Grow Your Own Food Made Easy


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Gardening Subjects
Step-by-Step Seasonal Guide
Natural Gardening
Garden Design
Soil Preparation
Natural Fertilizers
Companion Planting
Crop Rotation
Spring Planting
Raising & Planting Starts
Garden Sanitation
Soil Types
Soil pH
Cover Cropping
Beneficial Insects
Pest Control
Wildlife Stewardship
Birds & Butterflies

Nutrition Connection
Reduce Cancer Risk
Basics of Nutrition
Power of Greens
Cultivating Health & Nutrition
Protein Boost
Starch & Fiber
Calcium & Iron
13 Most Nutritious Veggies

Nutrition Charts for 40 Fruits & Vegetables

Sample Garden Designs
Intensive Planted Garden
Salad Garden
High Nutrition Garden



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by C. Forrest McDowell, PhD & Tricia Clark-McDowell

Cortesia Press, 2009
Trade paper, color-illustrated, 68pp
Size: 5.375 x 8.375 inches
ISBN: 978-0-942064-73-5

Learn how to save $30-100+ a month in food costs by growing highly nutritious produce in as little as 100 square feet!

This color-illustrated guide gives accurate, concise and easy step-by-step instructions on over 25 Earth-friendly gardening subjects, including soil preparation, raised-beds, natural fertilizers, companion planting, cover crops, mulching, natural pest control, and more!

Included are sample food garden designs and 16 pages of health, nutrition, harvesting, storage and eating tips for over 40 vegetables and fruits. The featured Nutrition Connection offers invaluable strategies to reduce cancer risk, aid in weight control, and increase ingestion of protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A & C and more!

A quick reference Step-by-Step Guide for the Gardening Season is featured on the inside front and back covers. Three pages of Gardening Sources list local, Internet, books, seeds, and children’s gardening information.

Professional garden and wellness educators, Dr. C. Forrest McDowell and Tricia Clark-McDowell have over 25 years of experience in their own 2-acre garden at their 22-acre Cortesia Sanctuary in Eugene, Oregon. Their 32-page Home Composting Made Easy (Cortesia Press) is the world’s most popular guide for the home gardener, with over 1 million copies in print. It is used by hundreds of governmental agencies, organizations and businesses throughout North America.

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Food Policy and the Need for Change

by Dr. C. Forrest McDowell

There is a growing “Earth-friendly” revolution taking hold: the desire to have more choice and control in the foods we consume. Food gardening at home, or in a community plot, is part of a broad shift in consciousness that focuses on wellness, nutrition and self-sufficiency. Personal or community food security allows households to provide more of their food needs and/or to share their harvest with others in need.

Home food gardening reacquaints us with optimally fresh, tasty and nutritious fruits and vegetables costing a fraction of store-bought produce that is often shipped long distances. It teaches children that fruits and vegetables come from the earth, not grown in grocery stores. It inspires us to be healthwise: to remember that we are what we eat. Importantly, food gardening can save us hundreds of dollars a year in food expenses.

The Old Model

Food policy today is primarily based on creating a dependent consumer whose needs are determined by government, large corporations, agribusinesses, politics, and media marketing. As a result, home food production and preservation in the U.S. has declined from 35% of households in 1870 to only 1% in 2005. Additionally (and in spite of scientific advances), people suffer from diminished health and healthcare, poor air, water and soil quality, and overprocessed, nutrient-poor foods.

Perhaps most detrimental to individuals is the loss of a heartfelt and informed connection to this Earth: its soil, water, air, habitat and species. Earth’s natural resources are too often associated with commodities. As a result, people forget to live simply so that others, and this Earth, may simply live. They misplace the spirit of stewardship and generosity.

The New Model

The basic foundation of a new food policy restores informed choice as a prosumer: one who is empowered in their lifestyle habits and needs to be part of a broader solution to respect Earth’s resources, to live within one’s means, to commit to personal wellness, and to help others in need. It also brings the focus of food sufficiency to the local level: one’s household, neighborhood and community. It supports local/regional family-based agriculture. Most importantly, a new food policy model restores personal confidence in knowing that we have a voice - personally, locally, nationally - in the well-being of our lives, the lives of others, and this Earth and all its resources and species.

This Book — One Small Step

It is our commitment, indeed, our hope, that this low-cost guide supports those initial steps to the jouney of a lifetime: not only to know the joy of co-creating with Nature, but to experience a new level of responsibility for your own health, nutritional, and food security needs. By caring for the Earth, may you be inspired to follow the way of the hummingbird: To sip the nectar without bruising the flower.