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EDIBLE WILD PLANTS

John Kallas
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Price: $24.99

Imagine what you could do with 18 delicious new greens in your dining arsenal, including purslane, chickweed, curly dock, wild spinach, sorrel and wild mustard.

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Imagine what you could do with 18 delicious new greens in your dining arsenal, including purslane, chickweed, curly dock, wild spinach, sorrel and wild mustard.

John Kallas makes it fun and easy to learn about foods you've unknowingly passed by all your life. Through gorgeous photographs, playful (but authoritative) text and ground-breaking design, he gives you the knowledge and confidence to finally begin eating and enjoying edible wild plants.

Edible Wild Plants divides plants into four flavor categories: foundation, tart, pungent and bitter. Categorizing by flavor helps readers use these greens in pleasing ways and make the best salads.

This field guide is essential for anyone wanting to incorporate more natural and whole foods into their diet. It includes nutrient tables that directly compare wild foods to domesticated greens. Whether looking to enhance a diet or identify which plants can be eaten for survival, readers can use the extensive information on wild foods to determine the appropriate stage of growth and how to properly prepare these highly nutritious greens.


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FARM COLLECTOR'S SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S SET 2015


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Price: $26.95

Own all four of Farm Collector Special Collector's Edition guides in one special set. Discover more than 20 stories of old iron collectors hunting, finding and recovering long-lost steamers, engines o…

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Own all four of Farm Collector Special Collector's Edition guides in one special set. Discover more than 20 stories of old iron collectors hunting, finding and recovering long-lost steamers, engines or tractors in Great Finds: Tales of Hunting Old Iron. Test your knowledge and identify more than 160 mystery tools in Field Guide to Mystery Farm Tools, Vol. 2. Read more than 35 of Sam Moore's "Let's Talk Rusty Iron" articles in Harvesting Heritage: 150 Years on the American Farm. Or admire the machines that made International Harvester famous in IHC Heritage.

Field Guide to Mystery Farm Tools, Vol. 2
We’ve all seen at least one in our lifetime. That rusty, worn-looking antique tool that we can’t quite figure out: What does it do? Why was it made? What is it even called? This new edition includes more than 160 tools that have been identified and includes a small paragraph explaining what the tool was used for! You’ll read how to identify tools yourself using patents, online collector resources, and books and publications for collectors.

Great Finds: Tales of Hunting Old Iron
This guide is filled with great stories and pictures of finds, rescues and rebuilds of collector tractors, engines, steamers and more. From a rare Allis-Chalmers 6-12 tractor cut out of a hedgerow in Texas to a Case steamer pulled from a Kansas river and a huge Stickney gas engine pulled from a watery grave in Idaho, Great Finds: Tales of Hunting Old Iron, shares two dozen stories of tractors and engines found - and recovered - despite incredible obstacles.

Harvesting Heritage
As a student of the past, Sam Moore learned his lessons well. Paying careful attention to instructions from his elders, he not only learned the old ways but gained a full appreciation for them. Deeply researched and beautifully written, Moore's essays recapture a time irretrievably lost - but easily glimpsed through the pages of this exciting edition.

IHC Heritage
Celebrate the rich heritage of International Harvester in this Special Collector's Edition. From Cyrus McCormick and William Deering to the iconic Farmall Regular and immortal Cub Cadet, this special issue explores the history and culture of IHC in its many varieties. IHC Heritage covers it all, including family stories, early prototypes, history, tractors, engines, reapers and much more.


183.

THE NOURISHING HOMESTEAD

Ben Hewitt
Paperback

Price: $29.95

The Nourishing Homestead tells the story of how we can create truly satisfying and permanent relationships with the land, nature and one another.

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The Nourishing Homestead tells the story of how we can create truly satisfying and permanent relationships with the land, nature and one another.

Ben and Penny Hewitt offer practical ways to grow nutrient-dense food on a small plot of land, and think about a farm, homestead or home as an ecosystem. Much of what the Hewitts have come to understand and embrace about their lives of deep nourishment is informed by their particular piece of land and local community in northern Vermont, but what they have gleaned is readily transferable to any place—whether you live on 4 acres, 40 acres or in a 400-square-foot studio apartment.

The Hewitts (including their two sons) maintain copious gardens, dozens of fruit and nut trees, and other perennial plantings, as well as a pick-your-own blueberry patch. In addition to these cultivated food crops, they also forage for wild edibles, process their own meat, make their own butter, and ferment, dry and can their own vegetables. Their focus is to produce nutrient-dense foods from vibrant, mineralized soils for themselves and their immediate community. They are also committed to sharing the traditional skills that support their family, helping them be self-sufficient and thrive in these uncertain times.

