Published on December 30, 2008
Chelsea Green Spring/Summer 2009
Why We Need Slow Money There is such a thing as money that is too fast. Money that is too fast is money that has become so detached from people, place, and the activities that it is financing that not even the experts understand it fully. Money that is too fast makes it impossible to say whether the world economy is going through a correction in the credit markets, triggered by the subprime mortgage crisis, or whether we are teetering on the edge of something much deeper and more challenging, tied to petrodollars, derivatives, hedge funds, futures, arbitrage, and a byzantine hyper-securitized system of intermediation that no quant, no program trader, no speculator, no investment bank CEO, can any longer fully understand or manage. Just as no one can say precisely where the meat in a hamburger comes from (it may contain meat from as many as a hundred animals), no one can say where the money in this or that security has come from, where it is going, what is behind it, whether—if it were to be “stopped” and, like a hot potato, held by someone for more than a few instants—it represents any intrinsic or real value. Money that is too fast creates an environment in which, when questioned by the press about the outcome of the credit crisis, former treasury secretary Robert Rubin can only respond, “No one knows.” This kind of befuddlement is what arises when the relationships among capital, community, and bioregion are broken. As long as money accelerates around the planet, divorced from where we live, our befuddlement will continue. As long as the way we invest is divorced from how we live and how we consume, our befuddlement will worsen. As long as the way we invest uproots companies, putting them in the hands of a broad, shallow pool of absentee shareholders whose primary goal is the endless growth of their financial capital, our befuddlement at the depletion of our social and natural capital will only deepen. **** We must reexamine the story of progress, being honest about where we as a species seem to be going awry—if one defines nuclear weapons, 9/11, Twinkies, the continuing promulgation of a culture of rampant consumerism in the face of 6.6 billion people, climate change, volatility in global food prices, and widening wealth inequalities as “going awry.” We must recognize the potentially disastrous consequences of doing the same thing over and over again—going more and more global, bigger and bigger, faster and faster—hoping for a different outcome. Then, and only then, we may find the courage to slow money down—not all of it, of course, but meaningful quantities of it. In a world of trillions of dollars a day, this means billions of dollars a day . . . wait . . . did I say billions of dollars a day? I did, and before The Twilight Zone theme song starts ringing in your ears, I add: The Good Lord, and his better half, Great Gaia, did not hand us today’s global financial markets on a platter, blessed and preordained. No, we invented them, and we have it in our power to reinvent them, to design what comes after them. What seems pre- posterous when viewed through the wrong end of the fast-money telescope seems wonderfully within reach when looked at through the lens of slow money, allowing us to set about the work of rebuilding healthy relationships among enterprises and communities and bioregions, and between investors and the enterprises in which they invest. Let us set about this work, then, so that whoever it is that comes onto the world stage after Homo economista and Homo consumerista and the Invisible Hand of the marketplace, may, as they exit stage left, come—fully and fearlessly and wearing whiffs of humus and manure like badges of honor—into view. Woody Tasch From the Prologue of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money (see page 28) Environmental Audit This catalog was printed using 100% postconsumer-recycled paper, processed chlorine-free and manufactured using biogas energy. Using 1,515 pounds of Rolland Enviro100 Print instead of virgin-fibers paper for this printing of the Chelsea Green Spring-Summer 2009 catalog produces an ecological-footprint reduction equivalent to: • 13 Trees • 818 pounds of solid waste • 7,723 gallons of water • 5.2 pounds of particles suspended in water • 1,797 pounds of air emissions • 1,873 ft 3 natural gas Printed in Canada by Marquis
