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For Every Gardener!

How to Grow More Vegetables

How to Grow More Vegetables*, *(and fruit, nuts, berries, grains and other crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine by John Jeavons, 8th Ed. (US)$19.95

The classic book on GROW BIOINTENSIVE® gardening for beginners to advanced gardeners.

Order the new 8th edition of How To Grow More Vegetables and unlock the hidden nutritional potential lying dormant in spaces you might ordinarily consider too small. More food, flowers, beauty and life than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine!

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Designed For Beginners

The Sustainable Vegetable Garden

The Sustainable Vegetable Garden,
by John Jeavons and Carol Cox, 1999 118 pp.

Based on the best-selling How To Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine, The Sustainable Vegetable Garden is a simpler book for those just beginning to garden or those who need less information for the gardening they are doing. Take advantage of two decades of GROW BIOINTENSIVE food-raising experiences from people everywhere as you create a highly productive, resource-conserving mini-farm at home, with its own thriving ecosystem—an environmental solution for the nineties … and beyond.

Available worldwide for $12.95 plus s/h (U.S. funds).

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The Sustainable Vegetable Garden

 

 

 

El Huerto Sustentable (4.29MB PDF File)
(The Spanish Language Version of The Sustainable Vegetable Garden)
by John Jeavons and Carol Cox, 2007 107 pp.

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For Students, Apprentices, and Interns

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NEW!

The Spanish language version of
Booklet #31
Diseno de un Mini-Huerto Sustentable CULTIVE BIOINTENSIVAMENTEMR

is available as a PDF.

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(~878KB file)


Booklet 30

 

 

Booklet #30: GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Sustainable Mini-Farming Certification Program for Teachers and Soil Test Stations (259KB PDF File)

The newly revised 2009 edition of Ecology Action's self-teaching mini-series is now available -- for free! -- as a downloadable PDF.

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Also available in Spanish!

Folleto #30: CULTIVE BIOINTENSIVAMENTEMR
Mini-Cultivo Sustentable

Capacitación para Instructores
y programa de certificación

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(~2.33MB file)

 

 

 


Booklet 33 - Cultiva Tus Propios Granos...

The Spanish language version of Booklet #33 (Growing Your Own Grains.../Cultiva Tus Propios Granos y Cereales: Cultivo, Cosechas y Usos)
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Booklet 33: Cultivo De Semillas

 

The Spanish language version of
Booklet #13
(Growing to Seed/Cultivo de Semillas)

is available as a PDF.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(1.33 MB file)

 


 

NEW!

Climate Change and GROW BIOINTENSIVE
a perspective paper from Ecology Action,
is available as a PDF in both:


SPANISH                    and                    ENGLISH  

Climate Change and GROW BIOINTENSIVE

To download a free copy click here for English and click here for Spanish (~690KB file)


 

Biointensive Agriculture: A Greener Revolution
a perspective paper from Ecology Action,
is available as a PDF in both:


SPANISH                    and                    ENGLISH  

Agricultura Biointensiva: Una Revolucion Mas Verde           Biointensive Agriculture: A Greener Revolution

To download a free copy click here for Spanish and click here for English
(2.61MB file)


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Test Your Soil With Plants

Test Your Soil With Plants: Second Edition
(formerly Booklet 29 - now revised and expanded!)

John Beeby, Booklet 29, 2nd ed. 2013, 168 pp.

For thousands of years, farmers were able to predict the agricultural value of land by observing the plants that grow on it. This book shows you how to optimize your garden's health and productivity, simply by observing the plants growing in your garden. Learn what natural fertilizers lead to best garden health. Fully revised and updated edition. Includes color photos.

"Notice the number of different kinds of plants growing in that soil, perhaps some so small and inconspicuous you have to get down on your hands and knees to see, perhaps others that tower above you. Realize that each one of those plants, and every plant, speaks of the conditions in which it grows. The language it speaks can only be seen, not heard. Through its presence, form, color and vigor, each plant describes - in general or very specific terms - the moisture, acidity, nutrient content, and other conditions of the soil. The simple fact that a particular plant is growing there is telling you something about that soil. The fact that the plant is stunted and its growing tips are withered is telling you something. The fact that its color is a deep green, but it seems not to be vigorous, is telling you somethings. Now, take a look at that little patch of ground and plants again, and imagine the hundred, maybe thousands, of pieces if information that are being communicated to you! " - From the Introduction

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The following books and collections written by John Jeavons, Ecology Action staff, and apprentices, are available online from Bountiful Gardens.

The Backyard Homestead | The Basic Biointensive Library Collection
The Complete Ecology Action Library Collection | Future Fertility
How to Grow More Vegetables (English) | Spanish | German | Arabic | Hindi | French
One Circle | Proceedings of the Soil, Food and People Conference
The Sustainable Vegetable Garden (English) | Spanish
Test Your Soil With Plants (2nd Edition)


The Backyard Homestead

Mini-Farm & Garden Log Book
Jeavons, Griffin, and Leler, l983 - spiral bound, 234 pp.


For those who want to develop more self-reliance, earn an income from mini-farming, or just to learn how to become more effective food growers. This companion book to How to Grow More Vegetables is the result of ten years of practical garden research and covers such subjects as food from your backyard homestead, beginning to mini-farm, tools you can make (including the U-Bar), plans to build portable greenhouses, crop profiles and tests, calendars, essential bookkeeping, and much more. Spiral Bound only.

