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Author Interview with John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist

Today’s blog is an Interview with John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, authors of Homemade for Sale, Second Edition, featuring a question that was asked by a reader on social media.

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The Benefits of Composting

Robert Pavlis, author of Plant Science for Gardeners, talks about the topic of gardening and how to do it in the context of climate change.

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Chinese New Year 2023 - The Year of the Rabbit

January 22 marks the beginning of Chinese New Year with the first new moon of the lunar year, and ends 15 days later on February 1st, the full moon. Though this celebration is probably most familiarly known as the Chinese New Year, it is also celebrated as new year or spring festivals by many other Asian cultures.

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Compost Science for Gardeners demystifies the full range of composting methods and helps readers determine or select the best technique for their situation. This comprehensive, plain-language, science-based book covers everything from the inputs required to the beneficial impacts on the environment and soil health.


Robert Pavlis

Robert Pavlis is the owner and developer of Aspen Grove Gardens, a 6-acre botanical garden featuring 3,000 varieties of plants. Specializing in soil science, Robert is a Master Gardener, speaker, instructor, blogger, and author of Plant Science for Gardeners, Soil Science for Gardeners, and Building Natural Ponds. He lives in Guelph, Canada.


Upcoming Events

Jan 28 | Bevin Cohen | The Artisan Herbalist / The Complete Guide to Seed & Nut Oils | Planning and Planting Your Garden for Seed Saving

Central Indiana Seed Swap

Speaker Spotlight - Bevin Cohen -Planning and Planting Your Garden for Seed Saving:

Proper garden planning in the spring means a successful seed harvest in the fall! Bevin will cover important topics like spacing and timing, flower pollination and basic seed saving equipment and techniques. Bevin will also share info on some of his favorite varieties to grow! Bevin Cohen is an award-winning author, herbalist, seed saver, and educator.

He is the owner of Small House Farm and the founder of Michigan Seed Library Network, a community seed-sharing initiative that has helped establish more than one hundred seed library programs. Bevin offers workshops and lectures across the country on the benefits of living closer to the land through seeds, herbs, and locally grown food.

Host: Central Indiana Seed Swap
Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds,
2003 Pleasant St
Noblesville, IN 46060

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Time: 9am - 2pm EST
Cost: Free

Feb 11 | Bevin Cohen | The Artisan Herbalist / The Complete Guide to Seed & Nut Oils | 11th annual Seed Library Summit

Join us for the 11th Annual Seed Library Summit! All are welcome.

We are still finalizing the sessions, but here are some of the offerings:

  • How to Start a Seed Library
  • Ask a Seed Librarian (Panel)
  • Skillshare: Mobile Seed Libraries as a Response to Disasters
  • Seed Gardens
  • School Seed Libraries
  • Indigenous Community-based Seed Revitalizations & Seed Banks
  • Skillshare: Seed Stories
  • Seed Saving Basics
  • Landrace Gardening: Making Peace with Genetic Diversity in Seed Libraries
  • Native Seeds & Pollinators
  • Seed Exchanges
  • Seed Circles: Our Seed Stories (Hosted by SeedBroadcast - limited to 24 participants - not recorded)

Host:Richmond Grows
Location: Online

Date: Saturday Feb 11, 23
Time: 8am - 3pm PST
Cost: Free


The Benefits of Composting


In Compost Science for Gardeners, author Robert Pavlis guides the reader through a comparison of all the common composting methods from a how-to perspective. Readers will come away from this book with a clear understanding of the benefits of composting – both for soil and climate health.

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

Homemade for Sale with Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko

This fully updated and expanded second edition of Homemade for Sale – How to Set Up and Market a Food Business from your Home Kitchen will provide all the essentials to get you started or help you grow and expand your cottage food enterprise. You’ll learn to navigate your state’s cottage food laws that may allow you to sell non-hazardous baked goods or high-acid food products like jams, jellies, or pickles, made in your home kitchen.