Monday, August 31, 2009

Four Season Harvest

I have recently been turned on to the work of Eliot Coleman, who grows lettuce in Maine in December. !!! That's the rub of seasonal gardening in a Northern climate, going from delicious fresh food in September to tasteless veggies with a huge carbon footprint, and an even bigger ethical footprint given the work conditions of most agricultural production in the developing world, in December. Not to mention the price. Coleman has developed ways of extending the season despite snow and freezing temperatures.

I'm loving Google books these days. I've started reading Coleman's book The Four Season Harvest in preview mode. Almost the whole book is available online, which is probably no accident as it requires publisher permission. I'm glad the authors are willing to share their knowledge.