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191.

BEAUTIFUL CORN

Anthony Boutard
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Part love song to an ancient grain, part elevated instruction on how to grow, cook and consume it, part history and animated story, Beautiful Corn opens our eyes to a food plant that humans have both …

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Part love song to an ancient grain, part elevated instruction on how to grow, cook and consume it, part history and animated story, Beautiful Corn opens our eyes to a food plant that humans have both cultivated and been cultivated by. ---Michael Ableman, farmer, author of From The Good Earth, On Good Land, and Fields Of Plenty

Corn is the grain of the Americas. In terms of culinary uses, it is amazingly diverse, reflecting the breathtaking variety of the continents and environments from which it evolved. The consummate immigrant, corn is grown extensively on every continent except Antarctica.

Much more than a simple how-to book, Beautiful Corn weaves together this unique plant's contribution to our culture, its distinctive biology and the practical information needed to grow and enjoy it at home. Market farmer and naturalist Anthony Boutard advocates a return to this traditional, nourishing and beautiful whole grain, in all of its rich diversity.

Come along on this lyrical and inspiring journey through the seasons, and discover the pure joy of restoring heritage corn varieties to our tables. An unabashed celebration of a much-maligned culinary treasure, Beautiful Corn will forever change the way you view this remarkable plant.

Anthony Boutard tells a story of corn we haven't heard-not as fuel, or livestock feed, or food product-but as whole food, with the flavor and diversity that comes with thoughtful farming. Part history, part how-to manual (Boutard grows, grinds and cooks corn in all its variations), Beautiful Corn returns the culture, and the cuisine, to our most abundant and mistreated crop.---Dan Barber, Chef / Co-Owner, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns

In this lyrical love letter to an ancient, fascinating food, Anthony Boutard offers us a rich harvest of history, a primer on growing the best varieties, the close observations of a brilliant, insatiably curious farmer, and some tasty recipes to boot.--Lorna Sass, author of the James Beard Award winning Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way

Anthony Boutard is a widely recognized advocate in the local food movement, well-known for his efforts in reviving long-lost crops and bringing little-known varieties to market. He and his wife Carol own Ayers Creek Farm, a 144-acre organic market farm in Gaston, Oregon specializing in berries, beans, grains and greens for sale to local restaurants and markets.

192.

GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY, 3RD EDITION

GRIT Editors
Paperback

Price: $6.99

Build a honey extractor. Use top-bar hives. Bake with honey. Find your favorite honeybee. Read about all this and more with GRIT's Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 3rd Edition. This treasure-trove of…

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Build a honey extractor. Use top-bar hives. Bake with honey. Find your favorite honeybee. Read about all this and more with GRIT's Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 3rd Edition. This treasure-trove of bee knowledge has more than 75 ways to get more from your bees. Cover-to-cover, this 100-page guide includes great advice, tips, techniques, instructions, recipes and more to help you get started with beekeeping … or, if you are a seasoned beekeeper, to help you learn new tricks of the trade.

Save money while building your own beehive or honey extractor with simple materials available at your local hardware store. Read how to use a top-bar hive, a less expensive method to raising bees that will pollinate your crops and provide tasty honey fresh from the comb. Honey adds something natural, healthy and sweet to any recipe, whether it's appetizers or main dishes.

More articles include:

  • Top Tips for Happy Bees: Expert advice for novice urban beekeepers.
  • Bee Byproducts: Honey is but one of the items created by ever-industrious honeybees.
  • Go Native with Wild Bees: The humble little orchard mason bee is the best-kept (pollinator) secret.
  • The Case of the Disappearing Honeybees: What is colony collapse disorder, and what can be done?
  • Winterizing Your Bees … Naturally: There may be snow on the ground and ice on the trees, but your bees are a balmy 96 degrees Fahrenheit inside their hive.
  • And more!

193.

