Cindy Connor, a former sustainable agriculture instructor at Reynolds Goochland Campus, is the author of a newly published book: Grow a sustainable diet: planning and growing to feed ourselves and the earth.  Cindy’s book is a Mother Earth News books for wiser living recommendation and is published by New Society Publishers. She recently donated a copy to the Goochland Campus Library.

Cindy’s book covers all aspects of growing food from garden design to preserving and storing the harvest.  Topics covered in the book are:Cindy's book

  •    Sustainable diet
  •    Garden maps
  •    Crop choices
  •    How much to grow
  •    Cover crops and compost – planning for sustainability
  •    Companion planting
  •    Rotations and simple garden maps
  •    Seeds
  •    Including animals
  •    Food storage and preservation
  •    Sheds, fences and other stuff


The book is nicely illustrated with planning diagrams as well as photos of tools she has found useful in her garden. She also includes a list of resources tied to each chapter as well as web addresses for her worksheets so that you can download them for use with your own garden planning.

In his foreword, John Jeavons, author of How to grow more vegetables: (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops) than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine, says “I wish I had this book when I began gardening and planning diets over 40 years ago. What an advantage that you have it now!”

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