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191.

EDIBLE WILD PLANTS OF THE PRAIRIE

Kelly Kindscher
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Long before sunflower seeds became a popular snack food, they were a foodstuff valued by Native Americans. For some 10,000 years, from the end of the Pleistocene to the 1800s, the indigenous peoples …

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Long before sunflower seeds became a popular snack food, they were a foodstuff valued by Native Americans. For some 10,000 years, from the end of the Pleistocene to the 1800s, the indigenous peoples of the plains regarded edible native plants, like the sunflower, as an important source of food. Not only did plants provide sustenance during times of scarcity, they also added variety to what otherwise would have been a monotonous diet of game. Nevertheless, the use of native plants as food sharply declined when white men settled the Great Plains and imposed their own culture, with its differing notions of what was fit to eat. Those notions tended to exclude from the accepted diet such plants as soapweed, lambsquarter, ground cherry, prairie turnip and prickly pear. Today it is strange to think of eating chokecherries, which were a key ingredient in that staple of the Indian diet, pemmican.

Based on plant lore documented by historical and archaeological evidence, Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie relates how 122 plant species were once used as food by the native and immigrant residents on the prairie. Written for a broad audience of amateur naturalists, botanists, ethnologists, anthropologists and agronomists, this guide is intended to educate the reader about wild plants as food sources, to synthesize information on the potential use of native flora as new food crops, and to encourage the conservation and cultivation of prairie plants.

By writing about the edible flora of the American prairie, Kelly Kindscher has provided us with the first edible plant book devoted to the region that Walt Whitman called "North America's characteristic landscape" and that Willa Cather called "the floor of the sky." In describing how plants were used for food, he has drawn upon information concerning tribes that inhabited the prairie bioregion. As a consequence, his book serves as a handy compendium for readers seeking to learn more about historical uses of plants by Native Americans.

The book is organized into 51 chapters arranged alphabetically by scientific name. For those who are interested in finding and identifying the plants, the book provides line drawings, distribution maps, and botanical and habitat descriptions. The ethnobotanical accounts of food use form the major portion of the text, but the reader will also find information on the parts of the plants used, harvesting, propagation (for home gardeners), and the preparation and taste of wild food plants.

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THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO BEEKEEPING

Daniel & Samantha Johnson
Hardcover

Price: $19.99

Raising bees is becoming increasingly popular in backyards and on farms large and small-and it's easy to see why. These resourceful insects produce organic honey and beeswax, all while constantly prov…

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Raising bees is becoming increasingly popular in backyards and on farms large and small-and it's easy to see why. These resourceful insects produce organic honey and beeswax, all while constantly providing natural aid to the health of your yard and garden. And even better, bees are easy to keep, especially with the expert instruction of The Beginner's Guide to Beekeeping. Beginning with the basics, seasoned beekeepers Daniel and Samantha Johnson answer all of a prospective beekeeper's questions on how to set up, care for, and harvest your very own bee colonies. With the help of this comprehensive DIY guide, raising bees can be an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime for gardeners, crafters and cooks everywhere.

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40 PROJECTS FOR BUILDING YOUR BACKYARD HOMESTEAD

David Toht
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Backyard Homesteading addresses the needs of many people who want to take control of the food they eat and the products they use-even if they live in an urban or suburban house on a typical-size lot. …

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Backyard Homesteading addresses the needs of many people who want to take control of the food they eat and the products they use-even if they live in an urban or suburban house on a typical-size lot. It shows homeowners how to turn their yard into a productive and wholesome "homestead" that allows them to grow their own fruits and vegetables and raise farm animals, including chickens, ducks and goats. Backyard Homesteading covers the laws and regulations of raising livestock in populated areas and demonstrates to readers how to use and preserve the bounty they produce.

This wonderful resource also:

  • Speaks to the homeowner who wishes to be self-sufficient and provide wholesome, homegrown food to his or her family
  • Shows how to turn even a small urban or suburban yard into a productive, efficient small farm
  • Covers vegetable gardens, beekeeping and raising farm animals, including chickens, ducks and goats
  • Runs the gamut from planting seeds to canning your own vegetables, from raising farm animals to preserving your own meat and poultry
This is truly a how-to guide for people who want to take control of what they eat and the products they use.

