Book review: The Resilient Gardener

In The Resilient Gardener, Carol Deppe combines findings from resilience science, climatology, climate change, ecology, anthropology, paleontology, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, health, and medicine to develop a gardening practice that will teach readers to garden in an era of unpredictable weather and climate change; grow, store, and use more of their own staple crops; garden efficiently and comfortably (even for those with bad backs); make whole-grain, corn-based breads and cakes using the author’s original gluten-free recipes involving no other grains, artificial binders, or dairy products; keep ducks or chickens; and more.

The Resilient Gardener is both a conceptual and a hands-on gardening book, and is suitable for gardeners at all levels of experience. Resilience here is broadly conceived and encompasses a full range of problems, from personal hard times such as injuries, family crises, financial problems, health problems, and special dietary needs (gluten intolerance, food allergies, carbohydrate sensitivity, and a need for weight control) to serious regional and global disasters and climate change. It is a supremely optimistic as well as realistic book about how resilient gardeners and their gardens can flourish even in challenging times and help their communities to survive and thrive through everything that comes their way — from tomorrow through the next thousand years.

Find it at the Ecology Center bookstore! Also, click here to read an interview with the author.


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