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Young Farmers: Back to the Land and Down to Business

By Chelsea Green / February 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Young Farmers: Back to the Land and Down to Business

If you haven’t been working on a farm since childhood or weren’t lucky enough to inherit one from your family, it can be difficult to build one from the ground up.  Farming takes more planning and thinking than meets the eye, but it’s not impossible. We’ve got you covered with how to proceed with your…

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Homesteading: Highlighting Our Need For Each Other

By Chelsea Green / February 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Homesteading: Highlighting Our Need For Each Other

Homesteading isn’t meant to be a solitary adventure or done in isolation. Building and living on your land takes at least one partner, if not several. That’s why homesteaders have come to rely not just on their specialized skills but on the skills of their neighbors, family, friends, and other homesteaders as well. It doesn’t…

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Go Lean: Ten Types of Farm Waste

By Chelsea Green / February 12, 2019 / Comments Off on Go Lean: Ten Types of Farm Waste

Spring cleaning is a big deal for those who want to get rid of unnecessary clutter. People get rid of everything from old furniture to clothes and games. However, this doesn’t only apply to households–farms also have a lot of waste to get rid of that isn’t strictly food scraps or broken tractor parts. But…

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Permaculture Advice For Beginners

By Chelsea Green / February 11, 2019 / Comments Off on Permaculture Advice For Beginners

Trying something for the first time can be intimidating, especially when it’s something as big as learning how to live off your land. But like with any new adventure you shouldn’t bite off too much at once. Instead, it’s better to take the time to properly plan and educate yourself on what it will take…

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Perennial Power: Why You Need Them in Your Garden

By Chelsea Green / February 7, 2019 / Comments Off on Perennial Power: Why You Need Them in Your Garden

Keeping up with a garden can be a lot of work—especially when you start planning for the upcoming season. Luckily, there’s a secret (okay, maybe not so secret) weapon you can use to take away some of your stress! Perennials are the perfect addition to any garden and the best part is you only have…

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How to Use Reflected Light to Boost Indoor Food Production

By Chelsea Green / January 31, 2019 / Comments Off on How to Use Reflected Light to Boost Indoor Food Production

Growing food indoors or in an urban setting can be quite a challenge. You need to find the right kinds of plants, purchase or build tools, and make sure you have lots of time and patience. Oh, and don’t forget making sure your garden gets enough light so it can thrive! If your space doesn’t…

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The Grains Glossary and a Recipe for the Perfect Pancake

By Chelsea Green / January 28, 2019 / Comments Off on The Grains Glossary and a Recipe for the Perfect Pancake

Grains are a ubiquitous part of the American diet and a staple in many of our favorite recipes. Bread? Yep, grains. Pasta? Grains there, too. Pancakes? Most definitely! With such a strong presence in our daily eating habits, shouldn’t we know more about what grains actually are and why they make our favorite foods taste…

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Maple Syrup 101: Spouts, Tapping, and Trees

By Chelsea Green / January 25, 2019 / Comments Off on Maple Syrup 101: Spouts, Tapping, and Trees

Everything’s better with maple syrup. At least that’s what you’ll hear when you ask Vermonters. So what better way to solidify your love for all things maple than to learn how to make it yourself? We’re counting down the days until sugaring season begins and we can start setting taps, running lines, and collecting sap.…

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Get a Jump on the Planting Season: Build Your Own Cold Frame, Part 1

By Chelsea Green / January 22, 2019 / Comments Off on Get a Jump on the Planting Season: Build Your Own Cold Frame, Part 1

The trees are bare and the ground is cold, hard, and forbidding in New England. If you’re an amateur gardener who wants to grow your own food, it can be a little intimidating. There are plenty of hardy plant breeds that will grow in winter, or you can do something a little more fun and…

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Simple Recipes Using Homegrown Sprouts

By Chelsea Green / January 21, 2019 / Comments Off on Simple Recipes Using Homegrown Sprouts

Gardens have long gone dormant but that doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying fresh food just because the ground is frozen. Sprouts are a quick, simple, and ridiculously healthy way to keep your localvore appetite satisfied during the winter. And we don’t just mean tossing them in your salad or on top of a…

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Winter Gardening Without Heated Greenhouses

By Chelsea Green / January 16, 2019 / Comments Off on Winter Gardening Without Heated Greenhouses

It might seem like a myth that you can grow food in an unheated greenhouse during the winter, but we’re here to prove you wrong. As long as there is sunlight there are several techniques you can use to keep your crops warm enough to harvest well into the cold weather. The key? Layers. Just…

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Carrots, Turnips, Parsnips, and other Root Veggies

Hunger Moon-Inspired Recipe: Roasted Root Vegetables

By Chelsea Green / January 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Hunger Moon-Inspired Recipe: Roasted Root Vegetables

If you love to cook with fresh produce but happen to live in a climate where it’s nearly impossible to access during the winter months, we feel ya! Here in the northeast, chilling winds and heaps of snow make it hard to leave the house, let alone grow fresh produce, but that doesn’t mean we…

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A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

By Chelsea Green / January 10, 2019 / Comments Off on A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until spring. No matter what size home you live in, there’s room for a garden of soil-grown sprouts to carry you through the depths of winter. You just need a little guidance from someone who understands the struggles…

