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Coming Soon to a (Legal) Store Near You: Marijuana?

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Is marijuana the “new beer?” A new, eye-catching advertisement from the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) emphasizes that marijuana is a safer, more desirable option than alcohol.

The ad was scheduled to air 72 times during NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 races but officials pulled it at the last minute as to protect the family-oriented audience at their event. Though many did not see the controversial ad at the races, it has spurred a heated discussion of the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana and questions about the safety of regulated substances. See the ad for yourself:

This same controversy and conversation led to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado in 2012, as well as the changing laws and policies in many other states.

The new updated and expanded edition of Marijuana is Safer reinforces the resonating message that marijuana is safer than alcohol. In addition to all the research and information in the first edition that exposes marijuana myths and reveals facts about the relative safety of the drug, this new edition includes a chapter on the Colorado victory, updates to the research that supports that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, and information so that supporters can use Colorado as a model for change.

This updated and expanded edition of Marijuana is Safer is available now and on sale for 35% off for one week (until August 12, 2013).

In 2005-2007, pro-marijuana groups in Colorado began advocating for the legalization of the use of marijuana for medical purposes. In 2009, the regulation of medical use of marijuana was written into law. From that point to the 2012 presidential election, groups such as Sensible Colorado, Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), MPP and many others started lobbying for the regulation and legalization of recreational marijuana use for all adults.

Fox, Armentano, and Tvert assert that, “The entire ‘Marijuana is safer than alcohol’ campaign had been designed for one purpose: to ensure that voters would not be afraid of cannabis when it came time to vote for its legalization…If all went according to plan, when deciding whether to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol, voters would acknowledge cannabis as a less harmful alternative to alcohol, rather than an equally or more harmful vice. They would be able to vote ‘Yes’ with confidence instead of voting ‘No’ in fear.”

The change in public attitudes, as well as the campaign message itself, helped to win the vote in Colorado in 2012, and could work elsewhere. The topic has become such a national discussion that CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta is devoting a whole documentary on it — titled “Weed” — this coming weekend.

Show your support by reading the book, sharing it with friends and helping the Marijuana is Safer Facebook page reach over one million likes to further spread the message of a safer alternative to alcohol.

Read the foreword below.

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Permaculture Activist on Resilient Farm and Homestead: ‘Highly Recommended’

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The following review of Ben Falk’s book The Resilient Farm and Homestead appears in the Summer issue of Permaculture Activist. This thoughtful, and thorough, review is an example of the kind of in-depth reviews and reportage that make this magazine a staff favorite—as well as a key voice for permaculturalists everywhere. It’s reprinted here with permission. For more information, visit www.permacultureactivist.net

 

Rice and Ready
by Peter Bane, Permaculture Activist

Readers of this magazine may remember Ben Falk as that crazy fellow growing rice in Vermont. If you wondered what that was about, this book provides the answer. Rice paddies turn out to be a good way to use a cold, wet, sloping landscape. The land-shaping they require works well for a host of purposes. And Ben is all about getting multiple uses from every element and project.

It is a pleasure to see a younger author contributing strongly to permaculture’s still modest shelf of literature. Falk’s personal story involves strong interactions with landscape and strategic decision-making—he writes of wilderness camping—so the systematic thinking that characterizes whole systems design (Falk’s business handle and his preferred term) seems to come naturally from his being.

Resilient Farm and Homestead Early Autumn Landscape

This book is tightly argued and rich with information. Modest in scope—it really is a case study of his 10 acres in Vermont—it nevertheless packs a wallop, in part from the author’s intensity of consideration and attention to detail, and in part from the gravity of the subject. Though he assures us toward the end that quality of life is his primary driver (good … he’s sane), the discussion of living well on the edge of a shaky economy ranges across a vast terrain from the weight of firewood to detailing of buildings that last to making medicine from plants and fungi in the garden. And though he modestly announces the limits of his knowledge on a range of subjects, the treatment he typically provides is not lightweight. We have to wonder what he hasn’t yet turned his attention toward. There are lists of tools and species, firewood densities, specific recommendations for brands and types of equipment (do not miss the discussion on chainsaws), thoughtful exploration of the nature and durability of fuels, foods in storage, and the caliber of communication equipment you might need with the electric grid down. Layer upon layer of thought and care have gone into creating his system. The reader will benefit.

