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        161.

        GET YOUR PITCHFORK ON! THE REAL DIRT ON COUNTRY LIVING

        Kristy Athens
        Paperback

        Price: $19.95

        For hard-working urban professionals Kristy Athens and her husband, Michael, living in the country was a romantic dream. After purchasing 7 acres in Washington's beautiful Columbia River Gorge, Athens…

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        For hard-working urban professionals Kristy Athens and her husband, Michael, living in the country was a romantic dream. After purchasing 7 acres in Washington's beautiful Columbia River Gorge, Athens and her husband were surprised to learn just how challenging rural life could be.

        Get Your Pitchfork On! provides the hard-learned nuts-and-bolts of rural living, from city folk who were in over their heads. Practical and often hilarious.

        Get Your Pitchfork On! gives urbanites the practical tools they need to realize their own dreams of getting away from it all, with the basics of home, farm and hearth. The book enters territory that others avoid-straightforward advice about the social aspects of country living, from health care to schools to small-town politics. Athens doesn't shy away from controversial subjects, such as owning firearms and hiring migrant workers.

        Kristy Athens' nonfiction and short fiction have been published in a number of magazines, newspapers and literary journals, most recently Jackson Hole Review, High Desert Journal, Barely South Review and the anthology Mamas and Papas. Athens currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works for Oregon Humanities and is also an artist and novice fiddle player. She and her husband are plotting their next attempt at rural living.


        162.

        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.


        163.

        THE MODERN-DAY PIONEER

        Charlotte Denholtz
        Paperback

        Price: $17.95

        When was the last time you let the aroma of freshly baked bread fill your kitchen or felt the warmth of a heavy quilt on a cold winter night? In today's day and age, it's easy to get swept up in the w…

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        When was the last time you let the aroma of freshly baked bread fill your kitchen or felt the warmth of a heavy quilt on a cold winter night? In today's day and age, it's easy to get swept up in the whirlwind of convenience and forget what it's like to truly appreciate the simple things in life. The Modern-Day Pioneer celebrates these forgotten joys by showing you how to incorporate basic skills and living into your everyday life. Whether you're interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, raising chickens for meat or eggs, crafting delicious meals from scratch, or creating and mending your own clothes and quilts, this book makes it easy to live a healthier and more sustainable life in the twenty-first century.

        Filled with step-by-step instructions and homegrown inspiration, you'll wonder how you ever lived without the sweet taste of locally harvested honey or the refreshing scent of homemade lavender soap.


        164.

        FINDING GOOD FARMLAND

        Ann Larkin Hansen
        Paperback

        Price: $9.95

        This practical guide contains all of the information you need to have before purchasing farmland, covering everything from the characteristics of the land and the surrounding area to government regula…

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        This practical guide contains all of the information you need to have before purchasing farmland, covering everything from the characteristics of the land and the surrounding area to government regulations, land use considerations, and financing. Checklists and questionnaires are included to help you decide exactly what you need and how to find it.


        165.

        SUCCESSFUL FARMING

        Frank D. Gardner
        Paperback

        Price: $16.95

        It might seem impossible to fit all the information on the subject of farming and farm management into one book, but this comprehensive volume includes everything a novice or expert farmer will ever n…

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        It might seem impossible to fit all the information on the subject of farming and farm management into one book, but this comprehensive volume includes everything a novice or expert farmer will ever need to know. Originally published in 1916, Traditional American Farming Techniques is filled with facts and tips written by specialists on a plethora of subjects.

        Everything that goes into starting and maintaining a successful farm, big or small, is included, along with invaluable information on harvesting and marketing crops like wheat, corn, potatoes, beans, alfalfa, flax, meadow and pasture grasses, sugar crops, cotton, tobacco, nuts, and tropical fruits. You'll find tips on livestock farming, and the breeding and care of horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep and poultry. Also included is information on:

        • The science and maintenance of soil
        • The best natural and commercial fertilizers
        • Correctly using various types of manure
        • Watering and drainage techniques
        • Dairy farming, vegetable and fruit gardening, and forestry
        • Purposes and methods of crop rotation
        • Pest and insect control
        • And so much more!

        Traditional American Farming Techniques clearly and thoroughly explains how to manage a prospering farm, how to use equipment and build farm buildings, and includes handy tables of weights, measures, and agricultural statistics. This is the ultimate reference for any farmer.


        166.

        CITY GOATS

        Jennie P. Grant
        Paperback

        Price: $17.95

        Jennie Grant is your average 40-something mother with a bungalow in Seattle's leafy Madrona neighborhood, a happy middle-school child, a tolerant husband, and a Pug named Eddie. She also happens to ke…

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        Jennie Grant is your average 40-something mother with a bungalow in Seattle's leafy Madrona neighborhood, a happy middle-school child, a tolerant husband, and a Pug named Eddie. She also happens to keep chickens and two goats, Snowflake and Eloise, and is regionally known as the passionate founder behind the Goat Justice League.

