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The Chelsea Green Reader: Selections from 30 Years of Independent Publishing, 1984-2014

by Ben Watson & Ian Baldwin Chelsea Green Publishing (November 20, 2014)

Chelsea Green, the Vermont-based independent publisher, has always had a nose for authors and subjects that are way ahead of the cultural curve, as is evident in this new anthology celebrating the company's...


An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir

by Deirdre Heekin & Alice Feiring Chelsea Green Publishing (October 29, 2014)

Named one of the Best Wine Books of 2014 by The New York Times, An Unlikely Vineyard tells the evolutionary story of Deirdre Heekin's farm from overgrown fields to a fertile, productive, and beautiful landscape...


Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production

by Nicolette Hahn Niman Chelsea Green Publishing (October 30, 2014)

For decades it has been nearly universal dogma among environmentalists and health advocates that cattle and beef are public enemy number one.

But is the matter really so clear cut? Hardly, argues environmental...


Angels by the River: A Memoir

by James Gustave Speth Chelsea Green Publishing (October 21, 2014)

Reflections on race, environment, politics, and living on the front lines of change

In Angels by the River, James Gustave "Gus" Speth recounts his unlikely path from a southern boyhood through his years as one...


The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival

by Katrina Blair & Sandor Ellix Katz Chelsea Green Publishing (October 07, 2014)

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is the only book on foraging and edible weeds to focus on the thirteen weeds found all over the world, each of which represents a complete food source and extensive medical pharmacy...


The Heal Your Gut Cookbook: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS Diet

by Mary Brackett, Hilary Boynton & Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D. Chelsea Green Publishing (September 09, 2014)

With more than two hundred straightforward, nutrient-dense, and appealing recipes, The Heal Your Gut Cookbook was created by GAPS Diet experts Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett to help heal your gut and...


In the Company of Bears: What Black Bears Have Taught Me about Intelligence and Intuition

by Benjamin Kilham & Temple Grandin Chelsea Green Publishing (August 14, 2014)

In In the Company of Bears, originally published in hardcover as Out on a Limb, Ben Kilham invites us into the world he has come to know best: the world of black bears.

For decades, Kilham has studied wild black...


Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey Through Carbon Country

by Courtney White & Michael Pollan Chelsea Green Publishing (May 13, 2014)

This book tackles an increasingly crucial question: What can we do about the seemingly intractable challenges confronting all of humanity today, including climate change, global hunger, water scarcity, environmental...


Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet

by Ugo Bardi & Jorgen Randers Chelsea Green Publishing (April 09, 2014)

As we dig, drill, and excavate to unearth the planet's mineral bounty, the resources we exploit from ores, veins, seams, and wells are gradually becoming exhausted. Mineral treasures that took millions, or even...


Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution

by Doug Fine Chelsea Green Publishing (March 12, 2014)

The stat sheet on hemp sounds almost too good to be true: its fibers are among the planet's strongest, its seed oil the most nutritious, and its potential as an energy source vast and untapped. Its one downside?...


The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling

by Daniel D. Chiras Chelsea Green Publishing (October 01, 2002)

Passive solar heating and passive cooling—approaches known as natural conditioning—provide comfort throughout the year by reducing, or eliminating, the need for fossil fuel. Yet while heat from sunlight...


The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time

by Paul Connett & Jeremy Irons Chelsea Green Publishing (October 09, 2013)

Waste is something we all make every day but often pay little attention to.  That's changing, and model programs around the globe show the many different ways a community can strive for, and achieve, zero-waste...


Flying Blind: One Man's Adventures Battling Buckthorn, Making Peace with Authority, and Creating a Home for Endangered Bats

by Don Mitchell Chelsea Green Publishing (September 27, 2013)

When Middlebury writing professor Don Mitchell was approached by a biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department about tracking endangered Indiana bats on his 150-acre farm in Vermont's picturesque...


Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? 2nd Edition

by Steve Fox, Paul Armentano & Mason Tvert Chelsea Green Publishing (September 01, 2013)

In 2012, voters in Colorado shocked the political establishment by making the use of marijuana legal for anyone in the state twenty-one years of age or older. In the wake of that unprecedented victory, nationally...


Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local-Economy Pioneer

by Judy Wicks Chelsea Green Publishing (March 07, 2013)

It's not often that someone stumbles into entrepreneurship and ends up reviving a community and starting a national economic-reform movement. But that's what happened when, in 1983, Judy Wicks founded the White...


What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution

by Gar Alperovitz Chelsea Green Publishing (May 01, 2013)

Never before have so many Americans been more frustrated with our economic system, more fearful that it is failing, or more open to fresh ideas about a new one. The seeds of a new movement demanding change are...


