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Seed Saving and Plant Breeding

Many people are re-discovering the profound yet simple joys of growing fresh food that just a few years ago they had no choice but to purchase with hard-earned currency from a supermarket. To take the next step in liberating your garden from corporate control, consider saving your own seeds and developing your own vegetable varieties. These three books will take you from novice-level all the way to expert. These and other gardening books are on sale for 25% off until the end of the day.
Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties by Carol Deppe

“Breeding is an expression of individuality, for your tastes and needs.”

Entertaining and scientific, this book gives a gardener or farmer all the tools she needs to save seeds and develop new varieties of favorite crops–on any scale from a few pea plants to an entire winter’s worth of squash. We are proud to be publishing a new book by Carol, available this October, called The Resilient Gardener.

Seed to Seed Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth

This book contains a lot of general information about seed-saving, but what distinguishes it is an extensive list of vegetable varieties, grouped by family, and their characteristics, as well as specific information about the seeds of each.

Garden Seed Inventory Garden Seed Inventory, 6th Edition by Seed Savers Exchange

Described as a “catalog of catalogs”, this book tracks the availability of non-hybrid seeds in the US and Canada. This is essential for those looking to save their own seeds, since only non-hybrid seeds will produce predictable offspring. Seed Savers Exchange works to preserve unique seeds for the future.

Why You Need to Drink Wet-Hopped Beer Right Now

Wet-hopped beer is the ultimate in seasonal and local brews. It is made from fresh hops picked right off the bine in order to capture the aromatic hop flavor when it is most potent. The tricky part is fresh hops have virtually no shelf life, so brewers must spring into action as soon as the hops […] Read More..

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..