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Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet

As we dig, drill, and excavate to unearth the planet’s mineral bounty, the resources we exploit from ores, veins, seams, and wells are gradually becoming exhausted. Will there come a time when we run out of minerals? In Extracted, Ugo Bardi draws upon the world’s leading minerals experts to offer a compelling glimpse into that new wor......


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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Hemp is on the Horizon! Get Ready for America's Next Agricultural Revolution

You can eat it, drink it, read it, tie it, wear it, drive it, live in it, and make money growing it, all while saving the soil and protecting the climate.

What is it? Hemp. That’s right, hemp.

Hemp is on the Horizon! Just this year hemp was approved to be cultivated for university research - a huge first step in hemp’s domestic comeback as the crop of the future.
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Submitted by admin on April 1, 2014 07:00 AM
Who's Fuelin' Whom?

UPDATE: April Fools! We’re not really publishing a home-scale fracking book but thanks to everyone who shared our prank! Stay up to date with our (actual) latest releases by signing up for our e-newsletter here

Tapping into the growing interest in fracking and the development of shale gas, Chelsea Green Publishing – the nation’s leading publisher on home-scale, do-it-yourself books about food, fuel, and shelter – is offering a new manual for homesteaders—The Plunderer’s Companion: Home-Scale Fracking and Micro Mining for the Homestead and Farm by Sue T. Boottes.

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Submitted by admin on March 31, 2014 08:00 AM
Turn Barren Soil into Black Gold: 9 Simple Steps to Sheet Mulching

If you want to turn a barren lot into a permaculture paradise, you've got to start from the ground up.

Sheet mulching is an easy way to start. You start with a biodegradable weed barrier like cardboard, and from there build a thick, layered substrate for your garden with compost and mulch. As the materials break down, worms move in, softening the soil below, and creating a healthy, aerated planting bed where once there was compacted, dead clay.

Eric Toensmeier transformed his rocky, desolate tenth of an acre into a modern-day Garden of ...
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Submitted by admin on March 27, 2014 08:51 AM
Perennial Gardening: Grow More Food with Less Work!

Perennial vegetables are a food gardener’s dream. Plant them once, treat them well, and they’ll keep feeding you year after year.

If you’re looking for some new crops to liven up your garden and your palate, give perennials a chance. You'll have plants you never dreamed could be dinner. We've included below some perennial inspired projects to get you started! 

25% Off Entire Selection of Gardening Books until March 31st.

In cased you missed our previous "Garden Series" projects you can take a look here and 

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Submitted by admin on March 27, 2014 08:00 AM
6 Reasons Why You Need to Plant Perennials...Like Now

If you’ve ever debated about whether perennial plants are right for your landscape, author Ben Falk is here to help. And, as a recent winner of an American Horticultural Society 2014 Book Award, you can be sure to trust his expert advice.

Falk's award winning book, The Resilient Farm and Homestead, offers readers the lessons he’s learned about perennials on his Whole Systems Research Farm and explains the six reasons why gardeners and farmers should not overlook these permanent producers. One advantage, according to Falk, is their resilience to climate change. Perennial plants are ...

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Submitted by admin on March 25, 2014 08:00 AM
Building Your Backyard Permaculture Paradise

The award-winning Paradise Lot takes a behind-the-scenes look at how two plant geeks transformed a desolate urban backyard into a permaculture paradise. At the same time, the pair were hoping to each find their own Eve for this special garden adventure. They succeeded on both fronts--creating an urban, food-producing oasis on a tenth of an acre, and finding life partners.

As you look out on your snow-covered (or just barren) backyard, here is how Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates approached those initial phases of transformation--along with their site designs. We hope this excerpt provides ...

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