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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 Oregon Mother Earth News Fair
      3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany OR 97322
      June 6, 2015, 9:00 am

      Carol Deppe will lead several workshops at the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon from June 6-7th. Workshop topics will include the eat-all greens garden, the do-it-yourself seed bank, gardening and farming with climate change, and growing your own cornbread, polenta and other corn-based baked goods.

    • Carol Deppe at NW Permaculture Convergence
      1400 Lake Drive, Eugene OR 97401
      August 28, 2015, 9:30 am

      Carol Deppe will speak at the NW Permaculture Convergence on August 28-30 at the River Road Park District Recreation Center in Eugene. Carol's books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

    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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