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Growing Food in the Southwest Mountains
(Third Edition described on this page is out of print. Please see new, expanded 4th Edition.)

Who is Lisa Rayner
Book preface by
Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan
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 The 3rd edition shown here is out of print. Please see new 4th Edition.










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Growing Food in the Southwest Mountains:  A Permaculture Approach to Home Gardening Above 6,500 Feet in Arizona, New Mexico, Southern Colorado and Southern Utah
By Lisa Rayner
3rd edition copyright (c) 2002 (Now out of print. See new 4th Edition)
Printed on 100% recycled paper. Printed in USA.
128 pages. 8 3/8 inches by 5 3/8 inches. Color cover, black and white illustrations.
$12.95 + shipping
ISBN 0-9719565-02        

Whether you are a weekend gardener who has never heard of permaculture, or an avid gardener using the permaculture approach, this book will help you grow food under the most challenging of circumstances. This book will teach you how to deal with dry weather, high winds, intense sunlight, cold nights, insect pests, and other challenges of gardening in the southwest mountains.  Includes beautiful illustrations by Zackery Zdinak as well as a planting timetable, glossary of lesser known food crops, and an extensive list of resources for gardeners.

Growing Food in the Southwest Mountains will help you deal with local gardening challenges:

  • Clay, sand and volcanic cinder soils that are very low in organic matter.
  • A yearly average precipitation range of 18 to 25 inches  (or less in drought years!).
  • Our high altitude provides us with strong sunlight, cold winters and large day-night temperature swings.
  • Windy weather, especially during our spring and fall dry seasons.
  • A number of local "pest" animals, birds and insects.
Root vegetables

"If every region in North America had a  handbook
like this, we would be seven leagues ahead
of where we now are in Permaculture education.
The author and publishers are to be commended
for creating a first-class resource."

— Cathy Holt
The Permaculture Activist magazine, Winter 2002/2003

“Lisa Rayner's new edition of this little masterpiece provides you with principles for living and eating in harmony with northern Arizona's natural habitats. It is a primer on how to change our food production and consumption strategies to sustain the natural and cultural heritage of our region.”

— Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan, 
uthor of Coming Home to Eat:
The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods. from the preface


Contact: Team (at) LisaRayner (dot) com, 3201 Zafarano C 445, Santa Fe, NM 87507

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