Chelsea Green

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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How to Make Your Own Mulch With Fallen Leaves

By Chelsea Green / November 12, 2018 / Comments Off on How to Make Your Own Mulch With Fallen Leaves

As the last of the leaves fall from the trees, the time has come for countless hours of raking and hauling before the first snowflake falls. While this may be a nuisance for some, for Will Bonsall, this time of year is his “mulching bonanza.” Though the conventional wisdom about tree leaves is that they…

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A Twist on the Traditional New England Thanksgiving Feast

By Chelsea Green / November 9, 2018 / Comments Off on A Twist on the Traditional New England Thanksgiving Feast

If you’re looking for something new and different to serve this Thanksgiving, Chef Evan Mallett of the Black Trumpet restaurant in Portsmouth, NH has some ideas. From his book, Black Trumpet, Mallett has selected three traditional, New England-inspired dishes that are sure to add some new flavors to your Thanksgiving feast. These recipes are adapted…

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The 20 Rules of Slow Democracy

By Chelsea Green / November 6, 2018 / Comments Off on The 20 Rules of Slow Democracy

As millions of people head to the polls today to cast their vote, we got to thinking about the idea of democracy and how we need it now more than ever before. But what does democracy look like now and do we need to rethink it? Reconnecting with the sources of decisions that affect us,…

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DIY: Make a Self-Watering Planter

By Chelsea Green / October 31, 2018 / Comments Off on DIY: Make a Self-Watering Planter

Whether you live in a four-season climate or a small apartment in the city, fresh food at your fingertips is easier than you think! Just follow the directions for this self-watering growing container and you’ll have an abundance of produce in no time. The following is an excerpt from Fresh Food From Small Spaces: The…

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Easy Fall Recipes for the Adventurous Eater

By Chelsea Green / October 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Easy Fall Recipes for the Adventurous Eater

There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are starting to turn, and it’s nearly impossible to resist working pumpkin into every meal. While autumn favorites like pumpkin pancakes and warm apple cider are sure to please, take advantage of the rest of the season’s harvest and try out some new dishes as well. Our…

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RECIPE: Basic Sourdough Starter

By Chelsea Green / October 24, 2018 / Comments Off on RECIPE: Basic Sourdough Starter

When your busy schedule keeps you from preparing a nice homemade meal, you may find yourself reaching for one of the many take-out menus in the kitchen drawer. However, with this low maintenance sourdough recipe, you can have a delicious loaf of hot-from-the-oven bread on the table in no-time. Toss together this simple sprout salad…

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How Do You Like Them Apples?

By Chelsea Green / October 23, 2018 / Comments Off on How Do You Like Them Apples?

Crisp air? Check. Vibrant foliage? Double check. It’s Autumn and that means orchards are overflowing with apples. As we tuck into our first warm apple pie of the season, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on this quintessential staple of the American diet. In the age of industrial food production, how…

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Move Over Squirrels, It’s Acorn Harvesting Time

By Chelsea Green / October 16, 2018 / Comments Off on Move Over Squirrels, It’s Acorn Harvesting Time

One thing you can count on this time of year is an abundance of acorns underfoot. But if you think that your friendly neighborhood squirrels are the only ones who care about the bounty at our feet – think again! These fruits from the oak tree are not only completely edible they are also a…

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RECIPE: Cilantro and Pumpkin Seed Pesto

By Chelsea Green / October 8, 2018 / Comments Off on RECIPE: Cilantro and Pumpkin Seed Pesto

It’s October which means you’re probably chopping, roasting, and pureeing plenty of pumpkins. But what do you do once you get sick and tired of toasting all those seeds? Make the most of the season’s bounty with this recipe for Cilantro and Pumpkin Seed Pesto. The following recipe is from Cooking Close to Home by…

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How To Make Your Own Chèvre Using Natural Ingredients

By Chelsea Green / October 5, 2018 / Comments Off on How To Make Your Own Chèvre Using Natural Ingredients

Making cheese at home may seem like a time and labor-intensive process, but what if you could make a delicious, high-quality cheese that practically makes itself?  According to David Asher, author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, you can. The following recipe for all-natural chèvre will change the way you look at homemade cheese! Related…

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Recipe: Lost Nation Cider Pie

By Chelsea Green / October 3, 2018 / Comments Off on Recipe: Lost Nation Cider Pie

Fall means apples: Walking through orchards picking apples, finding wild apple trees, and best of all … eating apples! We’ve had the privilege of publishing many books with delicious apple recipes over the years but one of our all-time favorites has to be the Lost Nation Cider Pie from Michael Phillips’ The Apple Grower: A…

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The Endless Arugula Bed

By Chelsea Green / September 28, 2018 / Comments Off on The Endless Arugula Bed

Let’s face it, buying fresh veggies in the dead of winter after growing your own all summer is a bummer. But what if we told you that you could extend your season, save time, AND save money? Ben Falk, author of The Resilient Farm and Homestead, experimented with overwintering a bed of arugula using a…

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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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