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Yes, America We Can Make It … Really

Uncertainty got you down?

The political world may seem like it’s crumbling around us, but this we know: We can make it, America. Literally, we can make things. Houses. Gardens. Food. Below we’ve selected some of our classic how-to and DIY books (and some new favorites) to help you sustain your self, family, and community.

The great thing about Chelsea Green is that while we offer some politically progressive, as well as anarchistic, decentralist, policy reads—our bread and butter is showing you how to make … well … bread and butter. And cold frames. And kimchi and sauerkraut. Our authors teach you all kinds of skills that you may need on the homestead, or in your rural retreat.

In other words, while the political world continues to ebb and crumble, we’ve got each other and every book imaginable to rebuild or sustain our communities, families, and regions.

We invite you to examine your needs may be and select from these books below that offer some core re-skilling information for the home, homestead, farm, and apartment dweller. If you’re not sure about your resiliency level, check out this cool assessment test developed by Ben Falk of The Resilient Farm and Homestead.

Keep Calm and Carry a Book.


A Handmade Life

A Handmade Life

The Art of Fermentation

Art of Fermentation

Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening

Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening

The Resilient Farm and Homestead

The Resilient Farm and Homestead

The Nourishing Homestead

The Nourishing Homestead

Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning

Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning

Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

When Technology Fails

When Technology Fails

The Resilient Gardener

The Resilient Gardener

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening

Make Mead like a Viking

Make Mead like a Viking

The Independent Farmstead

The Independent Farmstead

The Natural Building Companion

The Natural Building Companion

The Art of Natural Cheesemaking

The Art of Natural Cheesemaking

The New Organic Grower

The New Organic Grower


Author Thomas Cowan: The Heart is Not a Pump

For centuries, we’ve been told that the heart is a pump. Guess what? We were misinformed, and it may have had deadly consequences. In his new book Human Heart, Cosmic Heart, Dr. Thomas Cowan offers up a daring claim: that the heart is not a pump, and our understanding of heart disease—with its origins in […] Read More

In Memory: Poet David Budbill

“One village of the many—call it Judevine.” The Chelsea Green family was saddened to hear of the death of Vermont poet, author, and friend David Budbill. He died early Sunday morning, September 25, 2016 at his home in Montpelier. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease a year ago, and was in steady decline. In […] Read More

Born on Third Base: A Q&A with Author and Inequality Activist Chuck Collins

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. Does it have to be this way? Can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? Is it really good for anyone that most of […] Read More

Gene Logsdon: Contrary Farmer & Rural Philosopher (1931-2016)

One of Chelsea Green’s most prolific writers, thinkers, and all-around curmudgeonly but lovable farmer — Gene Logsdon — died this week. We were heartbroken to hear the news, and many of us who have worked with Gene over the years  began to think of all the ways in which we were the better for not […] Read More

Dear Humans: Listen to Ben Kilham. Signed, The Bears.

When it comes to fatal human-bear encounters, too often it’s the bear who ends up on the losing end. The most recent story occurred in Thetford, Vt., where a hungry bear with slim pickings began seeking out food in town. After unsuccessful attempts to thwart the bear – known to bear rehab specialist and author […] Read More
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