…And order them now! Quantities of these special seeds are extremely limited. Carol Deppe, author of The Resilient Gardener and Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties, sells packets of the seeds she raises. With a focus on the survival crops she describes in The Resilient Gardener, her seed catalog doesn’t read like your typical, flowery missive […]Read More..
Chelsea Green creates most of our books from scratch. We determine the next great topic for a book in, say, sustainable agriculture, find an expert who has perfected that practice, and steward their book from start to finish (and sometimes, all the way to the New York Times best-seller’s list!). But we also offer a […]Read More..
This month, plant the seeds of a great growing season. Spend some time planning what you’ll do in the spring, so as soon as the soil thaws you can get planting. Want to incorporate permaculture principles into your vegetable beds this year? Curious about trying new varieties of plants this year, or a new method […]Read More..
As we enter the second decade of the twenty-first century, how will we face the problems our industrial economy has caused? Globalization pretends that place no longer matters, and that moving jobs to distant countries is no more important a decision than making a tax deduction. Burning fossil fuels is becoming increasingly expensive both financially […]Read More..
This weekend at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Chelsea Green staff and a selection of our northeast-based authors will be attending the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s annual winter conference. If you’re an aspiring farmer, or a seasoned pro looking to learn some new skills or network with others in your field (pun intended, sorry), […]Read More..
New York Times garden columnist Anne Raver recently visited Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates’s Paradise Lot in Holyoke, Massachussetts. Enchanted by the garden full of delicious perennials, and the charming love story that brought two plant geeks the “Eves” they dreamed of, she penned this piece. Not only does Raver celebrate Eric’s new memoir, Paradise […]Read More..
Droves of people have turned to local food as a way to retreat from our broken industrial food system. From rural towns to the most urban of cities streets, people are growing, fermenting, enjoying, and celebrating food produced close to home. “Local food” is a thriving movement and also a fad, an evocative trend that […]Read More..
The latest installment in our series of projects for the hardcore DIYer is a great idea for the post-apocalyptic future…but also a challenging and fun craft for any era! Matthew Stein’s book, When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, offers this quick guide to making your own shoes. The […]Read More..
One sunny day in August 2001, armed federal agents stormed the farmstand at Rawesome Foods in Venice Beach, California. The proprieter of the shop, James Stewart, was charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, and ended up spending four months in jail (you can follow the twists and turns of the bizarre and emotional story […]Read More..
As Sandor Katz puts it, “Humans did not invent or create fermentation. It would be more accurate to state that fermentation created us.” A perfect example of the truth of this simple notion can be found by looking at our ancient relationship to cheese. Paul Kindstedt’s groundbreaking book, Cheese and Culture traces the nearly 9,000 […]Read More..