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Food • Memoir
A Life on the Wedge Gordon Edgar
A politically charged walk through the world of artisan cheese.
Witty and irreverent, informative and provocative, Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge is the highly readable story of Gordon Edgar’s unlikely career as a cheesemonger at San Francisco’s worker-owned Rainbow Grocery Cooperative. A former punk-rock political activist, Edgar bluffed his way into his cheese job knowing almost nothing, but quickly discovered a whole world of amazing artisan cheeses. There he developed a deep understanding and respect for the styles, producers, animals, and techniques that go into making great cheese. With a refreshingly unpretentious sensibility, Edgar intertwines his own life story with his ongoing love affair with cheese, and offers readers an unflinching, highly entertaining on-theground look at America’s growing cheese movement. From problem customers to animal rights, business ethics to taste epiphanies, this book offers something for everyone, including cheese profiles and recommendations for selecting the very best—not just the most expensive—cheeses from the United States and around the world and a look at the struggles dairy farmers face in their attempts to stay on and make their living from the land. Edgar—a smart, progressive cheese man with an activist’s edge—enlightens and delights with his view of the world from behind the cheese counter and his appreciation for the skill and tradition that go into a good wedge of Morbier. Cheesemonger is the first book of its kind—a cheese memoir with attitude and information that will appeal to everyone from serious foodies to urban food activists.
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Pub Date March 2010
$17.95 US, $21.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781603582377 6 x 9 • 256 pages Food/Memoir World English Rights
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“Smart, compassionate, and fun to read, Cheesemonger took me by surprise! Who would expect the memoir of a cheese man to be so fascinating, playful, and refreshing? It’s great to hear a voice on food from the punk route, and Gordon Edgar brings a fresh and important perspective that we could all use for hand-made foods . . . and the people who buy them.” —Deborah Madison, author of Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America’s Farmers’ Markets and What We Eat When We Eat Alone
Gordon Edgar is the cheesemonger for Rainbow Grocery Cooperative, San Francisco’s biggest independent grocery and the country’s largest retail worker co-op. He has been a panelist and judge at numerous industry cheese events, helps organize national and regional worker–co-op conferences and regional cheese conferences, and serves on the board for the California Artisan Cheese Guild. He has written for HipMama.com, Clamor Magazine, and MaximumRocknRoll and blogs at gordonzola.livejournal.com and www.gordonzola.net.
“If you think culture applies only to transforming milk into cheese, then read this book! Gordon Edgar takes you on an irreverent journey through history, punk music, lust, food politics, and daily challenges faced by small-scale farmers and co-op retailers. He simultaneously demystifies cheese while wrestling with the myths and contradictions of the global food system. He will make you laugh, cry, and debate him!” —Jeffrey Roberts, author of The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese
Food • Memoir
From the book . . .
The moment in which I learned the most took place in the walk-in cooler where I was doing my volunteer work. Most of my day was spent organizing cheese for the cheese competition. I was
teamed with another cheese punk, the only other person I know with a cheese tattoo. Fate brought us together. Or at least the promise of cheaper out-of-pocket expenses. He’d been a cheese buyer longer than I had and referred to himself as a “cheesemonger.” “Tommy, how do you define ‘cheesemonger’?” I asked. During the course of the day we hashed out the definition and connotations. Obviously, cheesemonger was a title that meant “one who buys and sells cheese.” We both liked the history associated with the
word “monger.” Fishmonger, warmonger, whoremonger, etc. Clearly it was a serious title, and one to be earned.
Cheese lovers sometimes get confused and call themselves cheesemongers. I try to be understanding. After all, who wants to be called a “turophile?” It sounds like you have a fetish for molesting out-of-town visitors. Unfortunately, sometimes I’ve heard cheese workers use the title “cheesemonger” after they’ve been at the job for about five minutes. In doing so, they ignite in me a visceral distrust. Policing this definition cuts both ways, and I’m sure some folks would question how appropriate it was that I applied the term to myself. And while my new cheesepunk friend and I talked about the definition and what years of experience, gross sales, and ratio of factory-to-artisan cheese should be required, he had a few additional rules.
“You can’t call yourself a cheesemonger unless you’ve killed a rat in the walk-in cooler, kicked a sales rep out of your store, and bled from a cheese wound,” Tommy declared.
We argued about the rat qualification both on humane grounds and based on the fact that his urban store might have been in the food business for 100 years, but mine had just been a St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store and Mack Truck showroom before recently becoming a grocery store. I had had no opportunity for that kind of vermin killing. That I had killed many defenseless animals in my hunting-oriented youth convinced Tommy to give me a pass on that qualification. My dad was right: Those freezing pre-dawn mornings spent up to my waist in ice-cold water putting out duck decoys really did pay off.
I never saw Tommy again, but his words have guided me ever since.
Gardening • Agriculture
Forging a New Global Network of Sustainable Food Communities Carlo Petrini, Founder and President of Slow Food Foreword by Alice Waters
Industrial agriculture took over the world. Now Terra Madre is taking it back.
More than twenty years ago, when Italian Carlo Petrini learned that McDonald’s wanted to erect its golden arches next to the Spanish Steps in Rome, he developed an impassioned response: he helped found the Slow Food movement. Since then, Slow Food has become a worldwide phenomenon, inspiring the likes of Alice Waters and Michael Pollan. Now, it’s time to take the work of changing the way people grow, distribute, and consume food to a new level. On a global scale, as Petrini tells us in Terra Madre, we aren’t eating food. Food is eating us. Large-scale industrial agriculture has run rampant and penetrated every corner of the world. The price of food is fixed by the rules of the market, which have neither concern for quality nor respect for producers. People have been forced into standardized, unnatural diets, and aggressive, chemical-based agriculture is ravaging ecosystems from the Great Plains to the Kalahari. Food has been stripped of its meaning, reduced to a mere commodity, and its mass production is contributing to injustice all over the world. In Terra Madre, Petrini shows us a solution in the thousands of newly formed local alliances between food producers and food consumers. And he proposes expanding these alliances—connecting regional food communities around the world to promote good, clean, and fair food. The end goal is a world in which communities are entitled to food sovereignty—allowed to choose not only what they want to grow and eat, but also how they produce and distribute it.
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Pub Date March 2010
$20.00 US, $25.00 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781603582636 51/2 x 71/2 • 208 pages Gardening/Agriculture North American Rights
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Terra Madre People presents the
farmers, breeders, fishermen, cooks, students, and academics at the Terra Madre 2008 meeting who actively support local, sustainable food production and the preservation of taste and biodiversity. This colorful 16-minute video captures the Terra Madre gathering of world food communities in Turin, Italy in October 2008 and features interviews with Terra Madre delegates from all over the world. The video also includes clips of food producers and their projects in their native countries, as well as interviews with Chelsea Green authors Sandor Katz and Carlo Petrini. This DVD is the perfect complement to the book and clearly illustrates what Terra Madre (the event and the network) is all about, through the faces of the world’s farmers, fishermen, and other food producers.
Carlo Petrini, born in the small northern Italian town of Bra in 1949, is the founder and international president of the Slow Food movement, committed to the promotion of “good, clean and fair food.” The author of several books, he contributes regularly to Italian dailies and magazines on matters related to gastronomy and food politics. To write Terra Madre, he collaborated closely with Carlo Bogliotti, an editor of the Slowfood magazine and governor of the Slow Food Italy association.
• Pub Date March 2010 • $10.00 • DVD ISBN 9781603582780 • $25.00 • Book/DVD set
ISBN 9781603582841 • Runtime 16:06 minutes
Politics • Energy
The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World A 25-Point Program for Action Michael C. Ruppert Foreword by Colin Campbell, Ph. D.
ok that The bo vie the mo nspired i SE COLLAP
The world is running short of energy – especially cheap, easy-to-find oil. Shortages, along with resulting price increases, threaten industrialized civilization, the global economy, and our entire way of life.
In Confronting Collapse, author Michael P. Ruppert, a former LAPD narcotics officer turned investigative journalist, details the intricate connections between money and energy, including the ways in which oil shortages and price spikes triggered the economic crash that began in September 2008. Given the 96 percent correlation between economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions and the unliklihood of economic growth without a spike in energy use, Ruppert argues that we are not, in fact, on the verge of economic recovery, but on the verge of complete collapse. Ruppert’s truth is not merely inconvenient. It is utterly devastating.
• • • • • • Pub Date January 2010
$15.00 US, $17.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781603582643 53/8 x 83/8 • 256 pages • Charts & graphs Politics/Energy World Rights
But there is still hope. Ruppert outlines a 25-point plan of action, including the creation of a second strategic petroleum reserve for the use of state and local governments, the immediate implementation of a national Feed-in Tariff mandating that electric utilities pay 3 percent above market rates for all surplus electricity generated from renewable sources, a thorough assessment of soil conditions nationwide, and an emergency action plan for soil restoration and sustainable agriculture.
“Mike Ruppert has an unblemished track record for saying things that are incendiary, outrageous, shocking—and true. Our new president needs desperately to hear the uncomfortable message of this book about energy and the economy, and so do the rest of us.” —Richard Heinberg, Ph.D., author of The Party’s Over, Peak Everything, The Oil Depletion Protocol and senior fellow, Post Carbon Institute
Michael C. Ruppert is a former Los Angeles Police Department narcotics investigator turned investigative journalist. He is the author of Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil, and the founder of the online newsletter From the Wilderness. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
“Mike Ruppert has been at the forefront of speaking and writing about the grim reality that the world's crude oil output is peaking or has already peaked and will soon begin what could be swift declines over the next decade or two. The world needs to pay careful attention to the multiple risks this event will usher in. Thanks to Ruppert's new book, readers around the world will have access to his well written work.” —Matthew R. Simmons, Chairman - Simmons & Company
Food • Memoir
THE EARTH’S BEST STORY
A Bittersweet Tale of Twin Brothers Who Sparked an Organic Revolution Ron and Arnie Koss
Changing the world isn’t easy, but it can be done.
The Earth’s Best Story tells how Ron and Arnie Koss succeeded in creating the first nationally distributed organic foods company to sit next to its mainstream competition on supermarket shelves—a step that revolutionized and empowered the organic-foods movement as a whole— and benefited hundreds of farmers as well as the millions of babies whose very first foods have been organically grown, thanks to Earth’s Best. The Koss brothers, Ron and Arnie, had been sprout growers, broommakers, tool restorers, butlers, and natural-foods clerks, yet raised millions of dollars to start the first organic baby food company in the United States. How unlikely was that? The Earth’s Best Story is a bittersweet tale about the founding of Earth’s Best Baby Foods twentyfive years ago. Told through the dual narrative of each brother, this is not a business tome, although it is rich in entrepreneurial lessons and know-how. Rather, it’s more like a “how to,” “how not to,” and “how they did it” memoir. It’s personal, it’s intense, it’s inspirational, and it’s full of reflections and tales of wonder and woe.
