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Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet

As we dig, drill, and excavate to unearth the planet’s mineral bounty, the resources we exploit from ores, veins, seams, and wells are gradually becoming exhausted. Will there come a time when we run out of minerals? In Extracted, Ugo Bardi draws upon the world’s leading minerals experts to offer a compelling glimpse into that new wor......


Fermentation Workshop with Sandor Ellix Katz DVD Trailer


Contrary to popular belief, fermenting foods is a simple process. But it needs to be done correctly, and there's no better person to inform us about managing microbial bacteria to produce highly nutritious food. In fact, with Sandor Ellix Katz a.......

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Hemp is on the Horizon! Get Ready for America's Next Agricultural Revolution
You can eat it, drink it, read it, tie it, wear it, drive it, live in it, and make money growing it, all while saving the soil and protecting the climate. What is it? Hemp. That’s right, hemp. Hemp is on the Horizon! Just this year hemp was approved to be cultivated for university research - a huge first step in hemp’s domestic comeback as the crop of the future.
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Submitted by admin on April 10, 2014 08:00 AM
Growing Your Own Herbs in 6 Easy Steps

Author Didi Emmons understands it’s intimidating to work with unfamiliar herbs. In her book, Wild Flavors: One Chef’s Transformative Year Cooking From Eva’s Farm, she takes the simple approach that herbs, like any other plant, need good soil, water, sun, and air to thrive. Just vary the amounts of these four life-giving resources for each plant variety and you’ll be able to tend to the freshest of herbs anywhere, anytime.

In the following excerpt from Wild Flavors, Emmons turns to her expert gardening friend, Kelly Lake, for six easy steps to growing ...

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Submitted by admin on April 9, 2014 08:00 AM
How to Start a Traditional Compost Pile in Your Yard

As a society, we make a lot of waste, especially in this culture of on-the-go single-serve disposables. As we work toward the Zero Waste Solution with Extended Producer Responsibility and other government mandated universal recycling of solid waste in the works, there is plenty you can do to reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill.

Use less, recycle and reuse packaging materials, and compost your organic waste. And if you're a gardener, there's no reason to throw away this beneficial (and cheap!) source of nourishment for your soil. Compost ...

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Submitted by admin on April 7, 2014 08:00 AM

In this excerpt from Out on a Limb:What Black Bears Have Taught Me about Intelligence and Intuition author Ben Kilham provides insight on best practices when it comes to keeping bears from feeding at your back door, and offers his tried-and-true tips on what to do if you encounter a bear in the wild — tips you’re not likely to find from other so-called experts.

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Up to 900,000 black bears live in North America, and in many regions, like my own, they live in close proximity to humans. Or perhaps it ...
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Submitted by admin on April 2, 2014 11:52 AM
So You Want to be a Small-Scale Dairy Farmer

So, you want to start a small-scale dairy. Before you begin scanning real estate ads, buying a set of Carhartts, and pricing out feed, take heed from the advice of acclaimed author and farmer Gianaclis Caldwell.

Caldwell grew up on a small family farm in Oregon, where she milked cows, ran a dairy cow 4-H club, and learned to raise organic produce and meat. In 2005, Caldwell returned to the property with her husband and their two daughters where they now operate Pholia Farm, an off-grid, raw milk cheese dairy. ...

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Submitted by admin on April 1, 2014 07:00 AM
Who's Fuelin' Whom?

UPDATE: April Fools! We’re not really publishing a home-scale fracking book but thanks to everyone who shared our prank! Stay up to date with our (actual) latest releases by signing up for our e-newsletter here

Tapping into the growing interest in fracking and the development of shale gas, Chelsea Green Publishing – the nation’s leading publisher on home-scale, do-it-yourself books about food, fuel, and shelter – is offering a new manual for homesteaders—The Plunderer’s Companion: Home-Scale Fracking and Micro Mining for the Homestead and Farm by Sue T. Boottes.

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