THE INTELLIGENT GARDENER

Steve Solomon, Erica Reinheime
Paperback

Price: $19.95

To grow produce of the highest nutritional quality the essential minerals lacking in our soil must be replaced, but this re-mineralization calls for far more attention to detail than the simple additi…

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To grow produce of the highest nutritional quality the essential minerals lacking in our soil must be replaced, but this re-mineralization calls for far more attention to detail than the simple addition of composted manure or NPK fertilizers. The Intelligent Gardener demystifies the process while simultaneously debunking much of the false and misleading information perpetuated by both the conventional and organic agricultural movements. In doing so, it conclusively establishes the link between healthy soil, healthy food, and healthy people.

This practical step-by-step guide and the accompanying customizable web-based spreadsheets go beyond organic and are essential tools for any serious gardener who cares about the quality of the produce they grow.

194.

ONE MAGIC SQUARE

Lolo Houbein
Paperback

Price: $18.95

Lolo Houbein has been growing food for more than 30 years-and now, drawing on her wide learning and hard-earned experience, she offers a wealth of information on how to turn small plots of land into s…

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Lolo Houbein has been growing food for more than 30 years-and now, drawing on her wide learning and hard-earned experience, she offers a wealth of information on how to turn small plots of land into sources of nourishing, inexpensive, organic food. Amateur gardeners wondering how to get started and veteran gardeners looking for new ideas will be inspired by Houbein's practical, often charming, and always optimistic advice. One Magic Square includes:

  • Earth-friendly tips, tricks and solutions for establishing and maintaining an organic garden
  • Illustrated, annotated plans for 30 plots with different themes-including perennials and "pick-and-come-again" plants, anti-cancer and antioxidant-rich vegetables, and salad, pizza, pasta and stir-fry ingredients
  • Comprehensive information about every plant in every plot
  • Color photographs of the author's own garden-plus helpful illustrations
  • Houbein family recipes for making the most of your bounty-including salad dressings, fruit and vegetable juices, stir-fries, and more.

195.

GARDENING BY CUISINE

Patti Moreno
Paperback

Price: $18.95

Even urban dwellers with little more than a balcony, tiny backyard or windowsill can grow their own food, thanks to Patti Moreno's groundbreaking gardening guide! The host of popular online garden vid…

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Even urban dwellers with little more than a balcony, tiny backyard or windowsill can grow their own food, thanks to Patti Moreno's groundbreaking gardening guide! The host of popular online garden videos, Moreno has devised a unique plan for creating low-maintenance organic "cuisine gardens" that produce the vegetables, fruits and herbs people love and eat. These include her Italian Best-Ever Marinara Sauce Garden, Asian Stir Fry Garden and Mediterranean Vegetable Garden. She supplies dozens of easy plans, as well as a generous collection of simple, delicious recipes and menus that will make the most of any garden's bounty. Moreno's colorful photographs, illustrations, and comprehensive instructions will encourage gardeners both new and experienced to embrace sustainable living with ease and enthusiasm.

196.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO ORGANIC GARDENING, 4TH EDITION

Mother Earth News
Paperback

Price: $6.99

Plan for food self-sufficiency this year with the help of MOTHER EARTH NEWS' Guide to Organic Gardening. This fourth edition comes to you loaded with expert advice, do-it-yourself instructions and muc…

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Plan for food self-sufficiency this year with the help of MOTHER EARTH NEWS' Guide to Organic Gardening. This fourth edition comes to you loaded with expert advice, do-it-yourself instructions and much more for making your organic garden thrive all year long.

This glossy-paged guide is perfect for beginners or expert gardeners. It covers everything from perennial vegetables to choosing a greenhouse, from organic pest control to making compost. Read how poultry is the secret weapon for organic pest control. Learn how to make the best homemade tomato cages. Or plan out your kitchen garden with four delightful herb gardens plans.

