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April 2012

The Many Roles of a Tree – An Excerpt from Gaia’s Garden

The following is an excerpt from Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway. It has been adapted for the Web. As I’ve said, when we look at a plant, we often see it as doing one thing. Take the hypothetical white oak I referred to above. Some home owner placed that tree […]

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The Fallacy Of Native Plants – Martin Crawford

A common rallying cry of environmentalists these days is the danger of invasive species and the primacy of native ones. Especially in terms of the plant world, it’s easy to get a group of nature lovers worked up over an infestation of Japanese Knotweed or Garlic Mustard (one ingenious way to deal with the former […]

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“What Cheese Reveals About Human History” — Paul Kindstedt on Vermont Public Radio and WCAX News

Paul Kindstedt, author of Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and its place in Western Civilization, appeared on Vermont Public Radio and WCAX TV last week. Have you ever wondered how we humans first came to understand the delicious wonder that is cheese? If so, this book is for you. In the radio and […]

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Dr. Seuss, Petrochemicals, and the War on Bugs

While movie-goers recently lined up to see the Disney-fication of The Lorax (replete with marketing tie-ins to dish soap and automobiles … hmm), we here at Chelsea Green were reminded of an unflattering side to that beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss — one you don’t read about very often. Before I give you the dirt […]

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Managing Manure: How to Use Deep Litter in Your Chicken Coop

Here are some tips on how to use the valuable resource of chicken manure by harnessing the birds’ natural scratching tendencies to make great compost. It helps keep them healthy too. This is just one of the many subjects covered by Harvey Ussery in his recent book The Small-Scale Poultry Flock. It’s full of great […]

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Join the Conversation: ‘Like’ us on Facebook!

It’s nice to be liked. “Like” us on Facebook and learn more about the politics and practice of sustainable living. Facebook has recently switched to a new format called Timeline, which allows us to celebrate a lifetime of accomplishments, all in one place. As we fill it in you’ll be able to see photos, awards we’ve won, […]

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Springtime Is the Right Time for Dilly Beans

If you’re in a northern clime you may not be quite ready to pickle your fresh legumes yet, but here’s a recipe from Wild Fermentation for whenever that first bountiful harvest rolls around.  The following is an excerpt from Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods by Sandor Katz. It has been […]

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Three Chelsea Green Titles are Finalists for Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards!

The editors of ForeWord Reviews are thrilled to present the following titles as award finalists. Reinventing Fire in the Business & Economics category Sex and the River Styx in the Essays category Killing the Cranes in the History category ForeWord‘s Book of the Year Awards program was designed for booksellers and librarians to share in […]

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Strengthening Local Economies: Michael Shuman on Investing in Small Businesses

Earlier this month Michael Shuman participated in a web event with Orion magazine, and explained the massive shift toward local investment that he outlines in his new book Local Dollars, Local Sense. If you missed it, you can still listen to the whole thing on Orion‘s website, or on the newly launched, run by […]

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State of the Global Climate – A Quick Look

A few years ago I was involved in a very fun event called Step It Up 2007. It was dreamed up by Bill McKibben, author and activist extraordinaire, and implemented across the country by separate small groups — including the rag-tag group of activists I was leading down in Jacksonville, Florida. Our event was simple. […]

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