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tart and sweet

Our friends at Sweet Deliverance in NYC just released their book Tart & Sweet: One Hundred Canning and Pickling Recipes for the Modern Kitchen. It's never too early to think about preserving the harvest!

Posted: May 16 2011
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radical economics

newly in paperback! the dirty life - life and love at essex farm, by kristin kimball

Posted: May 13 2011
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grain situations

lots of times people wonder how this local food movement is going to 'Feed the masses' Those of you here likely have your own favorite answer to this question, but recently mine has had to do with Succession. the succession of local farm operations, that grow more sophisticated, more logisticated, more formalized and diversified with […]

Posted: April 25 2011
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amy pennington has a new book out

Apartment Gardening: Plants, Projects, and Recipes for Growing Food in Your Urban Home from Powell's or your local bookstore.

Posted: April 7 2011
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last chance book theme WRITING!

Below the themes still sought for the Storey publishing book project.  An anthology of Greenhorns essays. READ THIS LINK FOR ESSAY GUIDANCE. Drop Dead deadline March 12th. questions? [email protected][email protected]   biodynamics living in a trailer crop mob farmers markets, comporting yourself for maximum sales wholesale, not getting fleeced by the fancy chefs construction skills welding for women taking dorky […]

Posted: February 20 2011
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a new farmer/author

with a new book, released by a "young publisher" based in Brooklyn!  Our latest title is called Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth, and is written by 4th generation farmer Eric Herm, who lives on his farm outside the small town of Ackerly, Western Texas.

Posted: February 14 2011
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'Growing a Farm City' to pique interest in Missoula, site of June conference

Missoula is featured in 'Growing a Garden City' by Jeremy Smith. The review here, courtesy of Dan Sullivan, managing editor of BioCycle magazine ( will run in the January issue. AGRICULTURE SUPPORTING COMMUNITY "Nestled into Montana’s Bitterroot Mountain range, the picturesque town of Missoula belies a community wracked by recent double-digit unemployment, where many residents fall below the […]

Posted: January 16 2011
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farm together now - hudson valley readings

& Release Parties with author Daniel Tucker.  For more readings across the country, click here Farm Together Now: A portrait of people, places and ideas for a new food movement By Amy Franceschini & Daniel Tucker, with a foreword by Mark Bittman Photography by Anne Hamersky & Illustrations by Corinne Matesich Published by Chronicle Books […]

Posted: January 4 2011
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portland friends

Snore & Guzzle - a private press especially specializing in the art of the story. Story-telling is not a luxury, it is an absolutely core need. Story is how we make sense of the world. It’s how in the flux of experience, with all of the things coming and going, with all of the little […]

Posted: December 28 2010
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startle your senses, support your bookshelf ride! it is pocket-sized and an almanac - both greenhorns priorities! you can buy our pocked-size book too on etsy thanks to nic in colorado for making yet another connection between young farmers and cyclers, and small publishers, i should mention, and for sharing that with us.

Posted: December 28 2010
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book reviews

Growing roots. A new book by chelsea greene publishing. Its a collection of profiles of young activists, farmers and food advocates with photographs, recipes and interviews from around the country. There were some familiar faces, and some new ones to be found in this book. Written by an empty nester, I could see it being […]

Posted: December 24 2010
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seeking greenhorns essayists!

Are you a young farmer whose work journal sometimes yields whole prose passages? Do you have some shrewd stories to tell or discerning perspectives to share on the issues of contemporary America's young farmerdom? We've extended the essay deadline for the book project we're working on. We'll be accepting essays until JANUARY 15th. Download the […]

Posted: December 20 2010
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farm hands

a new book by Tom Rivers. apparently New York Assemblyman Steve Hawley purchased and distributed a copy of Farm Hands to all 212 state legislators in New York. Batavia, N.Y. newspaper reporter Tom Rivers wrote a first-person series about farm work in 2008 that won state and national awards. Now the series, with more background […]

Posted: December 13 2010
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fireside cozy lit

