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      51.

      BARNYARD CONFIDENTIAL

      Melinda Keefe
      Hardcover

      Price: $21.99

      A lighthearted A-to-Z encyclopedia of farm lore, Barnyard Confidential covers everything you need to know about living in the country, from courting to dealing with manure, root picking to rat catchin…

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      A lighthearted A-to-Z encyclopedia of farm lore, Barnyard Confidential covers everything you need to know about living in the country, from courting to dealing with manure, root picking to rat catching, winter chores to tractor restoration, hay mows to outhouses … anything and everything related to farm life. Entries from well-known country authors like E. B. White, Gwen Petersen, Roger Welsch and Patricia Penton Leimbach range from funny definitions to full stories and are illustrated throughout with a charming mix of fun, nostalgic, black-and-white photos and illustrations. These stories are both humorous and practical and will remind you why you often have a love-hate relationship with rural living. Before you move to the country (or even if you already live there), learn all the secrets to success from Barnyard Confidential.

      Featured authors include: Eric Sloane, Roger Welsch, Gwen Petersen, Ben Logan, Jim Heynen, Bob Artley, Marjorie Myers Douglas, Hamlin Garland, E. B. White, Jerry Stelmok, Louis Bromfield, Bob Becker, William Hazlett Upson, Patricia Penton Leimbach, Jerry L. Twedt, Michael Perry, Willa Cather, Jerry Apps, Josh Billings, Michael Dregni, Jared Van Wagenen Jr., Hugh Orchard, Dorothy Canfield, Virginia Bell Dabney, Tom Anderson, Ronald Jager, Margret Aldrich, Bill Vossler, and Gordon Green.

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      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.

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      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!

      54.

      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.

      55.

      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 f…

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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.

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      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.

      57.

      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…....More

      Hide 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.

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      MOTHER EARTH NEWS & GRIT COUNTRY LIVING RESOURCE SET


      Paperback

      Price: $24.99

      Living a self-sufficient lifestyle isn't easy, but is so rewarding when you can proudly say you grow your own food, make delicious home-cooked meals, have a medicine chest full of homemade remedies …

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      Living a self-sufficient lifestyle isn't easy, but is so rewarding when you can proudly say you grow your own food, make delicious home-cooked meals, have a medicine chest full of homemade remedies and so much more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS and GRIT provide this excellent resource set that includes 700 pages of articles covering everything from field and lawn care to backyard sheep and goats, from home-baked bread to preserving your summer's bounty.

      This seven-guide set has some of the best articles for living an off-the-grid life. Learn to live off less by growing a bountiful garden; building a debt-free home; and eating homegrown food. Read how to grow and preserve your own food by building better garden soil, use cold frames to grow food in the winter months, and dry or freeze your leftover garden produce. Follow delicious bread recipes such as sourdough, pizza crust, gluten-free bread and more.

      This set includes:

      MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Living on Less
      You'll find expert advice, tips, instructions and more to help you live a more self-sufficient life. This fabulous resource covers everything from building better soil with free organic fertilizers to constructing tiny homes that are cozy, affordable and inspiring.

      MOTHER EARTH NEWS How to Grow and Preserve Your Own Food
      Read how you can build better garden soil and make your own compost. Follow instructions for building your own mini-greenhouse with low tunnels for year-round gardening. Learn the benefits of using chickens in your garden. Discover how to grow lettuce, garlic and carrots.

      MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Family Health
      Keeping your family healthy all year long is one of the toughest jobs, and it's made all the more difficult by the effects of ingredients and chemicals in over-the-counter medicine and household cleaners. Covering everything from homemade remedies to first-aid kit essentials, this 100-page guide contains natural wellness tips, information on which food additives to avoid, and much more.

      MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Growing Your Own Food
      Enjoy growing your own food and cutting your bills in half this year. Guide to Growing Your Own Food is filled from cover to cover with the best articles on gardening, preserving, backyard chickens, beekeeping and more. With the help of this 100-page guide, you'll get the satisfaction of saving money and eating homegrown food all year long.

      GRIT Guide to Sheep and Goats
      With helpful advice, do-it-yourself projects, step-by-step recipes and beneficial breed guides, Guide to Sheep and Goats is an invaluable resource filled with expertly written articles for anyone who owns their own flock or herd (or wants to, one day!). Filled with more than 75 keys to keeping your animals healthy, this guide also includes information on raising sheep and goats, finding the right milk goat, how to build a milking stanchion, how to shear sheep, building proper shelters, and more.

      GRIT Guide to Field and Lawn Care
      Want the best-looking yard in your neighborhood? Or a sprawling green lawn that welcomes visitors as they make their way up your driveway? With the help of the Guide to Field and Lawn Care you'll discover how to grow and maintain the sharpest lawn, as well as tips for safe mowing, advice for rejuvenating your lawn, and so much more.

      GRIT Guide to Homemade Bread
      This guide provides more than 57 keys to successfully making bread, from sourdough to pizza crust, from bagels to pretzels and more. With 111 recipes inside this 100-page guide you and your whole family can enjoy the benefits of homemade bread.

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      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.

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      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.

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