Archive | Book and DVD Reviews

Book Review: The Carbon Farming Solution

The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security Written by Eric Toensmeier Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016 Reviewed by M.L. Altobelli First things first – Eric Toensmeier ’s new book was fun to poke around in. I do realize that sounds […]

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Book Review: Two Percent Solutions for the Planet

Two Percent Solutions for the Planet: 50 Low-Cost, Low-Tech, Nature-Based Practices for Combatting Hunger, Drought, and Climate Change Written by Courtney White Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015 Reviewed by Theresa Sprague In his introduction to Two Percent Solutions for the Planet, Courtney White explains that the two percent in the title refers to: The […]

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Film Review: Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home

Film by Catherine Zimmerman, 2016 Reviewed by Penny Lewis Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home is a 90-minute environmental documentary produced by award-winning filmmaker, Catherine Zimmerman that educates the viewer about the critical role that native plants play in our ecosystems. Beyond the education, the film shares a series of successful, nation-wide initiatives that […]

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Book Review: Understanding Roots

Written by Robert Kourik Published by Metamorphic Press, August 2015 Reviewed by: M.L. Altobelli The books of Robert Kourik should be in every land manager’s library.  Understanding Roots is his newest book and adds to and updates information found in Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally (2005) and Roots Demystified (2007). Like many of […]

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Book Review: The Permaculture City

Written by Toby Hemenway Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, July 31, 2015 Reviewed by Trevor Smith This is not another Herb Spiral how to! Toby Hemenway’s The Permaculture City is a manual to practice permaculture, not a compilation of permaculture practices. Hemenway provides a tool kit “general enough to be applied to nearly any situation […]

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Book Review: Planting in Post-Wild World

Written by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West Published by Timber Press, 2015 Reviewed by Penny Lewis Few books have the power to inspire your design sense, ignite your plant passion, and resonate with your ecological moral compass. Planting in a Post-Wild World is such a book. Two leading figures in ecological landscape design, Thomas Rainer […]

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Book Review: Pollinators of Native Plants

Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants Written by Heather Holm Published by Pollination Press LLC, Minnetonka, MN, 2014 Reviewed by Bruce Wenning Heather Holm is an experienced native plant landscape designer and restorationist. Her well-written book includes over 1600 color photographs and drawings that encapsulates her devotion to native plant […]

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Book Review: The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

13 Essential Plants for Human Survival Written by Katrina Blair Published by Chelsea Green Books, September 2014 Reviewed by Russ Cohen The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is a deeply personal account of both Katrina Blair’s longtime relationship with and fondness for these and other plants in her hometown of Durango and the surrounding mountainous landscape […]

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A Critique: The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

13 Essential Plants for Human Survival Written by Katrina Blair Published by Chelsea Green Books, September 2014 Critiqued by Russ Cohen Allow me to preface this critique by revealing that some of my favorite plants are weeds. Dandelion flower buds, for example, are among my favorite vegetables, wild or cultivated; their flavor is like a cross between […]

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