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Presenting our Newest Paperbacks

Our latest paperback releases will help you form a deep connection with the land around you and cultivate its flavors so you can eat in season. Rediscover old favorites with the softcover editions of Wild Flavors, Cooking Close to Home, and Sowing Seeds in the Desert. Your bookshelf will thank you.

Wild Flavors: One Chef’s Transformative Year Cooking from Eva’s Farm by Didi Emmons


Wild Flavors is a down-to-earth book rich in ideas and inspiration for people seeking to eat from their gardens and local areas. It’s filled with mouth-watering recipes and valuable cultivation, shopping, and storage tips.” – Sandor Ellix Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation

Alongside unique seasonal offerings, author and chef Didi Emmons provides profiles and tips on forty-six uncommon plants and shares celebrated farmer Eva Sommaripa’s wisdom about staying connected and maintaining a sane and healthy lifestyle in an increasingly hectic world.

Curiosity sparked Emmons’ initial venture down the Massachusetts coast to meet Sommaripa, whose 200-plus uncommon herbs, greens, and edible “weeds” supply many top Northeastern chefs. Wild Flavors follows Didi through a year in Eva’s garden and offers both the warmth of their shared tales as well as the exquisite foods Didi came to develop using only the freshest of ingredients and wild edibles.

Cooking Close to Home: A Year of Seasonal Recipes by Diane Imrie and Richard Jarmusz


“This is a cookbook for the future—in the world we’re building, where local food means both security and pleasure, this will be a companion for many a pioneer!” – Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

Eating locally is becoming a priority to people everywhere, but preparing local food throughout the four seasons can be a culinary challenge. Common questions like, “how can I eat locally in January?” or “how do I prepare what my CSA provides?” can confront even the most committed locavore. Cooking Close to Home is a seasonal guide that will inspire you to create delicious and nutritious meals with ingredients produced in your own community. Award-winning chef Richard Jarmusz and registered dietitian Diane Imrie make the ideal partners to stimulate your creativity in the kitchen, teaching you how to prepare fabulous local foods without ever sacrificing flavor for nutrition.

Sowing Seeds in the Desert: Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Ultimate Food Security by Masanobu Fukuoka


Sowing Seeds in the Desert will persuade readers that the imperiled living world is our greatest teacher, and inspire them to care for it as vigorously as Fukuoka has.” – Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden

Sowing Seeds in the Desert is Masanobu Fukuoka’s last major work—and perhaps his most important. After the publication of his best-known work, One-Straw Revolution, Fukuoka spent years working with people and organizations around the world to prove that food can be grown and forests regenerated, with very little irrigation, even in the most desolate of places. Sowing Seeds in the Desert follows Fukuoka’s efforts to rehabilitate the deserts of the world using natural farming, to feed a growing human population, rehabilitate damaged landscapes, reverse the spread of deserts, and encourage a deep understanding of the relations.

Wild Flavors, Cooking Close to Home, and Sowing Seeds in the Desert are available now and on sale for 35% off until October 14.


New French edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead available

Great news for French-speaking fans of Ben Falk’s The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. The French language translation is now available from Imagine Un Colibri, from French booksellers, and on Amazon.fr. Falk’s book is a technical manual that details the strategies he and his team have developed for […] Read More

How to Make Biochar

Doing some spring cleaning around your property? By making biochar from brush and other hard-to-compost organic material, you can improve soil—it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer. This excerpt from The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3, explains how to get started. To make biochar right in your garden, start by […] Read More

Generosity as Activism, and Other Homesteading Principles to Live By

“Like everyone I know, we occasionally find ourselves faced with a decision to which there is no obvious answer,” says Ben Hewitt, coauthor of The Nourishing Homestead. “Do we borrow money to build a bigger barn, or do we keep getting by with what we have? Do we spend our meager savings on trees and […] Read More

Pass the Walnut Syrup?

Everyone knows and loves maple syrup, and in some states (like Chelsea Green’s home state of Vermont), it’s big business. However, it’s a widespread myth that maples are the only trees that can be tapped to produce sap, according to Michael Farrell, sugarmaker and director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest. Sap can also be collected […] Read More

4 Books for Growing Food in Winter

Don’t let cold weather stop you from producing and enjoying your own food. For many, the coming of winter simply means cultivation moves indoors or under cover. Small farmers, homesteaders, home gardeners, and commercial growers can extend the growing season with techniques outlined in these essential books. There’s no need for urbanites and small-space dwellers […] Read More
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