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We have news from one of our authors, who recently had a national radio gig on NPR. In his recent newsletter, Sandor Ellix Katz talks about his experience, and what he’s up to these days. From Sandor: Greetings from steamy sweaty Tennessee. It is as dry as I’ve ever seen it here, and more than warm enough to make tempeh and koji without contriving conditions for incubation. Between teaching gigs I’ve been helping care for an ill friend, and tending the goats and the gardens. The teaching I do brings me into contact with many inspirational people and places. No places bring me more pleasure or hope than bountiful farms and gardens. Farmers are my heroes, and we need more of them. If you are not a farmer, at least be an ally to farmers and get to know some and visit their farms and spend some of your money directly with them for the food they produce. Without farmers, there is no food. I was invited recently to talk about underground food movements on National Public Radio’s Science Friday. The appearance was especially exciting for me because my fellow guests, for a wide-ranging discussion of agricultural policy and grassroots food movements, were Michael Pollan and Marion Nestle, two authors whose work I greatly admire. It was my first encounter with both, and they both had positive things to say about my book The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved. Nestle reported that she was assigning it to her students, and Pollan said, “There is a growing underground food movement that Sandor documents really beautifully in his book.” You can listen to a podcast of the Science Friday show by clicking on this link The coming months will bring me to Georgia, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Virginia, D.C., Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and California. Yowza! Come check out one of my workshops. And please pass on the details to others in these places who might be interested, or post on relevant listserves. Eat well, share food, ferment! Sandor To find out about upcoming Fermentation Workshops & Other Presentations by Sandor Ellix Katz go to his website

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..