Today, many farmers are finding magic in what was once considered a primitive technology — draft power — and helping fuel a rapid and passionate resurgence. Once upon a time, coaxing food out of the earth required our whole bodies, working in tandem with the immense strength of horses and oxen, in teams powered by the […]Read More..
An oft-repeated koan of the conscious or ethical foodie movement and the environmental movement is that adopting a vegan diet will do more to heal the ills of the planet than buying a brand new Prius.Here at Chelsea Green, we believe that it’s unreasonable to expect the entire meat-loving world to give up their steaks […]Read More..
Seeds are the foundation of agriculture. As John Navazio describes in this excerpt from his new book, The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production, America was once home to hundreds of small-scale seed producers, each of which developed seeds adapted to grow best in the surrounding region. Today, following the trend […]Read More..
The solstice is behind us, and sun is slowly returning to the land, but if you live in a northern climate chances are you’re still shoveling snow and huddling by the fire to keep warm during this dark time of year. Jessica Prentice’s cookbook Full Moon Feast shares traditions from each “moon” of the year, […]Read More..
If you’re a visual learner, a book full of text can sometimes leave you scratching your head. What did he mean when he said use the hive-smoker with short, fast puffs? Or, where exactly is that ramial mulch supposed to go in relation to the trunk of the apple tree?If this describes your state of […]Read More..
Not to be confused with “Pi Day,” the nerdy celebration of everyone’s favorite irrational number, which takes place on March 14th, today is National PIE Day. Today we celebrate the delicious beauty of scrumptious round baked goods with fillings both fruity and savory, with crusts both crumbly and crisp. The American Pie Council*, which has […]Read More..
Reposted from GRIT.com In The Resilient Gardener (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010) scientist and gardener Carol Deppe combines her passion for gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fields—resilience science, climate change, sustainable agriculture and more. In this book you’ll learn how to garden in an era of unpredictable weather and climate change; grow, store […]Read More..
If you could take a time machine back eight years, you might have heard Chelsea Green making the announcement that the first comprehensive book on growing seeds commercially was on its way to your bookshelf. But life happens, and the project hit nearly a decade of delays on its way to completion. Ladies and gentlemen, […]Read More..
It may seem counterintuitive, but now is the perfect time to be thinking about next winter’s harvest. How can you time your plantings this summer and fall so your broccoli and cabbage are big enough to survive the winter and get cranking as early as possible the following spring? What kinds of vegetables can you […]Read More..
A New Wave of Savvy Young Farmers Plows Ahead New farmers are filling a small-scale niche long abandoned by industrial agriculture. As Rebecca Thistlethwaite says in the first chapter of her new book Farms with a Future, mid-sized farms are the hardest to maintain. The USDA Census from 2007 says as much — farms earning […]Read More..