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GREEN HOME IMPROVEMENT

DAN CHIRAS
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Price: $34.95

In a tight economy, this book offers clear financial benefits by helping homeowners immediately cut their utility bills. Many of these smaller home improvements require only a modest investment, and g…

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In a tight economy, this book offers clear financial benefits by helping homeowners immediately cut their utility bills. Many of these smaller home improvements require only a modest investment, and give readers an edge when they sell their homes: Buyers are looking for energy efficiency, and they are also tuned into green health and environmental concerns.

The book's projects include quick and easy, low- or no-cost tasks — like insulating a water heater, sealing foundation cracks or painting with insulating paint — as well as bigger-ticket items, such as installing a new energy-efficient heating system, windows or green flooring. The more than 65 "Go Green" tips highlighted throughout the book give readers ideas to make their homes and lifestyles greener.

Projects include:

  • Green flooring and paint options
  • Environmentally friendly cabinetry and countertops
  • Whole-house insulation and weather-stripping
  • High-efficiency heating and cooling
  • Water conservation
  • Efficient lighting, appliances and plumbing fixtures, including Energy Star and WaterSense models
  • Solar electric and water heating systems
  • Eco-friendly roofing and siding
  • Energy-efficient windows, doors and skylights
  • Green materials for patios, walkways and driveways
  • Landscaping and irrigation for water conservation and energy


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THE BACKYARD HOMESTEAD

Carleen Madigan
Paperback

Price: $18.95

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With just a quarter acre of land, you can feed a family of four with fresh, organic food year-round. This comprehensive guide to self-sufficiency gives you all the information you need to grow and preserve a variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts and grains; raise chickens for eggs and meat; raise cows, sheep and goats for meat or milk; raise pigs and rabbits; and keep honeybees. Simple instructions make it easy to enjoy canned, frozen, dried and pickled produce all winter; use your own grains to make bread, pasta and beer; turn fresh milk into delicious homemade yogurt, butter and cheese; make your own wine, cordials and herbal teas; and much, much more. It truly is possible to eat entirely from your backyard.

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 and products to readers. For more than 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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STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING MEAT GOATS

Maggie Sayer
Paperback

Price: $18.95

You too can raise meat goats. Small and artisanal farmers looking for a profitable specialty will find that compact, friendly and efficient meat goats don't require large amounts of browsing land, an…

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You too can raise meat goats. Small and artisanal farmers looking for a profitable specialty will find that compact, friendly and efficient meat goats don't require large amounts of browsing land, and they can thrive on plants that other livestock find inedible, such as nettles and thistles.

Demand for chevon has increased in the last years, and imports from overseas have doubled in the past decade. The market is expected to grow by 10 to 15 percent annually in the future. Goat meat is the fastest-growing meat business in North America. Chevon is a low-calorie, low-fat meat.

In this book, author Maggie Sayer will guide you through the basics of breed selection, buying, housing, feeding and breeding goats for meat.

Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats is a great resource for experienced and beginner farmers.

About the Author:

Maggie Sayer has written numerous articles on animal raising and husbandry and is actively involved in canine and equine rescue. Her Boer goats share the farm with dozens of rescued animals. Sayer and her husband live in Mammoth Springs, in the Ozark region of Arkansas, where goat production has taken sustainable agriculture by storm.


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HOW TO BUILD SMALL BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS

Monte Burch
Paperback

Price: $18.95

More than 20 projects offer complete plans and instructions for building a wide range of structures that are designed for adaptability and usefulness. You'll learn the step-by-step fundamentals of gen…

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More than 20 projects offer complete plans and instructions for building a wide range of structures that are designed for adaptability and usefulness. You'll learn the step-by-step fundamentals of general construction — from planning and laying out a site to do-it-yourself framing, roofing, wiring, plumbing, and much more. Some of the projects featured include:

  • All-purpose barns
  • Equipment or machine shed
  • Two-car garage
  • Roadside stand
  • Insulated dog house
  • Home office
About the Author:
Monte Burch has worked as a contractor, an editor, and freelance writer and photographer. He is the author of more than 50 books, including Building Small Farms, Sheds and Shelters, and has written numerous articles for various outdoor and how-to publications. With his wife, Joan, he owns and operates Outdoor World Press, Inc., a book publishing house.


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STOREY'S ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO POULTRY BREEDS

Carol Ekarius
Paperback

Price: $24.95

More than 128 birds strut their stuff across the pages of Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds, the ultimate primer for farmers and fanciers alike. Admire the handsome black and white plumage …

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More than 128 birds strut their stuff across the pages of Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds, the ultimate primer for farmers and fanciers alike. Admire the handsome black and white plumage of Lakenvelder roosters, read the fascinating history of the Blue Hens of Delaware, and marvel at the petite size and toylike appearance of Call ducks. And if you’re curious to know which heritage turkeys are making a comeback, look no further. This definitive guide to North American barnyard and wild fowl includes a brief history of each breed, detailed descriptions of identifying characteristics, and colorful photography that celebrates the birds’ quirky personalities and charming good looks. If it’s fowl facts and photos you want, you’ll find them all here.


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THRIVING DURING CHALLENGING TIMES

Cam Mather
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Thriving During Challenging Times is meant to serve as your handbook to energy, food and financial independence during this difficult era of rising oil costs, economic crisis, water shortages and clim…

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Thriving During Challenging Times is meant to serve as your handbook to energy, food and financial independence during this difficult era of rising oil costs, economic crisis, water shortages and climate change.

