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All Books by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko


As leaders in the green business, sustainability and local foods/organic movement, Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko have also authored several other books published by New Society Publishers.

Farmstead Chef

Farmstead Chef transforms traditional farmstead cooking skills for the modern kitchen gardener, urban homesteader and homestead cook in all of us.  From breakfasts to mouth-watering desserts, Farmstead Chef showcases the creative and budget-friendly side to eating lower on the food chain more often while taking responsibility for the food we put into our bodies -- by growing it, sharing it and savoring it. 


After your meal, pull up a chair and enjoy inviting slice-of-life “Kitchen Table Talk” features: interviews with local food heroes and visionaries transforming our food system.  Farmstead Chef also shares practical cooking tips and lively short essays.

Putting Purpose and the Planet before Profits

ECOpreneuring is a fresh and dynamic approach to entrepreneurial thinking, blending passion for the planet with small business pragmatics and smashing the stereotype that "doing good" and "running a business" can't go hand in hand. 


Part small business manifesto, part personal finance primer, ECOpreneuring is essential reading for small business owners, prospective entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs starting non-profit organizations and anyone who dreams of a livelihood based on independence, creativity, passion and a commitment to green practices and sustainability.

Homemade for Sale
How to set up and market a food business from your home kitchen

From pies to pickles, wedding cakes to granola, preserves to decorated cookies, fledgling food entrepreneurs now have the freedom to earn, producing non-hazardous foods in their home kitchen. Finally, “homemade” and “fresh from the oven” on the package means exactly what it reads.


Homemade For Sale is the first authoritative guide that provides a clear roadmap to go from idea and recipe to final product.This book gets you started, organized and cooking for your customers, creating items that by their very nature are small batch, fresh, unique and specialized.

Soil Sisters
A Toolkit for Women Farmers

The first collaborative and comprehensive start-up guide to support the record-breaking number women wanting to start farms, SOIL SISTERS:  A Toolkit for Women Farmers provides the how-to blueprint for females dreaming of bringing their agriculture business vision to life.   SOIL SISTERS uniquely synthesizes needed information and advice from seasoned women farmers committed to sustainable agriculture to catalyze and champion female farmer entrepreneurs.


Covering everything from business planning to tool use to integrating family into farm and field operations, SOIL SISTERS is a comprehensive blueprint for women who women who dream of bringing their vision of agricultural entrepreneurship to life.  


Rural Renaissance
Renewing the Quest for the Good Life

In the '60s it was called the "back to the land" movement, and in Helen and Scott Nearings' day, it was "living the good life." Whatever the term, North Americans have always yearned for a simpler way. Blending inspiration with practical how-to's, Rural Renaissance captures the American dream of country living for contemporary times.


Journey with the authors and experience their lessons, laughter and love for the land as they trade the urban concrete maze for a small organic farm and bed and breakfast, Inn Serendipity, in Wisconsin. Rural living today is a lot more than farming. It's about a creative, nature-based and more self-sufficient lifestyle that combines a love of squash, solar energy, skinny dipping and serendipity.

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