“...in his mini-green revolution John Jeavons is demonstrating that small is beautiful.”
-The Manchester Guardian

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The Basic Biointensive Library

While How To Grow More Vegetables... is all you need to start and to practice Biointensive gardening, we continue to produce additional materials of special interest. This collection of books provides a well-rounded education in Biointensive gardening for the advanced gardener or the professional.

The basic books are: How to Grow More Vegetables, Backyard Homestead, The Sustainable Vegetable Garden, One Circle, Booklets: 0, 1, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26 and 32.

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The Complete Ecology Action Library

All books, booklets and information sheets.


Everything Ecology Action has in print in the English language as of January 1, 2006: How to Grow More Vegetables, The Sustainable Vegetable Garden, Proceedings from the Soil Food and People Conference, Future Fertility, One Circle, Backyard Homestead, Booklets: 0, 1, 2, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, TB 1, PB 1, Complete set of Info Packets, Intensive Food Production on a Human Scale, Biointensive Sustainable Mini-Farming, Siberian Biointensive Research Report, Biodynamic Gardening in India, Living Quarters for Plant Roots, Appropriate Agriculture, Circle of Plenty Booklet, Man of the Trees, and Weaving a Lavender Wand--everything in the Basic Biointensive library plus more ( does not include videos or training program info).

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Future Fertility

Transforming Human Waste Into Human Wealth
John Beeby, 1995, 164 pp.


Returning the nutrients in human waste back to the soil from which they came is essential for the sustainability of agriculture worldwide. This detailed and practical manual describes both established and innovative low-technology methods of safely and effectively recycling the nutrients in human waste. More importantly, it describes the principles behind the methods, and criteria that any method must meet for safety and sustainability. A must for those interested in transforming their waste into wealth in the future.

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How to Grow More Vegetables*

*(and fruit, nuts, berries, grains and other crops) than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine
John Jeavons, 8th edition, 2012, 288 pp.


A fully revised, updated and expanded edition of the book that helped revolutionize food production around the world, and in our backyard gardens. Yes, it is possible to grow fresh vegetables for a family of four on the front lawn! The classic book on GROW BIOINTENSIVE(R) gardening for beginners to advanced gardeners. The most complete and practical book of its kind, proven effective in all types of garden conditions. This book is every gardener’s guidebook to healthier and more beautiful gardens.

This major revision with a foreward by Alice Waters updates everything, with the most current information, techniques and data, as well as important current topics like soil sustainability and the future of farming. All charts and plans are updated; the bibliography is expanded; more help in working toward sustainable soil fertility is included. Everyone who has used and enjoyed previous editions will want this book--the best thing any gardener can do for their garden!

“...possibly the most detailed explanation of the Intensive gardening method available.”-The New York Times

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Also available are the following editions of How to Grow More Vegetables... published in different languages:

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One Circle

How to Grow a Complete Diet in Less Than 1000 Square Feet

By: Dave Duhon & Cindy Gebhard
1984, 200 pp , Language: English

Using the techniques described in How To Grow More Vegetables..., this book will help you explore your nutritional needs and then design and produce a complete vegetarian diet in as little as 700 square feet. Loaded with charts, annotated bibliographies, step-by-step instructions, and even cut-out slide rules for the calculations. You’re invited to participate in this bold, new cutting-edge of Biointensive development and research. You will need to read How To Grow More Vegeables... first.

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Proceedings of the Soil, Food and People Conference

Hugh Roberts, editor, 2002, 180 pp.


From a conference presented by Ecology Action and attended by Biointensive practitioners form all over the world. Attendees were inspired and energized by the sharing of work and experience. If you missed this conference held at UC-Davis in March 2000, or attended and want to review the information, you’ll love this book! Every speaker has been included, and there are photos and supporting material also. Some topics covered are:

  • GROW BIOINTENSIVE Mini-Farming,
  • Farming with a passive solar greenhouse,
  • Heirloom seed preservation,
  • Reports from projects worldwide
  • ...and much more.

Relevant for everyone who enjoys using Biointensive techniques, but especially so for those who intend to teach these methods or work with them in other countries.

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The Sustainable Vegetable Garden

The Backyard Guide To Higher Yields and Healthy Soil
John Jeavons & Carol Cox, revised 1999, 118 pp.


This is a simpler, more basic version of How to Grow More Vegetables..., based on a simple garden plan. Formerly titled Lazy Bed Gardening, this book has been revised to include the latest information on GROW BIOINTENSIVE techniques. Includes a new chapter on seed saving. Especially suitable for teachers planning a school garden, or for anyone who prefers a shorter simpler introduction to GROW BIOINTENSIVE.

"A lazy bed is a deeply prepared bed (2’ deep) whose growing area can produce up to four times more than an equivalent area prepared less deeply and planted in rows. So the gardener has only one bed to dig, one bed to fertilize, one bed to water, one bed to weed - only one-quarter the area it would take to produce the same amount of yield by other methods.”

This book combines our experiences from How to Grow More Vegetables... and Booklets #14 and #26 into a new understanding of how to grow all your own food in the backyard, while also caring for the health of your soil and the planet. The emphasis is on food gardening and improving the soil through crop selection. New gardeners can now benefit from direct garden research in over 130 countries - this method has been tried everywhere, on every type of soil, in all climates, and it works for epicurean gardeners as well as third world farmers. It gives specific recommendations on the best crops for beginning gardeners, and how much to grow for a family’s needs.