It's an easy time to be discouraged, but it's also an excellent time to take stock of your life and make some changes. It's time to reclaim your financial independence, weather the storm, and bring new meaning to your life. The technological world we find ourselves in distances us from the experiences that used to be part of the rhythm of daily life. Growing your own food, heating your home without being reliant on someone else, and living within your means are activities that will bring joy to your life and help you deal with the multiple challenges that we face today.

This book is a road map to making your home more independent, getting your bank account back on track, and discovering that digging potatoes for dinner or showering in water heated by the sun can provide the greatest of satisfactions. It's time to pay down that debt, grow your own food, and start integrating renewable energy and energy efficiency into your home to reduce your carbon footprint, achieve financial independence, and return your spirit to its rightful place in harmony with the simple things that make life a fantastic journey.

About the author: Cam Mather lives four miles from the nearest electricity lines, generating his power from the sun and wind and growing most of his own food. He is co-publisher of Aztext Press and the Solutions for Sustainability book series. He has produced instructional DVDs on growing vegetables and installing wind turbines and has motivated thousands of his workshop attendees to take joy in becoming more independent.

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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RADICAL HOMEMAKERS

Shannon Hayes
Paperback

Price: $23.95

Mother Nature has shown her hand. Faced with climate change, dwindling resources and species extinctions, most Americans understand the fundamental steps necessary to solve our global crises — drive …

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Mother Nature has shown her hand. Faced with climate change, dwindling resources and species extinctions, most Americans understand the fundamental steps necessary to solve our global crises — drive less, consume less, increase self-reliance, buy locally, eat locally, rebuild our local communities.

In essence, the great work we face requires rekindling the home fires.

Radical Homemakers is about men and women across the United States who focus on home and hearth as a political and ecological act, and who have centered their lives on family and community for personal fulfillment and cultural change. It explores what domesticity looks like in an era that has benefited from feminism, where domination and oppression are cast aside and where the choice to stay home is no longer equated with mind-numbing drudgery, economic insecurity or relentless servitude.

Radical homemakers nationwide speak about empowerment, transformation, happiness, and casting aside the pressures of a consumer culture to live in a world where money loses its power to relationships, independent thought and creativity. If you ever considered quitting a job to plant tomatoes, read to a child, pursue creative work, can green beans and heal the planet, this is your book.


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STOREY’S GUIDE TO RAISING MINIATURE LIVESTOCK

Sue Weaver
Paperback

Price: $19.95

This latest addition to Storey's venerable Guide to Raising Series gives you the essential, expert instruction and advice you need to successfully raise miniature livestock. Sue Weaver clearly explain…

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This latest addition to Storey's venerable Guide to Raising Series gives you the essential, expert instruction and advice you need to successfully raise miniature livestock. Sue Weaver clearly explains the ins and outs of breeding, feeding, housing, diet, nutrition, exercise, disease prevention and treatment and much, much more. Whether you're a new or an experienced farmer, you'll find everything you need to keep your minis healthy and productive.


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POSSUM LIVING

Dolly Freed
Paperback

Price: $12.95

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In the 1970s, Dolly Freed lived off the la…

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In the 1970s, Dolly Freed lived off the land dirt cheap and plum easy. Living in her own house on a half-acre lot outside of Philadelphia for almost five years, Dolly and her father produced their own food and drink and spent roughly $700 each per year. Thirty years later, Dolly Freed's Possum Living is as fascinating and pertinent as it was in 1978. This reissue of the survivalist classic has a foreword by David Gates and an afterword by the author.

After discussing reasons why you should or shouldn't give up your job, Possum Living gives you details about the cheapest ways with the best results to buy and maintain your home, dress well, cope with the law, stay healthy and keep up a middle-class facade — whether you live in the city, in the suburbs or in a small town. In a delightful, straightforward style, Dolly Freed explains how to be lazy, proud, miserly and honest, live well and enjoy leisure. She shares her knowledge for what you do need — your own home, for example — and what you don't need — such as doctors, lawyers and insurance. Through her own example, Dolly hopes to inspire you to do some independent thinking about how economics affects the course of your life now and may do so in the coming "age of shortages." If you ever wondered what it would be like to be in greater control of your own life, Possum Living will show you — and help you do it for yourself.

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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GREEN RESTORATIONS

Aaron Lubeck
Paperback

Price: $21.90

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Some 40 percent of North Americans live in homes built before 1940, and when it comes time to remodel or restore our older homes, homeowners and contractors can find themselves lost in a morass of wildly divergent information and opinion. With Green Restorations, author Aaron Lubeck brings his expertise as a restoration contractor and preservation consultant to this first-of-its-kind guide, leading the reader through the steps for restoring historic building using sustainable practices and green building techniques.

In a readily accessible room-by-room and system-by-system format, Green Restorations covers rehabilitation and remodelling questions applicable to old homes, focusing on the core techniques and debates often seen in practice. Here you'll find the answers to restoration questions, such as:

  • Is sealing my old crawl space a good idea?
  • Should I replace or rehabilitate my windows?
  • Are there historic aspects of my home I need to preserve, and what can I change?
  • What are the cultural, environmental and financial implications of my proposed changes?
  • Do residential historic tax credits apply to my home and how can I access them?

Written in such a way as to be accessible for homeowners but technical enough for contractors, this book will appeal to anyone trying to green an older home while preserving its historic and cultural significance.

About the Author

Aaron Lubeck is a partner with Trinity Design/Build, a restoration and preservation consultancy in North Carolina that has won numerous preservation awards. He is a member of the United States Green Building Council who has completed the first historic building to be LEED-certified in North Carolina.

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