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BIODIESEL POWER

Lyle Estill
Paperback

Price: $6.86

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Whether we are nearing the end of oil or merely nearing the end of inexpensive oil, it is becoming increasingly clear that we need to find alternative ways to meet our energy needs. Biodiesel is one such alternative, and it's one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy.

Biodiesel in North America is in its infancy. As air quality deteriorates in major centers, governments are scrambling for ways to reduce emissions and are embracing biodiesel in their fleets. Conferences on biodiesel are often "inaugural," as society begins discussing this fuel in earnest.

Biodiesel Power is a chronicle of this emerging industry. Lightly touching on the technical aspects of the fuel, its qualities and specifications, the book is largely about the people and stories of the biodiesel movement. It explores the tensions between:

  • grassroots activists and their altruistic co-ops
  • the profit-minded commercial producers and the voices of agribusiness
  • the government
Far from a third-party account, Biodiesel Power comes from one whose experience with biodiesel ranges from the grease dumpster to the boardroom. Author Lyle Estill has made the journey from backyard brewing to being part of a producer and distributor cooperative, and then on to commercial production.

Compelling and timely, Biodiesel Power is the history of biodiesel in the making. It will appeal to a wide audience including farmers, truckers, backyarders and commercial producers, investors, politicians and all those concerned about the end of oil.


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INDUSTRIAL EVOLUTION

Lyle Estill
Paperback

Price: $17.95

For many people, the word “industry” brings to mind images of sprawling factories belching toxic emissions in a blighted natural landscape. “Industrial” has become synonymous with pollution, human rig…

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For many people, the word “industry” brings to mind images of sprawling factories belching toxic emissions in a blighted natural landscape. “Industrial” has become synonymous with pollution, human rights abuse, and corporate greed. In Industrial Evolution, Lyle Estill seeks to reclaim the term, with its original connotations of hard work, diligence and productivity, and to show how community-scale enterprise can create a vibrant, sustainable local economy. Industrial Evolution is a story of survival. It is about how the small group of committed entrepreneurs introduced in Small is Possible managed to keep their dream alive and thriving through the economic recession, emerging with a model of what a sustainable local economy might look like in a post carbon future. Compulsively readable and seasoned with light humor, this grassroots account demonstrates that ecological stewardship and enterprise at an appropriate scale can lay the foundation for abundance.

Industrial Evolution skips the doom and gloom and is all about solutions. By showing that it is possible to take the big out of industry, this book motivates people to work together in a meaningful way. Filled with inspirational tales of success, failure, perseverance, and real world experiences that anyone can relate to, Industrial Evolution is a must-read for activists, organizers, politicians, and anyone who cares about resilient communities.


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CITY CHICKS

Patricia Foreman
Paperback

Price: $22.50

Chickens have become the mascot of the local food movement. A desire for sustainable, clean, wholesome food and superior soil quality has led more and more suburban and city dwellers to keep lying hens in their backyards and gardens. Across America municipalities are allowing, and even encouraging, residents to keep laying hens within city limits.

Learn how you can:

  • Have fresh, heart-healthy eggs, daily from your backyard home flock.
  • Employ your chicken's "skill set" as garden workers, organic pesticiders, herbiciders, fertilizers, compost creators and top soil enhancers.
  • Take the best care of your flock and become a Chicken Whisperer.
  • Save millions of tax payer dollars by using chickens to divert food and yard waste from landfills and waste management systems.
  • Be a Primary Poultry Health Care Practitioner to save on vet bills. The Poultry's Pharmacy shows you how to make and use effective, inexpensive home treatments.
  • Draft and pass local laws allowing laying hens within your town or city.
  • Avoid roosters and why you don't want them.
  • Do much, much more with chickens than you ever thought possible, including outrageous chicken tricks.

Learn how others:

  • Have built urban chicken tractors, hen huts, condos and chicken chateaus to blend in with neighborhood landscape and architecture.
  • Join in urban eco-agri-tourism with annual coop & garden home tours for fund raising.
  • Start or join local poultry clubs.
  • Keep small flocks to help preserve endangered breeds of chickens.
  • Draft and pass local laws allowing laying hens within their town's limits.

By the co-author of Chicken Tractor, Backyard Market Gardening and Day Range Poultry. City Chicks is a revolutionary way of keeping and using chickens by thinking "outside the coop" and "inside the city". More than 100 photos, drawings, and tables give visual clarity.

The imaginative and entertaining style of writing is combined with hands-on, real-life experience to bring you one of the most complete and authoritative books on micro-flock management.


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DRAWN TO NATURE

Clare Walker Leslie
Paperback

Price: $6.60

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Whether standing at the kitchen sink glancing out the window, walking a dog along a city sidewalk, or looking up at the sky from a ballpark seat, there are signs of nature everywhere, just waiting to be noticed.

Clare Walker Leslie has spent more than 25 years observing and recording nature on the streets around her urban home, as well as on her travels. In this book, she opens her journals to you as an invitation to share the joy and deep satisfaction of this experience. Her daily notes and spontaneous field drawings resonate with everyone who yearns to develop a deeper connection with the natural world.

