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MOTHER EARTH NEWS & GRIT SELF-SUFFICIENT RESOURCE SET

Mother Earth News & GRIT
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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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CAPPERS FARMER SUMMER 2013 SPECIAL ISSUE


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Price: $6.99

Directions for creating nontoxic cleaning products, advice for raising baby animals, delicious recipes, gardening guidance, recycling ideas for farm fixtures, flower-growing techniques, summer holiday memories and more are included in the Capper's Farmer Summer 2013.

Enjoy amusing, helpful and knowledgeable articles by experts Oscar H. Will III, Barbara Pleasant, Susan Belsinger and others, all of whom offer practical advice for the homemade life.

Prepare for the birth of your livestock and know what to expect and what to do. Learn the secrets of buttermilk baking and turn ordinary baked goods into spectacular biscuits, pancakes and more. Discover ways of getting rid of those itchy summer burns and ouches with herbal remedies. Follow seven easy tips for growing anything in containers.

Other articles include:

  • Incubate Your Own Chicken Eggs - Gather your hens' fertile eggs and start replacing those old layers.
  • Memories Bloom on Memorial Day - Remember passed-on love ones with these flowers.
  • Easy & Useful Flowers - These special plants provide beauty, fragrance, food, medicine and more.
  • Life's a Bowl of Berries - Whether you harvest them from your own backyard or buy them at your local farmers' market, berries in season are a sublime treat.
  • Try This: Make Pillow Covers From Fabric Swatches - Turn designer fabric into beautiful pillow covers with this easy home-decorating project.

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD 5TH EDITION

Mother Earth News
Paperback

Price: $6.99

Enjoy growing your own food and cutting your bills in half this year. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Growing Your Own Food is filled from cover to cover with the best articles on gardening, preserving, ba…

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Enjoy growing your own food and cutting your bills in half this year. MOTHER EARTH NEWS 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.

Read about 20 crops that will keep and how you can store them. Follow vertical gardening tips and techniques so you can grow bigger beans, tomatoes, cantaloupes and more. Not only can you eat homegrown food, but your backyard flock can, too, when you learn to grow your own all-natural poultry feed. Discover new facts about growing blueberries, potatoes, Asian greens and radishes.

Other articles include:

  • Cut Your Food Bills in Half! - It's true! You can enjoy better and healthier food while spending much less to feed your family.
  • Building Fertile Soil - Use cover crops, mulches and no-till permanent beds to boost soil health and your garden yields.
  • Wise Watering - Conservation-based watering techniques and equipment will keep your crops healthy and yields abundant.
  • Keep Bees, Naturally! - Enjoy the sweet rewards of beekeeping by learning how to harvest fresh, delicious honey from your own backyard.
  • Grow Chives! - Snip fine-flavored, crispy green chives over a baked potato or salad for a colorful, tasty garnish.
  • The Incredible Versatility of Eggs - Pastured, free-range eggs can star in numerous egg recipes, from simple fried eggs and bacon to an elegant soufflé.

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO LIVING ON LESS, 4TH EDITION

Mother Earth News
Paperback

Price: $6.99

Live simply: save money, smile more. This theme runs through the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Living on Less special edition. In its 100 pages, you'll find expert advice, tips, instructions and more to …

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Live simply: save money, smile more. This theme runs through the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Living on Less special edition. In its 100 pages, you'll find expert advice, tips, instructions and more to help you live a more self-sufficient life. Its guidance covers everything from building better soil with free organic fertilizers to constructing tiny homes that are cozy, affordable and inspiring. The fourth edition of this handy guide will have you living on less and loving it!

Read reliable information about building a compact cabin or simple shelter that's enjoyable and affordable. Grow your own healing garden and find good health just outside your front door. Discover simple tips for creating nutrient-rich, root-welcoming soil, and grow your most abundant garden yet. Learn where to find healthy, farm-fresh eggs. Follow delicious recipes for making your own homemade root beer, ginger ale, grape soda and more.

Other articles include:

  • Adding Insulation Can Save You Money: Figure out whether you should add insulation to your home, and which pieces of the job you can do yourself.
  • Easy Ways to Preserve Fresh Food: Your guide to canning, freezing, dehydrating and other simple, seasonal storage methods.
  • Instant, No-Dig Garden Beds: Create or expand your food garden with this time-saving technique.
  • Want Milk? Get Goats: Dairy goats can supply your family with delicious milk, yogurt and cheese. The fun of raising these gregarious animals is just a bonus.
  • Disease Prevention Basics: These techniques can prevent many of the diseases that plague your vegetables. They include wide spacing, trellising and careful use of organic pesticides.

