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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 jmccharen on March 4, 2014 08:00 AM
Gardening Tips from Eliot Coleman: How to Start Seedlings in a Cold Frame

Are you ready to get a start on the gardening season? With a cold frame you can jump in now.

A cold frame, essentially a garden bed surrounded by an angled frame and covered with glass, is a simple way to harness the heating power of the sun to get seedlings going before it's warm enough to plant them outside unprotected. Everything but the most heat-loving vegetables (tomatoes and peppers) can be started this way. Plus, a cold frame has the added advantage of getting your plants into the real soil right away, ...

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Submitted by jmccharen on March 3, 2014 12:00 PM
How to Plan the Best Garden Ever

Growing your own food is hard work, but with a few easy tips you can make it a lot easier.

Carol Deppe grows almost all of the food she eats, but with a cranky back and complaining knees, she has been forced to figure out labor-saving techniques and tricks, and she shares them in her book The Resilient Gardener, along with detailed guides for growing the five crops you need to survive: bean, corn, squash, potatoes, and eggs.

An easy-to-use garden starts with a good plan. This excerpt, adapted from Carol ...
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Submitted by admin on February 27, 2014 08:00 AM
The Seed Series: Choosing The Right Seed Crop

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

For more information on seed saving, check out the previous articles in our "Seed Series" -- an excerpt from Janisse Ray's book, The Seed Underground about the basics of seed saving and why it's an important skill to preserve; and, an excerpt from Carol Deppe's Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties about ...

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Submitted by admin on February 26, 2014 08:00 AM
The Seed Series: Become A Plant Breeder

The following is an excerpt from Carol Deppe’s book Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties, and provides an introduction for gardeners interested in learning how to breed their own plants and save seeds. Deppe also sells her own seeds, which you can buy direct from her at www.caroldeppe.com.

For more information on seed saving, check out the previous article in our "Seed Series"--an excerpt from Janisse Ray’s book, The Seed Underground about the basics of seed saving and why it's an important skill to preserve. Up next, ...

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Submitted by admin on February 24, 2014 08:00 AM
The Seed Series: Seed Saving Basics

The following is an excerpt from Janisse Ray’s award-winning book about seeds and seed saving, The Seed Underground.

If you’ve ever thought saving your own seeds was too much to tackle, let Janisse provide some encouragement and inspiration.

For more information on seed saving, check out the next two articles in our "Seed Series." Up next, Carol Deppe discusses how seed savers should think of themselves as plant breeders, and in our third article, award-winning author John Navazio discusses the right questions ...

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