Chelsea Green News Archive


End of Summer Sale: 25% OFF

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

We’re having our end of summer sale to make room for our forthcoming fall releases! We’re offering four chances to save big—up to 75% off—on some of our new and bestselling books, as well as old favorites.

All of our New & Bestselling titles are 25% off with the discount code SUMMER at checkout. Then, we have some amazing deals on select titles: Deep discounts at 50% off, Deeper discounts at 75% off and Deepest discounts with $4.99 bargain books.

Browse titles below: 25% off with discount code SUMMER

You can see more discounts for our 50% off sale books here, 75% off sale books here, and $4.99 sale books here. All our regularly priced titles are 25% off with the discount code SUMMER at checkout. See our full bookstore here and, as always, shipping is free on orders more than $100.


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Sale runs through September 7th.

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Discount codes do not combine with other offers—our books already on sale for example.
Free shipping (For US Orders Only) for orders $100 or more is applied after discount, if any, is applied. Sale runs through September 7th

 

Fermentation Fun with Sandor Katz

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Here in our home state of Vermont, summer is in full swing – verdant hills of green, blue lakes and ponds, and the sound of folks out and about in the great outdoors hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, fishing, and … fermenting?

OK, maybe fermenting is best for folks looking for some indoor activities in between outdoor activities. In that case, we have the perfect itinerary for you.

Vermonters and visitors alike will have multiple chances to see the fermentation revivalist himself – Sandor Ellix Katz – at multiple stops in Vermont throughout the month of July. Come see why Michael Pollan calls Katz “The Johnny Appleseed of Fermentation” and why his latest book The Art of Fermentation was a New York Times bestseller and won the prestigious James Beard Foundation Book Award for Reference.

Katz kicks off his Vermont tour with a two-week intensive workshop at Sterling College up in Craftsbury. As of this writing, there were two slots remaining in this credited course (four continuing education credits). The course is part of the college’s continuing education program of two- and four-week courses that offer learning opportunities that complement the college’s focus areas.

This class will offer an in-depth overview of the art and science of fermentation. Expect to learn the basics of how to ferment almost anything. Over the two weeks, attendees will make a wide variety of fermented foods and beverages, including: fermenting vegetables in many variations; beverages from seasonal fruits; kombucha, kvass, water kefir, and other lightly fermented tonic beverages; sourdough, porridges, and grain-based beverages; Asian bean ferments including Tempeh, Natto, and Dosa; yogurt, kefir, basic cheesemaking, and kishk (a Middle Eastern ferment of yogurt and bulgar wheat); and others, based upon the interests of participants. Participants will have a unique opportunity to begin fermentation projects as a group and see them through to completion, with the benefit of observing, tasting, and discussing them as they progress over several weeks.

During his two-week stay, however, Katz will venture south to Barre for a public talk at the Aldrich Public Library in Barre at 6 PM on July 16.

After his course ends, Katz will make his way from Craftsbury to Tinmouth where he’ll be the keynote speaker on July 20th at SolarFest, an iconic summer event that celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

He then heads back north to Shelburne Farms for an evening talk (open to the public) on July 21 from 7-9 PM, followed by two full days of workshops on July 22 and 23 (pre-registration required).

During the two-day intensive at Shelburne Farms, you’ll learn how to make fermented vegetables (kimchi!), beverages (including a fruit-based wine), dairy products (yogurt, cheese, sour cream, kefir, etc.), grains, legumes, and starch. The two-day program includes lectures, demonstrations, and a hands-on element.

So, catch Katz one, twice, or a few times if you can.

From the Garden to your Gut: Eco-Food Books 35% off

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

One thing we all know is that where our food comes from and how it is grown matters. Having control over our food supply is key to a more resilient and sustainable future.

We’ve got a wonderful crop of books to help you dive in and take that next step toward transitioning to a more local and self-sufficient food system.

A major part of Chelsea Green’s mission is to inspire you with ideas and practical tips. So whether you want to get your hands in the dirt; looking to find the best local cheese; find a new recipe; or preserve those veggies—we have the book for you, and best of all we’ve put some of our keystone food books on sale until July 15th. 

Happy Reading from the Employee Owners at Chelsea Green!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our full list of books on sale: www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/sale


Discount codes do not combine with other offers—our books already on sale for example. Free shipping for orders $100 or more is applied after the discount is applied. (U.S. Orders Only). International orders can be placed by phone (802-295-6300) or email.

