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    The Book of Nature Connection 70 Sensory Activities for All Ages Dr. Jacob Rodenburg Canada
    9780865719712 Paperback NATURE / Ecology Publication Date:April 19, 2022 Print Run:6500
    $24.99 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.35 in | 0.7 lb | 128 pages Carton Quantity:48 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      The Book of Nature Connection is packed with fun activities for using all our senses to engage with nature in a deep and nourishing way.

      From "extenda-ears" and acorn whistles to bird calls, camouflage games, and scent scavenger hunts, enjoy over 70 diverse, engaging, sensory activities for all ages that promote mindfulness and nature connection.

      With activities grouped by the main senses – hearing, sight, smell, touch, and taste – plus sensory walks and group games, The Book of Nature Connection is both a powerful learning tool kit and the cure for sensory anesthesia brought on by screen time and lives lived indoors.

      Whisper in birds, be dazzled by nature's kaleidoscope of colors, taste the freshness of each season, learn to savor the scented world of evergreens, hug a tree and feel the bark against your cheek. Spending time in nature with all senses tuned and primed helps us feel like we belong to the natural world – and in belonging, we come to feel more connected, nourished, and alive.

      Ideal for educators, camp and youth leaders, caregivers and parents, and anyone looking to reconnect and become a nature sommelier!


      Jacob Rodenburg, nature sommelier, is an award-winning educator who believes in the importance of connecting children to nature. He is the executive director of Camp Kawartha, a summer camp and outdoor education center, and an instructor in environmental education at Trent University. An educator of three decades, Jacob has published articles on children, nature, and the environment; has taught more than 100,000 students; and is co-author of The Big Book of Nature Activities. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

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      "Jacob Rodenburg's wealth of knowledge and infectious enthusiasm for nature make this a great resource for anyone wishing to stimulate children's connections with the natural world. The activities and games in the book are easy to replicate and it will be a boon to educators."
      Paul Elliott, professor, Trent School of Education, co-chair, Environmental and Sustainability Education in Teacher Education

      "What an incredibly handy and useful book! "
      David Sobel, environmental education leader, author, Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education

      "This is a wonderful resource for those who love to wander and learn from nature and for those who are novices at exploring the natural world! Jacob has revisioned some tried and true immersion experiences with a new twist. Flip to any page, read, and go outside for a new and refreshing way to experience wonder."
      Jennifer Seydel, executive director, Green Schools National Network

      "Jacob Rodenburg has crafted a must-read guide full of important information on how to reconnect with nature through practicing mindfulness and sensory activities. This is a great choice for anyone looking to unplug from our hectic, technology-dominated lives and be immersed in nature to reap the benefits!"
      Aly Hyder Ali, urban nature organizer, Nature Canada

      "This beautiful compendium of nature activities is an essential bedside and backpack read for all educators—not just us nature nuts. Whether seeking future inspiration, or something to engage the group arriving in 15 minutes(!), this book provides an opportunity to grab and go or a deep dive. The best antidote to sensory anesthesia is to spend a day exploring your "neighbourwood" with Jacob. The second best is to explore his low-prop, high-impact activities, well-bundled to engage all the senses, including your sense of wonder!"
      Karen O'Krafka, president, Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario

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    The Complete Guide to Seed and Nut Oils Growing, Foraging, and Pressing Bevin Cohen
    9780865719637 Paperback COOKING / Specific Ingredients Publication Date:April 05, 2022 Print Run:6000
    $29.99 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.43 in | 0.78 lb | 144 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      The Complete Guide to Seed and Nut Oils is a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated and photographed, full-color guide to growing, foraging, and pressing nut and seed crops to produce high-quality oils for culinary and other uses. Coverage includes:

      • A brief history of seed oil extraction
      • Culinary and health benefits of home-pressed oils versus factory produced oils
      • Presses and other equipment options for ease, cost, and convenience
      • How-to for growing, harvesting, processing, and pressing nuts and seeds
      • Profiles of over 40 nuts and seeds to grow, forage, or source including hempseed, flax, peanuts, sunflowers, walnuts, okra, and more.
      • Oil processing, storage, and culinary and other uses
      • Scaling up for community or small-scale commercial production.

      Whether you want to produce oils for cooking, balms and salves, self-sufficiency and resiliency or for small-scale commercial or community production, The Complete Guide to Seed and Nut Oils is a one-stop shop to get you started.


      Bevin Cohen is an author, herbalist, gardener, seed saver, and educator. He is owner of Small House Farm, a sustainable herb farm, and he offers workshops and lectures nationwide on the benefits of living closer to the land through seeds, herbs, and locally grown food. He has published numerous works on these topics, including From Our Seeds & Their Keepers, Saving Our Seeds, Salvando Nuestras Semillas, and The Artisan Herbalist. He serves on the boards of the International Herb Association and the advisory council for the Community Seed Network, a multinational education and networking platform. He lives in Sanford, Michigan.