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El Huerto Sustentable

The Spanish language version of The Sustainable Vegetable Garden is available as a PDF.
To download a copy, click here. (4.29 MB file)


Test Your Soil With Plants: Second Edition
(formerly Booklet 29 - now revised and expanded!)

John Beeby, Booklet 29, 2nd ed. 2013, 168 pp.

For thousands of years, farmers were able to predict the agricultural value of land by observing the plants that grow on it. This book shows you how to optimize your garden's health and productivity, simply by observing the plants growing in your garden. Learn what natural fertilizers lead to best garden health. Fully revised and updated edition. Includes color photos.

"Notice the number of different kinds of plants growing in that soil, perhaps some so small and inconspicuous you have to get down on your hands and knees to see, perhaps others that tower above you. Realize that each one of those plants, and every plant, speaks of the conditions in which it grows. The language it speaks can only be seen, not heard. Through its presence, form, color and vigor, each plant describes - in general or very specific terms - the moisture, acidity, nutrient content, and other conditions of the soil. The simple fact that a particular plant is growing there is telling you something about that soil. The fact that the plant is stunted and its growing tips are withered is telling you something. The fact that its color is a deep green, but it seems not to be vigorous, is telling you somethings. Now, take a look at that little patch of ground and plants again, and imagine the hundred, maybe thousands, of pieces if information that are being communicated to you! " - From the Introduction

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The following booklets, written by John Jeavons, Ecology Action staff and apprentices, contain basic information for learning GROW BIOINTENSIVE method and other techniques, and are available online from Bountiful Gardens.

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Booklet 0

Biointensive Mini-Farming: A Rational Use of Natural Resources
EA Staff, 1985, 13 pp.

Explains what Ecology Action is doing and why. Well footnoted.


Booklet 1

Cucumber Bonanza
J Mogador Griffin, 1979, 18 pp.


Takes cucumbers as an example of a crop history and goes through 7 years of work, from 1973 to 1979, during which yields in our research gardens increased from 140 to 400 pounds per bed. An excellent introduction to mini-farming and the variables which can be examined for greater yields.


Booklet 2

One Crop Test Booklet: Soybeans
By: Griffin & Jeavons, 1980, 24 pp.

Contains step-by-step instructions for conducting comparative tests for spacing and yield (with optional water monitoring) for soybeans, an important protein crop.


Booklet 9: A Perspective

A Perspective
By: John Jeavons
1981, 17 pp , Language: English

A paper given at The Second International Conference on Small Scale Intensive Food Production, reporting on the worldwide efforts of Ecology Action and others.


Booklet 11: Examining the Tropics

Examining the Tropics: A Small Scale Approach to Sustainable Agriculture
Jeavons & Griffin, 1982, 40 pp.

A “working paper” designed to present basic information on the tropics. Contains a large bibliography.


Booklet 12

Growing and Gathering Your Own Fertilizer
EA staff, 1984, 140 pp.

We’ve had increasing requests for a book on how to grow your own fertilizer from common materials. Over 90 of tables on the fertilizer potential of common home, garden and farm materials. Many places in the world (US also) simply cannot easily get commercial or prepared fertilizers. Get independence in your garden.


Booklet 13

Growing to Seed
Peter Donelan, revised 1999, 45 pp.

How to grow all your own seed in the smallest possible area in your own backyard. Maintain optimum health and genetic diversity in your seed stock! Includes information on vegetables, grains, cover crops, seed exchanges, and seed co-operatives, plus a bibliography. Essential tables on crops and their seed-saving characteristics.

NEW!

The Spanish language version of Booklet #13
Cultivo de Semillas
is available as a PDF.
To download a free copy, click here. (1.33 MB file)


Booklet 14

The Complete 21-Bed Biointensive Mini-Farm
John Jeavons, 1987, 32 pp.

Currently it takes a minimum of 10,000 square feet to feed one person in the U.S., and often 16,000 square feet to feed one person in the Third World. This booklet gives a step-by-step approach on how to start sustainably growing all your food, a small income, and compost crops in as little as 2,100 square feet. Assumes you've read How to Grow More Vegetables, One Circle, Backyard Homestead.


Booklet 15

One Basic Mexican Diet
J Mogador Griffin, 1987, 32 pp.

This booklet grew out of Gary Stoner’s work with the Menos y Mejores project in Tula, Tamaulipas, Mexico. It includes an exploration and complete nutritional analysis of a typical family diet. We can learn much about providing for ourselves from our friends in Tula. Available in both English and Spanish - please specify when ordering.


Booklet 16

Foliar Feeding
Peter Donelan, 1988, 9 pp.

A consideration of how to get the most from your crops through foliar feeding, with several easy-to-make-at-home recipes for sprays.


Booklet 17

Backyard Garden Research
John Jeavons & Bill Bruneau, 1988, 32 pp.

Techniques for improving your garden and gardening. What to look at when setting up your garden, ways to improve your garden’s performance, and how to listen to what your garden is telling you.


Booklet 18

Dried, Cut, and Edible Flowers for Pleasure, Food and Income
Louisa Lenz, 1990, 60 pp.