The Grafter's Handbook, 6th Edition

by R.J. Garner & Steve Bradley Chelsea Green Publishing (March 04, 2013)

R.J. Garner's The Grafter's Handbook is the classic reference book and revered encyclopedia (and the only one of its kind) on plant propagation by grafting, and has been favored by orchardists and gardeners...


Keeping a Family Cow: The Complete Guide for Home-Scale, Holistic Dairy Producers, 3rd Edition

by Joann S. Grohman Chelsea Green Publishing (September 30, 2013)

The cow is the most productive, efficient creature on earth. She will give you fresh milk, cream, butter, and cheese, build human health and happiness, and even turn a profit for homesteaders and small farmers...


Market Farming Success: The Business of Growing and Selling Local Food, 2nd Editon

by Lynn Byczynski Chelsea Green Publishing (September 17, 2013)

An insider's guide to market gardening and farming for those in the business of growing and selling food, flowers, herbs, or plants.

Market Farming Success identifies the key areas that usually trip up beginners-and...


Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health

by Les Crowder & Heather Harrell Chelsea Green Publishing (November 27, 2012)

In recent years beekeepers have had to face tremendous challenges, from pests such as varroa and tracheal mites and from the mysterious but even more devastating phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder...


Dreaming the Future: Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature

by Kenny Ausubel & David W. Orr Chelsea Green Publishing (August 28, 2012)

Few would deny that we are entering a period of great change. Our environment is collapsing. Social disruption abounds. All around, it seems, we are experiencing breakdown. But out of this chaos comes the opportunity...


The New Cider Maker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Craft Producers

by Claude Jolicoeur Chelsea Green Publishing (September 11, 2013)

All around the world, the public's taste for fermented cider has been growing more rapidly than at any time in the past 150 years. And with the growing interest in locally grown and artisanal foods, many new...


The Organic Seed Grower: A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production

by John Navazio Chelsea Green Publishing (December 17, 2012)

The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both serious home seed savers...


The Greened House Effect: Renovating Your Home with a Deep Energy Retrofit

by Jeff Wilson Chelsea Green Publishing (May 24, 2013)

With greater public awareness of the need for energy independence, the issue of how we can make our existing homes more resource efficient is becoming ever more critical. Residential buildings make up a large...


Lynn Margulis: The Life and Legacy of a Scientific Rebel

by Dorion Sagan Chelsea Green Publishing (October 19, 2012)

Tireless, controversial, and hugely inspirational to those who knew her or encountered her work, Lynn Margulis was a scientist whose intellectual energy and interests knew no bounds. Best known for her work...


Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land: Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty

by Gary Paul Nabhan & Bill McKibben Chelsea Green Publishing (June 14, 2013)

How to harvest water and nutrients, select drought-tolerant plants, and create natural diversity

Because climatic uncertainty has now become "the new normal," many farmers, gardeners and orchard-keepers in North...


The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach

by Ben Falk Chelsea Green Publishing (May 23, 2013)

The Resilient Farm and Homestead is a manual for developing durable, beautiful, and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition.

Ben Falk is a land designer and site developer...


Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business

by Rebecca Thistlethwaite & Richard Wiswall Chelsea Green Publishing (January 10, 2013)

What makes a farm sustainable and successful? And what special qualities and skills are needed for someone to become a successful farmer?

Rebecca Thistlethwaite addresses these and other crucial questions in...


Nuclear Roulette: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth

by Gar Smith, Jerry Mander & Ernest Callenbach Chelsea Green Publishing (October 25, 2012)

Nuclear power is not clean, cheap, or safe. With Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, the nuclear industry's record of catastrophic failures now averages one major disaster every decade. After three...


Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

by Judith Schwartz & Gretel Ehrlich Chelsea Green Publishing (May 20, 2013)

In Cows Save the Planet, journalist Judith D. Schwartz looks at soil as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises. Schwartz reveals that for many of these problems-climate...


Raising Dough: The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business

by Elizabeth Ü & Michael Shuman Chelsea Green Publishing (June 13, 2013)

More and more entrepreneurs are using food-based businesses to solve social and environmental problems - and yet the majority of them report that a lack of access to capital prevents them from launching, maintaining,...


Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems

by Philip Ackerman-Leist & Deborah Madison Chelsea Green Publishing (March 01, 2013)

Droves of people have turned to local food as a way to retreat from our broken industrial food system. From rural outposts to city streets, they are sowing, growing, selling, and eating food produced close to...


Taste, Memory: Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter

by David Buchanan & Gary Paul Nabhan Chelsea Green Publishing (October 25, 2012)

Taste, Memory traces the experiences of modern-day explorers who rediscover culturally rich forgotten foods and return them to our tables for all to experience and savor.

In Taste, Memory author David Buchanan...


Sowing Seeds in the Desert: Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Ultimate Food Security

by Masanobu Fukuoka & Larry Korn Chelsea Green Publishing (May 28, 2012)

The earth is in great peril, due to the corporatization of agriculture, the rising climate crisis, and the ever-increasing levels of global poverty, starvation, and desertification on a massive scale. This present...