Much of what the Hewitts are attempting on their homestead is to close the gaps that economic separation has created in our health, spirit and skills. They use the term “practiculture” to describe the family’s work with the land—a term that encompasses the many practical life skills and philosophies they embody to create a thriving homestead, including raw-milk production, soil remediation, wildcrafting, Weston A. Price principles, bionutrient-dense farming, permaculture, agroforestry, traditional Vermont hill farming, and more. The Nourishing Homestead also includes information on deep nutrition, the importance of good fats and integrating children into the work of a homestead.

The Hewitts’ story is reminiscent of The Good Life, by Helen and Scott Nearing, and is sure to inspire a new generation of homesteaders, or anyone seeking a simpler way of life and a deeper connection to the world.


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NATURE ANATOMY

Julia Rothman
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Price: $16.95

See the world in a new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman celebrates the diverse curiosities and beauty of the natural world in this exciting new volume. With whimsically hip illustrations, ever…

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See the world in a new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman celebrates the diverse curiosities and beauty of the natural world in this exciting new volume. With whimsically hip illustrations, every page is an extraordinary look at all kinds of subjects, from mineral formation and the inside of a volcano to what makes sunsets, monarch butterfly migration, the ecosystem of a rotting log, the parts of a bird, the anatomy of a jellyfish, and much, much more.


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MOTHER EARTH NEWS & GRIT COUNTRY SKILLS GUIDE SET


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Price: $27.95

Mother Earth News and Grit have compiled 500 pages of the best articles on raising backyard chickens and rabbits, growing an organic garden, baking delicious homemade bread, and practicing self-reliance and country skills. There is something in this guide set for everyone, whether you are thinking of starting your own backyard flock, trying to fine-tune your homemade bread recipe or planning your most successful organic garden yet. In this set you’ll find recipes, do-it-yourself projects, beautiful photos and so much more.

This set includes:

Grit Guide to Homemade Bread, 5th Edition
More than 20 of the best homemade bread articles from Grit make up this colorful, glossy-paged guide. There are 118 delicious recipes inside, with more than 57 keys to successfully making bread. This guide will help the most inexperienced cook make a perfect, golden-brown loaf of bread right in her very own kitchen.

Mother Earth News Guide to Self-Reliance & Country Skills, 4th Edition
Nothing compares to the feeling of enjoying food that was raised and grown on your own land … no matter if it’s just the delicious preserves from your garden or the entire feast. There are also great articles on solar heating and other energy savings tips that will save you hundreds on your energy bills. Learn to cut your foods bills in half, make cheap garden beds, concoct your own herbal medicine and more.

Mother Earth News Guide to Organic Gardening, 6th Edition
The latest edition of Guide to Organic Gardening is a great reference to help you plan your bountiful garden this year. Starting with soil, fertilizer, seed starting, what plants you should grow, this guide is 100 pages of helpful articles to help you grow your best garden yet.

Grit Guide to Backyard Chickens, 6th Edition
This guide contains more than 51 keys to keeping a healthy, productive flock, plus do-it-yourself housing plans, tips for caring for chickens in the winter, instructions for protecting your flock from predators and disease, and much more.

Grit Guide to Backyard Rabbits, 4th Edition
The fourth edition of this guide includes more than 43 keys to raising happy, healthy rabbits along with helpful advice to find the breed for you, instructions for keeping rabbits out of your garden, advice on how to build the best hutches and equipment, and more.


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WOMAN-POWERED FARM

Audrey Levatino
Paperback

Price: $24.95

The go-to guide for women who want to be part of the farming revolution.

Women are leading the new farming revolution in America. Much of the impetus to move back to the land, raise our o…

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The go-to guide for women who want to be part of the farming revolution.

Women are leading the new farming revolution in America. Much of the impetus to move back to the land, raise our own food, and connect with our agricultural past is being driven by women. They raise sheep for wool, harvest honey from their beehives, and sell their goods at farmers' markets. What does a woman who wants to work the land need to do to follow her dream?

First, she needs this book. Audrey Levatino shares her experiences of running a farm with her husband and offers invaluable advice on how to get started. She helps readers identify their goals and suggests how to go about achieving them. Filled with personal anecdotes and stories from other women farmers, the book is a reassuring and inspirational guide that discusses:

  • Should you do an internship or jump right in?
  • What tends to sell at the farmers' market and what does not
  • Chores and how to get them done right
  • How to handle large power tools


187.

THE BEEKEEPER'S PROBLEM SOLVER

James E. Tew
Paperback

Price: $19.99

While keeping bees certainly isn't rocket science, doing it properly does involve decent levels of understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Getting the basics right is essential, and this d…

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While keeping bees certainly isn't rocket science, doing it properly does involve decent levels of understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Getting the basics right is essential, and this demands a solid appreciation of important areas such as hives management, breed choice, and health requirements. There is plenty to think about for those getting their first bees, and careful planning is the key to a successful initial experience. One thing that complicates matters is the bees' ability to disguise problems. Although this might seem a useful ability, it actually makes recognizing trouble in the crucial, early stages that much more difficult, even for experienced owners. And although bees are remarkably resilient creatures, they remain vulnerable to predators, disease and climate changes. There is plenty of potential for things to go wrong and, unfortunately, it's always the bees that suffer when problems strike.

