The Divine Farmer (Shen Nong)

Human arrived at the first Agriculture Revolution about 10 thousand years ago. This change brought about an abundance of food and population increase. The dawn of farming started several population centers around the world. Gradually, the different crops are exchanged and transported around the world.

The Chinese legend is the "Divine Farmer" who changed society so profoundly that he was a king about 5000 years ago. The Divine Farmer taught people how to manage crops and achieve higher yields. He was also a "Divine Herbalist". His teachings on herbs promoted health and cured ailments. This body of knowledge was recorded in a classic book "Encyclopedia of Medicine Plants".

The transport of plants around the world is still going on today. Recent examples are kiwi fruit, mango, dragon fruit. Today people live in urban areas and use gardening for recreation. This website is a source for promoting urban and backyard gardens.

All about dragon fruit

Grow dragon fruit plant from vine cuttings

Dragon fruit photo from tropical America and Asia

Dragon fruit in farms and gardens

Grow dragon fruit in pots

A new book about ecology, food and gardening

Awesome fruits

Grow mushroom at home

Grow nagaimo (Chinese yam) in San Diego

High yield gardening and giant fruits and vegetables

A tree bean (guajes) popular in southern part of Mexico, grown from Leucaena esculenta tree,
from blog by Susan Lutz

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Reforestation in arid lands

Worm bin community

Purdue University - Tropical Agriculture

Recycling community on the WEB

California Water Information

Permaculture resource

Delta Sustainability

California Maps

Soil conservation

-- by William Chow October 2007