Nature & Environment
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Homemade Bird Suet

Make your own suet cakes to keep your birds fat and happy throughout the winter.

Planting Living Fencerows

Fencerows and hedgerows not only demark property boundaries and help keep livestock contained, but they also provide important habitat to many species.

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Keystone Species: How Predators Create Abundance and Stability 
Wolves, bears, otters, starfish — these ecosystem engineers affect nature in overt yet surprisingly subtle ways.

This Land Is Your Land: Why National Parks Matter
Our national parks are public treasures that provide more than a window to our past or a means to preserve the natural bounty within them. They’re some of the most beautiful places on Earth, where you can rekindle your sense of awe and adventure.

Why We Need Wilderness 
During a nearly 60-year career, Pulitzer-Prize winner Wallace Stegner, known as the Dean of Western Writers, wrote eloquently about the value of wild places.

Raptors, the Sky Masters 
Eagles, hawks and falcons: From their awesome aeronautics to their precise predatory instincts, these birds are the pinnacle of flight.

Brain Birds: Amazing Crows and Ravens 
No matter where you live, they’re your neighbors. You might want to watch them — carefully.

Barn Owl Magic 
Beautiful and mysterious, barn owls also are prolific predators of rodents.

Fireflies: The Twinkle in Nature's Eye  
Fireflies bring magic to warm summer evenings.

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BUILDING OR RENOVATING A BARN FOR YOUR HORSE E-HANDBOOK

Building a horse barn is quite a project — and there is a vast and varied array of plans and books available to help you. But renovating a shelter to make it fit for just one or two horses, or building a sturdy three-sided shelter, can be quite simple, even if you have only basic carpentry skills.

This e-handbook shows you what you need to know to properly construct horse housing. Chapters included are:

  • The Fundamentals of Building for Horses
  • Tips and Techniques for Remodeling
  • Building a Simple Run-in Shelter
  • Designing the Layout for a Small Barn Renovation
  • Roofing Your Horse Barn
  • Building a Stall
  • Providing Food and Water in the Barn
  • Finishes to Preserve Your Horse Shelter


Horses are adaptable creatures, but they are also large, strong, active, and playful. Having a sturdy shelter for them can give you peace of mind.

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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.

$9.95

SPRUCE: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO UPHOLSTERY AND DESIGN

Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design is the only book you'll need to learn the craft and art of upholstery from start to finish. With clear instructions illustrated by more than 900 step-by-step photographs, the five projects included here are designed to teach all of the techniques and skills you need to reupholster any piece of furniture to suit your own taste and style.

$35.00

A CHEESEMAKER'S JOURNEY

A Cheesemaker's Journey is intended to be just that - a journey. Based on 35 years of experience making cheese, teaching cheesemaking classes across the country, and working with other cheesemakers, Mary Jane Toth makes it easy to be successful making cheese in your own home.

  • Perfect for the beginner to intermediate cheesemaker
  • Includes "Easy Scale" to ensure your success
  • Beautifully illustrated
  • 50+ easy-to-understand recipes that really work

$19.95

THE JOY OF VEGAN BAKING

Whether you want to bake dairy- and egg-free for health, ethical or environmental reasons, The Joy of Vegan Baking lets you have your cake and eat it, too! Featuring 150 familiar favorites (from cakes, cookies and crepes to pies, puddings and pastries), this book will show you just how easy, convenient and delectable baking without eggs and dairy can be.

A seasoned cooking instructor and self-described "joyful vegan," author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau puts to rest the myth that vegan baking is an inferior alternative to nonvegan baking, putting it in its rightful place as a legitimate contender in the baking arena. More than just a collection of recipes, this informative cookbook is a valuable resource for any baker, novice or seasoned.

Learn just how easy it is to enjoy your favorite homespun goodies without compromising your health or values:

  • Chocolate Chip Scones
  • Cranberry Nut Bread
  • Lemon Cheesecake
  • Dessert Crepes
  • Strawberry Pie with Chocolate Chunks
  • Cinnamon Coffee Cake
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
  • Raspberry Sorbet
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Blueberry Cobbler
  • Chocolate Almond Brittle
Free of saturated fat, cholesterol and lactose, but full of flavor, flair and familiarity, each and every recipe will have you declaring I can't believe it's vegan!

Complete with luscious color photos, this book will be an essential reference for every vegan.

$21.99

THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO BREWING BEER

If you've ever complained about a watery-tasting lager, wondered just what was causing that certain flavor in your favorite porter, or lamented the price of quality craft ale, then it might be time to try perfecting your own brew at home. Whether you're an established beer snob or just want to try your hand at homebrewing, The Illustrated Guide to Brewing Beer will show you everything you need to know to get started in this increasingly popular hobby. Teaching you all about beer and the few very simple components required to make it -- malt, hops, yeast and water -- author Matthew Schaefer's comprehensive guide includes:

  • An overview of the brewing process
  • Detailed procedures for extract, partial-mash, and all-grain brewing
  • Explanations of the equipment needed for each process and methods for cleaning and sanitizing
  • Causes of off-flavors and aromas and how to correct them
  • How to make bottling your beer easy
  • A full glossary
  • And much more!

$14.95