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81.

SOLAR WATER HEATING

Bob Ramlow and Benjamin Nusz
Paperback

Price: $14.95

This Mother Earth NewsBook for Wiser Living reviews the history of solar water and space heating systems, then presents the basics of solar water heating, including an introduction to modern solar ene…

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This Mother Earth News Book for Wiser Living reviews the history of solar water and space heating systems, then presents the basics of solar water heating, including an introduction to modern solar energy systems, energy conservation and energy economics.

Heating water with the sun is almost as old as humankind itself, and it is done all over the world. Yet there are strangely few resources on the topic in North America. Solar Water Heating fills this gap.

Drawing on the author's experience as an installer of these systems, the book goes on to cover: types of solar collectors, solar water and space heating systems and solar pool heating systems, including their advantages and disadvantages, system components, their installation, operation and maintenance, system sizing and siting and choosing the appropriate system.

Since people often get turned off by the up-front cost, the book focuses especially on the financial aspects of solar water or space heating systems, clearly showing that such systems can save significant costs in the long run. Well-illustrated, the book is designed for a wide readership from the curious to the student or professional.

About the Contributor:

Bob Ramlow is the solar thermal consultant for the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program. The owner of a renewable energy company, he has over 30 years experience with solar energy systems and is a founder and director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA).

Benjamin Nusz currently works as a solar water heating consultant and site assessor in Wisconsin.

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HOW TO BUILD ANIMAL HOUSING

Carol Ekarius
Paperback

Price: $24.95

This 241-page book helps you evaluate the housing needs of your animals and provides dozens of adaptable plans for sheds, coops, hutches, multipurpose barns, windbreaks and shade structures, as well a…

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This 241-page book helps you evaluate the housing needs of your animals and provides dozens of adaptable plans for sheds, coops, hutches, multipurpose barns, windbreaks and shade structures, as well as plans for essential equipment.

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RECYCLED MAGAZINE BEAD NECKLACE (RED)


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Price: $19.99

Made by the women of Kampala, Uganda, many of whom suffer from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria, this beautiful, one-of-a-kind necklace is created from recycled magazines. These women are paid a fair…

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Made by the women of Kampala, Uganda, many of whom suffer from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria, this beautiful, one-of-a-kind necklace is created from recycled magazines. These women are paid a fair-trade rate for their work. Be careful not to get necklace wet. Fastened by screw clasp. 30" to 40" long. Colors vary.

84.

FOOD FIGHT: THE CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO THE NEXT FOOD & FARM BILL

Imhoff, Kirschenmann
Paperback

Price: $11.12

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If you are interested in reforming America’s food system, we highly recommend this new Guide. Informed input from concerned citizens is the only thing that will counter the powerful vested interests and bring us a fresh food/farm policy that serves public health, job creation, land stewardship and even national security.

Every five years, the U.S. Congress passes complex legislation called the Farm Bill. Primarily accountable for setting the budgets and work plans for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Farm Bill is the essential economic and policy engine that drives our food and farming system and provides nutritional assistance to tens of millions of Americans—many of them children. In recent years, more and more citizens are realizing just how much is at stake in this political chess game.

Originally published in 2007, Food Fight is Daniel Imhoff's highly acclaimed primer on the complex issues contained within the Farm Bill. Now in a newly updated and expanded edition, Imhoff looks ahead at this important issue, as the debate for 2012 is already underway. With the legislation due to be reauthorized in late 2012, Food Fight offers a critical resource that can help concerned citizens deconstruct this challenging bill, organize in their communities and press their elected representatives to serve the public good, rather than vested interests.

The Guide explains:
  • The Farm Bill’s connection to the national obesity epidemic…
  • The problems with subsidizing the expansion of corn-based ethanol…
  • The myths of “cheap food”…
  • Who wins and who loses from heavily subsidized industrial ag systems.
If you eat, pay taxes, and care about the health of our citizenry, the fate of family farmers or our country’s food security, this book is for you.

Includes a foreword by Michael Pollan.

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YOUR GREEN HOME

Alex Wilson
Paperback

Price: $7.50

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More and more homeowners today want houses that are healthy to live in and cause minimal damage to the environment. …

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More and more homeowners today want houses that are healthy to live in and cause minimal damage to the environment. That's what green building is all about.

Your Green Home, a Mother Earth News Book for Wiser Living is written for homeowners planning a new home — whether you are working with an architect or builder, or serving as your own general contractor. Intended to improve the overall environmental performance of new houses being built, the book sets out to answer some of the big-picture questions relating to having a home designed and built — and getting what you want.

Your Green Home covers:

  • Home location and its relationship to the community
  • Site design
  • Construction systems
  • Building design to optimize energy performance
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Material selection
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Water efficiency
  • Material selection


This book will prove useful not only to future homeowners, but also to designers and builders seeking to meet this demand. Building professionals well-versed in green building may find this a useful book to give to potential clients to convey the scope and principles of green building.

About the Contributor:

Alex Wilson is President of Building-Green, an authoritative source for information on environmentally responsible design and construction, which also publishes Environmental Building News. Co-editor Mark Piepkorn has extensive experience with natural and traditional building methods.

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IMPLEMENTS FOR FARMING WITH HORSES AND MULES

Sam Moore
Paperback

Price: $38.00

Author Sam Moore discusses in detail animal-drawn implements in this 266-page book. Moore walks you through plow parts and terminology with a no-nonsense view of one who has worked the land.

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ECOKIDS: RAISING CHILDREN WHO CARE FOR THE EARTH

Dan Chiras
Paperback

Price: $17.95

To forge a sustainable future, we need citizens who care for the Earth. This 240-page book presents a coherent plan that will help parents foster a love for nature in their children, teach them the …

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To forge a sustainable future, we need citizens who care for the Earth. This 240-page book presents a coherent plan that will help parents foster a love for nature in their children, teach them the importance of environmental protection, promote environmental values and inspire action.

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JUST GET ME THROUGH THIS!

Cohen and Gelfand
Paperback

Price: $14.00

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89.

MENOPAUSE

Schoenbeck, Gibson, Barss
Paperback

Price: $14.00

If you're one of the millions of women beginning menopause, it's vitally important to know all of your treatment options and understand how they can work for you. This 288-page book presents dozens of…

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If you're one of the millions of women beginning menopause, it's vitally important to know all of your treatment options and understand how they can work for you. This 288-page book presents dozens of treatments available today in one clearly written, comprehensive guide.

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THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE MICROWAVED

Sandor Ellix Katz
Paperback

Price: $20.00

An instant classic for a new generation of monkey-wrenching food activists.

Food in America is cheap and abundant, yet the vast majority of it is diminished in terms of flavor and nutriti…

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An instant classic for a new generation of monkey-wrenching food activists.

Food in America is cheap and abundant, yet the vast majority of it is diminished in terms of flavor and nutrition, anonymous and mysterious after being shipped thousands of miles and passing through inscrutable supply chains, and controlled by multinational corporations. In our system of globalized food commodities, convenience replaces quality and a connection to the source of our food. Most of us know almost nothing about how our food is grown or produced, where it comes from, and what health value it really has. It is food as pure corporate commodity. We all deserve much better than that.

In The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved, author Sandor Ellix Katz profiles grassroots activists who are taking on Big Food, creating meaningful alternatives, and challenging the way many Americans think about food. From community-supported local farmers, community gardeners, and seed saving activists, to underground distribution networks of contraband foods and food resources rescued from the waste stream, this book shows how ordinary people can resist the dominant system, revive community-based food production, and take direct responsibility for their own health and nutrition.

Chapter Topics Include:

  • Local and Seasonal Food versus Constant Convenience Consumerism
  • Seed Saving as a Political Act
  • Holding Our Ground: Land and Labor Struggles
  • Slow Food for Cultural Survival
  • The Raw Underground
  • Beware the Nutraceutical: Food and Healing
  • Plant Prohibitions: Laws Against Nature
  • Vegetarian Ethics and Humane Meat
  • Feral Foragers: Scavenging and Recycling Food Resources
  • Water: The Source of All Life

About the Author Sandor Ellix Katz is a self-taught fermentation experimentalist. He wrote Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods—which Newsweek called "the fermenting bible"—in order to share the fermentation wisdom he had learned, and demystify home fermentation. Since the book's publication in 2003, Katz has taught hundreds of fermentation workshops across North America and beyond, taking on a role he describes as a "fermentation revivalist."

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