Gardening Links and Books

Growing Places’ Educational Resources:


  • “Let It Rot!: The Gardeners Guide to Composting” by Stu Campbell and Kathleen Bond Borie
  • “The Complete Compost Gardening Guide” by Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L Martin
  • “Compost” by Douglas Green
  • Resources from Growing Places’ Let’s Rot and Roll: A Composting Workshop Instructor: Chris Picone, Fitchburg State University Biology Professor

Let’s Rot and Roll PowerPoint Presentation

Book referenced: Backyard Composting: Your Complete Guide to Recycling Yard Clippings.  Ojai, CA: Harmonious, 1992. Print.

Martin, Deborah L., and Grace Gershuny, eds. The Rodale Book of Composting.  Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 1992. Print.

(Both books are currently out of print, but available at Leominster and Fitchburg       Public Libraries, or for sale used online.)

Food Preparation and Preservation:

  • Joy of Cooking: All About Canning and Preserving by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker
  • The Edible Front Yard by Ivette Soler
  • The Gardeners’ Kitchen by Carlisle Garden Club
  • How to read a French fry and other stories of intriguing kitchen science by Russ Parsons
  • Homestead Cooking, Recipes from our house to yours and Jams, Jellies, Preserves, Pickles and Relishes by Ruth Baird
  • A Taste of Puerto Rico: Traditional and New Dishes from the Puerto Rican community by Yvonne Ortiz
  • Root Cellaring: Natural Cold storage of fruits and vegetables by Nancy and Mike Bubel
  • Preserving Fruits and Vegetables: Making the most of seasonal abundance by Carol Constenbader
  •  Resources from Growing Places’ Make Your Own Fruit Leathers Workshop Instructor: Carrie Novak, GP Volunteer, avid homesteading dabbler, and USDA Farm Loan Chief

 Fruit Leathers PowerPoint Presentation

Book referenced: MacKenzie, J., & Nutt, J. (2009). The Dehydrator Bible.Toronto: R. Rose.

(This book can be found new in stores, available used online, or through C/W Mars inter-library loan at Leominster or Fitchburg Public Libraries.)

Food Systems:

 Gardening (General):

 Gardening with Children:

Like-Minded Organizations:

  • Seeds of Solidarity Farm and Education Center in Orange, MA offers a seasonal calendar of events of interest to gardeners: tours and workshops at their vibrant farm and no-till gardening methods, renewable energy systems, and earth and spirit retreats.

Pests & Diseases:


 Seeds and Gardens Supplies Sources:


 Gardening Supplies

Sustainable Living:

UMass Extension Resources: