This page lists resources that we have found helpful/interesting on our journey to sustainable agroforestry, non-violent communication, and fruitarianism. Note that we try to learn what we can from whatever source we can. In no way are we suggesting that ALL of the ideas or behaviours of any person or group are worth adopting. Any inaccuracies or recommendations that lead to net-suffering are those of their respective authors.
Information on packing and transporting plants, cuttings, and seeds:
Transporting Plant Material Internationally video
packing seeds (text)
How to Preserve Perishable Tropical Fruit Seeds for 60+ days for Shipping or Storing video
Tim Hartnett’s video on the Consensus Decision Making process:
Consensus 101: Basic Training in Consensus
The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom – about the success and structure of decentralised organisations
The Marshall Rosenberg seminar on non-violent communication:
(It is 3 hours long, so we recommend watching an hour a day to space it out and better learn the material.)
and/or the corresponding PDF
An introduction to principles of sustainable agriculture:
Permaculture Principles PDF graphic
Permaculture Beginner’s Guide PDF
Sustainability According to Permaculture video
Examples of functioning food forest systems:
Life in Syntropy video
2000-Year-Old Food Forest in Morocco video
Introduction to botanical taxonomy and nomenclature:
What’s in a (Plant) Name?
Let’s Talk About Soil video
Soil Texture graphic
How to Fix Sandy Soil Using Weeds video
Water Erosion in Arid Climates:
Desert Rain Flash Flood video
Rain season in Oman Wadi video
How to plant a tree:
Chop and Drop:
Flower Anatomy graphic
Fruit Growing in the Tropics PDF
The intentional community book Creating A Life Together by Diana Leafe – You can skip the couple chapters about financing land purchases, but reading the rest of it is important to understand the struggles and processes involved in forming and maintaining intentional communities.
The intentional community book Walden Two by behavioural psychologist B.F. Skinner – This is a fictional example of a "successful" intentional community. Note its various issues.
Animal Farm by George Orwell provides a concise illustration of the problems that arise when a community takes on an identity of its own. Do not let this happen to your fruit forest project!
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori and Rom Brafman
The Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins
Factors of Soil Formation by Hans Jenny
Teaming with Microbes by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis
The Vegan Book of Permaculture by Graham Burnett
The Benefits of Vegan Permaculture and Food Forests article – a brief overview with links to more resources
Introduction to Botany PDF
An Introduction to Agroforestry PDF or the second edition
Pruning tropical fruit trees PDF
Grafting and Rooting Citrus video
Cleft Grafting video
Veneer Grafting video
Building with Bamboo PDF
Know which banana suckers to plant (sword suckers)
Species of the dry forests of Ecuador PDF (spanish)
Does Meat Cause Brain Damage? video
How Exactly Does Meat Cause Brain Damage? video
What Fruit Can Do For Your Brain video
Return to the Brain of Eden by Tony Wright, PhD and Graham Gynn, MD
Destination Eden – Fruitarianism Explained by Mango Wodzak – interesting perspective on fruitarianism
Natural Hygiene: Man’s Pristine Way of Life by Herbert Shelton – You cannot heal the body; the body must heal itself.
Orthotrophy by Herbert Shelton – For all of the advancements in nutrition science since this book’s publication, these basic principles stand virtually unchanged.
Anthem by Ayn Rand – Collectivism is dangerous, mmkay?
The True Believer by Eric Hoffer – See above, mmkay?
What is slash and burn farming?“They entered the mountains, cut down the trees of the rich forests, scratched the sloping earth with a plough and planted beans and corn. Rains came in the form of tearing, pouring, thunderstorms and let loose from one hundred to four hundred tons of rushing water per acre in a single hour and the loose earth, deprived of its protection from trees was washed away and fertile hills that, with proper cultivation, might easily have nourished a thousand or ten thousand crops, became so poor in a few seasons that the laborious work of the poor mountaineer now gets only a meagre crop.” (Herbert Shelton) – a brief overview of a very common practice
Global Farm Animal Production and Global Warming: Impacting and Mitigating Climate Change – In the rainforest or in the steppes, animal husbandry is a lose-lose situation.
Animal Agriculture is the Leading Cause of Climate Change: A Climate Healers Position Paper – a more comprehensive look at global greenhouse gas emissions
"Cowspiracy" subtitulado en español
"Dominion" subtitulado en español