Far From the Madding Crowd, By Thomas Hardy About young farmer Gabriel Oak, and young farmerette Bathsheba Everdene-- and their neighbor, middle aged farmer named Boldwood. Unfortunately, Gabriel was leasing land-- and staked it all on his sheep herd, then his young dog chased the sheep off a cliff. They all died.  In his despondancy […]

Posted: December 1 2010
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the dirty life

It's out! Our friend Kristin Kimball recounts her first year farming, after leaving the big city for upstate New York to fall in love--with a man & with the land. Essex Farm is a horse-powered, year round, full diet CSA. Woah. We've read it & we love it!

Posted: November 18 2010
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a guide to midwest farm radical scene!

A Call to Farms in downloadable pdf format! Download it here

Posted: October 28 2010
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our own brooke budner illustrated this new book about SHIT

In his insightful new book, Holy Shit, Managing Manure To Save Mankind, contrary farmer Gene Logsdon provides the inside story of manure—our greatest, yet most misunderstood, natural resource. He begins by lamenting a modern society that not only throws away both animal and human manure—worth billions of dollars in fertilizer value—but that spends a staggering […]

Posted: October 21 2010
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catskill cauliflower

every region has its prize

Posted: September 11 2010
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farmer finances

Here's a blog reader's recommendation for a good read - especially if you're starting up a farm. This book made me excited about filing my tax return!  'The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff-and Making a Profit'.  I highly recommend this guide for beginning and experienced farmers alike. […]

Posted: September 7 2010
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mushroom growing!

TODAY!  A Mushroom Growing Workshop Thursday, August 19 2010 at 7pm; The Furnace - 84 Grand St., Albany, NY This Thursday Skott Kellogg, co-author with Stacy Pettigrew of "The Toolbox for Sustainable City Living", will be giving a mushroom growing workshop in downtown Albany. We will be mixing the Tree Oyster (pleurotus ostreatus) mushroom spawn […]

Posted: August 19 2010
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inspired by Elaine Weiss's book fruits of victory

about how the women's land army at first had issues with harvesting tobacco, in connecticut so close to the women's colleges... but ultimately they did it. [youtube=]

Posted: July 27 2010
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put 'em up

preserve the bounties of sweet summer! with the help of this new book by miss sherri brooks

Posted: July 6 2010
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oh boy oh boy

we cannot wait for this. culture tracker and magic maker: megan prelinger (greenhorn librarian wunderlady ), has produced a book! A marvelous, highly anticipated treatment of marginalia-- as interpreted thru the study of pop zeitgeist blusterdoms. *Read a nice article about the book.

Posted: April 28 2010
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farmer jane hits the shelves may 1!

What do women have to do with what America eats? Everything. With a hands-on guide for the sustainable food movement Proving that we all can have an impact Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat by Temra Costa, will change the way you view your relationship with food. Farmer Jane is a compelling work […]

Posted: April 28 2010
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green gone wrong

A new book by Heather Rogers.  Read the NYTimes review HERE. , or check out one of the discussions and  signings around the country. Green Gone Wrong takes the reader into forests, fields, factories, and boardrooms around the world to draw out the unintended consequences, inherent obstacles, and successes of the products and practices that […]

Posted: April 27 2010
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recommended reading

Thanks to Janike Ruginis of Skyhorse Publishing for letting us know about two wonderful new books for seasoned farmers and greenhorns alike. Author and small farm owner Laura Childs tells us how in The Joy of Keeping Farm Animals: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Your Own Food. In this all-encompassing guide, Childs reveals exactly what it takes to start raising […]

Posted: March 27 2010
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let's hear it for hardwick, vt!

