Sustainable Food and Agriculture Books


  1. Alkon, Alison and J. Agyeman, eds. (2011). Cultivating Food Justice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  2. Allen, Patricia (2007). Together at the Table: Sustainability and Sustenance in the American Agrifood System. State College: Penn State Press.
  3. Belasco, Warren (2006). Meals to Come: The History of the Future of Food. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  4. Berry, Wendell (1973). The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture. San Francisco, CA: Sierra Club Books.
  5. Berry, Wendell (1990). What Are People For? New York: FSG.
  6. Berry, Wendell (2009). Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food. New York: Counterpoint.
  7. Bloom, Jonathan (2010). American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It). Da Capo Lifelong Books
  8. Bobrow-Strain, Aaron (2012). White Bread: A Social History of the Store-bought Loaf. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
  9. Brown, Dona (2011). Back to the Land: The Enduring Dream of Self-Sufficiency in Modern America. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
  10. Coleman, Eliot (1999) Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long. Chelsea Green.
  11. Cronon, William (1993).  Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. Norton.
  12. Denckla Cobb, Tanya (2011). Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement Is Changing the Way We Eat. Storey.
  13. DuPuis, E. Melanie (2002).  Nature’s Perfect Food: How Milk Became America’s Drink. New York: NYU Press.
  14. Estabrook, Barry (2011). Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit. Andrews McNeel Publishing.
  15. Foer, Jonathan Safran (2009). Eating Animals. Back Bay Books.
  16. Freidbger, Susanne (2010) Fresh: A Perishable History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  17. Gottlieb, Robert and A. Joshi (2010). Food Justice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  18. Guthman, Julie (2004). Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  19. Guthman, Julie (2011). Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  20. Hesterman, Oren (2011). Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All. PublicAffairs
  21. Hewitt, Ben (2011). The Town that Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food. Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press.
  22. Hinrichs, Claire (2008). Remaking the North American Food System: Strategies for Sustainability. Nebraska University Press.
  23. Horowitz, Roger (2006). Putting Meat on the American Table: Taste, Technology, Transformation. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  24. Jackson, Wes (1996) Becoming Native to This Place. Counterpoint.
  25. Johnston, Josee (2009). Foodies: Democracy and Distinction in the Gourmet Foodscape. Routledge.
  26. Kloppenburg, Jack, John Hendrickson and G. W. Stevenson (1996). Coming into the Foodshed. Agriculture and Human Values, 13: 33-42.
  27. Lappe, Ann (2010).  Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do about It. Bloomsbury.
  28. Lappe, Francis Moore (1971). Diet for a Small Planet. Ballantine.
  29. Lyson, Thomas, G. Stevenson and R. Welsh, eds. (2008).  Food and the Mid-level Farm: Renewing an Agriculture of the Middle. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  30. Lyson, Thomas (2004). Civic Agriculture: Reconnecting Farm, Food, and Community. Boston, MA: Tufts University Press.
  31. Manalo, Paula, Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Zoe Ida Bradbury (2012). Greenhorns: 50 Dispatches form the New Farmers’ Movement. Storey.
  32. McKibben, Bill (2008). Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. St. Martin’s Griffin.
  33. McMillan, Tracie (2012).  The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table. New York: Scribner.
  34. Nabhan, Gary (2002). Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Food. New York: Norton.
  35. Nestle, Marion (2002). Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition, and Health. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  36. Nordhal, Darren (2009). Public Produce: The New Urban Agriculture. Island Press.
  37. Patel, Raj (2008). Stuff and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. Melville House.
  38. Petrini, Carlo (2007). Slow Food Nation.: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, And Fair. Rizzoli Ex Libris.
  39. Pollan, Michael (1991). Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education. Grove Press.
  40. Pollan, Michael (2002). The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World. New York: Random House.
  41. Pollan, Michael (2006). The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin.
  42. Poppendeick, Janet (2011). Free for All: Fixing School Food in America. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  43. Roberts, Paul (2008). The End of Food. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
  44. Schlosser, Eric (2001).  Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Harper Perennial.
  45. Scott, James (1998). Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  46. Shapiro, Laura (1986). Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  47. Shiva, Vanda (2000). Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply. South End Press.
  48. Smith, Alison and J.B. MacKinnon (2007). Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet. Clarkson Potter.
  49. Steinberg, Ted (2002). Down to Earth: Nature’s Role in American History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 174-189, specifically.
  50. Vileisis, Ann (2009). Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes from and Why We Need to Get It Back. Island Press.
  51. Winne, Mark (2008). Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty. Beacon Press.
  52. Marta-Costa, A. A., & Silva, E. (Eds.). (2013). Methods and Procedures for Building Sustainable Farming Systems: Application in the European context. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
  53. Sayre, L. B., & Clark, S. (2011). Fields of Learning: The student farm movement in North America. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky.
  54. Fukuoka, Masanobu (2009). The One-Straw Revolution: An introduction to Natural Farming. (L. Korn, C. Pearce, T Kurosawa, Trans.) New York, NY: The New York Review.
  55. Thomashow, Mitchell (2014). Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
  56. Hinrichs, C., Schafft, K., Bloom, D., McHenry-Sorber, E. (2008). Growing the Links Between Farms and Schools: A how-to guidebook for Pennsylvania farmers, schools, and communities. Harrisburg, PA: The Center for Rural Pennsylvania.
  57. Pratt, J., & Luetchford, P. (2014). Food for Change: The politics and values of social movements. London: PlutoPress.
  58. Clarkson, J. (2014). Food History Almanac: Over 1,300 years of world culinary history, culture, and social influence. Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield.
  59. Levine, S., & Striffler, S. (Eds.) (2015). Food and Work in the Americas. Durham, NC : Duke University Press.
  60. Albala, K. (Ed.) (2015). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues. Thousand Oaks, CA : SAGE Publications Inc.
  61. Falk, B. (2013). The Resilient Farm and Homestead. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing.

Gardening/ Farming Tips and Information:

These are some of our favorite references for both the community garden and student farm..

Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza
A gardeners guide to layer gardening and building UP the soil.

The Rodale Book of Composting

The New Organic Grower by Elliott Coleman
A brilliant farmer and writer discusses how to be a small to moderate scale organic farmer.

Carrots Love Tomatoes by Riotte
A reference on companion planting.

Crop Rotation on Organic Farms: A Planning Manual by Mohler & Johnson, editors

The New Self-Sufficient Gardenener by John Seymour

2009-2010 Production Guides for Organic Vegetables by Cornell University Cooperative Extension

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