 

Eco-Food Books: 35% off until July 15

The Art of Fermentation
Retail: $39.95
Sale: $25.97
The Permaculture Kitchen
Retail: $22.95
Sale: $14.92
The Gourmet Butcher's Guide to Meat (with CD)
Retail: $49.95
Sale: $32.47
Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking
Retail: $40.00
Sale: $26.00
Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
From the Wood-Fired Oven
Retail: $44.95
Sale: $29.22
The Small-Scale Dairy
Retail: $34.95
Sale: $22.72
Keeping a Family Cow
Retail: $19.95
Sale: $12.97
Cheese and Culture
Retail: $17.95
Sale: $11.67
The New Cider Maker's Handbook
Retail: $44.95
Sale: $29.22
Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning
Retail: $25.00
Sale: $16.25
Wild Fermentation
Retail: $25.00
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Farm-Fresh and Fast
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
From Asparagus to Zucchini
Retail: $19.95
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Edible Perennial Gardening
Retail: $22.95
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Cooking Close to Home
Retail: $24.95
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Full Moon Feast
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Fresh From Maine
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Home Baked
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The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook
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Long Way on a Little
Retail: $32.50
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Perennial Vegetables
Retail: $35.00
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Fresh Food From Small Places
Retail: $24.95
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Whole Foods Companion
Retail: $40.00
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~Coming this Fall: Available for Pre-Order~

The Heal Your Gut Cookbook
Retail: $29.95
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The Wild Wisdom of Weeds
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Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation
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Heads Up! New Books Coming This Fall

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Our Fall books have a little something for everyone: Readers will learn about the present-day effects of carbon on the price of everyday goods and its impact on the global economy, biodynamic wine growing and gardening, mushroom cultivation and cutting-edge mycoremediation, sustainable cattle ranching, farming in the woods, learning to slow life’s pace to unicycle speed, the 13 essential weeds that will help aid in human survival, and much more.

Our Fall crop of books that will begin appearing on shelves by September has something for every reader who is interested in pursuing, maintaining, or advancing a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle.

First up, go on an adventure with homesteader Mark Schimmoeller as he journeys from North Carolina to Arizona on a unicycle and reflects on his simple off-the-grid lifestyle in Kentucky and his efforts to save an old growth forest.

Then, follow journalist Mark Schapiro on his hunt for the true price of carbon from “greening” cities like Pittsburgh to the jungles of the Amazon. Or, get ready to dive into the fascinating world of mushrooms with mycologist Tradd Cotter as he explores the best organic cultivation practices and shares results from his groundbreaking research.

Read more about these new books and the rest of the exciting Fall list, below. If you pre-order now, we’ll ship the book to you as soon as it arrives in our warehouse, which means you could get it before anyone else. And, remember, we offer free shipping on all domestic orders of $100 or more.

To see a list of currently discounted books, check out our sale on recent releases — 35% off until July 3.

The Fall 2014 book list is here!

