As opposed to the act of clear-cutting forests for paper as we are, we nevertheless feel that the knowledge imparted by a select number of enlightening books outweighs the impact of the paper they're printed on. Better still are books such as the Humanure Handbook, which are printed on recycled paper at the insistence of its author.
We think libraries are great for reducing the number of copies of books being circulated and hence the number of trees having to be cut down to print them (most books are read once -- or worse, bought but never read -- and discarded in the trash). And the internet is even better at disseminating information, so we encourage its use as much as possible.
In fact, many enlightened authors publish their whole works on the internet so that all may benefit from their work (even those who can't afford to buy books) in the belief that essential knowledge is meant to be shared, not exploited.
By discounting every book that we offer by 40-50% (below the cost at which we acquire them), we are doing our part in keeping the wise words in these rare books alive. At the same time, we are not profiting from the act of turning trees into paper.
We hope you enjoy our selection of sustainable living, voluntary simplicity, homesteading, health, and raw foods books, a selection we've made only after scouring through countless libraries and catalogues. All of our books also qualify for our $5 Economy shipping, no matter how many items you order. We plan to provide exhaustive reviews and excerpts from all of our books in the ensuing weeks.
May truth, peace, simplicity, and sustainability prevail -- from the folks at Rawganique.com.
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Pages: 6.5 "x9.25", 300 pages
Book Details: 24-pages of color photos, plus black & white photos, appendices, index, & more
By Jean Giono
"The most perfect little book on Earth. Inspiring. Moving. Impassioned."
To commemorate Chelsea Green Publishing's anniversary of the cloth-bound edition of Jean Giono's classic tale we proudly present a paperback edition with added information on how to become a WoodWise consumer.
Jean Giono's tale of Elzéard Bouffier, the intrepid tree planter who single-handedly reforests a barren section of southern France, is here placed in an exciting new context. In addition to creating new forests by tree-planting, we can have a direct effect on their survival through our prudent use of wood products.
This special edition has been prepared with the assistance of Co-op America, a nonprofit organization whose WoodWise campaign protects our forest resources by raising consumer awareness of alternatives to wasteful consumption. A supplemental chapter provides information, suggestions, and tips. Readers will find the tools to locate sources for tree-free paper, tackle unwanted junk mail, conserve at home and the office, and recognize environmentally sound wood products. Responsible actions such as these will contribute directly to the conservation of sustainable forests.
The original, cloth-bound edition of The Man Who Planted Trees with Michael McCurdy's glorious woodcuts was published by Chelsea Green in 1985, and remains in print. We also offer products, including notecards, videos, and audiotapes, inspired by Giono's story.
About the Author
Jean Giono , the only son of a cobbler and a laundress, was one of France's greatest writers. His prodigious literary output included stories, essays, poetry, plays, filmscripts, translations, and over thirty novels, many of which have been translated into English. Giono was a pacifist, and was twice imprisoned in France, at the outset and end of World War II. He remained tied to Provence and Manosque, the little city where in 1895 he was born and in 1970 died.
Michael McCurdy is one of America's outstanding wood engravers. He has illustrated many books for trade publication and as special fine press editions. His prints and drawings are also shown in galleries throughout the country. McCurdy lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Scott Nearing: The Making of a Radical $8.50 (list price: $17)
Pages: 6"x9", 320 pages
By Scott Nearing
"Every generation produces its .
. . adventurers and activists: tireless, insistent,
and sometimes pestiferous doers. Not satisfied with
a soft life, they are ready to climb mountains, rebuild
cities, or go to the moon. They revel in strenuous,
sustained effort. They are up at dawn, spending their
days in unending action, their nights in libraries or
laboratories. They are not deterred by danger or obstacles."
"Nearing was a rugged individualist
and lifelong socialist who profoundly influenced hundreds
of thousands of people through his ideas and books .
. . If there is a human race still here in a hundred
years we'll have to learn two almost contradictory lessons:
we'll have to make cities more livable places, and we'll have to show
that independent-minded people can live outside cities without having
to be rich suburbanites. We may yet be able to save the world before
we destroy ourselves, and Scott and Helen Nearing showed us ways to do it."
The autobiography of the father of the back-to-the-land movement and one of the great social critics and humanitarians of the 20th century. This is where Scott Nearing lays out his ahead-of-the-time-yet-age-old thinking and philosophy on life, work, and the value of mindful living.
Scott Nearing lived one hundred years, from 1883 to 1983—a life spanning most of the twentieth century. In his early years, Nearing made his name as a formidable opponent of child labor and military imperialism. Having been fired from university jobs for his independence of mind, Nearing became a freelance lecturer and writer, traveling widely through Depression-era and post-war America to speak with eager audiences. Five-time Socialist candidate for president Eugene V. Debs said, "Scott Nearing! He is the greatest teacher in the United States."
