Chelsea Green

How to Build Your Own Root Cellar for the Fall Harvest

By Chelsea Green / September 21, 2018 / Comments Off on How to Build Your Own Root Cellar for the Fall Harvest

As we ease our way into autumn, make sure you are ready to preserve your root vegetable harvest in a soundly constructed, home storage system. In the following excerpt from Four-Season Harvest, Eliot Coleman shares his expertise on building a successful root cellar. For more step-by-step projects to jumpstart your season extension plans, properly prepare…

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Easy to Make Drying Trays

By Chelsea Green / September 18, 2018 / Comments Off on Easy to Make Drying Trays

Looking for a new way to enjoy your harvest well into the winter months? If you said, yes, then this one’s for you! By following this simple tutorial, you can expand the lifespan of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and even herbs. It’s not only easy, environmentally friendly, and inexpensive — it also means you can enjoy…

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Skills: The Gateway to True Homesteading Freedom

By Chelsea Green / September 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Skills: The Gateway to True Homesteading Freedom

As we continue our homesteading focus this month, we wanted to touch on some of the important skills a homesteader needs to use on any given day. Some are learned while others are passed down from homesteader to homesteader, all are important. In this excerpt from The Nourishing Homestead, author Ben Hewitt talks about why…

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Four Ways to Preserve Your Green Bean Bounty

By Chelsea Green / September 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Four Ways to Preserve Your Green Bean Bounty

It’s harvest season and if you’re anything like us you’ve got green beans up the wazoo. If you’re looking for a new way to preserve the bounty for the winter months, these four salt-based techniques should help. Here’s to months of delicious green beans ahead! The following is an excerpt from Preserving Food Without Freezing…

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Celebrate Homesteading Month with Chelsea Green

By Chelsea Green / September 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Celebrate Homesteading Month with Chelsea Green

It’s September, which means it’s time to celebrate homesteading! That’s right, September is International Homesteading Education Month, and throughout the month we’ll be publishing some of our favorite homesteading tips, techniques, recipes, and more. We’ll be featuring some of our favorite homesteading authors including Ben and Penny Hewitt, Beth and Shawn Dougherty, and Carole Deppe. We’ll…

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The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor

By Chelsea Green / September 3, 2018 / Comments Off on The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor

In response to one of the nation’s darkest labor-history chapters, Congress passed a law in 1894 making the first Monday of every September “Labor Day,” to pay tribute and honor the achievements and contributions of American workers. While the passing of the law helped to improve conditions, standards, and relations there was still work to…

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Tutorial: How to Make Your Own Hatchet

By Chelsea Green / August 23, 2018 / Comments Off on Tutorial: How to Make Your Own Hatchet

When it comes to planning your next DIY project, it’s not likely that you think to yourself, “Gee, I think I’d like to make myself a hatchet today.” But, if you do, today’s your lucky day!  With some scrap steel, a hacksaw, a file, a drill, a bonfire, a bucket of water, and an oven…

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Radical Thinking for 21st-Century Economists

By Chelsea Green / August 13, 2018 / Comments Off on Radical Thinking for 21st-Century Economists

The economy is a complex, evolving system, and that’s an empowering thought: it means that every one of us can play a part in shaping its evolution. When it comes to understanding economics you may be familiar with classic texts like Adam Smith’s, but don’t view that as the be-all-end-all, lest you get stuck in…

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DIY Weekend: Build a Wood-Fired Oven at Home

By Chelsea Green / August 10, 2018 / Comments Off on DIY Weekend: Build a Wood-Fired Oven at Home

Do you have a love affair with wood-fired pizza? Can’t resist a fresh from the oven loaf of bread? Are always looking for another DIY project? If you said yes, then one’s for you! Richard Miscovich, bread expert and wood-fired oven builder, offers a few useful tips and general masonry guidelines to help you get…

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Recipe: Summer Herb Flower Vinegar

By Chelsea Green / August 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Recipe: Summer Herb Flower Vinegar

Olivia’s mom, Lola, is famous for her potato salad that seems so simple, but has a certain je ne sais quoi—the secret ingredient: chive-flower-infused vinegar. She recalls, “As a child I was enchanted by the apothecary bottles lined up on our kitchen shelves, stuffed with purple pompoms—I just knew there was magic happening inside.” By…

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Beat the Heat and Be Good to Your Gut: Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipes

By Chelsea Green / July 26, 2018 / Comments Off on Beat the Heat and Be Good to Your Gut: Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipes

On a cone or in a dish: No matter your preference, no summer day is complete without ice cream! If you’re looking to enjoy everyone’s favorite summertime treat but are worried about how the dairy might affect your gut – fear not!  Using the principles and approved ingredients of the GAPS diet*, even a classic…

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RECIPE: Summer Cherry Cornmeal Cobbler

By Chelsea Green / July 16, 2018 / Comments Off on RECIPE: Summer Cherry Cornmeal Cobbler

It’s that time of year again: Outdoor barbecues are a weekend staple, trips to the beach and pool are becoming more frequent, and cherries are ripe for the picking! In their book, Cooking Close to Home: A Year of Seasonal Recipes, authors Diane Imrie and Richard Jarmusz provide a seasonal guide chock full of recipes…

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5 Creative Summer Drinks to Help You Cool Off

