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Permaculture for Beginners: Take it Slow!

Using permaculture design techniques in your home garden can seem overwhelming – especially if you’re a new gardener, with a small space. With Permaculture for the Rest of Us, author Jenni Blackmore breaks these methods down into small steps anyone can take, and enjoy an abundant garden the first year! In this excerpt from the book, Jenni gives simple, practical instructions for growing four starter staple crops using simple permaculture ideas in any space, and provides the most important tips for any garden.

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No-till Methods for Sustainable Organic Market Farming – and Gardening Too!

In Practical No-till Farming, author Andrew Mefferd provides a quick-and-dirty guide to transitioning your farm or market garden to no-till methods, including a comprehensive look at the many benefits to doing so. No-till is a great option for sustainable organic vegetable and flower farming, saving time, improving soil health, and much more. In this excerpt from “Part I: The Why of No-till,” Andrew gives an overview of the pros of no-till farming, followed in the book by detailed explanations of how to manage the transition.

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Growing Berries for Food and Profit

In The Berry Grower, author Blake Cothron discusses why and how to maximize your berry and small fruit harvest – whether in your backyard, small farm, or as a relatively easy value-added product for your existing organic farm. In this excerpt, he makes a convincing case for adding small fruits and berries, whether you’re an experienced grower or a beginner. Converting your backyard from grass into fruit production is a very rewarding process. As well as harvesting household fruit, there is also the viable possibility of marketing excess fruit — as well as the seeds, cuttings, and fruit plants themselves. These products are high value and in-demand and can often be harvested from the same planting.

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Reeling from a crisis of hope, lifelong activist Andrew Boyd seeks out today's leading climate thinkers, from collapse-psychologist Jamey Hecht to Indigenous botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer. "If it's the end of the world, now what?" he asks, as he steers us through our climate angst in search of a "better catastrophe."


Andrew Boyd

Andrew Boyd is a writer, humorist, activist, and CEO (Chief Existential Officer) of the Climate Clock, a global campaign melding art, science, and grassroots organizing to get the world to #ActInTime on climate. Andrew's previous books include Beautiful Trouble, Daily Afflictions, and Life's Little Deconstruction Book. Andrew lives in New York City.


Upcoming Events

Mar 9 | Andrew Boyd | I Want a Better Catastrophe | Book Tour Stop  in Brattleboro Vermont

A night of stand-up tragedy celebrating the new book, "I Want a Better Catastrophe" by renowned climate activist and author Andrew Boyd

Doors open at 6:00, show at 6:30pm

We will read some passages, laugh some dark laughs, sign some books, gnash some teeth, drink some strong beverages, explore some of our possible futures via oversized flowcharts, and thank some long-suffering friends who helped me get 'er done. Not necessarily in that order. The evening will NOT be a boring book reading. It will be interactive, participatory, fun; it'll be a chance to come together and -- aided by gallows humor and some unusual prompts -- reflect on some of the big questions before us.

To tackle the climate emergency, we need each other; we need solidarity and laughter and all the rest. Hope to see you there.

Hosts: Everyone's Books & II8 Elliot

118 Elliot 118 Elliot Street Brattleboro, VT 05301

Date: Thu, Mar 9, 2023
Time: 6:30-8:00pm EST
Cost: Free

Mar 11 | Bevin Cohen | The Artisan Herbalist / The Complete Guide to Seed & Nut Oils | Midwest Herb and Garden Show

Saving and Sharing Seeds

Keynote Speaker - Bevin Cohen, Small House Farms, Sanford, MI - Learn how to save seeds from your flowers and vegetables to use them for next year in this informative program. Bevin will use a combination of engaging demonstrations, discussions, and lecture to guide you through seed saving techniques, so you are able to use your harvest each fall to have seeds for the upcoming spring.

Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CST

Making Teas, Tinctures, and Oils

Bevin Cohen, Small House Farm, Sanford, MI - Learn how to create salves, balms and tinctures using herbs you can grow in your backyard. Bevin will share decades of experience as an herbalist guiding participants through many processes involved in crafting a wide range of herbal products for health, wellness, and beauty.

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm CST

Times Square Mall, 7274 42nd and Broadway
Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Date: Saturday March 11, 2023
Cost: Free

Apr 9 | Bevin Cohen | The Artisan Herbalist / The Complete Guide to Seed & Nut Oils | Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Tulip Festival

The tulip gardens at Baker Creek are a breathtaking experience and a welcome harbinger of spring! We invite you to come and enjoy them at their peak.

Enjoy expert speakers, local food, unique vendors, greenhouse and garden tours, and old-fashioned entertainment at Baker Creek's Mansfield, Missouri, farm! Join thousands of gardeners, farmers, and craftspeople to celebrate heirloom gardening at our Missouri homeplace.

Host: Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company

2278 Baker Creek Rd, Mansfield, MO 65704

Date: Sat April 9th - Sun April 10th 2023
Time: 10am - 6pm CST
Cost: Admission Free ($15 parking, registration required)

Apr 16 | Bevin Cohen | The Artisan Herbalist / The Complete Guide to Seed & Nut Oils | Seeds as Stories

Join Bevin Cohen—author, herbalist, seed saver and owner of Small House Farm—as we explore how seeds are a microcosm of the world around us in this lecture-style presentation. Discover the different ways seed stories can be approached, from species and variety to place and people. By preserving seeds and their stories, we preserve a rich history and become part of the stories the seeds tell. Cohen’s book, Saving Our Seeds, will be available for sale in the DeVos–Keeler Gift Shop. Cohen will host a book signing at the conclusion of the program.

Host: Frederick Meijer Gardens

1000 East Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Date: Mon, April 16th, 2023
Time: 11am - 3pm EST
Cost: Included with Admission (Free - $20)

Apr 29 | Bevin Cohen | The Artisan Herbalist / The Complete Guide to Seed & Nut Oils | Planning your Garden for Seed Saving

Discover new skills or expand your existing ones at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Lawrence, Kansas, April 29-30, 2023 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds!

This is a unique opportunity to interact with some of the most sought-after experts in the world of sustainability. Come ready with your questions and look forward to learning something new – directly from the source!

Join author and seed saver Bevin Cohen as he shows how to plan your garden now for successful seed saving in the fall! Learn all about flower structure, pollination, isolation distances, population considerations, identifying fruit maturity and hybridization. Bevin will also cover how to maintain varietal purity as well as some amateur plant breeding techniques.

Host: Mother Earth News

Douglas County Fairgrounds
2120 Harper St, Lawrence, KS 66046

Date: Sat April 29th - Sun April 30th 2023
Time: All Day
Cost: $25-$60


Climate Grief

As author Andrew Boyd demonstrates, we must go through a grieving process in order to move forward on climate issues. But how do we do that? And are we even sure what, exactly, we’re grieving? In this excerpt from I Want a Better Catastrophe, Boyd begins to unpack this tangled-up topic.

5 Questions with New Society Publishers

New Society Publishers EJ Hurst (Sales Manager) and Julie Raddysh (Publisher) were interviewed by BookNet Canada for their "5 Questions with Series" of publishers going green

I Want a Better Catastrophe with Andrew Boyd

In this audio interview author, Andrew Boyd speaks to Peter Bermudes about his new book, I Want a Better Catastrophe. Reeling from a crisis of hope, lifelong activist Andrew Boyd seeks out today's leading climate thinkers, from collapse-psychologist Jamey Hecht to Indigenous botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer. "If it's the end of the world, now what?" he asks, as he steers us through our climate angst in search of a "better catastrophe."