Slowspoke: A Unicyclist’s Guide to America
by Mark Schimmoeller
Written with poise and humor, Slowspoke is about more than a cross-country trip on a unicycle; it’s a meditation on a way of life that Americans find increasingly rare: one that practices a playful, recalcitrant slowness. Schimmoeller intersperses recollections of his journey with vignettes of his present-day, off-the-grid homesteading with his wife in Kentucky and their efforts to save an old growth forest. Available in September (Pre-orders received in late July)
Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of a Disrupted Global Economy
by Mark Schapiro
Take a journey to the front lines of a changing world, where the same chaotic forces reshaping our weather patterns are also transforming the global economy, playing havoc with corporate calculations, shifting economic and political power, and upending our understanding of the real risks, costs, and possibilities of what lies ahead. Available in September (Pre-orders received in August)
Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation: Simple to Advanced and Experimental Techniques to Indoor and Outdoor Cultivation
by Tradd Cotter
Cotter offers readers an in-depth exploration of best organic mushroom cultivation practices, shares the results of his groundbreaking research, and offers creative ways to apply cultivation skills—whether the goal is to help a community clean up industrial pollution or simply to settle down at the end of the day with a cold Reishi-infused homebrew ale. Available in September (Pre-orders received in August)
The Heal Your Gut Cookbook: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS Diet
by Hilary Boynton and Mary Brackett
The Heal Your Gut Cookbook
is a visually stunning cookbook created by GAPS Diet experts Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett. The book gives readers more than 200 straightforward, nutrient-dense, and appealing recipes designed to heal your gut and thereby manage the illnesses that stem from it. Available in September.
Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests
by Ken Mudge and Steve GabrielFarming the Woods introduces a remarkably different perspective: that a healthy forest can be maintained while growing a wide range of food, medicinal, and other non-timber products such as ginseng, mushrooms, and ramps. This book demonstrates how forest farming is an invaluable practice to integrate into any farm or homestead. Available in October (Pre-orders received in September)
The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival
by Katrina Blair
The Wild Wisdom of Weeds
 is the only book on foraging and edible weeds to focus on the thirteen weeds found all over the world, each of which represents a complete food source and extensive medical pharmacy and first-aid kit. More than just a field guide to wild edibles, it is a global plan for human survival. Available in November (Pre-orders received in October)
Angels By the River: A Memoir of Sorts
by James Gustave Speth
In Angels by the River, James Gustave “Gus” Speth recounts his unlikely path from a southern boyhood through his years as one of the nation’s most influential mainstream environmentalists and eventually to the system­-changing activism that shapes his current work. Available in November (Pre-orders received in October)
Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production
by Nicolette Hahn Niman
Environmental lawyer turned rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman argues that cattle are not inherently bad for the Earth. In fact, with proper oversight livestock can play an essential role in maintaining grassland ecosystems. Grounded in empirical scientific data, this book builds the most comprehensive and convincing argument to date that cattle could actually serve as the Earth’s greatest environmental benefactors by helping to build carbon­ sequestering soils and prevent desertification. Available in November (Pre-orders received in October)
An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terrior
by Deirdre Heekin
On their tiny, eight-­acre hillside farm in south-­central Vermont, Deidre Heekin and her husband set out to create, or rediscover, a sense of place, and to grow food naturally using the philosophy and techniques of organics, permaculture, and biodynamic farming. An Unlikely Vineyard tells the story of their farm and its evolution, from overgrown fields to a fertile, productive, and beautiful landscape that melds with its natural environment. Available in November (Pre-orders received in October)
The Tao of Vegetable Gardening: Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity
by Carol Deppe
The Tao of Vegetable Gardening explores the practical methods as well as the deeper essence of gardening. In her latest book, Deppe focuses on some of the most popular home garden vegetables—tomatoes, green beans, peas, and leafy greens—and through them illustrates the key principles and practices that gardeners need to know to successfully plant and grow just about any food crop. Available in November (Pre-orders received in late October)
Growing Hybrid Hazelnuts: The New Resilient Crop for a Changing Climate
by Philip Rutter, Dr. Susan Wiegrefe, and Brandon Rutter-Daywater
This book is the first comprehensive guide for farmers interested in how to get started growing hybrid hazelnuts, a crop designed from the very outset to address a host of problems with conventional modern agriculture. The first and only guide of its kind, this book will appeal to small-­scale and commercial farmers, both those already familiar with concepts of perennial agriculture and those interested in converting from conventional practices. Available in December (Pre-orders received in late November)

Chelsea Green Authors Honored with National Awards

Monday, June 16th, 2014

In recent weeks, several Chelsea Green authors have earned high praise from a variety of prestigious publications and organizations for their books and writing—from books about homesteading and gardening in an era of climate change to books about creating more sustainable communities and business models. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists.

Award Winners

Ben Falk received a 2014 American Horticultural Society Book Award for The Resilient Farm and HomesteadNominated books are judged by the AHS Book Award Committee on qualities such as writing style, authority, accuracy, and physical quality. One committee member praised Falk’s book as “a thought-provoking and comprehensive resource, unlike anything else out there on the subject of sustainable living.” We couldn’t agree more.

Gary Paul Nabhan accepted the 2014 Garden Writers Association Silver Award of Achievement for his book Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land. Established 25 years ago, this national award recognizes individuals and companies who achieve the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications.

