Here are provoctive resources for gardeners, landscapers, conservationists, and environmentalists.
Books to Read
Sunset Western Garden Book (9th Edition) OK, this is not provocative in a radical sense, but it is a foundational resource for gardeners on the West Coast, our “Bible,” if you will. Order it anywhere. Older versions are just as good (in my opinion) and a lot cheaper.
Western Nevada County Gardening Guide (All About Gardening in the Sierra Nevada Foothills) Order this from the Master Gardeners mentioned below. University of California Cooperative Extension and Nevada County Master gardeners.
Sand County Almanac (with Essays on Conservation from Round River)
Aldo Leopold, published in 1949 by his son. Paperback. This was the first book my forestry professor, Neal Lemerise, made us read. A conservation primer.
Second Nature (A Gardener’s Education)
Michael Pollan, published in 1971. Paperback. Pollan’s other works (Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and The Botany of Desire) are better known, but this collection of essays is my favorite.
Farming: A Handbook
Wendell Berry. Poems about our relationship to the land by America’s preeminent literary rustic.
Places to Buy Stuff in Nevada and Placer County
Bald Mountain Nursery
6195 Bald Mountain Road
Call 530-743-4856 before you go
Pleasant Valley Farm and Garden Supply
125 Clydesdale Court
380 Nevada Street
Rare Earth Landscaping Materials
11750 LaBarr Meadows Road
People to Call for Help
Master Gardeners Nevada County
255 South Auburn Street
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