Recommended Reading and Viewing

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There are so many wonderful resources out there, it’s hard to know where to start, especially when a person is new to living a sustainable life. Many of these pertain to food sovereignty, food preservation, and sustainable agriculture.

The Wikipedia entries are good starting places to learn the basics of a given subject, but are often sterile and not terribly in-depth.

The movies are a great next step – for me, it’s easier to spend an hour or two watching a movie on a new subject than it is to invest the time to read a book. It’s a great way to get an overview of the area of interest.

The books are ones I have read and referred to personally, and find compelling or useful.

The educational websites listed here are sites I refer to often, or ones whose work I admire.

The commercial websites are vendors whose missions at least partially mirror my own, providing sustainable products or services.

The page is a living document, added to over time. I’m populating and categorizing as I can.

Here’s what I recommend:

Wikipedia Entries:

Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms – combining traditional wisdom with modern know-how. Joel is one of my real-life heroes
Beyond Organic – The method Salatin and others use to farm sustainably
Will Allen of Growing Power – the last functional farm within the Milwaukee city limits, and another of my heroes
Food Desert – defines the concept of a “food desert,” which isn’t in Ethiopia – it’s in American cities everywhere

Movies:

Fresh, The MovieWebsiteNetflix – Learn about sustainable food supplies
Food, IncWebsiteNetflix – An eye-opening documentary about the state of commercial food suppliers today
Mad City ChickensWebsite – Educational movie about backyard chickens, even in an urban environment

Books:

The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan’s impassioned plea to examine what we eat, and where it comes from
Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy – the book which turned me vegetarian for eight years; an unflinching look at the meat industry of today
Fast Food Nation
 – Eric Schlosser takes a close look at fast food, where it comes from, and the mega businesses which make it possible
Preserving the Harvest– 150 Recipes for Freezing, Canning, Drying and Pickling Fruits and Vegetables
Wild Fermentation –  The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods

Educational Websites:

Real Milk – Information about raw milk, and where to find it
Real Food for Less Money – How to feed your family real food on a budget
Local Harvest – How to find local food
Eat Well Guide – find sustainable food
Growing Power – an amazing three acre farm inside Milwaukee; I hope to visit this year and learn from them
How to get started with vermicomposting –  How to use worms to get outstanding compost
Honey Locator – where to find local honey, as most large honey companies now import from China
Orange juice now contains nasty, toxic “flavor packs;” learn more
How to Compost – learn how to compost
Uses for Coconut Oil
How whole foods lowered my cholesterol
All-natural cleaning agents for the sustainable household

Commercial Websites:

Pantry Paratus – A family-owned Frontier reseller offering many sustainable and organic products, as well as grain mills, dehydrators, and more
Green Polka Dot Box
 – a membership-driven grocery website which offers a wide variety of non-GMO, organic, and allergen-free products at great prices
Tropical Traditions – purveyors of top quality organic coconut oil, grass-fed beef, and much more
Cultures for Health – vendors of cultures for the home, as well as how-to’s
Homestead Host – my web hosting company, committed to sustainability, homesteading, and real food
Good Natured Family Farm products –  A large-but-local grocery store in Kansas doing really good things
Plan to Eat – not a sustainability-oriented site itself, it is a very useful tool for those of us who need to plan our whole food diets

 

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