The following is a compilation of responses to my query about
a good text for an agroecology course, specifically one that
covers the basic ecological principles underlying
agricultural production with attention to different
agricultural systems and geographic regions.
First, THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to respond.
It is wonderful to see (and benefit from) the network in
action. Second, the diversity of topics people include
within "agroecology" is remarkable. The texts recommended
below range far and wide. Third, many people said they would
like a text similar to the one I am seeking; but they have
been unable to find something comprehensive at a suitable
price for students' wallets. Most people teaching
agroecology courses are trying to cobble together readings
and selections from books.
The stars preceding references below indicate the number of
times a particular book was recommended, not necessarily a
quality ranking. I'm sure we are leaving out some relevant
references: if your favorite text is not here, please feel
free to notify the list. I checked references in my personal
library and on the Library of Congress MARC file, but
couldn't get complete citations or a confirmation of the information
others had sent me on a few of these.
Recommended books (either main texts, or supplements dealing
with specific topics):
******** Altieri, Miguel. 1995. Agroecology: The Science
of Sustainable Agriculture. 2nd Edition. Boulder: Westview
Press. (many people recommended the first edition, but the
2nd is now available)
**** Loomis, R.S. and Conner, D.J. 1992. Crop Ecology:
Productivity and Management in Agricultural Systems.
Cambridge University Press.
*** Carroll, C. Ronald, John H. Vandermeer and Peter M.
Rosset (Eds.). 1990. Agroecology. New York: McGraw-Hill.
** Edwards, C.A., R. Lal, P. Madden, R. Miller and G. House
(Eds.). Sustainable Agricultural Systems. Ankeny, Iowa:
Soil & Water Conservation Society.
** Gliessman, Stephen. 199_. Agroecology: Ecological
Processes in Sustainable Agriculture. (forthcoming text)
** Reijntjes, Coen, Bertus Heverkort, and Ann Waters-Bayer.
19__. Farming For The Future - An Introduction to Low-
External-Input and Sustainable Agriculture. Information
Centre for Low-External-Input and Sustainable Agriculture
** Tivy, Joy. 1990. Agricultural Ecology. Essex, England:
Longman Scientific and Technical.
* Beets, Willem. 19__. Raising and Sustaining Productivity
of Smallholder Agriculture in the Tropics. AgBe Publishing.
* Bender, Jim. 1994. Future Harvest. Pesticide-Free
Farming. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.
* Berry, Wendell. 1977. The Unsettling of America: Culture
and Agriculture. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.
* Bird, Elizabeth Ann R., Gordon L. Bultena and John C.
Gardner (Eds.). 1995. Planting the Future: Developing an
Agriculture that Sustains Land and Community. Ames, Iowa:
Iowa State University Press.
* Briggs, David J. and Frank M. Courtney. 1985. Agriculture
and Environment: The Physical Geography of Temperate
* Carter, Vernon Gill and Tom Dale. 1974. Topsoil and
Civilization. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
* Corson, Walter. 1990. The Global Ecology Handbook: What
You Can Do about the Environmental Crisis. Washington, DC:
Global Tomorrow Coalition. (Phone: 202 628-4016)
* Cox, George W. and Michael D. Atkins. Agricultural
Ecology: an Analysis of World Food Production Systems. San
Francisco: WH Freeman.
* Francis, Charles A (Ed.). 199 Multiple Cropping Systems.
New York: Macmillan.
* Fukuoka, Masanobu. 1978. The One Straw Revolution: An
Introduction to Natural Farming. Emmaus, Pennsylvania:
* Gershuny, Grace and Joseph Smillie. 1986. The Soul of
Soil. A Guide to Ecological Soil Management. 2nd Edition.
St. Johnsbury, Vermont: Gaia Services.
* Gliessman, Stephen (Ed.). 1990. Agroecology: Researching
the Ecological Basis for Sustainable Agriculture. New York:
* Hyams, Edward. 1976. Soil and Civilization. New York:
Harper and Row.
* Jackson, Wes, Wendell Berry and Bruce Colman. 1984.
Meeting the Expectations of the Land. Essays in Sustainable
Agriculture and Stewardship. San Francisco: North Point
* Jeavons, John. 1995. How to Grow More Vegetables, Fruits,
Nuts, Berries, Grains and Other Crops on Less Land than You
Can Imagine. Revised Edition. Berkeley, California: Ten
* Killham, Ken. 1994. Soil Ecology. Cambridge University
* Leck et al. Soil Seed Banks (?)
* Logsdon, Gene. 1993. The Contrary Farmer. Post Mills,
Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing.
* Luken, James O. 1990. Directing Ecological Succession.
London: Chapman and Hill.
* Mollison, Bill C. 1988. Permaculture: A Designers'
Manual. Tyalgum, Australia: Tagari.
* Pimentel, David and Hugh Lehman. 1993. The Pesticide
Question: Environment, Economics and Ethics. New York:
Chapman and Hall.
* Sanchez, P.A. 1976. Properties and Management of Soils in
the Tropics. New York: Wiley.
* Soule, Judith D. and Jon K. Piper. 1992 Farming in
Nature's Image: An Ecological Approach to Agriculture.
Washington, DC: Island Press.
* Vallentine, John F. 1990. Grazing Management. San Diego:
* Whittaker, Robert H. 1970. Communities and Ecosystems.
New York: Macmillan.
King, James W. and Charles A. Francis (eds.). 1994.
Extension and Education Materials for Sustainable
Agriculture. Volume I and II. Lincoln, Nebraska:
University of Nebraska. (For copies, send a check for $10.00
made to the University of Nebraska to: Center for
Sustainable Agricultural Systems, University of Nebraska -
Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68583-0940).
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center. 1994.
Sustainable Agriculture in Print: Current Books. SRB 94-06.
Beltsville, MD: National Agricultural Library.
Ecological Agriculture Projects, MacDonald College, McGill
University, St. Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada (for
information compiled by Stuart Hill for agroecology courses)
"Farmer to Farmer" magazine
BGS publications (I don't recognize this acronym, but the
publications were recommended by E. Ann Clark)
E. Ann Clark <ACLARK@crop.uoguelph.ca>
Crop Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
Chelsea C. Clark <email@example.com>
Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont
Jay Daliparthy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences, Univ. of Massachusetts,
Amherst MA 01003
Andy Fisher <ASFisher@aol.com>
Steve Gliessman <gliess@zzyx.UCSC.EDU>
Agroecology Program, University of California at Santa Cruz
Joel Gruver <email@example.com>
Dana Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Land Stewardship Project, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Nicholas Jordan <email@example.com>
Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, St.
Paul, MN 55108
Michael Kay <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Agroecology, International Ag. Development, UC-Davis
Patrick Madden <email@example.com>
Jim King <AGCM009@UNLVM.UNL.EDU>
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Margaret Merrill <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, VA
Steven H. Muntz <email@example.com>
Lori Pottinger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Farmer to Farmer Magazine
Gina Nelson <email@example.com>
Dennis A. Shannon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Department of Agronomy and Soils, Auburn University, Alabama
Jane Sooby <PHRC031@unlvm.unl.edu>
High Plains Ag Lab, Sidney, NE 69162-3129
Susan Toms <email@example.com>
Agriculture and Natural Resource/Youth Development
U.C. Cooperative Extension
Mark Van Horn <firstname.lastname@example.org>