Epicenter for green economic development. I'm thinking of sending that town my strongest brother for the summer. You can find out more by reading the brand new book The Town That Food Saved, written by our friend Ben Hewitt. Here's  a description: Over the past 3 years, Hardwick, Vermont, a typical hardscrabble farming community of […]

Posted: March 25 2010
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according to the nature institute

these are the best books on the stars.  written by the author of Curious George, H.A. Rey The Stars: A New Way to See Them Find the Constellations

Posted: March 24 2010
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"fruits of victory" talk - wilton, CT

Tonight! At the Wilton Library. Celebrate Women’s History Month with a discussion with Elaine F. Weiss, author of Fruits of Victory – The Woman’s Land Army of America in the Great War. Imagine a spunkier, and more controversial, Rosie the Riveter–a generation older, and more outlandish for her time. She is the ‘farmerette’ of the […]

Posted: March 18 2010
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NY book launch

book talk +Q&A, folled by a signing and reception to celebrate the release of Anna Lappé's latest: Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It WHEN: Thursday, April 1st, 2010 @ 6:30pm WHERE: Wollman Hall at The New School, Eugene Lang Building, 65 […]

Posted: March 14 2010
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youth renewing the countryside

this is a new book, from SARE + Renewing the Countryside You can purchase here

Posted: January 7 2010
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food rules

Michael Pollan with more good ideas. "Food Rules": A Completely Different Way To Fix The Health Care Crisis By Michael Pollan The idea for this book came from a doctor--a couple of them, as a matter of fact. They had read my last book, "In Defense of Food", which ended with a handful of tips […]

Posted: January 7 2010
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the call of the land

great new book: The Call of the Land Explores Surging Agrarian Movement New book is “An Agrarian Primer for the 21st Century” “Food and farms are involved in a blitzkrieg of changes,” writes veteran journalist Steven McFadden in The Call of the Land, published this October by NorLightsPress. The book gives voice to a growing chorus […]

Posted: January 1 2010
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the transition document

here is a review of an important book, by a friend of ours, Harry MacCormack of Sunbow Farm The Transition Document:Toward a Biologically Resilient Agriculture A Book Review by Dan Armstrong "One of these fine days the public is going to wakeup and will pay for eggs, meat, vegetables, etc., according to how they were […]

Posted: December 15 2009
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a punk yeoman femmy

I'm a huge fan.  This is an excerpt from her book, Our Farm My life as a smallholder by Rosie Boycott When Rosie Boycott lost her job as a Fleet Street editor, she sank into depression and drinking and was seriously injured in a car crash. But as she describes in a magical new book, […]

Posted: November 27 2009
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Uncertain Peril

Congratulations Greenhorns' Friend Claire Hope Cummings!  This is an important book for us all to read. The Before Columbus Foundation is pleased to announce that Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds by Claire Hope Cummings has been selected as a winner of the thirtieth annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS for 2009. We will […]

Posted: October 6 2009
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interested in soils?

these book recommendations come from Tom Morris, Associate Professor, Soil Fertility;  Coordinator, Professional Development Program, Northeast Region, USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE); Department of Plant Science at the University of Connecticut. 1.Building soils for better crops, Fred Magdoff and Harold van Es. 2nd edition, 2000, Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN). Cost was $19.95 […]

Posted: September 30 2009
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food rebellions

important book just released­ by Food First: Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice By Eric Holt-Giménez and Raj Patel with Annie Shattuck Today there are over a billion hungry people on the planet, more than ever before in history. While the global food crisis dropped out of the news in 2008, it remains […]

Posted: August 13 2009
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Immoral Maize

Contamination is a crime against humanity.  And this piece is brilliant.  LONG, but worth the time. Immoral Maize: Extract from Don't Worry, It's Safe to Eat by Andrew Rowell I don’t want to be a martyr by any means, but I cannot avoid now realising that this is a very, very well concerted and coordinated […]

Posted: May 13 2009
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Forgotten Fruits: Conserving Apples in the Landscape

This is important work, Greenhorns. And good reading. The work of Slow Food and RAFT (Renewing America's Food Traditions).  Here's hoping we'll all be able to bite into a Red Astrachan or Yellow Transparent come fall. Madison, Wis - Apples and apple growers are in trouble. At one time, North America had over 14,000 apple […]

Posted: March 30 2009