The illustrations present a pleasing array of large and high-quality action shots with people doing everything from drawing maps and splitting wood, to making tinctures and working an excavator. These are interspersed with tables, lists, and maps, and some intriguing graphs that suggest the seasonal and developmental rise and fall of various kinds of labor on the homestead—from food preservation to creating shelter, to animal management and preserving food—further evidence of a systematic mind at work.

This range of subjects is present in the book as well. Falk is strongly opinionated, and in most arenas I would have little reason to challenge his judgment, though I suspect he has more to learn about a few things. He’s most critical of other authors in his discussion of animals, breeds, and characteristics, which he largely dismisses as irrelevant distinctions, insisting that animals are almost entirely individuals, that their behaviors vary widely with setting, and that seemingly undesirable qualities (laconic foraging in some chicken breeds, for example) may be a boon in disguise or better suited to certain management situations. Might be true.

Resilient Farm and Homestead Falk

To his enduring credit, the author admits where he doesn’t have problems solved or techniques mastered. Making compost is apparently one of those: damping off problems with seedlings, indifferent performance; he buys in his compost from a pro. Fair enough, problem solved. And we see that Falk, for all his intensity and ambition, is not a superhero. It’s bad enough that he’s smart, good-looking, successful by all accounts, and surrounded by friends. You can’t begrudge him though, because he’s learned to share. Certainly this book shares ample amounts of his learning, very well chosen and presented in a concentrated style.

I found his practical discussion of succession fascinating. He tried for several years to move a degraded pasture filled with goldenrod and other clumping herbs toward better grazing but couldn’t master it by rotational pressure from sheep, even when combined with mowing. Finally he tried fire, which apparently reset the conditions to a place from which the animals could move the sward toward greater health and diversity. This took determination and insight and speaks well to his adaptability. The same approach might be ill-advised in a drier climate.

The range of subjects in the book is impressive, and with many authors this means they would be treated somewhat superficially. Falk seems not to know how to do that. In the broad chapter on Fertility Harvesting and Cycling, we get a good look at animal management and pasture renovation, leading into a 20-stage graphic explication of keyline fertility development, showing how this integrates with continuing rotations for soil building. This emphasis is on function and that permaculture essential, connection: the keyline subsoiling allows plant roots to go deeper where their decay builds humus. The animals are there to manage the plants. And while it’s necessary to know how to treat the animals properly, it’s just as important to know when the paddock needs to be moved and how to sharpen the scythe. We get these details, carefully explained, in the context of the systematic development of fertility. Oh, and some great pictures of sheep, the crop that nearly destroyed Vermont 150 years ago. That Ben enjoys the rhythmic peace of scything wet pasture grasses in Spring more than almost anything is a lovely bonus.

The book’s largest theme is the dialectic between regeneration and resilience—renewing the fertility and richness of natural systems and of our knowledge and interaction with them, even as we plan for dramatic volatility in social, economic, and ecological conditions. All of the book’s sections use this template to present their material, beginning with the first chapter on Legacy and Change, which asks such questions as “Dwelling or fleeing?” and “The Green Distraction and the Political Black Hole.” Here he addresses emergencies and scenario planning. From this meta-view, coupled with an introduction to his own site, Falk launches into Design Process and Site Establishment with a wide range of excellent drawings and techniques illustrated. Note to reader: Learn to draw! The middle chapters cover fundamental elements of the farm and homestead: Water and Earthworks, Fertility, Food Crops, Adaptive Fuel and Shelter, and lead directly to the final chapter on Long-Term Regeneration and Resiliency. In this section, the author considers forms of land tenancy, the nature of cooperation, care of the human genome through medicine and responses to increasing toxicity in the environment. The whole is a thoughtful assembly.