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$19.95 US, $24.95 CAN • Paperback ISBN 9781603582391 6 x 9 • 384 pages Food/Memoir World Rights
People of every imaginable background and station in life want to make a difference with their lives. But how do you effectively do that? How does an idea successfully journey across the wastelands separating fantasy and reality? The Koss brothers take the reader on this journey. Theirs is a tale of idealism, naiveté, and possibility that reflects the quest to find a place in this world by somehow changing it for the better.
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Ron and Arnie Koss founded Earth’s Best Baby Food in 1985. In addition to baby food, Ron Koss is a natural foods product innovator. During his long-term employ with the aio Food Group, Ron has secured patents for his work on complete meal supplement ice cream and has also introduced specialized complete meal supplements for people in health recovery situations. Presently, he is working on nutritional products for a global relief aid project. Ron enjoys working as a consultant for socially responsible enterprises and has a special interest in group dynamics, organizational development, and conflict resolution. He lives in Montpelier, Vermont, with his family.
photo: Randy Jay Braun
Arnie Koss honed his business skills by founding and operating a number of small entrepreneurial companies in Vermont. He was actively involved in the development of organic certification standards, which eventually led to the Organic Foods Act of 1990. Arnie has served as a consultant to several prominent natural products companies and is presently the Managing Partner at aio Food Group, a Hawaii-based product development company that has created patented nutritional supplement products and also owns the Punalu'u Bakeshop and Visitor Center on the Big Island of Hawaii. He lives in Kula, Hawaii, with his family.
Nature • Environment
THE BIOCHAR DEBATE
Charcoal’s Potential to Reverse Climate Change and Build Soil Fertility James Bruges
Real hope for dealing with global warming while enhancing agricultural yields.
The Biochar Debate is the first book to introduce both the promise and concerns surrounding biochar (fine-grained charcoal used as a soil supplement) to nonspecialists. Charcoal making is an ancient technology. Recent discoveries suggest it may have a surprising role to play in combating global warming. This is because creating and burying biochar removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Furthermore, adding biochar to soil can increase the yield of food crops and the ability of soil to retain moisture, reducing need for synthetic fertilizers and demands on scarce fresh-water supplies. While explaining the excitement of biochar proponents, Bruges also gives voice to critics who argue that opening biochar production and use to global carbon-credit trading schemes could have disastrous outcomes, especially for the world’s poorest people. The solution, Bruges explains, is to promote biochar through an alternative approach called the Carbon Maintenance Fee that avoids the dangers. This would establish positive incentives for businesses, farmers, and individuals to responsibly adopt biochar without threatening poor communities with displacement by foreign investors seeking to profit through seizure of cheap land. The Biochar Debate covers the essential issues from experimental and scientific aspects of biochar in the context of global warming to fairness and efficiency in the global economy to negotiations for the future of the Kyoto Protocol.
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Pub Date March 2010
$14.95 US, $17.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781603582551 51/2 x 81/2 • 128 pages • Color photos Nature/Environment North American Rights
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“What we need is a charcoal maker on every farm so the farmer can turn his waste into carbon . . . We have to grow food, so why not help Gaia do the job of CO2 removal for us?” —James Lovelock, originator of Gaia theory “Bruges’ book is up to date and as comprehensive as any book could be at this extremely early stage of interest in the issue.” —Dennis Meadows, coauthor of Limits to Growth “The Biochar Debate is an intelligent and even-handed look at the potential for both improving soil and addressing global warming offered by the decentralized production and use of biochar. The potential pitfalls and unknowns are clearly acknowledged—this is not another faddish silver bullet approach, but offers some real world examples and practical ideas that anyone can use.” —Grace Gershuny, author of The Soul of Soil
James Bruges worked as an architect in London, Sudan, and India until 1995 when he retired in order to write about economic and environmental issues. He is the author of Sustainability and the Bristol Urban Village Initiative, The Little Earth Book, and The Big Earth Book, and was a contributor to What About China? His work has also appeared in Resurgence, The Friend, and The Ecologist. He was raised in Kashmir until the age of twelve and now lives with his wife, Marion, in Bristol, England.
Current Events • Education
Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education Anya Kamenetz
The case against college, and for education.
The price of college tuition has increased more than any other major good or service for the last twenty years. Nine out of ten American high school seniors aspire to go to college, yet the United States has fallen from world leader to only the tenth most educated nation. Almost half of college students don’t graduate; those who do have unprecedented levels of federal and private studentloan debt, which constitutes a credit bubble similar to the mortgage crisis. The system particularly fails the first-generation, the low-income, and students of color who predominate in coming generations. What we need to know is changing more quickly than ever, and a rising tide of information threatens to swamp knowledge and wisdom. America cannot regain its economic and cultural leadership with an increasingly ignorant population. Our choice is clear: Radically change the way higher education is delivered, or resign ourselves to never having enough of it. The roots of the words “university” and “college” both mean community. In the age of constant connectedness and social media, it’s time for the monolithic, millennium-old, ivy-covered walls to undergo a phase change into something much lighter, more permeable, and fluid.
• • • • • Pub Date April 2010
$14.95 US, $17.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781603582346 53/8 x 83/8 • 208 pages Current Events/Education
The future lies in personal learning networks and paths, learning that blends experiential and digital approaches, and free and open-source educational models. Increasingly, you will decide what, when, where, and with whom you want to learn, and you will learn by doing. The university is the cathedral of modernity and rationality, and with our whole civilization in crisis, we are poised on the brink of Reformation.
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Praise for Anya Kamenetz and her previous book, Generation Debt:
“A huge talent.” —Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor, Freakonomics “Bold and thought-provoking.” —–Los Angeles Times
photo: Jayd Gardina
“Surprisingly balanced [and] dead-on.” —–The Cleveland Plain Dealer “Turning public policy into a page-turner isn’t easy, but Kamenetz has done just that. We all need to read this brilliant book.” —–Laurence J. Kotlikoff, coauthor, The Coming Generational Storm “Anya Kamenetz brilliantly reveals the illogic and wasteful inequities of America's blind faith in higher education. Her book will be devastating for older people who still believe one more graduate degree is the road to personal success and a prosperous economy. Younger people will feel relief that someone has finally told the truth about their predicament. Kamenetz offers a radically different way to think about the future and she gives young people a more rational and promising way to think about theirs.” —–William Greider, author of Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country, and National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation
Anya Kamenetz is a staff writer for Fast Company magazine. The Village Voice nominated her for a Pulitzer Prize for contributions to the feature series Generation Debt, which became a book in 2006. She has written for the New York Times, appeared on CNN and National Public Radio, and been featured as a “Yahoo Finance Expert.” A frequent speaker nationwide, Kamenetz blogs at Fastcompany.com, The Huffington Post, and anyakamenetz.blogspot.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
Current Events • Education
Q&A with Anya Kamenetz
Who, really, are Edupunks and Edupreneurs, and are they on the fringe of education or really in the thick of it at well-respected, already-established universities?
AK: There is a large establishment within higher education that wants to preserve the status quo at all cost, but a growing number understand the dire need for change. Among the folks who are alive to this need, there is an emerging dichotomy between those who see the need for change as an economic opportunity and those who see it as an opportunity to instantiate free, open, networked education. Edupunks are determined that knowledge and learning should be free and open. They want to smash the traditional hierarchies of education and let learners control what, when, where, and how they learn. They’re committed to open-source technology and open licensing of creative work. They believe in the power of networks and communities. Edupreneurs want to harness some of the same technologies to create new, for-profit business models that reshape or replace existing educational institutions. Everyone is madly trying to figure out models to make the brave new world of education sustainable and efficient. Both the edupunks and the edupreneurs have something important to contribute to this process, just as the Mozilla Foundation, the nonprofit that produces the open-source browser Firefox, can do its thing alongside Google, a public company. Advocates and innovators of all stripes are actively changing the system, from major universities, to governments and the UN, to venture-capital firms, to complete outsiders.
How soon do you see the fall of traditional higher education, or at least their giving way to more technology-driven, open-source models?
AK: These changes are underway. The higher-ed landscape will be virtually unrecognizable within ten years as more and more people discover alternatives to the tuition cost spiral, not to mention the time, space, and other limitations of the “old-school” models.
What made you want to write about this, as the daughter of professors, and a Yale graduate?
AK: As my background indicates, I’m a partisan of the traditional liberal arts and higher education as a whole. My concern is how the world can satisfy its growing thirst for knowledge—and how America, which has fallen behind, can catch up.
Politics & Social Justice
A PRESIDENCY IN PERIL
The Inside Story of Obama's Promise, Wall Street's Power, and the Struggle to Control our Economic Future Robert Kuttner
A PRESIDENCY IN PERIL
From the author of the New York Times best-seller, Obama’s Challenge
When Barack Obama took office in January 2009, he had an unprecedented chance to do what no other recent president could: seize the nation’s financial reins from the corporate elite and return them to the American people. Progressives everywhere held out hope that their new leader would take advantage of the economic crisis he stepped into and enact bold policies that would evoke real financial reforms—putting Main Street in front of Wall Street, at last. But that, writes Robert Kuttner, is not the way things turned out. Instead, America’s best chance for radical financial reform turned into Wall Street’s greatest victory. Obama filled his administration with allies of financial elites who were more interested in business as usual than in transformative change. As a consequence, Main Street remained mired in deep recession. Instead of being the instrument of economic renewal, Obama became the target of economic frustration. In this hard-hitting, incisive account, Kuttner shares his unique, insider view of how the Obama administration not only missed its moment to turn our economy around—but deepened Wall Street’s risky grip on America’s future. Carefully constructing a one-year history of the problem, the players, and the outcome, Kuttner gives readers an unparalleled account of the president’s first year. More importantly, Kuttner shows how we could—with swift, decisive action—still enact real reforms, and how Barack Obama could redeem his promise. This is a book not to be missed by anyone who wants to understand exactly how Wall Street won, and how Main Street can still fight back.