contents contents The Winter Harvest Handbook 02 Climate Change 04 Future Scenarios 05 Devil in the Milk 06 Wind Energy Basics, Second Edition 07 In Late Winter We Ate Pears 08 Libation, a Bitter Alchemy 09 Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition 10 Living Above the Store 11 The Earth-Sheltered House 12 new releases Small-Scale Grain Raising, Second Edition 13 The End of Money and the Future of Civilization 14 The Purpose of Life 15 Walking with the Great Apes 16 Search for the Golden Moon Bear 16 The New Solar Electric Home, Third Edition 17 Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates, Second Edition 18 Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook 19 The Holistic Beauty Book 20 Earth Pledge White Papers 20 Surviving and Thriving on the Land 21 The Woodland Year 22 Vegan Rustic Cooking 22 Livable Neighborhood 23 Distributed Titles 17 Previously Announced 24 Recently Published 28 Barbara Damrosch ChelseaGreen.com • 802.295.6300
02 April 2009 THE WINTER HARVEST HANDBOOK Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses Eliot Coleman From the bestselling author of The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, a revolutionary guide to year-round harvests of fresh, organic produce—with little or no energy inputs. Choosing locally grown organic food is a sustainable living trend that’s taken hold through- out North America. Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start this movement with The New Organic Grower published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in Harborside, Maine. Now, with his long-awaited new book, The Winter Harvest Handbook, anyone can have access to his hard-won experience. Gardeners and farmers can use the innovative, highly successful methods Coleman describes in this comprehensive handbook to raise crops throughout the coldest of winters. Building on the techniques that hundreds of thousands of farmers and gardeners adopted from The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, this new book focuses on growing produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized unheated or, in some cases, Pub Date: April 2009 minimally heated, movable plastic greenhouses. $29.95 US, $37.50 CAN • PB 9781603580816 7 x 10 • 224 pages • Appendices • Bibliography • Index Color illustrations and photos throughout Gardening/Agriculture Barbara Damrosch Eliot Coleman is an organic gardening pioneer. His more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of organic farming includes field veg- etables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of cattle and sheep, and free-range poultry. He is the author of The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest. He and his wife, Barbara Damrosch, were BARBARA DAMROSCH hosts of The Learning Channel’s popular series Gardening Naturally. Today, Coleman and Damrosch operate a year-round commercial market garden and conduct groundbreaking horticultural research projects at Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine. ChelseaGreen.com • 802.295.6300
03 April 2009 More about Eliot Coleman The winter was not given to us for no purpose. We must thaw its cold with our genialness. We are asked to find out and appropriate all the nutrients it yields. If it is a cold and hard season, its fruit, no doubt, is the more concentrated and nutty. —Henry David Thoreau Coleman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices, and even marketing methods in this complete, meticulous, and illustrated guide. Readers have access to all the techniques that have proven to produce higher-quality crops on Coleman’s own farm. His painstaking research and experimentation with more than 30 different crops will be valuable to small farmers, homesteaders, and experienced home gardeners who seek to expand their production seasons. A passionate advocate for the revival of small-scale sustainable farming, Coleman provides a practical model for supplying fresh, locally grown produce during the winter season, even in climates where conventional wisdom says it “just can’t be done.” • More than 250,000 Eliot Coleman Books Sold! • National Publicity • Author Tour TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 01. THE WINTER HARVEST 02. HISTORICAL INSPIRATION 03. GETTING STARTED 04. THE YEARLY SCHEDULE 05. SUNLIGHT 06. THE “COLD” GREENHOUSE 07. THE “COOL” GREENHOUSE 08. WINTER CROPS 09. SUMMER CROPS 10. GREENHOUSE DESIGN 11. YEAR-ROUND INTENSIVE CROPPING 12. SOIL PREPARATION 13. SOWING 14. WEED CONTROL 15. HARVESTING IN WINTER 16. MARKETING AND ECONOMICS 17. PESTS •••Also by ELIOT COLEMAN ••• 18. INSECTS AND DISEASES 19. TOOLS FOR THE SMALL FARM 20. DEEP ORGANIC FARMING AND THE SMALL FARM APPENDICES ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX 9780930031756 9781890132279 $24.95 • PB $24.95 • PB ChelseaGreen.com • 802.295.6300
