The Storey Story

For 30 years, Storey Publishing has been helping readers practice creative self-reliance.

Self-reliant doesn’t mean doing everything all on one’s own, but having the confidence to get out there and learn what it takes to get things done. Storey’s extensive list of titles provides readers with the mentorship of experts through an array of how-to books. Our titles teach readers practical skills and inspiration on a range of do-it-yourself topics: gardening, cooking, knitting and other crafts, backyard building, animal care, farming, and home improvement.

Readers turn to Storey for accurate, time-tested knowledge. Whatever the subject — natural herbal remedies for common ailments, vegetable gardening tips, innovative techniques for hand-knit projects, methods for raising healthy backyard livestock, or ways to forage in backyards, cities, or woods — we provide the information that fuels readers’ passions.

Storey is at the center of the vast revival of self-reliant lifestyles, a creative movement that has been fueled by an awareness of environmental responsibility, an appetite for the homegrown and locally raised, an appreciation for one-of-a-kind items, and a passion for nature. Whether picking up a needle and thread for the first time, or nurturing a decades-old passion for horses, readers know that they can turn to our books for no-nonsense advice and new ideas — every time.

Storey Authors
Authors (left to right) Sherri Brooks Vinton, Allan Hamilton, Edie Eckman, Rosemary Gladstar, and Kari Chapin

Storey’s authors are experts. Sherri Brooks Vinton (Put 'em Up! and Put 'em Up! Fruit) embraces the art of preserving with infectious joy and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Chefs Collaborative, and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, as well as a former governor of the Slow Food movement. Allan Hamilton (Zen Mind, Zen Horse) is not only a renowned professor of neurosurgery, but a horse trainer who runs a ranch in Arizona where he offers programs in horsemanship, empowerment for cancer survivors, equine-assisted therapy, and inspirational leadership. As an e-course leader, coach, consultant, and sought-after public speaker, Kari Chapin (Handmade Marketplace and Grow Your Handmade Business) helps creative readers turn their labors-of-love into sustainable businesses. Rosemary Gladstar (Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs) began developing herbal formulas over 30 years ago and is a pioneer of the herbal movement. She owns and runs Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center in Vermont. Edie Eckman (Crochet One-Skein Wonders and Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs) involves herself in many aspects of the fiber arts, as teacher, writer, designer, editor, and technical editor, and she travels extensively to teach both crochet and knitting. With these and our many other, stellar authors to guide them, DIYers of all levels will have the tools they need to accomplish what they set out to do: live creatively and self-reliantly.

Storey’s “best-selling books . . . provide nuts-and-bolts, practical, and most importantly, dependable advice on raising livestock, growing a garden, home renovation, cooking, and well-being. That’s why, at Storey, experts write the books. And experts edit the books.”
Out Here magazine
“Whether the subject is keeping chickens, or knitting, you don’t have to be an expert on the topic to recommend a Storey title. The information will be correct, the presentation pleasing, the directions clear and the price reasonable.”
– Jean Brower, co-owner of Blackwood and Brower Booksellers, in awarding Storey the 2004 NEIBA New England Book Award for Publishing

From the first days in an old creamery in Charlotte, Vermont, Storey has stayed true to the original purpose: to provide dependable, nuts-and-bolts advice in affordable and attractive formats. Now located in the MASS MoCA complex in North Adams, Massachusetts, Storey has sold more than 49 million books to date and has more than 600 active titles, 103 of which have sold more than 100,000 copies.

“Storey’s entire catalog is a veritable gold mine of heartland advice for home and business.”
Library Journal

Storey publishes classics in the making. The first title, The Joy of Gardening, by Dick Raymond, quickly became one of the gardening world’s most practical and popular guides. Still in print today, The Joy of Gardening has 785,000 copies in print. Carrots Love Tomatoes, just as relevant today as it was years ago when it first came out, has 737,000 copies in print. The Classic Zucchini Cookbook, brimming with tasty recipes for the most prolific of vegetables, is another best-loved guide, with nearly half a million copies in print. Books like The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, The One-Minute Organizer, The Knitting Answer Book, The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest, and Feng Shui Dos & Taboos have become reader favorites, each with hundreds of thousands of copies in print.

America’s Garden Publisher

Storey has books for every level of green thumb.

Whether a reader is already passionate about digging in the dirt or is picking up a trowel and hoe for the first time, Storey’s expansive line of gardening books will instruct and inspire. From making rare ornamentals thrive to creating a no-fuss groundcover, and from planting perennials to harvesting that first tomato, Storey’s resources help gardeners create outdoor spaces that are eye-catching, vibrant, healthy, and productive.

The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, by best-selling author Ed Smith, presents a simple, innovative system that results in fewer weeds, healthier plants, and tastier yields. The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, by Niki Jabbour, gives gardeners advice on extending their growing season, wherever they live. And The Gardener’s A–Z Guide to Growing Organic Food, by Tanya L. K. Denckla, is a one-volume resource with in-depth growing, harvesting, and storing information for 765 crops, as well as organic remedies for 201 garden pests and diseases. Nancy J. Ondra’s The Perennial Care Manual is a plant-by-plant guide to maintaining healthy, beautiful gardens and The Organic Lawn Care Manual, by Paul Tukey, is a must-have reference for creating a lush green lawn without chemicals and pesticides. These titles are just the beginning. Storey has published hundreds of tried-and-true resources for passionate growers everywhere.