Category: Ecology & Sustainability

Our Day of Service 2017: Gardening at Urban Tilth

The staff of North Atlantic Books celebrated spring and our commitment to our community by spending at day working at Urban Tilth’s North Richmond Farm. Armed with shovels, hoes, clippers, and trowels, we weeded paths, broke beds and added compost in preparation for planting. We also trimmed garlic and planted hundreds of seeds. It was …continue

7 Easy Steps to a Zero-Waste Life

As the reality of our environmental crisis sets in, more and more people are realizing that our current conservation efforts won’t be enough. It’s time to try new tactics. Inspired by Lauren Singer’s Trash is for Tossers blog, I decided to attempt a zero-waste life and was shocked by how easy it was to drastically …continue

Heartache and Hope for Coral Reefs

In 2012, Liz Cunningham witnessed a dramatic coral bleaching event in the Turks and Caicos Islands in less than one week’s time. That month the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) documented record-breaking temperature highs for the North Atlantic and Caribbean Sea. This excerpt from Cunningham’s award-winning book, Ocean Country, describes what she saw. The …continue

Our Future Imagined: Martin Adams

We continue our blog series exploring how we can make a positive change in the upcoming year by featuring author and economist Martin Adams, whose book Land forces us to rethink the idea of land ownership and conceive of an economic system that would better benefit more people. Through his book and website, he is …continue

Winter Foraging Guide

Though the fall harvest has come and gone, you can still find plenty of edible fruits, vegetables, and fungi, even in the winter months. No matter where you are, there are delicious foods for foraging. This weekend, get in touch with your primordial hunting and gathering instincts; I promise it’ll be a lot more fun …continue

Excerpt: Soil Not Oil

As we look forward to the upcoming holidays, we must pause to appreciate what we take for granted: earth’s soil. In honor of World Soil Day, we’re thrilled to provide an exclusive excerpt from Vandana Shiva’s book Soil Not Oil! The most creative and necessary work that humans do is to work with the soil …continue