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June 2010

From the Farmstead Creamery Advisor, 10 Questions for Aspiring Cheesemakers

Gianaclis Caldwell, award-winning cheesemaker, goatherd, and author of The Farmstead Creamery Advisor, wanted to make sure her book brought the notion of small-scale dairy farming down to earth. Not because there’s no romance in a close relationship with animals and the earth, but because it takes a LOT of work to maintain a successful creamery. […]

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WATCH: Will Allen’s Presentation from Bioneers, 2007

In this video, Will Allen, author of The War on Bugs, speaks about the history of toxic pesticides and his work to raise awareness about their dangers at Bioneers by the Bay, 2007. The War on Bugs tells the story of how American farmers in the mid-1900s were convinced that dangerous chemicals were not just […]

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Small-Scale Grain Raising, An Excerpt

The advice in Small-Scale Grain Raising; An Organic Guide to Growing, Processing, and Using Nutritious Whole Grains for Home Gardeners and Local Farmers, by Gene Logsdon, can help the small farmer gain an extra edge of self-sufficiency, and reduce her feed bill. In this excerpt, Logsdon gives detailed information about rye and barley, including tips […]

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Collapse, The Documentary is Now Available

“Collapse is the type of doom-and-gloom documentary that should have audiences running, but it’s so masterfully made and riveting that it’s impossible to look away.” –Kimber Myers, AllMovie.com Inspired by Michael C. Ruppert’s book Confronting Collapse, the documentary Collapse is now available in our bookstore. Director Chris Smith, whose 2004 film The Yes Men chronicled […]

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Poisoned for Profit, How Toxins are Making our Children Chronically Ill

Alice Shabecoff, author of Poisoned for Profit along with her husband Philip, speaks to a meeting of the National Disease Clusters Alliance. The book was written to answer the question, “Why is my child sick?” The answer, according to the Shabecoffs’, is constant exposure to toxic chemical by-products from industrial processes–and millions of children are […]

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WATCH: Eliot Coleman on Organic Farming and Soil Health

Eliot Coleman, best-selling author of The New Organic Grower and The Winter Harvest Handbook, tells the story of how his adventure in organic farming began. In the video, Coleman speaks of how his farming practices focus on the health of the soil, “Which can provide everything we need, in a low work system, by taking […]

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WATCH: Joel Salatin talks about building forgiveness into the system

Joel Salatin, farmer and best-selling author of Pastured Poultry Profit$, You Can Farm, and Everything I Want to Do is Illegal, provides insights on agricultural practice that is environmentally, economically and spiritually sustainable. At present, farms across the nation are vulnerable to rising fuel prices, climate change, and shifting political structures. In order to ease […]

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James McCommons in The L.A. Times

James McCommons is the author of the award-winning book, Waiting on a Train; The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service, which chronicled a year spent riding Amtrak across the United States. In a recent piece for the Los Angeles Times, he shares his experience of effortless connections, convenient stations, and gorgeous routes as he traveled […]

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The Case for Food Rights: David Gumpert featured on Grist and NPR’s Living on Earth

David Gumpert, author of The Raw Milk Revolution, Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights, argues on Grist that the courts should break with another major taboo: restrictions on our access to food, most notably, raw milk. The Farm-to Consumer Legal Defense Fund is facing off with the FDA over their repeated attempts to restrict […]

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WATCH: Richard Wiswall on farming for profit

In this video, Richard Wiswall author of, The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook, speaks about his goals in writing one of the only resources available for the business end of sustainable food production.

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