• LOCALLY GROWN

    CLEARANCE $15.72 This beautiful new book by 30-year-old writer and photographer Anna H. Blessing introduces readers to the story of the modern heartland farm. The book explores how sustainable practices--and close ties to high-profile chefs and restauranteurs--have propelled the "locally grown" culinary movement into a central feature of life in major cities like Chicago. Blessing lays out the rich histories of 25 midwestern farms through beautiful photography, fascinating anecdotes from farmers and chefs, and up-close looks at what makes each farm so unique. Interest in sustainable farming has been growing rapidly across the country and around the world, emphasizing locally produced and grown foods in place of the mass-marketed offerings from corporate consortia. When inhabitants of major cities choose to purchase food raised in nearby farms, they not only support vital satellite economies, but also improve the social and ecological quality of life along with the environmental sustainability of the world around them. Now there are also innumerable top-tier dining establishments, led by esteemed chefs like Charlie Trotter and Paul Kahan, who scour farmers markets for natural ingredients and develop personal business relationships with small-time farmers to supply their restaurants with the best and most sustainable foods. Locally Grown shows how both long-standing and newly founded farms, along with urban farms and metropolitan nonprofit organizations like Growing Power and City Provisions, are boosting the sustainable food movement throughout Chicago and its neighborhoods. Each chapter profiles a different farm, outlining locale, scale, production, and inner workings while also revealing the captivating backgrounds of each farmer. Blessing shows how each farm and farmer are making efforts to improve sustainability, and describes the behind-the-scenes practices that have made locally grown food an increasingly important part of America's food culture.

    Item: 6700
  • HOLLYHOCK: GARDEN TO TABLE

    Now, the Hollyhock cooks are back with a new collection, boasting more than 200 new garden-inspired recipes. Hollyhock: Garden to Table invites you to join in a celebration of the beauty of fresh, local food. The versatility of whole grains, healthy oils and natural sweeteners is showcased in mouthwatering creations

    Item: 6698
  • HOW TO BUY THE RIGHT PLANTS, TOOLS & GARDEN SUPPLIES

    How to Buy the Right Plants, Tools and Garden Supplies will arm you with a wealth of knowledge! You'll learn how to determine if a plant is healthy, choose the right size, correctly read the plant tag, choose the best tools and supplies for your needs, and confidently recognize a well-made tool. In addition to helping you navigate the nursery, this book tells you what you need to know before you get there and offers helpful tips on how to successfully garden once you get home.

    Item: 6680
  • MAKING YOUR SMALL FARM PROFITABLE

    Whether you're buying a new farm or jump-starting an old one, with Ron Macher's down-to-earth advice on planning, farming and marketing you'll soon make your farm profitable- and find satisfaction doing it. Macher shares proven methods for farming smarter and explores today's new crops and livestock that translate into new ways to make money.

    Item: 684
  • MEALS IN A JAR

    Meals in a Jar provides the step-by-step, detailed instructions needed to create all-natural breakfast, lunch and dinner options that you can keep on a shelf and enjoy at any time.

    Item: 6657
  • THE FORGOTTEN POLLINATORS

    Clearance: $25.95 The Forgotten Pollinators explores the vital but little-appreciated relationship between plants and the animals they depend on for reproduction: bees, beetles, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, bats and countless other animals -- some widely recognized and other almost unknown.

    Item: 6597
  • THE VEGETABLE GARDENER'S GUIDE TO PERMACULTURE

    Permaculture teacher Christopher Shein highlights everything you need to know to start living off the land lightly, including how to create rich, healthy and low-cost soil; blend a functional food garden and decorative landscape; share the bounty with others; and much more.

    Item: 6583
  • THE SPEEDY VEGETABLE GARDEN

    The Speedy Vegetable Garden highlights more than 50 quick crops, with complete information on how to sow, grow and harvest each plant. Sumptuous photography provides inspiration and a visual guide for when to harvest.

    Item: 6582
  • POWERHOUSE PLANTS

    CLEARANCE $10.69 Powerhouse Plants by Graham Rice features multiseasonal perennials, annuals, groundcovers, vines, shrubs and trees. Profiles include basic plant information, such as size, hardiness and preferred growing conditions.

    Item: 6581
  • THE EASY VEGAN

    Clearance: $14.25 Whether you're a practicing vegan or a meat-eater looking to improve your health, The Easy Vegan offers dozens of recipes to reinvigorate your every day meals. With more than 440 recipes, from appealing appetizers to delicious desserts, The Easy Vegan takes a healthy approach to some of the most common recipes, and adds some delicious new surprises from Vegan Shepherd's pie to Mac and "Cheese" to savory pies, cakes, dressings, chutneys and more. Vegan chef Janet Hudson shows how to use easy-to-find fresh ingredients, dairy and meat substitutes, and common pantry staples for each recipe. The Easy Vegan looks at nutritional concerns for both children and adults and shows how vegan cooking is low in cholesterol and fat, and high in important antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to improve health.

    Item: 6542

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