Flowers enrich our lives, are often quite useful for vegetable growing by serving as food sources for pollinating insects, can be part of a good business, and many are even good to eat! Cultivation of dried and cut flowers, information on edible flowers, and economic data on mini-farming flowers commercially. Illustrated.


Booklet 19

Biointensive Micro-Farming; A Seventeen Year Perspective
John Jeavons, 1989, 20 pp.

This booklet answers many of the most commonly asked questions about our work and the purpose and direction of our research.


Booklet 20

An Ecology Action Reading Guide
John Jeavons, 1988, 12 pp.

Our Ecology Action publications contain a wealth of information - here is John’s plan for the best way to use them to make your learning easier. What to read when, plus suggested supplemental readings. Create your own curriculum.


Booklet 21

Micro-farmers as a Key to The Revitalization of the World’s Agriculture and Environment
John Jeavons, 1989, 13 pp.

Micro-farming in a global and a national context--shows the contribution it can make to solving many of our current environmental and agricultural problems.


Booklet 22

Grow Your Manure For Free
John Jeavons & Bill Bruneau, 1990, 12 pp.

An excellent and concise summary on growing compost crops to improve your soil’s fertility. Highlights ten exceptional crops and their respective advantages, with tips on how to plant and compost them.


Booklet 24

Ecology Action’s Comprehensive Definition of Sustainability
John Jeavons & Steve Rioch, 2005, 4 pp.

What specifically sustainability is, with notes.


Booklet 25

One Basic Kenyan Diet: Diet, Income and Compost Crop Designs in a Three Bed Learning Model
Patrick Wasike, 1991, 23 pp.

A thorough analysis of a vegetarian Kenyan diet. A fully sustainable three bed model, based on our Booklet 14. Profusely illustrated with charts and references.


Booklet 26

Learning To Grow All Your Own Food: One Bed Model For Compost, Diet and Income Crops
Carol Cox & Staff, 1991, 25 pp.

Based on Booklet 14, this complete course was developed through our workshops on the one-bed learning & teaching model. Gives detailed cultural instructions for many crops that we have found successful in our research garden. Good materials for planning and record keeping..


Booklet 27

Growing Medicinal Herbs in as Little as Fifty Square Feet - Uses and Recipes
Louisa Lenz-Porter, 1995, 40 pp.

How to grow most of one person’s medicinal herbs in as little as 50 square feet. An herbal “medicine cabinet.” of 24 common, easily grown herbs is described in depth. Instructions, recipes, and bibliography take an easy approach to an enjoyable activity. Sample 50-sq-foot bed with ideas for personal modifications.


Booklet 28

The Smallest Possible Area to Grow Food and Feed
Emmanuel Chiwo Omondi, 1997, 45 pp.

Sustainable diet and dairy production, for a family with one cow.


Test Your Soil With Plants: Second Edition
(formerly Booklet 29 - now revised and expanded!)

John Beeby, Booklet 29, 2nd ed. 2013, 168 pp.

For thousands of years, farmers were able to predict the agricultural value of land by observing the plants that grow on it. This book shows you how to optimize your garden's health and productivity, simply by observing the plants growing in your garden. Learn what natural fertilizers lead to best garden health. Fully revised and updated edition. Includes color photos.

"Notice the number of different kinds of plants growing in that soil, perhaps some so small and inconspicuous you have to get down on your hands and knees to see, perhaps others that tower above you. Realize that each one of those plants, and every plant, speaks of the conditions in which it grows. The language it speaks can only be seen, not heard. Through its presence, form, color and vigor, each plant describes - in general or very specific terms - the moisture, acidity, nutrient content, and other conditions of the soil. The simple fact that a particular plant is growing there is telling you something about that soil. The fact that the plant is stunted and its growing tips are withered is telling you something. The fact that its color is a deep green, but it seems not to be vigorous, is telling you somethings. Now, take a look at that little patch of ground and plants again, and imagine the hundred, maybe thousands, of pieces if information that are being communicated to you! " - From the Introduction

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Booklet 30

GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming Teacher Certification Program
EA Staff, 2009, 38 pp.

Details for those who are interested in the requirements and process for becoming Certified Teachers of Biointensive techniques.


Booklet 31

Designing a GROW BIOINTENSIVE(R) Sustainable Mini-Farm – A Working Paper
Ecology Action Staff, Revised 2013, 45 pp.

Introduces in detail the concepts behind the design of a sustainable mini-farm that provides compost material for soil fertility, food for a balanced diet, and crops to market for a small income, all in the smallest possible area. Includes 10 forms to be filled out with data from your own garden site and nutritional needs and takes you through the process that will end in a sustainable design for your own specific situation. The process is one used in our workshops that has evolved over many years... a practical tool for your home garden!

NEW!

The Spanish language version of
Booklet #31: Diseno de un Mini-Huerto Sustentable CULTIVE BIOINTENSIVAMENTEMR
is available as a PDF.

To download a free copy, click here.
(~879KB file)


Booklet 32

GROW BIOINTENSIVE(R) Composting and Growing Compost Materials
Ecology Action Staff, 2004, 35 pp.

Revised version of discontinued booklets 10 and 23. This book details our research into producing the highest quality compost from crops grown in your own garden. All that we have learned in the past 14 years has been included.


