Reading List

Here are some titles that we enjoy and think may be helpful for those who are looking for more information on various topics related to food: food production, food philosophy, the culinary arts and more…..

  • Brickell, Christopher & David Joyce. The American Horticultural Society Pruning & Training: A Fully Illustrated Plant-by-Plant Manual
  • Lyle, Susanna. Fruit & Nuts: A comprehensive guide to the cultivation, uses and health benefits of over 300 food-producing plants
  • Deppe, Carol. Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The gardener’s and farmer’s guide to plant breeding and seed saving
  • Abelman, Michael. Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it
  • Berry, Wendell. The Gift of Good Land
  • Shiva, Vandana. Stolen Harvest: The hijacking of the global food supply
  • Fallon, Sally. Nourishing Traditions: The cookbook that challenges politically correct nutrition and the diet dictocrats
  • Prentice, Jessica. Full Moon Feast: Food and the hunger for connection
  • Groh, Trauger & Steven McFadden. Farms of Tomorrow Revisited: Community supported farms, farm supported communities
  • Wiswall, Richard. The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook: A complete guide to managing finances, crops and staff – and making a profit.
  • Gardeners & Farmers of Terre Vivante. Preserving Food without Freezing or Drying


  1. Hello SLO farm,

    My name is Jesse Abel, I work for the OSU Energy Efficiency Center. With support from the USDA we provide energy assessments for agricultural producers. During an assessment a small team of engineers will visit your facility and analyze energy use. In the next 60 days a report will be prepared for you using the data collected. In the report will be our energy saving recommendations, the calculated savings, and implementation costs.

    If you have interest in renewable energy would assess your location for potential renewable energy development (solar electric, solar hot water, etc). With this you would also receive calculated savings, implementation costs, and payback time.

    We can also do both assessments. A phone conversation could help us figure this out. I hope to hear from you soon (541-602-7974)

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