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Gardening With Resilience – Carole Deppe on “The Story”

If you’re a frequent visitor to our site, or buyer of our books, chances are good you’ve got at least a handful of organic (or beyond-organic) vegetables growing somewhere — a lettuce patch in a sunny corner, a tomato vine snaking out of a homemade self-watering planter. But did you know that beyond just salad stuff you can grow your own grain and other staples?

Carol Deppe, author of The Resilient Gardener, has bred a variety of corn perfect for grinding into flour — and other varieties for other uses like polenta or parching. Last week she was featured on Dick Gordon’s radio program “The Story,” and the host asked what corn bread made from freshly ground, specially bred corn is like.

“Well it’s delicious. I bred the corn myself. It doesn’t taste anything like ordinary corn. There’s no comparison at all, it tastes like a completely different grain.”

Listen to the interview with Carol here (just drag the slider on the media player to the half way mark and wait for her segment to start).

And if you’ve already heard enough to get your mouth watering, skip on ahead and read Carol’s corn bread recipe here.


10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […] Read More..

Draft Power: The Life-Affirming Alternative to “Big Ag”

Farmers young and old are seeking new ways to shrink their carbon footprint and promote more ecologically friendly ways of getting chores done. So, what’s a modern farmer to do? For some, the centuries old approach of using draft animals—especially horses—is offering a very 21st century solution. Read More..

Top 8 Chelsea Green Books the Self-Styled Oregon Militia Should Read

The ongoing armed militia occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is showing no signs of ending — so, rather than send them snacks, or sex toys, we had an idea: Send them a book! Better yet, send them several Chelsea Green books. Don’t worry, we’ve picked five key titles that we think […] Read More..

A Book for the Fruit Nerd on Your Holiday Gift List

Have a fruit enthusiast on your holiday shopping list this year? Then give the gift that Booklist calls, “a thorough investigation of one wonderful fruit”—The Book of Pears by Joan Morgan.Sure cherries, plums, peaches, and other fruits have their unique qualities, but nothing quite compares to the pear’s luscious texture, richness of taste, and fragrance reminiscent […] Read More..

Unlock the Secret to the Perfect Salad with Soil Sprouts

As the weather gets colder and seasonal produce only means root vegetables, we begin to dream about fresh greens and colorful salads. Without a greenhouse or expensive equipment, it’s hard to imagine a reality in which you can have fresh and local greens every day. Luckily, Peter Burke has a method: in his book Year-Round Indoor […] Read More..
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