Homesteading & Livestock
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How to Raise Honeybees: A Beginner's Guide

If the draw of fresh honey has given you bees on the brain, you can learn how to raise honeybees that will provide you with excitement and sweetness for years to come.

Dairy Goat A to Z: Breeding, Kidding and Milking

A basic overview of breeding and milking goats.

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A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency
Planning a garden in advance can help you enjoy local, homegrown food year-round! Estimate how much to grow or buy and learn how to achieve food security with these guidelines.

Perform Your Own Home Property Survey
Perform your own home property survey: finding property markers saves you time, expense and trouble, including how to read a property description, preparing for the search, and surveying fieldwork.

Best Guard Dog for Your Homestead
Read guard dog training tips and advice on guard dog breeds best suited for your needs.

Build This Predator-Proof, Portable Chicken Coop
Our newest low-cost portable chicken coop plan makes raising backyard chickens easier for just about anyone.

Deep Litter Chicken Manure Management
Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the deep litter system and how you can manage a small flock’s manure easily and efficiently.

Home Cheesemaking: From Hobby to Business
Artisan cheesemakers who aspire to make their passion a profession will face many challenges on the way to establishing a successful business. Find out what to consider before taking the leap.

How to Buy Farmland, Even If You Think You Can't
Dream of starting a farm? Here’s a guide to what questions to ask and where to find reliable answers, plus resources to help you obtain a farm loan.

Live on Less!
Try these 75 inspiring ideas and enjoy life more while spending and consuming less.

Living Well Without a Job and With (Almost) No Money
Get the good things in life without having to go to a boring, meaningless, frustrating job to get the money to buy them.

Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead
Expert advice on how to establish self-sufficient food production, including guidance on crop rotations, raising livestock and grazing management.

A Better Rainwater-Harvesting System
Think beyond the rain barrel: This simpler, cheaper approach to rainwater harvesting will help you harvest much more water for your garden!

How to Build a Debt-Free Home
Lynn Underwood and his wife set out to build a debt-free home building from from paycheck to paycheck, the finished home resulted in no more worries about mortgages or mortgage companies ever again.

A Beginner's Guide to Raising Rabbits
A beginner's guide to raising rabbits, including a rabbit barn, pens, feeders and waterers, breeding stock, care and feeding, breeding, butchering, and meat sales.

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NATURALLY HEALTHY HAIR

Internationally acclaimed hair designer Mary Beth Janssen offers a natural, holistic approach to hair care following the principles of Ayurveda. Janssen includes techniques for encouraging hair growth, formulas for creating botanical and herb hair preparations, and healthful approaches to cut, color and styling.

About the author
Mary Beth Janssen is nationally known in the salon industry for her innovative hair designs and her expertise in natural beauty and wellness. She is the author of several professional instructional manuals and videos, as well as many books on well-being. Janssen is an herbalist, a massage therapist, an aromatherapist, and a Master Gardener, and she is a certified educator for Deepak Chopra's Infinite Possibilities organization. She owns The Janssen Source, Inc., a wellness consulting company, and she lives in Illinois.

$16.95

BAKING WITH SOURDOUGH E-HANDBOOK

During the California Gold Rush and later the Yukon Gold Rush, sourdough was so much a part of their diet that the prospectors were known as "sourdoughs." Most of us associate sourdough with this time period, but baking with sourdough is being rediscovered.

With the help of the e-handbook, you can learn the history of sourdough, how to get a sourdough starter and adapt standard recipes to sourdough. Recipes in this handy guide include:

  • Sourdough Pumpernickel
  • Sourdough Banana Bread
  • Sourdough Brown Biscuits
  • Apple Muffins
  • Blueberry Breakfast Bread
  • Sourdough Poultry Dressing
  • Sourdough Cherry Cobbler


Once you have a sourdough starter, the possibilities are endless — not to mention delicious! 36 pages.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

$9.95

Dig into the world of herbal medicine with this complete guide to cultivating and harvesting plants with healing properties. For thousands of years people have been utilizing herbs and cultivating weeds found to speed the healing of wounds, soothe skin irritations, calm uneasy stomachs, and ward off illnesses. Now you can plan and grow your own garden first aid kit.

In these pages, you'll learn the basics of gardening in your backyard (or on your windowsill or porch), including instructions for preparing soil, composting and weeding. You'll then find detailed descriptions of the 12 most common, easy-to-grow, most useful healing herbs, with instructions for growing, harvesting and utilizing them. These powerful plants include:

  • Garlic, which boosts immunity, reduces blood pressure, and combats cancer
  • Echinacea, which reduces inflammation, boosts immunity, and has antiviral properties
  • Yarrow, which accelerates the healing of wounds, is an anti-inflammatory, and can relieve PMS symptoms
  • Elderflower, which is an astringent and can relieve arthritis and soothe sore throats
  • Mint, which soothes digestive problems, sweetens breath, and can reduce fevers
  • Elecampane, a respiratory tonic with antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • And more!

$14.95

COOKING WITH HONEY E-HANDBOOK

Honey can enrich most any food. The distinctive flavor can be enjoyed as just a hint of a teaspoon in a salad dressing or in the full richness of the flavor in a dessert.

This e-handbook illustrates the versatility of honey. Beginning with a brief description of the different types of honey, this handy guide has suggestions on how to use honey right out of the jar, how to cook with honey and delectable recipes that include:

  • Honey Root Beer
  • German Pancakes
  • Raisin Bread
  • Cashew Nut Coffee Cake
  • Honey Cranberry Sauce
  • Honey Baked Beans
  • Peanut Butter Candies
  • Honey Ice Cream


There is also a section that gives you tips on raising your own honey crop. What a sweet deal! 36 pages.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

$9.95

DAY RANGE POULTRY

This is the book that tells you just about everything you need to know to raise poultry on pasture, from the egg up through processing. Based on years of hands-on experiences -- both success and failures -- the authors hold back nothing about the realities, advantages, disadvantages and rewards of small-scale poultry production systems for income and community food self-sufficiency. Offering hard to find information on raising turkeys, small-scale breeder flocks and incubation production, the book also includes a foreword by everybody's favorite contrary farmer, Gene Logsdon.

$22.00