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Cleaning Chicken Coops

Ok, the hens are off, but now it's time to clean the coop. favorite. Get on your grubbies and join the dust bowl!

A Look at Goose Eggs

A rare treat, goose eggs are prized for their large yolks and tough shells.

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Essential Reading

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.

Backyard Chicken Facts - 5 Things No One Told Us
A few facts that might help you decide whether or not to get chickens for your backyard.

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.

Simple Living: How to Save Money and Smile More
Are you drawn to the idea of simple living, but not sure where to start? Three families share the changes they’ve made that have allowed them to live with less cash income but greater security and life satisfaction.

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!

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.

The Science of Stacking Firewood
From Shaker rounds to ricks, here's a primer on methods of stacking firewood for maximum seasoning.

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The How and Why of Free-Range Chickens



The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking offers amazing, easy-to-make recipes that revolutionize baking for wheat-sensitive, diabetic and low-carb/low-sugar cooks.

After more than two decades of research into gluten-free baking, best-selling author and legendary bread-maker Peter Reinhart and his baking partner Denene Wallace deliver more than 80 world-class recipes for delicious breads, pastries, cookies, cakes and more in this delightful book.

Carefully crafted for anyone who is gluten-sensitive, diabetic or needs to reduce carbs to prevent illness or lose weight, these forgiving recipes taste just as good as the original wheat versions-and are easier to bake than traditional breads. By using readily available or home-ground nut and seed flours and alternative and natural sweeteners as the foundation for their groundbreaking style of baking, Reinhart and Wallace avoid the carb-heavy starch products commonly found in gluten-free baking. Additionally, each recipe can easily be made vegan by following the dairy and egg substitution guidelines.

Bakers of all skill levels will have no trouble creating incredibly flavorful baked goods, such as:

  • Toasting Bread, Banana Bread, Nutty Zucchini Bread, and many styles of pizza and focaccia
  • Cheddar Cheese and Pecan Crackers, Herb Crackers, Garlic Breadsticks, and pretzels
  • Blueberry-Hazelnut Muffins, Lemon and Poppy Seed Scones, and pancakes and waffles
  • Coconut-Pecan Cookies, Lemon Drop Cookies, Biscotti, and Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
  • Brownies and Blondies, Cinnamon-Raisin Coffee Cake, Pound Cake with Crumb Topping, and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Apple Crumble Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Berry Pie, and Vanilla, Chocolate, or Banana Cream Pie
With Reinhart and Wallace's careful attention to ingredients and balancing of flavors, these delicious gluten-free baked goods with a glycemic load of nearly zero will satisfy anyone's craving for warm bread or decadent cake.



Put your wooded land to work! This comprehensive manual shows you how to use your woodlands to produce everything from wine and mushrooms to firewood and livestock feed. You’ll learn how to take stock of your woods; use axes, bow saws, chainsaws, and other key tools; create pasture and silvopasture for livestock; prune and coppice trees to make fuel, fodder, and furniture; build living fencing and shelters for animals; grow fruit trees and berries in a woodland orchard; make syrup from birch, walnut, or boxelder trees; and much more. Whether your property is entirely or only partly wooded, this is the guide you need to make the best use of it.



Birds delight, amuse, and confound us with their antics, habits, and avian operas, and they are extremely beneficial as well. They eat weed seeds, wood-boring ants, gnats, flies, agricultural pests and more. Birds need water, food and safe shelter where they can raise their young.

This informative e-handbook helps you determine what type of birdfeeders and seed to use in order to attract a variety of birds. Chapters include:

  • Finding the Best Location
  • 10 Tips for Building the Best Bird Feeders
  • Platform Feeder
  • Tin Can Feeder
  • Suet Feeder
  • Hummingbird Feeder
  • Suet Log Feeder

Also included is a list of materials, tools and illustrations to help make your backyard a bird sanctuary. 36 pages.

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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!



After a getaway in gorgeous rural Vermont-its mountains ablaze in autumnal glory, its Main Streets quaint and welcoming-Ellen Stimson and her family make up their minds even before they get back to St. Louis: "We're moving to Vermont!" The reality, they quickly learn, is not quite as glorious, often far too quaint, but, happily, worth all the trouble.

In self-deprecating and hilarious fashion, Mud Season chronicles Stimson's transition from city life to small Vermont farmhouse. When she decides she wants to own and operate the old-fashioned village store in idyllic Dorset, population 2,036, one of the oldest continually operating country stores in the nation, she learns the hard way that "improvements" are not always welcomed warmly by folks who like things just fine the way they've always been.

She dreams of patrons streaming in for fresh-made sandwiches and an old-timey candy counter, but she learns they're boycotting the store. Why? "The bread," they tell her, "you moved the bread from where it used to be." Can the citified newcomer turn the tide of mistrust before she ruins the business altogether?

Follow the author to her wits' end and back, through her full immersion into rural life-swapping high heels for muck boots; raising chickens and sheep; fighting off skunks, foxes and bears; and making a few friends and allies in a tiny town steeped in history, local tradition and that dyed-in-the-wool Vermont "character."


Welcome to the SUPERFOOD culinary revolution! In Superfood Kitchen, beautiful dishes are entirely composed of plant-based, nutrient-dense, and whole foods that energize, nourish and taste delicious. Each recipe artfully combines natural ingredients that deliver amazing amounts of antioxidants, essential fatty acids (like omega-3), minerals, vitamins and more. The mouthwatering superfood meals--from Goldenberry Pancakes to Quinoa Spaghetti with Cashew Cream Sauce and Chard--will make you feel as good as they taste. The pages glow with beautiful color photographs that will inspire home cooks to start enjoying the sumptuous pleasures of earth's best foods.