Partly out of a rising demand for local produce, and partly because of the innovative farming methods pioneered by Eliot Coleman (The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses, The Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables From Your Home Garden All Year Long), the growing season in Maine and other northern […]Read More..
Our friends over at PlanetGreen recently interviewed author James McCommons about the future of passenger railroad. They wondered: is it bright? With the doom and gloom of climate change and the frightening post-peak oil reality, it’s hard to understand why the US is so far behind the times when it comes to trains. Whatever happened […]Read More..
Sure, Chelsea Green Publishing is the preeminent publisher of books on the politics and practice of sustainable living. Want to learn how to build your own cold frame? Be prepared for any emergency? Take action against climate change? Understand the food safety debate? We’ve got you covered. But Chelsea Green, I hear you saying, what […]Read More..
By David E. Gumpert From the Community Blogs There have been all kinds of scary headlines and stories about food safety problems. The most recent was a front-page story in the New York Times a few weeks ago about a young dance instructor who wound up paralyzed from the waist down after a bout of […]Read More..
Hundreds of angry UCLA students gathered around the Los Angeles and Davis campuses Thursday to protest an unprecedented 32-percent undergraduate tuition hike.The board of regents approved the increase as a way to deal with a budget shortfall, but concerned students, faculty, and staff say it unfairly targets lower and middle class students and restricts access […]Read More..
The city of Denver seems to have stumbled onto an unconventional model for sustaining its struggling newspaper industry: cashing in on all those freely-flowing medical marijuana dollars. Cannabis dispensaries need to advertise. Newspapers need advertising revenue. Ergo, ipso facto, a match made in heaven. Denver-based public policy analyst and political strategist Jessica Corry, writing for […]Read More..
Congratulations, James McCommons! Library Journal just named your book, Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service—A Year Spent Riding Across America, one of the best books of 2009. Waiting on a Train is not only a beautifully written and thoroughly engrossing memoir—it’s an important work that brings to light a fundamental […]Read More..
For the past week, farm families across the country (including my own) have been rising each morning to engage in what has become our own unique, albeit macabre, Thanksgiving Tradition. We are processing our turkeys. Unlike the factory-farmed birds found in most grocery stores, these birds are usually processed just a few feet from the […]Read More..
Diane Wilson continues her forty-three-day hunger strike for climate justice as she prepares to fly to Copenhagen for the international climate talks there.In this interview with What Now’s Ken Rose, Diane goes into her reasons for fasting, the indifference of a vast swath of the American public to climate change science, and how she believes […]Read More..
Urban Revision, whose mission “is to help cities develop safe, sustainable and enriching urban blocks,” sat down with Martin Melaver, author of Living Above the Store: Building a Business That Creates Value, Inspires Change, and Restores Land and Community, for a short video on his approach to socially responsible business and its role in urban […]Read More..