In Civic Ecology, Marianne Krasny and Keith Tidball offer stories of this emerging grassroots environmental stewardship, along with an interdisciplinary framework for understanding and studying it as a growing international phenomenon.
Krasny and Tidball draw on research in social capital and collective efficacy, ecosystem services, social learning, governance, social-ecological systems, and other findings in the social and ecological sciences to investigate how people, practices, and communities interact.
Looks like an interesting subject. Any chance you will publish it as an ebook. I've move almost exclusively to ebooks for a few reasons.
1. My eyesight is bad so I can enlarge the fonts on ebooks
2. I LOVE books and I have no more bookshelf space for more and I hate to give them up
3. I can read it while I'm in line or whenever I have 5 min without dragging it around.
4. I can get a sample of ebooks and figure out if it is really a subject that is interesting enough to warrant buying the whole book
5. I dont' feel guilty about the paper and shipping of a book.
6. I can get instant gratification by downloading it the moment I'm ready to read it. No waiting a few days for it to come.
By the way, many authors are finding more sales through ebooks rather than paper.
Sounds like a great restorative approach. I think community stewardship is the heart and necessity of the future.
I look forward to learning more about civic ecology - thanks for bringing it to light here.
Sitting in a garden and doing nothing is high art everywhere. - Mike Garofalo
I have taken on our school garden plot, the first smaller courtyard is mainly maintenance so I started there, but there is a larger sloping plot that I want to bring permaculture ideas to. There are many ideas out there, but as this is surrounded by buildings on all 4 sides, it's hard to know where to start. I would love to hear more of your ideas on it.
Civic Ecology is coming out as an eBook from MIT Press. I will check with them to see about the status.
As for school gardens, my expertise is not with what you actually plant. My Cornell colleague Marcia Eames-Sheavly wrote her Masters project thesis on involving the whole school in a school garden--you might be able to find this by searching her name and Cornell. My interest in school gardens would be how to involve parents and elders in the community in sharing their knowledge about gardening, plants, and the connection of plants to their cultural background with kids. This is what we did through the Garden Mosaics program, materials from which you can find on the American Community Gardening Association website. and here is a recent article. http://www.aspiremetro.com/garden-mosaics/ about Garden Mosaics in Long Island NY.
Marianne Krasny, Cornell University
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