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The Unconventional Edible Garden: Growing Food in Texas and Other Hard and Difficult Places

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Elizabeth Anna Samudio, Certified Permaculture Designer and co-owner of Elizabeth Anna Urban Farm & Market, spent many years compiling the best of her expert gardening advice into this month-by-month guide, tailored for North Texas, but also useful in many other difficult locations that experience a wide variety of weather conditions, specifically drought and high temperatures.

A transplant from the state of Washington, Elizabeth brought her commitment of green living to North Texas in 1990 when she filled an earthen container with herbs, blooms, and edibles in front of Starbucks. It’s no surprise, since her roots go deep into the fertile culture of the Pacific Northwest.

Her love for nature and beauty has grown into an all-organic, eco-friendly farm, garden, and landscape business, as well as a CSA program, grocery, and produce shop, that has been serving the gardeners and foodies of Fort Worth for the past sixteen years. She has taught many classes at the farm, but until now, her wisdom of applying permaculture principles to our specific climate has been difficult to sum up.

Elizabeth wrote most of this book many years ago, but had let it sit untouched for a while. Then in 2015, while unable to work outdoors due to ovarian cancer, she found herself with plenty of time to put the finishing touches on her masterpiece.

We all were dealt a heavy loss when Elizabeth passed away at the end of August 2016. Her legacy continues under the oversight of her business partner and husband of twenty-six years, James Samudio.

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