Chelsea Green

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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Chop, Salt, Pack, Wait: Four Simple Steps to Making the Best Sauerkraut on Earth

By Chelsea Green / April 4, 2018 / Comments Off on Chop, Salt, Pack, Wait: Four Simple Steps to Making the Best Sauerkraut on Earth

Making your own delicious, healthy, probiotic sauerkraut or kimchi is easy! Four easy steps are all you need to turn fresh garden veggies into a long-lasting, tangy, pungent condiment perfect to serve alongside sausage or eggs. Sandor Ellix Katz is the gregarious, mutton-chopped master of all things fermented, and his easygoing attitude will inspire you…

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Five Reasons to Consider the Ketogenic Diet for Cancer

By Chelsea Green / February 16, 2018 / Comments Off on Five Reasons to Consider the Ketogenic Diet for Cancer

The concept of food as medicine is nothing new. What’s different now is that cancer research has given us a deeper appreciation of the changes that drive cancer at the cellular level. Evidence supporting the benefits of ketogenic diet therapies continues to mount, there is little to guide those who wish to adopt this diet…

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Survive the Winter Blues: Grow, Eat and Plan

By Chelsea Green / February 15, 2018 / Comments Off on Survive the Winter Blues: Grow, Eat and Plan

There is no denying it: the days are short and unless you planned for a winter garden, fresh vegetables from your backyard have long passed. But don’t let the winter get you down. There are plenty of recipes to last you through the cold season and into the ‘hungry gap’. And we’ve shared a few…

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Soil Blocks vs. Pots: Two Ways to Start Seedlings This Spring

By Chelsea Green / February 14, 2018 / Comments Off on Soil Blocks vs. Pots: Two Ways to Start Seedlings This Spring

When it comes to starting your first seedlings, are you a pothead or a blockhead? We’re talking about using pots versus soil blocks and no matter which you choose, our authors offer step-by-step methods and troubleshooting advice. Master gardener Eliot Coleman is an advocate for soil blocks. In the excerpt below from The New Organic Grower,…

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8 steps to Fermented Hot Sauce with Wild Greens

By Chelsea Green / February 13, 2018 / Comments Off on 8 steps to Fermented Hot Sauce with Wild Greens

Like hot sauce? Fermenting? Wild greens? This Fermented Hot Sauce with Wild Greens recipe from The New Wildcrafted Cuisine has it all! Wild foods are becoming increasingly popular, as more and more people want to learn how to identify plants and forage for their own ingredients, but self-described “culinary alchemist” deeply explores the flavors of…

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Books to Curl up with this Winter!

By Chelsea Green / February 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Books to Curl up with this Winter!

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading…

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Care of the Soil

By Chelsea Green / February 8, 2018 / Comments Off on Care of the Soil

Caring for the soil is the farmer’s number one task; if the soil is healthy, the crops will look after themselves. As the average age of America’s farmers continues to rise, we face serious questions about what farming will look like in the near future, and who will be growing our food. Many younger people…

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3 Steps to Start Your Plants Off Right

By Chelsea Green / February 6, 2018 / Comments Off on 3 Steps to Start Your Plants Off Right

How you handle your seeds and your practices around seeding is your first chance to get your plants off to a good start and help them achieve their full potential. Ben and Penny Hewitt, authors of The Nourishing Homestead, have developed a three-step process which starts with inoculating the seeds, then sowing them in high-quality…

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Pass the Walnut Syrup?

By Chelsea Green / February 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Pass the Walnut Syrup?

Everyone knows and loves maple syrup, and in some states (like Chelsea Green’s home state of Vermont), it’s big business. However, it’s a widespread myth that maples are the only trees that can be tapped to produce sap, according to Michael Farrell, sugarmaker and director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest. Sap can also be collected…

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All-Star-All-Sprout Salad

By Chelsea Green / February 2, 2018 / Comments Off on All-Star-All-Sprout Salad

At this point in winter, if you haven’t already exhausted your cellar of root vegetables, then you’re probably exhausted with it. But just because the ground outside may still be frozen, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fresh greens.Without a greenhouse or expensive equipment, it’s hard to imagine a reality in which you can have fresh…

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Creating Unique Drinks from Nature’s Ingredients: Winter in the Forest Beer

By Chelsea Green / February 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Creating Unique Drinks from Nature’s Ingredients: Winter in the Forest Beer

The art of brewing can explore far beyond the usual ingredients into a vast and luminous galaxy of wild and cultivated fruits, berries, grains, and herbs, which once provided a variety of fermented drinks as broad as the world. Now fermentation fans and home brewers can rediscover these “primitive” drinks and their unique flavors in, the…

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Homemade Bone Broth – A Healthy Diet Staple

By Chelsea Green / January 30, 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 integrating this nutrient rich, immune system boosting elixir into your daily diet. With articles about the benefits of bone broth in The New York Times and Epicurious calling it “the new coffee,” it’s clear broth is taking off…

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Grow Mushrooms on Your Jeans. Seriously.

By Chelsea Green / January 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Grow Mushrooms on Your Jeans. Seriously.

Thinking about getting rid of that pair of worn out jeans? Think again. You could use them to grow mushrooms. That’s right, mushrooms. Mycologist Tradd Cotter has been experimenting with mushroom cultivation for more than 20 years. Through his ongoing research he has not only discovered the best ways to successfully grow morels but also…

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Fermentation Favorites

By Chelsea Green / January 24, 2018 / Comments Off on Fermentation Favorites

There is no denying it: the days are short and unless you planned for winter growing your garden is all about the root vegetables. Don’t let the winter get you down. There are plenty of garden goodies perfect for the changing weather. A major part of Chelsea Green’s mission is to inspire you with ideas and practical…

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Recipe: Winter Root Veggie Potpie

By Chelsea Green / January 23, 2018 / Comments Off on Recipe: Winter Root Veggie Potpie

If you have a winter CSA share, then you’re probably poking around for some new ways to use up those winter root veggies. Straight from his cookbook Black Trumpet, Chef Evan Mallett suggests this Winter Root Veggie Potpie. And, we couldn’t agree more. This recipe is just a small selection of the more than 250…

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Sprout Today, Eat Healthy Tomorrow

By Chelsea Green / January 22, 2018 / Comments Off on Sprout Today, Eat Healthy Tomorrow

If you’re ready to start growing a portion of your own food, but you aren’t quite ready for something that requires a big time commitment or a lot of effort, this is a good place to start. Sprouts are easy to cultivate, mature very quickly, can be used in a variety of delicious dishes, and…

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This cake is so simple and yet so good: Medlar Cream Cake

By Chelsea Green / January 17, 2018 / Comments Off on This cake is so simple and yet so good: Medlar Cream Cake

If you’re looking for a simple cake to serve guests, try this medlar cream cake. What’s a medlar? The fruit of the medlar tree, Mespilus germanica, tastes like lightly spiced apple butter scooped soft right out of the russeted skin. The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in California has a small but significant collection of…

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Grow a Year-Round Indoor Salad Garden, even in winter

By Chelsea Green / January 16, 2018 / Comments Off on Grow a Year-Round Indoor Salad Garden, even in winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until Spring. As the weather gets colder and seasonal produce only means root vegetables, we begin to dream about fresh greens and colorful salads. Without a greenhouse or expensive equipment, it’s hard to imagine a reality in which…

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