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NEW SOCIETY BLOG — Book Excerpt

The Benefits of Composting

Robert Pavlis, author of Plant Science for Gardeners, talks about the topic of gardening and how to do it in the context of climate change.

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Starting a Home-based Food Business

'Homemade for Sale, Second Edition' is the authoritative guide to launching a successful food enterprise from your kitchen. Available soon for purchase, It covers everything you need to get cooking for your customers, providing a clear road map to go from ideas and recipes to owning a food business.

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Start a Profitable Farm with Little to No Equipment with the No-till Method

Do less, produce more, and grow the soil life that feeds crops using chemical-free, organic no till methods. In this excerpt from the new book Practical No-till Farming: A Quick and Dirty Guide to Organic Vegetable and Flower Growing by Andrew Mefferd, the editor of Growing for Market magazine, Andrew outlines how no-till farming practices make it possible to start a profitable farm with little to no equipment, on a very small land base. Making farming accessible to all potential farmers.

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Plants in Relationship

In his book, 'Wild Plant Culture', Jared Rosenbaum talks about integrating restoration practices, foraging, herbalism, rewilding, and permaculture. This book is both a practical guide and an evocative read that will transport you deep into the natural landscape. Today, we share an excerpt from the book that looks at plants and the relationships they have with other things.

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Why We Don't Know How to Talk About Race

When you were growing up, what were the messages you received about race, racism, and race relations? 'Inside Out', by Caprice D. Hollins, provides a roadmap to workplace and organizational change. It is packed with practical tools for working collectively towards racial justice and dismantling institutional racism. Today, we share an excerpt from the book that talks about the reasons why we don’t know how to talk about race.

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Making the Food System Healthy for People and Planet

'Earth for All' is both an antidote to despair and a road map to a better future. The authors dive deeply into all aspects of what an equitable world might look like – from environmental stewardship to inclusive, fair societies … and everything in between. In this excerpt, the authors examine the simplification and consumption of Earth's biosphere.

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Achieving Gender Equity

Earth for All is both an antidote to despair and a road map to a better future. The authors dive deeply into all aspects of what an equitable world might look like – from environmental stewardship to inclusive, fair societies … and everything in between. In this excerpt, the authors examine two of the most crucial pieces in the equity puzzle: families, in whatever form they take; and women’s agency, particularly with regard to education and reproductive control.

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NY Climate Week – Equity, Fairness, and Climate Change

For today’s Climate Week excerpt, we’re sharing some of Lloyd Alter’s Living the 1.5-degree Lifestyle. In this chapter, Lloyd looks at carbon reduction through an equity lens: How do we work with the fact that while some of us are profligate users of energy/carbon, much of the world is suffering energy poverty?

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NY Climate Week – Leading by Example

Harriet Shugarman’s How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change is an invaluable tool for helping kids move from frightened and confused to becoming active, empowered people on climate action. Today’s Climate Week excerpt, Sugarman discusses leading by example and helping kids (and ourselves!) envision what we’re working toward.

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NY Climate Week – The Power of Imperfection

In observing Climate Week we’re sharing excerpts from some of our climate-related titles. Today’s comes from Sami Grover’s We’re All Climate Hypocrites Now, discussing the imperfection of our efforts, and why that can be an amazingly powerful tool in the struggle for climate justice.

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The sacred dance of life

In The Web of Meaning, Jeremy Lent delves into some of humanity’s age-old questions -- Who am I? Why am I? How should I live? He then offers a compelling foundation for a new philosophical framework that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on a flourishing Earth. Today, we have an excerpt from the book that talks about metaphors for life.

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Foundations

Based on decades of research, Making Shift Happen examines the forces behind behavior change, providing a suite of powerful tools to transform the world. This book is a must-have guide for practitioners in nonprofits, governments, and businesses looking to design successful campaigns and initiatives that shift behaviors and mindsets toward positive environmental outcomes and a better future for all. Today’s excerpt outlines the basis of this system of change, laying the foundations for the rest of the process.

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What is Coppice?

In his book, Coppice Agroforestry, Mark Krawczyk looks at the ancient practice of coppicing, blending it with modern science, systems thinking, and tools to ground it firmly in the 21st Century. So, whether you have a few trees or an entire forest, this book is the must-have practical guide for homesteaders, farmers, foresters, land managers, and educators who ally themselves with the remarkable resilience of woody plants. Today, we share an excerpt from the book that explains what coppice is

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Cultivating and Planting Blueberries

The Berry Grower by Blake Cothron is the essential guide for growing and marketing organic small fruits and berries. Today, we share an excerpt from the book that talks about cultivating and planting blueberries.

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Understanding Roots

Plant Science for Gardeners by Robert Pavlis is an entertaining and accessible guide that empowers growers to analyze common problems, find solutions, and make better decisions in the garden for optimal plant health and productivity. So, whether you’re a home gardener, micro-farmer, market gardener, or homesteader, this is the perfect guide for you. Today, we wanted to share an excerpt from the book that explains more about roots and their basic structure.

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