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WATCH: Eliot Coleman on Organic Farming and Soil Health

Eliot Coleman, best-selling author of The New Organic Grower and The Winter Harvest Handbook, tells the story of how his adventure in organic farming began.

In the video, Coleman speaks of how his farming practices focus on the health of the soil, “Which can provide everything we need, in a low work system, by taking advantage of the synergy inherent in all the diverse pieces of the biology at our disposal.”

While Green Revolution practices still continue to produce massive quantities of commodity crops, they do so at the expense of that fragile soil biology. Organic farmers like Eliot Coleman take traditional methods like composting and interplanting to a high level of sophistication, creating healthy, delicious food, and supporting diverse soil ecology along the way.

Check out The Winter Harvest Handbook and The New Organic Grower. Both on sale through the month of June!

Watch the extended video.

COMING THIS FALL: A video workshop with Eliot Coleman. If you’ve ever wanted to take one of Coleman’s popular farming workshops, but can’t seem to make it to Maine, check out this valuable DVD. Available as a set with The Winter Harvest Handbook.


Ask the Expert: Andrew Mefferd

Before writing The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook: Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture, Andrew Mefferd spent seven years in the research department at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, traveling around the world to consult with researchers and farmers on the best practices in greenhouse growing. Andrew has graciously agreed to offer up his expertise to our […] Read More

Top 10 favorite goat facts (with gifs)

New this month from author Gianaclis Caldwell, Holistic Goat Care is the essential resource on caring for your herd. Goats have provided humankind with essential products for centuries; indeed, they bear the noble distinction of being the first domesticated farm animal. From providing milk and meat for sustenance and fiber and hides for clothing and shelter […] Read More

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 Amazon.fr. Falk’s book is a technical manual that details the strategies he and his team have developed for […] Read More

How to Make Biochar

Doing some spring cleaning around your property? By making biochar from brush and other hard-to-compost organic material, you can improve soil—it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer. This excerpt from The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3, explains how to get started. To make biochar right in your garden, start by […] Read More

Generosity as Activism, and Other Homesteading Principles to Live By

“Like everyone I know, we occasionally find ourselves faced with a decision to which there is no obvious answer,” says Ben Hewitt, coauthor of The Nourishing Homestead. “Do we borrow money to build a bigger barn, or do we keep getting by with what we have? Do we spend our meager savings on trees and […] Read More
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