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GRIT GUIDE TO FIELD AND LAWN CARE

GRIT Editors
Paperback

Price: $6.99

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 GRIT Guide to Field and Lawn Care you'll…

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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 GRIT 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.

Packed from cover to cover with expertise on field and lawn care, this helpful guide can assist you as you decide which mower will work best for your yard. And whether you need an economical pushmower or a time-saving zero turn machine, you'll find advice on routine maintenance that will keep your mower or garden tractor on track all summer long. Read 10 ways to sustainably manage the unwanted weeds that sprout up every year. Master the ins and outs of lawn maintenance and keep your yard looking its best all summer. Plus, learn how to lawn stripe your yard: Not only will it look professionally mowed, but fertilizing and overseeding will be that much easier!

Other articles include:

  • Rules of Engagement: Before operating any mower, it's imperative to wrap your mind around basic mowing safety.
  • (Electric) Wave of the Future: Mowers and bots that will cut your grass, without gas.
  • Mowing the Old-Fashioned Way: Use a scythe to make hay and trim your lawn.
  • Mowing and More with your ATV: Save money by turning your all-terrain vehicle into a top hand.
  • All the Trimmings: From string trimmers and edgers to the old reliable ax, here are all the tools you'll need to keep your landscape neat and tidy.

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CAPPERS FARMER FALL 2013


Paperback

Price: $6.99

A treasure-trove of valuable information, the fall issue of Capper's Farmer includes great articles for homemade ice cream, condiments and pizza; a beginner's guide to canning; 17 uses for baking soda…

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A treasure-trove of valuable information, the fall issue of Capper's Farmer includes great articles for homemade ice cream, condiments and pizza; a beginner's guide to canning; 17 uses for baking soda; ideas for planting flowers; and much more.

Wonderful recipes fill the pages of this special issue. Enjoy serving up cool treats such as Fudge Ripple Ice Cream and Simple Butter Pecan Ice Cream. Craft your own condiments by learning to create homemade mayonnaise, barbecue sauce and fresh tomato ketchup.

Within this issue you'll also find simple tips to enhance the fresh flavors on your grill. Solve all kinds of household problems with baking soda, using it for everything from cleaning to creating beauty products. Save money by planting a fall salad garden: Not only will it provide beauty in your yard, its delicious flavors will leave money in your pocket. Enjoy a look at what camping gear was used in 1900, how much it cost, and how much the gear weighed.

Other articles include:

  • Summer Kitchen: The original outdoor cook room holds comforting memories and historical tidbits.
  • Fall for Comfort Food: Stay in and cook up one of these classic dishes.
  • An Apple a Day … : … really can keep the doctor away!
  • Country Canines: The life of a farm dog is one to be envied, especially by town breeds.
  • An Old-Fashioned Scrapbook: Preserve family history in a beautiful DIY heritage album.

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO FAMILY HEALTH

Mother Earth News
Paperback

Price: $6.99

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 clean…

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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. MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Family Health offers helpful articles that will help you take control of your family's health. 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.

Read how to keep seasonal illness and chronic disease at bay by using natural methods to boost your immune system. Learn how to grow a healing garden and enjoy the benefits of herbs growing right outside your front door. Discover new beauty products - whether store bought or homemade - that are healthier and safer for you. Make your home a healthy home by following simple recipes for household cleaners (and avoid using harsh chemicals).

Articles in the guide include:

  • Simple Soaps: Making your own soap is simple with the right tools. Create your own soap bars at home - all without lye.
  • 3 Most Dangerous Toxins in Your Home: With thousands of chemicals in home products, eliminating them all is no small task. Reduce these most-toxic chemicals.
  • Safe Spaces for Your Baby: Create a safe space for your baby, using these tips for designing a nontoxic nursery.
  • Why It's Still Smart to Buy Organic: Despite recent highly publicized headlines that claim the contrary, eating organic really is better for our health.
  • Stress Less: Improved habits and herbal remedies can reduce your stress load.
  • Naturally Pain-Free: Over-the-counter pain relievers can cause medical problems. Forgo pharmaceuticals in favor of natural options.

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CAPPERS FARMER PRACTICAL LIVING RESOURCE SET


Paperback

Price: $20.00

Roasting a turkey. Making your own soap. Coloring Easter eggs with natural homemade dye. Growing anything in containers. Making homemade ice cream. Canning your garden's bounty. All this and more can …

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Roasting a turkey. Making your own soap. Coloring Easter eggs with natural homemade dye. Growing anything in containers. Making homemade ice cream. Canning your garden's bounty. All this and more can be found within the pages of these four 100-page guides. Filled with some of the best articles on practical advice for a homemade life, this set covers everything from delicious recipes to gardening, from homemade gifts and cards to homemade cleaning products.

