Library Resources

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries have over 20 books and videos on composting.  Below is a list of their resources as of 2004. 

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General Composting | Worm Composting | Videos | Fun

General Composting

1. Ball, Liz.

Composting / by Liz Ball ; with illustrations by Jim Anderson.
New York : Workman Pub., c1997.

2. Campbell, Stu.

Let it rot! : The gardener's guide to composting / by Stu Campbell
Pownal, Vermont : Storey Communications, c1990.

3. Campbell, Stu.

Let it rot! : the gardener's guide to composting / Stu Campbell.
Pownal, Vt. : Storey Communications c1998.

4. Cullen, Mark, 1956-

The urban/suburban composter : the complete guide to backyard, balcony, and apartment composting
by Mark Cullen and Lorraine Johnson ; illustrations by Andrew Leyerle.
New York : St. Martin's Press, c1994.

5. Del Porto, David.

Composting toilet system book :
A practical guide to choosing, planning and maintaining composting toilet systems, a water-saving, pollution-preventing alternative
by David Del Porto and Carol Steinfeld.
Concord, Mass. : Center for Ecological Pollution Prevention (CEPP), c1999.

6. Ecology Action of Santa Cruz. – Reference only!

Home composting and recycling information.
[Santa Cruz, CA] : Ecology Action of Santa Cruz,

7. Francis, Robert.

The complete book of compost
by Robert Francis.
New York : Becker & Mayer : Berkley Books, c1998.

8. Glaser, Linda.

Compost! : growing gardens from your garbage
by Linda Glaser ; pictures by Anca Hariton.
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, c1996

9. Goldstein, Jerome, 1931-

Garbage as you like it. Illus. by Virginia Howie.
Emmaus, Pa., Rodale Books [1969]

10. Golueke, Clarence G., 1917

Biological reclamation of solid wastes
Clarence G. Golueke.
Emmaus, PA : Rodale Press, c1977.

11. Golueke, Clarence G., 1917-

Composting : a study of the process and its principles
by Clarence G.  Golueke.
Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale Press, c1972.

12. Jenkins, Joseph C.

The humanure handbook : a guide to composting human manure
by Joseph C. Jenkins.
Grove City, PA : Jenkins Pub., c1999.

13. Lavies, Bianca.

Compost critters / text and photographs by Bianca Lavies.
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 1993.

14. Minnich, Jerry.

The Rodale guide to composting
by Jerry Minnich, Marjorie Hunt, and the editors of Organic gardening magazine ; [ill. by Jerry O'Brien].
Emmaus Pa. : Rodale Press, c1979.

15. Rockwell, Harlow.

\The compost heap.
Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday [1974]

16. The Rodale book of composting / Deborah L. Martin and Grace Gershuny, editors.

Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale Press ; [New York] : St. Martin's Press [distributor], c1992.

17. Ross, Michael Elsohn, 1952-

Re-cycles / Michael Elsohn Ross ; illustrated by Gustav Moore.
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, c2002.

18. Stell, Elizabeth.

Secrets to great soil : a grower's guide to composting, mulching, and creating healthy, fertile soil for your garden and lawn
by Elizabeth Stell
Pownal, Vt. : Storey Pub., c1998.

19. Van der Ryn, Sim.

The toilet papers : recycling waste and conserving water
by Sim Van der Ryn
Sausalito, CA : Ecological Design Press, 1995.

Worm Composting

20. Appelhof, Mary.

Worms eat my garbage / by Mary Appelhof
with illustrations by Mary Frances Fenton.
Kalamazoo, Mich., : Flower Press, c1997.

 21. Appelhof, Mary.

Worms eat our garbage : classroom activities for a better environment
Mary Appelhof, Mary Frances Fenton, Barbara Loss Harris
illustrations, Mary Frances Fenton, Nancy Kostecke.
Kalamazoo, Mich., U.S.A. : Flower Press, c1993.

22. Payne, Binet

The worm cafe : mid-scale vermicomposting of lunchroom wastes
A manual for schools, small businesses and community groups
by Binet Payne ; with illustrations by Paul E. Bourgeois.
Kalamazoo, Mich. : Flower Press , c1999.


23. Composting [videorecording] / the Agroecology Program

University of California, Santa Cruz. [Santa Cruz, Calif.] : The University, c1992.

24. Composting for the 90's [videorecording] : a reason and method for everyone

produced by Earth to Earth Productions.
Burbank, CA : Earth to Earth Productions.

25. Organic gardening--composting [videorecording]

Rodale Press ; producer,
Burton K. Fox ; director and writer, Winifred Scherrer.
Oley, Pa. : Bullfrog Films, 1972.

26. Wormania [videorecording]

Featuring Mary Appelhof as "Worm Woman" with Billy B. and the Brennan Kids.
Kalamazoo, Mich. : Flowerfield Enterprises, c1995.

27   Worm bin creatures alive through a microscope [videorecording] / videotaped

edited, and narrated by Warren A. Hatch.
[Portland, OR] : W.A. Hatch (P.O. Box 9224, Portland, OR, 97207), c1998.

General Interest / Fun

28. Larson, Gary.

There's a hair in my dirt / by Gary Larson.
New York : HarperPerennial, c1998.

29. Beech, Linda.

Scholastic's The magic school bus meets the rot squad : a book about decompostion
TV tie-in bookb adaptation by Linda Beech and illustratedby Carolyn Bracken ;
TV script written by John May and Jocelyn Stevenson.
New York : Scholastic, c1995.


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