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Book Review: “Tiny Victory Gardens”

“Tiny Victory Gardens: Growing Food Without a Yard” By Acadia Tucker, with illustrations by Emily Castle Stone Pier Press, 2021 168 pages, paperback, $19.95 Acadia Tucker is a market farmer turned container grower. After helping to manage 2 acres of regeneratively grown produce in Point Roberts, Washington, Tucker returned to her home state of Maine.

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Book Review: “The Preserving Answer Book”

“The Preserving Answer Book: Expert Tips, Techniques, and Best Methods for Preserving All Your Favorite Foods” By Sherri Brooks Vinton Storey Publishing, 2nd edition, 2021 256 pages, paperback, $14.95 Sherri Brooks Vinton is an expert on all methods of food preservation. The author of “Put ‘em Up!” and Put ‘em Up! Fruit,” she has toured

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Book Review: “The Maine Farm Table Cookbook”

“The Maine Farm Table Cookbook: 125 Homegrown Recipes from the Pine Tree State” By Kate Shaffer The Countryman Press, 2021 304 pages, paperback, $24.95 One of my favorite things to do is hop in my car and travel around Maine, not to the popular beaches or parks, or busy restaurants, but to homesteads and farms

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Book Review: “In the Garden”

“In the Garden” By Emma Giuliani Princeton Architectural Press, 2020 16 pages, hardcover, $27.95 “In the Garden” is a flap-tastic and boldly illustrated oversized children’s book that follows a brother and sister duo as they work in their garden from the end of one winter until the start of the next. Using the seasonal movements

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Book Review: “Good Husbandry”

“Good Husbandry: Growing Food, Love, and Family on Essex Farm” By Kristin Kimball Scribner, 2020 320 pages, paperback, $18 In 2010, when Kristin Kimball’s “The Dirty Life” came out, I was at the beginning of my farming life. With two summers of field work and dreams of owning my own farm taking root inside me,

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Book Review: “Floret Farm‘s Discovering Dahlias”

“Floret Farm‘s Discovering Dahlias: A Guide to Growing and Arranging Magnificent Blooms” By Erin Benzakein  Chronicle Books, 2021 223 pages, hardcover, $24.95 Erin Benzakein is a well-known flower grower, floral designer and award-winning author from Mt. Vernon, Washington. For years she has shared her vast knowledge of flowers through her workshops, books, very accessible and

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Book Review: “Herbal Revolution”

“Herbal Revolution: 65+ Recipes for Teas, Elixirs, Tinctures, Syrups, Foods, and Body Products That Heal” By Kathi Langelier Page Street Publishing Co., 2020 192 pages, paperback, $21.99 Everyone needs more than one book on herbal medicine. Some books focus on how to grow each plant and the healing properties they offer or how to make

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Book Review: “A Small Farm Future”

“A Small Farm Future: Making the Case for a Society Built Around Local Economies, Self-Provisioning, Agricultural Diversity and a Shared Earth” By Chris Smaje Chelsea Green Publishing, 2020 312 pages, paperback, $22.50 For anyone who has taken more than a cursory look at the industrialized system that feeds much of the world, there is plenty

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Book Review: “Chickenology”

“Chickenology: The Ultimate Encyclopedia” By Barbara Sandri, Camilla Pintonato and Francesco Giubbilini Princeton Architectural Press, 2021 80 pages, hardcover, $19.95 Ah, chickens: the gateway drug to many a barnyard menagerie. Simple to tend with generous returns, their appeal extends beyond rural farmyards, reaching up to urban rooftops and across suburban backyards. These days more people know about

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Book Review: “The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume V”

“The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume V” By Greenhorns Greenhorns, 2021 400 pages, paperback, $25 “What kind of nourishment prepares us for bravery?” Severine von Tscharner Fleming asks in her introduction to “The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume V.” As we emerge into summer after a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, social justice uprisings, wildfires and floods, we

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