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Success: Make the Intense Commitment, Plod On

November 11, 2016

How would you define “success”? To find out the answer to this question we meandered through David Fleming’s Lean Logic. A dictionary unlike any other, Lean Logic encourages readers to actively and intellectually engage with its entries. These entries are often cross-referenced so that you can delve more deeply into how various words, or concepts,…

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Author Thomas Cowan: The Heart is Not a Pump

November 2, 2016

For centuries, we’ve been told that the heart is a pump. Guess what? We were misinformed, and it may have had deadly consequences. In his new book Human Heart, Cosmic Heart, Dr. Thomas Cowan offers up a daring claim: that the heart is not a pump, and our understanding of heart disease—with its origins in…

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Bullshit. *Charisma, Icon, Intelligence, Empty Sandwich

October 14, 2016

How does the word “bullshit” connect to Charisma, Intelligence and the notion of The Empty Sandwich? To find out the answer to this question we meandered through David Fleming’s Lean Logic. A dictionary unlike any other, Lean Logic encourages readers to actively and intellectually engage with its entries. These entries are often cross-referenced so that…

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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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A Dictionary to Survive the Future

August 18, 2016

When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making—an intellectually evocative and inspiring dictionary, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. In it, Fleming examined the consequences of an economy that destroys the very foundations—ecological,…

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The Future Is Hopeless, So Give it Your All

July 19, 2016

The never-ending national election in the United States, the “surprise” pro-Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, climate change … the list goes on and on about how easy it can be to lose hope in the future. Like many of life’s frustrations, or overwhelmingly large topics, most people in our society find themselves somewhere on…

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A Meditation on Garden Weeding

July 11, 2016

In this excerpt from The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, author Carol Deppe reflects on her time spent daily in the garden and how her actions can often transcend the moment, or the task, at hand. As Carol notes, “On a good gardening day there is nothing better. On a good gardening day there is not…

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Gene Logsdon: Contrary Farmer & Rural Philosopher (1931-2016)

June 3, 2016

One of Chelsea Green’s most prolific writers, thinkers, and all-around curmudgeonly but lovable farmer — Gene Logsdon — died this week. We were heartbroken to hear the news, and many of us who have worked with Gene over the years  began to think of all the ways in which we were the better for not…

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One-Straw Revolutionary – Review in Permaculture Design Magazine

November 1, 2015

This review was originally published in Permaculture Design, Issue #98, “Decolonizing Permaculture,” Nov. 2015; www.PermacultureDesignMagazine.com A Way ForwardReview by Bryan Mets Being a pioneer is not an easy task. For Masanobu Fukuoka, being the developer of Natural Farming meant working in relative obscurity for most of his life, misunderstood by his family and government officials. Over more than…

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Use Systems Thinking to Make Lasting Social Change

October 19, 2015

What can be done when our best intentions create unintended problems—such as temporary shelters increasing homelessness or food aid accelerating starvation? After decades of helping change-makers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors address tough social problems, systems-thinking expert David Stroh shares the pioneering framework that both demystifies systems thinking and shows how it can…

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5 Common Invasive Species and How to Manage Them

August 20, 2015

Last week, we asked authors Tao Orion and Katrina Blair to share alternative approaches to managing five different plant species commonly held to be “invasive.” St. John’s Wort, Garlic Mustard, Thistle, Oxeye Daisy, and Kudzu are often dismissed as annoyances at best and the target of aggressive eradication with harmful chemicals at worst. Orion and…

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Books in the News: ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ & More!

April 16, 2015

What does Taoism have to do with gardening? That question is being answered in The Washington Post this week with a lengthy profile of Chelsea Green author Carol Deppe—gardener, plant breeder, seed expert, and geneticist based in Oregon—and her new book The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. “Once I read The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, with its…

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New Audiobook—Slowspoke: A Unicyclist's Guide to America

March 12, 2015

If you’ve ever yearned to slow down, let life’s winds wobble you, and devote yourself to the act of anticipation rather than immediacy, then learn to ride a unicycle. Or, you could follow the thoughtful and guiding principles of  author, homesteader, and unicyclist Mark Schimmoeller in his latest book Slowspoke. Now available as an audiobook,…