04 April 2009 CLIMATE CHANGE Simple Things You Can Do to Make a Difference Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert The 7th in the Chelsea GREEN Guide series A pocket guide for personal action that will combat global warming. You know that the ice caps are melting, the seasons are changing, sea levels are rising, storms are on the increase, but what can you do about it? Plenty! This book puts the power back into your hands in the face of the doom and gloom of climate change. You don’t have to wait for someone else to sort it out; rather than worry and feel helpless, you can get up and do something. Climate Change: Simple Things You Can Do to Make a Difference is packed with ideas for action, from simple everyday things that cost nothing to bigger projects that involve more time and money. For example: Get on your bike • Buy local food • Turn off your TV • Insulate your attic • Recycle and compost • Take the train • Turn down the heat • Install solar panels Pub Date: April 2009 Do your part and protect the planet for today and tomorrow. $7.95 US, $9.95 CAN • PB 9781603581066 Jon Clift has a master’s degree in sustainable environmental management. He works as a 43/4 x 61/2 • 96 pages • Color photos freelance environmental consultant and lives in Salcombe, South Devon. Amanda Cuthbert Environment works as a freelance writer and lives in Devon. Together, they have authored many Chelsea Green Guides: Greening Your Office; Water: Use Less–Save More; and Energy: Use • Green tips of the day found Less–Save More. on chelseagreen.com •••Other books of interest••• 9781933392738 9781933392721 9781933392998 $7.95 • PB $7.95 • PB $7.95 • PB GREEN FACT: Many people in the world exist on three gallons of water a day 9781933392752 9781933392745 9781933392981 $7.95 • PB $7.95 • PB $7.95 • PB or less. We can use that amount in one flush of the toilet. The Chelsea Green Guides 6-Pack Set —From Chelsea Green Guide, Water 9781603580342 • $44.95 ChelseaGreen.com • 802.295.6300
05 April 2009 FUTURE SCENARIOS How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change David Holmgren From permaculture’s co-originator, a hopeful, compassionate, and cautious look at four possible futures, and what we can do to prepare for them. In Future Scenarios, permaculture co-originator and leading sustainability innovator David Holmgren outlines four scenarios that bring to life the likely cultural, political, agricultural, and economic implications of peak oil and climate change, and the generations-long era of “energy descent” that faces us. “Scenario planning,” Holmgren explains, “allows us to use stories about the future as a reference point for imagining how particular strategies and structures might thrive, fail, or be transformed.” Future Scenarios depicts four very different futures. Each is a permutation of mild or destructive climate change, combined with either slow or severe energy declines. Probable futures, explains Holmgren, range from the relatively benign Green Tech scenario to the near catastrophic Lifeboats scenario. As Adam Grubb, founder of the influential Energy Bulletin Web site, says, “These aren’t two- dimensional nightmarish scenarios designed to scare people into environmental action. They are compellingly fleshed-out visions of quite plausible alternative futures, which delve into energy, politics, agriculture, social, and even spiritual trends. What they do help make clear Pub Date: April 2009 are the best strategies for preparing for and adapting to these possible futures.” $12.00 US, $14.95 CAN • PB 9781603580892 Future Scenarios provides brilliant and balanced consideration of the world’s options and will 5 x 8 • 144 pages prove to be one of the most important books of the year. Color illustrations & graphs Environment/Future Studies • National Media • U.S. Radio Tour MAUREEN CORBETT David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator, with Bill Mollison, of the permaculture concept, following the 1978 publication of their book Permaculture One. Since then he has written Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond •••Other books of interest••• Sustainability, developed three properties using permaculture principles, and conducted workshops and courses throughout the world. He shows that a sustainable lifestyle is a realistic, attractive, and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism. Holmgren lives with his partner, Su Dennett, and their son, Oliver, at Melliodora, a one-hectare 9780646269900 permaculture demonstration site at Hepburn $39.00 • PB 9781900322188 9780646418445 9781933392127 Springs, Central Victoria, Australia. $24.95 • PB $30.00 • PB $21.95 • PB ChelseaGreen.com • 802.295.6300
