resources

What We
Recommend

 
 

Books

Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway

Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist by Michael Judd

Lee Reich books

  • Uncommon Fruit for Every Garden

  • Landscaping With Fruit

  • Weedless Gardening

The Permaculture Market Garden by Zach Loeks

Creating a Forest Garden by Martin Crawford

Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier with Jonathan Bates

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster

Mushroom Cultivation by Travis Lynch

Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation by Tradd Cotter

Radical Mycology by Peter McCoy

Farming the Woods by Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel

SCRUM: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland

The Lean Farm by Ben Hartman

The Market Gardener by Jean-Martin Fortier

Making Small Farms Work by Richard Perkins (can only order direct from author in Norway, the most detailed book to date on operating a profitable permaculture based, diverse small farm).

The Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman

Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier

How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons

The Permaculture City by Toby Hemenway


 

Nurseries

Burnt Ridge - Probably the most affordable mail order nursery. They are usually my go-to for trees although they certainly don’t carry everything I like.

Raintree Nursery - Good all around selection.

One Green World - An industry standard. They have a lot of unique varieties.  

Fedco Trees - Based in Maine, they have a huge apple selection and their orchard tools are great. Shop for things like pruners and orchard irrigation with Fedco.

Edible Acres Nursery - Specializing in “permaculture” plants.  A good source for herbaceous perennials like sea kale, turkish rocket and sweet cicely.

Twisted Tree Nursery - Another all around “premie” nursery

Brambleberry Nursery - They are outside Bloomington, IN and DO NOT ship.  However, if you can make the 4 hour drive they have a great selection of proven winners.  Plus you get to see their sweet straw bale house if you visit.

Edible Landscaping Nursery - Mad props to these folks in VA.  They starting specializing in edible landscaping crops way back when.  Their availability can be poor but what they have comes highly recommended.  They sell all their stuff in pots

Stark Brother Nursery - A nursery right here in MO.  They do not specialize in “easy to grow” plants or species so I don’t buy a lot from them. However, I love the plants they sell in EZ start pots.

Richters Herbs - An amazing selection of herbs and perennials.  They even sell really affordable “flats” of 12 or 90 for doing big plantings

Indiana Berry Company - Affordable and tremendous selection on all kinds of berries. They give really nice descriptions in their catalog

Prairie Nursery - Selling native plugs and seeds. They carry some hard to find nitrogen fixers like native clover, dalea candida, as well as wild senna.

England’s Orchard and Nursery - Cliff England is our region’s expert on Jujubes and Persimmons.

Hidden Springs Nursery - A few “no frills” nursery that ships really nice “no spray” fruit trees and shrubs.  

Oikos Tree Crops - All kinds of unique “wild” seedling varieties of trees, shrubs and perennials.

Food Forest Farm - Unique perennial vegetables from the most prolific researchers of perennial vegetable crops.

Kelly Winterton’s Perennial Onions - Breeder/grower of market sized perennial onions. Limited quantities available, highly recommended.


SEEDS

Wild Garden Seeds - highest diversity of salad greens seeds in the US, bred and grown on farm, ensuring highest grade seed (tip, buy seed from breeder/growers, they sell the highest grade seeds through their own companies and the lowest grade through broker seed companies).

Ann Arbor Seed Company - breeder/grower producing the highest quality seed in the midwest. Small-scale permaculture seed farm.

Johnny’s Seeds - An awesome selection of veggies and perennials.  

High Mowing - ALL ORGANIC SEEDS.

Baker Creek - All kind of fun heirloom seeds.  A Missouri company! They have the best selection of alpine strawberry seeds.

Richters Herbs - An amazing selection of uncommon herbs and perennials.


MUSHROOMS

These are all small-scale and/or family-run businesses worth supporting!

Field and Forest - Wisconsin-based supplier (spawn, tools, texts etc.) with abundant info resources available as well. Very reliable and friendly folks.

Fungi Perfecti - Oregon-based, this is Paul Stamets’ family company; you can get more “advanced” supplies here, esp. if you’re interested in propagating your own spawn.

Mushroom Mountain - South Carolina-based; good prices on starter supplies; they also sell dried mushrooms, extracts, etc.