Concluding that it would be better to be poor in the country than in New York City, Scott and Helen Nearing moved north to Vermont in 1932 and commenced the experiment in self-reliant living that would extend their fame far and wide. They began to grow most of their own food, and devised their famous scheme for allocating the day's hours: one third for "bread work" (livelihood), one third for "head work" (intellectual endeavors), and one third for "service to the world community." Scott (who'd grown up partly on his grandfather's Pennsylvania farm) taught Helen (who was raised in suburbia, groomed for a career as a classical violinist) the practical skills they would need: working with tools, cultivating a garden and managing a woodlot, and building stone and masonry walls.
For the rest of their lives, the Nearings chronicled in detail their "good life," first in Vermont and ultimately on the coast of Maine, in a group of wonderful books—many of which are now being returned to print by Chelsea Green in cooperation with the Good Life Center, an educational trust established at the Nearings' Forest Farm in Harborside, Maine, to promote their ongoing legacy.
With a new foreword by activist historian Staughton Lynd, The Making of a Radical is freshly republished-Scott Nearing's own story, told as only he could tell it.
About the Author:
Author or co-author (with his wife Helen Nearing ) of more than thirty books and hundreds of essays, Scott Nearing was one of the great social critics and humanitarians of the 20th century. Known throughout the world as the progenitors of the "back to the land" movement, the Nearings combined pragmatism and vision to create a blend now being celebrated by new generations of readers.
Wise Words from the Good Life (Helen Nearing) $7.50 (list price: $15)
Pages: 6"x9", 192 pages
By Helen Nearing
As one of the leading twentieth-century practitioners of self-sufficient living, Helen Nearing found illumination and solace in the sayings of predecessors who had sought their own versions of "the good life." By grouping the wisdom of the ages into categories that are quirky yet eminently sensible, she brings to life the contemporary relevance of some of the most profound chroniclers of our rural heritage:
Horace on simplicity
Virgil on farming
Spenser on solitude
Thoreau on poverty
Jefferson on the evening of life
As well as being a gleaner of quotations, Helen was the creator of her own "wise words." Her book Loving and Leaving the Good Life was described by May Sarton as "a tonic for any young person dismayed by the state of the world, and a drink at the fountain of youth for any old person depressed or discouraged." Helen's book Simple Food for the Good Life was described by Health Science as "far more than a mere cookbook. It belongs to the category of classics, destined to be remembered through the ages."
About the Author:
Along with her husband Scott, Helen Nearing lived in a manner that inspired people throughout the world to seek a dignified, satisfying life. The Nearing homestead in Harborside, Maine, is now preserved as The Good Life Center, an educational center open to the public in the summer.
Strangely Like War - Jensen & Draffan $7.50 (list price: $15)
Pages: 5"x8.25", 160 pages
By Derrick Jensen and George Draffan, Foreword by Vandana Shiva
Jensen and Draffan lay bare the stark scenario we face unless rampant deforestation is slowed and stopped. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the relationship between clear-cutting and our ecological crisis, as well as an essential “handbook” for forest and anti-globalization activists.
Derrick Jensen and George Draffan, Foreword by Vandana
"In Strangely like War , Derrick Jensen and George Draffan open our eyes to the terrorist assault on our living guardians and the destruction of our real security." --From the Foreword by Vandana Shiva
"It was strangely like war. They attacked the forest as if it were an enemy to be pushed back from the beachheads, driven into the hills, broken into patches, and wiped out. Many operators thought they were not only making lumber but liberating the land from the trees. . ." --from The Last Wilderness , by Murray Morgan, 1976
Derrick Jensen, prize-winning author of A Language Older than Words and The Culture of Make Believe , and George Draffan, activist, researcher, and co-author with Jensen of Railroads & Clearcuts , collaborate again to expose the escalating global war on trees. Ever since Gilgamesh cut down the ancient cedar forests of Mesopotamia, civilizations and empires have foundered and collapsed in the wake of widespread deforestation.
Today, with three quarters of the world's original forests gone and the pace of cutting, clearing, processing, and pulping ever accelerating, Jensen and Draffan lay bare the stark scenario we face--we being not only people, but the nonhuman fabric of life itself--unless deforestation is slowed and stopped. A must read for anyone who wants to understand the relationship between deforestation and our ecological crisis as well as an essential "handbook" for forest and anti-globalization activists.
About the Authors:
Derrick Jensen is the author of The Culture of Make Believe; A Language Older than Words ;Listening to the Land: Conversations about Nature, Culture, and Eros ; and co-author of Railroads & Clearcuts .The Culture of Make Believe was one of two finalists for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. He writes for The New York Times Magazine ,Audubon , and The Sun among many others.
