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..
Diane Wilson is a long time environmental activist, the author of Diary of an Eco-Outlaw, and An Unreasonable Woman, and an injured worker advocate in the Texas Gulf Coast. She is presently on a hunger strike to stop Valero from investing in the Canada tar sands. She forwarded us this letter last week… Workers! Demand […]Read More..
Several classic Chelsea Green books are now available as convenient sets at discounted prices. By combining books that are commonly purchased together, we make it easier and more affordable to add these valuable titles to your library, or give them as gifts. In addition to putting their expertise down on paper in our books, several […]Read More..
Sepp Holzer was doing permaculture before he even knew what permaculture was. He started playing around in his mother’s garden as a little boy, learning how nature functioned and what helped plants thrive. When permaculture practitioners visited Holzer’s homestead, they were astonished to find the theories they learned from Bill Mollison and David Holmgren applied […]Read More..
When it comes to useful DIY projects, I’m sure most of you don’t think, “Gee, I think I’d like to make myself a hatchet today.” But with some scrap steel, a hacksaw, a file, a drill, a bonfire, a bucket of water and an oven, you can make this simple, hardy, “democratic” axe. Don’t believe […]Read More..
If you follow the farming blog Honest Meat, you already know who Rebecca Thistlethwaite is. Thistlethwaite and her husband have traveled the country visiting farms and documenting their travels on Honest Meat. They once were farmers themselves, but decided to stop for a while to do some on-the-ground research to answer the most important question […]Read More..
Well, congratulations, readers! We made it through the Mayan apocalypse, the solstice, the holiday shopping season, holiday travel with its inevitable weather hazards, and family get-togethers, with their inevitable emotional hazards.The warmth of spring may still seem far off, but we’re hard at work on the next round of Chelsea Green books. To inspire you […]Read More..
Beekeeping is growing in popularity as gardeners, small farmers, and locavores learn more about the plight of bees in the face of industrial agriculture. After years of being babied with pesticides and fungicides, bee populations are weak and struggling, while the myriad pests that plague them have only grown stronger. Thankfully, aspiring beekeepers using selective […]Read More..
Tim Matson, author of Landscaping Earth Ponds, is Vermont’s resident expert on small-scale, man-made bodies of water. His work as a pond consultant, as well as his book and DVD, have been leading people to water for years, and this week Matson was profiled on VTDigger’s series In This State. Article by Dick Van Susteren. […]Read More..
Imagine growing vegetables that require just about the same amount of care as perennial flowers and shrubs, need no annual tilling or planting, yet thrive and produce abundant and nutritious crops throughout the season. Get the best information on growing these easy and interesting crops from Eric Toensmeier’s award-winning book Perennial Vegetables, and tour his […]Read More..