The New Horse-Powered Farm: Tools and Systems for the Small-Scale, Sustainable Market Grower

by Stephen Leslie & Lynn Miller Chelsea Green Publishing (March 05, 2013)

In an era when fuel is a primary concern, draft horses are seen by many as the solution to small-scale, resilient farming with a closed-loop system. Horses bring farmers back to the roots of what it means to...


Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home

by Susan Clark & Woden Teachout Chelsea Green Publishing (October 10, 2012)

Reconnecting with the sources of decisions that affect us, and with the processes of democracy itself, is at the heart of 21st-century sustainable communities.

Slow Democracy chronicles the ways in which ordinary...


2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years

by Jorgen Randers Chelsea Green Publishing (June 13, 2012)

Forty years ago, The Limits to Growth study addressed the grand question of how humans would adapt to the physical limitations of planet Earth. It predicted that during the first half of the 21st century the...


Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects

by Greg Pahl & Van Jones Chelsea Green Publishing (August 13, 2012)

Over 90 percent of US power generation comes from large, centralized, highly polluting, nonrenewable sources of energy. It is delivered through long, brittle transmission lines, and then is squandered through...


Occupy World Street: A Global Roadmap for Radical Economic and Political Reform

by Ross Jackson & Hazel Henderson Chelsea Green Publishing (January 31, 2012)

Ordinary citizens the world over have long paid the price for the swashbuckling behavior of the corporate and political elite. We've seen the reigning establishment widen the gap between rich and poor, champion...


The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way

by Michael Phillips Chelsea Green Publishing (January 10, 2012)

Many people want to grow fruit on a small scale but lack the insight to be successful orchardists. Growing tree fruits and berries is something virtually anyone with space and passionate desire can do - given...


Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and its Place in Western Civilization

by Paul Kindstedt Chelsea Green Publishing (April 01, 2012)

Behind every traditional type of cheese there is a fascinating story. By examining the role of the cheesemaker throughout world history and by understanding a few basic principles of cheese science and technology,...


Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City

by Eric Toensmeier & Jonathan Bates Chelsea Green Publishing (February 08, 2013)

When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt,...


Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights: The Escalating Battle Over Who Decides What We Eat

by David E. Gumpert Chelsea Green Publishing (June 05, 2013)

Do Americans have the right to privately obtain the foods of our choice from farmers, neighbors, and local producers, in the same way our grandparents and great grandparents used to do?

Yes, say a growing number...


Diary of an Eco-Outlaw: An Unreasonable Woman Breaks the Law for Mother Earth

by Diane Wilson & Derrick Jensen Chelsea Green Publishing (April 07, 2011)

Diane Wilson is an activist, shrimper, and all around hell-raiser whose first book, An Unreasonable Woman, told of her battle to save her bay in Seadrift, Texas. Back then, she was an accidental activist who...


Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite

by Bruce E. Levine Chelsea Green Publishing (April 11, 2011)

Polls show that the majority of Americans oppose recent US wars and Wall Street bailouts, yet most remain passive and appear resigned to powerlessness. In Get Up, Stand Up, Bruce Levine offers an original and...


Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots along the Pepper Trail

by Gary Paul Nabhan, Kraig Kraft & Kurt Michael Friese Chelsea Green Publishing (March 16, 2011)

Chasing Chiles looks at both the future of place-based foods and the effects of climate change on agriculture through the lens of the chile pepper-from the farmers who cultivate this iconic crop to the cuisines...


Alone and Invisible No More: How Grassroots Community Action and 21st Century Technologies Can Empower Elders to Stay in Their Homes and Lead Healthie

by Allan S. Teel Chelsea Green Publishing (July 13, 2011)

In Alone and Invisible No More, physician Allan S. Teel, MD, describes how to overhaul our eldercare system. Based on his own efforts to create humane, affordable alternatives in Maine, Teel's program harnesses...


The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers

by Harvey Ussery & Joel Salatin Chelsea Green Publishing (October 07, 2011)

The most comprehensive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry for the small-scale farmer, homesteader, and professional grower. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock offers a practical and integrative model for...


The Organic Grain Grower: Small-Scale, Holistic Grain Production for the Home and Market Producer

by Jack Lazor Chelsea Green Publishing (August 13, 2013)

The ultimate guide to growing organic grains on a small and ecological scale, The Organic Grain Grower is invaluable for both home-scale and commercial producers interested in expanding their resiliency and...


Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, 2nd Edition

by Ross Conrad & Gary Paul Nabhan Chelsea Green Publishing (March 08, 2013)

Today's beekeepers face unprecedented challenges, a fact that is now front-page news with the spread of "colony collapse disorder." Newly introduced pests like varroa and tracheal mites have made chemical treatment...