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SELF-RELIANT LIVING

Edited by Jay Cassell
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Being a homesteader today may seem difficult; the world is full of so many gadgets and conveniences, many of which most of us consider necessary to live a full and happy life. In this collection, edi…

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Being a homesteader today may seem difficult; the world is full of so many gadgets and conveniences, many of which most of us consider necessary to live a full and happy life. In this collection, edited and arranged by Jay Cassell, you'll see that going off the grid, adapting to your surroundings, and depending on yourself and your land is not as challenging as one may think. With the information and tips you learn in this book, you'll easily find success as a modern-day homesteader.

The essays featured in The Ultimate Guide to Self-Reliant Living were written by some of today's most respected outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen, nature enthusiasts, agricultural professionals, and successful homesteaders. Through the information on these pages, you will learn the best techniques and approaches concerning:

  • Hunting, fishing and trapping
  • Foraging
  • Growing and preparing your own food
  • Animal husbandry
  • Living off the grid
  • Building barns and outbuildings
  • Green living
  • Country skills
  • Alternative energy, such as solar panels and windmills
  • Primitive survival skills, such as making fires and finding shelter

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MY PET CHICKEN HANDBOOK

Lissa Lucas & Traci Torres
Paperback

Price: $17.99

The backyard chicken is the new "it" pet-and with good reason: These birds are personable, beautiful and (mostly) low maintenance. But they're not without their quirks and sometimes puzzling behaviors…

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The backyard chicken is the new "it" pet-and with good reason: These birds are personable, beautiful and (mostly) low maintenance. But they're not without their quirks and sometimes puzzling behaviors.

That's where the experts at MyPetChicken.com have a beak up on the competition: They hear from chicken keepers daily and offer advice about common mistakes and pitfalls that occur when raising a flock of chickens in the backyard. And customers tell them that the advice they most appreciate is actually how not to raise chickens, what not to do, and why not to panic.

My Pet Chicken Handbook helps potential chicken owners decide whether chicken keeping is right for them, how to make the best choices for their situations, how to start planning for the new pets, and-most importantly-how to head off potential trouble before the chicks arrive. Detailed care instructions for baby chicks and mature hens help to ensure a friendly and enjoyable flock. Covering both the good and the "oh no" experiences that beginners and avid backyard farmers experience, topics include choosing coops, planning a daily routine, learning about sanitation practices, and discovering signs of distress. Then the joy of chicken keeping comes full "ovoid," with 50 recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all featuring the incredible and versatile egg. You'll have at your fingers delicious instructions for cooking up everything from homemade egg noodles and sesame mayonnaise to a vegetable frittata and caramel custard.

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO SELF-RELIANCE AND COUNTRY SKILLS

Mother Earth News
Paperback

Price: $6.99

Learning to live off the land can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Preparing meals with ingredients that you cultivated yourself provides a feeling of self-accomplishment and the satisfaction…

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Learning to live off the land can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Preparing meals with ingredients that you cultivated yourself provides a feeling of self-accomplishment and the satisfaction of knowing where your food comes from. Being able to successfully run a self-sufficient homestead, no matter whether you live on 1 acre or 10, provides you with benefits such as money saved on bills, healthy and nutritious food, homemade remedies, and so much more.

Growing and raising your own food, completing energy-saving projects and choosing renewable energy, and more are all covered in this 100-page guide. It's jam-packed with articles that will help you start your journey toward making life more self-sufficient.

Read how to plan the perfect homestead and design your homestead on only 1 acre of land. Learn to build the best greenhouses and garden fences. Discover how to plan for food self-sufficiency and maximize your harvest.

More articles include:
Find Your Country Property - Follow this advice to locate the property that's just right for you.

Space-Saving Home Design - Has clutter taken over your life? Make your house feel bigger by tapping into five strategies that makes your homework far more efficiently.

Make Your Own Herbal Medicine - To find ingredients for many basic herbal remedies, you often need to look no further than your own backyard.

Raising Chickens for Meat - Want to ensure that the chicken on your plate was raised and processed humanely? Do it yourself!

Keeping Bees in Top-Bar Hives - Use this less-expensive method to raise bees that will pollinate your crops and provide tasty honey fresh from the comb.