Resilient Farm and Homestead Happy Accident

I could single out any of the areas Falk covers and find many things to praise. His view of Shelter is very practical and informed by experience. Here, as in other areas of the book, the sense comes through that Vermont’s difficult climate presents the ecological designer with few options. Falk seems to relish cracking these nuts to extract the kernel of necessity, then wedding each to comfort and grace to build an enjoyable life. His mind runs in ways I appreciate: heat with wood, he says. It takes more work, but you can control the process from start to finish and capture all the benefits. And you need never be cold. Then he tells you that your shelter must be efficient because burning a cord means moving 12,000 lbs. of wood in a year. (Oh, and he’ll tell you how to stack it to dry well and how to use it too: burn the top ¾, then restack the bottom ¼ onto a new stack for the next year—the bottom wood has been buried in the snow!) The typical Vermont house uses 5-10 cords annually. Good building design and lots of insulation free up time to think, play, write…

Whether you have 10 acres in the Vermont hills or a half-acre in suburban Louisville, this book will help you make better energy, technology, cropping, and land management decisions and will give you the context for understanding why you might want to choose a pathway of self-reliant living. Doubtless The Resilient Farm and Homestead will inspire others to follow their dreams soberly toward a thriving future. We should look for more from Mr. Falk in the years to come. Carrying a hefty price, but delivering generous value, this volume is highly recommended.

Growing Grain: A History and Holistic How-to for the Future

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Emphasizing small-scale and ecological methods, The Organic Grain Grower is a truly complete guide to organic grain production and a testament to Jack Lazor’s life’s work in keeping local grain growing alive and well.

For years, local grains were the missing link in the locavore diet. That is changing, Lazor says, and a Grain Renaissance is emerging as more small-scale organic farms begin to experiment with grain growing, and find ways to bring these processed grains to market.

Since 1976, Jack and Anne Lazor have been inspiring farmers and eaters alike with Butterworks Farm organic yogurt, cheese, milk, kefir, and more. Though the Westfield, Vermont farm is largely successful due to dairy production, Jack’s other passion lies in growing grain.

What began as a six-acre homestead striving for self-sufficiency has expanded to a 350-acre highly respected organic grain growing operation. Through years of experimentation and hard work, Lazor learned to feed himself and others, including his animals, and to break free of corporate-controlled seed and manage his farm holistically.

Lazor’s passion for grains is evident in this wide-ranging book that will benefit both the homestead grower and professional farmer. The Organic Grain Grower provides in-depth information on a wide array of key topics, including:

  • nutrient density and building soil fertility;
  • grinding grains for livestock rations;
  • Pregrowth, Soil quality, tilling, seed sourcing, and planting;
  • Growth, harvest, storage, sale & other uses; and,
  • Extensive instruction on and information about individual crops, such as corn, wheat, oats, soybeans, and more.

With more than three decades of firsthand grain growing experience under his belt, Lazor, co-founder of the Northern Grain Growers Association, asks important questions such as, “Can we develop a viable regional food system that includes local grain? What sort of infrastructure will have to be put in place to accomplish this dream? How does grain growing fit in to the context of an increasingly erratic climate that makes agricultural activities even more challenging? Can we grow grain crops and improve soil fertility at the same time?”

Lazor argues the need to integrate grains on the organic farm (not to mention the local food system) for reasons of biodiversity and whole-farm management—both crucial in today’s quest for greater soil and farm resiliency in an age of climate adaptation.

Jack Lazor did not wait for a new movement to inspire him. Jack inspired the movement,” writes acclaimed organic farmer and author Eliot Coleman in the Foreword. “Jack began reclaiming the small farm’s grain heritage right from the start of his farm many years ago. That is why this book is such a delight. These are the words of someone who has talked to all the old-timers and done it all himself. It is like acquiring hundreds of years of knowledge in one book. And he presents everything in an appealing, storytelling manner that will have you sitting up late reading page after page.”

Whether you’re a first-year homesteader or a longtime farmer like Lazor, The Organic Grain Grower is a book you’ll return to again and again.

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Celebrate Jack Lazor and the release of The Organic Grain Grower

Join Chelsea Green Publishing and friends of Jack in celebration of his inspirational work and the release of The Organic Grain Grower on Sunday, August 4th at The Gateway Center in Newport, Vermont. Special guests include organic farming pioneer Eliot Coleman and Brent Beidler, president of the Northern Grain Growers Association.

UPDATE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been postponed until further notice. 

All are welcome at this free and public event. Signed copies of Jack’s book will be available for sale. Complimentary food and beverages will be available, thanks to generous donations by Organic Valley and Strafford Organic!

Read the Foreword below.

