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Mushroom Adventures: Mushroom Composting and Recycling

June 1, 2018

In the United States, an average of 35 percent of home waste and 60 percent of business waste is suitable for use as a mushroom growing substrate. Mushrooms can be grown on toilet and paper towel rolls, egg cartons, newspapers, magazines, coffee grounds, tea bags, old cotton clothing, tissue boxes, shredded paper, cardboard boxes, and more.…

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What in the world is Silvopasture?

May 31, 2018

Have you heard of silvopasture? This system of managing grazing animals in a temperate forest ecosystem is quite common in Europe but it didn’t quite make its way over to North America with the colonists. They must not have realized the benefits of silvopasture: healthier animals, better soil, less pest control and mowing, and climate…

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9 Things to Consider When Building Your Own Greenhouse

April 30, 2018

Daydreaming of extending your growing season and building your very own year-round greenhouse? It’s easier, more affordable, and will provide you and your family with more food than you might think — thanks to one of North America’s most accomplished permaculture designers, Jerome Osentowski. In his groundbreaking book, The Forest Garden Greenhouse, Osentowski provides growers of all skill levels in-depth…

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The Ultimate Guide to Sheet Mulching

April 23, 2018

Sheet mulching is a layered mulch system that nurtures the soil. You start with a biodegradable weed barrier like cardboard, and from there build a thick, layered substrate for your garden with compost and mulch. As the materials break down, worms move in, softening the soil below, and creating a healthy, aerated planting bed where…

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Grow Mushrooms on Your Jeans. Seriously.

January 25, 2018

Thinking about getting rid of that pair of worn out jeans? Think again. You could use them to grow mushrooms. That’s right, mushrooms. Mycologist Tradd Cotter has been experimenting with mushroom cultivation for more than 20 years. Through his ongoing research he has not only discovered the best ways to successfully grow morels but also…

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New French edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead available

March 23, 2017

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…

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In Remembrance: Toby Hemenway

December 21, 2016

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Toby Hemenway, a beloved teacher, author, and permaculturalist. In October of 2015, Toby was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Despite treatment that seemed to be working, the cancer returned this fall, and eventually Toby signed up for home hospice on December 16, 2016. He died…

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

December 20, 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…

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Chelsea Green on Instagram: Our Most Popular Photos of 2016

December 13, 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…

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Get Ready, Get Resilient

December 2, 2016

Are you resilient? How about we put your answer to the test, literally. Now, we know that assessment is always an important, albeit imperfect, subjective, and incomplete tool. In order to understand one’s skill in living a resilient lifestyle, Ben Falk, author of the award-winning The Resilient Farm and Homestead, developed the following assessment tool.…

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The Seven-Point Protocol for a Lean Economy

November 28, 2016

In the future, what will our local economies look like? How will they function if there is little, to no, state or national support? The late David Fleming envisioned a post-capitalistic society that we could call “deep local” — in which all needs are met at the local level — from income to social capital…

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We are Farmily: Everyday Life on Sole Food Street Farm

October 20, 2016

Food is the medium. The message is nourishment in its most elemental and spiritual form. That’s how author Michael Ableman sees the role of Sole Food Street Farm and the food it sells to markets, restaurants, and individuals. In the following excerpt from his new book, Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the…

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The Miracle of Farming: Toward a Bio-Abundant Future

September 26, 2016

Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer’s Le Ferme du Bec Hellouin is a celebrated model of innovative, ecological agriculture in Europe, connected to national and international organizations addressing food security, heralded by celebrity chefs as well as the Slow Food movement, and featured in the inspiring César and COLCOA award-winning documentary film, Demain (Tomorrow). In this excerpt from…

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Three Principles to Survive the Future

September 20, 2016

What guiding principles will you need to not just survive the future, but imagine a better one?  Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming’s extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. That hardback consists of four hundred and four interlinked dictionary…

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A Conversation with Katrina Blair: Wild Plants Expert, Activist, Author

September 1, 2016

Katrina Blair’s The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is the first book on foraging and edible weeds to focus on 13 plants found all over the world that can help you maintain a state of optimal health with minimal cost and effort. Blair has spent months on end taking walkabouts in the wild, eating nothing but what she…

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Using Permaculture Principles to Design Resilient Cities

August 31, 2016

The Permaculture City begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience; we’re not just gardening plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures. Author Toby Hemenway (Gaia’s Garden) lays out how permaculture design can help towndwellers solve the challenges of meeting our…

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Michael Ableman's 15-Point Urban Food Manifesto

August 17, 2016

What if farms and food production were integrated into every aspect of urban living—from special assessments to create new farms and food businesses to teaching people how to grow fruits and vegetables so farmers can focus on staple crops. That’s the crux of Michael Ableman’s Urban Food Manifesto, which has been ten years in the…

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Q&A with Michael Ableman: How Urban Farming Can Improve Society

August 17, 2016

Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood. Street Farm is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and…

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How Carbon Farming Can Save the Planet

July 6, 2016

Carbon farming alone is not enough to avoid catastrophic climate change, but coupled with new economic priorities, a massive switch to clean energy, and big changes to much of the rest of the way our societies work, it offers a pathway out of destruction and a route to hope. Along the way carbon farming can…

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Gaia's Garden Around the Globe

June 28, 2016

Recently, a Turkish publisher released their edition of Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway, one of our perennial bestsellers—and one of the bestselling permaculture books of the past decade. This means that Gaia’s Garden has now been published in six languages— Italian, French, Hungarian, Latvian, Korean, and Turkish. Gaia’s Garden is in great company, as this…

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Look Under Your Feet for Global Soil-utions

June 20, 2016

For several years, Chelsea Green has been publishing books that look under our feet for solutions to some of the most vexing problems facing the planet – hunger, drought, degraded farmland and grasslands, damaged waterways, and much more. Those books focus on (mostly) one thing: Soil.  In 2016, we’ve published two more important books that…

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Thanks for Celebrating Permaculture Month!

June 10, 2016

Chelsea Green is proud to publish and distribute some of the most recognized, and award-winning, names in permaculture, and we made several of them available to our readers to answer any and all permaculture-related questions during the month of May—and you responded! You asked, the experts answered We had a slew of great questions, and…

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Tips on No-Till Farming and Cover Crops

May 23, 2016

In the below Q&A, author and permaculture designer Shawn Jadrnicek answers questions about no-till farming and the use of cover crops from two readers (one from North Carolina, and the other from Nova Scotia). In his groundbreaking book, The Bio-Integrated Farm, Jadrnicek provides in-depth information on water flow management along with projects that use the free forces of nature—gravity,…

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Reimagining Restoration as a Radical Act

May 19, 2016

Finding ways to manage “invasive” species as we’ve come to know them has sparked a vigorous debate within conservation and restoration communities, as well as farmers, gardeners, and permaculturalists. In her thought-provoking book Beyond the War on Invasive Species, author Tao Orion urges us to rethink and reimagine restoration as a way to break out…

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Miraculous Abundance: Review in Permaculture Design Magazine

May 15, 2016

A Garden Jewel Review by Peter Bane Reprinted by permission from Permaculture Design #100, May 2016 VISUALLY ENTICING and carrying all the romance of a small French country place, the story of La Ferme du Bec Hellouin in Upper Normandy captures the imagination. My partner and I passed this small book back and forth as…

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