Whether you're a newcomer or an old hand, The Beekeeper's Problem Solver provides the information you need to nip problems in the bud and, better still, avoid them in the first place. Let longtime bee keeper and apiary expert James E. Tew guide you through 100 common problems faced by beekeepers, spelling out in clear and simple terms what the underlying cause is and how to solve it. Each one is tackled in depth, with photographs and diagrams, as well as a wide range of practical tips and useful insights. The problems are divided into ten chapters covering the main areas of beekeeping, from health to housing and parasites to predators. A subject-specific index is also included for easy reference.


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MOTHER EARTH NEWS PREMIUM ISSUE: MODERN HOMESTEADING


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Price: $9.99

Mother Earth News is pleased to bring you 100 pages of expert advice for self-sufficient living in the new Premium Issue: Modern Homesteading. More than 25 articles cover off-grid living, easy food ga…

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Mother Earth News is pleased to bring you 100 pages of expert advice for self-sufficient living in the new Premium Issue: Modern Homesteading. More than 25 articles cover off-grid living, easy food gardens, solar heating plans, preserving food, and much more.

Read how to start a quick and easy food garden with a no-dig, easy-care bag garden that features 25 favorite crops. Discover how to make a food self-sufficiency plan by estimating how much to grow or buy, and learn how to achieve food security with these handy charts and guidelines. Learn how to keep bees and produce fresh, delicious honey in your own backyard. Make your own herbal medicine by finding ingredients for many basic herbal remedies.

Other articles include:

  • Easy, No-Knead Crusty Bread: Bake crispy, gorgeous loaves from scratch using this simple technique. All you need are a few ingredients and a blazing-hot Dutch oven for miraculous results.
  • Five DIY, Low-Cost and Multipurpose Greenhouses: Use recycled materials to create an affordable garden greenhouse so you can enjoy fresh food all year long!
  • Emergency Power Options: With the right generator, you’ll be prepared when storms or blackouts leave you without electricity.
  • Backyard Chicken Basics: They’re less work than house pets and more fun than a tire swing. Plus, they provide delicious, nutritious eggs.
  • How to Make Yogurt, Kefir and Cheese: Tap the health benefits of rich, tangy fermented milk products.


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BEESWAX ALCHEMY

Petra Ahnert
Paperback

Price: $25.00

Modern beekeepers, take notice! Here we have the answer to one of the most common beekeeping questions: What do I do with all of this beeswax? The possibilities are seemingly endless: As beeswax has m…

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Modern beekeepers, take notice! Here we have the answer to one of the most common beekeeping questions: What do I do with all of this beeswax? The possibilities are seemingly endless: As beeswax has multiple holistic and decorative uses, projects can vary from beauty and health products to household items. Beeswax Alchemy is your first step toward using excess beeswax to make beautiful, useful gifts for friends, family, and even yourself. It offers a basic introduction to the art of extracting and purifying beeswax, as well as countless ideas for what to make with it. These include skin care creams, candles and other home products, such as beeswax ornaments and wax fabric. So, get ready to suit up and collect some beeswax. There's so much that you can do with it … and now you know how!


190.

GRIT GUIDE TO MODERN HOMESTEADING


Paperback

Price: $6.99

The GritGuide to Modern Homesteading walks you step-by-step through finding, buying and building your dream homestead. From selecting that perfect piece of land to building your dream home and buying …

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The Grit Guide to Modern Homesteading walks you step-by-step through finding, buying and building your dream homestead. From selecting that perfect piece of land to building your dream home and buying and raising livestock, this 100-page guide is filled with articles written by some of the best homesteading experts.

Discover how to build your home debt-free with patience and resourcefulness. Read all about septic systems to help you save money with design and maintenance. Learn the rules for raising livestock, including feeds, living space and manure. You can also discover how to farm the wind, a new crop that’s a breeze to cash in on.

More articles include:

  • How to Find Your Dream Homestead: Follow this expert advice to find the property that’s just right for you.
  • Homestead Water Sources and Options: Mystified by pumps and the prospect of digging a well? Wade through your options for finding a safe source.
  • Barns and Outbuildings: Plan with the future in mind, says this longtime farmer, whose “small” operation has outgrown several barns and sheds – and isn’t done growing yet.
  • Farm Fencing – Horse High, Chicken Tight and Bull Strong: With livestock fencing, there’s plenty to consider: woven wire or high-tensile; electric or non-electric. Here’s how to make the best choice for your animals.
  • Fixing Up Old Farmhouses: A brief checklist of items to think about when considering a fixer-upper in the country.

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