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Want to Learn About Ecological Agriculture?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Interested in all things agriculture — sustainable, organic or eco? Want to learn more about the most up-to-date, or time-tested, techniques designed to improve animal, soil, and human health and the food you eat?

Our friends at Acres U.S.A. are hosting their annual conference next month in Columbus, Ohio, and there’s still time to register for a full slate of workshops, pre-conference seminars, and keynote presentations.

Join several Chelsea Green authors along with dozens of others of the country’s best and brightest in agriculture for this three-day event. Among the featured speakers and the workshop leaders, will be the following Chelsea Green authors:

Hilary Boynton and Mary Brackett will be at the conference to lead a Saturday morning workshop on using the GAPS Diet and making it work for your life and family. The workshop is partially based on their popular new book, The Heal Your Gut Cookbook: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS Diet. Dr. Joseph Mercola — the conference’s keynote speaker — featured their book on his popular website in September.

Gianaclis Caldwell, author of The Small-Scale Dairy, The Small-Scale Cheese Business, and the award-winning Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. Caldwell is well-known on the conference circuit for her engaging and informative workshops. At this year’s Acres conference, she’ll present two workshops — one on the benefits and challenges of working with goat milk, and another on once-a-day milking strategies.

Cole Ward, author of The Gourmet Butcher’s Guide to Meat, will present a workshop on the basics of butchering and the opportunities it presents for farmers. A native of Vermont, Ward is an experienced butcher, teacher, and his workshops are always informative, and with just a dash of humor. Ward will also present an introduction to gourmet butchering during the pre-conference Eco-Ag U.

Find out more about each of our authors’ recent books below, and be sure to get your tickets now for what promises to be another great Acres U.S.A. conference.

The Heal Your Gut Cookbook
by Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett
In The Heal Your Gut Cookbook, readers will learn about the key cooking techniques and ingredients that form the backbone of the GAPS Diet: working with stocks and broths, soaking nuts and seeds, using coconut, and culturing raw dairy. The authors offer encouraging, real-life perspectives on the life-changing improvements to the health of their families by following this challenging, but powerful, diet. With more than 200 straightforward, family-friendly, nutrient-dense recipes, this book is a must-have if you are considering the GAPS Diet, or simply looking to improve your digestive health and—by extension—your physical and mental well-being.
SmallScaleDairy_lorescover The Small-Scale Dairy
by Gianaclis Caldwell

The Small-Scale Dairy includes everything you need to know in order to successfully produce nourishing, healthy, farm-fresh milk. Whether for home use, direct sale to the consumer, or sale to an artisanal cheesemaker, high- quality raw milk is a delicate, desirable product. Successful and sustainable production requires the producer to consider and tackle many details, ranging from animal care to microbiology to good hygienic practices—and, for those with commercial aspirations, business plans, market savvy, and knowledge of the regulations.
Gourmet-Butcher The Gourmet Butcher’s Guide to Meat
by Cole Ward
Vermont-based master butcher Cole Ward delivers a comprehensive guide to whole-animal butchery that goes beyond conventional “do-it-yourself” books and takes readers inside the world of truly sustainable meat production. The Gourmet Butcher’s Guide to Meat demystifies the process of getting meat to the table, and its wide scope will be welcome to those who not only wish to learn the rudiments of butchery, but also want to understand how meat animals are raised, slaughtered, and marketed in a holistic system that honors both animals and consumers.

Growing Food in the Face of Global Warming

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

If you want proof of how difficult it is to grow food in the face of global warming, look no further than the food basket of the United States. There, especially in California, soils are crumbling, drying, and the fight over water resources is increasing between farmers, cities, and rural residents. Crop insurance rates are on the rise as are food prices, and there’s no relief in sight.

This climatic uncertainty is forcing farmers, gardeners, and orchardists to desperately seek new ways to adapt how they grow food in the face of climate change. In his most recent Chelsea Green book, Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land, author and ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan—one of the world’s foremost experts on agricultural traditions in arid lands—offers time-tested strategies to not merely adapt, but thrive, in dry growing conditions.

As Nabhan noted in this New York Times Opinion piece, roughly 40 percent of the net farm income for the entire United States comes from 17 Western states, and the ongoing drought threatens our food security:

[C]attle and sheep production make up a significant part of that, as do salad greens, dry beans, onions, melons, hops, barley, wheat and citrus fruits. The current heat wave will undeniably diminish both the quality and quantity of these foods.

The most vulnerable crops are those that were already in flower and fruit when temperatures surged, from apricots and barley to wheat and zucchini. Idaho farmers have documented how their potato yields have been knocked back because their heat-stressed plants are not developing their normal number of tubers. Across much of the region, temperatures on the surface of food and forage crops hit 105 degrees, at least 10 degrees higher than the threshold for most temperate-zone crops.