Foreword

Five Ways You Can Support Climate Change Adaptation

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

In response to the widespread and overwhelmingly positive responses to the guest editorial by Gary Paul Nabhan in Monday’s New York Times titled The Coming Food Crisis — many people have been wondering what they can do in addition to applying the heat and drought adaptation strategies mentioned in Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land.

Nabhan and some of his colleagues have come up with a list of action.

One of the most critically important efforts you can make is ensuring the wild and cultivate plant diversity is available to heal our foodsheds and watersheds after climatic disruptions and to adapt to hotter and drier conditions. Unfortunately, several key programs that allow effective collaborations among federal agencies, farmers, ranchers, non-profits, and grassroots community groups are threatened with budgetary cuts or closures, as Nabhan mentioned in his op-ed. In addition to voting with your fork for the right kind of food system, contact your Congressional delegation and federal program leaders to express your continuing programs, some of which are now on the chopping block. Good policy and good practices are needed to survive the coming years, and there is no time better than now to ramp up these efforts.

Nabhan, and others, recommend helping these valuable programs as either an advocate, volunteer, or collaborator:

1. Plant Materials Centers of the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service

The 27 Plant Materials Centers play vital roles in collecting and evaluating native plant materials for ecological restoration and reclamation after catastrophic events, and for wildlife and livestock production in many habitats. Despite an outstanding legacy of service in the public interest, several centers are now threatened with closure due to budget cuts. Write your Congressional representatives expressing continuing support for their good work—especially if they are in a district which hosts a plant material center—and copy the letter to the following national staff leaders. See

John Englert, National Plant Materials Program Leader
USDA-NRCS, Ecological Sciences Division
PO Box 2890, Room 6157, South Bldg.
Washington, DC 20013
Phone: (202) 720-0536 | Fax: (202) 720-1814
Email: [email protected]

Shawn Belt, National Plant Materials Center Acting Manager
USDA-NRCS, Norman A. Berg National Plant Materials Center
Bldg. 509, BARC-East, Beaver Dam Rd.
Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone: (301) 504-8175 | Fax: (301) 504-8741
Email: [email protected]

 

2. Seeds of Success

The Seeds of Success (SOS) program is part of the Federal interagency Native Plant Materials Development Program. It supports and coordinates seed collection of native plant populations in the United States to increase the number of species and the amount of native seed that is available for use to stabilize, rehabilitate, and restore lands in the United States by partnering with the seed producing industry. The program began in 2001 through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for collections on public lands in the West. The need for geographically and ecologically diverse collections from across the United States led to partnerships with eight additional institutions. It and its partners draws upon a number of funding sources, some of which (like NFWF, below) are threatened with closure. Write your Congressional legislation and express support for a broad interagency plant diversity conservation initiative with funding equal to what mammals, birds and fish receive. Copy your letters or emails to the following national leaders.

Native Plant Materials Development Program
Bureau of Land Management Plant Conservation Program Lead
Peggy Olwell Bureau of Land Management
1849 C Street NW, Rm 2134LM
Attention: Peggy Olwell
Washington, DC 20240
Tel: 202-912-7273
Email: [email protected]

Seeds of Success National Collection Curator Megan Haidet
Bureau of Land Management
1849 C Street NW, Rm 2134LM
Attention: Megan Haidet
Washington, DC 20240
Tel: 202-912-7233
Email: [email protected]

 

3. National Plant Germplasm System

The National Plant Germplasm System holds more than 561,000 accessions of more than 14,800 plant species useful in adapting crops to heat, drought, and other climatic or ecological stresses. Despite its international leadership in plant conservation and many crop-specific climate adaptation projects underway, it is chronically underfunded relative to its significance. Write your Congressional representatives to express continuing support for their good work—especially if they are in a district which hosts a USDA/ARS Plant Introduction Station—and copy the letter to the following national staff leader. You can also check out their holdings and programs online.

Peter K Bretting
Crop Production and Protection
General Biological Science
Plant Germplasm & Genomes
[email protected]
Phone: (301) 504-5541
Fax: (301) 504-6191
Room 4-2212
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC-BLTSVL
BELTSVILLE, MD, 20705-5139

 

4. USDA Strike Force

Last year, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack launched the StrikeForce Initiative, a cross-agency effort to accelerate assistance to Historically Underserved groups. Through this initiative, USDA is working to ensure all producers have access to programs that can help them thrive, including proven conservation programs. In partnership with local community-based organizations, three USDA agencies—Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency and Rural Development—are working to improve USDA’s outreach to these communities in order to increase their access to—and participation in—these valuable programs. The StrikeForce Initiative is currently being piloted in 12 states stricken by poverty to help farmers, farmworkers, and food microenterprises adapt to changing conditions. Write your Congressional representatives expressing continuing support for their good work—especially if they are in a state which hosts a Strjke Force Initiative.

5. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

After years of supporting national plant species conservation initiatives among agencies and non-profits, NFWF has closed its program and restructured its assets away from plant conservation to animal conservation. Write Executive Director Jeff Trandel and VP for Evaluation Claude Gascon to request they reconsider:

Executive Director and CEO: Jeff Trandahl
VP for Evaluations: Claude Gascon
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
M 1133 Fifteenth St., N.W., Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202-857-0166

New from our Publishing Partners

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Food. Water. Energy. Raw materials. Resources are limited and in high demand. Cultivating the ability to harness, reuse, and replenish is essential to sustaining a healthy planet.

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The makers of nationally best selling From Asparagus to Zucchini have done it again. FairShare CSA Coalition brings us practical culinary techniques and over 300 original recipes to the table with Farm-Fresh and Fast. Menu suggestions, flexible recipes and beautiful photographs and illustrations encourage creativity and inspiration for any cook to make the most of fresh, local produce throughout the seasons.
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Mike Abbot takes us along for his green woodworking journey in Living Wood. Now with visuals from his workshop at Brookhouse Wood, the fourth edition is a comprehensive guide to developing and managing a woodland facility and setting up a woodland workshop. Tips, projects, instructions and resources abound to get you started on your own green woodworking adventure.
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In its second edition, Rainwater Harvesting Vol. 1 provides even more integrated tools and concepts, along with updated illustrations to aid in the design and implementation of sustainable home water-harvesting systems.

Brad Lancaster offers simple, time-tested solutions to making better use of the water falling on properties. The tools and strategies presented have the potential to help homeowners replace nearly all their landscape water use with water derived from onsite sources: rainwater, stormwater runoff, and greywater.” —Water Engineering Australia

Lancaster’s latest project, American Oasis, builds on these techniques on a larger scale to revive and expand the traditions and heritage of water-harvesting in the American Southwest.

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

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Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking: The Ultimate Guide for Home-Scale and Market Producers

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ForeWord Magazine Book of Year: Gold Winner

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Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking is a must-have book for the aspiring cheesemaker or cheesemonger. Not only is it amazingly easy to use as a reference book – laying out cheese science in as clear and jargon-free a way as possible – it’s also a fun time for the cheese obsessed reader.” —Gordon Edgar, author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge

The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World

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James Beard Foundation Award Winner

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“This is, quite simply, the finest book on fermentation available. It is comprehensive, erudite, and surprisingly profound. Sandor Katz is the guru of a large and growing tribe of fermentation enthusiasts and this book will awaken you to the thrilling world of benign bacteria all around us. Not only do they provide us with pickles, cheese, bread, alcohol – but our existence depends on bacteria and they deserve our reverence and respect.” —Ken Albala, Food Historian and Coauthor of The Lost Arts of Hearth and Home: The Luddite’s Guide to Domestic Self-Sufficiency

The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer’s Guide to Vegetable Seed Production

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“There is nothing more important right now than growing and saving seeds; that most essential aspect of life. While we may have all done this once upon a time, we have mostly lost these skills to private industry or urbanization. Until now. John Navazio reveals all the techniques and tricks, some simple and some complex, that he’s learned only after decades of careful observation and practice. Incredible photos help tell the story of life that seeds represent. The Organic Seed Grower is what we need to take back community control of seeds from those who have taken it from us.” —Tom Stearns, president, High Mowing Organic Seeds

 

The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food

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“Traveling about the country to introduce us to some of her devoted fellow seed savers, Janisse Ray teaches us more than we thought we needed to know about seeds: how remarkable they are, why they need saving, how to save them, and how many of them—each holding the future of some particular plant—have been lost and are being lost to our indifference. But in a world where everything we love—including seeds—seems to be under threat, Ray ultimately offers us hope.” —Joan Gussow, author of Growing, Older and This Organic Life

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Extreme Homesteading: 35% off Books for Small Farmers and Homesteaders

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Welcome to the “new normal:” Drought. Wildfires. Torrential storms. As our climate rapidly shifts, how can we best adapt our practices to sustain our food systems and regenerate our land?

