by H.C. Flores. Heather Flores has a vision - of healthy, connected communities that expand to create a healthier more connected world. It's a big vision, so where to start? Flores starts with out lawns, big or small, your own or shared space. She proposes that if we use this space to grow our own food, or even better share that food, we have begun the process toward healthier community, both physically and spiritually. To get us started, she devotes a good portion of the book towards gardening. She is a certified permaculture designer, so her gardens are designed to be low maintenance, edible ecosystems that engender ecological health. Her book is bursting with concrete ideas for attaining such systems - ecological soil building, water recycling, and much more. She also believes gardening should be low cost and has great ideas for scrounging and adapting. After the garden section, Flores pushes us to go beyond the personal to reduce our collective impact on the world by re-examining life styles and consumer choices. (Flores manages to live happily on $6,000 a year.) She offers great ideas for creating stronger community through gardening and low impact living. Softcover 334pp.