By Chelsea Green / July 4, 2018 / Comments Off on 5 Creative Summer Drinks to Help You Cool Off

Now that we’re in the “dog days” of summer, the heat can feel a little unrelenting. When it all becomes too much to bear, there’s no better way to cool off than with a refreshing, cold beverage – especially when it’s made with local, organic ingredients that can give you an added health boost! Our…

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RECIPE: How To Make Blue Cheese

By Chelsea Green / June 20, 2018 / Comments Off on RECIPE: How To Make Blue Cheese

Attention moldy cheese lovers, this recipe is for you! It’s true, moldy isn’t usually a quality we look for in our food, but when it comes to blue cheese, the mold cultures contribute largely to its unique texture and bold flavor. Try your hand at making an authentic Rindless Blue Cheese using the ingredients and…

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How-To: Foraging for Flavors to Fire Up Your Grill

By Chelsea Green / June 17, 2018 / Comments Off on How-To: Foraging for Flavors to Fire Up Your Grill

If you love grilling, you must know that various woods impart delicious smoky flavors to grilled meat, fish, and vegetables. In this excerpt from The New Wildcrafted Cuisine, author and self-described culinary alchemist Pascal Baudar offers foraging tips for finding the best woods and barks to add flavor to anything you toss on the grill…

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A Gardening Tip: Pinching Flowers to Prolong Bloom, When and How

By Chelsea Green / June 15, 2018 / Comments Off on A Gardening Tip: Pinching Flowers to Prolong Bloom, When and How

Flowers are starting to bloom! School yourself on flower pinching to determine whether or not you are getting the most out of your flowers. The following gardening tip is from The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers by Lynn Byczynski. Pinching can be used to increase yield and to…

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Recipe: Fast Ricotta Cheese

By Chelsea Green / June 11, 2018 / Comments Off on Recipe: Fast Ricotta Cheese

Making cheese at home may seem like a time and labor-intensive process, but what if you could make a delicious, high-quality cheese in about one hour? According to David Asher, author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, you can. This version of ricotta is made by adding acidity to sweet whey in the form of lemon…

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Recipe: Extracting Cannabis into Oil or Butter

By Chelsea Green / May 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Recipe: Extracting Cannabis into Oil or Butter

Beginning July 1st, 2018, Chelsea Green’s home state of Vermont will be the ninth state to legalize marijuana. While many will smoke their herb, some may prefer to give some edibles a try. Keep reading for a tried and true process for making cannabis oils and butters. These can be put in almost any food…

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How to Cook the Perfect, Tender, Grass Fed Steak

By Chelsea Green / May 21, 2018 / Comments Off on How to Cook the Perfect, Tender, Grass Fed Steak

Memorial Day is one of America’s first “BBQ Holidays” of the year. It’s finally warm enough to grill outside in most of the country, and almost everyone has the day off to bask in the glory of the coming summer. Treat your tastebuds to an ethical feast: grill up some grass fed steak this year!…

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From the Homemade Hooch Files: How to Make Dandelion Wine

By Chelsea Green / May 15, 2018 / Comments Off on From the Homemade Hooch Files: How to Make Dandelion Wine

Heads up: you definitely don’t want to be spraying weed killer on your dandelions. If your lawn is a total dandelion breeding ground, you are so close to having some delicious wine! Get out there and pick some so you can get started on fermenting a batch of flower wine. This drink is not only…

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Are you Team Duck or Team Chicken?

By Chelsea Green / May 9, 2018 / Comments Off on Are you Team Duck or Team Chicken?

Thinking about adding a laying flock to your backyard, but having trouble deciding between ducks and chickens? Agonize no more. Carol Deppe (The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties) has the lowdown on which type of poultry might be right for you. Deppe is a duck-lover at heart. In the following excerpt…

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Strong, Spicy, and Pleasant: Wild Green Kimchi

By Chelsea Green / May 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Strong, Spicy, and Pleasant: Wild Green Kimchi

Experiment with what you have, anything from the mustard family will work extremely well.

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9 Things to Consider When Building Your Own Greenhouse

By Chelsea Green / April 30, 2018 / Comments Off on 9 Things to Consider When Building Your Own Greenhouse

Daydreaming of extending your growing season and building your very own year-round greenhouse? It’s easier, more affordable, and will provide you and your family with more food than you might think — thanks to one of North America’s most accomplished permaculture designers, Jerome Osentowski. In his groundbreaking book, The Forest Garden Greenhouse, Osentowski provides growers of all skill levels in-depth…

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DIY Dilly Beans: Voted “Best Snack Ever”

By Chelsea Green / April 25, 2018 / Comments Off on DIY Dilly Beans: Voted “Best Snack Ever”

For those who love fermented foods, I now welcome you into the world of the dilly bean. If you already make your own, this recipe is killer. If you’ve yet to try it…and you’re like me, a vinegar obsessed freak on the verge of collapse every time a pickle is near, then brace yourself for…

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The Ultimate Guide to Sheet Mulching

By Chelsea Green / April 23, 2018 / Comments Off on The Ultimate Guide to Sheet Mulching

Sheet mulching is a layered mulch system that nurtures the soil. You start with a biodegradable weed barrier like cardboard, and from there build a thick, layered substrate for your garden with compost and mulch. As the materials break down, worms move in, softening the soil below, and creating a healthy, aerated planting bed where…

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