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Prairie Birthday Farm is dedicated to promoting education about and respect for the plants and animals that sustain our lives. Our resource list includes: 


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Books and Articles


  • Ableman, M. (1998). On good land. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.

  • Adams, B. (2004). Micro eco-farming. Auburn, CA: New World Publishing.

  • Adams, J. (1992). Landscaping with herbs. Portland, OR: Timber Press.

  • Ban Breathnach, S. (1995). Simple abundance. NY: Warner Books.

  • Barber. (2014). The third plate. New York: Penguin Press.

  • Bartholomew, M. (2006). All new square foot gardening. Nashville, TN: Cool Springs Press.

  • Bishop, H. (2005). Robbing the  bees. NY: Free Press.

  • Brickell, C., & Joyce, D. (1996). Pruning & training. New York, NY: DK Publishing.

  • Brock, S. (2014). Heritage. New York: Artisan.

  • Brown, L. (2006). Plan b 2.0. NY: W.W. Norton & Co.

  • Buchmann, S., & Nabhan, G. (1996).  The forgotten pollinators. Washington, DC: Island Press.

  • Buchmann, S. (2005). Letters from the hive. New York, NY: Bantam Books.

  • Burrell, C. (2006). Native alternatives to invasive plants. Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

  • Carroll, S., & Salt, S. (2004). Ecology for gardeners. Portland, OR: Timber Press.

  • Colborn, T., et al. (1996). Our stolen future. NY: Penguin Books.

  • Byczynski, L. (1997). The flower farmer. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Co.

  • Carson, R. (1962). Silent spring. NY: Fawcett Crest.

  • Coleman, E. (1999). Four season harvest.  White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Co.

  • Creasy, R. (1982). The complete book of edible landscaping. San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club Books.

  • Creasy, R. (1999). The edible flower garden. Boston, MA: Periplus Editions.

  • Czarapata, E. (2005). Invasive plants of the upper midwest. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

  • Davidson, E. (2000). Economics as if ecology mattered. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing.

  • Denison, E. (1998). Missouri wildflowers (5th ed.). Jefferson City, MO: MO Dept. of Conservation.

  • Diamond, J. (2005). Collapse: How societies choose to fail or succeed. New York, NY: Viking Press.

  • Dowding, C. (2007). Organic gardening. Totnes, Devon, UK: Green Books.

  • Flores, H. (2006). Food not lawns. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Co.

  • Freeman, M. (1997). Building your own greenhouse. Machanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books.

  • Freeman, M. (1998). Gardening in your greenhouse. Machanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books.

  • Gardner, J.A. (1989). The old-fashioned fruit garden. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada: Nimbus Publishing.

  • Gardner, J.A. (2001).  Heirloom flower gardens. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Co.

  • Gessert, K. (1987). The beautiful food garden.  Pownal, VT: A Garden Way Publishing.

  • Gillespie, L. (2000). Cinder block gardens. Paonia, CO: TLC Publishing.

  • Glavin, T. (2007). The sixth extinction: Journey among the lost & left behind. New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books.

  • Goodall, J. (2005). Harvest for hope: A guide to mindful eating. NY: Time Warner Book Group.

  • Grissell, E. (2001). Insects & gardens. Portland, OR: Timber Press.

  • Gussow, J. (2001). This organic life: Confessions of a suburban homesteader. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Co.

  • Hall-Beyer, B., & Richard, J. (1983). Ecological fruit production in the north. Quebec, Canada: Jean Richard.

  • Harstad, C. (1999). Go native!.  Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

  • Hartman, B. (2015). The lean farm. Vermont: Chelsea Green.

  • Henderson, B. (2000). The neighborhood forager. Canada: Key Porter Books.

  • Hightshoe, G. (1988). Native trees, shrubs, and vines for urban and rural america. NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold.

  • Horn, T. (2005). Bees in America: How the honey bee shaped a nation. Lexington, KY: U. Press of Kentucky.

  • Horne, J., & McDermott, M. (2001). The next green revolution. NY: Food Products Press.

  • Howard, S.A. (1947). The soil & health. Old Greenwich, CT: Devin-Adair Co.

  • Imhoff, D. (2005). Paper or plastic?. San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club Books.

  • Imhoff, D. (2003). Farming with the wild. San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club Books.

  • Ivanko, J. & Kivirist, L. (2004). Rural renaissance. Canada: New Society Publishers.

  • Jackson, D. & Jackson, L. (2002). The farm as natural habitat. Washington, DC: Island Press.

  • Jackson, W. (1996). Becoming native to this place. Washington, DC: Counterpoint.

  • Jackson, W., Berry, W., & Colman, B.(1984). Meeting the expectations of the land. San Francisco, CA: North Point Press.

  • Katz, S. (2006). The revolution will not be microwaved. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Co.

  • Kavasch, B. (2005). Native harvests. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications.

  • Kimmerer, R. (2013). Braiding sweetgrass. Canada: Milkweed Editions.

  • Kingsolver, B. (2007). Animal, vegetable, miracle. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

  • Korten, D. (2006). The great turning: From empire to earth community. San Francisco, CA: BK.

  • Kurz, D. (1997). Shrubs & woody vines of Missouri. Jefferson City, MO: MO Dept. of Conservation.

  • Ladd, D. (1995). Tallgrass prairie wildflowers. MT: Falcon Press.

  • Lappe, F., & Lappe, A. (2002). Hope’s edge. New York, NY: Penguin Putnam.

  • Lappe, A., & Bryant, T. (2006). Grub: Ideas for an urban organic kitchen. New York, NY: Penguin Group.

