VIRTUAL AUTHOR EVENT: Micro Food Gardening with Jen McGuinness of Frau Zinnie

Jen McGuinness and Micro Food Gardening at River Bend Bookshop

One part author talk, one part gardening class! River Bend is proud to (virtually) host Portland resident and micro gardening guru Jen McGuinness for the launch of her book Micro Food Gardening. Jen will treat attendees to a primer to what is considered "micro food", go over the basics, and wrap up with a Q&A session.

Registration is required, and space is limited.  


About the Book:

Micro Food Gardening introduces very compact plant varieties and step-by-step projects for growing food in small spaces, such as on balconies, decks, porches, and tabletops. 

Tiny plants are poised to take over the gardening world. And no category of tiny plants is as welcome and wildly embraceable as tiny edibles. Not only are they cute as a button, but they’re tasty and nutritious too! In Micro Food Gardening, author and small-space gardening pro Jen McGuinness, introduces you to a world of miniature edible plants and dozens of DIY projects for growing them.

Not everyone has room to grow a full-sized tomato plant or a melon vine that takes up more room than your car, but everyone has space for a micro tomato that tops out at the height of a Barbie doll or a dwarf watermelon with vines that won’t grow any longer than your leg. From miniature herbs and salad greens to tiny strawberry plantsbaby beets, and mini cabbages, you’ll quickly discover that micro gardening offers a surprisingly diverse and delicious array of edible opportunities. Plus, with step-by-step instructions for a plethora of DIY micro food gardening projects, you’ll be up and growing in no time at all.

With advice on plant selection and care, project plans, full color photography, and growing tips, Micro Food Gardening is here to show you the joys of growing your own fresh, organic food, no matter where you call home.

About the Author:

Jen McGuinness began regularly writing as Frau Zinnie in 2011 on The website features Jen’s writing, photography, and personal gardening experiences in her Connecticut garden, along with interviews with garden experts. She is a proponent of organic gardening methods and pollinator-friendly gardens.

Jen is a writer, editor, and photographer. She’s worked in local journalism, nonprofit communications, a small business, and now in corporate communications. She explored other interests along the way, earning two master’s degrees. Jen is an award-winning local journalist, earning recognition from the New England Press Association, the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Awards for Publication Excellence.




For personalized copies, please include the name to be inscribed in the book in the Order Comments at checkout.  If no name is specified, books will be signed by the author, not personalized. 

Event date: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Micro Food Gardening: Project plans and plants for growing fruits and veggies in tiny spaces Cover Image
ISBN: 9780760369838
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Published: Cool Springs Press - April 20th, 2021