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      51.

      HEMPSTONE HERITAGE 1

      Les Stark
      Paperback

      Price: $20.00

      Hempstone Heritage I explores the fascinating story of the thriving hemp industry of early Pennsylvania. The book's subtitle offers a succinct summation: "All the Heckled Hemp She Can Spin - A Study o…

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      Hempstone Heritage I explores the fascinating story of the thriving hemp industry of early Pennsylvania. The book's subtitle offers a succinct summation: "All the Heckled Hemp She Can Spin - A Study of the Early American Homespun Hemp Industry as Revealed by the Wills of Old Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: 1729-1845."

      The first book in the Hempstone Heritage Series, this work reveals the untold tale of the hempfields of Pennsylvania. Hemp was a vital necessity for our ancestors. They used it for everything from course cloth to fine linen and everything in between. The Conestoga wagons were covered in hemp canvas, and hemp was used for grain bags, rugs, curtains, tablecloths, napkins, handkerchiefs, towels, pillowcases, sheets, and tough, durable work clothes. Between 1729 and1845, Pennsylvania's Lancaster County alone contained more than 100 water-powered hemp mills, and dozens more were located in York County. The author reveals this and much more in this detailed account. It's a story that is changing the way historians have viewed our history and opening the eyes of many.

      In a race to save Lancaster County's prime farmland and unique culture before this beautiful but endangered land is paved over forever, Hempstone Heritage donates one dollar for every book sold to the Lancaster Farmland Trust.


      52.

      GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY, 3RD EDITION

      GRIT Editors
      Paperback

      Price: $6.99

      Build a honey extractor. Use top-bar hives. Bake with honey. Find your favorite honeybee. Read about all this and more with GRIT's Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 3rd Edition. This treasure-trove of…

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      Build a honey extractor. Use top-bar hives. Bake with honey. Find your favorite honeybee. Read about all this and more with GRIT's Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 3rd Edition. This treasure-trove of bee knowledge has more than 75 ways to get more from your bees. Cover-to-cover, this 100-page guide includes great advice, tips, techniques, instructions, recipes and more to help you get started with beekeeping … or, if you are a seasoned beekeeper, to help you learn new tricks of the trade.

      Save money while building your own beehive or honey extractor with simple materials available at your local hardware store. Read how to use a top-bar hive, a less expensive method to raising bees that will pollinate your crops and provide tasty honey fresh from the comb. Honey adds something natural, healthy and sweet to any recipe, whether it's appetizers or main dishes.

      More articles include:

      • Top Tips for Happy Bees: Expert advice for novice urban beekeepers.
      • Bee Byproducts: Honey is but one of the items created by ever-industrious honeybees.
      • Go Native with Wild Bees: The humble little orchard mason bee is the best-kept (pollinator) secret.
      • The Case of the Disappearing Honeybees: What is colony collapse disorder, and what can be done?
      • Winterizing Your Bees … Naturally: There may be snow on the ground and ice on the trees, but your bees are a balmy 96 degrees Fahrenheit inside their hive.
      • And more!


      53.

      SUSTAINABLE MARKET FARMING

      Pam Dawling
      Paperback

      Price: $34.95

      Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. At the same time, most books and r…

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      Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. At the same time, most books and resources about food production aim at the backyard and hobby gardener, who simply want to supplement their family's diet with a few homegrown fruits and vegetables. Targeted at serious growers in every climate zone, Sustainable Market Farming acts as a comprehensive manual for small-scale farmers raising organic crops sustainably on a few acres.

      Informed by the author's extensive experience growing a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit to feed the approximately 100 members of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia, this practical guide provides:

      • Detailed profiles of a full range of crops, addressing sowing, cultivation, rotation, succession, common pests and diseases, harvest and storage
      • Information about new and efficient techniques, season extension, and disease-resistant varieties
      • Farm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterprise
      Whether you are a beginning market grower or an established enterprise seeking to improve your skills, Sustainable Market Farming is an invaluable resource and a timely book for the maturing local agriculture movement.


      54.

      MOTHER EARTH NEWS & GRIT SELF-SUFFICIENT RESOURCE SET

      Mother Earth News & GRIT
      Paperback

      Price: $14.99

      Mother Earth News and Grit come together to bring you 600 pages of expert advice, recipes, do-it-yourself projects and more information on living a self-sufficient life. This set covers everything fro…

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      Mother Earth News and Grit come together to bring you 600 pages of expert advice, recipes, do-it-yourself projects and more information on living a self-sufficient life. This set covers everything from organic gardening to bees and honey, from backyard rabbits to self-reliance and country skills. The do-it-yourself projects include energy-saving household updates as well as instructions for constructing chicken coops, outdoor bread ovens and permanent garden beds. Follow recipes for baking sourdough bread, preparing rabbit meat, fixing delicious egg dishes, and cooking with honey. Discover how to save money with energy-saving tips for your home, and how to cut your food bills in half by growing your own food right in your own backyard.

