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Ben Watson

Benjamin Watson is the editor of The Chelsea Green Reader. A longtime senior editor for Chelsea Green and other publishers, Watson specializes in books on sustainable agriculture, ecological gardening, and traditional foods and food culture. He is the author or co-author of several nonfiction books, including Cider, Hard and Sweet, published by The Countryman Press/W.W. Norton. Watson's book writing and editing projects for Chelsea Green include Passport to Gardening, Slow Food, and The Slow Food Guide to New York City.

Watson consults on heritage orchard and biodiversity projects around the country. He speaks frequently to audiences on the history and biological diversity of apples and the re-emerging national and world cider culture.

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    The Chelsea Green Reader

    Selections from 30 Years of Independent Publishing, 1984 - 2014

    The Chelsea Green Reader offers a glimpse into our wide-ranging list of books and authors and to the important ideas that they express. Interesting and worth reading in their own right, the individual passages when taken as a whole trace the evolution of a highly successful small publisher—something that is almost an oxymoron in these days of corporate buyouts and multinational book groups.

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