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251.

THE POLYTUNNEL BOOK

Joyce Russell
Paperback

Price: $24.95

The resurgence in home food production has generated a dramatic increase in interest about growing under cover. The season is far longer (year-round for salads and some vegetables) and you can grow ex…

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The resurgence in home food production has generated a dramatic increase in interest about growing under cover. The season is far longer (year-round for salads and some vegetables) and you can grow exciting fruit and vegetables that aren't viable outdoors. Thanks to the polytunnel, covered growing is now available to all. And sales of polytunnels are burgeoning, as gardeners and allotment-holders realize that they could be growing more food (and more exotic food) on a smaller plot, whatever the weather outside is doing. The Polytunnel Book is the first comprehensive, practical illustrated guide to polytunnel gardening, for both beginners and experienced gardeners.


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FOOD STORAGE FOR SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND SURVIVAL

Angela Paskett
Paperback

Price: $17.99

With all the uncertainty in the world today, there is peace in preparing. In an emergency, you don't want to depend on a grocery store or government agency to feed your family. Storing food assures yo…

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With all the uncertainty in the world today, there is peace in preparing. In an emergency, you don't want to depend on a grocery store or government agency to feed your family. Storing food assures your family's self-sufficiency year-round and benefits your budget when you plan correctly.

Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival is an in-depth, nuts-and-bolts guide to storing food that teaches you a variety of food storage methods you can customize to meet your family's unique circumstances, including family size, tastes, ages, health concerns, income and living conditions. This is not a generic manual on stocking dehydrated meals that have 10-year shelf lives. It's the guide to storing foods your family loves so you can eat well no matter what challenges life throws at you.

Inside you'll find:

  • Food storage options for 72-hour emergency kits, short-term emergencies and long-term survival
  • Food storage planning methods that incorporate the foods and meals your family loves
  • Tips for how to maintain balance and variety in your food storage
  • Budget-friendly ways to purchase food for storage
  • Easy and practical ideas for cooking with food in storage so nothing expires or goes to waste
  • Organizational and storage methods for easy food store maintenance.
  • Water storage and purification methods
  • Canning, freezing and dehydrating methods to preserve food you produce at home

Storing food gives you the freedom to stretch your income in tight-budget months, pack quick meals for short-notice trips, and create healthy meals without constantly going to the grocery store. Plus your stored food is available if you do experience an emergency power outage, natural disaster, long-term illness or job loss. Let this guide help you start building your self-sufficiency and food storage today.


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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO LIVING ON LESS, 5TH EDITION

Mother Earth News
Paperback

Price: $6.99

Save money this year with hundreds of self-reliance tips found in the 5th edition of the Mother Earth NewsGuide to Living on Less. It's filled with expert advice, tips and instructions for a sustainab…

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Save money this year with hundreds of self-reliance tips found in the 5th edition of the Mother Earth News Guide to Living on Less. It's filled with expert advice, tips and instructions for a sustainable life. From saving money on groceries to easy projects for instant energy savings, the ideas in this guide let you enjoy the luxury of living on less.

Read 65 self-reliant tips that cover every facet of your life. Learn how to grow $700 worth of food within only 100 square feet. Discover how to raise chickens for meat. Spend less and grow better crops by saving seeds. Compare the pros and cons of your green heating choices and find which choice is best for you and your home.

Other articles includes:
  • Cut Costs, Not Quality: How to Afford Better Food - The path to super-nutritious food at affordable prices offers many entry points. We pilot you through the diverse options in this guide to shopping smart and eating well.
  • Grow More Food in Less Space (With the Least Work!) - Blending the best principles of biointensive and square-foot gardening yields a customized, highly productive growing system.
  • Simple Tips for Better Garden Soil - Instead of thinking of your soil as an input-output system, treat it as a living food web that you feed and protect.
  • Grow a Healing Garden - Plant medicinal herbs to find good health just outside your door.
  • Cozy, Affordable and Inspiring Tiny Homes - Start small, and you can enjoy mortgage-free living in a hand-built home.


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A HOMESTEADER'S YEAR ON DEER ISLE

Anneli Carter-Sundqvist
Paperback

Price: $13.00

Anneli Carter-Sundqvist, the co-owner of Deer Isle Hostel, recently released her new book A Homesteader's Year on Deer Isle. This collection of blog posts originally published on the MOTHER EARTH NEWS…

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Anneli Carter-Sundqvist, the co-owner of Deer Isle Hostel, recently released her new book A Homesteader's Year on Deer Isle. This collection of blog posts originally published on the MOTHER EARTH NEWS website takes readers through a whole year of living on an off-the-grid homestead.

Carter-Sundqvist and her husband, Dennis, grow a year's supply of food, raise pigs and chickens, and produce their own building materials, garden amendments and energy. Here, she recounts the day-to-day stories about digging out new garden space, swimming in the pond, chasing the pigs and preserving 150 heads of cabbage. She also shares her political and philosophical reasons for why, in the 21st century, homesteading and living off the land is not just something from the past but rather a sensible, dignifying and viable option for the future.


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SO YOU WANT TO START A NURSERY

Tony Avent
Hardcover

Price: $24.95

When Tony Avent announced that he was quitting his job to build a specialty nursery, his former horticulture professor begged his student to reconsider, telling him he couldn't possibly make a profit …

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When Tony Avent announced that he was quitting his job to build a specialty nursery, his former horticulture professor begged his student to reconsider, telling him he couldn't possibly make a profit "without doing something illegal." More than 10 years and 20 nursery catalogs later, Avent owns a thriving national business with nearly 30 employees. He wrote So You Want to Start a Nursery to debunk myths about the ornamental-plants nursery business and what it takes to succeed, whether you're a backyard hobbyist or a wholesale grower. (And he still has a clean arrest record.)

Assuming that the reader has some basic knowledge about how plants are grown, Avent focuses on the business and planning concerns of the nursery owner. While recounting humorous stories of his baptism by fire as a beginning nurseryman, Avent also provides a primer on the nursery industry as a whole, with discussions of the merits and disadvantages of retail, wholesale, mail-order and liner operations, to name just a few. Readers of this book will obtain the tools they need to make a business plan of their own. This book is a must-read for horticulture students, industry insiders and advanced gardeners who dream of turning their passion for plants into a job they love.


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52 PREPPER PROJECTS

David Nash
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Are you and your family self-reliant? Will you be able to provide for them and keep them safe? The best way to prepare for the future is not through fancy tools and gadgets … it's through the cultivat…

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Are you and your family self-reliant? Will you be able to provide for them and keep them safe? The best way to prepare for the future is not through fancy tools and gadgets … it's through the cultivation and retention of experience and knowledge that will best equip you to handle the unexpected.

Everyone begins somewhere, especially with disaster preparedness. In 52 Prepper Projects, you'll find a project for every week of the year, designed to start you off with the foundations of disaster preparedness and taking you through a variety of projects that will increase your knowledge in self-reliance and help you acquire the actual know-how to prepare for anything.

Self-reliance isn't about building a bunker and waiting for the end of the world. It's about understanding the necessities in life and gaining the knowledge and skill sets that will make you better prepared for whatever life throws your way. The ultimate instructional guide to preparedness, 52 Prepper Projects is a must-have book for those with their eye on the future.


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HANDMADE GATHERINGS

Ashley English
Hardcover

Price: $34.95

From the décor, to the entertainment, on down to the recipes themselves, Handmade Gatherings presents inspired suggestions for thoughtful, flavorful, festive communal dining. Here you'll find 16 parti…

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From the décor, to the entertainment, on down to the recipes themselves, Handmade Gatherings presents inspired suggestions for thoughtful, flavorful, festive communal dining. Here you'll find 16 parties built around the rhythm of the seasons. Frosty winter fêtes, lush springtime soirées, sultry summer get-togethers, and crisp autumn affairs … it's all here! Food, décor, crafts, and more are part of each event, all collectively assembled and executed. Throw memorable gatherings with your loved ones, enjoy the food, connect with your community, and get caught up in the splendor of it all.


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GRIT GUIDE TO HOMESTEAD DIY PROJECTS

GRIT
Paperback

Price: $6.99

In this newest addition to the Barnyard Series, you'll discover information on making raised garden beds; building a chicken tractor; constructing your own workbench; and much more. The Guide to Homestead DIY Projects contains easy, do-it-yourself projects ranging from homemade tomato cages and chicken feeders, to plans for building a garden shed or root cellar.

Whether you want to improve your garden, care for your livestock, or just kick your feet up, this guide covers it all. Learn how to build a better trellis, a hay feeder for smaller livestock, or a porch swing using recycled wood pallets.

    Other articles include:
  • 3 Easy-to-Build Outdoor Benches – Build one or more of these attractive outdoor benches, sized to fit your needs.
  • How to Build a Hitching Post – Keep your livestock under control with this DIY project.
  • Backyard Bread Oven – Build this easy adobe cooker in a weekend.
  • Build a Compost Tumbler – Rapidly rot your way to rich and healthy garden soil.
  • How to Build a Stone Culvert – Learn how to build a stone culvert with dry-stacked and flared wing walls to divert water.
  • Quonset Hut Homestead – In two months, and for less than $35K, one couple created a self-sufficient homestead.

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GRIT COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE WOODLOT

GRIT
Paperback

Price: $6.99

In this guide you'll discover information on managing your forest, how to choose a woodstove, making money from your wooded acres, and much more. The Complete Guide to the Woodlot explores ways to get…

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In this guide you'll discover information on managing your forest, how to choose a woodstove, making money from your wooded acres, and much more. The Complete Guide to the Woodlot explores ways to get the most out of your woods, from the science of stacking firewood and choosing the best wood for burning to picking the best chainsaw and selling timber from your land.

Whether you want to heat your home with wood, grill with wood chunks, or pick the perfect log splitter, this guide covers it all. Learn how to build a kitchen island, make your own wooden shakes, or maintain your property with a chipper-shredder.

Other articles include:

  • The Time-Honored Art of Splitting Wood: Once you’ve mastered the tools and techniques, splitting wood by hand can be a pleasure.
  • The Art of Coppicing: This ancient technique lets forests produce timber without killing trees.
  • How to Make a Homemade Fire Starter: A few ordinary household items can be combined to easily create a starter for your fireplace.
  • When to Choose Wood Heat: For some households, heating with wood is a smart, sustainable option. Learn about the benefits and costs of using a woodstove to heat your home.
  • Home Lumber Mill: Crafting Dimensional Sawed Timbers: Portable sawmills let you use your lumber from your land.
  • Profit With a Portable Sawmill Business: Learn how to generate money for the homestead by processing wood, custom cutting lumber, and more.


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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SPINNING YARN

Brenda Gibson
Paperback

Price: $22.99

Spinning is experiencing a resurgence of interest as it moves in a contemporary direction away from its traditional past. The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn provides a new generation of crafters with…

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Spinning is experiencing a resurgence of interest as it moves in a contemporary direction away from its traditional past. The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn provides a new generation of crafters with all the information they need in one accessible package, starting with tools and equipment, types of fibers, and spinning techniques, and moving on to making, processing, and finishing off a skein of yarn. Included are actual recipes for making many types of yarn, such as boucles, worsteds, flecked and chunky yarns … all shown in full-color, close-up and detailed photos. Instructions for a small group of projects to use the yarn you make are also included. Last but not least, learn how to go commercial, with valuable tips on realistically pricing your goods, accepting commissions, selling at craft fairs or on the internet, and more.

A must-have reference and source of inspiration for new and experienced spinners alike, The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn provides all the know-how to get started, perfect your skills, or take your spinning to the next level.

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