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Resources Winter Reading

A messy pile of books!

Planning on doing some reading this winter? 

With winter setting in and COVID restrictions increasing, now may be a great time to get lost in a book. If you find yourself in need of suggestions, we’ve gathered a few reads that we keep coming back to. Looking to pick up a permanent copy? Consider supporting your neighbourhood book shop. Alternatively, browse the collection of your local library and borrow some of these titles over the holidays. 

Community & Community Resilience 

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming by Natasha Bowens

The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants by Jennifer Jewell

Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land by Leah Penniman

The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume V: Grand Land Plan by Greenhorns

Renewing Salmon Nation's Food Traditions Gary Paul Nabhan

Plant Breeding

Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener’s and Farmer’s Guide to Plant Breeding and Saving by Carol Deppe

Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How to Create Unique Vegetables & Flowers by Joseph Tychonievich

Principles of Plant Breeding by Robert W Allard

Seeds & Seed Security

The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs by Robert E Gough

Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties by Craig LeHoullier

First the Seed by Jack Kloppenburg

How to Save Your Own Seeds: A Handbook for Home Seed Production by Seeds of Diversity

The Manual of Seed Saving: Harvesting, Storing, and Sowing Techniques for Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits by Andrea Heistinger

The New Seed Starter’s Handbook by Nancy Bube

The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production by John Navazio

Return to Resistance by Raoul A. Robinson

Saving Seeds by Marc Rogers

Saving Seeds As If Our Lives Depended On It by Dan Jason

The Seed Garden:The Art and Practice of Seed Saving by Jared Zystro and Micaela Colley

Seed Libraries and Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People by Cindy Conner

Seed Sowing and Saving: Step-by-Step Techniques for Collecting and Growing More Than 100 Vegetables by Carol Turner

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth

The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray

Seed Sowing and Saving: Step-by-Step Techniques for Collecting and Growing More Than 100 Vegetables by Carol B Turner

The Seed Savers Handbook by Michel and Jude Fanton  

The Story of Seeds: From Mendel's Garden to Your Plate, and How There's More of Less to Eat Around the World by Nancy F Castaldo

Vegetable Gardening & Growing

Diseases and Pests of Vegetable Crops in Canada edited by Howard, Garland, Seaman

Four-Season Harvest, The New Organic Grower, The Winter Harvest Handbook, by Eliot Coleman

Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades: the complete guide to organic growing by Steve Solomon

The Mother Earth News Guide to Vegetable Gardening: building and maintaining healthy soil, wise watering, pest control strategies, home composting, dozens of growing guides for fruits & vegetables by Mother Earth News 

The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Pacific Northwest by Lorene Edwards Forkner 

Hungry for more resources? Check out this blog post featuring more resources to help get you started, or to dig deeper into the topics of gardening, seed saving, seed security and general plant knowledge.

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