Judith Wicks, Judith Schwartz, and Brad Lancaster were all winners of Nautilus Book Awards. Now in its 15th year, the Nautilus Awards is a unique program honoring books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities, and global citizens. Wicks received a Gold Award in the Business and Leadership category for her book Good Morning, Beautiful Business, while Silver Awards in the Green Living/Sustainability category were given to Schwartz for Cows Save the Planet and Lancaster for Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond.

Several of our authors were also recognized with Atlas Awardsan initiative set up to honor climate heroes that are focused on building a converging, unified, and urgent voice for the climate movement. Congratulations to Jorgen Randers (2052), Greg Pahl (Power from the People), Susan Clark and Woden Teachout (Slow Democracy), and Amory Lovins (Reinventing Fire)

2014 Finalists

And, a special shout out to our authors who are 2014 finalists for these prestigious awards:

International Association of Culinary Professionals – honoring exemplary members of the culinary profession
The New Cider Maker’s Handbook by Claude Jolicoeur

Saroyan International Prize for Writing – awarded to newly published works of both fiction and non-fiction
Slowspoke: A Unicyclist’s Guide to America by Mark Schimmoeller

Kirkus Book Prize – a new cash prize of $50,000 given annually to three outstanding books that have received Kirkus starred reviews
Gene Everlasting: A Contrary Farmers Thoughts on Living Forever by Gene Logsdon 

 

Save 35% on our New Crop of Spring Books

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

We are thrilled to announce the release of our new Spring titles!

Whether you are looking to tackle cheesemaking; take the next leap in permaculture; for the guide to whole-animal butchery or to just give your kitchen (or garden) a permaculture twist — you’ll find that and much more!

For thirty years, Chelsea Green has published books, that you will turn to again and again. We don’t cater to fads or trends, but focus on being a resource for a timeless and holistic approach.

Let our new Spring Releases inspire you with ideas and practical skills!

Happy reading from your friends at Chelsea Green Publishing.

Don’t forget, we offer FREE shipping on orders of $100 or more.


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New Spring Releases 35% Off Until July 3rd
Grass, Soil, Hope
Hemp Bound
Extracted
Snake Oil
The New Net Zero
The Small-Scale Cheese Business
The Small-Scale Dairy
The Gourmet Butcher's Guide to Meat
The Permaculture Kitchen
Let The Water Do The Work
Gene Everlasting
Edible Perennial Gardening
Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist

Discount codes do not combine with other offers—our books already on sale for example. Free shipping for orders $100 or more is applied after the discount is applied. (U.S. Orders Only). International orders can be placed by phone (802-295-6300) or email.

Permaculture Q&A: Month in Review

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Throughout May, in honor of Permaculture Month, our authors were on call to answer permaculture related questions submitted by our readers. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Here’s a recap of all of our author responses. We hope this information and advice inspires you to get your hands dirty and use the principles of permaculture design in your own backyard.

Permaculture Q&A Series

 


Ben Falk, author of The Resilient Farm and Homestead, talks about the importance of harvesting and cycling nutrients. Read more …


Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden, talks about soil structure and explains how permaculture is based on the replication of patterns found in nature. Read more …


Eric Toensmeier, author of Paradise LotPerennial Vegetables and co-author of Edible Forest Gardens, discusses how to handle invasive grasses and the best plants for shady spots. Read more …


Toby Hemenway(Gaia’s Garden) and Eric Toensmeier (Paradise LotPerennial Vegetables) discuss the business side of permaculture. Read more …


Michael Judd,author of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist, reveals his special recipe for blueberry soil mix that imitates the plant’s natural forest edge habitat. Read more …


Wayne Weiseman, co-author of Integrated Forest Gardening, explains what swales are and what questions to ask to determine if they are right for your landscape. Read more …


Daniel Halsey and Bryce Ruddock, co-authors of Integrated Forest Gardening, discuss the research they and others have done on plant guilds and how to implement these guilds based on differing water requirements. Read more …

 

Permaculture Special: Last Chance!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

This is it. Your last chance to reap the savings on all of our permaculture books. But hurry – sale ends June 1st.

By adding a permaculture twist to your garden design you can spend less effort, improve the health of your soil, and enjoy a bountiful harvest.

Chelsea Green has been the go-to publisher for key home-scale permaculture books for thirty years. Learn more about this simple but revolutionary system with these groundbreaking books—on sale for a limited time.

