Radical Homemakers

Author: Shannon Hayes
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603582698
Release Date: 2010-02-01
Genre: Social Science

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. 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.

A Householder s Guide to the Universe A Calendar of Basics for the Home and Beyond

Author: Harriet Fasenfest
Publisher: Tin House Books
ISBN: 9780982569160
Release Date: 2010-11-01
Genre: House & Home

In an era when go local, organic food, and sustainability are one the tip of everyone's tongues, Harriet Fasenfest's A Householder's Guide to the Universe takes up the banner of progressive homemaking and urban farming as a way to confront the political, social, and environmental issues facing our world today. In an era when go local, organic food, and sustainability are on the tip of everyone's tongues, Harriet Fasenfest's A Householder's Guide to the Universe takes up the banner of progressive homemaking and urban farming as a way to confront the political, social, and environmental issues facing our world today. Offering grass-roots practical advice on how to shop, garden, run a household, preserve and cook food, and more, Fasenfest also discusses the philosophy of householding. In A Householder's Guide to the Universe, which is organized according to season and presented in monthly installments, Fasenfest invites the reader into her home, garden, and kitchen to consider concrete tools for change. Streetwise and poetic, fierce and romantic, the book provides not only a way out of our current economic and environmental logjam but also a readable and often funny analysis of how we got there.

Radical Homemakers

Author: Shannon Hayes
Publisher:
ISBN: 1921462213
Release Date: 2011-01-01
Genre: Alternative lifestyles

Radical Homemakers from across the country speak out about their personal empowerment to bring about true change, find genuine happiness, to cast aside the pressures of a consumer culture, and live in a world where money loses much of its power to relationships, independent thought, and creativity.

Making is Connecting

Author: David Gauntlett
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780745637754
Release Date: 2013-04-29
Genre: Social Science

In Making is Connecting, David Gauntlett argues that, through making things, people engage with the world and create connections with each other. Both online and offline, we see that people want to make their mark on the world, and to make connections. During the previous century, the production of culture became dominated by professional elite producers. But today, a vast array of people are making and sharing their own ideas, videos and other creative material online, as well as engaging in real-world crafts, art projects and hands-on experiences. Gauntlett argues that we are seeing a shift from a ‘sit-back-and-be-told culture' to a ‘making-and-doing culture'. People are rejecting traditional teaching and television, and making their own learning and entertainment instead. Drawing on evidence from psychology, politics, philosophy and economics, he shows how this shift is necessary and essential for the happiness and survival of modern societies.

Homeward Bound

Author: Emily Matchar
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451665444
Release Date: 2013-05-07
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies

An investigation into the societal impact of intelligent, high-achieving women who are honing traditional homemaking skills traces emerging trends in sophisticated crafting, cooking and farming that are reshaping the roles of women.

Long Way on a Little

Author: Shannon Hayes
Publisher: Left to Write
ISBN: 0979439124
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Cooking

Contains easy recipes for meats, poultry, and eggs along with a discussion on livestock and their role in a sustainable society.

Superbia

Author: Dan Chiras
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9781550923230
Release Date: 2003-11-01
Genre: Social Science

The only book that shows how to transform existing suburbs to create environment- and people-friendly neighborhoods...

The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook

Author: Shannon Hayes
Publisher: Left to Write
ISBN: 0967367026
Release Date: 2005-01-30
Genre: Cooking

The original cookbook for grassfed and pastured meats that has become the classic go-to reference for the local food movement: “Farming is a world of its own,” writes author and grass-based farmer Shannon Hayes, “tied more to the ebb and flow of nature than to the pulse of changing food trends.” Take a passionate journey with The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook through the lush, emerald-green fields of America’s best pasture-based farms, where cattle, pigs, bison, goats, sheep, and poultry roam freely, eating what nature intended and acting on their natural instincts. In The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, Hayes details her own journey from farmer to foodie and back to the farm again. She lays out, in simple terms, the nutritional, environmental, social, and animal-welfare benefits of grass-fed foods and offers simple strategies for finding and preparing grass-fed meats and dairy products, as well as foolproof techniques for getting the most out of your purchases. Inside The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, you’ll discover the unique flavors and distinct characteristics of foods that come from animals raised on pasture. You’ll learn how meat and dairy products are meant to taste through a multitude of mouth-watering recipes, including Hayes’s own and her favorites from other pasture-based farmers. Each recipe is carefully selected and tested, and geared toward home cooks who have a desire to eat healthy, home-cooked meals. “One of the greatest joys of cooking and serving grass-fed meats and dairy is knowing that they come from farmers who have made conscious choices about stewarding the land in environmentally responsible ways, raising livestock in a humane fashion, and living their own lives in accordance with their values. Here you’ll meet many of those farmers and have access to their favorite recipes. It’s my hope that as you read their stories and savor their favorite dishes, you’ll come to realize the magnitude of your decision to support them and their colleagues by making grass-fed meats and dairy your first choice.” – Shannon Hayes, The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook

Making Home

Author: Sharon Astyk
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9781550925098
Release Date: 2012-08-21
Genre: House & Home

A better life means having less, not having more

The Nourishing Homestead

Author: Ben Hewitt
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603585514
Release Date: 2015-01-23
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Drawing on the authors' own experiences in Vermont, shares practical advice on building a sustainable homestead from the ground up and launching a small-scale farming operation.

