How to Become a Gardener: Find Empowerment in Creating Your Own Food Security

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Cool Springs Press
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8.3 X 9.7 X 0.8 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author
Ashlie Thomas is a food security and home gardening advocate known on social media as The Mocha Gardener. Several years ago, Ashlie began her gardening journey with her husband on their one-acre North Carolina homestead. Through gardening, she has become more conscientious of local food systems and the health of the environment. Ashlie's love for wellness and the environment fueled her passion to grow food and bring awareness through practice to growing issues of food insecurity in vulnerable communities around the country.After spending her childhood in a rural community that lacked sufficient access to nutritious foods, she understood that one way to address this barrier is through learning how to grow food and educating others on what quality foods consists of and from where it originates. Ashlie not only believes that her garden may serve as a spiritually enlightening place to ground and regenerate, but also as an opportunity to deeply connect and give reverence to what she feeds herself, her family, and her friends. It is her hope and mission to empower others to take control of their well-being through growing the very thing that sustains them...good, nutritious food.
"Ashlie's book speaks to the exact philosophy I myself adhere to - becoming a gardener, rather than simply learning how to grow plants. This is a small but crucial distinction that she carries throughout her book, laying out a step-by-step process to reclaim ownership over the food you consume - by growing it yourself! A must-read for those looking to walk the path of a gardener."--Kevin Espiritu, Epic Gardening, author of Field Guide to Urban Gardening and Grow Bag Gardening
"This is book we need right NOW. There are many books that answer the question of how to garden, but few that show us how to become a gardener! It's more than just growing things; it is also honoring our symbiotic relationship with all of nature, down to the tiniest bug. Ashlie serves as our knowledgeable guide in exploring both, in this beautifully written and illustrated book." --Kamili Bell Hill, @plantblerd
"Bursting with encouragement, information, and heart, woven together through colorful photography, Ashlie has written an inspiring roadmap that will guide you to become a conscious and grateful steward of your burgeoning garden, both inside and out."--Meg Cowden, @seedtofork, author of Plant Grow Harvest Repeat
"How to Become a Gardener covers the basics of how to start a garden from scratch for the first-time gardener, provides advice and emotional support to help through the challenges, and dives into the philosophy behind why gardening can transform our lives in the most beautiful of ways. With this book we can not only transform our lives and take control of our health, but also overcome food insecurity and create resilient communities. Unlike many gardening books, Ashlie is inclusive of our most vulnerable communities, making this book a true solution for many who are often left out of the conversation. To grow our own food is to begin the transformation of ourselves and our communities. How to Become a Gardener is the tool of empowerment that is needed by so many to begin this transformation." --Rob Greenfield, environmental activist and author of Food Freedom
"Absolute must read! This book perfectly highlights the value of food security and health. It gives the tools to empower anyone to change their lives through food. I will be recommending this book to all of my patients!" --Cierra Allen-Dixon, MD
"Ashlie's book is a timely, in-depth look at gardening as a way to fight food insecurity and provides encouragement to grow in any environment, with limited space to meet cultural food needs. She offers a thoughtfully written, well-researched beginner's guide to gardening as a means to equalize access to healthy nutritious foods. Her book is truly a blueprint for increasing access to healthy foods and combating the food swamps so prevalent today."--Claudia Weekes, MS RD LD, @theorganizedhomemaker