06 April 2009 DEVIL IN THE MILK Illness, Health, and the Politics of A1 and A2 Milk Keith Woodford Evidence shows cows’ milk is a link to solving many medical mysteries, from diabetes to autism. This groundbreaking work is the first internationally published book to examine the link between a protein in the milk we drink and a range of serious illnesses, including heart disease, Type 1 diabetes, autism, and schizophrenia. These health problems are linked to a tiny protein fragment that is formed when we digest A1 beta-casein, a milk protein produced by many cows in the United States and northern European countries. Milk that contains A1 beta-casein is commonly known as A1 milk; milk that does not is called A2. All milk was once A2, until a genetic mutation occurred some thousands of years ago in some European cattle. A2 milk remains high in herds in much of Asia, Africa, and parts of Southern Europe. A1 milk is common in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. In Devil in the Milk, Keith Woodford brings together the evidence published in more than 100 scientific papers. He examines the population studies that look at the link between con- sumption of A1 milk and the incidence of heart disease and Type 1 diabetes; he explains the science that underpins the A1/A2 hypothesis; and he examines the research undertaken with animals and humans. The evidence is compelling: We should be switching to A2 milk. Pub Date: April 2009 A2 milk from selected cows is now marketed in parts of the U.S., and it is possible to convert a $24.95 US, $31.25 CAN • PB herd of cows producing A1 milk to cows producing A2 milk. 9781603581028 This is an amazing story, one that is not just about the health issues surrounding A1 milk, 6 x 9 • 240 pages but also about how scientific evidence can be molded and withheld by vested interests, and Health/Medical Diseases how consumer choices are influenced by the interests of corporate business. • National Media • U.S. Radio Tour “Devil in the Milk is potentially as significant as Carson’s Silent Spring or Nader’s Unsafe at Any Speed. . . . Devil in the Milk is soundly researched. . . . It should be read by every dairy farmer and consumer.” —Alan Robb,The New Zealand Farmer's Weekly “[A] shattering exposé of the health problems caused by milk and Keith Woodford is Professor of Farm the efforts of elements in the dairy industry and government to Management and Agribusiness at Lincoln cover them up.” —Jacqueline Steincamp, Healthy Options University in New Zealand. A regular commentator in the news media, he was previously at the University of Queensland (Australia) for 20 years. He lives with his “I believe this is an important book. Critics should think carefully family in Christchurch, New Zealand. and avoid knee-jerk reactions.” —Professor Sir John Scott, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of Auckland ChelseaGreen.com • 802.295.6300
07 April 2009 WIND ENERGY BASICS SECOND EDITION A Guide to Home- and Community-Scale Wind-Energy Systems Paul Gipe For the homeowner or community organizer, the essential guide to harnessing wind energy. The availability of clean, renewable power is without question going to be the defining challenge and goal of the 21st century, and wind will lead the way. Internationally acclaimed wind energy expert Paul Gipe is as soberly critical of past energy mistakes as he is convincingly optimistic about the future. The overwhelming challenge of transforming our world from one of fossil carbon to one of clean power seems daunting at best—and paralyzingly impractical at worst. Wind Energy Basics offers a solution. Wind power can realistically not only replace the lion’s share of oil-, coal-, and natural- gas–fired electrical plants in the U.S., but also can add enough extra power capacity to allow for most of the cars in the nation to run on electricity. Gipe explains why such a startlingly straightforward solution is eminently doable and can be accomplished much sooner than previously thought—and will have the capacity to resuscitate small and regional economies. Wind Energy Basics offers a how-to for home-based wind applications, with advice on which Pub Date: April 2009 $29.95 US, $37.50 CAN • PB wind turbines to choose and which to avoid. He guides wind-energy installers through 9781603580304 considerations such as renewable investment strategies and gives cautionary tales of wind 8 x 10 • 224 pages applications gone wrong. And for the activist, he suggests methods of prodding federal, state, Color illustrations, charts, and tables and provincial governments to promote energy independence. Previous edition: 9781890132071 Renewable Energy Extensively revised and expanded by 70 percent. New topics include: • Urban wind: Does it make sense? • Building-integrated wind: Is it real or not? • Rooftop mounting: Should you avoid it? • New vertical-axis wind turbines: Are they ready? • Fantasy wind turbines: How to spot them • Ducted turbines: Can they deliver? • Community wind: A not-so-new way to harness the wind • Feed-in tariffs: Can they power a renewables revolution? Paul Gipe is internationally recognized for his expertise in wind energy. In •••Other books of interest••• 2008, he was awarded the World Energy Association’s “World Wind Energy Award.” He has been honored as a “Pioneer” by the World Renewable Energy Congress and as “Person of the Year” by the American Wind Energy Association. Gipe’s previous books are Wind Energy Comes of Age and Wind 9781931498142 9781933392622 9781933392127 Power: Renewable Energy for Home, $50.00 • PB $35.00 • PB $21.95 • PB Farm, and Business. He lives in Bakersfield, California. ChelseaGreen.com • 802.295.6300
