with a forward by Severine! Pre-order HERE.
View The Boston Tree Party Handbook (pdf)
During the course of the Boston Tree Party’s work we’ve gathered an extensive amount of information about heirloom apple trees and civic fruit. At its heart, this project is about sharing, so we very much want to provide this information to everyone, whether or not you are part of the official project.
So we present to you the Boston Tree Party Handbook, which contains a wealth of information about planting and caring for heirloom apple trees; ideas and suggestions for community activities, discussions, and events; and lots of educational articles.
This is an essential tool for all our Tree Planting Delegations, but it’s also a very useful resource for anyone planting heirloom apples trees at home, or groups working with fruit trees in a community setting.
Please enjoy this wonderful resource, and feel free to share widely.
A well-worn favorite on our bookshelf, Keeping A Family Cow, is out again in a revised and updated edition! Joann S. Grohman wrote the book back in the early 1970s, but it is just as relevant to greenhorns of today.
Check it out at Chelsea Green.
The cow is the most productive, efficient creature on earth. She gives you fresh milk, cream, butter, and cheese, and promotes human health and happiness. She helps the homesteaders and small farmers who offer her bounty up to the community with a chance at turning a profit. She provides rich manure for your garden or land, and enriches the quality of your life as you benefit from the resources of the natural world.
Originally published in the early 1970s as The Cow Economy and reprinted many times since, Keeping a Family Cow is the book that launched thousands of holistic small-scale dairy farmers and families raising healthy cows in accordance with their true nature.
This Chelsea Green edition of a nearly forty-year-old classic has been revised and updated to incorporate new information on the raw milk debate, the conversation about A1 vs. A2 milk, totally grassfed dairies, practical advice for everyday chores, updated procedures for cow emergencies, and more.
How can we, the grassroots, work with the power of living systems to truly heal and transform toxic and damaged landscapes into thriving, healthy, and fertile places once more? How can we respond to environmental disasters in accessible and community empowering ways?
Earth Repair explores a host of powerful grassroots bioremediation techniques to assist with the recovery of the lands that nourish us, and to support the work many of us do everyday to grow healthy food and medicine amidst the polluted and damaged soils of our backyard gardens, community commons, and wild lands.
Food-based businesses can solve our social and environmental problems — yet the majority of food entrepreneurs say lack of access to capital prevents them from launching or growing their ventures.
Raising Dough: The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business is an unprecedented guide to the financing options available to support sustainable food businesses. I was frustrated that no good resource existed that outlined the capital options available for food businesses — including pros, cons, criteria, and sources — and so I decided to write the book myself! Chelsea Green published it in June of 2013, and it is now available through a variety of channels.
In simple terms, Raising Dough provides valuable insights into the world of finance, including descriptions of the various capital options available (including traditional debt and equity, government grant and loan programs, cutting-edge social finance options such as crowdfunding, and community-based alternatives); guidelines for choosing which capital options are the most appropriate given the size, stage, entity type, growth plans, mission, and values of an enterprise; testimonials highlighting the experiences of food system entrepreneurs who have been there before (including both success stories and cautionary tales); and referrals to sources of capital, financiers, investor networks, and other financial resources. Continue Reading →
From his website:
With climatic uncertainty now “the new normal,” many farmers, gardeners, and orchardists in North America are desperately seeking ways to adapt how they grow food in the face of climate change. The solutions may be at our back door.
In Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land, Nabhan, one of the world’s experts on the agricultural traditions of arid lands, draws from the knowledge of traditional farmers in the Gobi Desert, the Arabian Peninsula, the Sahara Desert, and Andalusia, as well as the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Painted deserts of North America to offer time-tried strategies, including:
- Building greater moisture-holding capacity and nutrients in soils;
- Protecting fields from damaging winds, drought, and floods;
- Reducing heat stress on crops and livestock;
- Harvesting water from uplands to use in rain gardens and terraces filled with perennial crops;
- Selecting fruits, nuts, succulents, and herbaceous perennials that are best suited to warmer, drier climates; and,
- Keeping pollinators in pace and in place with arid-adapted crop plants.