’S PRO MIS E, RY OF OBA MA THE INS IDE STO THE STR UGG LE ’S POW ER, AND WA LL STR EET IC FUT URE OUR ECO NOM TO CON TRO L
R ob e rt K u t t n e r
New York Times Bestselling Author of Obama’s Challenge
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Pub Date April 2010
$25.00 US, $27.50 CAN • Hardcover ISBN 9781603582704 6 x 9 • 288 pages Index Politics/Economics World Rights
Praise for Robert Kuttner and his previous book, Obama's Challenge:
“Obama's Challenge is the fruit of Bob Kuttner's lifetime of engagé reporting, analysis, and advocacy . . . it is riveting, brilliant, and persuasive. Kuttner, in concise chapters written with great vigor and clarity, shows what the change could look like if Obama is bold enough to go for it and the gods continue to smile on him.” —Hendrik Hertzberg, from his New Yorker blog “Robert Kuttner has incisively captured the political moment, underscored by the deepening economic crisis. Lucidly and passionately, he lays out the hurdles facing an Obama presidency and challenges him to seize the moment and achieve greatness by redeeming the promise of America.” —–Arianna Huffington, cofounder and editor-in-chief, The Huffington Post “[Kuttner's] thoughtful, hopeful and apprehensive book is a particularly valuable guide to what the progressive left hopes to see in the Obama presidency.” —–New York Times Sunday Book Review
Robert Kuttner is the author of the New York Times best-seller Obama’s Challenge: America’s Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency and several other books on politics and the economy. He is cofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect magazine and a distinguished senior fellow at the progressive think tank Demos. He was a longtime columnist for BusinessWeek and continues to write columns in the Boston Globe. A regular commentator on TV and radio, Kuttner also blogs frequently on how America can harness capitalism to serve a broad public interest.
Politics & Social Justice
From A Presidency in Peril
Dare we still hope that Obama will yet deliver change we can believe in? The quiet desperation of millions of Americans is not being well articulated, much less remedied, by either party. But at the rate events are unfolding, the economic unease will increasingly be defined and articulated by the Republican right. The crucial question is whether Obama himself has been so totally captured by the financial elite that his path is now irreversible. It has become a cliché among pundits that the Democratic Party is hamstrung by interest groups. Commentators usually have in mind groups that are actually fairly weak politically––blacks, Hispanics, gays, feminists, schoolteachers, trade unionists. Politicians who propitiate these groups are accused of pandering. The fact that the most powerful interest group of them all, the financial industry, seldom makes the list, is testament to its quiet power. Princeton University political scientist Larry Bartels observes, “In the 1930s and 1940s, Democrats went as far as the South would let them go. Since the 1990s, they’ve gone as far as Wall Street will let them go.” That power structure needs to be dislodged before real reform can proceed. In principle, Obama is free to toss out his top aides and bring in a new team. Bill Clinton repeatedly shuffled his advisors. So did Lincoln. But, as we shall see, the threads that link Obama’s political aides to his Wall Street–dominated group of top economic advisers will not be easily sundered. The addiction of this administration to flows of Wall Street’s political money reinforces the impulse to go easy on the financial industry. Obama’s style is to delegate and to proceed with extreme caution. To shift course and lead a different economic team with drastically different views and goals, Obama would have to grow immensely in office. It is, of course, too early for a definitive judgment. History reminds us that Lincoln, in mid-1862, was facing a bleak military and political landscape. His peers considered him a failure. His greatness came later. John Kennedy, judged a year and a half into his term, looked like a pretty disappointing president, too. Often, wisdom ripens with experience––and Obama is nothing if not a learner. Sometimes, however, leaders fail to seize moments pregnant with possibility. Sometimes, to invert a muchloved verse of the poet Seamus Heaney, hope and history don’t rhyme. The British historian A.J.P Taylor, . referring to the revolutionary year 1848, when nationalist revolutions in central Europe seeking self-determination and liberal democracy were all aborted, memorably characterized the events as a turning point of history on which history failed to turn. We will soon learn whether our own era is such a time. In Obama’s fateful first year, there was a road not taken, a possible road to radical financial reform, broad prosperity, and the mobilization of an appreciative citizenry. This book explains how the key decisions unfolded, the stakes, and the alternatives, as we look forward to the second half of Obama’s term. There is still time for him to redeem his presidency. But that time is fast running out.
INQUIRIES INTO THE NATURE OF SLOW MONEY
Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered Woody Tasch Foreword by Carlo Petrini
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A call to bring money back down to earth.
Could there ever be an alternative stock exchange dedicated to slow, small, and local? Could a million American families get their food from CSAs? What if you had to invest 50 percent of your assets within 50 miles of where you live? Such questions—at the heart of slow money—represent the first steps on our path to a new economy. Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money presents an essential new strategy for investing in local food systems and introduces a group of fiduciary activists who are exploring what should come after industrial finance and industrial agriculture. Theirs is a vision for investing that puts soil fertility into return-on-investment calculations and serves people and place as much at it serves industry sectors and markets. Leading the charge is Woody Tasch—whose decades of work as a venture capitalist, foundation treasurer, and entrepreneur now shed new light on a truer, more beautiful, more prudent kind of fiduciary responsibility. He offers an alternative vision to the dusty old industrial concepts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when dollars, and the businesses they financed, lost their connection to place; slow money, on the other hand, is firmly rooted in the new economic, social, and environmental realities of the 21st century. Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money is a call to action for designing capital markets built around not extraction and consumption but preservation and restoration. Is it a movement or is it an investment strategy? Yes.
• Pub Date April 2010 • $15.95 US, $19.95 CAN • Paper • ISBN 9781603582544
[Hardcover ISBN 9781603580069]
• 51/2 x 71/2 • 240 pages • Sustainable Business • World Rights (sold: Chinese, Italian,
• Also Available as an e-book
“It goes along with Small Is Beautiful on my ‘books that matter’ shelf.” —Joan Dye Gussow, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University, and author, This Organic Life “The promise of Slow Money gives us all hope that the post-financial-meltdown economy will be much more grounded in local, community-based, mission-positive enterprises.” —Rian Fried, President, Clean Yield Asset Management “This book is an essential read for anyone who is concerned about the human condition and our planet. Few have taken the idea of walking your talk this much to its essence: all the way to where money meets the earth, so that we can begin to build a truly healthy economy.” —Mark Finser, Chair of the Board, RSF Social Finance
Woody Tasch is president of the newly formed NGO Slow Money and Chairman Emeritus of Investors’ Circle, a nonprofit network of angel investors, venture capitalists, foundations, and family offices that, since 1992, has facilitated the flow of $130 million to 200 early-stage companies and venture funds dedicated to sustainability. He lives in northern New Mexico. For information about Slow Money please visit www.slowmoneyalliance.org.
UP TUNKET ROAD
The Education of a Modern Homesteader Philip Ackerman-Leist Illustrations by Erin Ackerman-Leist
Simple living has never been so complicated.
Ever since Thoreau’s Walden, the image of the American homesteader has been of someone getting away from civilization, of forging an independent life in the country. Yet if this were ever true, what is the nature and reality of homesteading in the media-saturated, hyper-connected 21st century? For seven years Philip Ackerman-Leist and his wife, Erin, lived without electricity or running water in an old cabin in the beautiful but remote hills of western New England. Slowly forging their own farm and homestead, they took inspiration from their experiences among the mountain farmers of the Tirolean Alps and were guided by their Vermont neighbors, who taught them about what it truly means to live sustainably in the postmodern homestead—not only to survive, but to thrive in a fragmented landscape and a fractured economy. Up Tunket Road is the inspiring true story of a young couple who embraced the joys of simple living while also acknowledging its frustrations and complexities. Ackerman-Leist writes with humor about the inevitable foibles of setting up life off the grid—from hauling frozen laundry uphill to getting locked in the henhouse by their ox. But he also weaves an instructive narrative that contemplates the future of simple living. His is not a how-to guide, but something much richer and more important—a tale of discovery that will resonate with readers who yearn for a better, more meaningful life, whether they live in the city, country, or somewhere in between.
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Pub Date June 2010
$17.95 US, $21.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781603580335 6 x 9 • 272 pages • Illustrations Sustainable Living World Rights
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Philip Ackerman-Leist and his wife, Erin, farmed in the South Tirol region of the Alps and North Carolina before beginning their twelve-year homesteading venture in Pawlet, Vermont. Ackerman-Leist is a professor at Green Mountain College, where he established the college farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum and is Director of the Green Mountain College Farm & Food Project.
THE GORT CLOUD
The Invisible Force Powering Today’s Most Visible Green Brands Richard Seireeni
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Exploring the networks that make or break green brands.
“Green” has gone mainstream and, for many companies, caring for the environment is not just a philosophy, it’s a marketing strategy. So how does a company that’s genuinely committed to green principles differentiate itself from its greenwashing competitors? Brand expert Richard Seireeni interviewed more than thirty eco-capitalists from a broad range of industries—home improvement, transportation, household products, food and beverage, energy, real estate, finance, and fashion. The collective experiences of leaders like Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farms, Jeffrey Hollender of Seventh Generation, and the grandsons of soapmaker Dr. Bronner provide a rich source of wisdom for green businesses getting off the ground or for any business aiming to improve its environmental performance. Seireeni shows how green entrepreneurs leveraged their brands by successfully navigating the “Gort Cloud”—a term coined by the author to describe the vast and largely invisible network of NGOs, trendspotters, advocacy groups, social networks, business alliances, certifying organizations, and other members of the green community that have the power to make or break new green brands.
• Pub Date June 2010 • $19.95 US, $24.95 CAN • Paper • ISBN 9781603582520
[Hardcover ISBN 9781603580618]
• 6 x 9 • 320 pages • Sustainable Business • World Rights • Also Available as an e-book
Integrating the Gort Cloud into brand development and marketing strategies is critical to the success of any aspiring green brand. Creating a cause, building credibility, developing a simple and compelling message, identifying core customers and sales channels, deftly playing the green alternative media, and fending off second-to-market competitors are all required to build a green brand. How these skills are put into practice will vary for each business, but Seireeni’s research points toward a set of shared characteristics and basic tenets that every business can use to build a credible and successful green brand.
“This is one of the best green marketing and branding books written lately, providing not only a clear view about the past and the present of the green economy, but also valuable lessons to its future.” —Eco-Libris “If you liked Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken, you’ll love this too . . . We found it quite a clever read and very informative.” —–Celsias
Richard Seireeni is a thirty-year veteran in brand consulting and marketing. He has been art director of Rolling Stone magazine, creative director of Warner Bros. Records, and co-creative director of Enterprise IG, New York. He is founder of The Brand Architect Group in Los Angeles, with affiliated offices in Tokyo and Shanghai. He graduated from the Univ. of Washington School of Architecture and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. He lives in LA with his wife and two children. For more information, visit www.TheGortCloud.com.
“A worthy contribution to the green marketing and Web 2.0 canon.” —–Timothy B. Hurst, Sustainablog
CHANTERELLE DREAMS AND AMANITA NIGHTMARES
The Love, Lore, and Mystique of Mushrooms Greg Marley
Dispatches from a Mycophile.