Set includes:
Capper's Farmer Winter 2012
Experience the nostalgia of homemade gifts, classic recipes, and more traditions from Christmases past on the farm. From roasting a turkey 1860s style to creating homemade gift jars, from satisfying the seasonal sweet tooth to savoring the songs of Christmas, this special edition offers up a buffet of knowledge.

Capper's Farmer Spring 2013
From craft projects to guides for your woodstoves and chimneys, from delicious recipes to sowing seeds, this guide has a variety of projects for getting you through the winter, and your garden and home ready for spring. With 100 pages of tips, recipes, projects, photographs and more, this resourceful issue will have you and your family busy all season long.

Capper's Farmer Summer 2013
Directions for creating nontoxic cleaning products, advice for raising baby animals, delicious recipes, gardening guidance, recycling ideas for farm fixtures, flower-growing techniques, summer holiday memories and more are included in the Capper's Farmer Summer 2013.

Capper's Farmer Fall 2013
With summer in full swing and fall right around the corner, the Capper's Farmer Fall 2013 special will be your guide to filling your summer days with delicious recipes, readers' hometown stories, fun activities such as planting flowers, and much more!

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS HOW TO GROW AND PRESERVE YOUR OWN FOOD


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Price: $6.99

Almost everything you need to know about growing and preserving your own food at home is in this 100-page guide from MOTHER EARTH NEWS. How to Grow and Preserve Your Own Food provides excellent articl…

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Almost everything you need to know about growing and preserving your own food at home is in this 100-page guide from MOTHER EARTH NEWS. How to Grow and Preserve Your Own Food provides excellent articles filled with tips and advice for growing a healthy, successful garden, as well as canning your leftover bounty to enjoy in those cold winter months.

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.

Not only are there wonderful articles for planting, growing and harvesting your garden produce, there's also information-rich articles for preserving that produce. "How to Store Fresh Vegetables" shows the best crops to grow or buy, and the right way to keep them fresher longer. Save money with "Learn to Can for Homegrown Flavor" and enjoy the delicious foods all winter with this traditional preservation skill. Read how to dry your own food and herbs, brew your own cider, make sauerkraut and more.

Other articles included are:

  • Grow a Great Fall Garden: Here's everything you need to know to grow crisp, delicious broccoli, carrots, spinach and more.
  • Outdoor Root Cellars: Here are five easy ways to store fresh food for winter right in your garden - it's as easy as tossing a bagful of leaves over a patch of carrots!
  • Built This Portable, Predator-Proof Coop for Your Backyard: This low-cost coop plan makes raising backyard chickens easier for just about anyone.
  • The Best Kales: Sow this cold-hardy crop now for sweet soups and salads to savor throughout winter.
  • Fall in Love With Spinach: Packed with nutrition, this versatile vegetable can be grown almost anywhere.

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GRIT GUIDE TO HOMEMADE BREAD, 4TH EDITION


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Price: $6.99

One of the most comforting sensations is walking into your home and smelling the delicious aroma of homemade bread in the oven. Whether it's being made on a cold winter day to dunk in your soup, or du…

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One of the most comforting sensations is walking into your home and smelling the delicious aroma of homemade bread in the oven. Whether it's being made on a cold winter day to dunk in your soup, or during the summer for those refreshing sandwiches at lunchtime, homemade breads of all types and varieties offer something everyone should enjoy. GRIT Guide to Homemade Bread, 4th Edition provides more than 57 keys to successfully making bread, from sourdough bread to pizza crust, from bagels to pretzels and more. With the 111 recipes inside this 100-page guide, you and your whole family can enjoy the benefits of homemade bread.

Discover how bread works and the secrets to cultivating yeast and developing gluten. Read how you can go gluten-free and learn seven easy steps for an easy transition. Don't throw away your dry, brittle bread; follow these fresh recipes to give it new life. Learn how you can go completely homemade by choosing a grain mill and grinding your own flour. Follow step-by-step instructions to build an easy adobe cooker in one weekend, and so much more.

More articles include:

  • Break Your Fast With Bread: A hearty breakfast keeps you going all morning, and what better way to start the day than with homemade bread?
  • Baking Bread in Five Minutes a Day: How one wife, mother, farmer, freelance designer and writer puts fresh homemade bread on the dinner table daily.
  • Pizza Perfection: Forget takeout and turn your kitchen into a pizzeria.
  • Begging for Bagels: Boiled breads - like bagels, pretzels and dumplings - turn out soft and chewy.
  • Cornmeal to Cornbread: A chunk of this savory yet sweet concoction makes a meal all by itself.
  • Something Sweet: A touch of sugar adds a touch of home to delicious breads.
  • Flatbread Fiesta!: Whether you call it tortilla, naan, matzo or Yorkshire pudding, there's a version in every culture.

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