“Emulating and refining these adaptations may help us secure food in the face of climate change,” writes Nabhan. Continue Reading →
We spend the hour with Michael Pollan, one of the country’s leading writers and thinkers on food and food policy. Pollan has written several best-selling books about food, including “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” and “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.” In his latest book, “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation,” Pollan argues that taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make our food system healthier and more sustainable. Continue Reading →
From Nautilus: Amidst the turmoil and turbulence in our world today, people everywhere are beginning to hope for and imagine a world that works for everyone – a world, as it could be, with abundant possibilities for rethinking how we live. It is with great dedication and commitment to this vision that we continue to present a collection of Better Books for a Better World. We are so proud to include your 2013 Award winning book in this body of knowledge.
Here’s a sneak peak at an exciting new book, Regenerative Enterprise: Optimizing for Multi-Capital Abundance, by our friend Ethan Roland. Download the excerpt
In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth— to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture. Both realms are transformed by cooking, and so, in the process, is the cook. Each section of Cooked tracks Pollan’s effort to master a single classic recipe using one of the four elements. A North Carolina barbecue pit master tutors him in the primal magic of fire; a Chez Panisse–trained cook schools him in the art of braising; a celebrated baker teaches him how air transforms grain and water into a fragrant loaf of bread; and finally, several mad-genius “fermentos” (a tribe that includes brewers, cheese makers, and all kinds of picklers) reveal how fungi and bacteria can perform the most amazing alchemies of all. The reader learns alongside Pollan, but the lessons move beyond the practical to become an investigation of how cooking involves us in a web of social and ecological relationships: with plants and animals, the soil, farmers, our history and culture, and, of course, the people our cooking nourishes and delights. Cooking, above all, connects us.
The effects of not cooking are similarly far reaching. Relying upon corporations to process our food means we consume large quantities of fat, sugar, and salt; disrupt an essential link to the natural world; and weaken our relationships with family and friends. In fact, Cooked argues, taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make the American food system healthier and more sustainable. Reclaiming cooking as an act of enjoyment and self-reliance, learning to perform the magic of these everyday transformations, opens the door to a more nourishing life.
There’s also an MP3 file you can download with an excerpt from the audio book. Check it out at by clicking here.
Around the turn of the century, the Salvation Army founded three intentional communities in Colorado, Ohio, and California in an effort to relieve urban poverty that followed in the wake of rapid industrialization. Conceived by founder William Booth, the project was organized by his son-in-law Frederick Booth-Tucker, commander of the Salvation Army in the United States. Clark Spence’s account of this back-to-the-land experiment is at once agricultural, social, religious, and even political history enacted on both sides of the Atlantic: in the irrigated beet and alfalfa fields where small farmers fought hoppers, drought, or saline soil in an effort to wrest a living from their twenty acres; at the fund-raising meetings where the Booth-Tuckers garnered both applause and dollars from business leaders; and in the halls of Congress and Parliament where Army supporters argued in vain for government subsidies.
The End of the World
In pages that crackle with the lightning of an electric storm, the Reverend Billy, messianic leader of the Church of Stop Shopping, thunders from his pulpit, sounding the tocsin on the toxins that are poisoning our planet.
The Mayan calendar points to the final apocalypse descending on us in December 2012. Evangelicals have been raising hell about the coming Rapture since the death of their Christ.
But the good Reverend’s eschatology is less scriptural. Rather it is rooted in the environmental disasters that rampant capitalism and couldn’t-care-less governments are visiting on our world.
As the fish and forests perish, our future here on earth looks bleaker than ever. But, our Reverend insists in a sequence of surreally imagined sermons, we cannot be passive congregants in the face of our own demise.
Rather, with soaring parables from protests as far apart as the bank lobbies of Barcelona and the underground police cells of New York City, our preacher raises a resounding “Earthallujah!”, turning back the devils of debt and destruction, rallying those of radical faith to save themselves and save us all.
Find events and book readings on his website.
Get Your Pitchfork On!: The Real Dirt on Country Living. It’s a no-romance guide to moving from an urban place to a rural one, and covers all the usual things–land, buildings, livestock–but also talks about the social piece of moving to the country, which for me was the hardest thing. More info here: http://getyourpitchforkon.com/Pitchfork/Home.html