Practical. Accessible. Collaborative.
Growing healthy food is a birthright for everyone! All of us have farmers and gardeners in our family history.
How We Garden
Growing good food doesn’t have to be complicated.
At NFI we promote sustainable food gardening methods that are:
Low cost – work with simple materials and what you may already have on hand, and grow food inexpensively
Low maintenance – we show how to help plants, soil, and insects work together to do some of the work for you!
Low input – skillful organic gardening lessens the need for fertilizers and pesticides
Low impact – natural growing methods nourish the cycle of life rather than deplete it
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Collaboration & Community
In times past, neighbors created victory gardens to sustain their communities in times of food scarcity. NFI keeps that collaborative spirit alive by bringing community members together to share the work and the bounty of growing healthy, local food together!
With the growing popularity of city food gardening, we are sometimes asked what books we recommend to help our friends learn more about growing food sustainably. There are many wonderful titles out there, but here are a few of our staff favorites:
Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway
The Woodchuck’s Guide to Gardening, by Ron Krupp
Eat Your Greens: The Surprising Power of Home Grown Leaf Crops, by David Kennedy
The Herbalist’s Way by Nancy Phillips
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler