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THE ULTIMATE SELF-SUFFICIENCY HANDBOOK

Abigail Gehring
Hardcover

Price: $14.99

Are you drawn to a lifestyle that is greener, cleaner and more authentic? Are you inspired by the thought of feeding your family and friends with food you've grown yourself? Would you like to present …

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Are you drawn to a lifestyle that is greener, cleaner and more authentic? Are you inspired by the thought of feeding your family and friends with food you've grown yourself? Would you like to present your family and friends with items lovingly made by hand? If you are interested in living a life that embraces simplicity and greater self-sufficiency, this is the book for you. The Ultimate Self-Sufficiency Handbook will inspire and direct you as you learn how to lead a life of greater self-sufficiency.

Author Abigail Gehring provides advice, tips and step-by-step instructions for hundreds of projects, offering the entire family the tools they need to make the shift toward self-sufficient living.

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THE NATURAL NAVIGATOR

Tristan Gooley
Paperback

Price: $14.95

20% off with the Living off the Grid Book Sale! Sale Price: $11.96. Enter code MMEEME23 on the bottom of the Order Review Page during the Check Out Process to receive your discount.

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20% off with the Living off the Grid Book Sale! Sale Price: $11.96. Enter code MMEEME23 on the bottom of the Order Review Page during the Check Out Process to receive your discount.

Before GPS, the compass and even cartography, humankind was navigating. Now this singular guide helps us rediscover what our ancestors long understood: that a windswept tree, the depth of a puddle, or a trill of birdsong can help us find our way, if we know what to look and listen for. Adventurer and navigation expert Tristan Gooley unlocks the directional clues hidden in the sun, moon, stars, clouds, weather patterns, lengthening shadows, changing tides, plant growth and the habits of wildlife. Rich with navigational anecdotes collected across ages, continents and cultures, The Natural Navigator will help keep you on course and open your eyes to the wonders, large and small, of the natural world.

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THE MOBILE POULTRY SLAUGHTERHOUSE

Ali Berlow
Paperback

Price: $14.95

If you are raising chickens, turkeys or other poultry for meat and lack easy access to a humane, local slaughterhouse, this guide shows you how to put together a slaughtering and processing unit that…

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If you are raising chickens, turkeys or other poultry for meat and lack easy access to a humane, local slaughterhouse, this guide shows you how to put together a slaughtering and processing unit that will accommodate any type of poultry and can be moved from farm to farm. These units can be funded, built and used by a community of small farmers, or you can develop one by yourself and use it as part of a business. The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse covers the mechanics of constructing the unit, government regulations, the permitting process, sanitation, safety, and much more.

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THE TEXTILE ARTISTS STUDIO HANDBOOK

Visnja Popovic, Owyn Ruck
Paperback

Price: $24.99

The Textile Artist's Studio Handbook is the only book you need for expanding your repertoire of textile crafting and design techniques. This is the go-to guide for the foundations of design and fabric…

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The Textile Artist's Studio Handbook is the only book you need for expanding your repertoire of textile crafting and design techniques. This is the go-to guide for the foundations of design and fabrication, including a glossary of materials and covering classic techniques that include weaving, dyeing, painting and more! Plus, where else can you get behind-the-scenes access to setting up the best home textile studio for you?

Authors Visnja Popovic and Owyn Ruck offer advice for exploring basic materials (including fibers, dyes, paints and other media); visual tutorials for spinning, felting, crocheting, weaving, sewing and quilting; primers for surface decoration techniques such as dyeing, painting, stitching and screen printing; and patterns and project instructions.

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THE SUGARMAKER'S COMPANION

Michael Farrell
Paperback

Price: $39.95

The Sugarmaker's Companion is the comprehensive guide that small-and large-scale syrup producers have been waiting for in their quest to create a profitable business model. Author Michael Farrell documents the untapped potential of American forests and shows how sugaring can turn a substantial profit for farmers while providing tremendous enjoyment and satisfaction.

Farrell, sugarmaker and director of the Uihlein Forest at Cornell University, incorporates the wisdom of traditional sugarmaking with the value of modern technology (such as reverse-osmosis machines and vacuum tubing). His balanced view of the industry offers a realistic picture of how modern technology can be beneficial-economically and environmentally.

The first book of its kind, The Sugarmaker's Companion includes:

  • A focus on maple syrup as a healthy, local, sustainably produced alternative to corn syrup and other highly processed artificial sweeteners
  • Discussions about organic certification, sugarhouse registration, and the new international grading system
  • Information on marketing to create a profitable business model based on scale, interest, access and more
  • Detailed analyses of the economics of buying and selling sap
  • Information on ways to process and market other tree saps, including birch and walnut
  • Ways to enhance diversity in the sugarbush and interplant understory crops for value-added products, such as ginseng, goldenseal and mushrooms
  • An economic analysis of utilizing maple trees for syrup or sawtimber production.
  • In addition, readers and sugarmakers will learn plenty of practical, how-to skills, such as:
    • If, and on what scale, syrup production is right for them
    • How to find trees for tapping
    • The essentials of sap collection
    • The art and science of sugarmaking
    • How to build community through syrup production
    • Valuable information on ecological forest management and value-added products
    Appealing to foresters, organic farmers with woodlands, homesteaders, preppers, permaculture enthusiasts, and, of course, sugarmakers, this book is applicable to a wide range of climates and regions, and is sure to change the conversation around syrup production and prove invaluable for both home-scale and commercial sugarmakers alike. This is a unique guide to making an integrated sugaring operation, interconnected to the whole-farm system, woodland and community.

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    FROM THE WOOD-FIRED OVEN

    Richard Miscovich
    Hardcover

    Price: $44.95

    Most baking books focus simply on how to bake bread or pizza in a wood-fired oven, but From the Wood-Fired Oven is unlike other baking books. From recipes on how to get maximum use out of a single ove…

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    Most baking books focus simply on how to bake bread or pizza in a wood-fired oven, but From the Wood-Fired Oven is unlike other baking books. From recipes on how to get maximum use out of a single oven firing to the first live-fire roasting or drying wood for the next fire, this book encompasses a wide range of useful topics for home and artisan bakers. Leading baker and instructor Richard Miscovich offers a new take on traditional techniques for professional bakers, but presents his ideas simply enough to inspire nonprofessional baking enthusiasts as well.

    Most people know that some items can be baked in a masonry oven with the wood fire burning. But many may not know that other foods can be baked after the ashes of that fire have been brushed out, using the immense store of heat that remains in the masonry mass of the oven dome and the oven floor. This book explains how you can easily and naturally use all the conditions of temperature, humidity and radiant heat that the oven produces as it gradually cools.

    What comes first -- pizza or pastry? Roasted vegetables or a braised pork loin? Clarified butter or beef jerky? Readers will find methods and techniques for cooking and baking in a wood-fired oven in the order of the appropriate oven temperature.

    In addition to an extensive section of delicious formulas for many types of bread, readers will find chapters on:

    • Making pizza and other live-fire flatbreads
    • Roasting fish and meats
    • Grilling, steaming, braising and frying
    • Baking pastry and other recipes beyond breads
    • Rendering animal fats and clarifying butter
    • Food dehydration and infusing oils
    Appendices include oven-design recommendations, a sample oven temperature log, Miscovich's baker's percentages, proper care of a sourdough starter, and more. From the Wood-Fired Oven is more than a cookbook. It reminds the reader how a wood-fired oven (and fire, by extension) can draw people together and bestow upon them a sense of comfort and fellowship. Cooking and baking from a wood-fired oven is a basic part of a resilient lifestyle and a perfect example of valuable traditional skills being used in modern times.

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    TOPSY-TURVY INSIDE-OUT KNIT TOYS

    Susan B. Anderson
    Paperback

    Price: $17.95

    Susan B. Anderson's fifth book, her most enchanting yet, turns the spotlight on "reversibles": knitted projects that are two toys in one. Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys offers a a dozen delightful …

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    Susan B. Anderson's fifth book, her most enchanting yet, turns the spotlight on "reversibles": knitted projects that are two toys in one. Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys offers a a dozen delightful toys, including a dog in a doghouse, a chrysalis with a fluttery surprise inside, a tiny hidden fairy, a vintage toy with a fabled theme to boot, pigs in a blanket, and much more.

    The adorable photographic sequences and the playful and energetic line drawings show how each finished reversible can be turned inside out to reveal its companion toy. Projects are arranged in order from simplest (fine for a beginner) to the most challenging. Finally, the book features tutorials from the author (a great knitting teacher), explaining special techniques: how to apply any appliqué, how to do the stem stitch, how to embroider "eyes" on the Bunny and Lamb, and 14 more. It all adds up to the best knitting book of the season.

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    SOAP CRAFTING

    Anne-Marie Faiola
    Hardcover

    Price: $19.95

    The Soap Queen, Anne-Marie Faiola, shows you how to make perfect cold-process soap that is better than what you can buy at the store! In Soap Crafting, she walks you through every step of 31 exciting …

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    The Soap Queen, Anne-Marie Faiola, shows you how to make perfect cold-process soap that is better than what you can buy at the store! In Soap Crafting, she walks you through every step of 31 exciting recipes via simple instructions and great photography, making it easy to master the techniques you need and produce the soaps you want. You'll find chapters on colors (neon, oxides, mica), molds (milk jugs, yogurt containers, pipes), food (pumpkin, oatmeal, coffee, beer, avocado), and building (embedding soap in soap, funnel pour, swirling). Faiola offers everything you need to make your own soap, safely and enjoyably!

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    COMPACT HOUSES

    Gerald Rowan
    Paperback

    Price: $19.95

    Discover the huge possibilities to be found in a small house! Whether you're building from scratch or retrofitting an existing structure, these 50 innovative floor plans will show you how to make the…

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    Discover the huge possibilities to be found in a small house! Whether you're building from scratch or retrofitting an existing structure, these 50 innovative floor plans will show you how to make the most of houses measuring 1,400 square feet or less. Gerald Rowan focuses on efficient layouts and creative ways to use every inch of your space, including closets, decks, porches, bathrooms, attics and basements. Artist renderings bring each house's exterior to life, and detailed interior drawings illustrate special space-saving features. Compact Houses includes one- and two-floor designs and plans with one to three bedrooms.

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    SPRUCE: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO UPHOLSTERY AND DESIGN

    Amanda Brown
    Hardcover

    Price: $35.00

    Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design is the only book you'll need to learn the craft and art of upholstery from start to finish. With clear instructions illustrated by more than 900 s…

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    Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design is the only book you'll need to learn the craft and art of upholstery from start to finish. With clear instructions illustrated by more than 900 step-by-step photographs, the five projects included here are designed to teach all of the techniques and skills you need to reupholster any piece of furniture to suit your own taste and style.

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