Becoming Resilient, Gardening

The Resilient Gardener, Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times

By Carol Deppe

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Scientist/gardener Caarol Deppe combines her passion for gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fields – resilience science, climatology, ecology, anthopology, sustianable agriculture, nutrition, and health science.  In this book 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.  In this book you’ll learn how to: garden in a time of climate change and unpredictable weather; grow, use, and store more of your staple crops; save your own seeds and seed potatoes; and keep a flock of ducks and chickens whilst integrating them into your gardening activities, and growing most of their feed.

The Resilient Gardener is both a conceptual and hands-on gardening book.  “Resilience” here is broadly conceived, and encompasses a full range of challenges, from the personal, financial, health, dietary – to serious regional disasters and global climate change.  However this is a supremely optimistic and realistic book about how resilient gardeners (and their gardens) can flourish even in challenging times and help their communities to survive through everything that comes their way – tomorrow or in the next thousand years.

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The Resilient Gardener is so essential, timely and important, and I will recommend it to everyone I know. It doesn’t matter if you garden or if you don’t-this is practical wisdom good for humans to know, passed on by a careful student who has deeply studied her life. Carol Deppe’s lens is the garden-which is great for gardeners, but really, she speaks clearly to all of us. If you try to think like Deppe, you will find you have a new view of your life no matter who you are. This is a wise and intelligent book. Hats off to Carol Deppe!–Deborah Madison, Author of Local Flavors and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

In the years since Carol Deppe wrote the classic Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties, she has continued to grow in deep wisdom and experience. The Resilient Gardener is brilliantly timely, and shows us how to create gardens that can survive our increasingly erratic weather, while supplying key nutrition lacking in most vegetable gardens. This book fills a critical niche, and I recommend it unreservedly.–Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

The Resilient Gardener is the most comprehensive and detailed book about gardening that I have read to date, and I could not find one sentence that I would quibble with. Not only does Deppe discuss all the immediate, nose- to- the- grindstone kind of information about producing and using homegrown food, but also all the surrounding environmental and cultural aspects of gardening that are so vital to success. A must read for beginning gardeners, and full of details even the most experienced will find invaluable.–Gene Logsdon, author of Small-Scale Grain Raising and Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind

The Resilient Gardener gives concrete examples of how to deal with diet, climate, and economic changes before the need arises. Deppe challenges us to experiment with and practice all aspects of gardening, seed saving and food storage, and advises on the growing need to meet special food and climate requirements in the face of our food system’s fragility. This book is an invaluable tool for gardeners and farmers as we experience more and more volatility in our food systems.”–Suzanne Ashworth, author of Seed to Seed

Carol Deppe is informative, funny, and intriguing as she guides us through every phase of gardening–dispelling myths while also orienting us to the technical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of growing food. The Resilient Gardener is the quintessential guide to gardening from an authority who also knows how to enjoy herself.–Didi Emmons, author of Vegetarian Planet

Carol Deppe’s celiac-friendly approach to gardening and nutrition provides a wealth of information on how to overcome food intolerances many are confronted with each day. If you struggle with food allergies or sensitivities–or want to use natural resources to create a healthy world for you and your family–this book is for you.–Peter H.R. Green, MD, Director, Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University

“Growing food is among the most positive changes anyone can make in the face of uncertainty about the future. The Resilient Gardener is an information-packed resource for people starting or expanding a garden practice. This book empowers readers with skills and understanding, as did Deppe’s previous book, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties.”–Sandor Ellix Katz, author, Wild Fermentation and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved

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Product Description

CREATIVE, PRODUCTIVE GARDENING FOR GOOD TIMES AND BAD.In an age of erratic weather and instability, people’s interest in growing their own food is skyrocketing. The Resilient Gardener presents gardening techniques that stand up to challenges ranging from health problems, financial problems, and special dietary needs to serious disasters and climate change. Scientist and expert gardener Carol Deppe draws from emerging science in many fields to develop the general principles of gardening for resilience. Gardeners will learn through Deppe’s detailed instructions on growing, storing, and using the five crops central to self-reliance: potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs.
Learn how to:
  • Grow food in an era of wild weather and climate change
  • Garden with little to no irrigation or “store-bought” inputs
  • Garden efficiently and comfortably (even with a bad back)
  • Customize your garden to deal with special dietary needs or a need for weight control
  • Make breads and cakes from home-grown corn using original gluten-free recipes (with no other grains, artificial binders, or dairy products)
  • Keep a laying flock of ducks or chickens, integrate them with your gardening, and grow most of their feed

And more . . .The Resilient Gardeneris both a conceptual and a hands-on gardening book for all levels of experience. Optimistic as well as realistic, Deppe offers invaluable advice for gardeners (and their communities) to flourish.

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About Kim Martindale

Mother of two, wife of one, home manager, gardener, student of health and wellness, world traveler, nature lover, researcher, Jesus follower, community builder. I'm seeking to become resilient and to live sustainably. I desire to give back and share what I'm learning with others.

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