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The Seed Series: A DIY Seed Bank

February 5, 2015

A do-it-yourself seed bank is simply your own frozen stash of seeds set aside for long-term storage. In the following excerpt from The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, author and plant breeder Carol Deppe discusses the do’s and don’ts of saving your own seeds. Deppe believes the best seed banks are located in your own home…

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A Man Apart: Remembering Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Life

January 28, 2015

A Man Apart is the story—part family memoir and part biography—of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow’s longtime friendship with Bill Coperthwaite (A Handmade Life), whose unusual, and even radical, life and fierce ideals helped them examine and understand their own. Framed by Coperthwaite’s sudden death and brought alive through the month-long adventure of building with…

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A Taoist Approach to Gardening

January 23, 2015

Groundbreaking garden writer Carol Deppe (The Resilient Gardener, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties) offers some crucial advice to gardeners of all abilities in her  latest book, The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. Called a “vegetable gardener’s treasury” by Booklist, this book focuses on some of the most popular home garden vegetables—tomatoes, green beans, peas, and leafy greens—and…

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Chelsea Green Publishing Turns 30!

November 17, 2014

Explore a slideshow of cover images from some of our most iconic books over the past 30 years. Excerpts from these books and close to 100 others are all part of a new Chelsea Green anthology celebrating our 30th anniversary – The Chelsea Green Reader. This collection offers readers a glimpse into our wide-ranging list…

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Film Celebrates Life of Food Pioneer Joan Gussow

November 6, 2014

The New York Times has called Joan Gussow the “matriarch of the eat-locally-think-globally food movement.” Bestselling author Michael Pollan agrees, saying “Once in a while, I think I’ve had an original thought, then I look and read around and realize Joan said it first.” This month, a new, 75-minute documentary film celebrating Gussow’s pioneering work…

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Chelsea Green Celebrates 30 Years of Craft and Cutting Edge Books

October 9, 2014

We here at Chelsea Green have always had a nose for authors and books that are years ahead of the cultural curve. That knack is clearly on display in a new anthology that we’re making available to celebrate our first thirty years in publishing. More than one hundred books are represented in this collection and…

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Chelsea Green Authors Honored with National Awards

June 16, 2014

In recent weeks, several Chelsea Green authors have earned high praise from a variety of prestigious publications and organizations for their books and writing—from books about homesteading and gardening in an era of climate change to books about creating more sustainable communities and business models. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists. Award Winners Ben…

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A Conversation with Gene Logsdon

March 12, 2014

Author Gene Logsdon appears to be picking up steam as he rolls into his ninth decade. He has developed a prolific body of work as a writer, novelist, and journalist on topics ranging from a philosophical look at woodlands (A Sanctuary of Trees) to the higher calling of manure (Holy Shit), and his ever-popular contrarian look…

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Gene Logsdon: Farmer, Philosopher, Curmudgeon

February 12, 2014

Unlike most octogenarians, author Gene Logsdon is picking up steam as he rolls into his ninth decade. He has developed a prolific body of work as a writer, novelist, and journalist on topics ranging from a philosophical look at woodlands (A Sanctuary of Trees) to the higher calling of manure (Holy Shit). Who else could accomplish…

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New Arrival: Dreaming the Future!

September 4, 2012

The world is entering a period of great change. The natural environment is collapsing. Social disruption abounds. Societies across the globe are breaking down. Out of this chaos, however, comes the opportunity to avoid complete collapse and instead foster a breakthrough: to reimagine our future, our connection to each other, and to nature. A world…

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Pre-Release Special: Dreaming the Future

August 27, 2012

When Kenny Ausubel, an award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist, and filmmaker, and his wife Nina Simons started the Bioneers Conference in 1990, they gathered a diverse group of people who shared a dream about changing human society to make it more harmonious with nature. In the spirit of that same dream, Ausubel’s new book is…

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Acres U.S.A Reviews Sowing Seeds in the Desert

July 31, 2012

“Whether the masters of American agriculture will perceive the road to hell broiling in front of them and embark on a transformation remains to be seen. It is possible, even probable, that radical economies of water use will keep intensive irrigation agriculture going for a number of years in California’s Central Valley and on the…

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