Resources from our (WNC) backyard to yours…

CalendulaSimplify and collaborate. Go to Nature.  Listen.

A Permaculture Principal applies here: don’t invent the wheel:  A sharing of a few awesome resources!  Our recommendations, in no particular order:

Field Guides

Wildflower Guide. Newcomb’s.

A Field Guild to the Trees and Srubs of the Southern Appalachians. Swanson, Robert E.

Wildflower of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians. Horn, Cathcart, etc.

The Secret Language of Plants. Buhner, Stephen Harrod.

Fruit Tree care

Mycelium Running. Paul Stamets.  Symbiosis with the ecologies of fungi and trees.  A fascinating read! – Elaine Ingram’s website on soil.

The Backyard Orchardist. Otto, Stella.

Uncommon Fruits. Reich, Leigh.

Perennial Vegetables.  Toensmeier, Eric.


Botany in a Day. Elpel, Thomas J.

Herbal Medicine

Adaptogens – Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief.  Winston, David and Steven Maimes.

The Herbal Medicine Makers’ Handbook. Green, James.

Herbal Healing For Women – Simple Home Remedies for all Ages. Gladstar, Rosemary.

Vital Man; Natural Health Care for Men at Midlife. Buhner, Stephen.

Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. Murray, Michael and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D.s

Books by Michael Moore.

Ecological Design

Introduction to Permaculture, Mollison, Bill with Reny Mia Slay (2nd Edition).  Tagari Publications, Tyalgum, Australia.  1997.

Edible Forest Gardens. Jacke,Dave with Eric Toensmeier.  (Volumes 1 and 2).  Chelsea Green, White River Junction, VT 2005.

Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability.  Holmgren, David

Gaia’s Garden.  Hemenway, Toby.

Food Not Lawns!, A Designer’s Manual, etc.

Seeds and Plants, near and far.

Horizon Herbs



Southern Exposure

Oikos Tree Crops

Useful Plants Nursery

Edible Lawn and Garden Nursery

Barkslip Nursery

Mountain Gardens

Your local plant and seed swaps.  Plant for diversity.

Agriculture Suppliers in Asheville

Fifth Season – Local Ag supplies and soil amendments

Bio controls – Tennessee.  Mail order retailer of agricultural supplies, sprays, etc.

Organizations to Support with your time and energy!

United Plant Savers

N.A.F.E.X. (North American Fruit Explorers).  For amateur fruit enthusiasts, your national network.

Your local edible parks!

Transition Town movement.

The Pachamama Alliance

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