Happy reading from your friends at Chelsea Green Publishing.

P.S. In case you missed it for the month of May we put our pioneering permaculture authors at your disposal. Take a peek at the last Q&A posts here: Are Swales Right for You; Michael Judd’s Blueberry Soil Mix; and Eric Toensmeier on Aggressive Grass and Partial Shade.


Discount codes do not combine with other offers—our books
already on sale for example. Free shipping for orders $100 or
more is applied after the discount is applied. (U.S. Orders Only)
Permaculture Sale: until June 1st

 

The Resilient Farm and Homestead
Retail: $40.00
Sale: $26.00
Edible Perennial Gardening
Retail: $22.95
Sale: $14.92
Integrated Forest Gardening
Retail: $45.00
Sale: $29.25
Edible Forest Gardens (2 volume set)
Retail: $150.00
Sale: $97.50
Gaia's Garden, 2nd Edition
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Paradise Lot
Retail: $19.95
Sale: $12.97
The Permaculture Kitchen
Retail: $22.95
Sale: $14.92
Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
Sepp Holzer's Permaculture
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
Grass, Soil, Hope
Retail: $19.95
Sale: $12.97
Perennial Vegetables Set
Retail: $35.00
Sale: $22.75
Edible Cities
Retail: $22.95
Sale: $14.92
Food Not Lawns
Retail: $25.00
Sale: $16.25
The Small-Scale Poultry Flock
Retail: $39.95
Sale: $25.97
The Holistic Orchard
Retail: $39.95
Sale: $25.97
Top-Bar Beekeeping
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Natural Beekeeping, Revised and Expanded
Retail: $34.95
Sale: $22.72
Permaculture in Pots
Retail: $14.95
Sale: $9.72
Letting in the Wild Edges
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Earth User's Guide to Teaching Permaculture
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
Sowing Seeds in the Desert
Retail: $15.95
Sale: $10.37
Outdoor Classrooms
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
The Earth User's Guide to Permaculture
Retail: $37.95
Sale: $24.67
People & Permaculture
Retail: $34.95
Sale: $22.72
The Basics of Permaculture Design
Retail: $25.00
Sale: $16.25
Desert or Paradise
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
The Woodland Way
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond Vol. 1
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond Vol. 2
Retail: $39.95
Sale: $25.97
Permaculture
Retail: $30.00
Sale: $19.50
Permaculture Pioneers
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
The Permaculture Way
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
The Earth Care Manual
Retail: $75.00
Sale: $48.75
The Permaculture Garden
Retail: $25.00
Sale: $16.25
The Uses of Wild Plants
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
How to Make a Forest Garden
Retail: $30.00
Sale: $19.50
Permaculture Plants
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
Permaculture Design
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Permaculture in a Nutshell
Retail: $12.95
Sale: $8.42
Getting Started in Permaculture
Retail: $14.95
Sale: $9.72
Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally
Retail: $49.95
Sale: $32.47
Holistic Orchard with Michael Phillips
Retail: $49.95
Sale: $32.47
Perennial Vegetable Gardening with Eric Toensmeier
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Top-Bar Beekeeping with Les Crowder and Heather Harrell
Retail: $14.95
Sale: $9.72

Discount codes do not combine with other offers—our books
already on sale for example. Free shipping for orders $100 or
more is applied after the discount is applied. (U.S. Orders Only)

Mother Earth News Fair – May 31 & June 1

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Fair season is here — Mother Earth News Fair season that is! If you’re a homesteader, small-farmer, or gardener, you need to check out the Mother Earth News Fair near you.

If you live within a quick drive to Seattle, you’re in luck. Because the next Mother Earth News Fair is in Puyallup, WA on May 31 and June 1.

From speakers and workshops to vendors and livestock breeders, the Mother Earth News Fairs draw thousands of sustainability-minded, curious, self-reliant folks together for a full weekend of workshops, lectures, and hands-on presentations at the sprawling Puyallup fairgrounds. And of course, a full slate of Chelsea Green authors will be among the presenters.

The following authors will be leading workshops and giving keynote speeches in Puyallup:

Saturday, May 31
Doug Fine — workshop

  • 1:00 PM, Modern Homesteading Stage: Hemp Returns to Humanity.