What’s more, when food and forage crops, as well as livestock, have had to endure temperatures 10 to 20 degrees higher than the long-term averages, they require far more water than usual. The Western drought, which has persisted for the last few years, has already diminished both surface water and groundwater supplies and increased energy costs, because of all the water that has to be pumped in from elsewhere.

From retaining moisture and nutrients in soils to reducing heat stress on crops and livestock, Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land offers detailed diagrams, descriptions, and real-life examples of how you can implement these desert-adapted strategies for your backyard, farm, or orchard.

As more of North America is impacted by drought, this book is increasingly a necessity for any farmer or gardener, or even eaters who care about where their food comes from and how it’s grown.

Below is a chapter on how to reduce stress on crops and livestock.

Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land: Chapter 5

Janisse Ray to Keynote First Annual Harvest Conference

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Do you have a green thumb? Perhaps you’re more of an activist, interested in preserving the integrity of heritage produce? Or, maybe you’re just looking for some guidance and optimism in an era that seems irrevocably scarred by environmental unrest and a lack of community spirit.

Join like-minded individuals at the First Annual Harvest Conference this September 5-6 in North Carolina hosted by the Organic Growers School.

Chelsea Green’s own activist, naturalist, farmer, and award-winning author Janisse Ray (The Seed Underground) will be giving the keynote address, “A Field Guide to Hope,” on Saturday, September 6 at 8pm at AB Tech, Asheville, NC. Her presentation offers wisdom and hope in an era marked by environmental turmoil and celebrates individuals and organizations, both large and small, who are reclaiming local, diverse food and creating more sustainable communities.

Here are two other ways to connect with Janisse Ray at the conference:

Full-Day Workshop: “Speaking of Nature—Place-Based Creative Writing”
Friday, September 5, 9am-4pm
The Pavilion at Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC
If you are a nature writer, garden blogger, or farmer with a love of literature, join Janisse Ray and other writers at this full day writing workshop. It offers the unique chance to hone your skills through writing prompts, nature-as-muse experiences, and journaling, all guided by Ray herself.

Class: The Seed Underground
Saturday, September 6, 2pm-3:30pm
AB Tech, Main Campus, Asheville, NC
In her award-winning book, The Seed Underground, Ray shares the inspiring stories of determined gardeners (herself included) who are striving to save increasingly rare heritage seeds from the threat of monoculture. Learn about this startling loss of seed diversity in modern agriculture, and the methods employed by those farmers who are looking to preserve delectable varieties like Old Time Tennessee muskmelon and Long Country Longhorn okra for future generations.

The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food is on sale now for 50% off until September 7.

Whatever your field of interest, be sure to catch Janisse Ray at the first annual Harvest Conference this September!

25% off Essential Books for Homesteaders

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

In this age of rapid change, how can we best adapt to sustain our food systems and regenerate our land?

Drawing from time-tested holistic techniques our authors show homesteaders, farmers and growers of all sizes how to remain resilient.

Whether you grow veggies and herbs on your balcony, intensively garden a half-acre on your homestead, or make a living off the land, we’ve got a book (or two) for you. Now through July 31st SAVE 25% on books for your homestead or small farm. 

Our books and authors never skim the surface – they think in systems and farm holistically, applying the wisdom of letting nature do the heavy lifting and giving the skills to empower you.

We hope you’re having a busy and abundant growing season!

Happy reading from the folks at Chelsea Green Publishing

P.S. Don’t forget to look at our full list of sale books here: www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/sale


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The Resilient Farm and Homestead
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Keeping a Family Cow
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The Resilient Gardener
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The New Cider Maker's Handbook
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From the Wood-Fired Oven
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The Sugarmaker's Companion
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The Gourmet Butcher's Guide to Meat
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The Small-Scale Dairy
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The Small-Scale Poultry Flock
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Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking
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The New Organic Grower
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The Holistic Orchard
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Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land
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Market Farming Success, Revised and Expanded Edition
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Raising Dough
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Farms with a Future
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You Can Farm
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Compact Living
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The Moneyless Manifesto
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Farm-Fresh and Fast
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Seed to Seed
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Organic Seed Production and Saving
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Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties
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Holistic Orcharding with Michael Phillips
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Preserving with Friends
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Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad
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Year-Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman: DVD
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Integrated Forest Gardening
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Farming The Woods
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RECIPE: Grilled Asparagus & Scallions

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

This Independence Day, keep your side dishes simple with a wonderfully fresh plate of grilled asparagus and scallions. Carl Legge, author of The Permaculture Kitchen, demonstrates in the below recipe how tasty doesn’t necessarily have to mean time consuming.