George Draffan is a forest activist, public interest investigator, and corporate muckraker. He is the author of The Elite Consensus ,A Primer on Corporate Power , and co-author of Railroads & Clearcuts . For the past fifteen years he has provided research services and training to citizens and public interest groups that are investigating and challenging corporate power. Some of his work can be found at Endgame, a project of the Public Information Network ( www.endgame.org ).
Pages: 6.5 "x9.25", 356 pages
Book Details: tables, notes, index
By Daniel M. Berman & John T. O'Connor
America's most powerful corporations, utilities, and environmental organizations are in league with government to protect a dirty little secret: Solar power is a better way of meeting this nation's (or, for that matter, any other's) future electrical needs. But even though we already have the technology to turn sunlight into clean, reliable power, they want to keep us in the dark.
This book contains documented proof of how utilities are crippling-and attempting to own-solar energy.
About the Author
Dan Berman , PhD is a journalist, professor, environmental activist and author of Death on the Job: Occupational Health & Safety Struggles in the US
John O'Connor is one of the pre-eminent spokespeople for the environmental movement (even though you've never heard of him), and co-author of A Practical Guide to Preventing Lead Poisoning and coeditor of Fighting Toxics .
(Modern-day real-life "The Man Who Planted Trees")
Gaviotas (Alan Weisman) $8.50 (list price: $16.95)
Pages: 6"x9", 240 pages
Book Details: B & W photographs and diagrams, bibiographies, index
By Alan Weisman
"Elsewhere they're tearing down the rain forest. Here, we're putting it back. If we can do this in Colombia, there's hope that people can do it anywhere."
-Paolo Lugari, Founder of Gaviotas
The eastern savannas of war-ravaged Colombia, known as the llanos, are among the most brutal environments on Earth, an unlikely setting for one of the most hopeful environmental stories ever told. Here, more than twenty-five years ago, an intrepid visionary named Paolo Lugari set out to create a village that could sustain itself agriculturally, economically, and artistically. He reasoned that if a community could survive in the Colombian llanos, it would be possible to live anywhere. The new village was named after the graceful river terns common in the area, los gaviotas.
The early inhabitants of Gaviotas soon realized that if they wanted even basic necessities, they would need to be very resourceful. So they invented wind turbines that convert mild breezes into energy, super-efficient pumps that tap previously inaccessible sources of water, and solar kettles that sterilize drinking water using the furious heat of the tropical sun.
They even invented a rain forest! Two million pine trees planted as a renewable crop have unexpectedly allowed the rain forest to re-establish itself. Paolo Lugari and the Gaviotans, in their quest to create a model human habitat, serendipitously renewed an entire ecosystem. This is why Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez has called Lugari as "The Inventor of the World." To learn more about what other people have to say about Gaviotas, please visit the Friends of Gaviotas website Friends of Gaviotas
How this book came about
In 1994, a team of independent journalists was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Ford Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to produce a special series for National Public Radio, which would document humanity's search for solutions to the greatest environmental and social problems threatening the world today. One member of that team, Alan Weisman, took his quest to an unlikely spot: war-torn, drug-ravaged Colombia. Twenty-five years earlier, he'd been told, a group of Colombian visionaries had decided that if they could fashion self-sustaining peace and prosperity in the most difficult place on earth, it could be done anywhere. Then they had set out to try.
For sixteen bone-breaking hours, Weisman traveled by jeep past roadblocks manned by army, paramilitary, and guerrilla forces to reach what those visionaries had forged in the harshest setting they could find: the extraordinary community called Gaviotas.
Chelsea Green's Editor-in-Chief Jim Schley heard Weisman's report on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and immediately sensed the similarity between the Gaviotas story and Jean Giono's classic fable, The Man Who Planted Trees , a Chelsea Green book which has sold more than 150,000 copies since publication in 1984.
Schley contacted Weisman, who agreed to write a book about Gaviotas. Weisman returned to Gaviotas repeatedly, visiting extensively with the residents including the community's founder, Paolo Lugari, who has been called by Colombian author and Nobel prize winner Gabriel García Márquez "The Inventor of the World."
Here's what others have said about Gaviotas :
"In the wake of the fall of so much idealism in Latin America, it is wonderful to discover this luminous book about a luminous place in eastern Colombia. Alan Weisman takes us to Gaviotas via many stories-stories that make the path completely engrossing."
-Julia Alvarez, author of In the Time of the Butterflies and Yo! ,
as well as Chelsea Green's classic A Cafecito Story
"Alan Weisman has captured what we always knew but seem to
constantly forget in our drugged industrial lives, that all the solutions are within us.