With more than 20 articles, all focused on making your garden the best it can be, this guide will have you harvesting bountifuls of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit. The articles include:

  • Maintain a Weedless Organic Garden - The keys are limited tilling, organic mulch, drip irrigation, and permanent beds and paths.
  • The No-Spray Way to Protect Plants - Lightweight fabric row covers are an easy way to protect your crops from insects and critters, and extend the growing season.
  • Worms! Soil Building Workhorses - Use the free services of resident earthworms to make one of nature's finest fertilizers.
  • Grow Your Own Seeds - Experience the ultimate in self-reliance, and even create new plant varieties that will perform better in your region.
  • All About Growing Summer Squash - Discover which varieties of summer squash are best for your climate and soil, including tips on growing, harvesting and storing.

197.

WEST COAST GARDENING, 2ND EDITION

Linda Gilkeson
Paperback

Price: $28.00

West Coast Gardening contains everything a Pacific Northwest organic gardener needs to know to manage pests, diseases and weeds for vegetable and fruit gardens, lawns, roses and other ornamentals.

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West Coast Gardening contains everything a Pacific Northwest organic gardener needs to know to manage pests, diseases and weeds for vegetable and fruit gardens, lawns, roses and other ornamentals.

Completely revised and expanded, this edition features more than 140 detailed entries (including 35 insects and diseases new to this edition). Updated information guides the reader through safe, effective methods, and the book's companion web pages display the color versions of more than 200 illustrations - as well as additional photographs of pest and diseases.

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SUSTAINABLE MARKET FARMING

Pam Dawling
Paperback

Price: $34.95

Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. At the same time, most books and r…

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Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. At the same time, most books and resources about food production aim at the backyard and hobby gardener, who simply want to supplement their family's diet with a few homegrown fruits and vegetables. Targeted at serious growers in every climate zone, Sustainable Market Farming acts as a comprehensive manual for small-scale farmers raising organic crops sustainably on a few acres.

Informed by the author's extensive experience growing a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit to feed the approximately 100 members of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia, this practical guide provides:

  • Detailed profiles of a full range of crops, addressing sowing, cultivation, rotation, succession, common pests and diseases, harvest and storage
  • Information about new and efficient techniques, season extension, and disease-resistant varieties
  • Farm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterprise
Whether you are a beginning market grower or an established enterprise seeking to improve your skills, Sustainable Market Farming is an invaluable resource and a timely book for the maturing local agriculture movement.

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HOMEGROWN HONEY BEES

Alethea Morrison
Paperback

Price: $14.95

This beginner's guide clearly explains everything you need to know to keep bees successfully, from getting your first bees to harvesting your first crop of honey. Spectacular macro photography by Mars…

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This beginner's guide clearly explains everything you need to know to keep bees successfully, from getting your first bees to harvesting your first crop of honey. Spectacular macro photography by Mars Vilaubi brings the inner workings of the hive to life, while the playful text by Alethea Morrison gives you the information you need to make it through your first year. Everything is addressed here, from hive structure, colony hierarchy and bee behavior to allergies, permits and restrictions, and how to deal with the neighbors.

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POWERHOUSE PLANTS

Graham Rice
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Gardeners, like everyone, are too short on time and money to waste either on plants that only look good for a few weeks. You want hardworking, eye-catching plants that provide beauty for multiple seas…

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Gardeners, like everyone, are too short on time and money to waste either on plants that only look good for a few weeks. You want hardworking, eye-catching plants that provide beauty for multiple seasons.

You want powerhouse plants - plants with colorful spring flowers and summer fruits, or summer fruits and fall foliage, or summer flowers, fall foliage and winter stems ... or any combination of two or more of these desirable features. Like flowering dogwood that boasts summer flowers and fall fruit and foliage. Or honeysuckle that has fragrant spring flowers, summer and fall foliage, and fall fruit.

Powerhouse Plants by Graham Rice features multiseasonal perennials, annuals, groundcovers, vines, shrubs and trees. Profiles include basic plant information, such as size, hardiness and preferred growing conditions.

With this indispensable guide in hand, you can leave the slacker plants behind and get the most from your money and landscape.

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