Leah Webb with kids in garden

When Crisis Compels Transformation

As the rate of chronic illness skyrockets, more and more parents are faced with the sobering reality of restrictive diets. And because everyone is busy, many families come to rely on store-bought “healthy” products to make life simpler, but many of these are loaded with sugar and hidden toxins. When faced with her own family…

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The breeding program at the Lockwood, Connecticut, Agricultural Experi- ment Station run by Dr. Sandra Anagnostakis. This program includes species from all over the world and extends through many di erent plant- ings. This particular planting is a mix of American chestnut and Ozark chinquapin and also includes genetics of Japanese and Henry chestnut.

The Epic Saga of the American Chestnut

The American chestnut may well be the greatest and most useful forest tree to ever grow on this Earth. Its decline is considered by many ecologists to be one of the greatest ecological disasters to strike the US since European contact. But how did  it happen? And are we on track to bring back this…

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A vast look at land, mountains, and nature with a tree in the corner.

Inheriting the Earth

“[Call of the Reed Warbler is] the single most important book on agriculture today.—Paul Hawken Charles Massy is a visionary Australian farmer and the author of Call of the Reed Warbler. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his service as chair and director of a number of research organizations and statutory wool boards.…

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Leah Penniman ( left ) and Amani Olugbala ( right ) tend the beans during konbit at Soul Fire Farm

Learning the Power of African Farming Traditions

Far before the release of her book Farming While Black, Leah Penniman had been helping countless Black and Brown farmers reclaim their right to the land. For years, Leah has been educating, inspiring, and working alongside so many individuals to make sure they truly understand the customs and traditions of their ancestors and help them become…

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A child holding a wooden spoon over a cast iron pan on the stove.

How to Get Your Kids in the Kitchen

If you’re following a strict diet for health reasons, have picky eaters, or are simply looking for tips on how to get your kids involved in the cooking process, you’re going to want to settle in and read this. According to Leah Webb, author of The Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Cookbook, and the mother of two children…

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Quaking aspen grove in upstate New York. Notice the thick under- growth of shrubs as well as the snags with woodpecker holes.

Trees of Power: Poplar – The Homemaker

Poplars are some of the fastest-growing trees in the world. They can tolerate the worst conditions and are heavily favored by wildlife. In places where land has been degraded or is falling apart, the poplars can rebuild. They produce tremendous amounts of biomass, feed unbelievable numbers of insects, birds, and mammals, and suck tons of…

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Gulls, Humans, and the Environment

Nowadays gulls are trash birds, the subnatural inhabitants of drosscapes. Their coming among us has lowered their sea-bird status. Today they are seen as déclassé and mongrelizing in their habits. Some have also been demoted from whatever former taxonomic security they had. All have become in-between birds in an in-between world. By moving towards us,…

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Man sowing seeds in dirt

The Seed Series: Become A Plant Breeder

In this one-size-fits-all world of multinational seed companies, plant patents, and biotech monopolies, more and more gardeners and farmers are recognizing that they need to “take back their seeds.” They need to save more of their own seed, grow and maintain the best traditional and regional varieties, and develop more of their own unique new…

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A bowl of sugar and a diabetes tester

Sugar, Fructose, and Fructophobia

We’ve always known that if you sit around all day eating candy, you will get fat. Conversely,  cutting down on sugar, which is a carbohydrate, will contribute to weight loss and other benefits of a low-carbohydrate diet. However, the extent to which sugar, that is, sucrose, or its component fructose, contributes to obesity and other…

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A bowl of egg soup

How to Approach the GAPS Diet

Most of us are not mindful of the importance of gut health, or just how far we in the modern world have been distanced from it. Many of us were not breastfed; we received countless simultaneous vaccinations as children and were overprescribed antibiotics and medications from the start. Any one of these phenomena could contribute…

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