For more recipes featuring local, seasonal, foraged, homegrown, fresh, and free-range produce, read The Permaculture Kitchen, now on sale for 35% off until July 15th.

Happy Grilling!

The Buzz: Bee Buyers Beware

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Beekeeping has been on the rise in recent years, and Ross Conrad’s book Natural Beekeeping has become a must read for enterprising apiculturalists who want to learn how to care for bees holistically and organically.

This is the second of two adaptions from the revised and expanded edition of Conrad’s book, which examines different ways to start your hive and offers some bee buying tips. The previous post offered beginners some key tips on what to do long before they buy their first bees.

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OPTIONS FOR OBTAINING BEES

The easiest way to successfully get a hive of bees off to a good start is to purchase a complete hive that is already thriving. Many beekeepers are downsizing or giving up on the business, and complete hives have become more commonly available in many areas. The purchase of a complete hive eliminates risks and challenges associated with package and queen introduction, getting brood comb drawn out from foundation, and having to protect a weak and unorganized colony from being robbed. The downside is that a complete hive is heavy to lift and is one of the most expensive honey bee procurement options. There is also the risk of inheriting problems such as bee pathogens, antibiotic and pesticide contamination, varroa mites, tracheal mites, and small hive beetles.

Buyer “Bee-ware”

When purchasing established colonies, it’s wise to inspect the hive(s) prior to completing the transaction. “Buyer beware” should definitely be your guiding principle here. Be on the lookout for worn-out equipment, old combs, and disease and pest problems. How are varroa mites and foulbrood kept under control? How has the hive been managed during the past year or two? Answers to questions such as these can give you a hint as to how well the hive may fare in the coming year. If you don’t feel qualified to assess hive condition yourself, ask your local bee inspector to give them a once over.

Compared to purchasing established colonies, buying nucleus colonies offers many of the same benefits, but nucs are easier on your back and are available at a much lower price. For many beginners, buying a nuc from a local bee supplier will be the best way to get started with bees. As with full hives, a nuc should not need feeding if purchased when a honey flow is on, nor does it require queen introduction. Simply transfer the frames into full-sized equipment, add additional frames for growth, and you’re off and running. It is important to have your additional equipment ready to go before you pick up your nuc. Otherwise the bees may become overcrowded and decide to swarm.

The most common way to obtain bees is to purchase a package of bees. Packages are usually sold by the pound. A pound of bees is typically composed of 3,000 to 3,500 workers, and the standard package of bees available from bee supply companies weighs in at 3 pounds, for a total of about 10,000 bees. Reputable companies will err on the high side and provide extra to make up for bees that may die during transport, as well as to account for the honey and nectar in the stomachs of the bees when they are initially packaged and weighed. Please note that a package of bees may not contain a queen and will contain only workers, unless a queen has been ordered at the same time as the package. Be sure to ask your supplier whether a queen is included. Either way, prepare your hive equipment and location before the package arrives in the mail.

Packaged bees are less expensive than nucs or complete hives and easier to ship. And while package bees may still carry diseases and pests, they are likely to be less infested or contaminated than nucs or established hives that are filled with comb simply because there are fewer places for pathogens, chemical residues, mites, or small hive beetles to hide in a package of bees.

Getting a package of bees started, however, is much more challenging than when starting with a nucleus colony. The package of bees must be transferred into your equipment; the queen and the bees are typically unrelated and must be “introduced” to each other before they will work together in unison; and then there is the need to provide feed to keep the nascent hive from starving, while at the same time stimulating bees to build comb if drawn-out frames of comb from a previous hive cannot be provided. [For complete details on how to introduce a nucleus colony to your equipment, see Chapter 2 of Natural Beekeeping, Revised and Expanded Edition.]

Making your own nucleus colonies from bees you have successfully overwintered is less expensive than buying packaged bees. Rather than spend money on obtaining bees, your money need only be spent on equipment to accept the nuc. By timing your nuc making with the natural swarming season in your area, you help to increase the chances of success and reduce the need to feed the nascent colony.

Swarm Catching

If you don’t already have access to bees and don’t want to shell out a bunch of money in order to obtain bees, swarm catching is the way to go. There are no worries about queen introductions here; all you have to do is get the swarm into your hive body, but that can be a challenge. Swarms are primed to build new comb fast, and you should always take advantage of the opportunity to have a newly hived swarm draw out new frames of foundation, foundation strips, or naturally built combs. If captured early enough in the season they may be able to store enough honey on their own so that autumn and winter feeding will not be necessary.

