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Growing Perennial Foods

A Field Guide to Raising Resilient Herbs, Fruits, and Vegetables

By Acadia Tucker
Illustrated by Alexandra Cuervo


Acadia Tucker’s long love affair with perennial foods has produced this easy-to-understand guide to growing and harvesting them. A regenerative farmer who is deeply concerned about global warming, Tucker believes there may be no better time to plant these hardy crops.

Perennials can weather climate extremes, promote healthy soil, mitigate drought conditions, and thrive without chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Many can be harvested year round. They taste good, pack lots of nutrients, and require little tending. In short, the world is a better place with more perennials in it and this book intends to get us there.

Tucker inspires action by first laying the groundwork for tending an organic, regenerative garden. She highlights the 10 steps she recommends gardeners take to help perennial foods thrive. But most of the book is dedicated to profiles of popular perennial herbs, fruit, and vegetables, with explicit instructions on how to plant, grow, and harvest them. Tucker also offers suggestions on how to store and preserve perennials.

Growing Perennial Foods is illustrated with dozens of pen & ink drawings and ends with a short chapter on frequently asked questions. And since this is a field guide, each profile gives readers enough space to write in any additional notes.

While designed for gardening novices, this book is also for experienced gardeners who want to grow more resilient crops, and could use a little guidance.

Growing Perennial Foods is part of our Growing Food book series and a companion guide to Growing Good Food: A Citizen’s Guide to Backyard Carbon Farming, which is also written by Acadia Tucker and set to publish in early 2019.


Acadia Tucker

Acadia Tucker is a farmer and writer. Her interest in growing food has led her to start a four season organic market garden in Washington, map endemic plant species in the Channel Islands, and complete plant surveys in the Peruvian rainforest. She completed a Masters in Land and Water Systems at the University of British Columbia and graduated from Pitzer College with a degree in Environmental Science. Acadia lives in New Hampshire and, when not writing, grows hops to support locally sourced craft beer in New England.

Growing Perennial Foods

Pages:126 pages
Book Art:Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Size: 8.5 x 8.5 inch
Publisher:Stone Pier Press
Paperback: 9780998862354
Pub. Date September 28, 2018

Available In/Retail Price

Paperback, 126 pages, $17.95