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An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir

Is it possible to capture landscape in a bottle? To express the essence of place—the geology, geography, climate, and its soil—as well as the skill of the winegrower? That’s what Deirdre Heekin and her husband set out to do on their eight-acre hillside farm in Vermont. An Unlikely Vineyard tells the story of their farm and its evoluti......


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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A Look Back at 2014: Our Top 10 Blog Posts

As we look back on the year almost finished, we've started to take stock in what our community has found most useful to them. If it's one thing (or two) we know about our readers, it's that they love growing food and getting their hands dirty. How can we be so sure? Six of our ten most popular blog posts from 2014 are garden related.

See for yourself: We've listed them all below, they offer a wealth of information on topics from growing mushrooms on a pair of old jeans, to drinking nutrient-rich sap straight from the tree, to ...

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Submitted by admin on November 3, 2014 08:30 AM
Exclusive Holiday Sale Sneak Peek

Chelsea Green is the perfect place to stock up on inspiring and educational gifts for everyone on your list (and don't forget about yourself).

You'll find the right gift for anyone, from gardeners and political activists to entrepreneurs, builders, foodies and cooks. Whomever you have on your list, we've got the book for you!

Use the discount code CGS14 at checkout to save 35% off your ...

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Submitted by admin on November 1, 2014 03:03 PM
We're Hiring! Join the Team as our Editorial Intern
For 30 years, Chelsea Green has been the go-to publisher for people seeking foundational books on the politics and practice of sustainable living, including organic gardening and agriculture, renewable energy, green building, eco-cuisine, and ethical business. In 2012, we decided to practice what we publish and became employee-owned. We are a founding member of the Green Press Initiative and have been printing books on recycled paper since 1985, when our first list of books went on sale. We print our books on paper that consists of a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer waste and aim ...
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Submitted by admin on October 30, 2014 09:25 AM
Growing Food in the Face of Global Warming

If you want proof of how difficult it is to grow food in the face of global warming, look no further than the food basket of the United States. There, especially in California, soils are crumbling, drying, and the fight over water resources is increasing between farmers, cities, and rural residents. Crop insurance rates are on the rise as are food prices, and there's no relief in sight.

This climatic uncertainty is forcing farmers, gardeners, and orchardists to desperately seek new ways to adapt how they grow food in the face of ...

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Submitted by admin on October 29, 2014 09:52 AM
Move Over Squirrels, It's Acorn Harvesting Time

One thing you can count on this time of year is an abundance of acorns underfoot. Why should the squirrels have all these nutrient rich nuts to themselves?

Acorns are completely edible, according to fermentation expert Sandor Katz, and they have historically been a critical source of nutrition for many native peoples in North America and elsewhere.  In the following excerpt from his book, The Art of Fermentation, Katz encourages readers to tap into this abundant food resource and start experimenting with acorns.

Sorry squirrels. ***** Acorns, the nuts of ...
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Submitted by admin on October 27, 2014 10:05 AM
Capturing Landscape in a Wine: The Unlikely Vineyard

Is it possible to capture landscape in a bottle? To express its essence of place—geology, geography, climate, and soil—as well as the skill of the winegrower?

That’s what Deirdre Heekin and her chef/husband, Caleb Barber, set out to accomplish on their tiny, eight-acre hillside farm and vineyard in Vermont.

"Our farming came from wanting to grow particular vegetables for our restaurant kitchen. Once we started going with the restaurant garden and farm, I also became interested in the process of making wine. I was doing a ...
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