Nature & Environment
Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.

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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BALL COMPLETE BOOK OF HOME PRESERVING

Ball Home Canning Products are the gold standard in home preserving supplies, the trademark jars on display in stores every summer from coast to coast. Now the experts at Ball have written a book destined to become the bible of home preserving.

As nutrition and food quality has become more important, home canning and preserving have increased in popularity for the benefits they offer:

  • Cooks gain control of the ingredients, including organic fruits and vegetables
  • Preserving foods at their freshest point locks in nutrition
  • The final product is free of chemical additives and preservatives
  • Store-bought brands cannot match the wonderful flavor of homemade
  • Only a few hours are needed to put up a batch of jam or relish
  • Home preserves make a great personal gift any time of year

These 400 innovative and enticing recipes include everything from salsas and savory sauces to pickling, chutneys, relishes and, of course, jams, jellies, and fruit spreads, such as:

  • Mango-Raspberry Jam, Damson Plum Jam
  • Crab Apple Jelly, Green Pepper Jelly
  • Spiced Red Cabbage, Pickled Asparagus
  • Roasted Red Pepper Spread, Tomatillo Salsa
  • Brandied Apple Rings, Apricot-Date Chutney

The book includes comprehensive directions on safe canning and preserving methods plus lists of required equipment and utensils. Specific instructions for first-timers and handy tips for the experienced make the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving a valuable addition to any kitchen library.

About the authors: Judi Kingry and Lauren Devine have between them 20 years of experience in the preserving industry. They are both employed by Jarden Home Brands.

$22.95

HERBAL TREATMENTS FOR HEALTHY HAIR E-HANDBOOK

Achieving great-looking hair is not difficult, nor does it need to be expensive. Learning to make your own hair-care products can save you a bundle of money.

This e-handbook has a guide to help you purchase natural ingredients, grow your own herbs, create a home spa experience as well as recipes for shampoos, conditioners, scalp treatments and coloring. 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

HOME COFFEE ROASTING

In the past decade, home coffee roasting has gone from a small but growing trend to an increasingly mainstream activity. Still, for many in the current generation of coffee lovers, roasting remains a mysterious process. In this completely revised, expanded edition of his classic Home Coffee Roasting, James Beard Award-nominated Kenneth Davids reveals the secrets to simple, quality home roasting.

Home Coffee Roasting provides insightful, easy-to-follow guidelines for every step in the process:

  • The new home roasters: how to evaluate and use them
  • A resource guide for green beans and home-roasting equipment
  • Best techniques for storing green beans
  • Tips on perfecting a roast
  • How to create your own blend
With Davids' charming blend of commentary on coffee, the history of roasting and connoisseurship, how-to instructions, copious illustrations, and an invaluable resource guide, this revised, expanded edition of Home Coffee Roasting is the one necessary book for every true coffee lover.

$17.95

GROW A LIVING WALL

Make a beautiful, practical, environmentally conscious garden, even in a small space … grow UP with a living wall!

A living wall is a vertical structure, usually outside the home, that is built with live plants growing in containers hung in a decorative arrangement.

Sometimes called "Green Walls" and "Vertical Gardens," living walls are easier than ever to plan and grow! Grow a Living Wall is the first wall-gardening book to focus exclusively on the needs of home gardeners.

Make your vertical garden environmentally friendly and sustainable. It's easy with author Shawna Coronado's help! One of her themed vertical gardens is stocked mostly with flowers to make it a haven for bees and other pollinators. Other gardens are filled with vegetables and herbs, so anyone with an outdoor wall can grow their own food … beautifully! Even more gardens promote aromatherapy or medicinal plants. Some are designed to provide a green net of air filtration near a living area, or to protect exterior walls from exposure to direct sunlight (which helps to keep the indoors cool).

In addition to the comprehensive, step-by-step information that explains the basics of vertical gardening, each of the 20 featured gardens has its own chapter filled with useful tips, stunning photography and fascinating background stories that point out how much difference a small garden can make. The gardens you'll find in Grow a Living Wall are positive, life-affirming and sure to produce a smile or two.

$24.99