesting, handling, freezing, drying, and using eat-all greens. Eleven great eat-all greens varieties. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

    • Carol Deppe at Insights Into Gardening
      Insights into Gardening, Corvallis OR
      February 7, 2015, 1:00 pm

      Carol Deppe will speak at the Insights Into Gardening event, which is sponsored by Oregon State University on February 7 at 1:00 PM. The location: LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. Carol's workshop is titled: The Eat-All Greens Garden Description: Based upon twenty years of original research, Carol Deppe presents a new method for growing greens with much less land and labor than ever before possible. With this method a family can raise all their summer greens as well as freeze and dry enough greens for winter with even a tiny garden. Books will be available for sale and signing.

    Carol's Books

    The Tao of Vegetable Gardening

    Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity

    The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, explores the practical methods as well as the deeper essence of gardening. Organized into chapters that echo fundamental Taoist concepts: Balance, Flexibility, Honoring the Essential Nature, Effortless Effort, Non-Doing, and even Non-Knowing, The Tao of Vegetable Gardening illustrates the key principles and practices that home gardeners need to know to successfully plant and grow the most popular vegetables.

    The Preserving the Harvest Set

    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.

    The Resilient Gardener

    Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times

    Scientist/gardener Carol Deppe combines her passion for gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fieldsóresilience science, climatology, climate change, ecology, anthropology, paleontology, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, health, and medicine. In The Resilient Gardener, Deppe extends these principles with detailed information about growing and using five keystone crops that are especially important for anyone seeking greater self-reliance: potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs.

    Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties

    The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving

    In the age of biotech companies, genetic patents, and multinational seed companies, Deppe makes learning to save and breed your own seed and varieties easy and desirable for the gardener or farmer.


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