What Falls from the Sky

Author: Esther Emery
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 9780310345145
Release Date: 2016-12-13
Genre: Religion

Esther Emery was a successful playwright and theater director, wife and mother, and loving it all - until, suddenly, she wasn’t. When a personal and professional crisis of spectacular extent leaves her reeling, Esther is left empty, alone in her marriage, and grasping for identity that does not define itself by busyness and a breakneck pace of life. Something had to be done. What Falls from the Sky is Esther’s fiercely honest, piercingly poetic account of a year without Internet - 365 days away from the good, the bad, and the ugly of our digital lives - in one woman’s desperate attempt at a reset. Esther faces her addiction to electronica, her illusion of self-importance, and her longing to return to simpler days, but then the unexpected happens. Her experiment in analog is hijacked by a spiritual awakening, and Esther finds herself suddenly, inexplicably drawn to the faith she had rejected for so long. Ultimately, Esther’s unplugged pilgrimage brings her to a place where she finally finds the peace - and the God who created it - she has been searching for all along. What Falls from the Sky offers a path for you to do the same. For all the ways the Internet makes you feel enriched and depleted, genuinely connected and wildly insufficient, What Falls from the Sky reveals a new way to look up from your screens and live with palms wide open in a world brimming with the good gifts of God.

The Art of Natural Cheesemaking

Author: David Asher
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 9781603585798
Release Date: 2015-06-30
Genre: Cooking

Including more than 35 step-by-step recipes from the Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking Most DIY cheesemaking books are hard to follow, complicated, and confusing, and call for the use of packaged freeze-dried cultures, chemical additives, and expensive cheesemaking equipment. For though bread baking has its sourdough, brewing its lambic ales, and pickling its wild fermentation, standard Western cheesemaking practice today is decidedly unnatural. In The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, David Asher practices and preaches a traditional, but increasingly countercultural, way of making cheese—one that is natural and intuitive, grounded in ecological principles and biological science. This book encourages home and small-scale commercial cheesemakers to take a different approach by showing them: • How to source good milk, including raw milk; • How to keep their own bacterial starter cultures and fungal ripening cultures; • How make their own rennet—and how to make good cheese without it; • How to avoid the use of plastic equipment and chemical additives; and • How to use appropriate technologies. Introductory chapters explore and explain the basic elements of cheese: milk, cultures, rennet, salt, tools, and the cheese cave. The fourteen chapters that follow each examine a particular class of cheese, from kefir and paneer to washed-rind and alpine styles, offering specific recipes and handling advice. The techniques presented are direct and thorough, fully illustrated with hand-drawn diagrams and triptych photos that show the transformation of cheeses in a comparative and dynamic fashion. The Art of Natural Cheesemaking is the first cheesemaking book to take a political stance against Big Dairy and to criticize both standard industrial and artisanal cheesemaking practices. It promotes the use of ethical animal rennet and protests the use of laboratory-grown freeze-dried cultures. It also explores how GMO technology is creeping into our cheese and the steps we can take to stop it. This book sounds a clarion call to cheesemakers to adopt more natural, sustainable practices. It may well change the way we look at cheese, and how we make it ourselves.

Making Supper Safe

Author: Ben Hewitt
Publisher: Rodale Books
ISBN: 9781609614126
Release Date: 2011-06-07
Genre: Business & Economics

Food recalls have become so ubiquitous we hardly even notice them. The massive peanut salmonella contamination of 2008–2009 alone killed nine and sickened an estimated 22,500 people; only a few weeks later, contaminated frozen cookie dough sent 35 people to the hospital. These tragic, inexcusable events to which no one is immune are but a symptom of a broader food system malaise. In Making Supper Safe, Ben Hewitt exposes the vulnerabilities inherent to the US food industry, where the majority of our processing facilities are inspected only once every seven years, and where government agencies lack the necessary resources to act on early warning signs. The most dangerous aspect of our food system isn't just its potential to make us acutely ill, but the ever expanding distance between us and our sources of nourishment. Hewitt introduces a vibrant cast of characters and revolutionaries who are reinventing how we grow, process, package, distribute, and protect our food, and even how we protect ourselves. He takes readers inside a food contamination trace-back investigation, goes dumpster diving, and talks to lawyers, policy makers, and families who have been affected by contaminated food. Making Supper Safe explains why we should worry, but it is also a quest to understand how we can learn to trust our food again.

What a Body Knows

Author: Kimerer L. LaMothe
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 9781780993508
Release Date: 2012-01-27
Genre: Religion

I simply cannot praise the book enough! The prose is positively brilliant. It is full of sparkling gems of insight and astonishing, concise yet profound formulations. The nature passages remind me of Annie Dillard. It is truly a remarkable achievement! Miranda Shaw, Ph.D., Professor of Religion, University of Richmond

What Matters

Author: Wendell Berry
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 9781582436067
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Business & Economics

"The reasoned and insistent exhortations of a man with a cause who, rather than mellowing with age and wisdom, continues to grow in forcefulness and vision." --Booklist Over the years, Wendell Berry has sought to understand and confront the financial structure of modern society and the impact of developing late capitalism on American culture. There is perhaps no more demanding or important critique available to contemporary citizens than Berry's writings -- just as there is no vocabulary more given to obfuscation than that of economics as practiced by professionals and academics. Berry has called upon us to return to the basics. He has traced how the clarity of our economic approach has eroded over time, as the financial asylum was overtaken by the inmates, and citizens were turned from consumers -- entertained and distracted -- to victims, threatened by a future of despair and disillusion. For this collection, Berry offers essays from the last twenty-five years, alongside new essays about the recent economic collapse, including "Money Versus Goods" and "Faustian Economics," treatises of great alarm and courage. He offers advice and perspective as our society attempts to steer from its present chaos and recession to a future of hope and opportunity. With urgency and clarity, Berry asks us to look toward a true sustainable commonwealth, grounded in realistic Jeffersonianprinciples applied to our present day.