Favorites from Chelsea Green Publishing

Ok – sure – you *might* be able to get it cheaper through Amazon (not always though! Check Chesea’s sales!) – BUT – if you are in a position to be able to support a smaller business that emphasizes ethics, a free-thinking humanitarian society, sustainability, homegrown goodness, and making this planet a better place – then please consider ordering through Chelsea Green Publishing (the leading publisher of sustainable living books since 1985).

Books have long been a venue for effecting change in our thinking and in our society, as well as practical references. This is Chelsea Green’s stated purpose:

to stop the destruction of the natural world by challenging the beliefs and practices that are enabling this destruction and by providing inspirational and practical alternatives that promote sustainable living.

Whoaa. Obviously, we are taking part of a bigger picture here when we talk about saving the world from mass destruction. One Book At A Time.

And yes, I am an affiliate – so I get a little kickback if you take my links to purchase – and I would also add that Chelsea Green is Much more generous in their support of small online businesses who do advertising for them than are some of the larger companies with whom I am familiar. Ahm. Another great reason to support Chelsea Green in return!

Enough advertising – here are some fantastic books I either already own, have read, or that are on my Wishlist:

Creating a Forest Garden by Martin Crawford

Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway (and an excerpt for a permaculture apple-centered guild)

How to Grow Perennial Vegetables by Martin Crawford

Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier

The Holistic Orchard by Michael Phillips

(I will keep adding to this list, so thanks for checking back in.)
And a little more on Chelsea Green Publishing, because I really do believe in their vision and their eloquent way of stating it:

With the destruction of the natural world ramped up to epidemic proportions, one wonders what “sustainable” really means. Indeed, one begins to wonder what “living” really means or will come to mean in the opening decade of the twenty-first century. Can anything be deemed sustainable when life itself–in all its myriad forms–is threatened at so many levels? Is it enough to focus on the how-to of “green living” in the face of such overwhelming force, the “shock and awe” of forest and ecosystem destruction, the rampant plundering of the world’s oceans, the terror of GMO-contaminated food, and the unintended consequences of biotechnology?

A new worldwide grassroots movement is taking shape. In India, Africa, and South America, in countries left “behind” and stripped of their resources and cultures, people increasingly feel that they have no choice: In order to continue living, they must reclaim, must lay claim to, their ecosystems, their food and water, their land and housing, their sufficiencies. It’s a new kind of politics, what Arundhati Roy calls, “Not the politics of governance, but the politics of resistance. The politics of opposition. The politics of forcing accountability. The politics of slowing things down. The politics of joining hands across the world and preventing certain destruction1.” It is the new, vibrant politics of sustainable living.

We wish to move the company forward boldly and with a new sense of urgency. While continuing our commitment to remain at the forefront of information about green building, organic growing, and renewable energy–the practical aspects of sustainability–we will also publish for a new politics of sustainability, for the cultural resistance that living demands of us now.

While we support one another in reducing the destructive impacts of our daily lives, we must also support one another in the daunting task of building the collective consciousness of individuals committed to a less violent way of life. We must nurture the voices of those who see ever-widening disparities of wealth, the collapse of rural economies, the hegemony of industrial agriculture, the build up of toxics in the environment and other accumulating costs of an ever-accelerating, ever-expanding economy based on material wealth.