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THE FENCE BIBLE

Jeff Beneke
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Good neighbors make good fences - and good fences require good planning, materials and construction. In The Fence Bible, you will find all the information you need to select and construct the right fe…

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Good neighbors make good fences - and good fences require good planning, materials and construction. In The Fence Bible, you will find all the information you need to select and construct the right fence for any part of your property. Whether you're considering a wooden picket or a solid brick wall, a decorative rustic wattle or a secure wrought-iron fence, home improvement expert Jeff Beneke lays out the pros and cons of each fencing type, and explains what your investment will be in terms of money, time, materials and ongoing maintenance.

Do you want a barrier fence that says "go away" or a welcoming gateway? Is your goal to create greater privacy around your property, or add a decorative landscaping feature? To ensure that you select a fence that meets your purposes and injects life and beauty into the landscape, rather than destroying it, Beneke offers dozens of visual examples and practical design guidance. His reassuring, conversational tone makes the process enjoyable. And the detailed step-by-step instructions give you the knowledge and confidence to build fences that will add the most to your property. .

Whether you have a small urban courtyard, a generous suburban backyard or a grand country spread, you'll learn how to stake out your own distinctive boundaries and create a fence that defines and complements your landscape.

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THE KNOT TYING BIBLE

Colin Jarman
Hardcover

Price: $29.95

The Knot Tying Bible is a complete guide to selecting, tying and using a wide array of knots, useful for everything from hauling logs to securing a canoe to wrapping presents. Beginners can master the…

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The Knot Tying Bible is a complete guide to selecting, tying and using a wide array of knots, useful for everything from hauling logs to securing a canoe to wrapping presents. Beginners can master the basics before progressing to the more difficult knots. Experienced rope users can enjoy new knot challenges and discoveries.

Using a dual approach of photographs and written instructions explaining step-by-step how to tie knots, the book includes:

  • A comprehensive introduction to rope
  • Material properties of rope types
  • How to select, care for and store all types of rope
  • Ropeworking terms
  • Descriptions of rope constructions and outlines of breaking strains
  • Information and ideas for using each knot
  • Picture icons
A hands-on knot directory outlines the function and formation of more than 70 knots and categorizes them according to physical properties, making it easy to find the right knot for the job at hand.

Knowing the right knot to use and how to tie it can make life easier … and safer. The Knot Tying Bible is a timeless resource that will be useful just about anywhere, for just about anything. This is an essential purchase.

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HONEY BEE HOBBYIST

Norman Gary, PhD
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Beekeeping isn't just for the professional farmer-bees can be kept in any situation, from the simple backyard patio and garden to large expanses of farmland. A comprehensive and attractive beekeeping …

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Beekeeping isn't just for the professional farmer-bees can be kept in any situation, from the simple backyard patio and garden to large expanses of farmland. A comprehensive and attractive beekeeping guide from Hobby Farm Press (the same folks who bring you Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home magazines), Honey Bee Hobbyist takes readers from finding their bees, housing them, collecting honey and using their produce for pleasure and possible profit. This colorful book includes entertaining chapters on the history of bees and beekeeping, and serves as an extensive introduction to help novice beekeepers fully understand this exciting hobby!

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GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY


Paperback

Price: $6.99

Keeping bees is a great hobby. It provides you with an unlimited supply of honey; the bees help pollinate your plants and crops; and can provide enjoyment for you and the whole family. This 100-page g…

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Keeping bees is a great hobby. It provides you with an unlimited supply of honey; the bees help pollinate your plants and crops; and can provide enjoyment for you and the whole family. This 100-page guide is filled with some of the best articles on keeping bees, building your own beehives, cooking with honey and how to identify different types of bees.

Inside you'll find more than 77 ways to get more from your backyard bees. Read how to get to know your bees and all it takes to get started raising bees. Discover how to build your own beehive and save money in the process. Learn how to keep bees with top bar hives. You can also find 10 easy steps to becoming an urban beekeeper.

Other articles include:

  • Beginning With Honeybees: Questions and answers help beginning beekeepers.
  • Wholesome as Honey: Famous as a sweet treat, this bee staple is packed with good nutrition and health.
  • Bee Byproducts: Honey is but one of the items caused by ever-industrious honeybees.
  • Go Native With Wild Bees: The humble little orchard mason bee is the best-kept (pollinator) secret.
  • Community Buzz for Overwintering Bees: GRIT bloggers' best tips for keeping your hive healthy during its most difficult months.
  • Beehive Baking: Put down the sugar bowl and switch to honey with these wholesome recipes.

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