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Green Clean a Front-Loading Washing Machine

Front-load washers can occasionally gather an odor, but Sommer shares some eco-friendly tips to keep washers green, sparkling clean, and free of smells.

Choosing Natural Building Materials for Improved Indoor Air Quality

You might think building a green home automatically means you’re building one with good indoor air quality. That’s not necessarily the case. There’s no guarantee eco-friendly materials are also low in pollutants. And what you put in your home after construction can have an enormous impact on air quality. Here are three ways to ensure the air you’re breathing inside your home is as good as — or better than — the air you’re breathing outside.

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Green Patios, Walkways & Driveways of Porous Pavement and Pervious Concrete
Consider one of these innovative and attractive options instead of old-fashioned concrete.

Install Your Own Windows
Reduce the cost of new windows by putting them in yourself.

Eco-friendly Roofing Options 
Choose from a variety of durable and environmentally friendly roofing materials.

Serious Energy Savings With Passive House Design
If you’re dreaming of a home that’s the ultimate in energy efficiency, take a look at the Passive House standard.

Your Green Dream Home: First Things To Consider
Before you hire a contractor or start building, read this expert advice.

Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Home Improvements that Pay Off
Here are some commonly agreed upon suggestions for relatively easy and low-cost home retrofitting projects.

Go Solar and Save Big
Every homeowner needs to know that passive solar design results in huge savings on energy bills.

Essential Advice for Owner-Builders
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NEW PRAIRIE KITCHEN

New Prairie Kitchen profiles 25 of the most exciting and groundbreaking chefs, farmers and producers of artisanal goods from Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri. Their personal stories are interspersed with more than 50 chef-contributed recipes that range from refreshingly simple to exquisitely gourmet. Organized by season, New Prairie Kitchen will transport you to a revitalized Midwestern heartland where traditional favorites interweave with inspiring new flavors and techniques.

The Great Plains are often maligned as "flyover" country, or perhaps only known as bulk producers of corn, soybeans, beef and pork. But spend any time in these heartland cities or farms and you'll quickly discover a burgeoning "good food" movement and top-notch farm-to-fork dining. Nebraska can still grill a mean flat iron steak and Iowa can grow corn as high as an elephant's eye, but New Prairie Kitchen introduces readers to the phenomenal talent emerging from America’s breadbasket: farms that grow asparagus thick as your thumb and tender as a strawberry; dairies that produce fresh, natural milks and cheeses; and nationally recognized restaurants that make these mouthwatering ingredients into edible art. Pioneering chefs across the prairie have taken an old-meets-new approach to their cuisine, sourcing traditional staples, such as bison and ground cherries, from local sustainable farms, and incorporating them into recipes in new and thrilling ways.

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UPRISINGS

If we want to reduce our environmental impact, build resiliency in our community and improve food security, it's up to us to make it happen. In many North American communities, the instrument of change is ... grain. Grain is the perfect metaphor for how we've lost control of our food supply, and with it the skills and tools to feed ourselves. Uprisings shows how communities can take back their power by reviving local grain production to improve food security, local economies and the environment.

Profiles of 10 unique community models demonstrating how local grain production is making a difference are rounded out by step-by-step instructions for small-scale grain production that will turn any community into a hotbed of revolution. Learn about:

  • How locally grown wheat, barley and other grains can impact a community
  • How to start a community grain project from scratch
  • How to plant, grow, harvest, thresh, winnow and store your grain
  • How to use whole and sprouted grains in your kitchen
The new self-sufficiency is community sufficiency. Uprisings offers a wealth of practical advice to inspire and empower anyone interested in local initiatives to develop a community grain-growing model tailored for their unique needs and resources.

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ZERO WASTE HOME

In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. Today, she, her husband, Scott, and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage a year, and their overall quality of life has changed for the better: They now have more time together, they've cut their annual spending by a remarkable 40 percent, and they are healthier than they've ever been.

This book shares essential how-to advice, secrets and insights based on Johnson's experience. She demystifies the process of going Zero Waste with hundreds of easy tips for sustainable living that even the busiest people can integrate: from making your own mustard, to packing kids' lunches without plastic, to canceling your junk mail, to enjoying the holidays without the guilt associated with overconsumption. Zero Waste Home is a stylish and relatable step-by-step guide that will give you the practical tools to help you improve your health, save money and time, and achieve a brighter future for your family-and the planet.

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LIVESTOCK PROTECTION DOGS

Livestock Protection Dogs provides comprehensive information on livestock guard dogs. This popular guide covers the selection, training and care of guardian dogs; flock guardian dogs; and profiles of guardian dog breeds. Specific tips offer instruction for guarding sheep, guarding bird flocks and exotic livestock, and temperament testing potential guardian dog puppies. Livestock Protection Dogs can help you reduce loss from livestock predators. Ranchers, farmers, hobby farm owners and anyone with animals will be interested in using guardian livestock dogs as an ecologically sound and economical alternative for livestock protection.

Livestock Protection Dogs features:

  • The importance of livestock guardian dogs
  • The effectiveness of guardian dogs on different types of livestock
  • Puppy temperament testing
  • Guardian dog breeds and what to look for in a guardian livestock dog
  • Ecological and economical advantages of livestock guardian dogs
… and more!

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