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        141.

        FARMS WITH A FUTURE

        Rebecca Thistlethwaite
        Paperback

        Price: $29.95

        As communities seek greater resiliency in the wake of economic upheaval, job loss, climate change and global food shortages, local farmers are seen as a key resource to help reinvigorate (or create) a…

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        As communities seek greater resiliency in the wake of economic upheaval, job loss, climate change and global food shortages, local farmers are seen as a key resource to help reinvigorate (or create) a diversified, regionalized, ecologically based food system. Farms with a Future explores the passion, creativity and entrepreneurship that's needed to help family farms find their niche and remain sustainable and successful in an age of agribusiness and consolidation.

        What is a farm with a future? What will make it sustainable and resilient? And what key qualities and skills does a farmer need in today's climate to be successful?

        Rebecca Thistlethwaite addresses these and other crucial questions in this must-read book for anyone aspiring to get into small to mid-scale market farming, or who wants to make their existing farm more dynamic, profitable and, above all, sustainable.

        A growing interest in locally grown food is evident: In 2008, local food sales (direct to consumers or direct to restaurants/retailers) totaled $4.8 billion dollars, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. Those sales were predicted to top $7 billion by the end of 2011.

        An experienced farmer herself, Thistlethwaite does not idealize or romanticize her subject in Farms with a Future. "If you are not prepared for some serious hard work, inclement weather, dirt lodged in every crevice of your body, and being so dog-tired that you fall into your easy chair at night and don't wake up until the next morning, then you might look into another vocation," the author warns.

        Thistlethwaite and her husband took a one-year sabbatical and traveled the length and breadth of the United States to live and work alongside some of the nation's most innovative farmers to learn some of their best practices … and a whole lot about what doesn't work too.

        Farms with a Future introduces readers to some of the country's most innovative farmers, who are embracing their "inner entrepreneur": unabashedly marketing and sharing the pride they have for what they produce; building systems and finding efficiencies and cost savings so they don't have to keep raising prices every year; shying away from huge debt loads by developing ways to build their businesses patiently over time, using earned income or creative arrangements with their community of customers; harnessing natural processes to ensure they are not degrading the natural resources the farms depend upon; and treating their employees and volunteers like family.

        While many other books address agricultural production, very few talk about business management for long-term sustainability. Farms with a Future will help guide farmers to manage for long-term sustainability and build a triple-bottom-line farming business focused on economic viability, social justice and ecological soundness.

        142.

        THE COMPLETE TRACKER, 2nd Ed.

        Len McDougall
        Paperback

        Price: $19.95

        The Complete Tracker is a concise, thorough guide to the tracks, signs and habits of North America’s most popular species of wildlife. Learn techniques for getting close to animals—from bobcats to bea…

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        The Complete Tracker is a concise, thorough guide to the tracks, signs and habits of North America’s most popular species of wildlife. Learn techniques for getting close to animals—from bobcats to beavers, marmots to moose—by knowing the details of their habits and learning a master-tracker’s tips for avoiding detection.
        Detailed illustrations show the tracks of more than 50 species of wildlife in a variety of terrain conditions. This new edition is expanded with the latest information on peccaries, dogs, cats, armadillos, birds, reptiles and amphibians, and enhanced with full-color photos throughout. It is an invaluable resource for hikers, nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts everywhere.

        143.

        MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO SELF-RELIANCE, 2nd Edition

        Mother Earth News Editors
        Paperback

        Price: $6.99

        Learn to cut your food bills in half. Live off the grid without using any propane. Build your own low-cost, multipurpose greenhouse. Live on less and love it with the 100-page MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide …

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        Learn to cut your food bills in half. Live off the grid without using any propane. Build your own low-cost, multipurpose greenhouse. Live on less and love it with the 100-page 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, Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills has a wide variety of information that will help you lead a sustainable life.

        Bake your own crispy gorgeous homemade loaves with the simple technique covered in this guide. Learn to brew your own beer and make uniquely flavored, affordable drinks at home. Follow step-by-step advice for choosing the right woodstove for your home. Build permanent beds and paths in your garden to protect the soil and preserve its fertility. Also, enjoy reading a compilation of more than 25 of the best reader-written tips for wiser living, including a soothing herbal soak, how to freeze extra eggs, instructions for making durable tomato stakes and more.

        Other articles include:

        • Egg Nutrients
        • Go Solar for Free Hot Water
        • Keep a Family Cow and Enjoy Delicious Milk, Cream, Cheese and More
        • 75 Safe and Effective Herbal Remedies
        • 8 Easy Projects for Instant Energy Savings
        • Have Sawmill, Will Travel

        144.

        WHAT THE ANIMALS TAUGHT ME

        Stephanie Marohn
        Paperback

        Price: $16.95

        What the Animals Taught Me brings together stories about rescued farm animals at a shelter in Sonoma County, Calif., and shows what these animals can teach us. Each story illustrates how animals can h…

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        What the Animals Taught Me brings together stories about rescued farm animals at a shelter in Sonoma County, Calif., and shows what these animals can teach us. Each story illustrates how animals can help us reconnect with the natural world … and see and embrace others as they truly are.

        Wishing to escape the urban rat race, freelance writer and editor Stephanie Marohn moved to rural northern California in 1993. Life was sweet. She was a busy freelancer. In return for reduced rent, she fed and cared for two horses and a donkey. Her life was full.