      This set includes:
      Mother Earth News Guide to Organic Gardening, 4th Edition
      This glossy-paged guide is perfect for beginners or expert gardeners. It covers everything from perennial vegetables to choosing a greenhouse, from organic pest control to making compost. Read how poultry is the secret weapon for organic pest control. Learn how to make the best homemade tomato cages. Or plan out your kitchen garden with four delightful herb gardens plans.

      Mother Earth News Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills, 2nd Edition
      With more than 20 articles, this guide has hundreds of great ideas for self-reliant living. From preserving food to small-space gardening, from backyard chickens to making your own yogurt and cheese, this special guide has a wide variety of information that will help you lead a sustainable life.

      Grit Guide to Homemade Bread, 3rd Edition
      Bread, bagels, pretzels, pizza crust, cookies and more! All of these delicious homemade creations can be found in this Guide to Homemade Bread. This guide includes more than 53 keys to successful bread making, outdoor bread oven plans, fail-proof no-knead breads, top bread machines tips and more.

      Grit Guide to Backyard Rabbits, 2nd Edition
      You'll find more than 25 keys to a successful rabbit-raising enterprise in this special Barnyard Series guide. Learn about raising rabbits for meat and breeding stock. Build rabbit homes and learn what equipment you'll need. Read about a basic bunny diet that will keep them happy and healthy, and also discover so much more.

      Grit Guide to Backyard Chickens, 4th Edition
      Calling all chicken enthusiasts! The fourth edition of this popular guide is overflowing with expert advice, key facts and easy chicken coop plans that will have both beginner and seasoned chicken owners crowing for joy! Read how to build a broiler coop on a shoestring budget. Build the perfect chicken tractor. Learn which heritage hens are the best for laying eggs. Follow the wide variety of delicious chicken recipes this book has to offer.

      Grit Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 3rd Edition
      This treasure-trove of bee knowledge has more than 75 ways to get more from your bees. Cover-to-cover, this guide includes tips on saving money while building your own beehive or honey extractor with simple materials available at your local hardware store. Read how to use a top-bar hive, a less expensive method to raising bees that will pollinate your crops and provide tasty honey fresh from the comb.


      55.

      HOW TO NOT GO BROKE RANCHING

      Walt Davis
      Paperback

      Price: $30.00

      How to Not Go Broke Ranching is the irreverent, laugh-out-loud effort of a rancher to help people keep from committing all of the mistakes he made over the course of more than 50 years of ranching. Th…

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      How to Not Go Broke Ranching is the irreverent, laugh-out-loud effort of a rancher to help people keep from committing all of the mistakes he made over the course of more than 50 years of ranching. This is advice drawn from real life … but some names have been changed to protect the guilty.

      The vast majority of ranches in the United States, whether commercial or lifestyle operations, are neither profitable nor sustainable; author Walt Davis explains why this is so and what must be done to remedy the situation. The required changes in philosophy and management practices are spelled out in detail by a man who used them to turn a ranch teetering on the edge of bankruptcy into a consistently profitable and stable operation.

      This book is not a how-to cookbook. It's an attempt to get people to think of ranching (and agriculture in general) as the biological endeavors run on sunshine and rainfall that they once were and should be again … rather than the industrial enterprises that are common today. The methods described have been proven effective by people all over the world and their results can be duplicated by anyone who is willing to think through their own situation and not be afraid to be different. As Davis' father once told him, "You have two kinds of neighbors: Half of them think you are crazy and the other half knows you are crazy." The management described by Davis may not yet be universally accepted, but it works from all standpoints: it's financially and ecologically sound, and provides a good way to live and raise a family.

      Whether you're a would-be rancher, a greenhorn just starting out or an old hand, you'll find information and advice in this book that can be used to make your operation more profitable, less dependent on purchased inputs and markets, and a whole lot more fun.


      56.

      MAKING YOUR SMALL FARM PROFITABLE

      Ron Macher
      Paperback

      Price: $19.95

      Whether you're buying a new farm or jump-starting an old one, with Ron Macher's down-to-earth advice on planning, farming and marketing you'll soon make your farm profitable- and find satisfaction doi…

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      Whether you're buying a new farm or jump-starting an old one, with Ron Macher's down-to-earth advice on planning, farming and marketing you'll soon make your farm profitable- and find satisfaction doing it. Macher shares proven methods for farming smarter and explores today's new crops and livestock that translate into new ways to make money.


      57.

      40 PROJECTS FOR BUILDING YOUR BACKYARD HOMESTEAD

      David Toht
      Paperback

      Price: $16.95

      Backyard Homesteading addresses the needs of many people who want to take control of the food they eat and the products they use-even if they live in an urban or suburban house on a typical-size lot. …

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      Backyard Homesteading addresses the needs of many people who want to take control of the food they eat and the products they use-even if they live in an urban or suburban house on a typical-size lot. It shows homeowners how to turn their yard into a productive and wholesome "homestead" that allows them to grow their own fruits and vegetables and raise farm animals, including chickens, ducks and goats. Backyard Homesteading covers the laws and regulations of raising livestock in populated areas and demonstrates to readers how to use and preserve the bounty they produce.

