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41.

KEEPING BEES AND MAKING HONEY, 2ND EDITION

A. Benjamin and B. McCallum
Paperback

Price: $19.99

The latest buzz is that anyone from 8 to 80 can learn and enjoy the popular hobby of beekeeping. Whether you live in an apartment with just a small balcony or you have a farm with acres of land, this…

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The latest buzz is that anyone from 8 to 80 can learn and enjoy the popular hobby of beekeeping. Whether you live in an apartment with just a small balcony or you have a farm with acres of land, this book will teach you how to get started. Find out where to locate your bees, how to get them home, where and how to house them, and the methods for collecting their wax and honey. Whether you want to start a home-based beekeeping business or simply enjoy a new hobby, you'll become an expert in no time at all. Learn the history of bees and beekeeping and get the best advice available for safely collecting the honey and wax from your bees.

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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THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BUTCHERING, SMOKING, CURING AND SAUSAGE

Philip Hasheider
Paperback

Price: $24.99

Here’s the ideal hands-on guidebook for self-sufficient farmers, ranchers and hunters with step-by-step instructions on butchering beef, venison, pork, lamb, poultry and goats. Time-tested advice on …

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Here’s the ideal hands-on guidebook for self-sufficient farmers, ranchers and hunters with step-by-step instructions on butchering beef, venison, pork, lamb, poultry and goats. Time-tested advice on how to cure the meat by smoking or salting helps you preserve your harvest. A final section explains how to make sausages. Numerous mouthwatering recipes are included.

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SELF SUFFICIENCY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Dick & James Strawbridge
Hardcover

Price: $30.00

Taking its inspiration from John Seymour's best-selling classic, The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century brings the subject up to date by showing how to live a mor…

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Taking its inspiration from John Seymour's best-selling classic, The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century brings the subject up to date by showing how to live a more sustainable life that everyone can access, whether living in the city, the suburbs or the country. Sharing their experiences, tips and techniques, father-and-son team Dick and James Strawbridge show how to make the practical changes that will have a big impact on your life — without having to transform your lifestyle. Covering eco-projects, plant-by-plant and animal-by-animal identification, how to produce little or no waste and remove our dependence upon fossil fuels, and so much more, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century includes something for everyone — from urban apartment dwellers to suburbanites to those living in the countryside.

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.

44.

STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING HORSES

Heather Smith Thomas
Hardcover

Price: $19.95

Since it was first published, this classic guide has helped thousands of horse owners with its comprehensive, expert information on grooming, foaling, housing, diet, exercise, disease prevention and t…

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Since it was first published, this classic guide has helped thousands of horse owners with its comprehensive, expert information on grooming, foaling, housing, diet, exercise, disease prevention and treatment, and much more. Now completely revised and updated, the second edition includes up-to-date coverage of horse health issues and vaccination options, thoroughly updated advice on hoof care, and expanded coverage of reproductive care and techniques.

About the author
Heather Smith Thomas has been raising cattle since she was 12 years old. She and her husband have raised a herd of cattle that they have cross-bred to meet the needs of their rugged and hilly ranch in Salmon, Idaho. Heather has also written many articles on horses, farms, and livestock. She and her husband live in Idaho. She and her husband live in Idaho.

45.

THE SHEER ECSTASY OF BEING A LUNATIC FARMER

Joel Salatin
Paperback

Price: $25.00

Shunned by industrial farmers, vilified by corporate agri-business, and stalked by food police as being a lunatic, farmer-entrepreneur Joel Salatin enjoys the sheer ecstasy of being surrounded by happ…

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Shunned by industrial farmers, vilified by corporate agri-business, and stalked by food police as being a lunatic, farmer-entrepreneur Joel Salatin enjoys the sheer ecstasy of being surrounded by happy, frolicking animals, dancing earthworms, and appreciative customers.

His family's farm nestled in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley has achieved iconic status worldwide by featuring prominently in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Food. Inc., and the documentary, Fresh," as well as the runaway New York Times best-seller The Omnivore's Dilemma. From his own pen, Salatin explains both the rationale for the satisfaction from a solar-driven, pastured-based, locally-marketed, symbiotic, synergistic, relationally-oriented farm.

This book describes, with stories and evangelistic fervor, the breadth and depth of the paradigm differences between healing and exploitive food systems. A landscape and food policy epiphany awaits every reader.

About the author

Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm, arguably the nation's most famous farm since it was profiled in Michael Pollan's New York Times best-seller, The Omnivore's Dilemma and two subsequent documentaries, "Food, Inc.", and "Fresh." An accomplished author and public speaker, Salatin has authored seven books. Recognition for his ecological and local-based farming advocacy includes an honorary doctorate, the Heinz Award, and many leadership awards.

46.

VETERINARY GUIDE FOR ANIMAL OWNERS, 2ND EDITION

C.E. Spaulding, Jackie Clay
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners is a guide for everyone who cares for or raises animals at home or on a farm — from the 4-H student to the home breeder to parents of a new puppy. The Veterinary Gui…

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Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners is a guide for everyone who cares for or raises animals at home or on a farm — from the 4-H student to the home breeder to parents of a new puppy. The Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners includes detailed chapters on cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, horses, cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, as well as hundreds of strategies for preventing and curing common problems. From nail care for cats and dogs to treating saddle sore on horses, from administering medication to caring for baby pigs, this is first-rate advice from a veterinarian that anyone can understand.