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The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach

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 “Ben Falk extends the conversation about resilience to deep resilience—resilience from the level of personal attitudes and skills to the design and creation of the maximally resilient homestead. This book will be essential reading for the serious prepper as well as for everyone interested in creating a more resilient lifestyle or landscape.”—Carol Deppe, author of The Resilient Gardener 

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“In a world where climate change is the new normal, Gary Nabhan offers a blueprint for food production. Using desert agriculture as a backdrop, Nabhan is the ideal guide for understanding and addressing the challenges of rising temperatures, depleting water resources, and ever-shifting conditions. It is a cautionary book of hope.” —Dan Imhoff, author of Food Fight

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Rebel farmer Sepp Holzer explains his revolutionary methods of water landscaping. Drawn from his work around the world, Desert or Paradise shows the dramatic restoration of arid lands using little more than careful planning and simple earth dams to store water in the soil.

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The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times

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The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook Cover

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You Can Farm Cover

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Small-Scale Grain Raising Cover

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Seed to Seed Cover

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Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties Cover

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The Flower Farmer Cover

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The Grape Grower Cover

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Holistic Orcharding with Michael Phillips DVD Cover

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Top-Bar Beekeeping with Les Crowder and Heather Harrell (DVD) Cover

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Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad (DVD) Cover

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Sustainable, Socially Responsible Start-Ups: Your Guide to Creating a Successful Food-Based Business

Monday, June 24th, 2013

It’s not uncommon for desk-chained daydreamers to spend hours thinking of quitting their jobs and pursuing their real dreams—whether those dreams involve starting a small family farm, opening a bakery, or something else entirely. But to do this you need—among other things—money. Lack of access to start-up capital deters many would-be entrepreneurs from doing the things they really want to do.

It shouldn’t be so hard for socially responsible, sustainable businesses to get their work off the ground, but unfortunately that’s often the case. Small businesses face a significant economic disadvantage in the marketplace. “Put another way, our capital markets are like a Mob-run casino,” writes Michael Shuman in the Foreword, “with the dice loaded to provide a huge edge to global business and undercut community-based businesses.”

Enter Elizabeth U. In Raising Dough, U, a social finance expert and founder of Finance for Food, lays out what you need to start a successful, socially responsible, food-based business.

“Elizabeth U has created a formidable one-stop guide to the brass tacks of building a successful sustainable food business,” writes Anna Lappe, founder of Real Food Media Projects and author of Diet for a Hot Planet. “For everyone who’s ever wanted to turn their passion for sustainable food into a thriving business, this book is for you.”

Through case studies and personal expertise, U outlines the necessary tools and options every socially responsible entrepreneur needs to be aware of before starting a business, including:

  • Different types of crowd-funding;
  • Fundraising laws;
  • Grants and other available capital options;
  • What to look for in a business partner;
  • How to choose an appropriate model; and more.

“Chances are good that you’re reading this book because you’re a farmer or local food entrepreneur looking for money,” Shuman writes in the Foreword. “Or you might be an investor looking to place your money in a local food business. Or perhaps you’re just interested in learning about how to start a food business. Or maybe you’ve just heard that this is a tremendous resource for anyone interested in local investing. Whatever your mission, prepare for a feast ahead.”

Raising Dough: The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business is available now and on sale for 35% off.

Read the Introduction below.

 

Raising Dough Introduction by Chelsea Green Publishing

Leading the Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Want to know how to create a climate-resilient foodshed? Interested in all things fermented? How about exploring the links between farmers and consumers?

Join Chelsea Green authors Sandor Katz, author of the New York Times Bestseller and Beard Foundation Book Award winner The Art of Fermentation and Gary Paul Nabhan, author of the recently-released Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land, and many more food revolutionaries, including Tanya Fields.

Chelsea Green is proud to be one of the partners of this important summit, in an effort to foster the exchange of ideas, inspire each other into collective action, and create positive change.

You can check out an interview with Tanya Fields here, along with an interview with Gary Paul Nabhan here.

