Virtual eventMerlin Sheldrake & Helen MacdonaldFriday, June 5 at 12pm PST From the wonderful Point Reyes Books, an upcoming virtual release party that you won't want to miss! ---- Register on Eventbrite Point Reyes Books: "We're delighted to host Merlin to celebrate the release of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape […]
The Alaska Young Fishermen's Almanac is the first book project of the Alaska Young Fishermen's Network with support from the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and the Alaska Humanities Forum. Using her experience gleaned from creating our own New Farmer's' Almanac, Severine worked with the Alaskan Young Fisherman on this project and it features art, stories, advice and more from […]
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhUd1X_Ni58?ecver=1&w=640&h=360] Discover the hidden power soil has to reverse climate change, and how a regenerative farming diet not only delivers us better health and wellness, but also rebuilds our most precious resource—the very ground that feeds us. Josh Tickell, one of America’s most celebrated documentary filmmakers and director of Fuel, has dedicated most of his […]
“Hunger and poverty are perpetuated by undemocratic systems of power. Now, this great new resource lifts the veil hiding the history of dispossession and unequal land access in the US.” - Frances Moore Lappé Land access is the primary barrier for young farmers today. Ensuring access for young farmers who are passionate about the production […]
Are you dreaming, planting, and tending visions of a queer ecological future? Are you looking to connect with kindred spirits in your region and across the country to share resources to support these visions of collective liberation? Join Queer Ecojustice Project for our first ONLINE reading community! Most gatherings will be local in your region (we […]
Nichki Carangelo, of the delightful Hudson Valley-based, cooperative Letterbox Farm Collective, has just finished a publication on the commercial production of pasture rabbits. Funded by a SARE grant, "Pasture Rabbit for Profit" is an easily digestible, practical resource for farmers intended to guide readers through the start-up phase of their own pasture-based rabbitry. It includes a full […]
Watch this awesome lecture on the relationship between the history of cotton and capitalism.
Tech companies and the digital economy don't have to be all bad!
"Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" may be a classic, but James Agee and Walker Evans' "Cotton Tenants" is also well worth a read.
Join author and activist Janisse Ray on a tour through the world of seed saving in here latest book on farming, seeds, and the movement to preserve genetic diversity.
Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA George Monbiot has something of reputation for discussing the more dire circumstances we face today, but in his latest article for The Guardian he presents some reasons not to despair. In particular, Monbiot hones in on the commons, which (as you may know) is the theme of this years New Farmers Almanac.
How many times are you asked at the market (or anytime really) why people ought to support local, organic producers? Surely it happens often enough that you've got your own rote lines memorized. As consumers are increasingly questioning the economic chain that makes up the production of things, from food to garments, we're reminded that […]
THIS TUESDAY, JUNE 14th! The Marxist Education Project is delighted to host the launch of Rob Wallace's new book, Big Farms Make Big Flu (Monthly Review Press). In Big Farms Make Big Flu, a collection of dispatches by turns harrowing and thought-provoking, Wallace tracks the ways influenza and other pathogens emerge from an agriculture controlled […]
Fundamental long-term changes in values, Morris argues, are driven by the most basic force of all: energy. Humans have found three main ways to get the energy they need—from foraging, farming, and fossil fuels. Each energy source sets strict limits on what kinds of societies can succeed, and each kind of society rewards specific values. […]
The Book of Pears is a one-of-a-kind guide to this extraordinary fruit, following its journey through history and around the world, accompanied by beautiful botanical watercolor paintings and period images. Noted pomologist and fruit historian Joan Morgan (The Book of Apples) has researched and crafted the definitive account of the pear’s history and uses, from […]
After Dr. Luz Calvo was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, she and Dr. Catrióna Esquibel, her partner, searched for an explanation. Drawing on their experience as ethnic studies professors—and as Chicanas—they started examining the effects colonization has on a culture’s diet. Their findings? The all-American combination of carbs, sugar, and processed foods was making Latino […]
Time to submit to the NEW FARMER’S ALMANAC vol. III Agrarians and stewards of all types, young and old, seasoned and greenhorn, we want to hear from you! We’ve begun the process of compiling submissions to the New Farmer’s Almanac: vol III. Awash in fascinating content, we want more! The upcoming Almanac will explore the […]
Drawing on a lifetime of travel in search of real-world alternatives that work, John Thackara describe how communities the world over are creating a replacement, leave-things-better economy from the ground up. Each chapter is about creative ways to tackle timeless needs that matter: restoring the land, sharing water, making homes, growing food, designing clothes, journeying, […]
Across Canada and the United States, women are becoming leaders in the agricultural industry. They are passionately involved in maintaining biodiveristy on the farm, in the soil, protecting the water and growing and raising food that is wholesome for their communities. Women who farm is a book that celebrates these women. We want to hear your […]
Homemade For Sale is a perfect guide to start your own at home kitchen buisness. Co-authors John Ivanko & Lisa Kivirist provide a clear roadmap as the first authoritative guide to go from idea and recipe to final product. Widely known as “cottage food legislation,” over 42 states and various Canadian provinces currently have varying forms of […]
