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A Search for Rural Justice

Charles D. Thompson, Jr., is the Professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology and Documentary Studies at Duke University. His numerous books and documentaries have helped bring underrepresented rural issues in the United States and Latin America to the forefront. When Chelsea Green sat down with him to discuss his latest book, Going Over Home:…

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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. From there, you 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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Master Hunger, Build Strength

“How can we expect to feel our best unless we live in harmony with the way our bodies work?” —Denis Wilson, MD In the United States, more than 35 percent of adults and nearly 17 percent of children are obese. This is true in spite of our cultural obsession with diets, exercise fads, and health…

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Foraging Up the Perfect Fall Picnic

Sure, summer picnics are great, but have you ever dined al fresco under the vibrant colors of fall foliage? There’s something magical about the crisp autumn air and the radiant hues of oranges and yellows and reds. It’s a picture reminiscent of a quintessential New England town. But if that’s not enough to make you…

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RECIPE: Cilantro and Pumpkin Seed Pesto

It’s fall 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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Speaking for the Bees

“Having a relationship with the rest of nature is knowing that we can, if we wish, rekindle our lost connections, because somewhere deep inside us all, there lives a little spark of ‘wild’ just waiting to be ignited.” —Brigit Strawbridge Howard Our planet is home to at least 20,000 species of bees—a statistic most of…

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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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What is Water?

Since his bout with throat cancer, ForeWord Editor-in-Chief Matt Sutherland has been hot to discover the most reputable integrative health and wellness books that address alternative approaches to cancer prevention and treatment. Cancer and the New Biology of Water is one of these books. The following is an excerpt from Sutherland’s interview with Thomas Cowan.…

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RECIPE: Roasted Root Veggies with Pomegranate Drizzle

Do you have an abundance of root veggies from your final fall harvest? Need a new way to jazz them up? Well, you’re in luck! This simple recipe for pomegranate drizzle adds just the right amount of “oomph” to your go-to roasted vegetable dish. The following recipe is from The Fruit Forager’s Companion by Sara…

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Where Do We Go from Here?

Cancer is a terrifying diagnosis for many people and their loved ones. While the medical community has made immense progress in treating it, there are still a lot of uncertainties. The biggest being that even after years of research, there is still no cure. Each question we answer only leads to a new one, adding…

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