For seven years Philip Ackerman-Leist and his wife, Erin, lived without electricity or running water in an old cabin in the beautiful but remote hills of western New England. Slowly forging their own farm and homestead, they took inspiration from their experiences among the mountain farmers of the Tirolean Alps and were guided by their […]Read More..
Many people mistakenly think that ecological gardening—which involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants—can take place only on a large, multiacre scale. As Hemenway demonstrates, it’s fun and easy to create a “backyard ecosystem” by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including: Building […]Read More..
First published in 1977, this book—from one of America’s most famous and prolific agricultural writers—became an almost instant classic among homestead gardeners and small farmers. Now fully updated and available once more, Small-Scale Grain Raising offers a entirely new generation of readers the best introduction to a wide range of both common and lesser-known specialty […]Read More..
During the tumultuous year of 2008—when gas prices reached $4 a gallon, Amtrak set ridership records, and a commuter train collided with a freight train in California—journalist James McCommons spent a year on America’s trains, talking to the people who ride and work the rails throughout much of the Amtrak system. Organized around these rail […]Read More..
It’s hard not to feel helpless, frustrated anger over the rapidly spreading oil leak in the Gulf Coast. For marine toxicologist and author Riki Ott, it brings to mind the tragedy she experienced firsthand when, in 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, dumping tens of millions of gallons of […]Read More..
Fisherman exposed to the toxic fumes from both the oil spill and the chemical dispersants BP is using to clean it up are reporting flu-like symptoms and respiratory illnesses. Dr. Riki Ott saw the same thing in Alaska when cleanup workers were exposed to toxic fumes and chemicals from the Exxon Valdez oil spill. They […]Read More..
Chronicler of handcrafted American artisan cheeses and their producers, Jeffrey Roberts has been spreading the word about these surprising delicacies for over a decade, since the time he first sampled a handcrafted goat cheese at a farmers market and struck up a conversation with the local producer. On June 6 he’ll be headlining a fundraiser […]Read More..
Author Les Leopold (The Looting of America: How Wall Street’s Game of Fantasy Finance Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions, and Prosperity—and What We Can Do About It) has the perfect analogy for collateralized debt obligations, the financial WMD that Wall Street inflicted on the rest of America: they bought insurance on somebody else’s house, and when […]Read More..
Cheesemonger Gordon Edgar explains how handcrafted cheeses are helping to save the small family dairy farm, and reflects on the intersection of artisan cheese, punk rock, and politics in this episode of NPR’s The Splendid Table. Lynne takes us deep into the issues facing independent cheese producers with Gordon Edgar, author of Cheesemonger, A Life […]Read More..
Author and one-time candidate for Attorney General of Vermont Charlotte Dennett makes the case for the prosecution of former president George W. Bush for murder in this video interview with Chelsea Green Publishing. It happened that a friend of mine put a copy of Vincent Bugliosi’s book in my hands, The Prosecution of George W. […]Read More..