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This illustrated guide book will help readers successfully grow delicious fresh organic produce in difficult urban and suburban areas. Read more

Somerville, MA Food
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This project was successfully funded on July 29, 2012.

This illustrated guide book will help readers successfully grow delicious fresh organic produce in difficult urban and suburban areas.

Somerville, MA Food
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Anyone who’s ever tried to grow their own vegetable garden knows just how difficult it can be to start one, never mind have it flourish year-after-year. Once you’ve sorted through all the literature, do-it-yourself videos, and the well meaning advice of friends, you find out there’s not enough sun in the area you’ve chosen or insects have joyously devoured the fruits of your labor, among many other issues typical to vegetable gardening. Not to mention, the whole process has cost more than you anticipated.

No longer! With “The Urban Bounty: Growing Your Own Fresh Organic Produce, Anywhere” there will finally be an easy to read book from the professionals at growing food in tricky to grow-in places. Years of experience growing, maintaining, and harvesting bountiful produce gardens in small spaces for folks throughout the northeast has been condensed into one easy to understand and beautifully illustrated book.

A young backyard farmer picking tonight's dinner
A young backyard farmer picking tonight's dinner

Teach kids hands-on about where their food comes from and what it looks like. Choose seeds or starts, effective spacing, irrigation, planting techniques, soil mixes, fertilizing and appropriate containers for your crops. Learn proven techniques for extending growing seasons, chemical free management of pests and diseases, and get important tips, tricks and advice for successful growing and harvesting organic produce on roofs, decks, parking spaces, small yards, and difficult spaces. It’s all here in one place!  

The 100+ page book covers many topics important to successful vegetable gardening, using illustrations, charts, and easy-to-understand language. Any gardener, experienced or novice, will find value in the book's comprehensive understanding of successful growing techniques for the Northeast's specific climate. Topics include:

·       Why an Edible Garden

·       Getting Started - site selection, sunlight, elements, etc.

·       Gardening with Raised Beds and other containers

·       Planting Techniques and Strategies

·       Soil and Fertility

·       Preventative Care

·       Pest and Disease Management

·       Tips for a Successful Garden

·       Extending the Growing Season

·       Perennial and Creative Crops

·       Harvesting

·       Glossary of Terms, Resources, Supplies and so much more

A fresh feast sitting right outside your back door!
A fresh feast sitting right outside your back door!

We need funding to finish this incredible guide book. We're off to a great start, but still need to finish writing and then the assembly, illustrations and diagrams, cover design, copy editing, and getting it professionally printed. The book will be sold directly by Green City Growers and through various retail channels.

Allison has spent endless hours researching and compiling the information in this book, motivated by the clear need for an easily accessible vegetable gardening book based off Green City Grower's years of successful growing in urban and suburban areas. We want to share our skills and knowledge with you. Please help us make it possible!

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    Receive a hand-picked selection of valuable starter seeds to get you growing!

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    Starter Seeds Package, and be listed as a contributor on the GCG Website!

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    Seed Starter Kit, listed on the GCG Website, and a copy of the Book! ($5 extra Int'l shipping)

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    Everything above plus a special tool kit to help young farmers start learning to grow their own, including kids tools, and hands-on lesson plans.

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    Everything above plus a fully planted and irrigated 4'x4'x12" raised-bed farm installed and ready to start growing your own fresh organic produce for you. (for donors within the Boston area, small mileage charge beyond 25 miles from the city).

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    Everything above plus a fully planted and irrigated 4'x8'x12" raised-bed farm installed at your home or business. (for donors within the Boston area, small mileage charge beyond 25 miles of the city)

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