Dr. Z’s book now available!

Just One Backyard: 

One Man’s Search For Food Sustainability


JOBY FINAL Kindle JPGA timeless story that is destined to become the foremost book on the benefits from and necessity of urban agriculture.


Winner of Writers Digest’s 1st Place Award for Self-Published Nonfiction (e-book, 2015), Just One Backyard: One Man’s Search for Food Sustainability is an entertaining and enlightening tale of how Dr. Zahina-Ramos turned his urban residential backyard into a study to measure the many benefits of urban agriculture. This is no dry lecture based on puffed-up rhetoric. Rather, it is a heartwarming blend of storytelling and scientific facts that any novice can appreciate and enjoy. The first half of the book takes the reader on a thoughtfully told journey through the history of food growing, from ancient times through the 21th century, describing how our food supply has become dominated by an industrialized production system that is dependent on unsustainable practices and harms the environment. By drawing upon historical fact, his family’s experiences, and stories told to him by food gardeners around the world, its eloquent message remains fresh to the end. The second half of the book gets down to the nitty-gritty of what sustainable food growing is and the numerous benefits it can give. Several chapters describe the social, environmental, ecological and economic benefits of urban agriculture in a way that has never been possible before- with real numbers, rather than broad generalizations. Even though the current unsustainable food system is fraught with problems, Dr. Z lays out solutions that can provide for the needs of the 21st century. The result is inspirational and empowering. This timeless work is destined to become the foremost book on the benefits from and necessity of urban food growing.

Where to Purchase:



You can purchase the book through on-line booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others.

Directly from the Author

To order a signed or unsigned copy of the book:  e-mail: e-mail

The book will be signed as you request and sent book rate (approx. 5 business days for delivery) throughout the United States. Cost for paperback is $20.00 including shipping/taxes and the cost for hardcover is $30.00 including shipping/taxes. You may pay by credit card or personal check made out to Dr. John Zahina-Ramos. If ordering and paying through the U.S. Postal Service, send a check to P.O. Box 17952, West Palm Beach, FL, 33416 and include a phone number or e-mail address for how you can be reached.

Books (signed or unsigned) can usually be purchased at events Dr. Z is participating in.


Commercial Bookstores

You can order print editions of the book through any bookstore since it is in worldwide distribution through Ingram and other book distributors. You may also purchase e-book, paperback and hardback editions through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other on-line booksellers. To learn more or read a free preview, click here.

Print editions of the book are in-stock and available for purchase at the following locations:

West Palm Beach, Florida. Mounts Garden Shop. 531 North Military Trail West Palm Beach, Fl 33415. Signed copies available in hardcover and softcover editions. Click here for their website.

Palm Beach, Florida: Classic Bookshop, 310 S. County Road, Palm Beach, Florida, 33480. Phone: 561-655-2485. Click here for their website.

Platteville, Wisconsin: Driftless Market, 95 West Main, Platteville, Wisconsin, 53818. Phone: 608-348-2696. Signed softcover edition available. Click here for their website.

Spring Green, Wisconsin: Arcadia Books,102 East Jefferson Street, Spring Green, Wisconsin. Phone: 608-588-7638. Click here for their website.

Dubuque, Iowa: River Lights Bookstore, 1098 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001. Phone: 563-580-5076. Signed softcover edition available. Click here for their website.



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