08 May 2009 IN LATE WINTER WE ATE PEARS A Year of Hunger and Love Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber Recipes and stories from the romantic year in Italy that inspired the acclaimed Osteria Pane e Salute. More than a cookbook, In Late Winter We Ate Pears is a love affair with a culture and a way of life. In vignettes taken from their year in Italy, husband and wife Caleb Barber and Deirdre Heekin offer glimpses of a young, vibrant Italy: of rolling out pizza dough in an ancient hilltown at midnight while wild dogs bay in the abandoned streets; of the fogged car windows of an ancient lovers’ lane amid the olive groves outside Prato. The recipes in In Late Winter We Ate Pears are every bit as delicious as the memories. Selections such as red snapper with fennel sauce, fresh figs with balsamic vinegar and mint, and frangipane and plum tart capture the essence of Italy. Following the tradition of Italian cuisine, the 80 recipes are laid out according to season, to suggest taking advantage of your freshest local ingredients. Whether you are an experienced cook looking for authentic Italian recipes or a beginner wanting to immerse yourself in the romance of a young couple’s culinary adventure, In Late Winter We Ate Pears provides rich sustenance in the best tradition of travel and food writing. Pub Date: May 2009 Cheers to Chef Barber and writer Deirdre Heekin for sharing these marvelous recipes from $25.00 US, $31.25 CAN • PB Osteria Pane e Salute (Pane translates as bread and Salute as health) and for sharing the story 9781603581011 of a most inspired year spent in Italy. In Late Winter We Ate Pears is a testament that bread 7 x 91/2 • 296 pages • 80 recipes and health are the things that make a good life. Previous ISBN: 1931229163 Cooking/Food Lit. • National Media • Authors’ Tour • Simultaneous publication with Libation, a Bitter Alchemy, by Deirdre Heekin “Just right! An inspiring and informative personal quest and a deeply felt journey into the heart and soul of Italian artisanal cuisine.” —Anthony Bourdain, author of A Cook’s Tour and Kitchen Confidential Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber are the proprietors and, respectively, wine director and head chef of Osteria Pane e Salute, a boutique restaurant and wine bar in Woodstock, Vermont, recently acclaimed in Bon Appétit, The Boston Globe, Travel and Leisure, and Attaché. Heekin and Barber grow most of their own produce in addition to working with local farm partners. In preparation for his role as head chef of Osteria Pane e Salute, Barber apprenticed with an artisanal baker and in a small trattoria in Tuscany. Heekin and Barber live in Barnard, Vermont, where Heekin produces artisanal after-dinner brandies and micro-vintage garage wine for the osteria. ChelseaGreen.com • 802.295.6300
09 May 2009 LIBATION, A BITTER ALCHEMY Deirdre Heekin Nostalgic and intoxicating, Libation, a Bitter Alchemy explores the bittersweet magic of developing nose and palate through experience and place. For many years, Deirdre Heekin has been creating an unusual, revitalist wine archive of rare and traditional Italian varietals at Osteria Pane e Salute, the nationally celebrated restaurant and wine bar she shares with her chef husband, Caleb Barber. Self-taught in the world of Italian wines, she is known for her fine-tuned work with scent and taste and her ability to pair wines and food in unexpected yet terroir-driven ways. In Libation, a Bitter Alchemy, a series of linked personal essays, Heekin explores the curious development of her nose and palate, her intuitive education and relationship with wine and spirits, and her arduous attempts to make liqueurs and wine from the fruits of her own land in northern New England. The essays follow her as she unearths ruby-toned wines given up by the ghosts of long-gone wine makers from the red soil of Italy, her adoptive land; as she embarks on a complicated pilgrimage to the home of one of the world’s oldest cocktails, Sazerac, in Katrina-soaked New Orleans; as she attempts a midsummer crafting of a brandy made from inherited roses, the results of an old Sicilian recipe she found in a dusty book- store in Naples. Musing on spirits from Campari to alkermes, Heekin’s writing is as intoxicating, rich, and Pub Date: May 2009 carefully crafted as the wines, liquors, and locales she loves. $25.00 US, $31.25 CAN • HC 9781603580861 5 x 8 • 272 pages Food Lit/Wine & Spirits • National Media • Author Tour • Simultaneous publication with In Late Winter We Ate Pears CALEB BARBER •••Other books of interest••• Deirdre Heekin has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is winner of the Italo Calvino Award for her fiction. Her food writing appears regularly in Gastronomica: The Journal of Taste and Culture. 9781933392899 9781933392004 9781933392349 $35.00 • PB $25.00 • PB $35.00 • PB ChelseaGreen.com • 802.295.6300
