Monday, July 09, 2012

Nonfiction Monday--Potatoes on Rooftops

Dyer, Hadley. Potatoes on Rooftops.
24 July 2012, Annick Press, E ARC from

With the growing decay of urban areas and the problem of "food deserts", urban farming is coming into its own. Being the granddaughter of farmers and having lived in the suburbs, I have always put in a back yard garden, but it's great to see that cities are utilizing open space to provide fresh food. This is an excellent short book detailing why it is important to have fresh food available to people, why it's good to use urban areas to do this, and how "food miles" need to be reduced so that the environment is better off. The well-illustrated format is bright, appealingly arranged, and will intrigue students.

Nonfiction Monday is hosted today at A Curious Thing. For a list of hosts for the coming months, check out Nonfiction Monday.

Happy birthday to Elias Howe, O.J. Simpson, and me. As I tell my students, I am as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth!


  1. Oh! Happy birthday! My grandpa on my mom's side was a farmer, too. But he was a dairy farmer. My mom can't keep a plant alive to save her life and I inherited that black thumb. :/ This looks interesting. I am so far behind on my Netgalley stuff.

  2. Happy birthday!

    The cool thing about living in a place with almost no urban planning is there are full-fledged gardens and rice paddies in the middle of the city. Until I and my black thumb come along, that is.