Gianaclis Caldwell- 2 workshops

  • 2:30-3:30 PM, Real Food Stage: One Pot, One Gallon, One Hour Lasagna Cheese.
  • 5:30-6:30 PM, Real Food Stage: Yogurt: Marvels and Making.

Sunday, June 1

Joel Salatin — Keynote

  • 9:30AM, Mother Earth News Stage: Live Poultry Demo.
  • 4:00 PM, Mother Earth News Stage: Heretics Unite.

Gianaclis Caldwell — workshop

  • 11:30 AM, Real Food Stage: Raw Milk Production- Doing it Right.

Rebecca Thistlethwaite — workshop:

  • 11:30AM, Modern Homesteading Stage: From Hobby to Business: How to transform your farming hobby into a right livelihood

Toby Hemenway — Keynote

  • 2:30-3:30- Mother Earth News Stage: Agriculture, Horticulture, Permaculture: How a society based on gardens rather than farms offers a sustainable future.

Visit Chelsea Green at Booth #818-820 (right outside the Mother Earth News Fair Bookstore) for special deals, giveaways, book discounts, and to meet our authors face-to-face. Communications Director Shay Totten will be there to answer questions, talk about our books coming out later this year, and hold regular raffles where you could walk away with a Chelsea Green book … free!

We’ll also have hemp treats in advance of Hemp History Week, which begins June 2 and ends June 8.

See you at the Fair!

For the full line-up, download the Fair schedule here.

Food Justice: What it Means and Why We Need it

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

By Elizabeth Henderson, longtime sustainable agtivist, Chelsea Green author (Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture), Farmer at Peacework Organic Farm and co-Founder of the Agriculture Justice Project.

I come to my understanding of Food Justice from the perspective of my life as an organic farmer since 1980. Access for inner city and low-income people to healthy, clean, nutritious food is what you hear about most in news about food justice. According to USDA Economic Research Service in its annual report for 2012 on food security – nationally 48.9 million people live in households that are food insecure. In NYS 13.2% of all households are food insecure and 5% suffered “very low food security,” with more severe problems, deeper hunger, cutting back and skipping meals on a regular basis for both adults and children. 21.6% of all children live in food insecure households. Despite these distressing statistics, both houses of Congress agreed to cut the funding for nutrition programs in the Farm Bill of 2014.

Three Aspects of Food Justice:

  • Access to healthy, locally grow, fresh, culturally appropriate food
  • Living wage jobs for all food system workers – farmers, farmworkers, restaurant, food service, processing plant. . .
  • Community Control through cooperatives, faith-based initiatives, community organizations

In Central/Western NY, where we have rich soils and many extremely productive farms as well as gardens, there is no shortage of food.  Hunger comes from poverty.

Every bit as crucial as food access is just treatment and living wages for the people who grow, wash, cook, transport and sell our food.  Over 17% of the jobs in this country are food related.  If everyone who touched food (including both farm workers and farmers) made enough money to pay for high quality food out of their wages, our food system would be on its way to greater fairness and long-term economic viability.

Race Gender Wage Gap

Our society as a whole looks down on jobs that get people dirty.

Vocational studies are for youngsters who do poorly at academic courses. We call picking vegetables “stoop labor,” and the majority of the people who do this work are undocumented migrant farm workers whose average annual wages amount to less than $13,000 a year, according to the United Farm Workers. NYS law requires farmers to pay hired workers minimum wage, soon to rise to $9.00 an hour, and federal law requires paying legal H2A “guest workers” $9.60 an hour, but there is no requirement for time and a half for work over 40 hours a week, and even if you work 60 hours a week year round, minimum wage is poverty pay.

And there is no protection for farm workers who want to organize.

The National Labor Relations Act excludes two groups of workers – farm workers and domestics. Farm workers are not covered by the limited protections afforded to other workers by the National Labor Relations Act, particularly the right to form unions that is so much under attack these days. And protections for farmers in negotiating contracts with buyers are lacking too. The reality is that both family-scale farmers as well as farm workers in this country are in desperate need of fair trade.

Farmers Share Retail

My work as a farmer has largely focused on developing the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model as a way to ensure a decent living for family-scale farmers based on a fair contract with the people who join the CSA and agree to share the risks with the farmers. We started Peacework, the first CSA in western NY, during the winter of 1988-89. This season is our 26th. My involvement led to writing Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (Chelsea Green, 2007) which tells our story based on interviews with hundreds of CSA farmers and organizers.