        Since Grant began keeping goats several years ago, she has learned firsthand the remarkable benefits and beauty of keeping goats, how much healthier and easier to maintain a yard with goats can be, the tolerance levels of neighbors, the health benefits of non-industrial foods, and how interacting with goats inspires a connection to nature. City Goats: The Goat Justice League's Guide to Urban Goat Keeping is her step-by-step guide on raising a pair of dairy goats in your urban or suburban backyard, from city zoning and selecting goats to setting up your yard, building a shed, feeding and caring, kidding, and milking.

        Practical and at times comical (just like a goat!), connected both to nature and city, and slightly rebellious- City Goats: The Goat Justice League's Guide to Urban Goat Keeping is a book for gardeners, people committed to eating locally, and anyone who has ever pondered joining the backyard goat revolution.


        167.

        THE ZERO-WASTE LIFESTYLE

        Amy Korst
        Paperback

        Price: $14.99

        A practical guide to generating less waste, featuring meaningful and achievable strategies from the blogger behind The Green Garbage Project, a yearlong experiment in living garbage-free.

        Trash is a big, dirty problem. The average American tosses out nearly 2,000 pounds of garbage every year that piles up in landfills and threatens our air and water quality. You do your part to reduce, reuse, and recycle, but is it enough?

        In The Zero-Waste Lifestyle, Amy Korst shows you how to lead a healthier, happier, and more sustainable life by generating less garbage. Drawing from lessons she learned during a yearlong experiment in zero-waste living, Amy outlines hundreds of easy ideas—from the simple to the radical—for consuming and throwing away less, with low-impact tips on the best ways to:

        • Buy eggs from a local farm instead of the grocery store
        • Start a worm bin for composting
        • Grow your own loofah sponges and mix up eco-friendly cleaning solutions
        • Purchase gently used items and donate them when you’re finished
        • Shop the bulk aisle and keep reusable bags in your purse or car
        • Bring your own containers for take-out or restaurant leftovers

        By eliminating unnecessary items in every aspect of your life, these meaningful and achievable strategies will help you save time and money, support local businesses, decrease litter, reduce your toxic exposure, eat well, become more self-sufficient, and preserve the planet for future generations.


        168.

        BUILD YOUR OWN BEEKEEPING EQUIPMENT

        Tony Pisano
        Paperback

        Price: $19.95

        Beekeeping equipment is expensive, but it's easy to make your own! Tony Pisano's step-by-step illustrated instructions show you how to build everything you need, including hive bodies, supers, covers,…

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        Beekeeping equipment is expensive, but it's easy to make your own! Tony Pisano's step-by-step illustrated instructions show you how to build everything you need, including hive bodies, supers, covers, hive stands, frames, swarm catchers, feeders, and more. You can choose among different hive styles, and many of the 35 projects can be made using hand tools.


        169.

        THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COUNTRY LIVING, 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

        Carla Emery
        Paperback

        Price: $29.95

        The essential resource for modern homesteading, raising chickens, and growing and preserving foods, The Encyclopedia of Country Living covers how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise far…

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        The essential resource for modern homesteading, raising chickens, and growing and preserving foods, The Encyclopedia of Country Living covers how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, can peaches, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, build a chicken coop, catch a pig, cook on a wood stove, and much, much more. This comprehensive resource is the most authoritative guide available to leading a sustainable lifestyle and living off of the land.

        Carla Emery started writing The Encyclopedia of Country Living in 1969, during the back-to-the-land movement. She continued to add content and refine the information over the years, and the book went from a self-published mimeographed document to a book of 928 pages.

        This 40th Anniversary Edition reflects the most up-to-date resource information and is the most personal version of the book that became Carla Emery's lifework. It remains the original manual of basic country skills that have proved essential and necessary for people living in the country, the city, and everywhere in between.


        170.

        THE JOY OF HOBBY FARMING

        Michael and Audrey Levatino
        Paperback

        Price: $14.95

        When the farm is a lifestyle, not just a way to earn a living, that's hobby farming. Most of us want to live a sustainable life in which we protect the land and keep it safe from development and overp…

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        When the farm is a lifestyle, not just a way to earn a living, that's hobby farming. Most of us want to live a sustainable life in which we protect the land and keep it safe from development and overproduction. But we can take this a step further by learning how to grow and savor what we can produce ourselves … while still maintaining an alternative career to fund this passion. Michael and Audrey Levatino here share how to:

        • Grow your own food
        • Raise chickens, horses, llamas, bees and more
        • Practice being (a little) off the grid
        • Sell the bounty in your local community
        • Balance a professional career with a rural lifestyle
        The Joy of Hobby Farming is a book that will excite armchair farmers and inspire any do-it-yourselfer!

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