Booklet 33

Grow Your Own Grains
Carol Cox, 2008, 28 pp


At last! Basic grain raising and harvesting on a small scale, appropriate for a home garden. How to grow and use barley, oats, cereal rye, triticale, wheat, amaranth, corn, millet, quinoa, rice, sorghum and teff. Carol Cox is the Garden Manager at our Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm in Willits, and has been growing all kinds of grains for many years. A working paper.

The Spanish language version of Booklet #33
Cultiva Tus Propios Granos y Cereales: Cultivo, Cosechas y Usos
is available as a PDF.
To download a free copy, click here. (1.43 MB file)


Booklet 34

Food for the Future, Now! A Survival Garden Plan.
Damon P Miller II, MD, CNP, Carol Cox, Robin Mankey, 2010, 48 pp


There is a difference between responding to panic and planning for the future! This booklet provides carefully constructed garden plans to provde a basic, nutritionally complete diet for one person, increasingly healthy soil, and even seed for replanting. Based on the GROW BIOINTENSIVE method to insure sustainability. Bountiful Gardens also has seed sets available to go with the plans in this booklet.
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Booklet 35

Growing More Food With Less Water
Ecology Action Staff, 2011, 35 pp


This booklet is for gardeners who have limited water for the growing of their food, either those in naturally dry areas or in areas of extended drought. If you want to find new ways to maximize the efficiency of the water you use in your garden, this book will help. It briefly explains how water acts in the soil, quantifies the water savings of growing food biointensively and describes ways to minimize the water you need. It then covers a number of ingenious ways to harvest rainfall, add water effectiveness to your soil and notes methods to use for storing water.


Booklet 36

Experimental 33-Bed GROW BIOINTENSIVE Mini-Farm - Growing Complete Fertility, Nutrition and Income
John Jeavons, 2011, 34 pp


This booklet is our newest plan, based upon 40 years of solid research, for growing all your food, compost and a modest income on a little as 3,300 sq ft of growing beds. This is based on conservative intermediate-level GROW BIOINTENSIVE yields. It has been designed for longer growing season areas with warmer nights, as opposed to Booklet 14, and similarly uses a 3-bed plan as its basis, which can then be scaled up to a full mini-farm. Contains delicious recipes based on the crops grown.


Booklet 37

Energy Use in Biointensive Food Production
Steve Moore, 2013, 29 pp


Among the benefits potential for the Biointensive Sustainable Mini-Farming method are higher yields, lower water consumption, less fertilizer. It is fairly straightforward to weigh produce, measure water use, and keep track of fertilizers. It is not so easy to evaluate the total input of energy in farming systems.

Steve Moore, director of the Agroecology Program at Elon University in North Carolina, has been investigating this particular aspect of the Biointensive system. His new booklet in the EA Self-Teaching Mini-Series, Energy Use in Biointensive Food Production, evaluates the different forms of energy that contribute to food production. They include the calories of labor, the calories embedded in the tools we use, and the calories used in getting the food to our plates—processing and preserving. Two crops, onions and flour corn, serve to illustrate how the use of energy is calculated with as little as 6% the energy being used in biologically intensive practices compared with conventional ones.

Be sure to check out the energy efficiencies of fermentation food preservation, including Sauerkraut!


Technical Booklet 1

Solar Water Heater
Jeff Smith and John Warner, 2000, 12 pp.

Sweaty gardeners at our research garden have been grateful for the solar-heated shower in the garden, and we have had requests for the plans…so here they are. Written by the two master builders who installed ours, these are detailed plans with drawings, a materials list, and complete instructions on building and siting.


Personal Booklet 1

Another Way to Wealth
Sondra Blomberg, 1991, 16 pp.

A journey of one person from a good job in industry towards an organic Biointensive community-supported economic mini-farm and an integrated, simple, spiritual way-of-life. Included are questionnaires to assist others in their journeys.


Booklets in Other Languages

Many of these booklets are also available in other languages. For more information, see the Bountiful Gardens listing of Ecology Action Research Papers.

 

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The following information sheets, articles and papers are written by John Jeavons, Ecology Action staff, and apprentices.

They contain basic information for learning GROW BIOINTENSIVE method and other techniques, and are available online from Bountiful Gardens.

Click a title to order.


About Amaranth and Quinoa

2 pp. Information sheet.
Brief history, culture, and uses of Amaranth and Quinoa.


Appropriate Agriculture

Michael Shepard & John Jeavons, 1977, 14 pp.

This footnoted paper was presented at the 1977 “Small is Beautiful’’ Conference at UCD. Presents many historical examples and speaks of the need to look at our present methods of fossil fuel-based agriculture. Still very current.


Biodynamic Gardening In India

Engineering of Photosynthesis Systems, Vol. 42
1980, 37 pp.

Summarizes 3 years’ work at their research center in Madras, India, and with Harijan low-income families. Shows how this method can be transferred to very disadvantaged families owning small, poor strips of land. Promising yields serve as a valuable source of nutritional and economic augmentation. This center received one of India’s highest awards in 1981.


NEW!

Biointensive Agriculture: A Greener Revolution
a perspective paper from Ecology Action,
available as a PDF in both:


SPANISH                    and                    ENGLISH  

Agricultura Biointensiva: Una Revolucion Mas Verde           Biointensive Agriculture: A Greener Revolution

To download a free copy click here for Spanish and click here for English
(2.61MB file)


Biointensive Sustainable Mini-Farming Preliminary Research

EA Staff, 1996, 25 pp.
A brief summary of a quarter-century (1972-1996) of Biointensive research experiences in California, India, Russia, and other regions.


