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        171.

        SELF-SUFFICIENCY

        Abigail R. Gehring
        Hardcover

        Price: $24.95

        Now more than ever, people across the country are turning toward simpler, greener and quieter ways of living … whether they're urbanites or country folk. This large, fully illustrated book provides th…

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        Now more than ever, people across the country are turning toward simpler, greener and quieter ways of living … whether they're urbanites or country folk. This large, fully illustrated book provides the entire family with the information they need to make the shift toward self-sufficient living.

        Self-Sufficiency provides tips, advice, and detailed instructions on how to improve everyday life from an environmental and organic perspective while keeping the focus on the family. Readers will learn how to plant a family garden and harvest the produce, can fruits and vegetables, bake bread and cookies, and boil sap to make maple syrup. They'll discover how to design interactive and engaging green projects, harness natural wind and solar energy to cook food and warm their homes, and build everything from treehouses to furniture. Also included are natural crafts readers can do with their kids, such as scrapbooking, making potato prints, dipping candles and constructing seasonal decorations. Whether the goal is to live entirely off the grid or just to shrink their carbon footprints, families will find this book a thorough resource and a great inspiration.


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        BACK TO BASICS: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO TRADITIONAL SKILLS

        Abigail R. Gehring
        Hardcover

        Price: $24.95

        Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills, the kind employed by our forefathers, and adapt them for a better life in the 21st century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color gu…

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        Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills, the kind employed by our forefathers, and adapt them for a better life in the 21st century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast-food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener and more self-sufficient lifestyle.

        Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers. Even if you live in a city apartment you will find your imagination sparked, and there's no reason why you can't, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.


        173.

        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 NewsGuide to Living on Less special edition. In its 100 pages, you'll find expert advice, tips, instructions and more to h…

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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.


        174.

        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 GritGuide 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.


        175.

        THE ORGANIC GRAIN GROWER

        Jack Lazor
        Hardcover

        Price: $45.00

        The ultimate guide to growing organic grains on a small and ecological scale, The Organic Grain Grower is invaluable for both home-scale and commercial producers interested in expanding their resilien…

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        The ultimate guide to growing organic grains on a small and ecological scale, The Organic Grain Grower is invaluable for both home-scale and commercial producers interested in expanding their resiliency and crop diversity through growing their own grains. Longtime farmer and organic pioneer Jack Lazor covers how to grow and store wheat, barley, oats, corn, dry beans, soybeans, pulse crops, oilseeds, grasses, nutrient-dense forages and lesser-known cereals. In addition to detailed cultivation and processing information, Lazor argues the importance of integrating grains on the organic farm (not to mention for the local-food system) for reasons of biodiversity and whole farm management. This book includes extensive information on:

        • The history of grain growing and consumption in North America
        • The 21st century and the birth of the local-food movement
        • Considering your farm's scale and climate
        • Understanding soil fertility and structure
        • Planting your crop (including spring vs. fall cereals and preparing your soil)
        • The growing and ripening process (reproductive, milk, hard-and-soft dough stages)
        • The grain harvest
        • Preparing grain for sale, storage or end use (drying, cleaning seed, grain handling)
        • Seed breeding and saving
        • Machinery, infrastructure and processing (both home-scale tools and larger farm equipment)
        • Grinding grains for livestock rations (including how to put together a ration based on protein content) and sample rations for dairy cows, pigs and chickens
        • Processing grains for human consumption
        • Additional resources and information for new grain farmers
        • And more!

        Beginners will learn how to grow enough wheat for a year's supply of bread flour for their homestead, and farmers will learn how to become part of a grain co-op, working alongside artisan bakers and mills. Never before has there been a guide to growing organic grains applicable both for the home-scale and professional farming scale. This will be a classic for decades to come and a crucial addition to any farmer's, homesteader's, gardener's, agronomist's or seed-saver's library.


        176.

        THE RESILIENT FARM AND HOMESTEAD

        Ben Falk
        Paperback

        Price: $40.00

        The Resilient Farm and Homestead is a manual for developing durable, beautiful and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition.

        Ben Falk is a land desi…

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        The Resilient Farm and Homestead is a manual for developing durable, beautiful and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition.

        Ben Falk is a land designer and site developer whose permaculture-research farm has drawn national attention. The site is a terraced paradise on a hillside in Vermont that would otherwise be overlooked by conventional farmers as unworthy farmland. Falk's wide array of fruit trees, rice paddies (relatively unheard of in the Northeast), ducks, nuts and earth-inspired buildings offers a hopeful image for the future of regenerative agriculture and modern homesteading.

