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February 2014

The Seed Series: Choosing The Right Seed Crop

The following is adapted from John Navazio’s award-winning book, The Organic Seed Grower. In this short excerpt, the author provides some key questions you should be asking to determine if a crop will grow where you live. For more information on seed saving, check out the previous articles in our “Seed Series” — an excerpt […]

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The Seed Series: Become A Plant Breeder

The following is an excerpt from Carol Deppe’s book Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties, and provides an introduction for gardeners interested in learning how to breed their own plants and save seeds. Deppe also sells her own seeds, which you can buy direct from her at For more information on seed saving, check out […]

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The Seed Series: Seed Saving Basics

The following is an excerpt from Janisse Ray’s award-winning book about seeds and seed saving, The Seed Underground. If you’ve ever thought saving your own seeds was too much to tackle, let Janisse provide some encouragement and inspiration. For more information on seed saving, check out the next two articles in our “Seed Series.” Up […]

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Living the Simple Life: William Coperthwaite

Late last year architect, maker, visionary, homesteader, and Chelsea Green author William Coperthwaite died in a car accident just miles from his Machiasport home in Maine. The entire Chelsea Green family was saddened by his death, and perhaps none moreso than Peter Forbes who had been inspired by Coperthwaite’s work and contributed the foreword and […]

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Slow Democracy: Online Book Club

Join co-author Susan Clark for a free online book club! Ask her your questions, and discover ways to improve the decision-making initiatives in your own community. Wednesday, March 5th, 2pm (EST) It’s free and open to all! RSVP here »» To purchase your own copy of Slow Democracy, get 35% off using the discount code READCG. What […]

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Does it Pay to Keep a Cow?

Originally published as The Cow Economy in the 1970s, Keeping a Family Cow is the revised and updated Chelsea Green edition of Joann Grohman’s classic homesteader guide to owning a family cow. In this adapted article below, Grohman – who, at 85, still milks her cow daily – walks newcomers through the economics, and the […]

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Gene Logsdon: Farmer, Philosopher, Curmudgeon

Unlike most octogenarians, author Gene Logsdon is picking up steam as he rolls into his ninth decade. He has developed a prolific body of work as a writer, novelist, and journalist on topics ranging from a philosophical look at woodlands (A Sanctuary of Trees) to the higher calling of manure (Holy Shit). Who else could accomplish […]

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Author Honored for Social and Food Justice

Chelsea Green author Elizabeth Henderson was honored with a “Justie” at the annual EcoFarm conference for her lifetime of work promoting social and food justice.

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