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ISBN: 9781931498807
Year Added to Catalog: 2005
Book Format: Hardcover
Book Art: full color, charts and illustrations, resources, plant lists, glossary, bibliography, index
Number of Pages: 8 x 10, 672 pages
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Old ISBN: 1931498806
Release Date: October 15, 2005
Web Product ID: 291

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Edible Forest Gardens Vol. II

Ecological Design and Practice for Temperate Climate Permaculture

by Dave Jacke, Eric Toensmeier

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For Immediate Release
November 16, 2005

Contact: Jon-Mikel Gates, 802-295-6300, ext. 111
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Ground-Breaking New Books Will Forever Change the Way We Look at Gardens

“Edible Forest Gardens offers a vision of the garden that reaches well beneath its aesthetic surface and into its ecological depths. It reminds us that whatever gardens are an oasis from, they can never be an oasis from the natural world or our own underlying economic needs.”

Verlyn Klinkenborg, from a review in The New York Times

Chelsea Green proudly announces the release of Edible Forest Gardens, a monumental two-volume work that for the first time brings all of the richness and complexity of nature's design within the backyard gardener’s reach. What began eight years ago as a brief handbook has blossomed into a full-color, two-volume work that will inspire generations of readers with a vision of achievable Eden—one that can be realized in a rural field, a suburban yard, or even a vacant city lot. Detailed and technical, yet accessible to the average gardener, this book will be a fundamental text in every horticulture program.

Forest gardening combines the art and science of arranging plants in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is much more than the sum of its parts. It involves growing fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, and other useful plants, in a way that mimics natural ecosystems.

Ambitious and definitive, Edible Forest Gardens culminates years of thinking, teaching and practical experience by primary author Dave Jacke and co-author Eric Toensmeier. Volume One, Ecological Vision and Theory for Temperate Climate Permaculture, reviews the ecological and cultural context for forest gardening in eastern North America. The text offers readers clear and specific ideas for the design and management of modern-day forest gardens, and a glimpse into the fascinating mysteries of natural plant communities. Case studies of successful forest gardens around the world help bring the authors’ concepts to life. The first volume concludes with colorful descriptions of forest gardening’s “Top 100” plant species—a section that's sure to whet the appetite of nearly every gardener.

Volume Two, Ecological Design and Practice for Temperate Climate Permaculture, focuses all of its attention on effective design and practice. It offers a unique ‘pattern language’ for forest garden design, and provides detailed advice for how to design, prepare the site for, plant, and maintain your forest garden. Volume Two also includes a unique Plant Species Matrix and several associated appendices which offer a wide-ranging catalog of the ecology, uses, and ecosystem functions of the best temperate-climate forest garden plants, and a few edible mushrooms, from around the world.

Dave Jacke is the owner of Dynamics Ecological Design, a consulting firm in Keene, New Hampshire. He teaches courses in ecological design and permaculture and consults on, designs, and builds landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in many parts of the world.

Eric Toensmeier is a plant researcher, agricultural educator, and permaculturist living in Holyoke, Mass.

Available now | Hardcover | $75 | Vol. One 1-931498-79-2 | Vol. Two 1-931498-80-6 | 8 x 10 | 396 pages

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