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  • "A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship, and Seed Sovereignty" by The Seed Ambassadors Project
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    “A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship, and Seed Sovereignty” by The Seed Ambassadors Project


    A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship, and Seed Sovereignty

    by The Seed Ambassadors Project

    (That’s us!). 4th Edition, January 2010. 38 pages.

    5th edition coming soon! (Yes, we said that last year. And yes, we still mean it.) Our small publication/zine on seed saving. Contains basic background information and fundamental concepts of seed saving as well as straightforward and concise info on saving seed for the main garden crop types.

    You can download this free for reading or for printing here or at our other website,

    Not currently available printed (by us, anyway!).


  • Around the World in 80 Plants

    “Around The World in 80 Plants: An Edible Perennial Vegetable Adventure For Temperate Climates” by Stephen Barstow

    Around The World in 80 Plants: An Edible Perennial Vegetable Adventure For Temperate Climates

    By Stephen Barstow. 2014. 304 pages.

    This book is such a gem. In “Around the World in 80 Plants”, Barstow shows us how many (80!) perennial vegetables can be easily integrated into our gardens and diets. The book includes terrific photos and horticultural information as well as cultural and culinary notes about each of the plants profiled. The write-ups are fantastic and are written in a very engaging style that will make you want to grow and eat most – if not all – of what is described. Many of the selections are ornamental as well as edible (“edimentals“), making it as great a reference for edible landscapes and teaching gardens as it is for permaculture homesteads. Andrew says, “This is the single most interesting book I’ve read in five years.” Plant nerds will love this book, and people that are not yet plant nerds may just become one after leafing through these pages.


  • Blackberries in July A Forager's Field Guide to Inner Peace

    “Blackberries in July: A Forager’s Field Guide to Inner Peace” by Tom Titus


    Blackberries in July: A Forager’s Field Guide to Inner Peace

    By Tom A. Titus. 1st edition, 2012. Autographed. 147 pages.

    We are not in the business of selling books for pleasure reading, but Blackberries in July is such a great read that we couldn’t resist adding it to the short list of our book offerings because Sarah loves this book. Full of engaging imagery and rich prose, this book is so thoroughly enjoyable you will want to read it out loud so the people around you can share in the delight. Traveling through the seasons in the pages of this book is a celebration of living in a connected way with the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. This book is a must-read for anyone who finds their home in the Cascadia region, or anyone who wants to know what it’s like for those of us lucky enough to call this place home.

    “Biologist Tom Titus returns to his native Oregon in search of old orchards, bay clams, wild mushrooms, spawning salmon, and home. This poetic year-long hunting and gathering of his spirit reunites him with the land and traditions of four generations, and leads to a profound reordering of values and priorities. Humor and compelling personal insight illuminate the emotional pitfalls and spiritual payoffs of the conscious pursuit of place.”

    Autographed by the author.


  • "Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties" by Carol Deppe

    “Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties” by Carol Deppe

    Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener’s and Farmer’s Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving

    By Carol Deppe. 2nd edition, 2000. 348 pages.

    Possibly the most important and entertaining garden book currently in print. Reading this book will empower your seed stewardship abilities and catapult you further into a world of plant fun.


  • "Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners" by Suzanne Ashworth

    “Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners” by Suzanne Ashworth


    Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners

    By Suzanne Ashworth. 2nd edition, 2002. 228 pages.

    This is the seed saving reference book. It describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables.  Details include botanical classification; flower structure & means of pollination; required population size & isolation distance; techniques for caging or hand-pollination; & also the proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning, & storing the seeds. We reference this book regularly. Absolutely essential for anyone with interest in saving seeds.


  • New Farmer's Almanac 2017

    “The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3” by the Greenhorns

    The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3: Commons of Sky, Knowledge, Land, Water. 

    By the Greenhorns. 2017. 360 pages.

    Forget the weather predictions and advertisements for “collectible” coins – this ain’t your typical almanac. Volume 3, with 360 pages of original agrarian content, essays, cartoons, imagery and historical snippets, harnesses the wisdom of over 120 contributors from the Greenhorns community of new farmers and ranchers. This volume explores the theme of The Commons, drawing from folklore, mathematical projections, empirical, emotional, and geographical observations of theory and praxis.

    The New Farmer’s Almanac is a great way to spend some time. Proceeds go to support the mission of the Greenhorns, a grassroots nonprofit that works to support new farmers in America. Makes a great gift and a must-have addition to every farmer’s (and aspiring farmer’s) library.


  • "The Organic Seed Grower" by John Navazio

    “The Organic Seed Grower” by John Navazio


    The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production

    By John Navazio. 1st edition, 2012. 388 pages. Hardback.

    This gorgeous textbook style book has everything you need to know about producing high quality seed crops for most vegetables using organic methods. Information includes isolation distance, population size, genetic maintenance, and tips and tricks of the trade to ensure high quality seed. Additional chapters offer overviews of seed biology, seedborne diseases, and stockseed basics. Beautiful photos illustrate seed selection, harvest, and processing techniques. This book is a must have for anyone who is interested in growing high quality seeds on any scale. Worth every penny!


  • "The Resilient Gardener" by Carol Deppe

    “The Resilient Gardener” by Carol Deppe


    The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times

    By Carol Deppe. 1st edition, 2010. 384 pages.

    This truly is a gardening book like no other. Written in an engaging style, it has loads of information on how to successfully grow potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs — even with constraints ranging from a bad back, to changing weather, to lack of accessible fertility or water inputs, and more. The technical info is rounded out with recipes, anecdotes, photos, and resources. Highly recommended for everyone wanting to expand their gardening abilities beyond the basics and focus on the food crops that can provide real nourishment year-round.


  • The Seed Garden

    “The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Saving Seed”

    The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Saving Seed
    Edited by Lee Buttala & Shanyn Siegel, written by Jared Zystro & Micaela Colley. 2015. 390 pages with 350 color photographs.

    The Seed Garden is a wonderful book that is the result of a joint project between the Organic Seed Alliance & the Seed Savers Exchange, two leading organizations in the topic of seed saving & seed stewardship. The Seed Garden gives step-by-step instructions on saving seed for over 75 crop types & provides a solid starting point for any seed saving venture. It also includes an extended amount of seed saving fundamentals, including information on plant biology, seed borne diseases, germination testing parameters, storage & maintenance & more. Altogether, it is a valuable addition to the library of novice & experienced seed savers alike. Beautiful & approachable on all levels, we couldn’t recommend this book more highly.

    Winner of the American Horticultural Society’s 2016 book award, whose award committee describes The Seed Garden as “The only book people will need to grow plants and save their seed;” it provides “critical information packaged in an attractive way;” & is “an indispensable, brilliantly written, and beautifully illustrated resource.” Well said!


  • "The Transition Document: Toward a Biologically Resilient Agriculture" by Harry MacCormack

    “The Transition Document: Toward a Biologically Resilient Agriculture” by Harry MacCormack


    The Transition Document: Toward a Biologically Resilient Agriculture

    By Harry MacCormack. 4th edition, 2009. 200 pages.

    This is the most comprehensive book we have found about the big picture issues of organic agriculture. It contains in-depth scientific & experiential information about soils & soil biology, chemicals, field practices, compost & compost tea, & the end goal – healthful food from healthy soils for healthy people. Written in an accessible style by one of the original leaders of the organic movement & a founder of Oregon Tilth, The Transition Document is a must-read for anyone interested in organic agriculture.

    Read Dan Armstrong’s review of The Transition Document