Circle of Plenty

Ecology Action Staff, 1996, 26 pp.

Inspiring stories and personal Biointensive experiences from around the world. A sampler of the good that Biointensive can bring about worldwide.


NEW!

Climate Change and GROW BIOINTENSIVE
a perspective paper from Ecology Action,
available as a PDF in both:


SPANISH                    and                    ENGLISH  

Climate Change and GROW BIOINTENSIVE

To download a free copy click here for English and click here for Spanish (~690KB file)


GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Apprentice Opportunities

John Jeavons & staff, 2005, 27 pp.

Describes the professional program at Ecology Action’s research and education site in Willits, California, for those who want to become teachers in Biointensive sustainable ways of life by living such a life and actively catalyzing this process in others. Also included are application forms and a list of some other organizations’ apprenticeship opportunities


Information Packets: The Complete Set

Ecology Action staff, various years, 75 pp

Ecology Action Research Papers

This is a collection of short (1-6 pages each) reports on a variety of subjects spanning the whole range of our mini-farming/gardening research and work, not included in our books and other publications. Topics include gardening techniques (eg coppicing, hand cultivating), insect and animal life, limited water growing, a bibliography for cooking with sunshine, etc. Does not include the information on Sustainable Soil Fertility that is listed separately.


Living Quarters for Plant Roots

Henry C DeRoo, 1956, 6 pp.

This important reprint from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens gives a good description, with photographs, of the improved growth of roots in deeply prepared soil. Recommended by our garden staff—will help inspire you to double dig your beds! Also available in Spanish.


Sustainable Soil Fertility

Ecology Action Staff, various years, 26 pp.

Short (1-6 pages) reports on the heart of our work—learning how to have a really sustainable garden or mini-farm. This is information from our garden research and our work around the world that is not in our books. Includes information on compost crops


Siberian Biointensive Research Report

Larissa Avrorina, 1995, 16 pp.

A detailed research report and conclusions from a year of Siberian Biointensive Sustainable Mini-Farming research compared with usual practices in the region.


Weaving a Lavender Wand

Carol Cox, 1993, 4 pp.

Carol teaches workshop participants to make these traditional scented wands.
They make wonderful gifts.

 


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The following information videos and DVDs, contain basic information for learning GROW BIOINTENSIVE method and other techniques, and are available online from Bountiful Gardens.

Click a title to order.


Dig It!

John Jeavons Double-Digging Video
1997 DVD, 30 min pp.

This video shows how to prepare your soil better and much more easily by following the techniques John Jeavons has developed while double digging all over the world for the last quarter of a century. Learn directly from the master. These techniques will improve your garden, and its soil, wherever you live. Have fun digging! VHS format. Also available in Spanish


A Journey to Kenya

1993, 20 min pp. VHS

Spanish dialogue version. Sandra Mardigian and Doug Burck revisit the students they had sponsored at Manor House Agricultural Centre after they have graduated and returned home. Documents the amazing, positive changes that have resulted from Biointensive gardens, both for individuals and for whole villages! Wonderful hope-filled scenes of African gardens and gardeners. About 20 minutes.


Circle of Plenty

1987, 28 min pp. VHS

A PBS-TV special on Ecology Action’s work and key Biointensive mini-farming work in Mexico. Everyone I have talked to has been moved by this labor of love. Buy one of these as a gift for a good friend or loved one.


Circle of Plenty

1987, 28 min pp. DVD

A PBS-TV special on Ecology Action’s work and key Biointensive mini-farming work in Mexico. Everyone I have talked to has been moved by this labor of love. Buy one of these as a gift for a good friend or loved one.


Gardensong

1983, 28 min pp. VHS

A PBS – TV special on Alan Chadwick and the biodynamic/French intensive method. Coverage is given to those organizations that carry on Alan’s work, with a large share focusing on John and Ecology Action.


Gardensong

1983, 28 min pp. DVD

A PBS – TV special on Alan Chadwick and the biodynamic/French intensive method. Coverage is given to those organizations that carry on Alan’s work, with a large share focusing on John and Ecology Action.

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NEW!! You can now download free PDF versions of some of our publications!

Just click on a link below to start downloading a PDF.


El Huerto Sustentable

 

El Huerto Sustentable (4.29MB PDF File)
(The Spanish Language Version of The Sustainable Vegetable Garden)
by John Jeavons and Carol Cox, 2007 107 pp.

Based on the best-selling How To Grow More Vegetables..., El Huerto Sustentable is a simpler book for those just beginning to garden or those who need less information for the gardening they are doing. Take advantage of two decades of GROW BIOINTENSIVE food-raising experiences from people everywhere as you create a highly productive, resource-conserving mini-farm at home, with its own thriving ecosystem—an environmental solution for the nineties … and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 


Booklet 30

 

NEW!

Booklet #30: GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Sustainable Mini-Farming
Certification Program for Teachers and Soil Test Stations
(259KB PDF File)

The newly revised 2009 edition of Ecology Action's self-teaching mini-series is now available -- for free! -- as a downloadable PDF.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Booklet 33: Cultiva Tus Propios Granos...NEW!