        And then, more farm animals started to appear: a miniature white horse, a donkey, sheep and chickens, followed by deer and other wildlife. Each one needed sanctuary, either from abuse, physical injury or neglect. Marohn took each animal in and gradually turned her 10-acre spread into an animal sanctuary.

        Each chapter of What the Animals Taught Me focuses on a particular animal that became part of Marohn's life. She shares what she learned from the sheep she rescued from an animal collector, the abused donkey she helped nurse back to health, and many others. Her book reminds us that animals have much to teach us about love, compassion, trust, and so many of the other qualities we so often try to cultivate in ourselves.

        145.

        PRESERVING WILD FOODS

        Palzel, Weingarten
        Paperback

        Price: $19.95

        Salted sardines with coriander and thyme. Crab apple mostarda. Instant samphire pickles. Speckled tea eggs with star anise and ginger. Dandelion jelly. Pickled chanterelle mushrooms. Blueberry-maple s…

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        Salted sardines with coriander and thyme. Crab apple mostarda. Instant samphire pickles. Speckled tea eggs with star anise and ginger. Dandelion jelly. Pickled chanterelle mushrooms. Blueberry-maple spoon fruit. These and dozens of other inspired recipes from chef Matthew Weingarten show you how to preserve—by curing, canning, smoking and pickling—a wide range of wild ingredients foraged from the sea, fields, forests and fresh water. Clear instructions make small-batch preserving techniques easy to learn, from smoking fish to putting up jam, pickling vegetables and curing meat. Whether you forage in the wild or at the farmers market, you’ll delight in making and enjoying these unique preserves.

        146.

        THE WEEKEND HOMESTEADER

        Anna Hess
        Paperback

        Price: $17.95

        The Weekend Homesteader guides readers to self-sufficiency, month by month. Whether it's January or June you'll find exciting, short projects that help you dip your toes into the vast ocean of homeste…

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        The Weekend Homesteader guides readers to self-sufficiency, month by month. Whether it's January or June you'll find exciting, short projects that help you dip your toes into the vast ocean of homesteading without getting overwhelmed. If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, no matter if you live on a 40-acre farm, own a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or call a high-rise home.

        You'll learn about backyard chicken care, how to choose the best mushroom and berry species, and why and how to plant a no-till garden that heals the soil while providing nutritious food. Permaculture techniques will turn your homestead into a vibrant ecosystem and attract native pollinators while converting our society's waste into high-quality compost and mulch. Meanwhile, enjoy the fruits of your labor right away as you learn the basics of cooking and eating seasonally, then preserve homegrown produce for later by drying, canning, freezing or simply filling your kitchen cabinets with storage vegetables. As you become more self-sufficient, you'll save seeds, prepare for power outages and tear yourself away from a full-time job, while building a supportive and like-minded community. You won't be completely eliminating your reliance on the grocery store, but you will be plucking low-hanging (and delicious!) fruits out of your own garden by the time all 40-eight projects are complete.

        147.

        RUBY STAR WRAPPING

        Melody Miller, Allison Tannery
        Paperback

        Price: $19.95

        This is the ultimate resource for those who are as creative as they are willing to conserve. Ruby Star Wrapping inspires you to think resourceful, think reusable, think unusual when it comes to gift p…

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        This is the ultimate resource for those who are as creative as they are willing to conserve. Ruby Star Wrapping inspires you to think resourceful, think reusable, think unusual when it comes to gift packaging. Raid the pantry for boxes, use old linens for pouches, and make beautiful accessories out of fabric and paper scraps-the projects here illustrate how to create beautiful, reusable packaging from the common materials in your home. With its 30 easy-to-make giftwrap patterns, this book reminds us of the wonderful creative potential inherent in the act of giving a gift. When wrapped with thought, beauty and a little ingenuity, the packaging can be a gift in itself.

        148.

        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!

        149.

        CREATING THE LOW-BUDGET HOMESTEAD

        Steven D. Gregerson
        Paperback

        Price: $25.00

        If you've ever thought about pursuing a self-sufficient lifestyle on your own rural homestead or survival retreat but feared you didn't have the money or skills to do it, you simply must read this bo…

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        If you've ever thought about pursuing a self-sufficient lifestyle on your own rural homestead or survival retreat but feared you didn't have the money or skills to do it, you simply must read this book. It’s a gold mine of practical steps and instructions to take you from dreaming about an off-grid, independent lifestyle to living one!

        There are hundreds of things to think about before planning and starting your new life, and this book will save you valuable time and money by steering you down productive paths and making you carefully consider others. Just some of the areas it covers include:

        • 4 rules for defining your goals for your homestead or retreat
        • Creative ways to find inexpensive rural property to buy
        • The essential tools, vehicles and skills you will need to succeed
        • 10 rules for a self-sufficient garden
        • Designing the off-grid home so it's warm in winter and cool in summer
        • Questions you must ask before investing in farm animals, livestock or even pets
        • 9 rules for getting along with your country neighbors
        • Tips for working smart, being realistic and avoiding burnout

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        FIFTY YEARS AMONG THE BEES

        C.C. Miller
        Paperback

        Price: $14.95

        Long a classic within the beekeeping community, this book is one of the greatest works on the ancient art and science of beekeeping. Accompanied by 111 illustrations, it offers advice, observations an…

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        Long a classic within the beekeeping community, this book is one of the greatest works on the ancient art and science of beekeeping. Accompanied by 111 illustrations, it offers advice, observations and information gleaned from a half-century of beekeeping. It’s a practical, yet endlessly charming handbook on all aspects of this romantic, arcane pursuit.

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