        The book covers nearly every strategy Falk and his team have been testing at the Whole Systems Research Farm over the past decade, as well as experiments from other sites Falk has designed through his off-farm consulting business. The book includes detailed information on earthworks; gravity-fed water systems; species composition; the site-design process; site management; fuelwood hedge production and processing; human health and nutrient-dense production strategies; rapid topsoil formation and remineralization; agroforestry/silvopasture/grazing; ecosystem services, especially regarding flood mitigation; fertility management; human labor and social-systems aspects; tools/equipment/appropriate technology; and much more, complete with gorgeous photography and detailed design drawings.

        The Resilient Farm and Homestead is more than just a book of tricks and techniques for regenerative site development. It offers actual working results in living within complex farm-ecosystems based on research from the "great thinkers" in permaculture, and presents a viable home-scale model for an intentional food-producing ecosystem in cold climates and beyond. Inspiring to would-be homesteaders everywhere, but especially for those who find themselves with "unlikely" farming land, Falk is an inspiration in what can be done by imitating natural systems, and making the most of what we have by re-imagining what's possible. This is a gorgeous case study for the homestead of the future.


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        THE ULTIMATE SELF-SUFFICIENCY HANDBOOK

        Abigail Gehring
        Hardcover

        Price: $14.99

        Are you drawn to a lifestyle that is greener, cleaner and more authentic? Are you inspired by the thought of feeding your family and friends with food you've grown yourself? Would you like to present …

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        Are you drawn to a lifestyle that is greener, cleaner and more authentic? Are you inspired by the thought of feeding your family and friends with food you've grown yourself? Would you like to present your family and friends with items lovingly made by hand? If you are interested in living a life that embraces simplicity and greater self-sufficiency, this is the book for you. The Ultimate Self-Sufficiency Handbook will inspire and direct you as you learn how to lead a life of greater self-sufficiency.

        Author Abigail Gehring provides advice, tips and step-by-step instructions for hundreds of projects, offering the entire family the tools they need to make the shift toward self-sufficient living.


        178.

        THE NATURAL NAVIGATOR

        Tristan Gooley
        Paperback

        Price: $14.95

        Before GPS, the compass and even cartography, humankind was navigating. Now this singular guide helps us rediscover what our ancestors long understood: that a windswept tree, the depth of a puddle, or…

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        Before GPS, the compass and even cartography, humankind was navigating. Now this singular guide helps us rediscover what our ancestors long understood: that a windswept tree, the depth of a puddle, or a trill of birdsong can help us find our way, if we know what to look and listen for. Adventurer and navigation expert Tristan Gooley unlocks the directional clues hidden in the sun, moon, stars, clouds, weather patterns, lengthening shadows, changing tides, plant growth and the habits of wildlife. Rich with navigational anecdotes collected across ages, continents and cultures, The Natural Navigator will help keep you on course and open your eyes to the wonders, large and small, of the natural world.


        179.

        RAISING GOATS NATURALLY

        Deborah Niemann
        Paperback

        Price: $24.95

        Complete self-sufficiency may seem out of reach, but for more and more of us, increasing our self-reliance as much as possible is the order of the day. Incorporating dairy goats as the centerpiece of …

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        Complete self-sufficiency may seem out of reach, but for more and more of us, increasing our self-reliance as much as possible is the order of the day. Incorporating dairy goats as the centerpiece of a diversified homestead can be the key to achieving this goal, and Raising Goats Naturally will show you how.

        By working with nature, you can raise dairy goats and produce your own milk, cheese, meat, fertilizer, leather, fiber, and soap -- all without relying on drugs or following the factory farm model. By observing your own animals closely and educating yourself about their specific needs, you can create an individualized plan for keeping them healthy and maximizing their productivity. This unique, fully-illustrated guide will teach you to help your herd thrive with:

        • Breed-specific descriptions to help you choose the right goats for your goals and lifestyle
        • Detailed information on housing, fencing, breeding, health, milking, and nutrition
        • Complete recipes and instructions for making your own cheese, dairy products, and soap, as well as cooking with goat meat.
        Packed with personal experiences backed up by expert veterinary advice and scientific studies, Raising Goats Naturally brings together a wealth of practical information on raising goats for the love of it and using their milk and meat to become more self-reliant.

        Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer and self-sufficiency expert who has raised livestock for over 10 years. The author of Homegrown and Handmade and Ecothrifty, she presents extensively on skills for living a self-reliant life.


        180.

        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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