Category: Reviews

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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Film Review: “Voices from the Barrens”

“Voices from the Barrens: Native People, Blueberries and Sovereignty” Directed by Nancy Ghertner; produced by The Sodus Film Group 59 minutes voicesfromthebarrens.com Long before wild blueberries came into popular discourse as a nutrient-dense “superfood,” Indigenous people of the Northeast were benefiting from their taste, nutrition and cultural significance. “The blueberry represents a very important source

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Book Review: “The Monsanto Papers”

“The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice” By Carey Gillam Island Press, 2021 352 pages, hardcover, $30 “The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice” by investigative journalist Carey Gillam covers the 2018 jury trial of Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company. The plaintiff, known

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