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Food Not Lawns author Heather Jo Flores

Author’s Note 

A quick video-note from Heather Jo Flores in 2020, 15 years after Food Not Lawns was written.

Jackie Holmstrom

Jackie Holmstrom 

Jackie Holmstrom drew more than 100 images for Food Not Lawns, working closely with the author and also drawing from her own experience.

Toby Hemenway

Foreword by Toby Hemenway 

Foreword by Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden, A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

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Gaining Ground 

How to gain access to land, tools, resources, information, and help for your grassroots gardening projects.

The Water Cycle 

How to collect, store, and recycle water in your home and garden.

cover crop soil strata

The Living Soil 

How to build and maintain living soil that will grow abundant gardens.


Plants and Polycultures 

How to make a permaculture garden that produces food for humans and other species, year-round.

seed saving

Seed Stewardship 

Learn the basics of how to grow, select, harvest, store, and distribute heirloom and organic seeds.

ecological living

Beyond the Garden 

Ecological living is about much more than just growing food. Here are some easy changes to make.

ecological permaculture design

Ecological Design 

Use permaculture-style design thinking to turn your dreams into reality.

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Into the Community 

Explore these grassroots community projects that you can create to promote sustainability.

outreach for events

Reaching Out 

Discover a variety of ways to spread the word about your projects and events.

Working Together 

This chapter discusses ways to resolve conflicts in your community projects.

permaculture for children

The Next Generation 

Here's a list of ways to design permaculture gardens and more with kids!

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Free Your Lawn 

Why you should get rid of the grass and grow a many-species food forest instead!