The Spanish language version of Booklet #33 (Growing Your Own Grains.../Cultiva Tus Propios Granos y Cereales: Cultivo, Cosechas y Usos)
is available as a PDF.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


To download a free copy, click here. (1.33 MB file)


Booklet 13: Cultivo de SemillasNEW!

The Spanish language version of
Booklet #13
(Growing to Seed/Cultivo de Semillas)

is available as a PDF.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


To download a free copy, click here. (1.33 MB file)

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NEW!

Climate Change and GROW BIOINTENSIVE
a perspective paper from Ecology Action,
is available as a PDF in both:


SPANISH                    and                    ENGLISH  

Climate Change and GROW BIOINTENSIVE

To download a free copy click here for English and click here for Spanish (~690KB file)


NEW!

Biointensive Agriculture: A Greener Revolution
a perspective paper from Ecology Action,
is available as a PDF in both:


SPANISH                    and                    ENGLISH  

Agricultura Biointensiva: Una Revolucion Mas Verde           Biointensive Agriculture: A Greener Revolution

To download a free copy click here for Spanish and click here for English
(2.61MB file)

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NEW! The GB Diet Design and Planning Program is now available for download!

Designed to be used in conjunction with How to Grow More Vegetables... (7th Edition), this program helps you streamline your data entry and garden planning processes using pre-formatted Excel spreadsheets. Click a link below to find out more about how to download, activate and use this program.

Download the Trial Version - Buy the Full Version - EULA - Technical Support - Close All Topics

How to download and install the 5-day trial version of this program:

System requirements for running the software:

  • A PC computer running Microsoft Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista/ 7
  • Microsoft Excel 2000/ XP/ 2003/ 2007 installed
  • This program is not compatible with Apple Mac computers unless Bootcamp is being used (to boot into windows, etc.)
  1. Click here to download the trial version of the software.

  2. GB Diet Design and Planning.zip (~1MB) will begin downloading automatically.

  3. If you are prompted to open or save this program, click Save and choose a location on your computer to save the folder to.

  4. To install this software, please create a new directory folder on your computer (e.g.
    C:\GBDietDesign). The location and name of this folder can be whatever you wish.

  5. Copy the “GB Diet Design and Planning.zip” file into this folder and extract its contents (into this same folder).

    If you do not have any software on your computer to do this, then you may download and install either of the following free unzip software packages:

    TinyZIP: http://www.tinyzip.net/
    jZIP: http://www.jzip.com/index.php?bt=c&r=502&gclid=CKOngO-WiaICFR5Ogwod7AzzTw

  6. After you have extracted the files, a “Sample Diet Design” folder should be visible. This folder contains the GB Diet Design and Planning program, as well as an Instructions file and a set sample Diet Design files that may be viewed in PDF format.

    If you do not have a PDF viewer, you may download and install either of the following free PDF viewers:

    Adobe Reader: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
    Cool PDF Reader: http://www.pdf2exe.com/CoolPDFReader.exe


  7. When you are ready to run the Diet Design application, simply double-click the GB Diet Design and Planning.exe file.

  8. When you run the application, you will likely see a windows warning message that says “The
    publisher could not be verified. Are you sure that you want to run this software?” Simply click Run and disregard this message to run the application. (This software contains no malicious code.)

  9. If you agree to the Software End User Agreement, click I Agree.

  10. A Welcome page will open, followed by the Microsoft Excel program with the GB Diet Design spreadsheet templates and an information window about the trial version. If desired, write down the contact information for Ecology Action (this information is also available below). Click Close to close the information window.

  11. You are now ready to begin using your trial version.

NOTE: You will not be able to copy or save your work using the trial version; in order to gain full functionality, you must purchased an activation code for your software, using the instructions below.

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How to buy and activate the full version of this program:

A full version of the GB Diet Design and Planning program is available for purchase online using our secure order form and PayPal payment page.

Prices for purchase/activation are: $30 for a Standard User License or $15 for a Student User License.

  1. Download and install the trial version of the software (Instructions Above)
  2. At the top of the Excel window, click the DoneEx menu; under Application GB Diet Design and Planning, click About.
  3. In the window that opens, click the Copy Computer ID button (it will seem like nothing happens).
  4. Click the Close button.
  5. Click here to open our secure order-form (the form will open in a new window).
  6. Fill out the form (paste the Computer ID code into the appropriate field), submit your order and complete payment via PayPal.

    When your order and payment are received, you will be sent an activation code for the software, and activation instructions via e-mail.

 

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Read the End User License Agreement (EULA)

GROW BIOINTENSIVE® DIET DESIGN AND PLANNING SOFTWARE
(c) 2010 Ecology Action, Willits, CA 95490, created by Ed Fernandez

END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT (EULA)


This End-User License Agreement for Grow Biointensive Diet Design and Planning Software ("SOFTWARE PRODUCT") is a legal agreement between you (either an individual or an entity) and Ecology Action ("AUTHOR"). You agree that your use of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT acknowledges that you have read this license, understand it, and agree to be bound by its terms and conditions. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS LICENSE AGREEMENT, DO NOT INSTALL AND/OR USE THIS SOFTWARE.


1. LICENSE GRANT
The SOFTWARE PRODUCT is licensed, not sold, to you by AUTHOR for use only under the terms of this License, and AUTHOR reserves any rights not expressly granted to you. All LICENSES grant end-user use on ONE computer only. The computer that the SOFTWARE PRODUCT is installed on is the ONLY computer that will permit licensed use.