With swarms, however, you have little control over the quality of the bees. Some swarms are composed of wonderful bees; some swarms are lousy. While you will save cash, you must invest the time to chase them down—and hope that they don’t fly off before you arrive.

One way to avoid being led on a wild bee chase is to make use of baited hives to lure in a swarm. Drawn-out beeswax combs make any empty box with a cover more noticeable and attractive to scouts seeking a new home for the colony. If no comb is available, a few drops of lemongrass oil on a cotton ball can take the place of a drawn frame as bait since this essential oil is very attractive to bees. For those with an added sense of adventure, you may want to try your hand at some old-fashioned bee lining and track down a feral hive in a bee tree. Just be sure to bring along someone with logging skills if you are not handy with a chain saw, an ax, and splitting wedges.

Time is Running out on our Holiday Sale!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Good books always make great gifts. And there are only a few days left to find something for everyone on your list. Shop our online bookstore and find that perfect gift for your friends and family. Who knows, you may even find a gift for yourself!

Some of our favorites are below or you can browse our entire bookstore here. Save 35% off every purchase with discount code CGS13 until the end of the year.

Need a recommendation? We’re here to help. Email us at [email protected]

Don’t forget about our DVDs and bundles!

Resilient Farm and Homestead Art of Fermentation From the Wood-Fired Oven Out on a Limb
Edible Forest Gardens Sugarmaker The New Cider Makers Keeping a Family Cow
paradise Lot Gaia's Garden Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking Natural Beekeeping
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Stocking Stuffer Holiday Sale!

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Our stocking stuffer holiday sale continues with 35% off any purchase at our on-line bookstore.

Simply use the code CGS13 at checkout from now until the end of the year. Don’t forget there is free shipping on orders over $100.*

Need more? Email us at [email protected] for recommendations.

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From the Wood-Fired Oven
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The Sugarmaker's Companion
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Market Farming Success
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The Zero Waste Solution
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Keeping a Family Cow
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The New Cider Makers Handbook
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Flying Blind
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Out on a Limb
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« Bundles and Sets »

The Eliot Coleman Set
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The Sandor Katz Fermentation Set
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Joel Salatin Set
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The Preserving the Harvest Set
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Gaia's Garden, 2nd Edition
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Paradise Lot
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Edible Forest Gardens (2 volume set)
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Permaculture in Pots
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The Resilient Farm and Homestead
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Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land
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Desert or Paradise
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The Small-Scale Poultry Flock
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The Art of Fermentation
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Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning
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Farm-Fresh and Fast
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Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking
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Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad
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Top-Bar Beekeeping with Les Crowder and Heather Harrell
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Fermentation Workshop with Sandor Ellix Katz
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Perennial Vegetable Gerdening with Eric Toensmeier
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Holistic Orchard with Michael Phillips
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Business Advice for Organic Farmers with Richard Wiswall
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Preserving with Friends
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Year-Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman
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DVDs

Friday, October 18th, 2013

 

Fermentation Workshop
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Year Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman
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Perennial Vegetable Gardening
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Holistic Orcharding with Michael Phillips
Retail: $49.95
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Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad
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Top-Bar Beekeeping with Les Crowder and Heather Harrell
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Business Advice for Organic Farmers
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A World According to Monsanto
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 Genetic Roulette
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 Hidden Dangers in Kid's Meals
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 Scientists Under Attack
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Bundles and Sets

Friday, October 18th, 2013

 

The Eliot Coleman Set
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The Joel Salatin Set
Retail: $90.25
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The Sandor Katz Fermentation Set
Retail: $99.90
Sale: $64.94

 

The Preserving the Harvest Set
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Edible Forest Gardens Set
Retail: $150.00
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Perennial Vegetables Set
Retail: $59.95
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The Winter Harvest Handbook and Year Round Vegetable Production Set
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Business Advice for Organic Farmers Set
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The Community Resilience Guide Series Set
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Top-Bar Beekeeping Set
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Natural Beekeeping Book and DVD Set
Retail: $54.95
Sale: $35.72
The Art of Fermentation and Fermentation Workshop Bundle
Retail: $64.95
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Wild Fermentation and Fermentation Workshop Bundle
Retail: $49.95
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The Apple Grower and Holistic Orcharding with Michael Phillips Bundle
Retail: $79.95
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Holistic Orcharding with Michael Phillips Book and DVD Bundle
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The Man Who Planted Trees Book and CD Bundle
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The GMO Trilogy and Seeds of Deception Set
Retail: $27.95
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The End of America and The End of America: Movie Set
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