Drawn to Nature will inspire you to look up, look down, look all around, and wake up to the details of what's living right alongside you, whether it's a bird hopping along the sidewalk, squirrels chasing each other on the tree outside your window, or water droplets glistening on tree branches after a heavy rainfall. As Clare Walker Leslie has discovered, you, too, will find delight, comfort, and amusement in nature close at hand.


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THE HEALTHY HOME

Dr. Myron Wentz, Dave Wentz
Hardcover

Price: $12.68

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In The Healthy Home, a father and son -- Dr. Myron Wentz, well-known microbiologist and founder of th…

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In The Healthy Home, a father and son -- Dr. Myron Wentz, well-known microbiologist and founder of the USANA Corporation, and Dave Wentz, CEO of the USANA Corporation -- take readers on a tour of a specific home for a look at the surprising health risks posed by the everyday products and behaviors of a modern family. Beginning in the bedroom and ending in the garage and backyard, readers learn about the degenerative effects of toxins in the home and receive simple solutions to help minimize exposure without forgoing convenience. The Healthy Home is not a comprehensive tome on modern health hazards, nor is it a treatise on eco-conscious living. Instead, the book focuses on the most important environment -- the home -- and the problems that can most easily be lessened or eliminated. Busy parents who suspect that they should be doing more to protect their family but don't know where to start will learn about practical changes they can make in the next 15 minutes, 15 days or 15 months to create a haven for healthier living.


126.

TRASH-TO-TREASURE PAPERMAKING

Arnold E. Grummer
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Transform junk mail, newspapers, comic books, wrapping paper, labels from cans and bottles, old phone books, and more into beautiful handmade paper in just minutes! Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking shows…

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Transform junk mail, newspapers, comic books, wrapping paper, labels from cans and bottles, old phone books, and more into beautiful handmade paper in just minutes! Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking shows you how to create unique sheets in a variety of shapes, colors, textures, and sizes, using just a blender and some water. The book also features dozens of fabulous projects you can make with the newly created paper — such as cards, invitations, little bound books, paper bowls, wreaths and ornaments. This fun, easy craft is suitable for everyone in the family, even preschoolers!


127.

BRINGING HOME NATURE

Douglas W. Tallamy
Paperback

Price: $7.53

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As development and subsequent habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. But there is an important and simple step toward reversing this alarming trend: Everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity. There is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife — native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals. In many parts of the world, habitat destruction has been so extensive that local wildlife is in crisis and may be headed toward extinction.

Bringing Nature Home has sparked a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human well-being, and the new paperback edition — with an expanded resource section and updated photos — will help broaden the movement. By acting on Douglas Tallamy's practical recommendations, everyone can make a difference.


128.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATURE SKETCHBOOK

Jude Siegel
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Keeping an illustrated nature sketchbook can be eye opening, and anyone can do it, at home or while traveling. This step-by-step guide to painting by the ocean, near rivers, and in valleys, forests, d…

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Keeping an illustrated nature sketchbook can be eye opening, and anyone can do it, at home or while traveling. This step-by-step guide to painting by the ocean, near rivers, and in valleys, forests, desert, and mountains offers dozens of practical tips for combining watercolor and ink to create pages rich in personal meaning. With her gentle humor and low-key approach, popular teacher Jude Siegel encourages everyone to venture outdoors with sketchbook in hand to try their artist's wings. Lavishly illustrated with more than 140 of the author's stunning original watercolors of Oregon and Washington.


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POCKET NEIGHBORHOODS

Ross Chapin
Hardcover

Price: $30.00

The typical American neighborhood is impersonal, made up of large houses on large lots, with large garages whose remote openers provide residents instant access inside. There’s never any need to see o…

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The typical American neighborhood is impersonal, made up of large houses on large lots, with large garages whose remote openers provide residents instant access inside. There’s never any need to see or be seen! The good news is that a growing number of homeowners are saying they want more. “Pocket neighborhoods” are alternative living arrangements that provide shelter and security, convenience, comfort and meaning. In a typical pocket neighborhood, parking is intentionally separated from houses, which surround a landscaped common area. Homeowners walk to their doors, past the neighbors they might otherwise never know. This book by architect and author Ross Chapin describes existing pocket neighborhoods and co-housing communities — and provides inspiration for creating new ones.


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THE CITY HOMESTEADER

Scott Meyer
Paperback

Price: $20.00

The City Homesteader is the handbook for the world of self-sufficient living. It's about living tangibly in a virtual world. It's about being resourceful, saving money, reducing consumption and increa…

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The City Homesteader is the handbook for the world of self-sufficient living. It's about living tangibly in a virtual world. It's about being resourceful, saving money, reducing consumption and increasing self-reliance. Join the many who are raising backyard chickens in the city and tilling their side yards: tapping into natural energy, managing homes more efficiently and getting back to the earth. Explore the homesteading arts: gardening on small and large scales, raising dwarf fruit trees, sprouting grains, smoking meats and fish, grinding grains for flour, making cheese, making wine, cellaring, heating without fossil fuel, harvesting rainwater, composting, and much more. The City Homesteader provides all the basics, including how to find supplies and step-by-step instructions that make it easy to follow along. Original illustrations throughout help you create your very own homestead on any piece of earth.

Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is recommending books to readers. For 40 years, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has been North America’s “Original Guide to Living Wisely,” creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.

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