Inspiration & Resources


If you’re looking for a little inspiration for Edible Landscaping, Gardening, Urban Farming, Urban Homesteading or Permaculture Living, take a gander at these videos.  If they don’t inspire you, they will at least entertain you for a bit.

See How One Couple Squeezes An Entire Farm Onto Their Small Los Angeles Property

Ron Finley: A guerrilla gardener in South Central LA | Video on

Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South Bronx

Homegrown Revolution/Path to Freedom Urban Homestead

Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes


Emily Tepe is from Minnesota and just published the book the edible landscape.  Her blog is: Artichokes & Zinnias

Fritz Haeg is the artist doing the Edible Estates. His site is: EDIBLE ESTATES

Rosalind Creasy has a great book called Edible Landscaping as well as a website and blog: Edible Landscaping with Rosalind Creasy
Mark Shepard has a book called Restoration Agriculture, he’s from Viola, Wisconsin.  Here’s a short YouTube video: Mark Shepard on Restoration Agriculture

Another fun book is Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier (the author of the Edible Forest Gardens books)

Information on permaculture plant guilds this is a nice downloadable pdf Midwest Permaculture Plant Guilds eBooklet


The Urban Homestead

Seed Starting:

Health and Wellness:

“Teaching Kids to Make Healthy Choices”
Nutrition Detectives

ABC for Fitness™ (Activity Bursts in the Classroom)
ABC for Fitness

Activity Bursts Everywhere for Fitness
Physical Activity Engineered to fit YOUR life
Activity Bursts Everywhere for Fitness

UM Extension Gardening/Horticulture Resources


— Yard and garden information:
— Diagnose a problem:
— Plants A to Z –plant specific growing information: (replacing printed document collections)
— Master Gardener Program:

By Phone:
— Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Yard and Garden Line: 952-443-1426 / MLA Web page:
— Your County’s Garden hotline; Leave a message 24/7 and a Master Gardener will return your call w/in 48 hours:

Master Gardeners will also be available at Farmers Markets again this year to answer your questions; schedule and locations coming soon.

— For Hennepin County: 612-596-2118 / Hennepin County Master Gardener program:

By eMail:

— Use the eXtension Ask an Expert tool. Submit your question anytime –images too!– and a UM Master Gardener will answer it via email within 48 hours: (scroll down a bit)

Also: (connect to University Extension resources nationally)

Commercial Production:

— Commercial Horticulture:
— Fruit and Vegetable Production:
— VegEdge Integrated Pest Management (IPM) resources:
— High Tunnel Manual:

More Agriculture-related sites:

— Honey Bees:
— Main Agriculture page:
— Small Farms:
— Farm Business:
— Farm to School:
— Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems:

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