Resources

Books

  • Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemmenway.  A guide to home-scale Permaculture.
  • Root Cellaring by Mike and Nancy Bubel.  Store your bounty for year-round eating.
  • Edible Forest Gardens, Vol II, by Dave Jacke:  A fantastic resource for Forest Gardens, this book also has an excellent section on design.
  • Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual by Bill Mollison is a useful reference for Permaculture principles, ideas, and designs.
  • Food Not Lawns by HC Flores.  A great book full of ideas about gardening and community development.
  • City Chicks by Patricia Foreman.  Everything you need to know about keeping chickens and integrating them into your garden in the city.
  • A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander. A masterpiece on creating spaces that are functionally beautiful and timeless.
  • Toward Sustainable Communities by Mark Roseland.
  • The Transition Handbook, From oil dependency to local resilience, by Rob Hopkins.
  • Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability, by David Holmgren. Thoroughly explains Permaculture principles and how they can be applied in many areas of life.
  • Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots by Sharon Lovejoy.  Fun activities for children or the inner-child in all of us.

Websites

Plant databases

  • The HortiPlex database contains plant images and data as well as links to information sources, images and vendors at other sites. http://hortiplex.gardenweb.com/plants/nph-ind.cgi
  • Plants For A Future is a resource centre for rare and unusual plants, particularly those which have edible, medicinal or other uses. They practice vegan-organic permaculture with emphasis on creating an ecologically sustainable environment based largely on perennial plants. http://www.pfaf.org/index.php
  • PlantFiles is the largest plant database in the world, with information and photos for 173,296 different plants! Search for a plant by its common or botanical name using the green button on the right. Scroll down the page and browse through hundreds of popular cultivars, or search for plants by their characteristics (height, hardiness, etc.) http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/

Organizations

  • The Anchorage Permaculture Guild has monthly potlucks to network, share info, and form working groups. Get involved by going to http://akpermaculture.ning.com
  • The Cooperative Extension Service is a wealth of information. http://www.uaf.edu/ces/
  • The Alaska Botanical Garden offers a chance to see edible plants in our climate and network with plant experts. http://www.alaskabg.org/
  • Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association another wealth of local knowledge about all kinds of fruits and berries.   http://www.apfga.org/
  • Alaska Community Forestry Program. Their mission is to help communities build effective, self-sustaining community forestry and tree care programs with strong local support. http://forestry.alaska.gov/community/

Nurseries

  • One Green World (http://www.onegreenworld.com/) Located in Oregon, they have a big selection of unusual perennial trees, shrubs and vines, many of which are suitable for our zones. They have a huge selection of hardy kiwis and dwarf citrus for indoor growing. Shipping is expensive, but my trees arrived in great shape.
  • St. Lawrence Nurseries (http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us/) in upstate New York has extremely cold-hardy bare-root trees and shrubs. I have received excellent service from them and their products are cheaper than other nurseries.
  • Oikos Tree Crops (http://www.oikostreecrops.com/store/home.asp) in Michigan has been recommended to me several times but I have not used them yet.

Materials

  • Composted horse manure, Linda Boggs, Hiland Road Eagle River. She has a front –end loader and will load for free. Ls_boggs@yahoo.com 696-0646
  • Goat Manure mixed with bedding. Rachel Hecker, phone: 907-373-9875 at Blue Moon Dairy, Wasilla.  http://bluemoondairy.tripod.com/
  • The Anchorage Wood Lot is operated by the Anchorage Soil & Water Conservation District. It is open 7 days a week, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm through the summer. It is located at the corner of 100th Avenue and C Street, just south of Dimond Blvd. Firewood and landscape mulch are available for free. The District phone number is 677-7645.
  • Cardboard is available for free in many recycling dumpsters around town. My favorites are the Moose’s Tooth and Bear Tooth. Avoid heavily oiled or waxed boxes.
  • Craigslist (http://anchorage.craigslist.org/) is a great source of free manure and other materials such as lumber and windows to build greenhouses and cold frames.

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