Throughout history, people have had a complex and confusing relationship with mushrooms. Are fungi food or medicine, beneficial decomposers or deadly “toadstools” ready to kill anyone foolhardy enough to eat them? In fact, there is truth in all these statements. In Chanterelle Dreams and Amanita Nightmares, author Greg Marley reveals some of the wonders and mysteries of mushrooms, and our conflicting human reactions to them. With tales from around the world, Marley, a seasoned mushroom expert, explains that some cultures are mycophilic (mushroom-loving), like those of Russia and Eastern Europe, while others are intensely mycophobic (mushroom-fearing), including the US. He shares stories from China, Japan, and Korea—where mushrooms are interwoven into the fabric of daily life as food, medicine, fable, and folklore—and from Slavic countries where whole families leave villages and cities during rainy periods of the late summer and fall and traipse into the forests for mushroom-collecting excursions. From the famous Amanita phalloides (aka “the Death Cap”), reputed killer of Emperor Claudius in the first century AD, to the beloved chanterelle (cantharellus cibarius) known by at least eighty-nine different common names in almost twenty-five languages, Chanterelle Dreams and Amanita Nightmares explores the ways that mushrooms have shaped societies all over the globe. This fascinating and fresh look at mushrooms—their natural history, their uses and abuses, their pleasures and dangers—is a splendid introduction to both fungi themselves and to our human fascination with them. From useful descriptions of the most foolproof edible species to revealing stories about hallucinogenic or poisonous, yet often beautiful, fungi, Marley’s long and passionate experience will inform and inspire readers with the stories of these dark and mysterious denizens of our forest floor.
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Pub Date May 2010
$17.95 US, $21.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781603582148 6 x 9 • 272 pages • Illustrations Food World Rights
• Also Available as an e-book
Greg Marley has a passion for mushrooms that dates to 1971, the year he left his native New Mexico and spent the summer in the verdant woods of central New York. Since then, he has become an avid student and teacher of mycology, as well as a mushroom identification consultant to the Northern New England Poison Control Center and owner of Mushrooms for Health, a company that provides education and products made with Maine medicinal mushrooms. Marley is the author of Mushrooms for Health: Medical Secrets of Northeastern Fungi. He lives and mushrooms in Rockland, Maine.
Health • Environment
POISONED FOR PROFIT
How Toxins Are Making Our Children Chronically Ill Philip and Alice Shabecoff
Why is one of every three American children sick?
In a landmark investigation that’s been compared to Silent Spring, two veteran journalists definitively show how, why, and where industrial toxins are causing rates of birth defects, asthma, cancer, and other serious illnesses to soar in children. Philip and Alice Shabecoff reveal that the children of baby boomers—the first to be raised in a truly toxified world—are the first generation to be sicker and have shorter life expectancies than their parents. The culprits, they say, are the companies that profit from producing, using, and selling toxics. In piercing case histories, the authors bring readers to places like Dickson, Tennessee, where babies were born with cleft lips and palates after landfill chemicals seeped into the water, and Port Neches, Texas, where so many graduates of a high school near synthetic rubber and chemical plants contracted cancer that the school was nicknamed “Leukemia High.” And they ask a razor-sharp question: Just why are we letting corporations commit these crimes against our children, sabotage investigations and regulations, hire scientists to skew data on toxic impacts, and fend off government controls with powerful lobbying groups?
• • • • • • Pub Date May 2010
$17.95 US, $21.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781603582568 6 x 9 • 368 pages Health/Environment Paperback Rights
It’s time, they say, for families and the health and environmental communities to fight back, and their painstakingly researched book shows how people are taking action across the country—from pressuring politicians and investigating sickness clusters in their regions to ridding their own homes of countless toxic products like crib mattresses infused with dangerous flame retardants or teething rings steeped in harmful chemicals. Powerful, unflinching, and eminently readable, Poisoned for Profit is a wake-up call that is bound to inspire talk and force change.
Philip Shabecoff was the chief environmental correspondent for the New York Times for fourteen of the thirty-two years he worked there as a reporter. After leaving the Times, he founded and published Greenwire, an online daily digest of environmental news. He has appeared on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, Washington Week in Review, CNN News, C-Span, National Public Radio, and the BBC. For his environmental writing, Shabecoff was selected as one of the Global 500 by the United Nations Environment Programme. He received the James Madison Award from the American Library Association for leadership in expanding the public’s right to know. His previous books include A Fierce Green Fire: A History of the American Environmental Movement.
Alice Shabecoff is a freelance journalist focusing on family and consumer topics. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and International Herald Tribune, among other publications. She was executive director of the National Consumers League, the country’s oldest consumer organization, and executive director of the national nonprofit Community Information Exchange. Her previous books include A Guide to Careers in Community Development.
“Brilliant. Every parent in America owes a debt of gratitude to Philip and Alice Shabecoff. [Poisoned for Profit] should be high on the . . . President’s reading list.” —Barry Commoner “Powerful reporting backing powerful conclusions—it will make those of us with kids shudder, but hopefully it will also make us get out of our chairs and engage in the politics necessary to protect the future.” —–Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and The End of Nature
LIVING ABOVE THE STORE
Building a Business That Creates Value, Inspires Change, and Restores Land and Community Martin Melaver Foreword by Ray Anderson
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How a business can redefine, then find, success.
The economic crash of late 2008 is just the latest evidence of the truth that many have known for so long: that too much of our modern economy is based on a house of cards. We need businesses that not only factor their impact on people and places into their equations for success but also strive to restore the communities and environments in which they operate. How can this be done? In Living above the Store, Martin Melaver provides a roadmap for creating such a business. He challenges business owners and managers to move beyond business as usual and create real change. Living above the Store brings us into the story of Melaver, Inc., a third-generation, seventy-year-old family real-estate business, as it evolves toward becoming a thought and product leader in sustainable business practices. It is part business-management theory and part case study, showing readers where sustainable principles meet sustainable practices on a day-to-day basis. Living above the Store demonstrates how to: • Adopt a business model that provides for economic success while contributing to society and the environment • Shape a business culture that is restorative to a workforce by helping employees realize their highest potential • Leverage an ethos within a business that “ripples outward” to foster restoration of both land and community • Embrace a notion of limits to growth • Reframe ideas about competition, proprietary knowledge, and business success Living above the Store is for readers who want to learn more about how a socially responsible business can first redefine, and then find, success.
• Pub Date June 2010 • $19.95 US, $24.95 CAN • Paper • ISBN 9781603582537
[Hardcover ISBN 9781603580854] • 6 x 9 • 336 pages • 8-page color insert • Sustainable Business • World Rights
• Also Available as an e-book
photo: Kim Thomson
“Living above the Store breaks the mold on business writing.” —–Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce “This is a heartwarming and inspiring story of how business ought to be conducted at the intersection of community, common sense, and caring.” —–David W. Orr, author of Design on the Edge and Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College
Martin Melaver has been CEO of Melaver, Inc., since 1992. Never content with the well-trod path, he has a PhD in literature from Harvard University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He is actively involved with numerous community organizations in and around Savannah, Georgia. Melaver splits his time between Savannah and Tel Aviv, Israel.
ADOBE HOMES FOR ALL CLIMATES
Simple, Affordable, and Earthquake-resistant Natural Building Techniques Lisa Morey Schroder and Vince Ogletree
New methods for an old art—modern adobe construction for buildings of all styles in all places.
The lay-up of adobe bricks is an easy, forgiving way to achieve a solid masonry-wall system. Contrary to stereotypes, adobe is perfectly adaptable for use in cold, wet climates as well as hot and dry ones, and for areas prone to earthquakes. With its efficient use of energy, natural resources for construction, and minimal effort for long-term maintenance, it’s clear that the humble adobe brick is an ideal option for constructing eco-friendly structures throughout the world. The book is ideal both for first-time do-it-yourselfers and for experienced adobe builders seeking to improve their craft. Drawing on the experience of more than fifty major adobe projects since 1993, Adobe Homes for All Climates describes Adobe Building Systems’ patented reinforcement and scaffolding systems, showing readers how to construct adobe homes more easily and safely, and with superior strength, durability, structural integrity, and aesthetic appeal, as compared to earthen homes of the past.
• • • • Pub Date August 2010
$34.95 US, $43.50 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781603582575 8 x 10 • 224 pages • Color photos and black & white line drawings • Green Building • World Rights
All aspects of adobe construction are covered, including making and laying adobe bricks, installing lintels and arches, conduits and pipes, doors and windows, top plates and bondbeams, ideal wall dimensions, adobe finishes, and other adobe construction components, such as the inexpensive use of scaffolding. These methods will produce a premium product that will meet and often exceed inspection standards. Equipped with this manual, you will be able to obtain a building permit, make adobe bricks swiftly, and confidently lay them up. You will be able to beautifully finish your adobe walls with earth plasters creating stunning colors and outstanding light effects and create a beautiful, energy-efficient home that will last for generations to come.
Lisa Morey Schroder has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management as well as a diploma in Architectural Design. She worked alongside Ogletree for five years before founding Adobe Building Systems, LLC. She has been involved in the design and planning stages of dozens of adobe homes and has years of hands-on experience in all aspects of adobe construction. Schroder lives with her husband and two children in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Vince Ogletree founded Earth Building Consultants & Contractors, Ltd., in Auckland, New Zealand. Before his untimely death in 2005, he had twenty-three years of building experience including twelve years working with earthen and adobe methods. Vince dedicated himself to working on this manual in the last year of his life so that others could benefit from his knowledge and expertise in adobe building and share in his passion for earthen building and in his vision for environmentally conscious construction.
Politics • Social Justice
BYE BYE, MISS AMERICAN EMPIRE
Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and Their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America’s Political Map Bill Kauffman
An offbeat tour through the increasingly disuniting states of America.
It’s been almost a century and a half since a critical mass of Americans believed that secession was an American birthright. But breakaway movements large and small are rising up across the nation. From Vermont to Alaska, activists driven by all manner of motives want to form new states—and even new nations. So, just what’s happening out there? The American Empire is dying, says Bill Kauffman in this incisive, eye-opening investigation into modern-day secession—the next radical idea poised to enter mainstream discourse. And those rising up to topple that empire are a surprising mix of conservatives, liberals, regionalists, and independents who—from movement to movement—may share few political beliefs but who have one thing in common: a sense that our nation has grown too large, and too powerfully centralized, to stay true to its founding principles.
• • • • • • Pub Date July 2010
$17.95 US, $21.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781933392806 6 x 9 • 320 pages Politics/Social Justice World Rights
Bye Bye, Miss American Empire traces the historical roots of the secessionist spirit, and introduces us to the often radical, sometimes quixotic, and highly charged movements that want to decentralize and re-localize power. During the George W. Bush administration, frustrated liberals talked secession back to within hailing distance of the margins of national debate, a place it had not occupied since 1861. Now, secessionist voices on the left and right and everywhere in between are amplifying. Writes Kauffman, “The noise is the sweet hum of revolution, of subjects learning how to be citizens, of people shaking off . . . their Wall Street and Pentagon overlords and taking charge of their lives once more.” Engaging, illuminating, even sometimes troubling, Bye Bye, Miss American Empire is a must-read for those taking the pulse of the nation.
