In the spirit of Earth Day, our Chief Greenhouse Officer Jenn Frymark is sharing her 5 essential reading recommendations to help you celebrate, learn and grow.
Looking to connect deeper to nature this month? There’s no time like the present. Visit your local library or bookstore this week to pick up one of these transformative books on sustainability, food systems, plant wisdom, and caring for our home planet.
The Nature Fix by Florence Williams
“Delving into completely new research, Williams uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and ultimately strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever.” – Goodreads
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
“As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these lenses of knowledge together to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.” – Goodreads
Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard
“From the world’s leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest–a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery.” – Goodreads
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
“Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more.” – Goodreads
Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection
“In Full Moon Feast, accomplished chef and passionate food activist Jessica Prentice champions locally grown, humanely raised, nutrient-rich foods and traditional cooking methods. The book follows the thirteen lunar cycles of an agrarian year, from the midwinter Hunger Moon and the springtime sweetness of the Sap Moon to the bounty of the Moon When Salmon Return to Earth in autumn. Each chapter includes recipes that display the richly satisfying flavors of foods tied to the ancient rhythm of the seasons.” – Goodreads