Recommended Reading

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Nature’s Garden by Samuel Thayer.
About foraging. Very detailed accounts of some great plants. Somewhat biased toward the Eastern states, but if acorns grow in your area it is probably worth it just for the 50 page section on harvesting and preparing them.
Forager’s Harvest Press 2010

The Forager’s Harvest by Samuel Thayer.
About foraging. Very detailed accounts of some great plants. Again, somewhat biased towards the Eastern states, but packed with useful information for any aspiring forager where ever they live.
Forager’s Harvest Press 2006

It Will Live Forever by Beverly R. Ortiz as told by Julia F. Parker.
About traditional acorn preparation. Teaches traditional Miwok/Paiute methods of harvesting, processing, and cooking acorns.
Heyday Books 1991

Edible Wild Plants, wild foods from dirt to plate by John Kallas.
About weedy greens. Extremely detailed accounts of edible uses and nutrition of a few very common plants.
Gibbs Smith 2010

Ancestral Plants by Arthur Haines.
About foraging, plant medicine, and other plant uses. Covers a lot of plants (from the North East) in good detail, including many traditional uses.
Anaskimin 2010

Hunt, Gather, Cook by Hank Shaw.
About foraging, fishing, and hunting. Covers a decent number of (mostly widespread) plants, as well as a lot of animals. Not so useful for identification, but very very good for gourmet recipes.
Rodale 2011

Abundantly Wild by Teresa Marrone.
About foraging and cooking. Covers a very large number of plants (from the midwest/northeast) and a few mushrooms in decent detail. Not real useful for identification, but very good as a cookbook and overview of a lot of species.
Adventure Publications 2004


The Resilient Gardener by Carol Deppe.
About resiliency, growing staple crops in less than optimal circumstances, and so much more. A very compelling, thoughtful, and human book that never devolves into mere survivalism.
Chelsea Green 2010

The Hand-Sculpted House by Ianto Evans, Michael Smith, and Linda Smiley.
About natural building. Covers how to build a cob cottage, as well as surrounding practical and philosophical concerns.
Chelsea Green 2002

Build Your Own Earth Oven 3rd Edition by Kiko Denzer, and Hannah Field.
About clay ovens. covers how to build an inexpensive bread and or pizza oven with simple materials.
Hand Print Press 2007

Renewing America’s Food Traditions edited by Gary Paul Nabhan.
About saving traditional American foodways and the ecosystems that support them. This is not a how to book, but features many different foods (wild and domestic) from North America’s various “food nations”.
Chelsea Green 2008

Toolbox for Sustainable City Living by Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew.
About sustainable city living. Covers food, water, waste, and more. This book is more of an overview than a how to guide, but does cover some projects in fairly good detail. Great illustrations too.
South End Press 2008

Rocket Mass Heaters by Ianto Evans and Leslie Jackson.
About cheap efficient wood stoves. Explains how to make and use a rocket mass heater as well as their strengths and limitations.
Cob Cottage Publications 2006


Pagan Christianity? by Frank Viola and George Barna.
About the roots of the church’s practices. Covers the concern that a large part of how Christians worship is not based on the Bible, and that the church’s structures impede the development of it’s members.
Tyndale House Publishers 2008

Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich.
About education and society. A small book with a lot of important ideas, as well as a good critique of institutions.
Marion Boyars 1971


2 thoughts on “Recommended Reading

  1. Hi Nathan, This is Sarajane writing from Union County, PA–just about where route 80 crosses over the West Branch of the Susquehanna. I just found your website while looking for info about the Susquehanna Permaculture Guild. I’m happy I did! I haven’t looked around too much yet, but I plan to. I harvested a grocery bag of wood nettles, some dryad’s saddle mushroom, and some wild ginger this morning just past dawn. I’ve decided in my personal calendar May 2014 moon is called “Full Foraging Moon.” I’m so excited for the season to keep unfolding. I hope it’s abundant and fun for you & yours.

    I wonder if you have any thoughts on the potential toxicity of japanese knotweed shoots that cover the floodplain of the susquehanna here in Lewisburg. It floods regularly, and I’d suspect that whatever creepy stuff (frack gunk, etc) that might be in the riverwater slips down into the mud. I haven’t picked any of the knotweed shoots.

    also: can you tell me more about “mycelium collective”??


    ps: forgive the erratic and un-updated status of my blog if you happen to visit.

    1. Hi Sarajane, sorry I didn’t get back sooner. Not sure what happened, but I just saw the notification today.

      Anyway, as far as the japanese knot weed goes, I can’t say for sure, but I would have the same reservations.

      Unfortunately the Mycelium Collective ran out of gas as a project, but it is still pretty much alive as several other projects. You already know about the Susquehanna Permaculture Guild, then other one is the ReWilding School.

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