The Suburban Micro-Farm


| 3/22/2018 10:36:00 AM


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As a gardening author, I have read and enjoyed a lot of gardening books by a lot of wonderful authors.

Writers like Masanobu Fukuoka, Steve Solomon, Herrick Kimball, Eric Toensmeier, Toby Hemenway, Ruth Stout, Robert Kourik, Sepp Holzer, Jeff Lowenfels, Bill Mollison, Dick Raymond, Carol Deppe, Gene Logsdon, Rosalind Creasy, Suzanne Ashworth, Thomal Elpel…

...okay, I could keep doing this but I should stop. Except to say that Amy Stross is now on my list of Good gardening authors (pun intended). I just finished reading The Suburban Micro-Farm and I can say without reservation that it’s the best book of its kind I’ve read yet.



A few years ago, Brett Markham’s very popular book Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre opened a new sub-genre of gardening titles. When I got the chance to check out Stross’s book, I at first wondered if she would cover new ground or if this would be another take on Markham’s intensive backyard gardening approach. I was pleasantly surprised to find that she has a unique perspective of her own — and she covers material that some authors gloss over.

ArtKathB
3/24/2018 8:07:20 AM

I've known Amy Stross, and her husband, for about 15 years. This young couple have been great friends of myself and my wife, and a true inspiration to our gardening community. Not only did they make their entire yard (and home) into their original "Tenth Acre Farm", they also involved our entire Delhi Township residents with creating our "Community Garden". This was no easy task ... bringing together local residents, the Mt. St. Joseph College students, etc. Amy and Vince worked tirelessly to research, clear the overgrown / mountainside garden plot of brush, terraced the entire garden area, and oversaw planting of an extensive array of vegetables for all to share. Amy even found the time and energy to share her vast knowledge of gardening and composting with everyone she knows, by holding many seminars and garden shows. The entire Delhi community greatly misses the Stross family, and wish them well in their new, much larger, location ... but certainly close enough for us all to continue working together, and benefiting from her experiences. Continued good luck, Amy Art Burch


ArtKathB
3/24/2018 8:07:16 AM

I've known Amy Stross, and her husband, for about 15 years. This young couple have been great friends of myself and my wife, and a true inspiration to our gardening community. Not only did they make their entire yard (and home) into their original "Tenth Acre Farm", they also involved our entire Delhi Township residents with creating our "Community Garden". This was no easy task ... bringing together local residents, the Mt. St. Joseph College students, etc. Amy and Vince worked tirelessly to research, clear the overgrown / mountainside garden plot of brush, terraced the entire garden area, and oversaw planting of an extensive array of vegetables for all to share. Amy even found the time and energy to share her vast knowledge of gardening and composting with everyone she knows, by holding many seminars and garden shows. The entire Delhi community greatly misses the Stross family, and wish them well in their new, much larger, location ... but certainly close enough for us all to continue working together, and benefiting from her experiences. Continued good luck, Amy Art Burch






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