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Recipe: Simple No-Knead Einkorn Bread

By Chelsea Green / January 9, 2019 / Comments Off on Recipe: Simple No-Knead Einkorn Bread

If you’ve ever suffered from a gluten allergy then you know how hard it can be to find bread products that won’t do serious damage to your digestive system. Luckily for you, we’ve found the perfect solution! Einkorn is a light bread with the lowest glycemic index meaning you can still enjoy all of the…

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Sprouts Growing in a Greenhouse

Four Books for Growing Food in Winter

By Chelsea Green / January 8, 2019 / Comments Off on Four Books for Growing Food in Winter

Don’t let cold weather stop you from producing and enjoying your own food! For many, the coming of winter simply means cultivation moves indoors or under cover. Small farmers, homesteaders, home gardeners, and commercial growers can extend the growing season by following just a few of the techniques outlined in the books below. And, there’s…

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cold frame with sprinkler system

Get a Jump on the Planting Season: Build Your Own Cold Frame, Part 2

By Chelsea Green / January 1, 2019 / Comments Off on Get a Jump on the Planting Season: Build Your Own Cold Frame, Part 2

The design of the cold box is the most important thing to keep in mind if you want it to be an effective tool for growing crops in the winter. Though it may seem like a complex task making a structure to shield against the winter chill, it’s a lot easier than you think. You…

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Homemade Bone Broth – A Healthy Diet Staple

By Chelsea Green / December 27, 2018 / Comments Off on Homemade Bone Broth – A Healthy Diet Staple

Have you had your steaming hot bowl of bone broth today? If not, you might want to consider adding this nutrient-rich, immune system boosting elixir into your daily diet. Providing a healthy source of calcium, potassium, and protein, bone broth is the perfect dietary addition for anyone looking to improve their digestive health. And with…

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Winter Recipe: Sausage with Potatoes and Cabbage

By Chelsea Green / December 20, 2018 / Comments Off on Winter Recipe: Sausage with Potatoes and Cabbage

It’s the darkest time of year here in the north and the short days have us feeling extra lazy. When it’s already dark out by the time we get home it’s hard to find motivation for anything other than cozying up on the couch with a new book. So, when we found this easy-peasy recipe…

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Car Survival Tips for Severe Winter Weather

By Chelsea Green / December 10, 2018 / Comments Off on Car Survival Tips for Severe Winter Weather

Now that temperatures have started to dip below freezing, and most folks living in colder climates have witnessed their first snowfall of the season, it’s time to get serious about winter preparedness. Especially when it comes to driving! The following is an excerpt from When Disaster Strikes by Matthew Stein. It has been adapted for the…

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The Perfect Holiday Bread Recipe

By Chelsea Green / December 6, 2018 / Comments Off on The Perfect Holiday Bread Recipe

Are you looking for a new recipe to impress your family this holiday season? Or perhaps you’re in need of a new gift idea for coworkers, teachers, and the alway busy this time of year mailman. This recipe for Pain d’Epices is the perfect choice! You can capture the warm and joyful spirit of this…

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Resiliency: Becoming an Adaptive Human

By Chelsea Green / November 27, 2018 / Comments Off on Resiliency: Becoming an Adaptive Human

They say history is bound to repeat itself if we don’t take the time to learn from the past. Our decision-making skills are essential for survival but, for some, it’s difficult to connect the dots between the cause and effect of said decisions. However, in this day and age, it’s important to recognize our strengths,…

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Thanksgiving Traditions, Memories, and Celebrations

By Chelsea Green / November 22, 2018 / Comments Off on Thanksgiving Traditions, Memories, and Celebrations

The holiday season is a time for family, food, friends, celebrations, and reminiscing about beloved traditions. To get in the spirit, we’ve asked a few members of our CGP family to share some of their favorite holiday moments. Maybe they’ll spark nostalgia or perhaps give you new ideas to try, either way, we wish everyone…

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Fat is NOT the Enemy: Why What You Think You Know Is Harming Your Health

By Chelsea Green / November 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Fat is NOT the Enemy: Why What You Think You Know Is Harming Your Health

For decades, we’ve been told that fat is the enemy, that it is harmful to our health and well-being. But the reality is, fat, or certain types of fat, when incorporated correctly into our diets, can actually have powerful health benefits. Take it from Domini Kemp, who for years avoided fat but loaded up on…

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Prepping 101: Everything You Need for a Grab-n-Go Survival Kit

By Chelsea Green / November 20, 2018 / Comments Off on Prepping 101: Everything You Need for a Grab-n-Go Survival Kit

We know a lot of people are wondering what’s coming next in the US, as well as the world, given terrorism, politics, and global warming, among other threats. Given the uncertainty, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared at all times. This 72-hour survival kit will help with any initial emergencies and includes medicine, water cleaning…

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A 15-Point Urban Food Manifesto

By Chelsea Green / November 16, 2018 / Comments Off on A 15-Point Urban Food Manifesto

What if farms and food production were integrated into every aspect of urban living—from special assessments to create new farms and food businesses to teaching people how to grow fruits and vegetables so farmers can focus on staple crops. Urban farming is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the…

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