Organizations

Vegan Agriculture Network

An organization that works to promote plant-based agriculture methods in the United States. They provide listings of classes and workshops and information on veganic growing.

www.goveganic.net

 

Vegan Organic Network

An organization based out of the U.K. that has pioneered stockfree and vegan organic methods. Their website is an excellent source of information. Membership includes a subscription to their twice-yearly magazine.

www.veganorganic.net

 

Seed Savers Exchange

A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing heirloom seeds. While some varieties are sold through their website, members are able to access a much larger variety (over 12,000 varieties!). Membership supports their work to preserve unique varieties of plants which might otherwise become extinct.

www.seedsavers.org

 

United Plant Savers

A non-profit organization that works to preserve at-risk medicinal plants in the United States and Canada. Members have the opportunity to participate in their spring and fall seed giveaway for a nominal fee.

www.unitedplantsavers.org

Books

These titles focus on animal-free methods:

Growing Green:  Animal-Free Organic Techniques by Jenny Hall and Ian Tolhurst
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Permaculture- A Beginner’s Guide by Graham Burnett
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The Vegan Book of Permaculture: Recipes for Healthy Eating and Earthright Living by Graham Burnett
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Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening by Will Bonsall
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These books are excellent resources and while they do not focus on animal free methods they contain a good deal of information on techniques and fundamentals.

Seed to Seed:  Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth
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All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
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The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer: The Ultimate Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs on a Market Scale by Jeff Carpenter and Melanie Carpenter
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Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs, Cultivation, Conservation and Ecology by Richo Cech
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The New Organic Grower: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home & Market Gardener by Eliot Coleman
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Four-Season Harvest:  Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long by Eliot Coleman, Babara Damrosch and Kathy Bray
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Botany in a Day by Thomas J Elpel
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The One-Straw Revolution:  An Introduction to Natural Farming by Masanobu Fukoka
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Gaia’s Garden:  A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway
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Edible Forest Gardens, Volume I: Ecological Vision, Theory for Temperate Climate Permaculture by Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier
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Edible Forest Gardens, Vol. 2: Ecological Design And Practice For Temperate-Climate Permaculture by Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier
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Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening by Anna Kruger
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Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison
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Permaculture:  A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison
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Hydroponic Food Production: A Definitive Guidebook for the Advanced Home Gardener and the Commercial Hydroponic Grower by Howard M. Resh
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Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion by Shane Smith
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Heirloom Vegetable Gardening:  A Master Gardener’s Guide to Planting, Seed Saving, and Cultural History by William Woys Weaver
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Transcendentalism:

Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The Periodicals of American Transcendentalism by Clarence L F Gohdes
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Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition by Walt Whitman
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Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia by Richard Francis
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