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Celebrate National Apple Week with Delicious Recipes and Tips

Ever since Eve took some snake’s bad relationship advice, the apple has been an important part of our lives. Apples come in many colors and subtle differences of flavor, each unique and bursting with vitamins. In temperate climates they’re easy to grow, and recipes abound for cooking with them in both sweet and savory dishes, as well as preserving them by canning or drying. This week is National Apple Week, and to celebrate we are offering a bushel of books with tips for growing your own apples, lists of rare varieties, nutrition information about apples, and recipes. The books below are on sale for 25% off until August 13.
The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way by Michael Phillips Phillips’s newest book demystifies the basic skills everybody should know about the inner-workings of the orchard ecosystem, as well as orchard design, soil biology, and organic health management.
The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist, Second Edition by Michael Phillips For decades fruit growers have sprayed their trees with toxic chemicals to control a range of pests. This book shows it is possible to grow apples organically, and teaches you how.
Cooking Close to Home: A Year of Seasonal Recipes by Diane Imrie and Richard Jarmusz Created by a nutritionist and a chef, this gorgeous cookbook has plenty of unique apple recipes including Simple Apple Cheddar Turnovers and Delicata Squash with Apple.
Old Southern Apples: A Comprehensive History and Description of Varieties for Collectors, Growers, and Fruit Enthusiasts by Creighton Lee Calhoun An indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928.


The Miracle of Farming: Toward a Bio-Abundant Future

Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer’s Le Ferme du Bec Hellouin is a celebrated model of innovative, ecological agriculture in Europe, connected to national and international organizations addressing food security, heralded by celebrity chefs as well as the Slow Food movement, and featured in the inspiring César and COLCOA award-winning documentary film, Demain (Tomorrow).In this excerpt from their […] Read More

Sow Seeds: Stop Walking Around Doing Nothing

“In the last one hundred years, 94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”That’s one of the key takeaways in award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray’s book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. In her book, Ray […] Read More

True or false? Figs contain dead wasps

They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are wish-fulfillers … rainforest royalty … more precious than gold. They are the fig trees, and they have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. Gods, Wasps and Stranglers tells their amazing story.Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles […] Read More

Imagination, Purpose & Flexibility: Creating an Independent Farmstead – Q&A (part 1)

Twenty years ago, the land that authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased and have come to name the Sow’s Ear was deemed “not suitable for agriculture” by the state of Ohio. Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food.Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture […] Read More

Eight Seed-Saving Myths

You don’t have to move to Svalbard, Norway in order to have access to a seed bank.Author and plant breeder Carol Deppe believes that every gardener should have her own seed bank. Even if you aren’t a seed saver, you should have your own seed bank. Even if you never experience any disaster beyond the […] Read More
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