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THE HUMANURE HANDBOOK

Joseph Jenkins
Paperback

Price: $25.00

Humanure: waste or resource? Joseph Jenkins answers this question in this guide to reclaiming and recycling human waste through composting. Offers simple and practical solutions anyone can use.

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Humanure: waste or resource? Joseph Jenkins answers this question in this guide to reclaiming and recycling human waste through composting. Offers simple and practical solutions anyone can use.

Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending books to its readers. For 40 years, Mother Earth News has been North America’s “Original Guide to Living Wisely,” creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.

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THE SCYTHE BOOK, 2ND EDITION

David Tresemer
Paperback

Price: $11.57

Instead of trying to find time to workout at the local gym, this book tells how you can get a healthful workout while silently mowing your property using a scythe.

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Instead of trying to find time to workout at the local gym, this book tells how you can get a healthful workout while silently mowing your property using a scythe.

Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending books to its readers. For more than 30 years, Mother Earth News has been North America’s “Original Guide to Living Wisely,” creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.

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

Imhoff, Kirschenmann
Paperback

Price: $11.12

CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $19.95 AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

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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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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GRASS-FED CATTLE

Julius Ruechel
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Whether you're beginning a new enterprise or changing from a more conventional livestock feeding and management system, this 348 page book offers complete information on running a profitable, environm…

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Whether you're beginning a new enterprise or changing from a more conventional livestock feeding and management system, this 348 page book offers complete information on running a profitable, environmentally sustainable farm based on grass feeding.

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CHICKEN COOPS - 45 BUILDING PLANS FOR HOUSING YOUR FLOCK

Judy Pangman
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Chicken coops come in all sizes and styles to meet the needs of every chicken family. Start a great DIY project, and build a chicken coop with these how-to drawings and conceptual plans for 45 diffe…

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Chicken coops come in all sizes and styles to meet the needs of every chicken family. Start a great DIY project, and build a chicken coop with these how-to drawings and conceptual plans for 45 different designs — from strictly practical to flights of fancy — guaranteed to meet the needs of every chicken owner. A 16-page color section shows detailed photos of many of the featured coops.

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EGGS AND CHICKENS E-HANDBOOK

John Vivian
Downloadable PDF (learn more)

Price: $9.95

When was the last time you tasted a really fresh egg? Most commercially produced eggs spend time in storage and become stale. There’s a big difference, too, between poultry raised commercially and rai…

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When was the last time you tasted a really fresh egg? Most commercially produced eggs spend time in storage and become stale. There’s a big difference, too, between poultry raised commercially and raised at home. Commercial eating birds live out their brief spans in totally artificial surroundings, but home-grown chickens can result in better flavor and firmer texture.

With the help of this e-handbook, you can have eggs and poultry with a flavor — and at a cost — to be found in no supermarket. Chapters include:

  • Chicken Breeds
  • Brooding and Early Care
  • Henhouse Furniture
  • Feeders
  • Producing Your Own Feed


A handy reference for anyone who wants to raise chickens for meat and eggs. 30 pages.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

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FENCING FOR HORSES E-HANDBOOK

Jackie Clay
Downloadable PDF (learn more)

Price: $9.95

Horses are big, strong, playful, and smart, so finding a way to keep them safe and secure in their pastures and paddocks can be a real challenge. Building strong, safe fencing that is also economical …

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Horses are big, strong, playful, and smart, so finding a way to keep them safe and secure in their pastures and paddocks can be a real challenge. Building strong, safe fencing that is also economical and long lasting is an even bigger task.

Experienced do-it-yourselfers and even handy beginners can build great fences for their horses and this e-handbook shows you how. Chapters include:

  • Fencing Tools
  • Choosing the Right Fence Posts
  • Stringing Wire Fencing
  • Post-and-Rail and Post-and-Plank Fences
  • Fencing Small and Large Pastures
  • Fencing the Small Pastures
  • Training Pens


With this handy reference you can built fences that are strong, safe, and economical. 35 pages.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

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BUILDING OR RENOVATING A BARN FOR YOUR HORSE E-HANDBOOK

Jackie Clay
Downloadable PDF (learn more)

Price: $9.95

Building a horse barn is quite a project — and there is a vast and varied array of plans and books available to help you. But renovating a shelter to make it fit for just one or two horses, or buildin…

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Building a horse barn is quite a project — and there is a vast and varied array of plans and books available to help you. But renovating a shelter to make it fit for just one or two horses, or building a sturdy three-sided shelter, can be quite simple, even if you have only basic carpentry skills.

This e-handbook shows you what you need to know to properly construct horse housing. Chapters included are:

  • The Fundamentals of Building for Horses
  • Tips and Techniques for Remodeling
  • Building a Simple Run-in Shelter
  • Designing the Layout for a Small Barn Renovation
  • Roofing Your Horse Barn
  • Building a Stall
  • Providing Food and Water in the Barn
  • Finishes to Preserve Your Horse Shelter


Horses are adaptable creatures, but they are also large, strong, active, and playful. Having a sturdy shelter for them can give you peace of mind.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today.

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BUILDING CHICKEN COOPS E-HANDBOOK

Gail Damerow
Downloadable PDF (learn more)

Price: $9.95

Chicken-coop designs are as varied as the people who keep chickens. The best design for you depends on how many chickens you keep, your purpose in keeping them, their breed, your geographic location, …

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Chicken-coop designs are as varied as the people who keep chickens. The best design for you depends on how many chickens you keep, your purpose in keeping them, their breed, your geographic location, and how much money you want to spend.

This e-handbook shows you designs and helpful tips to make your chicken raising experience a successful one. Chapters include:

  • Twelve Tips for a Successful Coop Design
  • Providing Adequate Ventilation
  • Temperature Control
  • Choosing the Right Flooring
  • Putting Down Bedding
  • Installing Roosts
  • Nests and Nest Boxes
  • Choosing and Siting a Water Source
  • Tips and Advice for Keeping Chickens in Cages
  • Offering Access to a Yard
  • Raising Chickens Free on the Range


The more adequate their shelter and surroundings, the healthier and more content your chickens will be.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

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