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These offerings from some of the top writers in nature, ecology and natural philosophy present an elegant picture of what farming can be when in harmony with the natural world.

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  • Desert or Paradise

    Known around the world for bringing deserted landscapes back to life using his unique methods of creating water-retention basins, Sepp Holzer offers a wealth of information for the gardener, homesteader, permaculture designer and sustainable farmer. This book demonstrates that the simple principles found in nature used to create Holzer’s productive systems can be applied anywhere. Subtitled, Restoring Endangered Landscapes Using Water Management, Including Lake and Pond Construction Learn More
    $29.95

  • Land, Livestock & Life

    Do you know the new rules for profit in today's land and livestock game? Ranching is presented as an incredibly complex "whole" made up of a lot of separate businesses that you must be good at to make a profit... the land, the livestock and the lifestyle. Using successful grass farmers as examples, Allan explains how leasing land can add up to profits with lower risk than ownership, and can be a means for young people to get into grassland agriculture today. He emphasizes, "First, start a business. Then you can choose to invest your after-tax surplus in deeded farm and ranch real estate." "The key point is to remember that lifestyle is a result of having gotten the (land and livestock) elements right." For more insight and analysis into land-based financial issues such as protecting yourself from falling real estate prices without selling your ranch, order Land, Livestock and Life, A grazier's guide to finance. Learn More
    $34.95

  • A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement

    The advancing threats gradually motivated a diverse cast of characters to take action—each in their own unique way, and then in concert in an iconic display of direct democracy in action. As Ackerman-Leist recounts their uprising, we meet an organic dairy farmer who decides to speak up when his hay is poisoned by drift; a pediatrician who engaged other medical professionals to protect the soil, water, and air that the health of her patients depends upon; a hairdresser whose salon conversations mobilized the town’s women in an extraordinarily conceived campaign; and others who together orchestrated one of the rare revolutionary successes of our time and inspired a movement now snaking its way through Europe and the United States.

    A foreword by Vandana Shiva calls upon others to follow in Mals’s footsteps.

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    $19.95

  • Toward Saving the Honeybee

    The sound, holistic approach outlined here is needed now more than ever. Written out of a deep love and concern for the earth and all of creation, Gunther Hauk’s Toward Saving the Honeybee is a light that shows the way forward for farmers, gardeners, hobbyist beekeepers, and anyone concerned about the future of our planet. This new edition is richly illustrated with 57 color photographs and was revised and expanded by the author. Learn More
    $18.95

  • Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science

    In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture, exposing new evidence of corporate influence. Gillam introduces readers to farm families devastated by cancers which they believe are caused by the chemical, and to scientists whose reputations have been smeared for publishing research that contradicted business interests. Readers learn about the arm-twisting of regulators who signed off on the chemical, echoing company assurances of safety even as they permitted higher residues of the herbicide in food and skipped compliance tests. And, in startling detail, Gillam reveals secret industry communications that pull back the curtain on corporate efforts to manipulate public perception.
     
    Whitewash is more than an exposé about the hazards of one chemical or even the influence of one company. It’s a story of power, politics, and the deadly consequences of putting corporate interests ahead of public safety.

    Copyright 2017, hardcover, 320 pages.

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    $30.00

  • Lentil Underground

    Set in the farm belt of red state America, far from the farmer's markets and haute cuisine of coastal cities, Lentil Underground confronts the global food system in one of the little known rural communities that will determine its fate. From the heart of Big Sky Country comes this inspiring story of a handful of colorful pioneers who have successfully bucked the chemically-based food chain and the entrenched power of agribusiness's one percent, by stubbornly banding together. Unearthing the deep roots of this movement, Lentil Underground introduces readers to a memorable cast of characters, from gun-toting libertarians and Christian homesteaders to peace-sign-waving environmental activists. Journalist and native Montanan Liz Carlisle weaves an eye-opening and richly reported narrative that will be welcomed by readers of food and farm memoirs, as well as everyone concerned with the future of American agriculture and natural food in an increasingly uncertain world.