  • Lawrence, R. G. (2004). The wabi-sabi house: The Japanese art of imperfect beauty. New York, NY: Clarkson Potter Publishers.

  • Leakey, R., & Lewin, R. (1995).  The sixth extinction. New York, NY: Doubleday.

  • Lee, A. (1998). Backyard market gardening. Buena Vista, VA: Good Earth Publications.

  • Lengnick, L. (2015). Resilient agriculture. Canada: New Society Publishers.

  • Leopold, A. (1949). A sand county almanac. NY: Ballantine Books. 

  • Logsdon, G. (1994). The contrary farmer. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Co.

  • Louv, R. (2005). Last child in the woods. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books.

  • Luebbermann, M. (1997). Heirloom gardens. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.

  • Lyle, K. (1997). The foraging gourmet. NY: Lyons & Burford Publishers.

  • Madson, J. (1995). Where the sky began. Iowa City, IA: U. of Iowa Press.

  • Madison, D. (2002). Local flavors. NY: Broadway Books.

  • Marcin, M. (1993). The herbal tea garden. Pownal, NY: Storey Communications.

  • Nearing, H., & Nearing, S. (1954). Living the good life. New York, NY: Galahad Books.

  • Otto, S. (1995).  The backyard berry book.  White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Co.

  • Pierce, J. (1981). Home solar gardening. NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold.

  • Poirot, E. (1964). Our margin of life. NY: Vantage Press.

  • Pollan, M. (2001). Botany of desire. NY: Random House.

  • Pollan, M. (2014). Cooked. New York: Penguin Press.

  • Pollan, M. (2006). The omnivore’s dilemma: A natural history of four meals. NY: Random House.

  • Pollan, M. (2008). In defense of food: An eater’s manifesto. NY: Random House.

  • Phillips, J. (1969). Wild edibles of Missouri. Jefferson City, MO: MO Dept. of Conservation.

  • Planck, N.  (2006). Real food: What to eat and why. NY: Bloomsbury Publishing.

  • Pleasant, B., & Martin, D. (2008). The complete compost gardening guide. North Adams, MA:Storey Publishing.

  • Quarles, W. (Ed.). Common sense pest control quarterly. Berkley, CA: BIRC. (See to order.)

  • Rankin, D. (1985). Cooking with herb pastes. Trumansburg, NY: The Crossing Press.

  • Reich, L. (2001). Weedless gardening. NY: Workman Publishing.

  • Robinson, E., & Robinson, C. (1947). The “have-more” plan for a little land – a lot of living. NY: Macmillan Co.

  • Robinson, J., (2013). Eating on the wild side. New York: Little, Brown, & Co.

  • Rombough, L. (2002). The grape grower: A guide to organic viticulture. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing Co.

  • Royte, E. (2005) Garbage land. NY: Little, Brown & Co.

  • Salatin, J. (2013). Fields of farmers. Virginia: Polyface, Inc.

  • Salatin, J. (2004). Holy cows & hog heaven. Swoope, VA: Polyface Inc.

  • Salatin, J. (2007). Everything I want to do is illegal. Swoope, VA: Polyface Inc.

  • Shapin, S. (2006, May 15). Paradise sold. The New Yorker.

  • Shepherd, M., Buchmann, S., Vaughan, M., & Black, S. (2003). The pollinator conservation handbook. Portland, OR: Xerces Society.

  • Singer, P., & Mason, J. (2006). The ethics of what we eat. New York, NY: Holtzbrinck Publishers.

  • Smith, N. (2004). Harvest: A year in the life of an organic farm. Guilford, CT: Lyons Press.

  • Snyder, G. (1990). The practice of the wild. San Francisco, CA: North Point Press.

  • Soule, J., & Piper, J. (1992). Farming in nature’s image. Washington, DC: Island Press.

  • Speth, J. (2004). Red sky at morning: America & the crisis of the global environment. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

  • Stein, S. (1993). Noah’s garden. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Co.

  • Sternberg, G., & Wilson, J. (1995).  Landscaping with native trees. Shelburne, VT: Chapters Publishing.

  • Stubbendieck, J., Coffin, M., & Landholt, L. (2003). Weeds of the great plains. Lincoln, NE: NE Dept. of Agriculture.

  • Swain, R. (1994) Groundwork: A gardener's ecology. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

  • Tatum, B. J. (1976). Wild foods cookbook & field guide. NY: Workman Publishing.

  • Taylor, P. (1996). Easy care native plants.  New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, Inc.

  • Teitel, M. (1999). Genetically engineered foods: Changing the nature of nature. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press.

  • (1987). The ball blue book: The guide to home canning and freezing (31st ed.). Muncie, IN: Ball Corporation.

  • Wallace, A. (2006). A keeper of bees. NY: Random House.

  • Wasowski, S. (2002).  Gardening with prairie plants. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

  • Weaver, W.W. ((1997).  Heirloom vegetable gardening. New York, NY: Henry Holt & Co.

  • Whealy, K.(Ed.). (2001). Fruit, berry & nut inventory (3rd ed.). Decorah, IA: Seed Savers Exchange.

  • Whealy, K. (2004). Garden seed inventory (6th ed.). Decorah, IA: Seed Savers Exchange.

  • Wilson, E.O. (2006). The creation: An appeal to save life on earth. NY: W.W. Norton & Co.

  • Wilson, J. (1992). Landscaping with wildflowers. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

  • Wong, T. W., (2012). Foraged flavor. New York: Clarkson Potter Publishers.


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