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Freeman House, Influential Restorationist, Dies at 80

by: Sara on 08/08/2018

Judith Plant, New Society Publishers co founder and author of Culture Gap and editor of Healing the Wounds, offers a tribute to Freeman House, author of Totem Salmon and founder of the Mattole Restoration Council, who passed away on July 23rd. Judith credits him, among others, with influencing her vision of bioregionalism.  Click here to download …

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Crumpets - From No-Knead to Sourdough

by: Sara on 08/01/2018

I am not sure that there are many other smells that invoke feelings of well-being quite like that of baking bread. It reminds me of being a kid and waiting patiently (or my mom might say not so patiently) for her fresh white bread to come out of the oven. Yes, I said white bread. The only time we got it was when it was homemade. My brothers and I …

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Tired of Mowing the Lawn?

by: EJ on 07/31/2018

Tired of mowing the lawn? Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt have the answer for you!  Change your lawn into a beautiful natural meadow.  Today’s excerpt is from their wonderful book, Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future. You can download the entire chapter here. And remember receive 35% off New Society titles when you …

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Pros and Cons of Building with Earthbags

by: Sara on 07/29/2018

Today is the Build portion of our Grow Make Build Change summer reading sale theme featuring an excerpt from Essential Earthbag Construction: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide by Kelly Hart. Earthbag construction — building with polypropylene bags usually filled with earthen materials — is a versatile, easy-to-master, low-impact, and highly …

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Green Beans with Chilies and Lime Recipe

by: Sara on 07/28/2018

If I am honest I will tell you I only planted a small garden this year because battling the butter cup and morning glory has taken the fight out of me. I needed a break. But I made an exception for beans! Green, yellow, purple abound. Beans are so versatile,they taste great raw, a quick steam or a flash in the pan with a little oil or butter. So …

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