Written by Acadia Tucker, Illustrated by Joe Wirtheim

Release Date: October 2019 | AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!

This is a handbook for growing a Climate Victory Garden when the enemy is global warming. Acadia Tucker, a carbon farmer and gardener, invites us to think of gardening as civic action. By building carbon-rich soil, even in a backyard-sized patch, we can capture greenhouse gases and mitigate climate change, all while growing nutritious food.

To help us get started, and quickly, Tucker drafts plans for gardeners who have a little ground or a lot of it. She offers advice on how to prep soil, plant food, and raise fruits, herbs, and vegetables using regenerative methods. She describes the climate changes taking place in our own backyards and the many steps we can take to boost a garden’s resilience. 

Growing Good Food includes calls to action and insights from leaders in the regenerative movement, including David Montgomery, Anne Biklé, Gabe Brown, Wendell Berry and Mary Berry, and Tim LaSalle. By the end of it, you'll know how to grow some really good food, and build a healthier world, too.

Learn how to grow: blackberries, currants, fruit trees, herbs, rhubarb, strawberries, walking onions, peppers, tomatoes, green beans, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, kale, lettuce, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach, squash.

Growing Good Food: A citizen’s guide to backyard carbon farming is part of our Growing Good Food Series. It joins Growing Perennial Foods:A field guide to raising resilient herbs, fruits, and vegetables, also written by Acadia Tucker.

ISBN: 978-0-9988623-3-0 (paperback)

Pages: 168

Size: 6 x 9



“Growing Good Food is about working where we are, on a small scale, to improve the health of the land. Acadia Tucker tells us that what we do matters and if we have access to any piece of ground we can start addressing climate change. My father, Wendell Berry, says that this kind of work is radical now, when public attention is focused on global solutions. This work is what people are for.”

-Mary Berry, Executive Director, The Berry Center, New Castle, Kentucky


A U T H O R   &   I L L U S T R A T O R


Acadia Tucker is a regenerative farmer, climate activist, and author. Her books are a call to action to citizen gardeners everywhere, and lay the groundwork for planting an organic, regenerative garden. For her, this is gardening as if our future depends on it.

Before becoming an author, Acadia started a four-season organic market garden in Washington State inspired by farming pioneers Eliot Coleman and Jean-Martin Fortier. While managing the farm, Acadia grew 200 different food crops before heading back to school at the University of British Columbia to complete a Masters in Land and Water Systems.

She lives in Maine and New Hampshire with her farm dog, Nimbus, and grows hops to support locally sourced craft beer in New England, when she isn't raising perennials in her own backyard. She is also the author of Growing Perennial Foods: A field guide to raising resilient herbs, fruits & vegetables.


Joe Wirtheim loves what he does: think, draw, make and do. It's his passion to communicate graphically and put creative ideas into action that drives him. He uses illustration, type, color and layout to excite the viewer's imagination. He turns these graphic ideas into quality goods, which, he’s proud to say, are made in the USA.

Since 2008, Joe Wirtheim has been making illustrations and designs at his Portland, Oregon studio, J. Wirtheim Design. This studio powers the Victory Garden of Tomorrow brand of posters and merchandise.

Design work from Wirtheim has been recognized by The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living Magazine, by Organic Gardening Magazine, by the Portland Art Museum, the Design Museum Boston, NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, among others.

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