• Also Available as an e-book
photo: Gretel Kauffman
Praise for Bill Kauffman's Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette:
“A small masterpiece . . . Kauffman is a romantic reactionary, a writer with an odd, energetic optimism.” —Gore Vidal “There is myth and poetry in this refreshing look at a town . . . Kauffman is one of the most original journalistic voices in America today.” —–Richmond Times-Dispatch “A sort of Our Town with attitude . . . Readers will laugh out loud.” —–Publishers Weekly “Those born in a small town will know what he means and probably envy him for having had the gumption to go back home.” —–The Wall Street Journal
Bill Kauffman is the author of nine books, including Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette, which won the 2003 national “Sense of Place” award from Writers & Books, and Look Homeward, America, which the American Library Association named one of the best books of 2006. He writes frequently for The Wall Street Journal and the American Conservative and lives in his native Genesee County, New York, with his family.
Gardening • Agriculture
THE FARMSTEAD CREAMERY ADVISOR
The Complete Guide to Building and Running a Small, Farm-Based Cheese Business Gianaclis Caldwell
Essential reading for aspiring artisan cheesemakers and home dairy producers.
There has never been a better time to be making and selling great cheese. People worldwide are consuming more high-quality, handmade cheese than ever before. The number of artisan cheesemakers has doubled in recent years, and many of the industry’s newcomers are “farmstead” producers— those who work only with the milk of their own animals. Today, more than ever before, the people who choose to become farmer-cheesemakers need access to the knowledge of established cheese artisans who can help them build their dream. Few career choices lead to such extremes of labor, emotion, and monetary challenge. In The Farmstead Creamery Advisor, respected cheesemaker, instructor, and speaker Gianaclis Caldwell walks would-be producers through the many, and often confusing, steps and decisions they will face when considering a career in this burgeoning cottage industry. This book fills the gap that exists between the pasture and cheese plate. It goes far beyond issues of caring for livestock and basic cheesemaking, explaining business issues such as:
• • • • • • Pub Date July 2010
$29.95 US, $36.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781603582216 7 x 10 • 250 pages • Full color throughout Gardening/Agriculture World Rights
• Analyzing your suitability for the career • Designing and building the cheese facility • Sizing up the market • Negotiating day-to-day obstacles • Ensuring maximum safety and efficiency Drawing from her own and other cheesemakers’ experiences, Caldwell brings to life the story of creating a successful cheesemaking business in a practical, organized manner. Absolutely essential for anyone interested in becoming a licensed artisan cheesemaker, The Farmstead Creamery Advisor will also appeal to the many small and hobby-farm owners who already have milking animals and who wish to improve their home dairy practices and facilities.
• Also Available as an e-book
Gianaclis Caldwell, along with her husband, Vern, and their teenage daughter, Amelia, owns Pholia Farm situated in the verdant Rogue Valley of southern Oregon, where they make aged cheese from the milk of their Nigerian Dwarf goats. The twenty-three-acre, off-the-grid farm and forest has been in Caldwell’s family since the 1940s. Caldwell’s critically acclaimed cheeses have been featured in books, articles, and top-ten lists. She is a former nurse and mixed-media artist.
photo: Gregory Redfern
Left to Write Press
Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture Shannon Hayes
Essential reading on a lifestyle change that will be embraced by many in the years to come.
Mother Nature has shown her hand. Faced with climate change, dwindling resources, and species extinctions, most Americans understand the fundamental steps necessary to solve our global crises—drive less, consume less, increase self-reliance, buy locally, eat locally, rebuild our local communities. In essence, the great work we face requires rekindling the home fires. Radical Homemakers is about men and women across the U.S. who focus on home and hearth as a political and ecological act, and who have centered their lives around family and community for personal fulfillment and cultural change. It explores what domesticity looks like in an era that has benefited from feminism, where domination and oppression are cast aside and where the choice to stay home is no longer equated with mind-numbing drudgery, economic insecurity, or relentless servitude.
• • • • • Pub Date April 2010
$23.95 US, $29.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9780979439117 6 x 9 • 352 pages Sustainable Living
Radical Homemakers nationwide speak about empowerment, transformation, happiness, and casting aside the pressures of a consumer culture to live in a world where money loses its power to relationships, independent thought, and creativity. If you ever considered quitting a job to plant tomatoes, read to a child, pursue creative work, can green beans and heal the planet, this is your book.
Advance Praise for Radical Homemakers
“The world is moving towards a tougher period, when the relative ease and luxury we’ve known will be tested. But that test can deepen our family and community lives, as Shannon Hayes shows, providing more of us—of both genders—become homemakers.” —Bill McKibben, author of Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
Shannon Hayes is the host of grassfedcooking.com and author of The Farmer and the Grill and The Grassfed Gourmet. She has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times. She holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and works with her family on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in upstate New York. Learn more at radicalhomemakers.com •••Also by Shanon Hayes•••
THE FARMER AND THE GRILL A Guide to Grilling, Barbecuing and Spit-Roasting Grassfed Meat . . . and for saving the planet one bite at a time Shannon Hayes
“Brilliant, visionary, and practical. This is a mind-bending book that will forever change your view of human possibility and compel you to rethink your life. My highest recommendation. ” —David Korten, author of Agenda for a New Economy and The Great Turning and board chair of YES! magazine “Breathtaking, scholarly, passionate and inspiring.” —Holly Hickman, Radical Homemaker, former Fox News Radio reporter and creator of SustainableSuppers.com “Outside the boxes of both conservatives and liberals, this book is radical thinking at its best. Read it and think.” —John De Graaf, coauthor of AFFLUENZA and director of Take Back Your Time
$21.95 US • PB • 9780979439100 6 x 9 • 168 pages • B&W illustrations
Gardening • Agriculture
HOW TO MAKE AND USE COMPOST
The Ultimate Guide Nicky Scott
Everything you need to know to make successful compost in the city or country, flat or field.
Composting is easy, fun, saves you money, and helps you to grow lovely plants. Whether you live in an apartment with no garden or have a family and garden that generate large amounts of food and garden waste, this book shows you how to compost everything that can be composted at home, work, or school, and in spaces big and small. How to Make and Use Compost features an A-Z guide that includes a comprehensive list of what you can and can’t compost, concepts and techniques, compost systems, and common problems and solutions. It includes how to: • Compost your food waste safely • Get the best out of a Dalek-type plastic composter • Make your own seed, plant, and cuttings compost • Create liquid feed for your plants with a wormery • Make compost in your flat or on your balcony • Avoid problems such as rats and flies. By making your own compost you can feed your plants, increase the fertility of your soil, and help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill at the same time.
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Pub Date April 2010
$16.95 US, $20.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781900322591 61/4 x 91/4 • 128 pages • Color photos Gardening/Agriculture
Nicky Scott is a former Chairman of the Community Composting Network and is the Coordinator of the Devon Community Composting Network. He has helped in the development of the “Scotty’s Hot Box” and the “RiDan” composter, both now widely used for composting food waste. Nicky Scott lives in England.
•••Also by Nicky Scott•••
COMPOSTING An Easy Household Guide Nicky Scott REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE An Easy Household Guide Nicky Scott
$7.95 US • PB • 9781933392745 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 • 96 pages Color illustrations
$7.95 US • PB • 9781933392752 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 • 96 pages Color illustrations
HOMES FOR A CHANGING CLIMATE
Adapting Our Homes and Communities to Cope with the Climate of the 21st Century Will Anderson
Designing and building homes to cope with ongoing climate change.
Climate change is inescapable. Even if the whole world stopped pumping carbon dioxide into the sky today, at least forty years of climate change are ahead of us, thanks to the long time lag within the Earth’s ecosystem. As the century progresses, extremes will become more common: heat waves, drought, storms, and floods will test the design of our buildings and the resilience of our communities. We also face the slow rise of sea levels and the secondary impacts of climate change, especially on energy and food security. Across the world, communities have been living with such extremes for millennia. If we have the imagination to learn from others and rethink the ways we build and live together, we can face this unsettling future with confidence. Homes for a Changing Climate celebrates this collective wisdom, exploring traditional and contemporary responses to the challenges of climate and illustrating the many ways in which houses can be designed, built, and adapted to cope with these challenges. Combining inspiring case studies, striking photography, and practical advice, Homes for a Changing Climate is a book of imagination and hope in difficult times.
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Pub Date February 2010
$35.00 US, $43.50 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781900322478 8 x 10 • 192 pages Full-color photos throughout • Green Building
Will Anderson is Senior Researcher for the Centre for Sustainable Energy, based in Bristol, England. He has a published academic background in health and social research but now writes with a focus on ecological design. He is a regular contributor to Timber Building. His several degrees include one in sustainable development.
BUILDING WITH STRAW BALES, REVISED & UPDATED
A Practical Guide for the UK and Ireland Barbara Jones
Straw-bale building has brought to the construction industry many new and useful ideas about energy efficiency and responsibility toward the environment.
This fully revised and updated edition includes new construction drawings, standard details for best-practice design, examples of off-the-peg drawings for small buildings such as summer houses and studios, and designs for affordable houses. These designs have a carbon rating of less than zero. As a building material, straw excels in the areas of cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency. Building with Straw Bales gives details of all the main construction methods and includes: • bale specifications • plans • walls and foundations • doors and windows • plastering • building regulations and planning permission • frequently asked questions • construction drawings
• Pub Date February 2010 • $24.95 US, $30.95 CAN • Paper • ISBN 9781900322515
[Previous ISBN 9781903998137]
• 71/2 x 91/4 • 184 pages • Color plates • Green Building
Barbara Jones is one of the foremost straw-bale builders in the UK and has been involved in building more than 200 houses. Her company, Amazon Nails, runs workshops in straw-bale training and natural building techniques.
Being on a pilgrimage doesn’t necessarily mean travelling from one place to another—it means a state of mind, a state of consciousness, a state of fearlessness.
In Earth Pilgrim, Satish Kumar draws on his personal experience and also his understanding of the spiritual traditions of both East and West. The book takes the form of conversations between Kumar and others about the inner and outer aspects of pilgrimage: “To be a pilgrim is to be on a path of adventure, to move out of our comfort zones, to let go of our prejudices and preconditioning, to make strides towards the unknown.” If we want to tread the pilgrim’s path, we need to go beyond ideas of good and evil and to be dedicated to our quest—to our natural calling. We need to shed not just our unnecessary material possessions but also our burdens of fear, anxiety, doubt, and worry; in this way we can find spiritual renewal and enter on the great adventure into the unknown. Kumar believes that at this stage of human history we now need a new kind of pilgrim, unattached to any form of dogma—“Earth Pilgrims” who are concerned with this world, not the next, and who are seeking a deep commitment to life in the here and now, upon this Earth, in this world. We need to realize that we are all connected, and through that connectivity we become pilgrims.
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Pub Date February 2010
$19.95 US, $24.95 CAN • Hardcover ISBN 9781900322577 53/4 x 83/4 • 144 pages 19 B&W illustrations • Spirituality
From the Introduction . . .
