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Announcing a New Contest…”Name That Book!”

ANNOUNCING…The future of book-browsing…faster than a speeding bullet…greener than a gooseberry…freer than a wild bird….cooler than a chest freezer…it’s…. NAME THAT BOOK! A new contest on facebook, brought to you by Chelsea Green Publishing. Read the clues, name the book, make your guess…and win. It’s that easy. WHEN: Today, Friday October 2, 2009 at 12:00 […]

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What Is the “Poor Man’s Meat”?

Gene Logsdon is one of the gurus of the local food and farming movement, and as Wendell Berry refers to him, “the most experienced and best observer of agriculture we have.” Here’s a bit from Gene’s seminal work on growing your own, which has now been revised and expanded for home gardeners and small-scale farmers. […]

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Stiletto Stoners: The Female Face of Pot Smokers?

We are clearly deep in the throes of a national conversation that posits whether or not marijuana is safer than alcohol, and whether or not the former should be legalized. But this time, fashion magazine Marie Claire wonders: what is the changing face of a pot smoker? Turns out…it’s women. Not that women haven’t been […]

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Meet the Farmers: Artisan Cheese in Vermont

There’s a lot of young, entrepreneurial farmers popping up in the Green Mountain State. But what more can one expect from a great state that has outlawed billboards along highways, and whose capitol city has no McDonalds? TV personality and Chef Emeril Lagasse has a show for PlanetGreen TV that highlights local ingredients, organic food […]

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Sandor Katz on Protecting the Water Commons

Sandor Katz says: “There is no way we can consider all the political issues revolving around food we eat without talking about water.” And right he is. The following is an excerpt from The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements by Sandor Ellix Katz. Protecting the Water Commons Water is a […]

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Beware the Sirens of Big Oil

Riki Ott, a rare combination of commercial salmon “fisherm’am” and PhD marine biologist (and author of Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill), knows very well the impacts of oil companies’ broken promises. She lived in Alaska when the Exxon Valdez, in 1989, spilled most of its […]

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Believe It Or Not: McDonald’s is “Local”…Technically

When I think of the word “local”, I think of the farmer who lives down the road from me, who just harvested his massive pumpkin patch. I think of the sugarmaker who trucks maple sap with a horse-drawn sled. I think of my own eggs from my own hens. But let’s face it–I’m not the […]

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Why Build With Straw Bale?

Haven’t you ever wondered, what IS a straw bale house? The following is an excerpt from Serious Straw Bale: A Home Construction Guide for All Climates by Paul Lacinski and Michael Bergeron. It has been adapted for the web. WHAT IS A STRAW BALE HOUSE? Why are bales a good choice in a cold climate? […]

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Food For Thought (And Your Bookshelf)

For those out there interested in food preservation, you’re going to need a bible (or at least, several bibles.) You know what I mean; that little something in your kitchen library you reach for in moments of canning bliss. That tome you turn to when you’re waiting for your kombucha to ferment.  Just listen to […]

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Louisville, Colorado: The Bee-Less City

Apparently–or at least according to our friend Dave Burdick in Boulder–Louisville, CO won an award for being the best place to live. And the reason: no bee stings. Wait a minute. How can a city be “best”, if it’s bee-less? Not possible. Sound funny to you? Well, since we’re big supoprters of beekeeping, I had […]

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