Fair Trade, like coffee, is complex, rich and fascinating. We now have available a new educational resource: The History of Authentic Fair Trade. In comic book format we present a version of Fair Trade that is shared by many Equal Exchange colleagues, allies, and partners. We hope that by presenting the material in this way, […]
a worthy kickstarter project by Steve Bivens. In Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth: the Guide to Sustainable Shire Living I look at the problems facing mankind and our planet today, through the lens of Tolkien’s Middle Earth and the War of the Ring. Both Middle Earth, and our Earth face destruction at the hands of dark […]
A less-read book by Wendell Berry. This one is about racism, agriculture, land reform, Malcom X, Leo Tolstoy, and his intimate relationships with the Afro-American people of his childhood.Since usually we think about Wendell Berry in the white-agrarian context, this is a useful read. "With the expected grace of Wendell Berry comes The Hidden Wound, […]
Check out this kickstarter campaign - a great concept! How do we bring together young organic farmers and wise energetic elders to form multigenerational retirement communities that farm? "Roadmap to Generosity Farm" is a book about how to provide (1) aspiring young farmers with land and (2) energetic elders with a healthy and intellectually stimulating […]
Empire Farm Days is celebrating authors who write about agriculture. Five New York State-based authors will be talking with visitors and signing and selling books in the Cornell Marketplace Building at the 2014 Empire Farm Days on Wednesday August 6 from 10am to 4pm. The 300-acre event takes place at Rodman Lott and Son Farms, […]
At 22, Charles Darwin set sail for a 5-year trip around the world. His notes from the Galapagos and other destinations were central to the development of his theory of evolution through natural selection, which he described in his 1859 book, On the Origin of Species. The lost collection of books that kept Darwin company […]
How do restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America? And how do poor working conditions—discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens—affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables? Saru Jayaraman, who launched the national restaurant workers' organization Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, sets out to answer these questions by following the […]
In September 2012, Dan Malloy, Kanoa Zimmerman and Kellen Keene rode bikes down the California coast hoping to see their home state in a new slower-paced light -- surfing, camping, staying with friends and lending a hand wherever they could to earn their keep. The result of the trip is a beautifully crafted book and […]
When he was 17, Nathaniel Bishop hiked 1,000 miles across South America. Later in life, he became interested in canoes. In 1874, he set off with a friend in an 18-foot wooden canoe, determined to find the most direct passage along natural and man-made waterways from the cold and rocky Gulf of St. Lawrence to […]
A new book by greenhorns ally & friend, Courtney White. Check it out!
We are what we eat, as the saying goes, but we are also how we eat, and when, and where. Our eating habits reveal as much about our society as the food on our plates, and our national identity is written in the eating schedules we follow and the customs we observe at the table […]
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The implausible truth: Over one billion people in the world are hungry and over one billion are overweight. Far from complete opposites, hunger and obesity are in fact different manifestations of the same problem: It’s increasingly difficult to find and eat nutritious food. By examining the global industrial food system using the deceptively simple template […]
The International Theatre of the Oppressed Organisation will not be just one Center more, but an Organisation dedicated to help all Centers to develop themselves, so that they can help other TO groups to grow and develop. The Organisation is carried by the combined power of experienced Jokers across the globe. We dream of having a Virtual Libraries […]
Novella Carpenter's latest book! Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild Gone Feral is Novella Carpenter’s search for her father. Back-to-the-land homesteader, gifted classical guitarist, Korean War vet, hermit, curmudgeon, George Carpenter has been absent for most of his daughter’s life. But when he officially goes missing— only to be found in a fleabag Arizona motel, escaping the brutal Idaho […]
Learning By Doing At The Farm: Craft, Science, and Counterculture in Modern California Beginning in 1968, the University of California, Irvine, was host to an experiment in intercultural exchange and artistic and social scientific learning through practice. Located on the edges of William Pereira’s California Brutalist campus, the Farm was a space for craftspeople from […]
HERE. Reading materials on topics of agrarian interest, including the following: agricultural history, rural social movements land tenure across history and cultures rise of capitalism, colonialism, and international markets agricultural policy labor and solidarity economics social justice and movements for change subsistence and peasant studies
"Small Farm Equipment" covers many facets of equipment use and maintenance on the small- to mid-size farm. Topics include the following: Mechanical concepts and terminology Best practices and safety around farm equipment Tools for maintenance Tips for shop work Regular maintenance tasks Troubleshooting start-up problems Common small equipment Tractor operation and safety Written to be […]
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They are 67% funded with 12 days to go. Every little bit counts! Growing Innovation Online Library & Book Why does this project matter? Because stakes is high! In case it's hard to see, this farmer's clever t-shirt says 'stakes is high' To make a more serious point, success in agriculture is hard to achieve […]