The University of Vermont is hosting a Food Systems Summit next week, and Chelsea Green will host a live stream viewing party of the conference on our website. We hope you’ll join us online, or if you’re near UVM – come by in person.

Here are the full summit details:

Public Conference Thursday, June 27, 2013

Time: 1:00pm-6:00pm

Influential thinkers and positive change makers will exchange their best ideas to inspire, focus, and strengthen individual and collective action for a sustainable food system.

This one-day event will shine a spotlight on and amplify the most important ideas, initiatives, and voices for the necessary food systems revolution. The power of this day and the hundreds gathered together will awaken some, re-energize others, help advance a shared vision for the future of food we desire, fortify the movement, and make clear specific ways each person can help transform the system.

Event Details
The event will bring together influential and innovative voices from the sustainable food movement for this day of inspiration and call to action. The goal is to connect people across disciplines around the urgent issue of our broken food system and inspire people to take their place in the necessary revolution.

You can sit back and listen to the event’s internationally renowned speakers, and participate in conversation using the #UVMsummit hashtag. (Post your comments and questions – and they will be answered on the event’s blog after the conference).

What: Speakers will take the stage, give their 10-15 minute talk and then sit back down. The next speaker will immediately follow. There is not space for questions or comments or breakout sessions. There will be two breaks during the talks and a reception at the end, which are times to connect with fellow attendees and the speakers.

Speakers: Read the list of confirmed speakers here.

 You can follow the UVM Sustainable Food Systems blog here. Or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Find instructions for watching the conference online here.

Green Your Home with our Building Books: 35% Off

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Hammer? Check. Nails? Check. Straw bale? Cob? Natural paints? Passive solar? Deep Energy Retrofit? Increasingly, homeowners are integrating homes into the natural landscape, building with natural materials or boosting the energy efficiency of an older house as a way to tread lightly on the environment and live more comfortably.

Books for Green Builders: On Sale for 35% Off Until July 3rd

Before you put hammer to nail, we’ve put a selection of our keystone books on sale to inspire you to think about natural building methods for your next green building project.

Happy reading (and building) from the folks at Chelsea Green Publishing!

The Greened House Effect: Renovating Your Home with a Deep Energy Retrofit

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Retail: $29.95
Discount: $19.47

The Greened House Effect is inspiring, empowering, informative, and entertaining. Jeff Wilson puts a human face on a technical undertaking by relating his family’s Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) story as an adventure drama—with defining moments, ‘learning experiences,’ and palpable joys—interspersed with solid advice about how to carry out one’s own DER. At the same time, Wilson views a single DER in the context of a growing movement that can positively impact our economy, environmental pollution, and national security. The Greened House Effect means a better life, for one family and for the world.”—Carol Venolia, architect, Come Home to Nature, and co-author, Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green Housed

Read Ch 1: Why A Deep Energy Retrofit? HERE…. 

The Natural Building Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to Integrative Design and Construction

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Includes instructional DVD!
Retail: $59.95
Discount: $38.97

The Natural Building Companion is a joy to read. The approach is holistic, the style is generous, and the authors gracefully balance technical details, beautiful spaces, and big ecological questions. This book empowers the reader to make choices that matter—for their own home and for the health of our planet.”—Paul Lacinski, coauthor of Serious Straw Bale 

Learn how to make paint from milk curds —  watch the video HERE…

Passive Solar Architecture: Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Daylighting, and More Using Natural Flows

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Retail: $85.00
Discount: $55.25

“If you read just one book on sustainable building, choose Passive Solar Architecture. In this single-volume handbook, authors David A. Bainbridge and Ken Haggard use warmth and wit to give readers a thorough understanding of passive heating and cooling. In an overheated world, where buildings gobble up the biggest share of energy, this book should be required reading for contractors, architects, homeowners and anyone who cares about housing.” —Nicolette Toussaint, architectural designer

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The Hand-Sculpted House Cover

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Build Your Own Earth Oven Cover

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The Straw Bale House Cover

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A Handmade Life Cover

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Masonry Heaters Cover

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The Book of Masonry Stoves Cover 

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Roundwood Timber Framing Cover

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Serious Straw Bale Cover

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Cob Builders Handbook Cover

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Stone House Cover

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Independent Builder Cover

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Living Homes Cover

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Energy Free Cover

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