10 May 2009 GAIA’S GARDEN SECOND EDITION A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture Toby Hemenway A classic, popular Chelsea Green gardener's reference—revised and also expanded to address urban and limited-space permaculture. The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers. Many people mistakenly think that ecological gardening—which involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants—can take place only on a large, multiacre scale. As Hemenway demonstrates, it’s fun and easy to create a “backyard ecosystem” by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including: • Building and maintaining soil fertility and structure • Catching and conserving water in the landscape • Providing habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and animals • Growing an edible “forest” that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods Pub Date: May 2009 $29.95 US, $37.50 CAN • PB This revised and updated edition also features a new chapter on urban permaculture, 9781603580298 designed especially for people in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space. 8 x 10 • 320 pages • Color photos & illustrations Whatever size yard or garden you have to work with, you can apply basic permaculture Previous ISBN: 9781890132521 principles to make it more diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful. Best of all, once it’s established, an ecological garden will reduce or eliminate most of the Organic Gardening backbreaking work that’s needed to maintain the typical lawn and garden. Praise for the Previous Edition “Takes the native plants and organic gardening movement to the next level.” —Joel M. Lerner, The Washington Post KIEL HEMENWAY “A bold, wonderful, nature-embracing, and completely sensible vision of the future.” —Justin Siskin, Los Angeles Daily News Toby Hemenway teaches permaculture and ecological design courses around the world and is on the faculty of “Practical science for making your yard produce food and beauty.” Portland State University. A former —Rose O’Donnell, The Seattle Times geneticist, Hemenway left the biotech industry in the 1990s and spent 10 years creating and living on a rural permaculture homestead in southern “A gardener’s blueprint for ecological abundance from the Oregon. He now lives in Portland, ground up.” Oregon, where he is developing —Steve Spreckel, Acres USA several urban sustainability sites. ChelseaGreen.com • 802.295.6300
11 May 2009 LIVING ABOVE THE STORE Building a Business That Creates Value, Inspires Change, and Restores Land and Community Martin Melaver Foreword by Ray Anderson 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. It’s not only a “how to” but a “why to” that challenges business as usual to change. Living Above the Store brings us into the story of Melaver, Inc., a third-generation, 70-year-old family real estate business, as it evolves toward becoming a thought and product leader in sus- tainable business practices. It is part business management theory and part case study, where sustainable principles meet sustainable practices, always grounded in day-to-day practice. 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 Pub Date: May 2009 realize their highest potential $27.95 US, $34.95 CAN • HC • Leverage an ethos within a business that “ripples outward” to foster restoration of 9781603580854 both land and community 6 x 9 • 320 pages • Charts and diagrams • Embrace a notion of limits to growth Ethical Business • Reframe ideas about competition, proprietary knowledge, and business success Living Above the Store is for readers who care about issues of community and sustainability as •National Media well as for those who want to learn more about how a socially responsible business can first •Author Tour redefine, and then find, success. •••Other books of interest••• KIM THOMSON Martin Melaver has been CEO of Melaver, Inc., since 1992. Never content with the well- 9780964595354 9781603580007 9781933392905 9781603580069 trod path, he has a PhD in literature from $19.95 • PB $17.95 • PB $17.95 • PB $21.95 • HC 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. ChelseaGreen.com • 802.295.6300
