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THE BACKYARD BEEKEEPER'S HONEY HANDBOOK

Kim Flottum
Paperback

Price: $24.99

A truly lush, radiant enthusiast's guide, The Backyard Beekeeper's Honey Handbook goes beyond the scope of a cookbook to introduce to readers the literal cornucopia of honey varieties available. An in…

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A truly lush, radiant enthusiast's guide, The Backyard Beekeeper's Honey Handbook goes beyond the scope of a cookbook to introduce to readers the literal cornucopia of honey varieties available. An intuitive follow-up to The Backyard Beekeeper, this book will presume beekeeping experience but reintroduce the basics. It is an insight into the practical, back-to-the-earth beekeeping lifestyle and well as the artisan cultivation of honey varieties.

Supplementary support for this book lay in the fact that interest in tapping honey's holistic and whole-health potential dovetails nicely into the natural health and green movements. Also, honey as natural, lower-calorie sweetener has garnered positive PR by those working against the obesity epidemic.

Want to read more? Preview this book: Producing and Selling Honey for the Backyard Beekeeper or Calculating Growing Degree Days.

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COOLER SMARTER

Union of Concerned Scientists
Paperback

Price: $21.95

How can each of us live Cooler Smarter? While the routine decisions that shape our days—what to have for dinner, where to shop, how to get to work—may seem small, collectively they have a big effect o…

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How can each of us live Cooler Smarter? While the routine decisions that shape our days—what to have for dinner, where to shop, how to get to work—may seem small, collectively they have a big effect on global warming. But which changes in our lifestyles might make the biggest difference to the climate? This science-based guide shows you the most effective ways to cut your own global warming emissions by twenty percent or more, and explains why your individual contribution is so vital to addressing this global problem.

Cooler Smarter is based on an in-depth, two-year study by the experts at The Union of Concerned Scientists. While other green guides suggest an array of tips, Cooler Smarter offers proven strategies to cut carbon, with chapters on transportation, home energy use, diet, personal consumption, as well as how best to influence your workplace, your community, and elected officials. The book explains how to make the biggest impact and when not to sweat the small stuff. It also turns many eco-myths on their head, like the importance of locally produced food or the superiority of all hybrid cars.

The advice in Cooler Smarter can help save you money and live healthier. But its central purpose is to empower you, through low carbon-living, to confront one of society’s greatest threats.

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SCRATCHING THE WOODCHUCK

David Kline
Paperback

Price: $19.95

David Kline came upon a sleeping woodchuck one summer day as he walked the land near his farm. In a gesture that speaks eloquently of Kline's relationship with the natural world, he scratched the anim…

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David Kline came upon a sleeping woodchuck one summer day as he walked the land near his farm. In a gesture that speaks eloquently of Kline's relationship with the natural world, he scratched the animal gently with his walking stick, and the sleeping creature arched its back with pleasure at the attention.

Like its title, this collection of essays on nature, farming, animals, insects, and other topics bespeaks the gentle demeanor and appreciation for nature that shape the author's descriptions of the world around him. Whether sharing his fondness for watching clouds while he rests his horses or for planting flowers in his favorite spot in the woods, David Kline offers a view of life that few of us take time to experience. Scratching the Woodchuck resounds with knowledge, reverence and a joyful spirit, and to follow Kline's explorations of the landscape and animals around his farm is to sense and come to share his respect for and unity with the earth.

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2052

Jorgen Randers
Hardcover

Price: $34.95

How will humans adapt to the physical limitations of planet Earth? The Limits to Growth addressed this grand question 40 years ago, predicting that during the first half of the 21st century the ongoin…

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How will humans adapt to the physical limitations of planet Earth? The Limits to Growth addressed this grand question 40 years ago, predicting that during the first half of the 21st century the ongoing growth in the human ecological footprint would stop-either through catastrophic "overshoot and collapse," -or through well-managed "peak and decline."

So, where are we now? And what does our future look like? In the book 2052, Jorgen Randers issues a progress report and makes a forecast for the next 40 years. One of the original co-authors of The Limits to Growth, Randers asks dozens of experts to weigh in with their best predictions on how our economies, energy supplies, natural resources, climate, food, fisheries, militaries, political divisions, cities, psyches, and more will take shape in the coming decades. He then synthesizes these scenarios into a global forecast of life as we will most likely know it in the years ahead.

The good news: We will see impressive advances in resource efficiency and an increasing focus on human well-being (rather than on per capita income growth). But this change might not come as we expect. Future growth in population and gross domestic product, for instance, will be constrained in surprising ways-by rapid fertility decline as a result of increased urbanization, productivity decline as a result of social unrest, and continuing poverty among the poorest 2 billion world citizens. Runaway global warming, too, is likely.

So, how do we prepare for the years ahead? With heart, fact and wisdom, Randers guides us along a realistic path into the future and discusses what readers can do to ensure a better life for themselves and their children during the increasing turmoil of the next 40 years.

