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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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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

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 these skills are important to pass down to…

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