    Softcover, Copyright 2016, 298 pages

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    $16.00

  • Food, Farming & Health

    This book shows how health is a continuum from the soil, to the plants, to our bodies. Chemical farming is based on monocultures, which deprive us of the diversity we need for a balanced, healthy nutrition. Chemical farming depletes the soils of nutrition, producing plants that are nutritionally empty but full of toxic residues. When we eat chemically produced food we suffer from diseases related to nutrient deficiency and/or toxics. It is impossible to overstate the importance of rice to many of the cuisines of India. In several Indian languages, the word for “rice” (annam) is the same as the word for “food.” Accordingly, we seek to better understand annam. Understanding principles of Ayurvedic eating and healing does not have to feel foreign or odd. The brilliant essays which make up this book are certain to educate and inspire. Copyright 2018, softcover, 260 pages Learn More
    $20.00

  • Kiss the Ground

    Josh Tickell is a journalist, activist, author, and award-winning film director whose movies (Fuel, The Big Fix, Pump, Good Fortune) have been shortlisted for Academy Awards, shown in the White House, won awards at the Sundance Film Festival, and have been viewed by over 50 million people worldwide.

    Copyright 2018, hardcover, 352 pages

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    $26.00

  • Soil 2017: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture capital

    Since 2009, Slow Money founder Woody Tasch has been at the forefront of a new economic story—a story about bringing our money back down to earth.

    And it’s not just a story, it’s a movement that has catalyzed the flow of over $60 million to more than 625 small organic farms and local food businesses, via dozens of local groups in the U.S., Canada, France and Australia. SOIL: Notes Towards the Theory and Practice of Nurture Capital uses poetry, essays, and photography to explore a new vision of finance. It is about billions and trillions of dollars in the global economy, and billions and trillions of microbes in healthy, fertile soil. Nurture capital starts where investing and philanthropy leave off, giving us a new way to reconnect to one another and places where we live, all the way down to local food systems and the soil. 

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    $24.95

  • The Suburban Micro-Farm

    The Suburban Micro-Farm will show you how to grow your own fruits, herbs, and vegetables even on a limited schedule. From seed to harvest, this book will keep you on track so you feel a sense of accomplishment for your efforts.

    You'll learn gardening tricks that are essential to success, like how to deal with a 'brown thumb', how to develop and nurture healthy soil, and how to manage garden pests.

    Although this book has everything a new gardener needs to get started, experienced gardeners will not be disappointed. With helpful tips throughout, you will love the in-depth chapters about permaculture and making money on the micro-farm.

    Copyright 2018. Softcover. 356 pages.

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    $34.95

  • Vandana Shiva: Creating Civil Disobedience

    Why is a major paradigm shift likely in the coming years? What role should we play? How does abundance for some and scarcity for others result in the loss of food sovereignty for everyone? What is ecofeminism and how does it represent a major opportunity, for men as well as women, and for the planet?

    This series of interviews alternately addresses both the major challenges of today and the epic journey of this successor to Gandhi.

    Copyright 2018. Softcover. 204 pages. 

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    $22.00

  • Call Of The Reed Warbler

    At stake is not only a revolution in human health and our communities but the very survival of the planet. For farmer, backyard gardener, food buyer, health worker, policy maker and public leader alike, Call of the Reed Warbler offers a tangible path forward for the future of our food supply, our Australian landscape and our earth. It comprises a powerful and moving paean of hope.
    Softcover, Copyright 2018, 448 pages
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    $24.95

  • The Hidden Half Of Nature

    Prepare to set aside what you think you know about yourself and microbes. The Hidden Half of Nature reveals why good health―for people and for plants―depends on Earth’s smallest creatures. Restoring life to their barren yard and recovering from a health crisis, David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé discover astounding parallels between the botanical world and our own bodies. From garden to gut, they show why cultivating beneficial microbiomes holds the key to transforming agriculture and medicine. Learn More

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  • Growing A Revolution

    Growing a Revolution draws on visits to farms in the industrialized world and developing world to show that a new combination of farming practices can deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions to problems farmers face today.

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  • One-Straw Revolutionary

    The book follows the author on his travels from one back-to-the-land commune to another in the countryside of 1970s Japan, a journey that eventually led him to Mr. Fukuoka’s natural farm. Korn’s description of his time there, as well as traveling with Mr. Fukuoka during his visits to the United States, offers a rare, inside look at Mr. Fukuoka’s life. Readers will delight in this personal insight into one of the world’s leading agricultural thinkers.

    Copyright 2015, hardcover, 240 pages

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    $19.95

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