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Change Comes to Dinner 
A Little Piece of Earth 
Sustainable Food 

Food Resources

Change Comes to Dinner by Kathrine Gustafson. This book offers solutions for problems that plague America’s food system, gives hopeful alternatives to make dinner more sustainable, and takes us into farms, markets, organizations, and businesses across America that are pushing us toward a better food future. The book looks at America’s food innovators who offer alternatives to the industrial food system and agricultural programs that encourage the next generation of farmers and coordinators of urban greenhouses.

A Little Piece of Earth by Maria Finn. This book covers how to grow food in small spaces with 50 self-contained doable projects. It also includes recipes that show how to prepare home-grown food and offers an eco-friendly guide with fun and easy projects for all levels. A Little Piece of Earth covers the concept of eating locally, which has many benefits for the planet, your health, and your tastebuds.

Sustainable Food by Elise McDonough. This is a how-to guide that will help you navigate the world of healthy and sustainable food choices and purchasing practices. The book is small enough that you can take it with you while you go grocery shopping.

Additional Resources

Financing Our Foodshed by Carol Peppe Hewitt. This is a collection of real-life stories of "Slow Money pioneers" and local food entrepreneurs.

Winter Harvest Cookbook by Lane Morgan. This cookbook takes a seasonal approach to eating, even during the coldest months of the year. 

The Intelligent Gardener by Steve Solomon and Erica Reinheimer. This book establishes the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people.

Grassroots Gardening by Reverend Donna Schaper. Schaper proclaims that gardening is a way to sustain activism.

Grow Vegetables by Alan Buckingham. Whether growing vegetables on a balcony, inside an apartment or in a garden, this manual teaches the tools and methods needed to grow produce.

The Organic Home Garden by Patrick Lima. Learn how to grow fruit and vegetables naturally. 

Organic Gardening by Geoff Hamilton. This book combines traditional gardening and modern technology to demonstrate how everyday enthusiasts can work with nature to create productive, beautiful, interesting, and enjoyable gardens while also providing alternative habitat for wildlife.

Starter Vegetable Gardens by Barbara Pleasant. Pleasant presents 24 no-fail, small-scale garden plans from a simple bag garden (planted in soil bags) to an orderly border and from a family food factory to specialty beds for salads, Cajun flavors, and Italian cuisine.

Small Plot, Big Harvest by Lucy Halsall. This book focuses on foolproof vegetable growing for gardeners with little space, such as crop planners, preparing soil, sowing, planting, watering, feeding, and growing under cover, and when to sow and harvest.

Growing Vegetables and Fruit Around the Year by Jonathan Edwards and Peter McHoy. This book takes the gardener through each season in detail, covering tasks to be planned and executed in the garden and the greenhouse at each stage. 

How to Grow Food by Richard Gianfrancesco. The author emphasizes gardening techniques that can be applied to any size of garden, from a window box to a side yard to the biggest backyard.

Growing a Garden City by Jeremy N. Smith. Fifteen people plus a class of first graders tell how local food, farms, and gardens changed their lives and community.

American Grown by Michele Obama. Through telling the story of the White House Kitchen Garden, Obama explores how increased access to healthful, affordable food can improve health for families across America.The book also offers ideas on how to create community and urban gardens.

Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway. This book teaches how to create an ecological garden, which takes the principles of permaculture and applies them on a home-scale.