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171.

BIRD BRAINS

Budd Titlow
Hardcover

Price: $29.95

Through a hundred short vignettes accompanied by stunning avian portraits, Bird Brains takes a look at the antics, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from the viewpoint of a professional wild…

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Through a hundred short vignettes accompanied by stunning avian portraits, Bird Brains takes a look at the antics, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from the viewpoint of a professional wildlife biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer. Titlow's engaging stories, complemented by vivid images, provide a fascinating compendium of wild bird lore perfectly suited to the 65-million-plus birders across the United States.

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THE FARM THEN AND NOW: A MODEL FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING

Douglas Stevenson
Paperback

Price: $19.95

In the Summer of Love in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, a charismatic young hippie by the name of Stephen Gaskin launched "Monday Night Class" - a weekly event which drew together an eclectic mix of …

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In the Summer of Love in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, a charismatic young hippie by the name of Stephen Gaskin launched "Monday Night Class" - a weekly event which drew together an eclectic mix of truth-seekers and flower children. Soon the class became a caravan, and after touring the country this colorful crew decided to seek a plot of land and found a commune based on their shared values. Thus was born The Farm in Summertown, Tenn.

The Farm Then and Now presents the story of a group that has defied the odds, blending idealism with a practical approach to intentional community and creating a model for sustainable living. Just as the Monday Night Classes taught students to open their hearts and minds, The Farm continues as a school of change, demonstrating ways to operate collectively in terms of:

  • Land, water and stewardship
  • Health care, building and infrastructure
  • Cooperation, compassion and spiritual values
For humans to survive as a species, we must re-learn the skills needed to work together; the lessons of The Farm can be applied in any community or organization. The Farm Then and Now addresses both the successes and shortcomings of this unique ongoing social experiment, showing how what was once the largest commune in the world has evolved into an exceptional example of living lightly on the earth.

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THE SMALL-SCALE DAIRY

Gianaclis Caldwell
Paperback

Price: $34.95

The Small-Scale Dairy includes everything you need to know in order to successfully produce nourishing, healthy, farm-fresh milk. Whether for home use, direct sale to the consumer, or sale to an artis…

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The Small-Scale Dairy includes everything you need to know in order to successfully produce nourishing, healthy, farm-fresh milk. Whether for home use, direct sale to the consumer, or sale to an artisanal cheesemaker, high-quality raw milk is a delicate, desirable product. Successful and sustainable production requires the producer to consider and tackle many details, ranging from animal care to microbiology to good hygienic practices-and, for those with commercial aspirations, business plans, market savvy and knowledge of the regulations.

Applicable to keepers of cows, goats or sheep, The Small-Scale Dairy offers a holistic approach that explores the relationships between careful, conscientious management and the production of safe, healthy and delicious milk. A historical overview offers readers a balanced perspective on the current regulatory environment in which raw milk lovers find themselves.

Included are options for designing a well-functioning small dairy, choosing equipment and understanding myriad processes-such as the use of low-temperature pasteurization where raw milk sales are prohibited. Whether you have a one-cow home dairy, a 50-goat operation or are simply a curious consumer, The Small-Scale Dairy is an accessible and invaluable resource for achieving your goals.

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THE SMALL-SCALE CHEESE BUSINESS

Gianaclis Caldwell
Paperback

Price: $34.95

There has never been a better time to be making and selling great cheese. People worldwide are consuming more high-quality, handmade cheese than ever before. The number of artisan cheesemakers has dou…

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There has never been a better time to be making and selling great cheese. People worldwide are consuming more high-quality, handmade cheese than ever before. The number of artisan cheesemakers has doubled in recent years, and many of the industry's newcomers are "farmstead" producers-those who work only with the milk of their own animals. Today, more than ever before, the people who choose to become farmer- cheesemakers need access to the knowledge of established cheese artisans who can help them build their dream.

Few career choices lead to such extremes of labor, emotion and monetary challenge. In The Small-Scale Cheese Business (originally published as The Farmstead Creamery Advisor in 2010), respected cheesemaker, instructor and speaker Gianaclis Caldwell walks would-be producers through the many, and often confusing, steps and decisions they will face when considering a career in this burgeoning cottage industry. This book fills the gap that exists between the pasture and cheese plate. It goes far beyond issues of caring for livestock and basic cheesemaking, explaining business issues such as:

  • Analyzing your suitability for the career
  • Designing and building the cheese facility
  • Sizing up the market
  • Negotiating day-to-day obstacles
  • Ensuring maximum safety and efficiency

Drawing from her own and other cheesemakers' experiences, Caldwell brings to life the story of creating a successful cheesemaking business in a practical, organized manner. Absolutely essential for anyone interested in becoming a licensed artisan cheesemaker, The Small-Scale Cheese Business will also appeal to the many small- and hobby-farm owners who already have milking animals and who wish to improve their home dairy practices and facilities.

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THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HANDBOOK

Joseph & Amy Alton
Paperback

Price: $39.99

The Survival Medicine Handbook is a guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is not on the way. This book is written by Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, an advanced…

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The Survival Medicine Handbook is a guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is not on the way. This book is written by Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, the premiere Medical Preparedness Professionals from the top 10 survival website: www.doomandbloom.net. The expanded second edition is geared to enable the non-medical professional to deal with all the likely issues they will encounter in catastrophic scenarios. The Survival Medicine Handbook is not your standard first aid book. It assumes that no hospital or doctor is available in the aftermath of a catastrophic event. This book will give you the tools to handle injuries and illness when you might be the end of the line with regards to your family's medical well-being. In circumstances where medical personnel are overwhelmed and access to modern technology is limited or nonexistent, The Survival Medicine Handbook is the essential reference book for every library. Written in plain English, you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to identify and treat more than 100 different medical issues. The second edition also covers alternative remedies for almost every possible medical condition in situations where modern health care is inaccessible.

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GENE EVERLASTING

Gene Logsdon
Hardcover

Price: $24.95

Author Gene Logsdon-whom Wendell Berry once called "the most experienced and best observer of agriculture we have"-has a notion: That it is a little easier for gardeners and farmers to accept death th…

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Author Gene Logsdon-whom Wendell Berry once called "the most experienced and best observer of agriculture we have"-has a notion: That it is a little easier for gardeners and farmers to accept death than the rest of the populace. Why? Because every day, farmers and gardeners help plants and animals begin life and help plants and animals end life. They are intimately attuned to the food chain. They understand how all living things are seated around a dining table, eating while being eaten. They realize that all of nature is in flux.

Gene Everlasting contains Logsdon's reflections, by turns humorous and heart-wrenching, on nature, death and eternity, all from a contrary farmer's perspective. He recounts joys and tragedies from his childhood in the 1930s and '40s spent on an Ohio farm, through adulthood and child-raising, all the way up to his recent bout with cancer, always with an eye toward the lessons that farming has taught him about life and its mysteries.

Whether his subject is parsnips, pigweed, immortality, irises, green burial, buzzards or compound interest, Logsdon generously applies as much heart and wit to his words as he does care and expertise to his fields.

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EDIBLE MUSHROOMS: SAFE TO PICK, GOOD TO EAT

B. Forsberg & S. Lindberg
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Wandering the woods in search of mushrooms is one of life's great pleasures. But be careful to pick the right ones! With Edible Mushrooms in your backpack, you'll know to pick only the safest, most de…

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Wandering the woods in search of mushrooms is one of life's great pleasures. But be careful to pick the right ones! With Edible Mushrooms in your backpack, you'll know to pick only the safest, most delicious chanterelles, truffles, morels, and more. Author Barbro Forsberg presents 40 edible species and reveals how, when and where to find them-knowledge gained over the course of four decades spent mushrooming in the woods.

Discover such aspects of mushrooming as:

  • Characteristics of edible mushrooms, per species
  • Cooking, cleaning and drying the day's bounty
  • Edible, inedible or toxic? Photographs and descriptions for what to pick and what to avoid
  • Poisonous varieties and how to recognize them
All content has been verified by a professional mycologist. Plus, nature and educational photographs illustrate how mushrooms grow, the environments where you can expect to find them, and the ways in which the same species may vary from one sample to the next. So whether you're an experienced mushroom hunter or a novice to the art, with Edible Mushrooms you can confidently recognize, pick and eat the tastiest wild mushrooms.

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THE WHOLE GOAT HANDBOOK

Janet Hurst
Paperback

Price: $19.99

Goats are the hottest animal today to raise for hobby farmers, commercial farmers, and members of both 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA). But using the products from a goat requires special skil…

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Goats are the hottest animal today to raise for hobby farmers, commercial farmers, and members of both 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA). But using the products from a goat requires special skills, handling and recipes. Here's The Whole Goat Handbook, chock-full of recipes, crafting projects, advice and more.

Cooking with goat meat requires special, adapted recipes because the meat is so strong in flavor; there's no devoted goat-meat cookbook on the market-until now! Here, as well, are recipes for making cheese with goat milk as well as goat-milk soap. And for those raising goats for fiber, here are hard-won recommendations about crafting, knitting and weaving. This book will shows you how to do all this … and more!

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THE BACKYARD HOMESTEAD BOOK OF BUILDING PROJECTS

Spike Carlsen
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Homesteaders, gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love these 76 DIY projects for practical outdoor items designed to help you live more sustainably and independently. Expert …

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Homesteaders, gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love these 76 DIY projects for practical outdoor items designed to help you live more sustainably and independently. Expert woodworker Spike Carlsen offers clear, simple, fully illustrated instructions for everything from plant supports and a clothesline to a potting bench, a chicken coop, a hoop greenhouse, a cold frame, a beehive, a root cellar with storage bins, and an outdoor shower. Most of the projects are suitable for complete novices, and all use just basic tools and standard building materials.

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IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY: A MEMOIR

Richard Manning
Hardcover

Price: $25.99

Richard Manning was raised on a piece of farmland in Michigan, in a working-class family of Christian fundamentalists. Manning's father was a jack-of-many-trades: farmer, carpenter, builder, power lin…

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Richard Manning was raised on a piece of farmland in Michigan, in a working-class family of Christian fundamentalists. Manning's father was a jack-of-many-trades: farmer, carpenter, builder, power lineman, factory worker, small businessman. His mother concealed her own troubled childhood beneath a religious faith that explained away uncertainty, illness, and tragedy.

Manning grew up learning how to work and what to believe … but came to understand his family's seemingly normal facade as a mask for troubling secrets. It Runs in the Family is the story of Manning's journey away from his family, one that ranges from their Michigan farm to the fire-ravaged wilderness of Montana, and finally to a remote village in Panama, where he comes to pursue a past he had vowed to leave behind. Linking his own life with the larger story of his family, the land they inhabited, and the right-wing fundamentalist politics gaining ground in America, Richard Manning offers a singular memoir.

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