Growing Perennial Foods: A field guide to raising resilient herbs, fruits, and vegetables

Growing Perennial Foods: A field guide to raising resilient herbs, fruits, and vegetables


Written by Acadia Tucker, Illustrated by Krishna Chavda

Release Date: February 2019 | AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!

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 6 steps she recommends gardeners take to help perennial foods thrive. But most of the book is dedicated to profiles of popular perennial herbs, fruits, and vegetables, with explicit instructions on how to plant, grow, and harvest them.

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 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 late Spring 2019. Both are Growing Good Food Guides, part of the book series on sustainable and organic gardening published by Stone Pier Press.

ISBN: 9780998862354 (paperback)

Pages: 125

Size: 6 x 9


B O O K   P R A I S E   &   P R E S S


Tucker helps us tap into the deeper meaning of gardening and grow good food at the same time. — Anne Biklé, co-author, The Hidden Half of Nature

Read this book. If we don’t get together and take care of the soil, our atmosphere is toast.

- Tim LaSalle, The Regenerative Initiative, Chico State

I love this book. An easy-to-read, down-to-earth guide to regenerative gardening, Growing Perennial Foods provides a blueprint, and the inspiration, to start planting your own.

– Virginia Aronson, R.D., M.S., Director, Food and Nutrition Resources Foundation


A U T H O R   &   I L L U S T R A T O R

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Acadia Tucker


Acadia Tucker has a life-long love affair with plants that has led her around the world, mapping endemic plant species on the Channel Islands and conducting plant surveys deep in the Peruvian rainforest. After graduating from Pitzer College, she started a four-season organic market garden in Washington State inspired by farming pioneers Eliot Coleman and Jean-Martin Fortier. While managing the farm, Acadia grew 200 different food crops before heading back to school at the University of British Columbia to complete a Masters in Land and Water Systems. She lives in New Hampshire with her farm dog, Nimbus, and grows hops to support locally sourced craft beer in New England, when she isn't raising perennials in her own backyard. She is also the author of Growing Good Food: A citizen’s guide to backyard carbon farming.


Krishna Chavda


Krishna is an illustrator and surface designer based in Hoboken, NJ. Inspired by her childhood in Tanzania, nature, and her Indian heritage, Krishna's illustrations and patterns are vibrant and playful. Learn more at Nanu Illustration.