Gaia College has published two books to help gardeners and landscapers learn more about working with nature. Additionally, our partner organization, SOUL, has three free e-books for organic gardeners available for download.
The Essence of Organic Gardening
Are you ready to gain a deeper understanding of your garden?
It seems natural to focus on the biggest inhabitants of the garden and to think that gardening is all about plants. But it is so much more. The lives of plants are interwoven with the lives and activities of all the organisms in their environment.
With this book I hope to show you a glimpse of the many relationships and natural processes within nature, the interconnectedness of life. Gardening is much easier and much more interesting when we work to support the health of the whole garden, and that's what organic gardening is all about.
Here is a book review by Synergy Magazine
Working With Nature - Shifting Paradigms
Working With Nature - Shifting Paradigms presents a new framework for making land management decisions. It describes ecologically sound soil and water management practices and introduces the concept of landscape health management. These are essential concepts in holistic land management.
This book is designed to be a resource for self study, and community and classroom education. It is addressed at all gardeners with an interest in horticultural science: landscape professionals, farmers, horticulture instructors, students and avid home gardeners. Even though this is a scientific text, it is written in plain language. A glossary and extensive references are provided at the end of the book.
This book is used as the text for the Organic Master Gardener and Organic Horticulture Specliast courses. The e-book is available to download in the online classroom when you are enroled in the course.
Here is a book review from the Canadian Organic Growers
Organic Land Care Standard
Much of Gaia College's teachings are based on the Organic Land Care Standard. This Organic Land Care Standard was developed by the Society for Organic Urban Land Care (SOUL) in response to the need for clear guidelines for the creation and maintenance of landscapes for environmental, recreational, ornamental and food production reasons, following organic principles.
The Standard can be viewed or downloaded from SOUL's website: SOUL Standard
SOUL (The Canadian Society for Organic Urban Land Care) has published three e-books
- Practical Tips for Organic Gardeners
- Product for Organic Gardeners
- Soil Testing for Organic Gardeners
Download them for free from SOUL's website.