We can relate to our planet Earth in two ways. Either we can act as tourists and look at the Earth as a source of goods and services for our use, pleasure and enjoyment, or we can act as Earth Pilgrims and treat the planet with reverence and gratitude. Tourists value the Earth and all her natural riches only in terms of their usefulness to themselves. Pilgrims perceive the planet as sacred, and recognize the intrinsic value of all life. The living Earth, with all its grace and beauty, is good in itself.
Satish Kumar is an internationally renowned speaker on ecological and spiritual issues. He is the author of The Buddha and the Terrorist; No Destination; You Are, Therefore I Am; and Spiritual Compass. He lives in North Devon, England.
•••Also by Satish Kumar•••
YOU ARE, THEREFORE I AM A Declaration of Dependence Satish Kumar
$20.00 US • PB • 9781903998182 6 x 9 • 192 pages
NO DESTINATION An Autobiography Satish Kumar
$20.00 US • PB • 9781870098892 6 x 9 • 320 pages
Nature • Environment
THE HANDBOOK OF SUSTAINABILITY LITERACY
Skills for a Changing World Arran Stibbe, editor
A ground-breaking book that offers deep reflection on the skills that people will need to survive and thrive in the challenging conditions of the twenty-first century.
Responding to the threats of climate change, peak oil, resource deletion, economic uncertainty and energy insecurity demands the utmost in creativity, ingenuity, and new ways of thinking in order to reinvent self and society. In The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy, leading sustainability educators are joined by permaculturists, literary critics, ecologists, artists, journalists, engineers, mathematicians, and philosophers in examining the skills needed in the twenty-first century. Among the many skills, attributes, and values described in this volume are values reflection, coping with complexity, permaculture design, transition skills, advertising awareness, effortless action, and ecological intelligence, each accompanied by ideas for active-learning exercises to help develop the skill. Far from being a rigid or definitive statement of the “one right way,” however, the handbook is exploratory, aiming to open up new, unthought-of paths, possibilities, and choices. It is intended primarily for educators across the spectrum from higher education to informal education, but is also suitable for learners themselves and anyone interested in the literally “vital” issue of the skills we need to survive and thrive in the twenty-first century and build a more sustainable future. Contributors include John Naish, Satish Kumar, Patrick Whitefield, John Blewitt, Stephan Harding, and Stephen Sterling.
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Pub Date February 2010
$24.95 US, $30.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781900322607 61/4 x 91/4 • 224 pages Nature/Environment
From the Introduction . . .
The ability to take steps towards building a more sustainable self and society requires far more than knowledge about sustainability—it requires sustainability literacy. This book uses the term sustainability literacy to indicate the skills, attitudes, competencies, dispositions and values that are necessary for surviving and thriving in the declining conditions of the world in ways which slow down that decline as far as possible. Gaining practical skills requires a form of learning which goes beyond memorizing and repeating facts. It requires active learning, a broad term used to refer to self-reflection, selfdirected enquiry, learning by doing, engagement with real life issues, and learning within communities of practice. . . . Given the trajectory of society and the seeming lack of political will to make changes significant enough to change that trajectory, it is easy to lose hope or cling to highly unlikely ‘solutions,’ such as electric cars for solving the energy crisis, genetic engineering to solve the food crisis, or planetary engineering to solve climate change. Finding well-grounded hope lies instead in taking a stark and honest look at the changing conditions of the world, developing the skills necessary for responding to those conditions, and building a better future in whatever ways remain realistic and possible.
Arran Stibbe has an academic background in both humanities and human ecology, and combines the two in his teaching and research into education for sustainability. He has published widely in the area of ecolinguistics and is currently a senior lecturer and University Teaching Fellow in the Department of Humanities at the University of Gloucestershire.
Gardening • Agriculture
THE NEW FOOD GARDEN
Reinventing the Garden for Productivity, Edibility, Sustainability, Beauty, and Pleasure Frank Tozer
Edible, beautiful, functional, and sustainable.
This groundbreaking new book expands the concept of food gardening to embrace the whole garden. The new food garden is centered around the intensive vegetable garden, but doesn’t stop there. It puts hedges, ponds, pathways, arbors, lawns, roofs, and walls to work as additional growing space for food plants. Fruit and nut trees, bush fruit, edible vines, perennial vegetables, herbs, annual crops, aquatic plants, weeds, and edible wild plants are used to increase the quantity and variety of foods available with little extra work. The author doesn’t just look upon the garden as a place to grow food, however; it is a place to be lived in and used, so he also concentrates on making it beautiful, comfortable, and efficient. He describes practical ways in which the garden can help us to reduce our impact on the earth. Included is advice on making the garden pay for itself, or even to provide an income. The author’s ultimate aim is to change the way we approach the garden so that it feeds, heals, and nurtures us. The productive garden should be an integral part of the home, and growing food should be a part of everyday life.
• • • • Pub Date August 2010 •••Also by Frank Tozer•••
THE VEGETABLE GROWERS HANDBOOK Frank Tozer THE ORGANIC GARDENERS HANDBOOK Frank Tozer
$29.95 US, $36.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9780977348947 81/2 x 11 • 360 pages B&W illustrations throughout • Gardening/Agriculture
$22.95 US • PB • 9780977348930 8 x 11 • 192 pages B&W illustrations
photo: Alison Hampton
$24.95 US • PB • 9780977348916 8 x 11 • 280 pages B&W illustrations
THE USES OF WILD PLANTS Using and Growing the Wild Plants of the United States and Canada Frank Tozer
Frank Tozer has been growing and using all kinds of edible plants for over thirty years. His garden in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California is an evolving mix of intensive vegetable garden, English cottage garden, edible landscape, forest garden, and wild food plant garden. He is also the author of The Vegetable Growers Handbook, The Organic Gardeners Handbook and The Uses of Wild Plants.
$24.95 US • PB • 9780977348909 8 1/2 x 11 • 264 pages B&W illustrations
Seed Savers Exchange
Gardening • Agriculture
FRUIT, BERRY AND NUT INVENTORY, FOURTH EDITION
An Inventory of Nursery Catalogs and Websites Listing Fruit, Berry and Nut Varieties by Mail Order in the United States Compiled and written by the staff at Seed Savers Exchange
Completely updated. An essential reference for all backyard fruit growers and commercial orchardists.
Fruit, Berry and Nut Inventory is a must-have reference for all backyard fruit growers and commercial orchardists who care about the rich diversity of fruit, berry, and nut varieties offered by mailorder nurseries in the United States. This comprehensive “catalog of catalogs” is now available in its newly updated fourth edition, which lists 275 nurseries offering nearly 8,750 varieties of fruits, berries, and nuts—everything from apples and bananas to tangerines and buartnuts. The information presented in this book is so unique and invaluable that fruit growers everywhere will turn to it again and again, looking for sources that offer rare nineteenth-century apples, or for descriptions of newly bred grapes, or even for unusual varieties of tropical fruits. Where else could you find sources for Maiden Blush apple (1817), African Rhino Horn banana, Leningrad Giant currant, Adriatic fig, Pineapple grape, Dr. Beaumont macadamia, Choctaw pecan, or Yellow Egg plum? Backyard and commercial growers concerned with the loss of biodiversity will deeply appreciate Fruit, Berry and Nut Inventory. Fruit breeders, plant collectors, and amateur growers can tell quickly which varieties are being offered by only one or two companies and need to be purchased while sources still exist and permanently maintained to prevent being lost forever. Everything commercially available can be scanned to find varieties perfect for specific climates or resistant to local diseases and pests. Northern and high-altitude growers can use the book to find exceptionally hardy, short-season varieties that will survive and mature in their locations. Orchards, nurseries, and botanical gardens can use it to find sources for unique plant material. The fruits, berries, and nuts available today are the result of centuries of collection and amateur development, further refined by the world’s finest breeding programs. Growers and breeders have developed regionally adapted varieties with superior taste, disease resistance, and countless other virtues. Fruit, Berry and Nut Inventory opens the orchard’s gate and invites us to discover them.
•••Also from Seed Savers Exchange•••
SEED TO SEED Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners Suzanne Ashworth
• Pub Date Available Now • $24.00 US, $30.00 CAN • Paper • ISBN 9781882424610
[Previous ISBN 9781882424573]
• $30.00 US, $36.95 CAN • Hardcover • ISBN 9781882424627
[Previous ISBN 9781882424566] • 81/2 x 11 • 384 pages • Gardening/Agriculture
Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit organization whose members are dedicated to the preservation and distribution of heirloom seeds. Founded in 1975, the organization is located at Heritage Farm, near Decorah, Iowa. Seed Savers is the largest nongovernmental seed bank in the United States, with many thousands of heirloom varieties of seeds, whose goal is making varieties accessible to the public. In addition, the organization maintains a Historic Orchard that contains hundreds of nineteenth-century–era apples. For more information about Seed Savers Exchange, or how to become a member, visit www.seedsavers.org.
$24.95 US • PB • 9781882424580 8 x 11 • 228 pages B&W illustrations
GARDEN SEED INVENTORY, SIXTH EDITION An Inventory of Seed Catalogs Listing All Nonhybrid Vegetable Seeds Available in the United States and Canada Seed Savers Exchange
$26.00 US • PB • 9781882424603 8 1/2 x 11 • 504 pages B&W illustrations
Nature • Environment
THE LIVING LANDSCAPE
How to Read and Understand It Patrick Whitefield Foreword by Ben Law
Being able to “read” the landscape while on a walk is like suddenly seeing the world in color after a lifetime of black and white.
Patrick Whitefield shares a lifetime’s knowledge of the myriad interactions that go to make up the fascinating and varied landscapes we see all around us. He will inspire you to reconnect with the land as a living entity, not a collection of different scenery, and develop an active relationship with nature and the countryside. The Living Landscape opens with a chapter on how to go about reading the landscape. The following chapters then go on to look in detail into landscape formation, from rocks, through soil, to vegetation, and the intricate web of interactions among plants, animals, climate, and people that makes the landscape around us. Each chapter is interspersed with diagrams, sketches, and notes that Patrick has taken over two decades of living and working in the countryside. This book invites you to engage actively with nature and experience it firsthand. Understanding how landscapes evolve is a useful skill for landscape designers, gardeners, and farmers large and small, but it is also a life-enhancing skill all of us can enjoy. Whitefield offers us the enduring pleasure that costs nothing and yet offers everything.
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Pub Date February 2010
$37.95 US, $46.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781856230438 6 x 9 • 360 pages • 50 color photos and 140 B&W line drawings • Nature/Environment
“The knowledge of reading the landscape brings us within it . . . In his clear and accessible style, Patrick offers the reader not just the breadth of his knowledge but the first steps on a journey to become part of our landscape again.” —From the Foreword by Ben Law
•••Also by Patrick Whitefield•••
PERMACULTURE IN A NUTSHELL Patrick Whitefield
Patrick Whitefield is one of Europe’s foremost authors, teachers, and practitioners of temperate-climate permaculture. Patrick’s previous books include: Permaculture in a Nutshell, The Earth Care Manual, How To Make a Forest Garden, and Tipi Living.
