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Growing Food in the Southwest Mountains (4th Edition)
Table of contents

Who is Lisa Rayner
Book preface by
Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan
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Growing Food in the Southwest Mountains
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Preface, by Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan

This book is written primarily for gardeners who live in the Ponderosa pine transition zone around 7,000 feet in altitude. However, most of the information is also applicable to lower elevation Pinyon-Juniper woodlands and higher elevation Spruce-Fir forests.
Ecological farming and gardening techniques suited to the Colorado Plateau and other high-altitude locations in the Southwest include ways to conserve water and heat, and shelter crops from sun, wind and local pest animals.

Chapter 1: The Future of Food in the Southwest Mountains
      The end of industrial agriculture is in sight
      Food miles & beyond
      Peak everything
      What all this means to us
      The Transition Town Movement
      Recreating local food systems in the Southwest
      Community land access & cooperative gardening
      Urban/suburban foraging

Chapter 2: Our Changing Southwestern Climate
       Regional climatic basics
       Our cold semi-arid climate characteristics
       The year in Southwestern weather
       Understanding microclimates
       Natural climatic variability in the Southwest
       Historical variability
       Climate change trends in the Southwest
       Climate change & gardening in the Southwest

Chapter 3: Permaculture Design for High Altitude Gardens              
       Learning from nature
       High-altitude Southwestern eco-communities
       Energy in permaculture gardens
       Observation & sector analysis
       Creating permaculture zones
       Permaculture design & implementation priorities
       Biointensive mini-farming            

Chapter 4: Food Crops for the High Altitude Southwest
       Self-seeding & invasive species
       Plant charts with detailed planting information
       Cool season perennials
       Cool season annuals, biennials, & perennials grown as annuals
       Warm season perennials
       Warm season annuals & perennials grown as annuals
       Cool food for a cool climate
       Lost crops of the Incas
       Sustainable regional trade items

Hopi farmer drawing

Chapter 5: Creating Garden Eco-communities
      Permaculturalists are naturalists
      What is a guild?
      How to create a guild
      Wild animals in permaculture gardens
      Pollinators of the Arizona-New Mexico highlands
      Sample guilds for the high-altitude Southwest
      Domesticated livestock in the permaculture garden
      Make your garden hospitable to insect-eating wild birds
Chapter 6: Creating Healthy Soil
      Soil, society & the Southwest
      Our local soils & the ideal garden loam
      Soil pH in the high altitude Southwest
      Macronutrients & micronutrients
      Soil salinity
      The soil microbiome
      Creating good garden soil
      Making good compost
      Improving soil with fungi & growing edible mushrooms
      Protecting soil
      The importance of garden mulch in the Southwest
      Organic fertilizers & crop rotation
Chapter 7: Water is Life
      The overpopulation of the West
      Water catchment & storage
      Greywater reuse
      Low-water-use & drought-tolerant crops
      Efficient distribution of water in the garden
      Prevent evapotranspiration
Chapter 8: Sheltering Your Garden from the Weather
      Cold climate gardening in the Southwest
      Sunlight, shade & summer heat
      Protecting plants from wind
      Fireproofing your permaculture garden
      Hail & heavy rain
Chapter 9: “Pests” in the Permaculture Garden
      Insects & other small invertebrates
      Bacterial, fungal & viral diseases
      Mammal & bird pests
      “Weeds” in permaculture gardens
Chapter 10: The High Altitude Gardener’s Year
            Growing annual vegetables & herbs in the winter
            The seed & plant biodiversity crisis
            Choosing hardy seeds for high altitude gardening
            Indoor seed germination
            Raising seedlings indoors
            Outdoor planting timetables
            Transplanting seedlings outdoors
            Seed saving
           A Southwest mountains harvest seasons calendar
Chapter 11: A Brief History of Southwestern Food Traditions
      Native tribes of the Rocky Mountains
      The Ancestral Puebloans & the Great Drought
      The Hopi Tribe
      European-American farming in the Flagstaff area
      The Mormon experience in the Little Colorado River watershed
      Hispanic farming in northern New Mexico & southern Colorado
      Other culinary traditions from cold & semi-arid regions
      Natural foods cuisine
Appendix A: Glossary of Food Crops
Appendix B: Glossary of Ingredient Substitutions
Appendix C: Resources
End notes
Acknowledgements & About the author

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