Resources

This is a great guide for how to use a root cellar. The authors have years of experience and share the best practices of what and how to store different foods. 

general

Buffalo Bird Woman was a Hidatsa Indian born in 1839. This book is her reminiscences about the gardening of her and her tribe. She describe their gardening practices and the tools they used but also shares her memories of her youth and the traditional tools used by her elders. This is an excellent resource to understand traditional Native American agriculture.

gardening

The full title includes the phrase, “an introduction to natural farming.”  This man revolutionized farming when he started to question the modern farming methods. He created a whole, natural and no-till form of farming. He started with rice, but went on to try other crops and orchards. This is excellent information for non-traditional farming.

gardening

This is an excellent book, especially because of how it is transferable to forest gardens as opposed to traditional gardens. Her methods are no-till and focus on the use of mulch. I found her methods made a significant difference in forest gardening, especially because it requires much less water.

gardening

This book was recommended in my Standard class at the Tracker School. It is informative and horrifying. For caretakers, it is essential to understand all the various conditions and afflictions that are destroying forests around the world. We need to know the complexity of what we face when working to help heal the trees and forests.

caretaking

In Tom’s latest book he focuses on the role each of us can play in healing the Earth. He approaches this from having a connection, a relationship with nature and shares many stories as well as very specific actions each of us can take to help shift human impact on the Earth. An excellent resources with many ideas about caretaking.

caretaking

The is an all around good book for the areas covered. There is enough information and photos and drawings to make is usable for identification and also has good plant information both traditional and contemporary. I like using this one in combination with others since it has some additional insights.

North America - Western
North America - Western
plants

This is a good all around book on edibles and medicinals. Steve Brill teaches from a place of experience. This books lacks the detail that would later be provided by Thayer, but it is one of the best out there taught by a person who has harvested and used the plants he writes about. 

North America - General
North America - General
plants

I remember the class where Tom first showed photos of Emoto’s water experiment. Of course he gave us no name or other information, so you had to go searching, but I’m so glad I did. Tom later used Emoto’s work as examples of the power of our thoughts, words and energy. Emoto experimented by flash freezing water that was exposed to different stimuli. What he found was that water, even exposed to just a typed word of “love” or “hate” taped to the bottle, would freeze completely differently. He repeated his experiments many times, exposing water to words, thoughts, prayers, music, contaminants, even microwaving. The differences are utterly stunning. This book contains information on his experiments and photographs of the differently stimulated water drops. It’s a great faith builder.

philosophy

This was recommended by Tom Brown in his philosophy classes. The technique taught in the book is in alignment with a practice Grandfather Stalking Wolf used to introduce parts of the spiritual experience. This book is a good means to tap into this teaching and get another perspective. 

philosophy