$9.00 US • PB • 9781856230032 5 1/8 x 7 3/4 • 84 pages B&W illustrations
HOW TO MAKE A FOREST GARDEN Patrick Whitefield
$30.00 US • PB • 9781856230087 8 x 11 • 184 pages B&W photographs • charts • graphs
Gardening • Agriculture
THE ALTERNATIVE KITCHEN GARDEN
An A-Z Emma Cooper
A concise, valuable, and practical guide—as well as a lovely read that you can dip in and out of.
The Alternative Kitchen Garden is an evolving idea of what a kitchen garden could be in the twenty-first century: organic, environmentally sustainable, resilient, and about localizing at least some of our food production. It’s also a place not only for learning and practicing growing skills but also for enjoying ourselves and having fun. The Alternative Kitchen Garden is the ideal companion for anyone getting dirt under their fingernails for the first time and full of fascinating ideas and experiments for the adventurous gardener. A self-confessed “cyber geek,” Emma documents the transformation of her “ropey old lawn with potholes and brambles” into a fertile and abundant permaculture plot via Internet radio and a popular blog site. Eight years of her postings and stories have been collected in here, illustrated with beautiful color photographs and arranged into easily accessible alphabetical order. The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A-Z covers subjects as diverse as growing achocha (a forgotten Incan crop) to zucchinis. Emma’s style, is light and friendly, yet at the same time informative and based on personal experience—you feel you could actually be sitting in the garden chatting face to face as she shares her knowledge and experience.
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Pub Date February 2010
$27.95 US, $34.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781856230469 6 x 8 • 376 pages 190 color photos • Gardening/Agriculture
Author, blogger, and host of a regular online radio show that draws an audience from all over the world, Emma Cooper is inspirational and funny as well as being a mine of information who connects with many types of people and online communities. She lives in the UK.
THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE
The True Story of a Man Who Went Searching for Meaning— and Ended Up Making His Y-fronts John-Paul Flintoff
John-Paul Flintoff was the archetypal mindless consumer until one day he set out to find a purpose in life—and decided to make his own clothes.
Through the Eye of a Needle is a brilliant account of his journey—illuminating, enchanting, and often extremely funny—arguing that the way we look at clothing influences the way we look at the environment, the economy, and life itself. Few books written in our soulless times have such potential to transform people’s minds so completely—while also making them laugh. His encounters are by turns humorous and enlightening. He meets BBC TV’s Jeremy Clarkson, Hollywood superstars Richard Gere and Daryl Hannah, spiritual teachers, politicians, call-center and sweatshop workers, artists, Transition Town leader Rob Hopkins, Prince Charles’s own Savile Row tailor, and many others.
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Pub Date February 2010
$14.95 US, $17.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781856230452 5 x 8 • 236 pages • 16 B&W photos Sustainable Living
From the Prologue . . .
I’m sitting on the Northern Line, on the City branch, in the middle of rush hour, on a carriage crowded with people dressed in smart clothes, with expensive accessories. I used to be just like these people, and wore the same kind of clothes. Not any more. These days I tend to wear home-made. Today, every item of clothing on me has either been made from scratch, or significantly modified or repaired. Not that I would expect you to notice: indeed, I try to make the clothes look just as good as the ones I used to buy. If I didn’t, my wife might not let me out of the house in them. But there’s no point making clothes yourself and keeping it secret. Not if you want the whole world to start doing the same. Not if you believe as I do that home-made, locally sourced clothes are as important to the survival of our species as home-grown, locally sourced food; and similarly good for your wallet at a time when the economy is in collapse. Not if you believe that the act of making clothes is its own reward—an outlet for creativity and empowerment that used to be enjoyed by every person on the planet.
John-Paul Flintoff is a well-known writer for Britain’s best-selling paper, The Sunday Times, and a regular broadcaster. His writing has attracted compliments from the documentary maker Michael Moore, the stage and film director Richard Eyre, and the late Nobel Prize–winner Harold Pinter (“Very good, very funny . . . in fact, it made me laugh”). He has also worked as a bin man, scuba diver, poet, taxi driver, assistant undertaker, tailor, gardener, highwire window cleaner, very amateur boxer, and rat catcher.
Parenting • Spirituality
Rituals and Celebrations for the Child-bearing Years Jackie Singer
An inclusive and sympathetic workbook for anyone wishing to create personal rituals and celebrations that mark the many different events surrounding all areas of becoming a parent.
Birthrites offers practical advice for potential parents. However, rather than concentrating solely on pregnancy, birth, and motherhood, this book also explores “Becoming a Father,” “Adoption,” and “Miscarriage” (to name but a few). Jackie Singer emphasizes the importance of ritual and ceremony in marking life-changing events, and sharing this experience with others. The suggested ceremonies are varied in nature, ensuring wide-ranging appeal. Some simply involve quiet contemplation, whereas others incorporate a specific activity. Throughout the book, Singer emphasizes the individuality and adaptability of ceremony; nothing is set in stone. The author’s personal experiences are interspersed with quotes and real-life accounts. Singer provides reassurance and support in this relaxed, friendly guide and achieves a considered balance between practicality and sensitivity. Birthrites identifies an ancient facet of human activity forgotten by some of us and overlooked by many. Far too often in modern life, the importance of pausing for thought is disregarded. “[Though] as the human experience of fertility and reproduction is medicalized in our current times, it still remains an area of profundity . . . Whether we have a need to express joy, seek guidance, or grieve our losses, working with ritual can give us the means to engage more fully with the mysteries of birth, death, and transformation.” —Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture Magazine
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Pub Date March 2010
$19.95 US, $24.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781856230490 61/4 x 8 • 208 pages • Two-color throughout with fourteen line drawings • Parenting/Spirituality
photo: Mim Saxl
FROM THE BOOK . . .
Planting a Tree
Sacred to our ancestors, the tree is a universal symbol of life, with its roots in the matter of the world and its branches stretching to the heavens. Given that each human will use the resources from many trees in its lifetime (the average American uses the equivalent of nine mature pine trees each year, just for paper), what better to do on the arrival of a child than plant a tree? Planting a tree may be prompted by the desire to give the child a connection to a place where he can go to remember his roots. In a mobile society, this is easier said than done. We rarely have easy access to land where planting a tree would be appropriate, and we don’t often stay in the same place long enough to see a tree grow to maturity. Still, even if the child cannot visit his own tree throughout his life, making an early relationship of this kind may well awaken in him a capacity to connect with nature at other times and in other places.
Jackie Singer studied at Oxford University and at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Over the next fifteen years she led creative and therapeutic projects with a wide variety of community groups. Jackie has always found ritual important for marking changes in her own life, and helpful for moving through difficult times. In 2001 she began offering her services as a celebrant to facilitate other people to experience the benefits of nondenominational ceremony. She lives in Oxford, England.
THE WOODLAND HOUSE
Ben Law Foreword by Kevin McCloud
n NEW i Paper!
A practical manual, as well as the story of one man realizing a lifetime dream to build a sustainable home.
Designed as a dual-purpose book, The Woodland House is both a volume for the armchair enthusiast and an inspirational guide for those wishing to build a similar structure. Beautifully illustrated with more than 100 color photos, this step-by-step guide shows how Ben built his home, hewn from his own woodland, for under $45,000. It covers the basics of self-building and gives full details of the evolving design process, the identifying of materials, costs, project management, and the actual building stages, from foundations and frames, through to interior features. Includes a seven-year update detailing the extension of the house, natural insulation trials, and round-wood engineering calculations. The building of Ben’s house was filmed for the Grand Design television series and has proved to be the most popular program of the series. He has also been featured on the Discovery Channel and Home & Garden Network’s The World’s Most Extreme Homes.
• Pub Date February 2010 • $29.95 US, $36.95 CAN • Paper • ISBN 9781856230445
[Hardcover ISBN 9781856230315] • 81/4 x 10 • 104 pages 107 color photos and 10 line drawings • Geen Building
“The quaint wooden house in Prickly Nut Wood is no fairytale concoction— it is an icon of the movement to combine ecology and ethics in design.” —The Guardian “A fascinating chronicle of a dream. It’s to the point, with clear photography links and information.” —Good Woodworking
•••Also by Ben Law••• Ben Law is an innovative woodsman of twenty-plus years and a woodlands expert held in the highest regard. He is the author of The Woodland Way and The Woodland Year and lives with his wife, Bev, at Prickly Nut Wood, in England.
THE WOODLAND WAY A Permaculture approach to Sustainable Woodland mamagement Ben Law
$36.95 US • PB • 9781856230094 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 • 231 pages B&W photos • charts
THE WOODLAND YEAR Ben Law
$39.95 US • HC • 9781856230339 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 • 176 pages 318 color photos
EARTH USER’S GUIDE TO PERMACULTURE
(Second Edition) By Rosemar y Morrow, Illustrated by Rob Allsop
A simple guide for being more sustainable and illustrates how to assess and design a permaculture garden of any size, whether you live in a small city apartment, in a house or on acreage in the country.
The principle for permaculture is simple: provide back to the earth what we take from it to create a sustainable environment. The three principle aims are: Care for people; Care for the earth; and Redistributing everything surplus to one’s needs. This completely revised and updated edition of Rosemary Morrow’s highly successful Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture is a straight-forward manual of practical permaculture. Fundamentally, permaculture is design science and in this new edition design is emphasized. This book will be most beneficial if you apply it to the space where you live and work. The same principles apply for becoming more sustainable and living lightly whether you live in a small city apartment with a balcony, in a house with a garden in the suburbs, or on acreage in the country. Included in this new edition are chapters on seed-saving, permaculture at work, integrated pest management, information about domestic as well as rural water usage, a non-destructive approach towards dealing with weeds and wildlife, and designing to withstand a disaster. Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture is suitable for beginners as well as experienced permaculture futures.”
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Pub Date December 2009
$34.95 US • Paperback ISBN # 9781856230513 8 1/2 x 11 • 288 pages 22 colour photographs
Rosemary Morrow has qualifications in agriculture, horticulture, rural sociology and adult education. She is a highly regarded permaculture teacher and has been practising and teaching in Australia and overseas for 20 years. Rob Allsop’s warm and accessible illustrations support Rosemary’s practical approach to permaculture.
Systems Thinking • Education
THE SYSTEMS THINKING PLAYBOOK
Exercises to stretch and build learning and systems thinking capabilities Linda Booth Sweeney and Dennis Meadows
30 exercises that take systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world.