      This wonderful resource also:

      • Speaks to the homeowner who wishes to be self-sufficient and provide wholesome, homegrown food to his or her family
      • Shows how to turn even a small urban or suburban yard into a productive, efficient small farm
      • Covers vegetable gardens, beekeeping and raising farm animals, including chickens, ducks and goats
      • Runs the gamut from planting seeds to canning your own vegetables, from raising farm animals to preserving your own meat and poultry
      This is truly a how-to guide for people who want to take control of what they eat and the products they use.


      58.

      MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO SELF-RELIANCE AND COUNTRY SKILLS

      Mother Earth News
      Paperback

      Price: $6.99

      Learning to live off the land can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Preparing meals with ingredients that you cultivated yourself provides a feeling of self-accomplishment and the satisfaction…

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      Learning to live off the land can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Preparing meals with ingredients that you cultivated yourself provides a feeling of self-accomplishment and the satisfaction of knowing where your food comes from. Being able to successfully run a self-sufficient homestead, no matter whether you live on 1 acre or 10, provides you with benefits such as money saved on bills, healthy and nutritious food, homemade remedies, and so much more.

      Growing and raising your own food, completing energy-saving projects and choosing renewable energy, and more are all covered in this 100-page guide. It's jam-packed with articles that will help you start your journey toward making life more self-sufficient.

      Read how to plan the perfect homestead and design your homestead on only 1 acre of land. Learn to build the best greenhouses and garden fences. Discover how to plan for food self-sufficiency and maximize your harvest.

      More articles include:
      Find Your Country Property - Follow this advice to locate the property that's just right for you.

      Space-Saving Home Design - Has clutter taken over your life? Make your house feel bigger by tapping into five strategies that makes your homework far more efficiently.

      Make Your Own Herbal Medicine - To find ingredients for many basic herbal remedies, you often need to look no further than your own backyard.

      Raising Chickens for Meat - Want to ensure that the chicken on your plate was raised and processed humanely? Do it yourself!

      Keeping Bees in Top-Bar Hives - Use this less-expensive method to raise bees that will pollinate your crops and provide tasty honey fresh from the comb.


      59.

      GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY, 4TH EDITION


      Paperback

      Price: $6.99

      Keeping bees is a great hobby. It provides you with an unlimited supply of honey; the bees help pollinate your plants and crops; and can provide enjoyment for you and the whole family. This 100-page g…

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      Keeping bees is a great hobby. It provides you with an unlimited supply of honey; the bees help pollinate your plants and crops; and can provide enjoyment for you and the whole family. This 100-page guide is filled with some of the best articles on keeping bees, building your own beehives, cooking with honey and how to identify different types of bees.

      Inside you'll find more than 77 ways to get more from your backyard bees. Read how to get to know your bees and all it takes to get started raising bees. Discover how to build your own beehive and save money in the process. Learn how to keep bees with top bar hives. You can also find 10 easy steps to becoming an urban beekeeper.

      Other articles include:

      • Beginning With Honeybees: Questions and answers help beginning beekeepers.
      • Wholesome as Honey: Famous as a sweet treat, this bee staple is packed with good nutrition and health.
      • Bee Byproducts: Honey is but one of the items caused by ever-industrious honeybees.
      • Go Native With Wild Bees: The humble little orchard mason bee is the best-kept (pollinator) secret.
      • Community Buzz for Overwintering Bees: GRIT bloggers' best tips for keeping your hive healthy during its most difficult months.
      • Beehive Baking: Put down the sugar bowl and switch to honey with these wholesome recipes.


      60.

      THE SMALL-SCALE DAIRY

      Gianaclis Caldwell
      Paperback

      Price: $34.95

      The Small-Scale Dairy includes everything you need to know in order to successfully produce nourishing, healthy, farm-fresh milk. Whether for home use, direct sale to the consumer, or sale to an artis…

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      The Small-Scale Dairy includes everything you need to know in order to successfully produce nourishing, healthy, farm-fresh milk. Whether for home use, direct sale to the consumer, or sale to an artisanal cheesemaker, high-quality raw milk is a delicate, desirable product. Successful and sustainable production requires the producer to consider and tackle many details, ranging from animal care to microbiology to good hygienic practices-and, for those with commercial aspirations, business plans, market savvy and knowledge of the regulations.

      Applicable to keepers of cows, goats or sheep, The Small-Scale Dairy offers a holistic approach that explores the relationships between careful, conscientious management and the production of safe, healthy and delicious milk. A historical overview offers readers a balanced perspective on the current regulatory environment in which raw milk lovers find themselves.

      Included are options for designing a well-functioning small dairy, choosing equipment and understanding myriad processes-such as the use of low-temperature pasteurization where raw milk sales are prohibited. Whether you have a one-cow home dairy, a 50-goat operation or are simply a curious consumer, The Small-Scale Dairy is an accessible and invaluable resource for achieving your goals.

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