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      "This beautifully illustrated book gives us the knowledge and inspiration to step off the train of corporate mass production and to explore a world of rich flavors and colorful oils. Cohen encourages readers to embrace a deeper and healthier, slow approach to living."
      Anna Mulè, executive director, Slow Food USA

      "Bevin Cohen takes us on an incredible journey with his easy, authoritative, and nurturing style. This book is a must for anyone interested in food as well as folks interested in self-reliance. Homesteaders, specialty crop farmers, gardeners, chefs, seed-to-table enthusiasts, and curious humans, would all be enriched by a copy of this book held close."
      Hank Will, editor at large, Mother Earth News magazine

      "A must-have for anyone who wants to be self-reliant with their food production, as well as foodies who just love knowing how food is produced."
      Deborah Niemann, author, Homegrown and Handmade

      "Bevin walks you through homemade oil production from seed to press to pantry in this delightfully informative and accessible book."
      Elizabeth Hoover, Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

      "I am standing in the front row cheering for this amazing book. Cohen understands the facade of modern agriculture, which is really a crisis of agriculture not yet visible in the grocery. This is a deeply important book, a toolkit, a plea, a template. Add it to your library of books that will save us."
      Janisse Ray, author, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food

      "Invaluable to anyone wishing to process their own seed and nut oils. It is definitely the most complete guide that I have seen! Bevin's detailed explanations and precise instructions are easy enough for anyone to follow."
      Jere Gettle, founder, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company

      "Homesteaders and producers alike recognize that freshly grown and processed foods, by our own means, have the best flavor and nutritional value. Bevin Cohen unlocks the mysteries of nut oils, one of the last frontiers for DIYers, and empowers the reader with his passion and knowledge to tackle fresh pressed oils."
      Julia Shanks, co-author, The Farmers Market Cookbook, author, The Farmer's Office

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    The Berry Grower Small Scale Organic Fruit Production in the 21st Century Blake Cothron
    9780865719651 Paperback SCIENCE / Life Sciences Publication Date:June 14, 2022 Print Run:6000
    $39.99 CAD 7.5 x 8.88 x 0.78 in | 1.12 lb | 336 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      The Berry Grower is an innovative guide for growing and marketing organic small fruits and berries that offers intelligent strategies and solutions for successful small-scale, non-chemical fruit production in the 21st century. Coverage includes:

      • History, innovations, and 21st-century challenges in modern fruit farming
      • Creating your own market farming reality
      • Farm planning for efficiency and profitability
      • Factoring in climate change, drought, and extreme weather
      • Soil fertility, efficient weed management, and organic pest control
      • Modern tools of the trade for efficiency · Harvesting, fruit handling, and packing
      • Fruit profiles including raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, currants, gooseberries, figs, tomatoes, and more, including new cultivars
      • Innovative marketing methods and thinking beyond fresh fruit with multi-product strategies to maximize profit
      • Learn from other experts through interviews with successful growers and marketers from diverse areas around the USA.

      From the market garden and small farm to the homestead and backyard, The Berry Grower is the essential guide for both new and aspiring organic small fruit growers and seasoned farmers looking to produce high-quality organic fruits and products for local markets and self-sufficiency.


      Blake Cothron is an organic farmer, nurseryman, writer, musician, and speaker, with over 20 years' experience in organic agriculture, botany, horticulture, and growing food. He is the co-owner and co-operator of Peaceful Heritage Nursery, a 4-acre USDA Certified Organic research farm, orchard, and edible plant nursery. Author of Pawpaws: The Complete Growing and Marketing Guide, he has also written for Permaculture Design magazine and various online publications. Blake has an educational blog and YouTube channel devoted to fruit growing, and he is an educator with the Organic Association of Kentucky. He divides his time between farming, research, writing, beekeeping, gardening, travel, yoga, meditation, and being a husband and father in beautiful Kentucky.

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    Coppice Agroforestry Tending Trees for Product, Profit, and Woodland Ecology Mark Krawczyk
    9780865719705 Paperback TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture Publication Date:July 05, 2022 Print Run:7500
    $59.99 CAD 7.5 x 8.88 x 1.36 in | 2.46 lb | 576 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y New Society Publishers
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      Coppice Agroforestry is a richly illustrated, comprehensive guide to resprout silviculture – managing trees and shrubs by coppicing, pollarding, shredding, and pleaching – for a continuous supply of small diameter polewood for products from firewood to fine furniture.

      Contextualizing resprout silviculture historically, ecologically, and economically, Coppice Agroforestry explores the potential of this ancient practice for modern times. Coverage includes:

      • The cultural history of coppicing in Europe and North America
      • Tree and shrub anatomy, biology, and woodland ecology
      • A suite of woodland management systems
      • Dozens of handcrafted wood products on a continuum of value, offering a wide range of business opportunities
      • Case studies of diverse coppice-based enterprises
      • Assessing existing forests for coppice potential
      • Designing new resprout silviculture systems
      • Tables highlighting diverse species for various uses
      • A vision of a modern resprout silviculture renaissance.

      A decade in the making, encyclopedic in scope, and written by the hand of a woodsman, Coppice Agroforestry is a deep dive into this ancient practice, blending it with modern science, systems thinking, and tools to land it firmly into the 21st century.

      Whether you have a few trees or an entire forest, Coppice Agroforestry is the must-have practical guide for homesteaders, farmers, foresters, land managers, and educators who ally themselves with the remarkable resilience of woody plants.


      Mark Krawczyk is an applied ecologist, educator, and grower incorporating permaculture design, agroforestry, natural building, traditional woodworking, and small-scale forestry. He owns and operates Keyline Vermont LLC, providing farmers, homeowners, and homesteaders with education, design, and consulting services. He and his wife also manage Valley Clayplain Forest Farm, 52 acres of field and forest in New Haven, Vermont.

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