Archive for December, 2012

The 2012 ACRES Conference Starts Thursday

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Acres U.S.A. is North America’s oldest, largest magazine covering commercial-scale organic and sustainable farming. The annual Acres U.S.A. conference is an event where you can find farmers and consultants from every side of eco-farming who come together to share their experience and expertise.

This year, the conference will be held on December 6-8 in Louisville, Kentucky, and three Chelsea Green authors will be speaking. You can get more information here, including a full schedule and how to register.

Janisse Ray, author of The Seed Underground, will give a keynote speech on December 7 at 7:30 PM. Ray’s most recent book explores the quiet revolution underway as gardeners across the country learn how to save seeds from rare and beloved crops. In a world of crisis and fear, Ray reminds us, “There is no despair in a seed.”

Sandor Katz, fermentation evangelist extraordinaire, will give a talk on, you guessed it: fermentation! Katz’s most recent book, The Art of Fermentation is a New York Times Bestseller, and a sauerkraut- or sourdough-maker’s dream come true. Packed with information about the long history of ferments and in-depth discussion of how the processes work, The Art of Fermentation is quite simply the best book available on the topic. Katz’s talk at Acres will be on Thursday December 6 from 2-5pm, and will include a demonstration of some basic ferments.

Last summer, Acres published an in-depth interview with Katz, which you can read here.

New author Rebecca Thistlethwaite, of the just-released book Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business, speaks on Friday December 7 at 2pm. Thistlethwaite’s book is a collection of ideas that work to make small farms functional, fun, and sustainable — both for the soil and for their hard-working owners. Her talk at Acres will explain how to get from the concept of running a small farm to planning for the reality of this exciting but challenging way of life.

For more information about the Acres Conference, visit their website.

Our Holiday Sale Continues! Save 35% with Code CGFL12

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Our holiday sale continues! From now until the end of the year you can save 35% on any purchase at when you use the code CGFL12 at checkout. Plus, during the sale you’ll get free shipping on any orders over $100.

Fossil fuels have powered our civilization’s growth and created immense wealth for some, but the damage to the planet, its people, plants and animals—not to mention a key source of conflict around the globe—is far too costly. We publish books on renewable energy solutions that use natural resources—sun, wind and water—to power our homes and communities. We’ve highlighted some of our green building and renewable energy books below.

Our newest renewable energy book, Power from the People, gives community tools for financing and building small-scale, renewable sources of energy. Just take a look at the foreword by Van Jones to get a feel for what it has to offer. Power from the People is our latest book in the Community Resilience Guides series, a partnership with Post Carbon Institute.

Amory Lovins’s recent book Reinventing Fire takes a serious, scientific look at the future of energy, and puts forth a plan for leaving dirty, unjust fossil fuels behind — without relying on even-filthier nuclear power — by 2050.

We’ve continued our long history of publishing books that help home-builders build houses that can be more resilient and self-reliant on passive solar architecture and straw-bale construction. One of those books is The Natural Building Companion which comes with its own companion DVD and is the first in our Yestermorrow Design/Build Series.

Happy Holidays from the resilient Employee Owners at Chelsea Green!

P.S. Don’t forget to use the code CGFL12 when you checkout to save 35%.

Renewable Energy & Green Building: 

Please keep in mind that discount codes do not combine with other offers—our books already on sale

for example. Phone orders please call 800-639-4099.

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