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The Nourishing Homestead: One Back-to-the-Land Family’s Plan for Cultivating Soil, Skills, and Spirit

The Nourishing Homestead tells the story of how we can create truly satisfying, permanent, nourished relationships to the land, nature, and one another.

The Hewitts offer practical ways to grow nutrient-dense food on a small plot of land, and think about your farm, homestead, or home as an ecosystem. Much of what the Hewitts have ......


Fermentation Workshop with Sandor Ellix Katz DVD Trailer


Contrary to popular belief, fermenting foods is a simple process. But it needs to be done correctly, and there's no better person to inform us about managing microbial bacteria to produce highly nutritious food. In fact, with Sandor Ellix Katz a.......

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Survive the Winter Blues: Read, Eat and Plan

There is no denying it: the days are shorter and unless you planned for season extension your garden is all about the root vegetables.

But don’t let winter get you down. We’ve prepared the perfect cabin fever remedy with our winter reading list. Throw another log on the fire, grab a blanket, and tuck in with these new and classic favorites.

Winter Sale: 35% Off Selected Titles Until March 4th

And we’ve shared a few of our favorite projects to inspire you through the cold season: from growing your own sproutsfermentinggrowing mushrooms in small spaces, and getting a jump on spring ...
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Submitted by admin on February 25, 2015 09:30 AM
Roadkill 101: An Insider's Guide to 'Asphalt Hunting'

We've all come across one while driving — a doe, a deer, a female deer — dead on the side of the highway. Admit it, carnivores and omnivores alike, you've often thought to yourself, "I wonder how long it's been there ... and ... boy, am I hungry!"

After checking the rearview a couple times and being thwarted by oncoming headlights, you probably speed off with the smells of an imaginary venison stew giving your stomach pangs. Your trunk? Also empty.

Face it, lean times financially mean many of us seek inexpensive, yet ...
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Submitted by admin on February 23, 2015 01:21 PM
Get Ready for Maple Sugaring Season

Everything is better with maple syrup. At least that’s what you’ll hear when you ask Vermonters. So what better way to solidify your love for all things maple than to learn how to make it yourself?

If you only have a couple of trees nearby — say in your backyard — author Michael Farrell (The Sugarmaker’s Companion) has some simple advice for you to get started tapping a few trees and collecting the sap by bucket. The following excerpt is adapted and condensed from Chapter 5 of his book. ...
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Submitted by admin on February 19, 2015 02:15 PM
The Seed Series: Choosing the Right Seed Crop

The vast majority of seed-propagated vegetables most used worldwide fall into nine plant families. Understanding the characteristics of these particular families will give you a better idea of which crops are best suited for your climate.

In the following excerpt from the award-winning book The Organic Seed Grower, author John Navazio provides some key questions you should be asking to determine if a crop will grow where you live.

For more seed-related content, check out all our excerpts from "The Seed Series:" Seed Saving Basics by Janisse Ray Become a Plant ...
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Submitted by admin on February 17, 2015 12:51 PM
Drill, Plug, Wax, Wait: Four Easy Steps to Growing Mushrooms Outdoors

Grow your own mushrooms outdoors with this simple four step tutorial from Tradd Cotter, author of the new book Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation. All you need is a log, some mushroom starter, and a couple basic tools and you are on your way to producing gourmet mushrooms for years to come.

To demonstrate how easy it is, in the video below Cotter shows you how to inoculate a log in just 60 seconds.

For more mushroom guidance, check out his entire collection of 90+ videos. You'll find information on ...
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Submitted by admin on February 11, 2015 01:22 PM
The Seed Series: 3 Steps to Start Your Plants Off Right

How you handle your seeds and your practices around seeding is your first chance to get your plants off to a good start and help them achieve their full potential. Ben and Penny Hewitt, authors of The Nourishing Homestead, have developed a three-step process which starts with inoculating the seeds, then sowing them in high quality potting soil, and finally using soil blocks instead of pots to start seedlings.

It may not be quite as easy as 1-2-3, but the increased vigor and yield the Hewitts have experienced with their crops using this ...

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