UAG 2014 Course Literature – Reference List

Compulsory Literature - Books

Please note: two copies each of the compulsory course books, and one copy of the supporting course books, are in the Cemus library. These books are for reference use in the library, but are not available to be loaned out. 

  • Roberts, Paul, 2008. The End of Food. London: Bloomsbury.

- - The End of Food is to be read in its entirety. Also, please read the prologue and chapters 1 - 4 by Seminar 1 on June 16 - -

  • Whitefield, Patrick, 2004. Earth Care Manual - A Permaculture Handbook for Britain and other Temperate Climates. East Meon: Permanent Publications.

- - Earth Care Manual is intended as a reference, not necessarily for you to read in its entirety. However, please read chapters 1 + 2 by June 17; and please read chapter 13 by June 24. - -

Suggested Literature – Books

The following books are recommended reading for completing the assignments as well as for further developing your understanding of the course subjects. It is not expected of you to read all of these, but some of them, or parts of some of them may be helpful or of interest to you.

  • Aranya, 2012. Permaculture Design: A Step by Step Guide. East Meon: Permanent Publications.

  • Holmgren, David, 2002. Permaculture, Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. Hepburn, Victoria: Holmgren Design Services.

  • Pinkerton, Tamzin and Hopkins, Rob, 2009. Local Food - How to Make it Happen in Your Community. Totnes: Green Books Ltd.

  • Jeavons, John, 2012. How to Grow More Vegetables: And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine. New York: Ten Speed Press.

  • Gunnarsson, Elisabeth Svalin, 2012. I trädgårdsmästarens spår: Kunskap för en hållbar trädgård. Stockholm: Natur & Kultur.

Compulsory and Suggested Readings, Videos and Podcasts

Week 1 - Compulsory

June 10 – Systems Thinking and Sustainable Development

Jacobus A. Du Pisani Professor of History (2006) Sustainable development – historical roots of the concept, Environmental Sciences, 3:2, 83-96

Meadows, Donella H. Excerpt from Thinking In Systems – Chapter 2: The Basics. 

What is Resilience? Stockholm Resilience Centre. Chapters 1-2.

Video - Johan Rockström - Let the Environment Guide Our Development

June 11 - Local Food Systems: Producer/Consumer relations

Edwards-Jones, Gareth et al. 2008. Testing the assertion that ‘local food is best’: the challenges of an evidence-based approach. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 19, pp.265-74.

June 11 - Global Food Systems and Food Sovereignty

Roberts, Paul. End of Food. Prologue and Chapters 1-2.

Video - Seeds of Freedom 

Week 1 - Suggested

LiteratureMeadows, Donella. Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System.

Literature – Allen, Erika. Growing Community Food Systems. Post Carbon Reader.

Podcast - Carbon Farming with Connor Stedman

Video - Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities 

Video - Food Inc.

Week 2 - Compulsory

June 16 – Urban Agriculture

McClintock, Nathan, 2010. Why farm the city? Theorizing urban agriculture through a lens of metabolic rift. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 3, pp. 191–207

Magid, Jakob, et al., 2006. Possibilities and barriers for recirculation of nutrients and organic matter from urban to rural areas: A technical theoretical framework applied to the medium-sized town Hillerød, Denmark. Ecological Engineering, 28, pp.44-54.

June 17 – Introduction to Permaculture 1

Whitefield, Patrick. Earth Care Manual. Chapters 1-2.

Holmgren, David, 2007. Essence of Permaculture - A Summary of Permaculture Concepts and Principles. Hepburn, Victoria: Holmgren Design Services.

June 18 – Introduction to Permaculture 2

Harper, Peter, 2013. Permaculture – The Big Rock Candy Mountain. The Land, 14. 

Week 2 - Suggested

Podcast - Whole Systems Design and the Resilient Farm with Ben Falk 

Video - Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change 

Videos - A permaculture garden setup on the Univ of Massachusetts campus-

Part 1 

Part 2 

Part 3 

Video - A Farm For the Future 

Week 3 - Compulsory

June 23 – Foodonomics: The Economics of Food in the XXIe Century

June 24 – Permaculture Design

Whitefield, Patrick. Earth Care Manual. Chapter 13.

June 24 - Agroforestry

Jacke, Dave and Toensmeier, Eric. 2005. Edible Forest Gardens - Ecological Vision and Theory for Temperate Climate Permaculture. White River Junction, VT, USA: Chelsea Green Publishing. pp.25-39.

June 25 – In Transition for Resilience: What Creates Opportunities for Wholesome Sustainability?

Smith, Amanda, 2011. The Transition Town Network: A Review of Current Evolutions and Renaissance. Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 10:01, pp.99-105

June 25 – Health and Connection to Nature

Shroeder 2008 - Felt Sense of Natural Environment 

Abram, David. 1997. The Spell of the Sensous, preface 

Week 3 - Suggested

Literature - Benyus, Janine. A Biomimicry Primer  

Literature - Abram, David. The Perceptual Implications of Gaia.

Link - Ask Nature 

Podcast - Agroforestry with Steve Gabriel

Video - Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA 

Video - Andrew Faust at Occupy Wall Street NYC - Consumer to Producer Cultures 

Video - Forks Over Knives (click the ab button to get rid of subtitles)

Week 4 & 5 - Compulsory

June 30 – Wild and Edible Plants

Pollan, Michael. Why Cook?

July 1 – Food Preservation

Sandor Katz, Wild Fermentation. Chapters 1 – 2.

Hemenway, Toby, 2005. Finding a sense of surplus. Permaculture Activist, 46, [online] Available at:

Week 4 & 5 – Suggested

Podcast - Radical Possibilities with Ethan Hughes

Video - Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes

Video - Greening the Desert with Geoff Lawton 

Video - Lessons of the Loess Plateau, China 

Video - The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil


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