Congrats to Annette Cottrell for winning the 2011 Jeff Fairhall Local Food Hero Award, presented by Eat Local Now. 

You actually can manage to avoid the supermarket even if you don’t have a garden. You  can choose which steps you want to take, from buying a grain grinder and baking your own bread, to ripping out your front lawn and getting dairy goats, to simply shifting your buying dollars from one market to another.”—The Urban Farm Handbook

Community, health, home—it all comes back to food. Written by busy city slickers, The Urban Farm Handbook uses personal success stories, charts, grocery lists, recipes, and more to help readers choose options and make a game plan for weaning themselves off of the commercial supermarket. As urbanites who have learned how to do everything from grinding spelt grains and curing meat to collaborating with neighbors on a food bartering system, the authors share their own transformative food experiences with their families—Joshua talks about taking his son to a fall chicken slaughter workshop, and Annette shares how fresh foods helped ease her young son’s behavioral problems.

The Urban Farm Handbook also profiles local producers and consumers who are passionately changing food systems in the Pacific Northwest.

Organized by season—winter, spring, summer, fall — The Urban Farm Handbook covers:

  •  Tips for creating a farmer-to-consumer connection, and how to form a “buying club” with neighbors
  • Grinding grains for flour and other uses
  • How to maximize space for planting a variety of fruits and vegetables
  • Small-animal husbandry and beekeeping
  • Canning, drying, freezing, fermenting, and pickling techniques

Throughout The Urban Farm Handbook you’ll find “Opportunities for Change”— steps you can take to achieve a more sustainable urban kitchen, whether it’s simply shifting your buying dollars from one type of market to another, ripping out your front lawn, or getting those dairy goats you always wanted.