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Homesteading: Highlighting Our Need For Each Other

chickens, goats, and a young farmer feeding the animals

Homesteading isn’t meant to be a solitary adventure or done in isolation. Building and living on your land takes at least one partner, if not several. That’s why homesteaders have come to rely not just on their specialized skills but on the skills of their neighbors, family, friends, and other homesteaders as well. It doesn’t…

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Farming for the Long Haul: It Takes a Village

air shot of farming village

It’s almost impossible to be a successful community without a group of caretakers behind the scenes, making sure everyone’s needs are met. For hundreds of years, women made up these “caring communities,” supporting families, making food, and bettering community life. Though the makeup of these caring communities has changed over the years, the support provided…

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The Phases of Composting

compost in a community garden

Although the stages of composting are very closely intertwined, each separate one has its own value and needs to be nurtured accordingly. The materials used go through several transformations: physical, biological, and chemical. Understanding each phase of this process is the first step in creating the best nutrients for your plants. The following is an…

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Perennial Power: Why You Need Them in Your Garden

Keeping up with a garden can be a lot of work—especially when you start planning for the upcoming season. Luckily, there’s a secret (okay, maybe not so secret) weapon you can use to take away some of your stress! Perennials are the perfect addition to any garden and the best part is you only have…

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A Farm is More Than Land: Why Farm Infrastructure is Important

Barn in a field

The basis for a good farm isn’t just about finding a piece of land with great soil. No, to truly succeed on the farm you need a well-planned and implemented infrastructure coupled with hard work, dedication, and will-power. As farming practices continue to change, it’s important for the next generation to remember that insight and…

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The Grains Glossary and a Recipe for the Perfect Pancake

Three pancakes on a griddle

Grains are a ubiquitous part of the American diet and a staple in many of our favorite recipes. Bread? Yep, grains. Pasta? Grains there, too. Pancakes? Most definitely! With such a strong presence in our daily eating habits, shouldn’t we know more about what grains actually are and why they make our favorite foods taste…

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Chelsea Green Publishing: A Year In Review

Chelsea Green 2018 Blog in Review

It’s been quite the year here at Chelsea Green! We opened our first international office in London, England, launched a brand new website, published a ton of amazing books, welcomed new Grasshoppers to the team, and so much more! Grab a cuppa, settle in, and join us as we look back on what a great…

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The 20 Rules of Slow Democracy

As millions of people head to the polls today to cast their vote, we got to thinking about the idea of democracy and how we need it now more than ever before. But what does democracy look like now and do we need to rethink it? Reconnecting with the sources of decisions that affect us,…

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Tired of Turkey? Four Ways to Spice Up Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and you know what that means. It’s turkey time! Or maybe not? If you’re looking to spice things up for this year’s holiday feast we’ve got you covered. From a delectable pork tenderloin to Spicebush Goose, these recipes are sure to delight everyone at your table. Even those passionate…

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How to End a Food Apartheid

Apartheid ended in 1994, right? Not according to Leah Penniman, a young, black farmer living in the South End of Albany, NY where a modern day apartheid is taking place. At the root of this issue? Food. Or better said, the lack of access to affordable, healthy food options in Black communities across the country…

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How to Cheat In an Argument: A Beginner’s Guide

Manners. We were all taught them from a young age, and yet, they are oft forgotten when we find ourselves in the heat of an argument about a topic we are passionate about. Before we know it, we are mere shells of ourselves, using cutthroat tactics to win our case. Unfortunately, our momentary loss of…

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Foraging Up the Perfect Fall Picnic

Sure, summer picnics are great and all but have you ever dined al fresco under the vibrant colors of fall foliage? There’s something magical about the crisp autumn air and the radiant hues of oranges and yellows and reds. It’s a picture reminiscent of a quintessential New England town. But if that’s not enough to…

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Why Economic Development Incentive Programs Don’t Work

When it comes to economic development programs, most people are quick to hang their hat on the incentive rack. It’s shiny and big and full of promise. Yet, the stark reality is almost all programs of that nature miss the mark on actually creating sustainable growth. Rather than focus efforts on wooing new companies to…

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Foraging 101: Where to find your bounty

We’ve given you descriptions. We’ve given you recipes. We’ve given you (hopefully) inspiration to explore. And now we’re giving you the information you need to begin foraging on your own: where to do it and how to be safe. So go forth, young foragers, and start gathering your bounty. The following excerpt is from Forage,…

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The Hunt for Huckleberries (Plus, a New Recipe!)

Huckleberries are a true prize for fruit foragers. Describing them as “intense, juicy,  and addictive,” Sara Bir has the lowdown on where and how to harvest these little guys. And if you’re one of the lucky ones who brings home a bountiful harvest, Bir’s recipe for Buckwheat Huckleberry Buckle is a MUST make. Trust us.…

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Community Food Forests in Action

Alright. We’ve covered the basics of what a community food forest is, how to plan one, and which approach is best. Now it’s time to see some in action! Keep reading to learn more about some of the pioneers of the food forest movement. The following excerpt is from The Community Food Forest Handbook by Catherine Bukowski…

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An Amaranth Love Affair

Our love affair with amaranth began long before the pseudo-grain became a trendy staple for gluten-free folk. The luscious leaves of this annual plant are not only packed with a plethora of health benefits – high levels of protein and calcium, aids in digestion and weight loss, and helps improve vision, to name a few!…

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The Promise of Purslane

Are you quick to grab a shovel at the mere mention of purslane for fear it will overrun your garden? If you nodded your head “yes” as you read that, might we suggest taking a second to rethink your attack? This semi-succulent annual not only boasts the highest-yet-measured levels of omega-3 fatty acids (hello, health…

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Recipe: Simple, Greek-Style Yogurt

If you’ve got cows, you likely already know the joys of making your own yogurt. It’s easy, delicious, and oh-so-rewarding! If you don’t have cows, we think this recipe will convince you that you need some. The following excerpt is from Keeping a Family Cow by Joann S. Grohman. It has been adapted for the…

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Recipe: Country Elderberry Wine

There’s really nothing better than sitting down after a long day with a glass of wine and the sun setting in the distance. Unless of course you foraged for the berries for said wine, crushed them by hand, added in some sugar, water, and citric acid, bottled it up, and waited six months before you…

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The Surprisingly Sweet Secret of Crab Apples

Sure, visiting an orchard to pick apples is fun but foraging for crab apples in your neighborhood is even better! These often overlooked pieces of fruit are the unsung heroes of the apple family for many reasons: they’re all over town, easy on the wallet, and, with a little creativity and patience, can be used…

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What is a Community Food Forest?

The recent rise of community food forests and similar projects have come at an imperative time. More than 80 percent of the US population now resides in urban areas. This number is projected to rise in the next few decades. Not only can food forests provide a local source of food they can also serve…

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In Search of Wild Yeast

Since the dawn of humanity, people have enjoyed a deep relationship with yeasts. You may not realize it, but yeast spores are present everywhere. They’re in the air we breathe; in plants, flowers, fruits, and soil; and even on our skin. And, perhaps more importantly, yeast is a key ingredient used in making alcoholic drinks. More…

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Gourmet Root Systems: Edible Mushrooms Wonders

For people who enjoy foraging for food in the wild, there are plenty of mushrooms to choose from — “ten thousand mushroom species to be considered on the North American continent alone”. But foraging for mushrooms should never be thought of as a game of chance. You need to know all the clues when it comes to identifying…

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