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For Immediate Release July 21, 2006 Food Not Lawns How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community by Heather C. Flores Foreword by Toby Hemenway Contact: Jessica Saturley, 802-295-6300, ext. 106 Author Heather C. Flores proves that activism begins at home in her debut book Food Not Lawns. Growing food where you live is the ultimate way to join the localvore movement and become a food activist. Planting home and community gardens is also an economical way to put fabulous vegetables and fruit on the kitchen table. Creativity, fulfillment, connection, revolution—it all begins when we dig our hands in the dirt. Heather C. Flores’s Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community shows how the simple act of planting vegetables can transform not only your yard but your entire neighborhood. Much more than a gardening how-to book, Food Not Lawns is an inspiring tool for community organizers. This joyful manual will inspire readers to apply the principles of the “paradise garden”—simplicity, resourcefulness, creativity, mindfulness, and community—to all aspects of life. Flores offers small, easy steps we can all take: ride your bike; replace your toilet with an ecologically friendly composting model; collect rainwater for irrigation; and, most important, slow down and take time to talk to your neighbors. Flores, an urban gardener and activist, believes that the first step toward a healthier, more self-reliant, and more ecologically sane life is growing your own food. Gardening is a radical act, she says. Those who control our food, control our lives. Gardening empowers us, offering freedom from the industrial food market where profit, not heath and the environment, rule the day. Flores envisions life-sustaining paradise gardens everywhere, from your own front yard, to an inner-city abandoned lot, or even the strip of grass between the sidewalk and street. Her step-by-step guide leads you through the practical steps of site selection and design, building nutrient-rich soil, and choosing appropriate plants. But Flores doesn’t stop there. This lifestyle manual inspires readers to apply the principles of the paradise garden—simplicity, resourcefulness, creativity, mindfulness, and community—to all aspects of life. Food Not Lawns is a handbook for getting the entire community involved in creating healthy, vibrant living spaces. Heather C. Flores, a certified permaculture designer, holds a BA degree in ecology, education, and the arts from Goddard College. She offers environmental landscape design and consultation services. Flores’ next project is to use low-tech performance arts to bridge cultural and economic gaps in environmental education. She lives in Oregon. Toby Hemenway is the author of the first major North American book on permaculture, Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. An adjunct assistant professor at Portland State University, He is working to develop urban sustainability resources in Portland, Oregon. Available October 2006 | Paperback | 1-933392-07-X | $30.00 | 8 x 10 | 344 pages | 110 Illustrations, Resources, Index For more information visit www.chelseagreen.com/2006/items/foodnotlawns


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