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Gardening sustainably with Robert Kourik

Gardening sustainably with Robert Kourik

Book signing at Emerisa Retail Nursery in Santa Rosa Oct. 2

What makes a garden sustainable? For decades, gardeners have been searching for an approach to gardening that respects nature, is sensitive to seasonal cycles, works with environmental dynamics, utilizes renewable energy sources, uses compost and homegrown natural fertilizers, and grows healthy plants and food without detrimental chemicals, fertilizers, cultivation methods, and pesticides. There are several gardening approaches and systems that embrace many of the underlying concepts of sustainable gardening, all under different names: regenerative gardening, organic gardening, edible landscaping, agroecology, permaculture, environmentally sound gardening, and appropriate horticulture, to name a few.

One concept defines a sustainable food system as “one in which resources (including natural resources such as soil and water, as well as human resources such as labor) are used at their rate of recovery. We define a sustainable food system as one in which the fertility of our soil is maintained and improved, and the availability and quality of water are protected and enhanced.” This is the focus of Robert Kourik’s latest book, “Sustainable Food Gardens, Myths, and Solutions.”

The book is 486 pages with 450 illustrations (mostly in color) and over 4,000 entries in the 22-page index. Kourik will have a book launch on Oct. 2 at the Emerisa Retail Nursery at 555 Irwin Lane, Santa Rosa, from 11a.m. to 4 p.m.; 525-9644.

Robert Kourik

Sustainable Food Gardens Myths & Solutions