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WATCH: Eliot Coleman on Organic Farming and Soil Health

Eliot Coleman, best-selling author of The New Organic Grower and The Winter Harvest Handbook, tells the story of how his adventure in organic farming began. In the video, Coleman speaks of how his farming practices focus on the health of the soil, “Which can provide everything we need, in a low work system, by taking advantage of the synergy inherent in all the diverse pieces of the biology at our disposal.” While Green Revolution practices still continue to produce massive quantities of commodity crops, they do so at the expense of that fragile soil biology. Organic farmers like Eliot Coleman take traditional methods like composting and interplanting to a high level of sophistication, creating healthy, delicious food, and supporting diverse soil ecology along the way. Check out The Winter Harvest Handbook and The New Organic Grower. Both on sale through the month of June! Watch the extended video. COMING THIS FALL: A video workshop with Eliot Coleman. If you’ve ever wanted to take one of Coleman’s popular farming workshops, but can’t seem to make it to Maine, check out this valuable DVD. Available as a set with The Winter Harvest Handbook.


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

Skills: The Gateway to True Homesteading Freedom

There are numerous skills that a homesteader needs to use on any given day; some are learned and others are passed down from homesteader to homesteader.In this excerpt from The Nourishing Homestead, author Ben Hewitt talks about why these skills are important to pass down to each generation, perhaps even if you’re not a hardcore […] Read More
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