About the authors
C.E. Spaulding, D.V.M, studied veterinary medicine at Michigan State University and practiced veterinary medicine for more than thirty years. In addition, he owned his own farm animals, including horses, goats, poultry, pigs and cattle.

Jackie Clay is a trained veterinary field technician with more than 20 years of experience. She is also a prolific writer, having authored four books and hundreds of magazine articles. She is a regular writer for Backwoods Home Magazine, writing on animal care, gardening, canning and rural, self-reliant living. She lives on a remote homestead in northern Minnesota with her family and lots of animals.

47.

CHICK DAYS

Jenna Woginrich
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Do you want to raise chickens but don’t know where to begin? Then you need Chick Days, an entertaining photographic guide that chronicles the life journey of three chickens (Amelia, Honey and Tilda) f…....More

Hide Do you want to raise chickens but don’t know where to begin? Then you need Chick Days, an entertaining photographic guide that chronicles the life journey of three chickens (Amelia, Honey and Tilda) from newly hatched fluffy butterballs to adult laying hens. Day by day and week by week, you’ll watch these three chickens grow and change, and along the way you’ll learn everything you need to know about chicken behavior, feeding, housing, hygiene and health care. The witty writing of Jenna Woginrich (author of Made from Scratch) paired with photography by Mars Vilaubi (who raised the chickens himself, along with his wife and son) will give every chicken-lover the confidence and enthusiasm to raise a flock.

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YOUR FARM IN THE CITY

Lisa Taylor
Paperback

Price: $9.79

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The most complete book on urban farming, covering everything from growing organic produce and raising chickens, to r…

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CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $18.95 AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

The most complete book on urban farming, covering everything from growing organic produce and raising chickens, to running a small farm on a city lot or in a suburban backyard.

Eating locally and growing one's own food is a rapidly evolving movement in urban settings: Hantz Farms in Detroit has transformed 70 acres of abandoned properties into energy-efficient gardens; Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, a 6,000-foot vegetable farm in Brooklyn, New York, yields 30 different kinds of produce; and private square-foot farms are cropping up in cities all over the country.

Created by Lisa Taylor and the gardeners of Seattle Tilth, Your Farm in the City covers all of the essential information specific to gardening and farming in a city or town. Clear, easy-to-follow instructions guide and inspire even the most inexperienced urbanite in how to grow and harvest all types of produce, flowers, herbs, and trees, as well as how to raise livestock like chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats and honeybees. Important information particular to gardening in a city or town is included, such as planning and maximizing limited space, building healthy soil, managing irrigation, understanding zoning laws, outwitting urban pests, and being a considerate farming neighbor.

With 100 two-color instructional illustrations throughout and dozens of vital resources, Your Farm in the City is the most practical, comprehensive, and easy-to-follow guide to the burgeoning trend of urban farming.

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THE BACKYARD HOMESTEAD: GUIDE TO RAISING FARM ANIMALS

Edited by Gail Damerow
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Imagine a weekend breakfast featuring eggs, bacon and honey from your own chickens, pigs and bees, or a holiday meal with your own heritage-breed turkey as the main attraction. With The Backyard Homes…

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Imagine a weekend breakfast featuring eggs, bacon and honey from your own chickens, pigs and bees, or a holiday meal with your own heritage-breed turkey as the main attraction. With The Backyard Homestead: Guide to Raising Farm Animals, even urban and suburban residents can successfully raise chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, goats, sheep, cows, pigs and honeybees. It’s easier than you think, and it can be done on small plots of land. This essential guide covers everything from selecting the right breeds to producing delicious fresh milk, cheese, honey, eggs and meat. Whether you want to be more self-sufficient, save money, or just enjoy safer, healthier, more delicious animal products, you’ll find all the information you need in The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals.

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THE FLEECE AND FIBER SOURCEBOOK

Carol Ekarius
Hardcover

Price: $35.00

This one-of-a-kind photographic encyclopedia features more than 200 animals and the fibers they produce. It covers almost every sheep breed in the world — from the longwool breeds of the United Kingdo…

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This one-of-a-kind photographic encyclopedia features more than 200 animals and the fibers they produce. It covers almost every sheep breed in the world — from the longwool breeds of the United Kingdom to the Tasmanian merino, the Navajo churro, the northern European Faroese, and dozens and dozens more. It also includes goats, camelids (such as alpacas, llamas and vicunas), bison, horses, musk oxen, rabbits and even dogs.

Each entry includes photographs of the featured animal; samples of its raw fleece, its cleaned fleece, and yarn spun from the fleece; and samples of the yarn knit and woven. You’ll find everything you want to know about each animal and its fiber, including the fiber’s color, density, strength and staple length, as well as recommendations for processing and using it. This is the essential reference no fiber-lover can be without.

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