12 May 2009 THE EARTH-SHELTERED HOUSE Now Back in Print! An Architect’s Sketchbook Malcolm Wells Revolutionary common-sense advice for home building from the leading proponent of earth-sheltered living. A Classic Sustainable Building Book The Earth-Sheltered House is a classic in the annals of sustainable building books, written by a legend in the field of environmentally responsible architecture. Malcolm Wells has a fundamentally different way of looking at the design and building process, and his icon- oclastic perspective has never been more apparent. Wells’s work is revolutionary, but readers will find his message to be pure common sense. Earth sheltering offers superior comfort with minimal energy input, and it is Pub Date: May 2009 adaptable to diverse terrains as well as a variety of architectural aesthetics. $24.95 US, $31.25 CAN • PB 9781603581073 11 x 81/2 • 192 pages • B&W illustrations Previous ISBN: 9781890132194 Green Building “Lovely and provocative.” —Whole Earth Review “Malcolm Wells has been an inspiration to two generations of architecture students. This book should be required reading for everyone making decisions about the built environment.” —Steve Heckeroth, award-winning solar designer/builder JAY ELLIOTT Malcolm Wells, a pioneer of under- ground building and natural design, is widely known for his many books, including How to Build an Underground Home and Gentle Architecture. His cartoons are fea- tured in Rob Roy’s Mortgage Free! Innovative Strategies for Debt-Free Home Ownership. He works in the Underground Art Gallery in Brewster, Massachusetts. ChelseaGreen.com • 802.295.6300
13 June 2009 SMALL-SCALE GRAIN RAISING SECOND EDITION An Organic Guide to Growing, Processing, and Using Nutritious Whole Grains for Home Gardeners and Local Farmers Gene Logsdon The classic text on raising grain—revised and expanded for home gardeners and small-scale farmers. First published in 1977, this book—from one of America’s most famous and prolific agri- cultural writers—became an almost instant classic among homestead gardeners and small farmers. Now fully updated and available once more, Small-Scale Grain Raising offers an entirely new generation of readers the best introduction to a wide range of both common and lesser-known specialty grains and related field crops, from corn, wheat, and rye to buckwheat, millet, rice, spelt, flax, and even beans and sunflowers. More and more Americans are seeking out locally grown foods, yet one of the real stum- bling blocks to their efforts has been finding local sources for grains, which are grown mainly on large, distant corporate farms. At the same time, commodity prices for grains— and the products made from them—have skyrocketed due to rising energy costs and increased demand. In this book, Gene Logsdon proves that anyone who has access to a large garden or small farm can (and should) think outside the agribusiness box and learn to grow healthy whole grains or beans—the base of our culinary food pyramid—alongside their fruits and vegetables. Starting from the simple but revolutionary concept of the garden “pancake patch,” Logsdon opens up our eyes to a whole world of plants that we wrongly assume only the Pub Date: June 2009 $29.95 US, $37.50 CAN • PB agricultural “big boys” can grow. He succinctly covers all the basics, from planting and 9781603580779 dealing with pests, weeds, and diseases to harvesting, processing, storing, and using whole 7 x 10 • 256 pages • B&W drawings grains. There are even a few recipes sprinkled throughout, along with more than a little wit Sustainable Agriculture/Organic Gardening and wisdom. Never has there been a better time, or a more receptive audience, for this book. Localvores, serious home gardeners, CSA farmers, and whole-foods advocates—in fact, all people who value fresh, high-quality foods—will find a field full of information and ideas in this once and future classic. REBECCA CARTELLONE •••Also by Gene Logsdon ••• Gene Logsdon is the author of 25 books (and counting) embracing ecology, art, farming, cultural studies, and nature writing, including The Contrary Farmer and Farming at Nature’s Pace. He has a weekly newspaper column 9781890132569 9780930031749 9781890132668 and contributes regularly to two quarterly $25.00 • PB $19.95 • PB $14.95 • PB magazines, Farming and The Draft Horse Journal, and to the Web site OrganicToBe.org. He and his wife, Carol Logsdon, operate an experimental garden farm in Wyandot County, Ohio. They have two children and three grandchildren. ChelseaGreen.com • 802.295.6300