Members and farmers harvest greens together early in the season at Peacework Farm.

Peace work Farm

An aerial view of Peacework Farm, Welcher Road, Newark, New York

What the CSA model offers is a steady source of revenue and the chance to negotiate with your customers (buyers) to get a fair deal – pricing that covers the farmer’s full costs and pays the farmer a wage and even benefits such as health coverage or a pension fund. That is not profit – but it is a lot better than most ag deals or we would not have lost 4 1/2 million farms since I was born.

Carlos Petrini, founder of Slow Food, points out that farmers and their customers share a common fate. Petrini calls for food that is “good, clean and fair” and urges consumers to become “co-producers” with their farmers. Direct sales through farmers markets, on farm markets but especially CSA gives us the opportunity to transform the relationship between farmers and consumers. By sharing the risks of farming, consumers become co-producers in Petrini’s sense.

But what about food that you purchase in a store, restaurant or food service?How can you influence fairness in mainstream markets?

I have been representing the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) in an effort to answer this question by creating a social justice labeling program: Food Justice Certification. A sprinkling of farms and businesses has already been certified in Canada, Oregon, the Upper Midwest and Florida. In January, Swanton Berry Farm and Pie Ranch became the first farms to be Food Justice Certified in California. And in April, the Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) will announce the first three certifications in New York State – West Haven Farm, Green Star Coop and The Piggery Eatery and Butcher Shop, all in Ithaca.

Food Justice Certified

AJP is a program jointly sponsored by four not-for-profits that work on behalf of farmers and farm workers. Since 1999, NOFA, CATA (the Farmworker Support Committee, Comite de apoyo a los trabajadores agricolas), Florida Organic Growers and Consumers (FOG) and Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA), have been engaged in a stakeholder process to write standards for fairness in the food system.

The program is designed for all agricultural production systems, fiber, and cosmetics, as well as food. Candidates must meet high bar standards that have been negotiated among food system stakeholders including both farmers and farm workers.

The standards (which can apply to farms, buyers, distributors, processors and retailers—every link in the supply chain from farm to table) include:

  • Fair pricing for farmers
  • Fair wages and treatment of workers
  • Safe working conditions
  • Fair and equitable contracts for farmers and buyers
  • Workers’ and farmers’ right to freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • Clear conflict resolution policies for all throughout the food chain
  • Clean and safe farmworker housing
  • Learning contracts for Interns and apprentices
  • A ban on full-time child labor together with full protection for children on farms
  • Environmental stewardship through organic certification

The goal is to change relationships so that everyone benefits. More information, including contact information, is available at: www.agriculturaljusticeproject.org

By purchasing food with this label, consumers will ensure that farmers receive a fair percentage of the “food dollar”, allowing for a stable and dignified life for the farm family. Farmworkers will receive a living wage, and be able to adequately provide for themselves and their families. And the broader community will develop a bond with those who work the land, support the economic well-being of farmers and farmworkers, and gain access to food produced in accordance with their principles and ethics.

Such a model would be one concrete step in progressing toward a more sustainable food system, in which, as stated in the principles of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements, the “entire production, processing and distribution chain [would be] both socially just and ecologically responsible.” In this alternate vision, farm work would be valued by the larger society in direct proportion to the importance of food in peoples’ lives, thereby allowing family farmers to remain on the land, and farmworkers and their families to live a full and healthy life.

If we are to have a local food system that reliably provides most of the food needs for the population of our region, we must shift our spending priorities. The people who grow our food, farmers and farm workers, must get a fair share so that they can go on producing and lead decent lives. They do not need or even want to live like corporate CEOs. Many of the organic farmers and homesteaders I know would be happy to serve as models for a living economy based on the principle of ENOUGH. The Nearings, Helen and Scott, projected an ideal of four hours a day for bread labor, four hours for creative and artistic activities and four hours for conviviality.

Because of economic pressures, these days, people trying to make a living farming are so far from that ideal it is not funny. But if we at least begin demanding that farmers and farm workers should make a living wage with full benefits, (health care, compensation for injuries and unemployment, and retirement) from a 40 hour week, we may start moving towards true food justice that will sustain us into a future worth living.


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