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Books by Local Authors


Financing Our Food Shed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money- Carol Hewitt, New Society Publishers, 2013

Carol Hewitt chronicles the founding and rapid growth of Slow Money North Carolina- a matchmaker for connecitng lenders of "nurture capital" with local small farmers and food entrepreneurs. By offering affordable, low-interest, peer-to-peer loans, people who want their money to serve the community are helping to buiild the lcoal foodshed.

Carol Hewitt, a business owner, social entrepreneur, and life-long activist, is a co-founder and primary developer of Slow Money NC.



Profession and Purpose: A Resource Guide for MBA, Careers in Sustainability

by Katie Kross, Greenleaf Publishing, 2009

A clear roadmap of the field of sustainability and of the resources currently available to those interested in further investigating or pursuing careers in sustainability.

Katie Kross is Managing Director of the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.



A Solar Buyer's Guide for the Home and Office: Navigating the Maze of Solar Options, Incentives, and Installers

by Rebecca & Stephen Hren, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010

Solar power, once a fringe effort limited to DIY enthusiasts, is now fast becoming mainstream, and strong tax credits ensure continued growth even in a sluggish economy. Many home and business owners are curious about solar electric and solar thermal systems, and wonder how to go about getting a clean energy generation system of their own. The vast majority will hire a
professional installer to do the job. But what should they be asking of these installers? What system makes the most sense for their home or office, solar electric, solar hot water, solar heating, or some combination of these?

Rebekah Hren is Director of Implementation at O2Energies, a licensed NC electrical contractor and NABCEP certified solar installer. Stephen Hren is a restoration carpenter, builder and teacher who specializes in sustainable design and solar heating technologies.

Industrial Evolution: Local Solutions for a Low Carbon Future

by Lyle Estill, New Society Publishers, 2011

About how the small group of committed entrepreneurs managed to keep their dream alive and thriving through the economic recession, emerging with a model of what a sustainable local economy might look like in a post carbon future… This book seeks to show how community-scale enterprise can create a vibrant, sustainable local economy.

Lyle Estill is V.P. Stuff, Sales/Marketing, Strategy, Management at Piedmont Biofuels.


Fifty Weeks of Green: Romance & Recipes

by LInda Watson, Cook for Good, 2013

When food evangelist and cookbook author Linda Watson learned that Fifty Shades of Grey had outsold the Harry Potter books, she had to read it for herself.  Then she wrote Fifty Weeks of Green: Romance & Recipes

Watson says, “I found Fifty Shades of Grey disturbing not because of the sex play between the characters but because of the abuse of employees and the glorification of extreme consumer culture. Fifty Weeks of Green is a romance for the 99%.” It glorifies local food, farmers, farmer's markets, CSA's and eating healthy.

Rain Gardening in the South: Ecologically Designed Gardens for Drought, Deluge and Everything in Between

by Helen Kraus & Anne Spafford, Eno Publishers, 2009

Written by horticulturalists Helen Kraus and Anne Spafford, Rain Gardening in the South helps gardeners use our most precious resource--water--wisely. Rain gardens maximize rainwater, enhance the landscape, and promote environmental stewardship. This four-color book addresses the specific environmental circumstances of Southern gardens, including climate issues, plant selection, and soil types.

Dr.Helen Kraus is an Assistant Professor in Horticultural Science at NCSU. Anne Spafford is an Associate Professor of Landscape Design, Horticultural Science and Adjunct Faculty Member, Department of Landscape Architecture, NCSU.

American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It)

by Jonathan Bloom, Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2010

Bloom documents the nature of wasted food in the twenty-first century and questions both the economic efficiency and the morality of such profligacy. He finds food crops lying rotting in fields owing to intentional social policy, economic vagaries, and sheer ignorance. Restaurant portion sizes have ballooned and many Americans allow food to decay on refrigerator shelves out of carelessness and lack of planning. Bloom has found some hopeful signs of a shift -grocery stores and restaurants giving surplus edibles to food pantries, and socially conscious farmers allowing the poor to glean.

Jonathan Bloom is a journalist and blogger who created

Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes

by Andrea Reusing, Clarkson Potter, 2011

For Andrea Reusing—an award-winning chef, a leader in the sustainable agriculture movement, and a working mother—“cooking in the moment” simply means focusing on one meal at a time… cooking and eating this way allows food in season to become the foundation of a full life. Cooking in the Moment is a rich, absorbing journey through a year in Reusing’s home kitchen as she cooks for family and friends using ingredients grown nearby.

Andrea Reusing is owner and chef of The Lantern Restaurant in Chapel Hill.

The New Southern Garden Cookbook Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers' Markets, Roadside Stands, and CSA Farm Boxes

by Sheri Castle, The University of North Carolina Press, 2011

Castle aims to make "what's in season" the answer to "what's for dinner?" This timely cookbook, with over 300 dishes for omnivores and vegetarians alike, celebrates and promotes the delicious, healthful homemade meals made possible by the diverse array of seasonal fruits and vegetables grown in the South, and most of the rest of the nation as well.

Sheri Castle is a food writer, cooking teacher, recipe tester and developer at Sheri-inc.

Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet—All on $5 a Day or Less

by Linda Watson, Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2011

If you’ve wanted to eat like it matters but felt you couldn’t afford it, Wildly Affordable Organic is for you. It’s easy to think that “organic” is a code word for “expensive,” but it doesn’t have to be. With these ingenious cooking plans and healthy, satisfying recipes, Linda Watson reveals the incredible secret of how you can eat well every day—from blueberry pancakes for breakfast to peach pie for dessert—averaging less than two dollars a meal.

Linda Watson is the test cook and researcher at Cook for Good.