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THE ANSWER TO HOW IS YES

Peter Block
Paperback

Price: $20.95

People keep asking "How?" as a defense against living their life, says best-selling author Peter Block. In this witty, insightful and award-winning book, Block shows that many people remain paralyzed …

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People keep asking "How?" as a defense against living their life, says best-selling author Peter Block. In this witty, insightful and award-winning book, Block shows that many people remain paralyzed by standard solutions and improvement efforts. He places the "how to" craze in perspective and teaches individuals, workers and managers ways to act on what they know. This allows them to reclaim their freedom and capacity to create the kind of world they want to live in. Block's "elements of choice" - the characteristic of a new workplace and a new world based on more positive values - include self-mentoring, investing in relationships, accepting the unpredictability of life, and realizing that the individual prospers only when the community does.

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COMMUNITY

Peter Block
Hardcover

Price: $20.95

Modern society is plagued by fragmentation, with sections of our communities never working together: Businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches and government exist in their own world…

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Modern society is plagued by fragmentation, with sections of our communities never working together: Businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches and government exist in their own worlds. So do individual citizens, who long for connection but end up marginalized, their gifts overlooked and their potential contributions lost. This disconnection and detachment makes it difficult to envision a common future and work toward it together. We know what healthy communities resemble; many success stories exist and have been described in detail. What author Peter Block provides in this inspiring new book is an exploration of the exact way community can emerge from fragmentation: How is community built? How does the transformation occur? What fundamental shifts are involved? He explores a way of thinking about our places that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist, and he details what each of us can do to make that happen.

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THE ABUNDANT COMMUNITY

John McKnight, Peter Block
Paperback

Price: $19.95

We need our neighbors and community to stay healthy, produce jobs, raise our children, and care for those on the margin. Institutions and professional services have reached the limit of their ability …

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We need our neighbors and community to stay healthy, produce jobs, raise our children, and care for those on the margin. Institutions and professional services have reached the limit of their ability to help us.

What we need we must purchase from specialists and systems outside the community, the consumer society tells us, for we are insufficient. Rather than citizens and neighbors, we have become consumers and clients. But authors John McKnight and Peter Block show that we have the capacity to find real and sustainable satisfaction right in our neighborhood and community.

This book reports on voluntary, self-organizing structures that focus on gifts and value hospitality, the welcoming of strangers. McKnight and Block reveal how to reweave our social fabric, especially in our neighborhoods. In this way we collectively have enough to create a future that works for all.

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PINHOOK

Janisse Ray
Paperback

Price: $12.00

Janisse Ray, award-winning author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Wild Card Quilt, writes an evocative paean to wildness and wilderness restoration with an extraordinary journey into southern Ge…

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Janisse Ray, award-winning author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Wild Card Quilt, writes an evocative paean to wildness and wilderness restoration with an extraordinary journey into southern Georgia's Pinhook Swamp.

Pinhook Swamp acts as a vital watershed and wildlife corridor, a link between the great southern wildernesses of Okefenokee Swamp and Osceola National Forest. Together Okefenokee, Osceola and Pinhook form one of the largest expanses of protected wild land east of the Mississippi River. This is one of America's last truly wild places, and Pinhook takes us into its heart.

Ray comes to know Pinhook intimately as she joins the fight to protect it, spending the night in the swamp, tasting honey made from its flowers, tracking wildlife, and talking to others about their relationship with the swamp. Ray sees Pinhook through the eyes of the people who live there: naturalists, beekeepers, homesteaders, hunters and locals at the country store. In lyrical, down-home prose, she draws together the swamp's need for restoration and the human desire for wholeness and wildness in our own lives and landscapes.

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THE JOY OF FORAGING

Gary Lincoff
Paperback

Price: $24.99

Discover the edible riches in your backyard, local parks, woods and even roadside! In The Joy of Foraging, author Gary Lincoff shows you how to find fiddlehead ferns, rose hips, beach plums, bee balm …

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Discover the edible riches in your backyard, local parks, woods and even roadside! In The Joy of Foraging, author Gary Lincoff shows you how to find fiddlehead ferns, rose hips, beach plums, bee balm and more, whether you are foraging in the urban jungle or the wild, wild woods. You will also learn about fellow foragers-experts, folk healers, hobbyists or novices like you-who collect wild things and are learning new things to do with them every day. Along with a world of edible wild plants-wherever you live, any season, any climate-you'll find essential tips on where to look for native plants, and how to know without a doubt the difference between edibles and toxic look-alikes. There are even ideas and recipes for preparing and preserving the wild harvest year-round, all with full-color photography. Let Lincoff take you on the ultimate tour of our edible wild kingdom!

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WILD EDIBLE MUSHROOMS

Hope Miller
Paperback

Price: $18.95

Mushrooms are an excellent source of natural food: They have few calories and are abundant, free for the taking, and fun to forage. This handy guide clearly explains not only how to identify them but …

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Mushrooms are an excellent source of natural food: They have few calories and are abundant, free for the taking, and fun to forage. This handy guide clearly explains not only how to identify them but also how to prepare them for your next meal. Whether you are an experienced mushroom hunter or an amateur naturalist, Wild Edible Mushrooms will help you find, harvest, prepare and enjoy North American wild mushrooms.

Inside are detailed descriptions and color photos of 40 edible mushrooms (plus dangerous look-alikes to avoid), including scientific and common names, habitat, odor, taste, fruiting time, and more. Following them are more than 100 recipes, ranging from delicious appetizers to soups, and from fresh salads to and hearty entrees.

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