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The Heirloom Gardener


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John Forti is an award-winning heirloom specialist, garden historian, ethnobotanist, garden writer, and local foods advocate. He is executive director of Bedrock Gardens, an artist-inspired public sculpture garden and landscape in Lee, New Hampshire, and the recipient of a national 2020 Award of Excellence from National Garden Clubs. He is also a regional governor and biodiversity specialist for Slow Food USA, a national chapter of Slow Food, a global organization and international grassroots movement that connects food producers and consumers to champion local agriculture, farmers markets, and traditional, regional cuisine. Visit him, The Heirloom Gardener, at jforti.com.


"The Heirloom Gardener empowers readers with a toolkit of traditional and sustainable practices for an emerging artisanal crafts movement, and a brighter future." --Alice Waters, chef and owner, Chez Panisse; founder, The Edible Schoolyard Project "Follow John Forti down the garden pathway to the deepest roots of plant lore, food ways, herbal traditions, and living in green harmony on this fragile earth." --Sharon Lovejoy, author of Sunflower Houses; Roots, Shoots, Buckets Boots; and Trowel Error "This passionate and personal manifesto encourages us to upset the applecart of mass production and commodification and look back to the many streams of land-based wisdom still available to us, to find a better way forward." --Jennifer Jewell, writer/producer/creator of Cultivating Place "Celebrates the creative ways people are bringing hand-crafted goods to market in meaningful, sustainable ways." --Carlo Petrini, founder, Slow Food International "The Heirloom Gardener is for everyone who cares about the health of our planet." --Julie Moir Messervy, owner of Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio "Forti's groundbreaking book builds on shared roots to forge a stronger, better, greener tomorrow." --Tovah Martin, author of The Garden in Every Sense and Season "Forti aims to encourage people to connect with the land and plants, providing inspiration through his experiences and reflections. Forti's work as a historical gardener informs his approach, which is enhanced by the beautiful wood block print artwork that accompanies each essay and illustrates key ideas throughout the book." --Booklist "Social history, botany and home economics merge in a fascinating book to dip in and out of." --The English Garden

"Interesting information about horticultural practices, skills, and crafts that shouldn't be lost over time." --The Washington Gardener "I know that I will dig into this book again and again to be touched, to be reminded of the many ways we can live lightly on the earth and in community - and eat well." --Garden Arts "Part essay collection, part gardening guide, The Heirloom Gardener encourages readers to embrace heirloom seeds and traditions, serving as a well-needed reminder to slow down and reconnect with nature." --Modern Farmer "A meditation on gardening as an extension of our humanity." --The Wanderer "Garden historian John Forti eloquently shares his passion for heirloom plants, historic garden techniques, and traditional crafts...this book is sure to delight anyone interested in garden history and learning how to enjoy the fruits of the garden." -The American Gardener

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