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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue…

…We love National Flower Week, don’t you?

Flowers serve many practical purposes for the plants that grow them. They attract bees, butterflies, and birds. They protect pollen and nectar from freeloading ants (who are too small to pollinate most flowers). But it is not for flowers’ pragmatic characteristics that they are so loved by one particular mammal.

We love flowers for the sensory excitement they offer: colors to dazzle our eyes, shapes to boggle our minds, and scents to soothe our senses.

And yet, so many flowers offer us useful ways to make our lives better as well, from the fruits they promise to the medicines they can make, and even the flavors they can add to our foods.

In the spirit of National Flower Week, we’ve combed through our catalog for a handful of books that celebrate flowers. These lovely books are on sale for 25% off until September 24.

Reg. Price: $35.00
Sale Price: $26.25

The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers

If you’re tired of your desk job, why not consider leaving it all behind? Swap the drabness of your cubicle for the dashing colors and pleasing fragrances of the flower field. Lynn Byczynski’s classic guide to organic flower farming will get you started.

 

 

Reg. Price: $34.95
Sale Price: $22.72

Wild Flavors: One Chef’s Transformative Year Cooking from Eva’s Farm

Flowers aren’t just for looking at. In Wild Flavors chef Didi Emmons will show you how to incorporate several different blossoms into your cooking. From arugula blossoms on your salads to rose petal ice cream, this cookbook will take you places you never thought to go!

 

 

Reg. Price: $34.95
Sale Price: $22.72

The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production

Many flowers have been used medicinally for centuries, such as honeysuckle for cough, and chrysanthemum for headaches. Peg Schafer’s book is the only one available for organic growers interested in adding Chinese medicinal crops to their portfolio. Full of growing and harvesting tips, plus the traditional usage of each herb, this book is an invaluable resource.

 

Reg. Price: $39.95
Sale Price: $25.97

The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way

April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring June, July, and August fruit! Take a stroll through the holistic orchard with Michael Phillips, and see what those flowers can do. From apples and pears to peaches and berries, The Holistic Orchard shows you how to care for more than just your fruit trees and vines, it shows you how to care for the overall health of the soil, too.

 

Reg. Price: $17.95
Sale Price: $13.46

The Weeder’s Digest: Identifying and Enjoying Edible Weeds

A weed is merely a rose by another name — but many weeds are just as sweet! This is a practical and attractive guide to identifying and using a variety of edible weeds. It will appeal to gardeners, botanists and horticulturalists, as well as to anyone with an interest in controlling weeds in eco-friendly ways.

 

 

 

 


The Miracle of Farming: Toward a Bio-Abundant Future

Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer’s Le Ferme du Bec Hellouin is a celebrated model of innovative, ecological agriculture in Europe, connected to national and international organizations addressing food security, heralded by celebrity chefs as well as the Slow Food movement, and featured in the inspiring César and COLCOA award-winning documentary film, Demain (Tomorrow).In this excerpt from their […] Read More

Sow Seeds: Stop Walking Around Doing Nothing

“In the last one hundred years, 94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”That’s one of the key takeaways in award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray’s book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. In her book, Ray […] Read More

True or false? Figs contain dead wasps

They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are wish-fulfillers … rainforest royalty … more precious than gold. They are the fig trees, and they have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. Gods, Wasps and Stranglers tells their amazing story.Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles […] Read More

Imagination, Purpose & Flexibility: Creating an Independent Farmstead – Q&A (part 1)

Twenty years ago, the land that authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased and have come to name the Sow’s Ear was deemed “not suitable for agriculture” by the state of Ohio. Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food.Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture […] Read More

Eight Seed-Saving Myths

You don’t have to move to Svalbard, Norway in order to have access to a seed bank.Author and plant breeder Carol Deppe believes that every gardener should have her own seed bank. Even if you aren’t a seed saver, you should have your own seed bank. Even if you never experience any disaster beyond the […] Read More
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