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Colin Mccrate

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Inspired by the writings of small-scale organic farmers; such as Wendell Berry, Eliot Coleman, David Kline and Gene Logsdon; Colin has been growing food since the late 1990's. He developed his unique set of backyard farming skills by working on organic production farms, teaching garden-based environmental education and managing residential landscapes. In addition to the numerous, quantifiable benefits of local food production (better tasting food, reduced carbon emissions, community building), he believes that growing food is a worthy endeavor simply because it makes people happier. When he is not farming,...

Spike Carlsen

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Spike Carlsen ( has been writing about the world around us for the past 25 years. His first book, "A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers and Baseball Bats," was selected as a NPR "Best Book of the Year for Gift Giving" and became Amazon's #1 "Mover and Shaker." He has written numerous other books on self-sufficiency and woodworking as well as "Cabin Lesson" - a construction memoir. His latest book, "A Walk Around the Block: Stoplight Secrets, Mischievous Squirrels, Manhole Mysteries & Other Stuff you see Every day (but...