From high school students to high-rise dwellers, people--including Michelle Obama--are discovering innovative ways to grow fresh, healthy, and delicious fruit and vegetables at home, in community gardens, and at school. This brisk, informative overview explains how farming in the city is not only fun, but also important for the planet. There are many ways to farm in the city: a Detroit high school program teaches students to grow food and raise chickens; in Tokyo, a bank vault was converted into an underground greenhouse; in Nairobi, local youth transformed part of a slum into a garden that helps feed their families. Read about modern inventions such as futuristic pod greenhouses, food-producing wall panels, and industrial-sized composters. Short, kid-friendly descriptions and vibrant photos and illustrations keep the pace moving and the tone light. Toronto Public Health and FoodShare, two respected agencies, both have contributed to the book. Potatoes on Rooftops is the perfect book to get you thinking about how you, too, can grow food in the city.
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Hadley Dyer is the celebrated author and editor of many books for children and young adults. She is a former bookseller and library coordinator. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Timely, attractively designed, and inspirational. Dig in!--Randall Enos"Booklist" (12/01/2012) In the current climate of sustainability, this title is small but mighty... Not to be missed or dismissed.--Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library"School Library Journal" (12/01/2012) Dyer challenges her readers to take the environmental concepts they learn through gardening and apply them to similar conservation efforts.--Melissa McCartney"Science Magazine" (12/07/2012) Hopefully, the book will be used to inspire young urban dwellers to start growing their own food in their backyards, on their balconies, at school or in a community garden.--Sandra O'Brien"Canadian Children's Book News" (01/23/2013) Potatoes on Rooftops is just about the best introduction to the new food movement that one could imagine.--Sienna Powers"January Magazine" (12/30/2012) The text is very well organized and information is clearly presented under bold, highlighted titles or outlined in boxes. Each page is enhanced with informative, brightly coloured photos and drawings, and the entertaining map on the final page shows many possibilities for growing, buying and eating local foods.--Carolyn Cutt"Resource Links" (12/01/2012) Very highly recommended for upper level elementary through high school; especially for multicultural curriculum in horticulture and related subjects.--Ellen R. Paterson, State University of New York"Science Books and Film" (05/01/2013) Students are sure to love the colourful, factual and humorous nature of this book.--Amanda Forbes"Canadian Teacher Magazine" (04/01/2014)
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