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Book Data

ISBN: 9781603580281
Year Added to Catalog: 2008
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: Illustrations
Dimensions: 7x10
Number of Pages: 192
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: September 22, 2008
Web Product ID: 414

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Fresh Food from Small Spaces

The Square-Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting

by R. J. Ruppenthal

Praise

"Fresh Food from Small Spaces is an exciting book, an inspirational and informative book. Ruppenthal. . . lists and describes steps that anyone can take towards helping to build a more sustainable planet and living more lightly on the earth, as well as being more self-reliant. . . It gives you ideas for things you can actually do.

Pat Meadows, Hen & Harvest


"Growing some of one's own food is vital to understanding the cycle of life on our planet and establishing a measure of independence from the brutality of the global food production system. Unfortunately, many urban dwellers avoid gardening due to a perceived lack of space. Ruppenthal explodes these barriers by showing us in cogent hands-on detail how to cultivate meaningful quantities of healthful food from the air, sun, water, and earth available to us in our own spaces, no matter how small."

Stephen and Rebekah Hren, authors of The Carbon-Free Home


"This is one of the most important gardening books in years. Ruppenthal is ahead of the curve, promoting sustainability and even self-sufficiency in the burgeoning urban environment. His holistic approach to nutrition, conservation, recycling/repurposing, and composting will help redefine urban gardening. Fresh Food From Small Spaces is loaded with great ideas for urban gardeners. Ruppenthal gives great tips and background info to get beginners started. Yet, the diagrams, charts, and plant lists make it a satisfactory and intriguing reference even for experienced gardeners. "Besides being a timely, progressive, intelligent reference, Fresh Food From Small Spaces is a great story and comfortable read. I enjoyed following Ruppenthal's personal struggles and ordeals. This is a fun, informative book. "Ruppenthal has seen the future of city gardening and I like it! Fresh herbs on every windowsill. Pole beans on every balcony. Beehives with honey on every rooftop. And tasty shitakes in every garage."

William Moss, "Moss in the City" columnist at the National Gardening Association's Garden.org


"Fresh Food From Small Spaces is a passionate manifesto as well as a practical primer for urban food production. It presents clear information, innovative strategies, and enthusiastic encouragement that will motivate, inspire, and empower city dwellers seeking to grow food and build greater sustainability into their lives."

Sandor Ellix Katz, author of Wild Fermentation and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved


"Every generation there is a move back to growing food close to home for various reasons: victory gardens, back-to-the-land gardens and community gardens come to mind. Now, as oil prices permanently increase, we have 'post-petroleum gardens' and Fresh Food From Small Spaces is a timely guide for a highly productive home food system, full of new and proven sustainable ways to grow and process your favorite foods in the smallest of space."

Will Raap, Founder, Gardener’s Supply Company


"While the information in this book will benefit all those seeking to grow and prepare their own food at home, it is especially informative for people with only limited space. Ruppenthal covers every food I ever heard of and a whole bunch I never heard of, like water kimchi(!) that can be grown indoors or outdoors where there is not enough room for a regular garden. This is the perfect answer to the question many people are asking me: How can I take charge of my own life now that food prices are soaring when I hardly have space for a container-grown tomato or two? Reading Ruppenthal, I get a distinct feeling that one can grow enough food to survive on down in the cellar and out on the porch."

Gene Logsdon, author of The Contrary Farmer and Small-Scale Grain Raising


"Fresh Food from Small Spaces is a helpful guide to the range of food production strategies for urban spaces. A great resource for urban dwellers, enabling even those in basement apartments to produce copious food through sprouting and mushroom production. I particularly appreciated Ruppenthal's first-hand experience in building low-cost self-watering planters."

Eric Toensmeier, author of Perennial Vegetables and coauthor of Edible Forest Gardens



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