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Helpful Literature

  • The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook For Small-Scale Organic Farming - Jean-Martin Fortier
    "The Market Gardener
     is the English version of the best selling book by Jean-Martin Fortier about building a successful organic micro-farm. Les Jardins de la Grelinette is located in eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helène feed more than two hundred families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments. The secret of their success is the low-tech, high-yield production methods they’ve developed by focusing on growing better rather than growing bigger, making their operation more lucrative and viable in the process."
  • The Natural Way of Farming - Masanobu Fukuoka
    "Here in one volume are the secrets of Fukuoka's approach to farming the natural way; the theory and practice of working with nature, and living better for it. At once philosophical and down-to-earth, he takes us on a walk through healthy fields, and clearly explains how we can and must change our way of doing things if we are to make a lasting peace with the earth and ourselves. Photographs, diagrams, and tables provide an abundant practical reference for gardeners and farmers, while the lucid text will open the eyes of the most general reader. Detailed coverage of actual methods instructs competently without becoming overly technical. This is a highly accessible book with far-reaching implications and applications for all."

  • The One Straw Revolution - Masanobu Fukuoka
    "The One-Straw Revolution is a best-selling book that described his life’s journey, his philosophy, and farming techniques.  This book has been translated into more than 25 languages and has helped make Mr. Fukuoka a leader in the worldwide sustainable agriculture movement."

  • Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Homescale Permaculture - Toby Hemenway
    "The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers. This revised and updated edition also features a new chapter on urban permaculture, designed especially for people in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space. Whatever size yard or garden you have to work with, you can apply basic permaculture principles to make it more diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful."

  • How to Grow More Vegetables - John Jeavons
    "Now, with the recent release of the eighth edition of How To Grow More Vegetables, the best book on GROW BIOINTENSIVE® gardening just got even better. Whether you have an older edition or have never read this book before, the new improved 8th edition with a foreword by Alice Waters is the gardening book you need and will come back to time and time again."

  • Permaculture: A Designer's Manual - Bill Mollison
    "Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Without permanent agriculture, there is no possibility of a stable social order."

  • Astrological Gardening - Louise Riotte
    "Demonstrates the use of the forces of nature as a guide for a successful garden, and covers a wide range of environmentally sound, organically grown fruits, vegetables, trees, herbs, and edible flowers."

  • Carrots Love Tomatos - Louise Riotte
    "Plant parsley and asparagus together, and you’ll have more of each. But keep broccoli and tomato plants far apart if you want them to thrive. This classic companion-gardening guide shows you how to use the native attributes of vegetables to create a naturally bountiful garden. Learn which plants nourish the soil, which repel pests, which encourage each other, and which just don’t get along."

  • Restoration Agriculture in Practice - Mark Shepard
    "Around the globe most people get their calories from annual agriculture - plants that grow fast for one season, produce lots of seeds, then die. Every single human society that has relied on annual crops for staple foods has collapsed. Restoration Agriculture explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel, and many other needs - in your own backyard, farm or ranch. This book, based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future."

  • Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World - Paul Stambts
    "This book is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. Setting the stage for the mycorestoration revolution, Mycelium Runningunveils new methods for growing mushrooms, generating mycelium, and implanting mushroom colonies into the environment. Capitalizing on the digestive power of mycelium, this pioneering book shows how to strengthen sustainability of habitats while providing a multitude of biological benefits."

  • The Agriculture Course - Rudolph Steiner
    "With these lectures and discussions, Rudolf Steiner created and launched ‘biodynamic’ farming — a specific form of agriculture which has come to be regarded as ‘premium organic.’ However, the agriculture Steiner speaks of in this book is much more than organic, and involves working with the cosmos, earth, and spiritual entities. To facilitate this, Steiner prescribes specific ‘preparations’ for the soil, as well as other distinct methods born from his profound understanding of the material as well as spiritual worlds. He presents a comprehensive picture of the complex dynamic relationships at work in nature and gives basic indications of the practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play."

  • Integrated Forest Gardening: The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds In Permaculture Systems - Wayne Weiseman
    "This book is the first, and most comprehensive, guide about plant guilds ever written, and covers in detail both what guilds are and how to design and construct them, complete with extensive color photography and design illustrations. Readers of any scale will benefit from this book, from permaculture designers and professional growers, to backyard growers new to the concept of permaculture."

  • Water For Every Farm - P.A Yeomans
    "Keyline methods enable the rapid development of deep biologically fertile soil by converting subsoil into living topsoil. Keyline pattern cultivation enables the rapid flood irrigation of undulating land without terracing. Incidental results are the healing of soil erosion, bio-adsorption of salinity and the long term storage of atmospheric carbon in the soil as humus. The Keyline Scale of Permanence provides a priority guide to planning the various factors of broad-scale development. This is a recommended text for Permaculture students."

Helpful Websites

Community Partners

  • Charleston Permaculture Guild - "Charleston Permaculture Guild is a coalition of individuals learning, teaching, and implementing permaculture in and around Charleston, South Carolina."

  • CropUp - "Crop-Up, LLC is a consulting practice that focuses on community-based food projects in urban areas.  Our goal is to help you cultivate more gardens, farms, and markets in your community. Together we can: 1) Grow more delicious food. 2) Grow people who are better able to nourish themselves and 3) Grow community."

  • Growfood Carolina - "From a renovated warehouse in Charleston’s creative corridor, GrowFood Carolina is revitalizing the local food system by providing essential aggregation, marketing, distribution, and logistical support to local growers. This support connects growers to local grocers, restaurants, community organizations and institutions, to make local and healthy food more accessible to the entire community."

  • Lowcountry Local First - "Lowcountry Local First is a nonprofit advocate for local, independent businesses and a resource for the community members they serve. We’re working to create jobs and grow the Lowcountry economy by empowering local makers, growers and service providers. Most importantly, we’re your neighbors, and just like you, we love it here."
  • MUSC Urban Farm - "The mission of the MUSC Urban Farm is to build a healthier community by growing crops and social connections while educating and inspiring people with local, nutritious, and delicious food."