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

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


Written by Acadia Tucker, Illustrated by Krishna Chavda

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

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

Sturdy and deep rooted, perennials can weather climate extremes more easily than annuals. They tend to thrive without chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and they don’t need as much water, either. These long-lived plants also help build healthy soil, turning the very ground we stand on into a giant carbon sponge.

Tucker lays the groundwork for tending an organic, regenerative garden. For her, this is gardening as if our future depends on it, and she spells out why. Most of the book is dedicated to profiles of 34 popular herbs, fruits, and vegetables, with instructions on how to plant, grow, and harvest them. Tucker also includes 34 recipes.

Growing Perennial Foods is for gardeners who want more resilient plants that can withstand extreme weather. It’s for people who want to do something about climate change. It’s for anyone who has never grown food before and wants to start. It’s time.

Growing Perennial Foods: A field guide to raising resilient herbs, fruits & vegetables 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 Fall 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: 280

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.