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Happy New Year! Some Highlights from our Spring List

Well, congratulations, readers! We made it through the Mayan apocalypse, the solstice, the holiday shopping season, holiday travel with its inevitable weather hazards, and family get-togethers, with their inevitable emotional hazards.

The warmth of spring may still seem far off, but we’re hard at work on the next round of Chelsea Green books. To inspire you to keep on trucking through the cold months, here are a few highlights from our Spring list.

It’s not often that someone stumbles into entrepreneurship and ends up reviving a community and starting a national economic-reform movement. But that’s what happened when, in 1983, Judy Wicks founded the White Dog Café on the first floor of her house on a row of Victorian brownstones in West Philadelphia.

Good Morning, Beautiful Business is BALLE founder Wicks’s memoir, tracing the roots of her career and exploring what it takes to marry social change with commerce to do business differently. Passionate, fun, and inspirational, Good Morning, Beautiful Business explores the way entrepreneurs can follow both mind and heart, do what’s right, and do well by doing good.

If you think farming with horses instead of tractors sounds merely quaint or old-fashioned — think again.

Small farmers across the country have quietly been perfecting the age-old skills of draft horse farming, and our forthcoming book The New Horse-Powered Farm shows off all they’ve done to preserve and advance this ancient and inherently sustainable skill set. Author Stephen Leslie shares tips on getting started with horses, care of the work horse, different horse-training systems, and the merits of different draft breeds.

Never before have so many Americans been more frustrated with our economic system, more fearful that it is failing, or more open to fresh ideas about a new one. The seeds of a new movement demanding change are forming.

In What Then Must We Do?, Gar Alperovitz proposes a possible next system that is not corporate capitalism, not state socialism, but something else—something entirely American. Alperovitz’s new system would democratize the ownership of wealth, strengthen communities in diverse ways, and be governed by policies and institutions sophisticated enough to manage a large-scale, powerful economy.

How could something as innocent as a glass of milk be the cause heavily-armed federal officers to raid a California farmstand? In David Gumpert’s new book, Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Food Rights, you’ll find out.

Journey with Gumpert from Maine to California through a netherworld of Amish farmers paying big fees to questionable advisers to avoid the quagmire of America’s legal system, secret food police lurking in vans at farmers markets, cultish activists preaching the benefits of pathogens, U.S. Justice Department lawyers clashing with local sheriffs, small Maine towns passing ordinances to ban regulation, and suburban moms worried enough about the dangers of supermarket food that they’ll risk fines and jail to feed their children unprocessed, and unregulated, foods of their choosing.

Ross Conrad’s book Natural Beekeeping was an instant classic when it was first published in 2007. Now, a full-color, revised and expanded second edition will introduce a new generation of small farmers and gardeners to the best in safe and organic practices for raising healthy bees.

New sections in this expanded edition include: the basics of bee biology and anatomy, urban beekeeping, identifying and working with queens, parasitic mite control, and hive diseases.

Also forthcoming this spring is a DVD of one of Conrad’s popular beekeeping workshops. Learn from the master himself, with none of the hassle of traveling to a workshop, plus the oh-so-modern ability to pause and rewind if he talks too fast. The new edition of Natural Beekeeping and the DVD will also be available as a set.


The Metabolic Approach to Cancer Release Party, Make Mead Like a Viking, Alzheimer’s Antidote

Dr. Nasha Winters and Jess Higgins Kelley enjoyed a fantastic book release party and reception at Eolus Bar and Dining and Maria’s Bookshop in Durango, Colorado this week. Here are a few photos from the event (images curtesy of PhotoDivine):   Curious? Want to know more? You can also listen to an interview with the authors […] Read More

Chelsea Green Weekly for May 19, 2017

It’s official: Lean Logic is a beautiful book. The book won the Best in Category distinction at the New England Book Show for the Professional, Non-Illustrated title. The awards recognize stand-out books for design and production. The Chelsea Green team is pretty proud of this particular title as well, and honored to receive this recognition. See the […] Read More

Chelsea Green Weekly for May 12, 2017

Books in the news this week “I tried to draw a picture of humanity thriving in the twenty-first century and — odd though it sounds — it came out looking like a doughnut. The hole in the middle is a place in which people are falling short on life’s essentials, from food and decent housing […] Read More

Chelsea Green Weekly for May 5, 2017

Ever wonder what your favorite Chelsea Green authors do between writing groundbreaking–both literally and figuratively–books? Here are the best links and resources for your weekend reading pleasure. Let’s start with The Alzheimer’s Antidote. The Alzheimer’s Antidote Amy Berger has been making the rounds on the health, wellness, and fitness circuit, explaining the theories behind her revolutionary […] Read More

Learn from Chelsea Green authors this summer at Sterling College

Each summer, the School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College in Vermont offers continuing education designed specifically for “agrarians, culinarians, entrepreneurs, and lifelong learners.” Chelsea Green is proud to partner with this program so you can learn from our expert authors in a hands-on, experiential setting at Sterling’s farm and teaching kitchen. Be sure to read […] Read More
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