This book has become a favorite of K–12 teachers, university faculty, and corporate consultants. It provides short gaming exercises that illustrate the subtleties of systems thinking. The companion DVD shows the authors introducing and running each of the thirty games. The thirty games are classified by these areas of learning: Systems Thinking, Mental Models, Team Learning, Shared Vision, and Personal Mastery. Each description clearly explains when, how, and why the game is useful. There are explicit instructions for debriefing each exercise as well as a list of all required materials. A summary matrix has been added for a quick glance at all thirty games. When you are in a hurry to find just the right initiative for some part of your course, the matrix will help you find it. Linda Booth Sweeney and Dennis Meadows both have many years of experience in teaching complex concepts. This book reflects their insights. Every game works well and provokes a deep variety of new insights about paradigms, system boundaries, causal-loop diagrams, reference modes, and leverage points. Each of the thirty exercises here was tested and refined many times until it became a reliable source of learning. Some of the games are adapted from classics of the outdoor education field. Others are completely new. But all of them complement readings and lectures to help participants understand intuitively the principles of systems thinking.
• Pub Date January 2010 • $70.00 US, $84.00 CAN • Paper with DVD • ISBN 9781603582582
[Previous ISBN 9780966612776]
• 6 x 9 • 256 pages
B&W illustrations throughout
• Systems Thinking/Education
“I tried out the first five exercises last night in my class and they worked beautifully!!! The facilitation went smoothly. These exercises are very effective in helping others learn the key concepts of systems thinking.” —Carol Ann Zulauf, Professor, Organizational Behavior, Suffolk University
Linda Booth Sweeney, EdD, is a researcher and writer dedicated to making the principles of systems thinking and sustainability accessible to children and others. She has worked with Outward Bound, the Sloan School of MIT, and Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development, or SEED. She is the author of Connected Wisdom: Living Stories about Living Systems; When a Butterfly Sneezes: A Guide for Helping Children Explore Interconnections in Our World Through Favorite Stories; The SEED Water Book; and numerous articles in academic journals and newsletters. Sweeney received her doctorate in education from Harvard University and lives outside Boston, Massachusetts. More information is available at www.lindaboothsweeney.net.
Dennis Meadows received the 2009 Japan Prize for his contributions to world peace and sustainable development. He has authored or coauthored ten books, including the international bestseller Limits to Growth, and numerous educational games, which have been translated into more than fifteen languages for use around the world. He has received four honorary doctorates for his contributions to environmental education.
The Knossus Project
Architecture • Green Design
The Search for the Second Enlightenment Phil Cousineau and Christopher Zelov Foreword by Dr. William J. Cohen
A companion book to the nine-episode film.
City21 arises from a worldwide learning journey that was transmuted into cinematic composition illuminating some of the key perspectives and initiatives that are reshaping the ethos of the 21st century city. The underlying quest of the writers is to reframe the conventional and uninspiring visions of the urban future with an unprecedented combination of fresh, invigorating, sustainable, economically viable, and life-enhancing concepts. Some of the themes explored in the book, in an effort to loosen the geometric and economic grip on the urban imagination, are: • The Sacred Origins of the City—city plans through time • The City as Memory Theater—David Mayernik’s timeless cities: useful knowledge transmitted through the generations • Regenerative Design—nature and architecture: the transformation of the Biosphere2 Project into eco-village design • The Creative Green City—The Lighthouse Project in Glasgow • Findhorn—the art of creating eco-villages • Magical Architecture—the underground city of Damanhur, Italy • The Utopian Imagination—poetry and architecture: The Open City Project in Ritoque, Chile • Stewart Brand—the long now perspective
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Pub Date April 2010
$20.00 US, $24.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9780965030670 9 x 11 • 208 pages • 125 color photos Architecture/Green Design
CITY21: Multiple Views on Urban Future • $25.00 US, $30.95 CAN • DVD • ISBN 9780965030663 • 2 Hours • Architecture • Green Design Educator’s Special: City21 plus Extra Content • $35.00 US, $43.50 CAN • DVD • ISBN 9780615335650 • 6 Hours • Architecture • Green Design
Phil Cousineau is a screenwriter, cultural tour leader, and host for LinkTV. He is the author of several books, including Once and Future Myths and Soul Moments.
Christopher Zelov is the founder of The Knossus Project, a research and development enterprise dedicated to producing custom artifacts in the realms of Education Film, Fine-art Publishing, and Green Design.
Dr. William J. Cohen is an Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Community and Regional Planning, School of Environmental Design at Temple University. He is also the author of the forthcoming book The Ecological Imperative: Ian McHarg’s Legacy in Environmental Planning and Education.
Hood River Press
Food • Cooking
CUISINE FOR WHOLE HEALTH
Recipes for a Sustainable Life Pauli Halstead
A Cookbook to Improve Health, Boost Energy, Cultivate a Positive Outlook, and Save Money.
As a Bay Area and Wine Country chef and caterer for more than thirty years, Pauli Halstead served up stellar cuisine at many of California’s world-class wineries, at elegant country weddings, and for private clients. Now, in Cuisine for Whole Health, Halstead shares what she learned about nourishment along the way: that the foods our ancestors ate – wild-caught fish, grass-fed meats, pastured poultry and dairy products, and organic vegetables, nuts, seeds and berries – are still the best choices for optimizing physical and mental health. Cuisine for Whole Health presents a straightforward argument for a diet that is gluten-free, refined-free, chemical, antibiotic and hormone-free, and Halstead includes many simple and delicious recipes honed from her years as a world-class chef. Topics include: • How to successfully minimize carbohydrates • Optimum daily protein requirements • Oils and fats that improve nutrition • Key ingredients and where to purchase them • Foods to avoid • How to save money by eating sustainably • Why eating sustainably is kinder to the planet Recipes include: • Poached Duck Eggs with Spinach and Parmesan Zabaglione • Wild Rice and Turkey Salad with Cranberries and Mint • Curried Onion and Ginger Soup • Wild-Caught Hickory Grilled Salmon with Pistachio Sauce and Grilled Vegetables • Baked Cilantro Chicken with Tomato-Avocado Salsa • Macadamia Chicken with Tangerine-Ginger Sauce • Hawaiian Red Snapper with Sweet and Sour Marinade
Pauli Halstead has been a Bay Area and Wine Country chef for over 30 years, beginning with her San Francisco restaurant, Pauli's Cafe in 1975. As owner of the successful Napa Valley catering company, The Best of Everything, Pauli provided stellar cuisine for many of California’s world class wineries, elegant country weddings and private clients. Pauli now resides in Walnut Creek, California where she teaches classes and consults with people in their homes on how to transition to a healthier eating lifestyle.
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Pub Date January 2010
$29.95 US, $36.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9780615299594 7 x 9 • 312 pages • Color photos Food/Cooking
A Guide to Growing Fruit, Vegetables and Spices from the Indian Subcontinent Sally Cunningham
Don't just eat Indian food—grow it!
Asian Vegetables is a unique and fascinating book that broadens the kitchen gardener’s horizons and genuinely says something new. Asian Vegetables brings together a wealth of information on over 40 varieties of fruit, vegetables and spices that are grown on the Indian subcontinent and form a distinctive part of the unique cuisine in that part of the world. Each plant comes together with details of what to look for when buying, the different varieties available, their nutritional value, comprehensive cultivation instructions, useful colour photographs and much more. Most can be grown almost anywhere, though some will grow best and thrive in the warmer, wetter parts of this country. The author Sally Cunningham has personally researched, grown, cooked and eaten every plant mentioned in this book. With this unique guide both the experienced gardener and those new to growing will bring variety and a fresh, new dimension to the food on their plates and the plants in their garden.
• • • • Pub Date February 2010
$24.95 US, $30.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781899233168 61/2 x 91/2 • 132 pages Full-color photos throughout
Sally Cunningham has been a professional organic gardener for nearly 30 years. She has been Deputy Head Gardener at the prestigious Ryton Organic Gardens and worked on a variety of public gardening projects. Her work with the Plantcultures project gave her an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong ambition. What started out as fascination with the huge variety of fresh produce on sale in the Asian shops and market stalls, has turned into her life’s work, researching, writing about, cooking and growing these delicious vegetables, fruits and spices.
Politics & Social Justice
THE PEOPLE V. BUSH
One Lawyer’s Campaign To Bring the President to Justice and the National Grassroots Movement She Encounters along the Way Charlotte Dennett
A bold, ingenious look at how—and when—U.S. citizens might prosecute their former president for crimes committed in office.
When journalist-turned-lawyer Charlotte Dennett became outraged that Bush White House officials were acting above the law, she did something that surprised even herself. While running for a state attorney general seat, she pledged to prosecute George W. Bush for murder if elected. She lost the race, but found a nationwide movement—one that continues its quest to hold leaders accountable to U.S. law and preserve a Constitutional presidency. In The People v. Bush, Dennett recounts her seminal effort to make Bush answerable for sending troops to Iraq on false pretenses, introduces readers to a world where the actions of a few can indeed empower the many, and reports on the current state of the movement to hold Bush accountable for high crimes and misdemeanors. Dennett’s wild ride through politics began when she read in The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, by lawyer Vincent Bugliosi, that a state attorney general could prosecute George W. Bush—should one take up the cause. Soon after, Dennett launched her attorney-general race in Vermont, signed up Bugliosi as her special prosecutor in the event that she won, and together the two made headlines across Vermont and the nation. Dennett’s book also explores the tenacity of other Americans who launched grassroots campaigns to prosecute or impeach Bush, as well as Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, who proposed a Truth Commission. With these stories and her own, Dennett shows that it’s not just possible but necessary to hold higher-ups responsible for heinous acts—not out of revenge, but to preserve justice and defend the Constitution. “George Bush took America to war in Iraq on a lie, causing incalculable death, horror and suffering. In this very important and consequential book, Charlotte Dennett . . . informs all who care deeply about this country what has to be done so that it never happens again.” —Vincent Bugliosi, attorney and bestselling author of The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder and Helter Skelter “In a time when too few take even a small risk for larger principles, we can all learn something from this conscientious and resolute woman.” —Russ Baker, Investigative journalist and author of Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years “What our political culture is missing most is exactly what Charlotte Dennett has provided here: a credible, inspiring blueprint for restoring accountability to our political system.” —Glenn Greenwald, former Constitutional lawyer and Salon columnist
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Pub Date January 2010
$19.95 US, $24.95 CAN • Paper ISBN 9781603582094 6 x 9 • 320 pages Politics & Social Justice World Rights
Charlotte Dennett, author and attorney, has been practicing law in Vermont since 1997 with an emphasis on personal injury litigation and suing the government under the Freedom of Information Act. She’s also been a reporter in the Middle East and is the coauthor with her husband, Gerard Colby, of Thy Will Be Done—The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil. She and her husband live in Cambridge, Vermont.
Top 20 • Food, Agriculture, & Gardening
WINTER HARVEST HANDBOOK
FOUR SEASON HARVEST
NEW ORGANIC GROWER
$29.95 • Paperback ISBN 9781603580816
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