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Reading and Discussion Group Resources

Topic 3: Food, (Urban) Agriculture, and Racial Justice


Food First: "Backgrounder: Dismantling Racism in the Food System"

Kristin Reynolds: "Disparity Despite Diversity: Social Injustice in New York City's Urban Agriculture System"

Reimagining the Civic Commons, Medium: "Equity and Public Space"

Vann R. Newkirk II, The Atlantic: "The Great Land Robbery"

Interview with Karen Washington, The Guardian: "Food Apartheid"

Leah Penniman, Yes Magazine: "4 Not-So-Easy Ways to Dismantle Racism in the Food System"

Leah Penniman, Farming While Black: "How to End a Food Apartheid"

Topic 2: Orchard Planning


Farmer to Farmer Podcast: Michael Phillips of Lost Nation Orchard

Holistic Orchard Management with Michael Phillips (video)

Permaculture Research Institute: "Four Things for an Orchard"

GroCycle: "How to Create a Permaculture Orchard"

Deep Green Permaculture: "Backyard Orchard Culture"

The New York Times: "Tips on Fall Garden Clean-up"

Native Plant Salvage Foundation: "Recognizing Black and Brown Botanists and Encouraging Visions of Diversity in the Field"

New York Botanic Garden: "Black Botany: The Nature of Black Experience"

Topic 1: Native Plants


Native plant articles and guides:

Deeper dives:

New England Wild Flower Society: "State of the Plants"

Designing Wildlife Habitats: "Ecological Restoration Foundations to Designing Habitats in Urban Areas"


Shorter, but plenty informative:

Doug Tallamy: "Gardening for Life"

The University of Rhode Island: "Native Plant Site Solutions for Backyard Habitat"

NC Extension: "Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants" (focused on North Carolina, but great information)

Pollinator gardening and native plants:

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation: "Pollinator Conservation in Yards and Gardens"

The Conversation: "Beyond honey bees: Wild bees are also key pollinators, and some species are disappearing"

The Tufts Pollinator Institute

Native plant lists and search tools for your garden:

Native Plant Trust: "Garden Plant Finder"

New England WIld Flower Society: "Native Plants that Attract Pollinators"

UMass Extension: "North American Plants for New England Gardens"

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: "Native Plant Finder"

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation: "Pollinator-Friendly Native Plant Lists"

NC State Extension: "North Carolina Extension School Plant Toolbox"

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