How to Become a Gardener: Find Empowerment in Creating Your Own Food Security by Ashlie Thomas, The Mocha Gardener, offers an amazing look at how gardening can change the gardener. She dives into which types of gardens work well with different vegetables, herbs and fruits, from container gardens on the patio to vertical gardens in tighter spaces, and, of course, the diverse variety of ground options. Thomas comes to gardening with a clear view on how growing our own food offers not just healthier options, but a tangible manifestation of food security and sustainability.
How to Become a Gardener gives readers Thomas’ top 10 growers along with practical guidelines on how to choose what to grow based on the space and needs that each gardener brings to the experience. You’ll enjoy her thoughtful summary of all the lessons she learned on her journey to growing her own food. This is a practical and encouraging read that can get you excited to start growing right away and encourage you to think about how you can do even more with and for your community.
Gabrielle Clark is a librarian at Hennepin County Library–Maple Grove. Read more at hclib.org.