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Chelsea Green: The Publisher of the Transition Movement

Are you living in a Transition Town? Does your community have a plan to begin the transition to a sustainable, localized future? Are you looking for resources to convince the undecideds in your area that you should? Chelsea Green has got you covered. Not only are we the publishers of the wildly popular The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins, but we’ve also just released The Transition Timeline by Shaun Chamberlin and Future Scenarios by David Holmgren—not to mention dozens of other titles that will help you and your community make the inevitable energy descent to sustainability a smooth one.Here is a list of our books that will help you and your community make your transition. Be prepared: begin building your transition library today!

We offer wholesale discounts to retailers, and non-profit/corporate/association discounts to groups ordering at least 20 books at a time. If you’d like to inquire about ordering books for your Transition Initiative, please contact your local representative.

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Featured Titles
The Transition Handbook
From oil dependency to local resilience

By Rob HopkinsThe book that launched a movement. Explains the context for Transition Town Initiatives, and how to start one in your community.$24.95 – Paperback
The Transition Timeline
For a Local Resilient Future

By Shaun ChamberlinFollows up on the Handbook with a more detailed vision of the path to energy descent.$22.95 – Paperback
Future Scenarios
How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change
By David HolmgrenHolmgren’s newly released application of scenario planning to issues facing a world confronted with peak oil and a warming climate.$12.00 – Paperback
Additional Resources
Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability

By David HolmgrenHolmgren is one of the originators of the permaculture concept, and his seminal work explores how to use the principles of permaculture as a framework for energy descent.$30.00 – Paperback
Inquiries Into The Nature of Slow Money
By Woody TaschA philosophical defense of and exploration into the importance of investing in local food systems.$21.95 – Hardcover
Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender
By Thomas GrecoA practical and inspirational manual for creating a vibrant and effective community currency system.$25.00 – Paperback
When Technology Fails
A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency

By Mat SteinAn encyclopedic reference for self-sufficiency, sustainable living, and surviving a crisis. Initiatives, and how to start one in your community.$35.00 – Paperback
The Winter Harvest Handbook
Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses

By Eliot ColemanFrom the bestselling author of The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, a revolutionary guide to year-round harvests of fresh, organic produce—with little or no energy inputs.$29.95 – Paperback
Four-Season Harvest
By Eliot ColemanTechniques for the home and market gardener for growing food year-round.$24.95 – Paperback
Gaia’s Garden
A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
By Toby HemenwayNewly expanded introduction to permaculture for the home gardener.$29.95 – Paperback
Seed To Seed
Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Growers
By Susan AshworthThe best book available on edible plant seed saving.$24.95 – Paperback
Wild Fermentation
The Flavor, Nutrition and Craft of Live-Culture Foods

By Sandor KatzCookbook and how-to for making all varieties of fermented foods at home.$25.00 – Paperback
Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning
By Terre VivanteLow-energy techniques and methods of preserving food.

$25.00 – Paperback

The Carbon-Free Home
36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit

By Stephen and Rebekah HrenProjects for all budgets that can help reduce energy use at home.

$35.00 – Paperback

Wind Energy Basics
A Guide to Home and Community Scale Wind-Energy Systems
By Paul GipeA how-to for small-scale and community wind power projects, combined with policy advice for promoting energy independence.

$29.95 – Paperback

Fresh Food From Small Spaces
The Square-Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting

By R.J. RuppenthalMethods for home-based small-scale food production.

$24.95 – Paperback

Rainwater Harvesting
for Drylands and Beyond, Volumes 1 & 2

By Brad LancasterPrinciples and methods for capturing, directing, and utilizing rainwater.

Vol. 1: $24.00 – Paperback
Vol. 2:
$32.95 – Paperback

Food Not Lawns
How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden, and Your Neighborhood into a Community

By Heather FloresInspiration from an activist gardener on applying the principles of simplicity, resourcefulness, creativity, and community to the act of building a garden and to all aspects of life.

$25.00 – Paperback

The Uses of Wild Plants
Using and Growing the Wild Plants of the United States and Canada
By Frank TozerA detailed reference to the useful plants of North America: how they were used in the past, and can be used today.

$24.95 -Paperback

The New Solar Electric Home, 3rd Ed.
The Complete Guide to Photovoltaics for Your Home

By Joel Davidson and Fran OrnerA complete, concise, and reality-based education in solar electricity for your home.

$39.95 – Paperback

High Noon For Natural Gas
By Julian DarleyExplores the implications of the peak and decline of not only oil but also natural gas.

$18.00 – Paperback

The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook
Community Solutions to a Global Crisis
By Greg PahlShort case studies of successful community-scale renewable projects around the world.

$21.95 – Paperback

Natural Home Heating
The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options

By Greg PahlExamines a wide range of alternatives to heating with gas and coal.

$30.00 – Paperback

How to Grow $500,000 on One Acre and Peace on Earth
By Anna EdeyA hopeful testimony to the potential of living sustainably, with practical approaches to growing food, greenhouse design and handling waste water.

$35.00 – Paperback

Low Carbon Diet
A 30-Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds
By David GershonWorkbook designed for groups of people wanting to support each other in reducing their carbon footprint.

$12.95 – Paperback

Coming Soon!
The End of Money and The Future of Civilization
Available April 30, 2009
By Thomas GrecoReviews the history of banking and currency and proposes a plan to democratize the economy and restore the “credit commons.”

$19.95 – Paperback

New French edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead available

Great news for French-speaking fans of Ben Falk’s The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. The French language translation is now available from Imagine Un Colibri, from French booksellers, and on Falk’s book is a technical manual that details the strategies he and his team have developed for […] Read More

Prepare! Keep a Grab-n-Go Survival Kit Handy

Are you prepared in the event of a sudden emergency? Blizzard, earthquake, insurrection after the inauguration? We know a lot of people are wondering what’s coming next in the US, as well as the world, given terrorism, politics, and global warming, among other threats. In this excerpt from When Technology Fails, a popular book on […] Read More

A Bloggin’ We Shall Go: Your Favorite Blog Posts from 2016

Ah, 2016 – where did the time fly? It seems like only earlier this year we were excited about designing swales and getting to know more about no-till farming, and we ended up focusing on the heart, ketogenic diets and seeking a bio-abundant future. While the top 7 blog posts of the year don’t exactly […] Read More

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. […] Read More

Chelsea Green on Instagram: Our Most Popular Photos of 2016

What a year for Chelsea Green on Instagram! We began the year with 500 followers and are now fast approaching 4,000 photo-loving brewers, gardeners, cheesemakers, permaculturists, foodies, seed-savers, homesteaders, foragers, and more. Our most popular posts of 2016 say a lot about what makes you happy: mushrooms, innovative garden designs and techniques, tiny cabins, and […] Read More