Here are some helpful books and videos that share in the spirit of GreenFriends, plus resources related to plastic source reduction. If you have a favorite resouce you would like to share with the GreenFriends community, send it to

Working with Nature - Shifting Paradigms by Heide Hermary

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 addressed to all gardeners with an interest in horticultural science and 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.

The Essence Of Organic Gardening by Heide Hermary

Another great book by Heide Hermaru that gives a glimpse into the many relationships and natural processes within nature, aand stresses the interconnectedness of life.
The lives of plants are interwoven with the lives and activities of all the organisms in their environment. A great book for beginners or as a gift to new gardeners.

The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food by Tanya Denckla Cobb

This plant-by-plant guide includes profiles of more than 765 tasty varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and nuts.

It also offers expert advice on selecting suitable plants plus growing, harvesting, and storing them.

Gaia's Garden Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition by Toby Hemenway

The winner of the 2011 Nautilus Gold Medal Award, Gaia's Garden has been the world's best selling book on permaculture for the last seven years.

Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham

Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that shows how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre.

The Rodale Book of Composting: Easy Methods for Every Gardener (edited by Grace Gershuny and Deborah Martin)

This book covers composting from start to finish, with a focus on composting for the home and garden.

It looks at compostable materials and their properties and includes plans to build several types of composters.

The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, 3rd Edition by Joseph Jenkins

A good read for anyone who is ready to entertain the possibility of more fully integrating themselves into the ecosystem.

It explains why the people of the Western world do not compost their manure, why we should, and how it can be done safely, without chemicals, high technology, or pollution.

Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe by Charlotte Gill

The winner of the BC National Award for Non-Fiction, Eating Dirt is vivid portrayal of one woman's life planting trees, and her insights into the forest industry.

It explores environmental implications and a celebration of the wonder of trees.


Tree Book Tree Tree Book Tree

Mi Papá Estuvo en la Selva, or "My Dad Was in the Jungle"

A video about a children's book that can be planted and it will grow into a tree!

Heroic Food Heroic Food Farm gives military veterans a new mission as farmers growing sustainable food.

This video highlights the first organization dedicated to training military veterans in the craft of sustainable agriculture.

How to Make Compost - Making Your Own Compost

How does your garden grow? A lot better if the soil is enriched with compost from your own compost pile. Scott Meyer, editor of Organic Gardening magazine, shows how to make and use compost.

How to Fight Desertification and Reverse Climate Change

Allan Savory talks about desertification. It's happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands. A surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

One Seed at a Time

Cary Fowler takes us inside a vast global seed bank buried within a frozen mountain in Norway, that stores a diverse group of food-crop for whatever tomorrow may bring.

How We Can Eat Our Landscapes

"What should a community do with its unused land?" Pam Warhurst tells how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.


Plastic Source Reduction Resources
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

NBC news reports on one of the molst little known, but greatest environmental catastrophes in the world today.

What really happens to the plastic you throw away?

In this animated video, Emma Bryce traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles, shedding light on the dangers these disposables present to our world.

The Plastic Ocean

A heartwrenching (and at times disturbing) video from the United Nations on the amount of plastic in the ocean.

How Much Plastic is in the Ocean?

A PBS video on what can you do to make the oceans plastic-free.

The Battle of the Bag

A CBC documentary on international efforts to prohibit plastic bags.

The Story of Bottled water The Story of Bottled Water

From The Story of Stuff Project, an illustrative animated video on bottled water and how to avaoid buying it.

The Plastic Gyre

A Special Edition series for GSU TV exploring the perils of plastic pollution and the great plastic garbage patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Takeout Takes a Lot of Trash

Takeout food generates an enormous amount of single-use wate, but it doesn't have to.

The Plastic Pollution Coalition

The Plastic Pollution Coalition is a growing global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses, and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution.

Oceans Are Drowning In Plastic The Oceans are Drowning in Plastic and No One's Paying Attention

A good overall article from the Huffington Post on how we are being overwhelmed by our waste.


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