14 June 2009 THE END OF MONEY AND THE FUTURE OF CIVILIZATION Thomas H. Greco, Jr. A sweeping view of money—past, present, and future—including a plan to democratize the economy and restore the “credit commons.” Like the proverbial fish who doesn’t know what water is, we swim in an economy built on money that few of us comprehend, and, most definitely, what we don’t know is hurting us. Very few people realize that the nature of money has changed profoundly over the past three centuries, or—as has been clear with the latest global financial crisis—the extent to which it has become a political instrument used to centralize power, concentrate wealth, and subvert popular government. On top of that, the economic growth imperative inherent in the present global monetary system is a main driver of global warming and other environmental crises. The End of Money and the Future of Civilization demystifies the subjects of money, banking, and finance by tracing historical landmarks and important evolutionary shifts that have changed the essential nature of money. Greco’s masterful work lays out the problems and then looks to the future for a next stage in money’s evolution that can liberate us as individuals and communities from the current grip of centralized and politicized money power. Greco provides specific design proposals and exchange-system architectures for local, regional, Pub Date: June 2009 national, and global financial systems. He offers strategies for their implementation and outlines $19.95 US, $24.95 CAN • PB actions grassroots organizations, businesses, and governments will need to take to achieve success. 9781603580786 6 x 9 • 256 pages Ultimately, The End of Money and the Future of Civilization provides the necessary under- standing—for entrepreneurs, activists, and civic leaders—to implement approaches toward B&W photos, tables, and diagrams monetary liberation. These approaches would empower communities, preserve democratic Economics/Monetary Policy institutions, and begin to build economies that are sustainable, democratic, and insulated • National Media from the financial crises that plague the dominant monetary system. • U.S. Radio Tour • The what, how, and why of our current, destructive money system • The what, how, and why of independent, sustainable alternatives • The long-ignored change that is required to move toward a democratic, steady-state economy Thomas H. Greco, Jr. is a leading authority on free-market approaches to monetary and financial innovation, including cashless exchange systems. A former engineer, entre- •••Other books of interest••• preneur, and tenured college professor, Greco is now a sought-after advisor and speaker at conferences internationally. His previous books include Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender. Through his Web site, reinventingmoney.com, and associated blogs and books, Greco offers an unprecedented wealth of information on the 9781603580069 9781933392233 9781890132378 $21.95 • HC $30.00 • PB $25.00 • PB interplay of economics and democracy. When not traveling internationally, he lives in the San Francisco Bay area and Tucson, Arizona. ChelseaGreen.com • 802.295.6300
15 August 2009 THE PURPOSE OF LIFE Science’s Surprising Answer to Religion’s Most Profound Question Dorion Sagan and Eric D. Schneider The answer to the grandest philosophical question of all time requires thinking outside the boxes of conventional religious teaching and conventional scientific wisdom. What is the purpose of life? Some say it's to reproduce, others to glorify God, but behind these and other proposed purposes lies a scientific purpose. In The Purpose of Life, science writer Dorion Sagan and biophysicist Eric D. Schneider lay out the fascinating evidence for life’s nat- ural purpose—its function in an energy-driven cosmos. New evidence shows that the evolution of life on Earth over the past three-and-a-half billion years has not been random but has a clear direction, and its direction is related to life's function as a natural system. Indeed, life shares its function—its purpose—with that of certain other complex natural systems. Although the answer is simple and not exclusive—life may have other purposes—its profound implications may change the way we see ourselves, our relationships to other living beings, and our future on this shared, energy-driven planet. Sagan and Schneider provide a striking alternative to both scientific and religious views of this age-old question. Engaging recent bestsellers such as Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life and Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Finding Your Life's Purpose, The Purpose of Life goes beyond popular Pub Date: August 2009 science, weaving literature, philosophy, and spirituality into a highly readable narrative. $15.95 US, $19.95 CAN • PB 9781933392387 51/2 x 81/2 • 224 pages Science/Philosophy “Building upon the beautiful subtleties of the Second Law of • National Media Thermodynamics, Eric Schneider and Dorion Sagan take us on a tour •••Also by Dorion Sagan••• de force through biology, touching upon the origin of life, sex, evolution, ecology, and even economics. Along the way, they dethrone the idea that the gene is the central actor in the drama of life and put the focus properly back on the plot—the organized flows of matter and energy that make life what it is.” —J. Scott Turner, author of The Extended Organism 9781933392325 9781933392318 $14.95 • PB $25.00 • PB Dorion Sagan is the Eric D. Schneid
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