Local gardener and author Acadia Tucker

Acadia Tucker's long love affair with perennial foods has produced this easy-to-understand guide to growing and harvesting them. A regenerative farmer who is deeply concerned about global warming, Tucker believes there may be no better time to plant these hardy crops.

Perennials can weather climate extremes, promote healthy soil, mitigate drought conditions, and thrive without chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Many can be harvested year round. They taste good, pack lots of nutrients, and require little tending. In short, the world is a better place with more perennials in it and this book intends to get us there.

Tucker inspires action by first laying the groundwork for tending an organic, regenerative garden. She highlights the 10 steps she recommends gardeners take to help perennial foods thrive. But most of the book is dedicated to profiles of popular perennial herbs, fruit, and vegetables, with explicit instructions on how to plant, grow, and harvest them. Tucker also offers suggestions on how to store and preserve perennials.

Growing Perennial Foods is illustrated with dozens of pen & ink drawings and ends with a short chapter on frequently asked questions. And since this is a field guide, each profile gives readers enough space to write in any additional notes.

While designed for gardening novices, this book is also for experienced gardeners who want to grow more resilient crops, and could use a little guidance.

Growing Perennial Foods is part of Chelsea Green's Growing Food book series and a companion guide to Growing Good Food: A Citizen's Guide to Backyard Carbon Farming, which is also written by Acadia Tucker and set to publish in the summer of 2019.


Acadia Tucker is a regenerative farmer and writer. Her interest in growing food led her to start a four season organic market garden in Washington, map endemic plant species in the Channel Islands, and complete plant surveys in the Peruvian rainforest. She completed a Masters in Land and Water Systems at the University of British Columbia and graduated from Pitzer College with a degree in Environmental Science. Acadia lives in New Hampshire and, when not writing or growing vegetables, raises hops to support locally sourced craft beer in New England.

 

Event date: 

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

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Water Street Bookstore
125 Water Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Growing Perennial Foods: A Field Guide to Raising Resilient Herbs, Fruits, and Vegetables Cover Image
By Acadia Tucker, Krishna Chavda (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780998862354
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Stone Pier Press - March 12th, 2019