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We have news from one of our authors, who recently had a national radio gig on NPR. In his recent newsletter, Sandor Ellix Katz talks about his experience, and what he’s up to these days. From Sandor: Greetings from steamy sweaty Tennessee. It is as dry as I’ve ever seen it here, and more than warm enough to make tempeh and koji without contriving conditions for incubation. Between teaching gigs I’ve been helping care for an ill friend, and tending the goats and the gardens. The teaching I do brings me into contact with many inspirational people and places. No places bring me more pleasure or hope than bountiful farms and gardens. Farmers are my heroes, and we need more of them. If you are not a farmer, at least be an ally to farmers and get to know some and visit their farms and spend some of your money directly with them for the food they produce. Without farmers, there is no food. I was invited recently to talk about underground food movements on National Public Radio’s Science Friday. The appearance was especially exciting for me because my fellow guests, for a wide-ranging discussion of agricultural policy and grassroots food movements, were Michael Pollan and Marion Nestle, two authors whose work I greatly admire. It was my first encounter with both, and they both had positive things to say about my book The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved. Nestle reported that she was assigning it to her students, and Pollan said, “There is a growing underground food movement that Sandor documents really beautifully in his book.” You can listen to a podcast of the Science Friday show by clicking on this link The coming months will bring me to Georgia, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Virginia, D.C., Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and California. Yowza! Come check out one of my workshops. And please pass on the details to others in these places who might be interested, or post on relevant listserves. Eat well, share food, ferment! Sandor To find out about upcoming Fermentation Workshops & Other Presentations by Sandor Ellix Katz go to his website


The New Farmers’ Almanac: A Collection of Essays for Beginners

What agrarian future can we realistically build together? This is a question the Greenhorns hope to answer in their latest book, The New Farmers’ Almanac 2015. Greenhorns is an organization for young farmers—a non-traditional grassroots network with the mission to promote, recruit and support the entering generation of new farmers. It exists to celebrate young […] Read More..

How to Achieve Resiliency Through Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening

In today’s world the marketplace distorts our values and our dependence on petroleum keeps us from creating truly sustainable agriculture. So, how can we achieve true wealth and at the same time make society around us more resilient? The answer, Will Bonsall believes, is greater self-reliance in both how we grow our own food, and […] Read More..

Bramble On: The Ins and Outs of Growing Raspberries

Fresh, ripe raspberries picked straight from the garden in the morning. What could be a better start to your day? According to Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard, growing your own berries is entirely possible for anyone with a bit of space and a passion for the fruit. Brambles grow from the north to […] Read More..

Turning Meat into Money: How to Raise and Sell it Ethically

The consumer demand for grassfed, pasture-raised, and antibiotic-free meats is on the rise, putting farmers and ranchers in a unique position to make a decent living on meat that is produced ethically. But, how exactly do you turn meat into money without resorting to the large-scale industrial techniques of today’s confinement-operations? Look no further than […] Read More..

How to Grow Strawberries Indoors

It’s strawberry shortcake season, which means strawberry harvesting season. But for those of you with no outdoor space for gardens, fear not—you can plant, weed, and harvest all from the comfort of your own home! That’s right: it is possible to grow strawberries indoors, from small spaces. According to R. J. Ruppenthal, author of Fresh […] Read More..