Since the start of the “Green Revolution,” agriculture has become more and more industrialized, the scale has gone from backyard plots behind every house to fields of commodity corn and soy so vast they stretch to every horizon. This isn’t sustainable, but it’s also not any fun. Farms that large are run like machines, not […]Read More..
One sunny day in August 2001, armed federal agents stormed the farmstand at Rawesome Foods in Venice Beach, California. The proprieter of the shop, James Stewart, was charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, and ended up spending four months in jail (you can follow the twists and turns of the bizarre and emotional story […]Read More..
As Sandor Katz puts it, “Humans did not invent or create fermentation. It would be more accurate to state that fermentation created us.” A perfect example of the truth of this simple notion can be found by looking at our ancient relationship to cheese. Paul Kindstedt’s groundbreaking book, Cheese and Culture traces the nearly 9,000 […]Read More..
Eric Toensmeier is well known in permaculture circles for his book Perennial Vegetables, and the encyclopedic, two-volume set Edible Forest Gardens he coauthored with Dave Jacke. Toensmeier’s new book, Paradise Lot, tells the story behind the tiny, barren lot that he and his friend Jonathan Bates transformed into a lush, perennial garden. As Toensmeier wonders […]Read More..
From Golden, Colorado to Washington, D.C., the story of a small forest in New Jersey is finding admirers.Sourlands, distributed on DVD by Chelsea Green Publishing and Hundred Year Films, hits the road in 2013 as an official selection of the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, and the Princeton […]Read More..