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Celebrate Asparagus Month and National Salad Month with Two Special Books

There’s a special month, day, or commemorative week for just about everything. Eventually, if things go the way they are now, each and every day of the calendar year will be dedicated to some kind of celebration. A misanthrope like me simply doesn’t know what to say about this phenomenon. My natural pessimism and sense of the absurd are piqued endlessly when I look at lists of “special” holidays.

I mean, really culture? Do we need a special day to celebrate sporks (granted, this holiday may be fictitious)? Do we really care so much about irrational numbers? I have a similar feeling when driving around my current home of Los Angeles, and each highway interchange is named after a police officer. I question the logic of celebrating a person in this manner. I think, Aww, you were so great we named our favorite rush hour gridlock after you! Now everyone will associate your name with car fumes and bumper-to-bumper traffic forever.

But I digress.

May is a month of many holidays, as you can see by perusing a site like Holidays for Everyday. May Day is an international day of solidarity for labor, May is when the flowers are due after a rainy April, May is even Fungal Infection Awareness Month. …Who knew?

Most importantly, in the admittedly small worldview of this blog post, May is National Salad Month AND Asparagus Month. And even cynical me can agree, those two things are definitely worth celebrating!

In honor of Asparagus Month, we’re offering Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, a Gardener’s Guide to Over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-Grow Edibles on sale for 35% off. Asparagus is just one of many vegetables profiled in Eric Toensmeier’s classic guide for permaculturists and any gardeners interested in moving away from replanting annual crops each year. In honor of National Salad Month, check out The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times, also on sale for 35% off. Author Carol Deppe is a big fan of salads. She doesn’t even believe in using dressing, as she explains in this article, relying instead upon the rich, mingling flavors of herb leaves, varied lettuces, and other greens. We hope you join us to celebrate the month of May — Salad and Asparagus month, that is — we might skip the Fungal Infection Awareness Month party. Bon Appetit!

A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until next Spring. With author and gardener Peter Burke’s innovative method of growing soil sprouts indoors, you can grow nutrient-dense greens all year long at a fraction of the cost of buying at market. Burke’s new book, Year-Round Indoor Salad […] Read More..

A Day in the Life of a Homesteader

As Homesteading Month comes to a close, we take a look at what it means to live the homesteading life every day. Read through the question and answer below and be sure to check out any of the previous articles you might have missed:Why Acquiring Land Presents a Challenge for New Homesteaders Homesteading Q&A: Solutions […] Read More..

Go Lean: How To Eliminate Waste and Increase Efficiency on the Farm

Using the words “factory” and “farm” in the same sentence may seem sacrilegious, but today’s young farmers like author Ben Hartman are discovering that the same sound business practices apply whether you produce cars or carrots.In his new book The Lean Farm, Hartman demonstrates how applying lean principles—originally developed by the Japanese automotive industry—to farming practices […] Read More..

Why Acquiring Land Presents a Challenge for New Homesteaders

More and more often, young people are turning away from cities and urban life in order to live off the land and even start farms of their own. But while many have the desire to grow food for themselves and/or others, acquiring land, and the financial burden that comes with it, presents a difficult challenge […] Read More..

How to Distinguish Permaculture from Natural Farming

Just what are the differences between permaculture and natural farming? How are they connected, and where do they diverge in philosophy and principle?Those questions are answered in the following excerpt that is adapted from the newly released One-Straw Revolutionary, a book that delves into the philosophy and work of Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka […] Read More..