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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 cabbages so big you need a wheelbarrow to cart them around. What makes us happy is not only sharing fun and inspiring pictures and information from our books but scrolling through our feed and seeing all of the incredible things our readers are growing, building, and cooking.

Here’s to another year, and to our next 4,000 followers—welcome! You can find us on Instagram here.

Books in the collage clockwise from upper left, ending in center:

Farming the Woods
Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares
The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm
Miraculous Abundance
Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening
Mycorrhizal Planet
Paradise Lot
Renewing America’s Food Traditions (out of print)
Miraculous Abundance

And, don’t forget about our Holiday Sale, which is happening now through Dec. 31. You can get 35% off most of our books (the sale does not apply to pre-orders and some select new releases). Spend $100 or more and we’ll ship your books for free.

This cake is so simple and yet so good: Medlar Cream Cake

If you’re looking for a simple cake to serve guests, try this medlar cream cake. What’s a medlar? The fruit of the medlar tree, Mespilus germanica, tastes like lightly spiced apple butter scooped soft right out of the russeted skin. The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in California has a small but significant collection of […] Read More

Grow a Year-Round Indoor Salad Garden, even in winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until Spring. As the weather gets colder and seasonal produce only means root vegetables, we begin to dream about fresh greens and colorful salads. Without a greenhouse or expensive equipment, it’s hard to imagine a reality in which […] 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 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