It has taken a small town in Colombia to show us the way to go home.
We need Gaviotas more than it needs us. May this book have a million readers."
-Charles Bowden, author of Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America
"Alan Weisman's Gaviotas is the ongoing saga of what real,
ands-on sustainability means, calluses and all, practiced in
the most demanding social and environmental circumstances conceivable.
This inspiring story demonstrates that the best design comes from the severest limits."
-Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism
"Alan Weisman's Gaviotas is not merely a book of hope, but a story of twists and turns
that remind us just how rich the human spirit and a human community can be.
Weisman himself proves again that he is among the best journalist essayists
North America has offered to the world toward the end of this millennium
and at the end of the Decade of Endless Hand-Wringing."
-Gary Paul Nabhan, PhD., author of The Desert Smells Like Rain
and Cultures of Habitat
Raw Family (The Boutenko Family) $5 (list price: $9.95)
Contains 33 recipes, more pictures, nice pocket-size format.
An inspiring story of a family that became desperately ill with serious diseases, like juvenile diabetes, arrhythmia, asthma and arthritis. By changing their diet radically to a Raw Food diet, all four of them went from desperation and sickness to complete healing and happiness. Written in a very unique format of a family chronological biography. Contains 30 colored pictures and 33 delicious raw food recipes.
Eating Without Heating (Boutenko Kids) $6 (list price: $11.95)
A wonderful book with many fun raw food recipes. It is written by the children of the raw family who have been raw for 13 years.
Many people know that we should eat more greens, but rarely do any of us truly enjoy our kale or wheatgrass. For the first time in history a remarkably enjoyable way of consuming the necessary amount of greens has been created by blending the greens with fruit. From this smoothie, the body can absorb the essential nutrients much more efficiently. Anyone can prepare tasty green smoothies quickly in their own kitchen, with their own choice of ingredients. With green smoothies people gain more control of their own health.
We have been raw for almost 13 years and we have yet to find a more moving, inspiring book that really goes into the trials and tribulations of living raw in today's world without glossing over the the difficulties. Victoria is a strong believer in listening to oneself and she is not one to give up when there is a hurdle to overcome. We have tried the organic green smoothies and found that they really do eliminate the cravings for heavy foods. Excellent book all in all!
Greens Can Save Your Life (DVD) (Victoria Boutenko) $10 (list price: $19.95)
A very informative DVD in which Victoria explains the background of the "Raw Family" and provides information from and insight into her recent book Green For Life. A straight recording of the lecture -- no technical fanfare in the DVD, just straight-from-the-heart talk from one of the most admirable spokespersons of the raw food movement. Victoria really walks her talks; she has inspired countless people looking to find a healthier, more natural life. She has done lots of research and thought through the evidence to come up with some surprising yet effective methodds to feel more grounded in the raw food lifestyle in the face of the un-naturalness of the modern world.
From the jacket: This DVD is filled with ground-breaking new information, presented in a clear and simple way!
3 hours of lecture on 2 DVD's.
The Emperor Wears No Clothes (CD ROM) (Jack Herer) $15 (list price: $24.95)
Edition: CD ROM
By Jack Herer
From the H'emperor Jack Herer himself! This is the book that tells all, does all, inspires all in a most engaging, mind-boggling way when it comes to hemp. This is the book that single-handedly brought hemp back, the one and only underground bible of the hemp and sustainable living movement.
We're excited to be able to offer this next-to-impossible-to-find hemp book. Covers the cultivation of hemp as well as hemp's history, politics, economy, and endless possibilities. There's no way around it, if you're at all interested in hemp or the future of our planet, this is the book to own.
In this thoroughly researched, scrupulously annotated, and shockingly provocative book you'll learn:
Frustrated by the complexities and incomprehensibleness of modern urban existence and armed with passion about peaceful, self-subsistent rural life (a passion fired by books from the walking-the-talkers such as the Nearings, Robert Hart, and Joseph Jenkins) as well as a certain knowledge that beautiful and cozy homes can be made affordably (often less than $1000) out of earth and straw (cob and strawbale houses), the modern homesteading hopeful is no longer at a loss as to where to begin. All materials for home-building can come from sustainable natural resources such as clay, sand, driftwood, straw, and hemp in addition to recycled stuff found at demolition sites, garage sale, or a beach nearby. The bonus is that these low-tech, low-impact, time-tested homes can last up to a thousand years (judging from 600-year-old cob cottages in excellent shape that are found all over England). The work will keep you in shape and the organic home-grown diet will keep you healthy. Over and over, people who've done it are speading the word: it's not as hard as you think!