1.1 LICENSE TYPES
AUTHOR provides the following types of licenses - EVALUATION LICENSE (TRIAL MODE),
STANDARD USER LICENSE, and STUDENT USER LICENSE. Before purchasing a license, you have to install the trial version of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT and verify that the SOFTWARE PRODUCT is working correctly and as expected on your computer. With the STANDARD and STUDENT licenses, you are granted an indefinite period of software use on one computer, and a one-year maintenance period of SOFTWARE PRODUCT updates (when available) from the date of purchase. Upon expiration, you need to renew maintenance at 30% of the current LICENSE price to obtain another year of SOFTWARE PRODUCT updates. Otherwise, you may stay with your latest version of
the SOFTWARE PRODUCT. With the STANDARD and STUDENT licenses, you are also granted 10 minutes of free technical support via email. Thereafter, technical support will be available in 15-minute increments at the current hourly technical support fee ($30/hr as of May 2010).

1.2 EVALUATION LICENSE ENTITLEMENT
The EVALUATION LICENSE ENTITLEMENT only applies when you obtain a copy of the SOFTWARE
PRODUCT for the first time. You may use the Evaluation (Trial) Version of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT for a 5-day evaluation period. After the evaluation period, if you want to continue to use the SOFTWARE PRODUCT you must purchase the required number of STANDARD or STUDENT Licenses from AUTHOR. Packages created with the SOFTWARE PRODUCT under EVALUATION LICENSE are able to work for 5 days, CANNOT be used for commercial purpose, and contain the references to AUTHOR and SOFTWARE PRODUCT.

1.3 STANDARD USER LICENSE ENTITLEMENT
The STANDARD USER LICENSE ENTITLEMENT only applies after you have purchased the STANDARD
USER LICENSE from AUTHOR. AUTHOR grants to you a personal, non-transferable and non-exclusive right to use the copy of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT provided with this License. The STANDARD USER LICENSE authorizes you to use one copy of this SOFTWARE PRODUCT on a single
computer. You are authorized to use our product for commercial purposes, but NOT authorized to use our product as part of a SERVICE to third party developers or customers.

1.4 STUDENT LICENSE ENTITLEMENT
The STUDENT LICENSE ENTITLEMENT only applies after you have purchased the STUDENT LICENSE
from AUTHOR, subject to student-status eligibility. AUTHOR grants to you a personal, non-transferable and non-exclusive right to use the copy of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT provided with this License. The STUDENT LICENSE authorizes you to use one copy this SOFTWARE PRODUCT on a single computer. STUDENT LICENSE cannot be used for commercial purposes and is NOT authorized for use as part of a SERVICE to third party developers.

1.5 COMMERCIAL USE RESTRICTION
ALL of the above LICENSES are intended for use by an end-user on one computer. NONE of these LICENSES permit commercial consulting work for third parties, using this SOFTWARE PRODUCT. This use of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT is permitted only with a COMMERCIAL LICENSE not covered by this End-User License Agreement (EULA). For details about terms and pricing of the COMMERCIAL LICENSE, please contact Ecology Action directly using the contact information that follows.

2. ORDERING
To order a license, please go to: http://www.growbiointensive.org/GBDietDesign.html
Your order will require your computer's "HARDWARE ID". This can be accessed in the following ways:

EXPIRED TRIAL VERSION – Press the "Copy Hardware Id" button on the expired software dialog box before proceeding to place your online order.

UNEXPIRED TRIAL VERSION – In the software, select the following menu items:
DoneEx -> Application Diet Design Planning -> About Then press the "Copy Hardware Id" button on the “About” dialog box before proceeding to place your online order. Please report any difficulties to Ecology Action technical support at: techsupport[at]growbiointensive[dot]org

3. NO REFUND
No refund is given at any time, unless authorized by the AUTHOR under unexpected circumstances. The AUTHOR reserves the right to provide refunds, or make any commercially reasonable efforts to solve any issues at his discretion. Please contact the AUTHOR to see if you qualify for a refund.

4. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY AND LIABILITY
THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS. AUTHOR DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES
RELATING TO THIS SOFTWARE, WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT
LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE. NEITHER AUTHOR NOR ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN
THE CREATION, PRODUCTION, OR DELIVERY OF THIS SOFTWARE SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY
INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR
INABILITY TO USE SUCH SOFTWARE, EVEN IF AUTHOR HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR CLAIMS. THE PERSON USING THE SOFTWARE BEARS ALL
RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SOFTWARE.

5. EXCEPTIONS
No exceptions to any portion of this license agreement will be allowed without the express written permission of AUTHOR.

If you have any questions about this Agreement or the SOFTWARE PRODUCT, please feel free to contact Ecology Action directly at: techsupport[at]growbiointensive[dot]org

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'Contact/Technical Support

Click here to download a copy of the Instructions file for this program (82KB PDF)
(NOTE: this is the same file you receive when you download the program)

You can communicate with us about the GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Diet Design and Planning Software at:

ECOLOGY ACTION
5798 Ridgewood Road
Willits, CA 95490
USA: (707) 459-0150
http://www.growbiointensive.org
techsupport[at]growbiointensive[dot]org

Software Technical Support is available for activated versions of this program at the above number/email. The first 10 minutes of support are free, with any additional support charged at a rate of $30 per hour, payable by credit card.

 

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