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REAL GOODS SOLAR LIVING SOURCE BOOK

John Schaeffer
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Price: $39.95

What book would you want if you were stranded on a desert island? Widely regarded as the bible of off-grid living, the Solar Living Sourcebook might be your best choice. With more than 600,000 copies …

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What book would you want if you were stranded on a desert island? Widely regarded as the bible of off-grid living, the Solar Living Sourcebook might be your best choice. With more than 600,000 copies in print worldwide, it is the most comprehensive resource available for anyone interested in lessening their environmental footprint and increasing their energy independence.

This 14th edition of the sourcebook is the ultimate guide to renewable energy, sustainable living, natural and green building, off-grid living and alternative transportation, written by experts with decades of experience and a passion for sharing their knowledge. This fully revised and updated edition includes brand new sections on permaculture and urban homesteading, and completely rewritten chapters on solar technology, sustainable transportation and relocalization. It also boasts greatly expanded material on:

  • Natural building
  • Permaculture and biodynamics
  • Electric and biofuel-powered vehicles
  • Passive solar
  • Solar water heating
  • Grid-tied photovoltaic systems

You’ll also find maps, wiring diagrams, formulas, charts, electrical code, solar sizing worksheets and much more.

Whether you're a layperson or a professional, novice or longtime aficionado, the Sourcebook puts the latest research and information at your fingertips … everything you need to know to make sustainable living a reality.


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A KID'S GUIDE TO KEEPING CHICKENS

Melissa Caughey
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Chickens make wonderful pets, and Melissa Caughey (author of the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest) provides all the information kids need to raise healthy chickens and have tons of fun doing it! Caughe…

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Chickens make wonderful pets, and Melissa Caughey (author of the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest) provides all the information kids need to raise healthy chickens and have tons of fun doing it! Caughey shares her advice in an engaging way so that kids understand what it means to keep chickens and what kind of housing, food, equipment, and care the chickens will need to thrive. She also suggests lots of creative activities sure to spark enthusiasm and imagination, such as speaking chicken, creating a veggie piñata for the flock, and making a chicken fort in the backyard. She even offers 10 egg-centric recipes that kids will love to make and eat, including French toast, egg drop soup, and Mexican egg pizza. A colorful pull-out poster completes the book!


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THE ULTIMATE SITUATIONAL SURVIVAL GUIDE

Robert Richardson
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Price: $17.99

The most important tool in your emergency preparedness kit is a solid mindset cultivated around survival. For your instincts and reflexes to keep you alive when life throws an unexpected and dangerous…

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The most important tool in your emergency preparedness kit is a solid mindset cultivated around survival. For your instincts and reflexes to keep you alive when life throws an unexpected and dangerous situation your way, you must be mentally prepared to face a potentially life-threatening challenge. This book teaches you how to do just that.

The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide covers: creating home safety plans, dealing with natural disasters, planning for transportation issues, identifying urban threats and dealing with them, financial preparedness, being prepared for terrorist attacks and other man-made disasters, and coping with disease in many of these scenarios.

Inside you'll find:

  • fresh, real-life approaches to survival in the 21st century (not revised material taken from government websites)
  • a practical preparedness approach to everyday life, including home safety, vehicle preparedness and financial security
  • techniques and skills needed to survive criminal and violent attacks, along with hostage and active shooter situations

These are the kinds of threats you need to start preparing for now if you want to survive. What are you willing to do to guarantee your survival? What length are you willing to go to guarantee your family's survival? Take this book home and get started preparing today!


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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO SELF-RELIANCE & COUNTRY SKILLS, 4


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Price: $6.99

Turn your dreams of country living into a reality! The Mother Earth NewsGuide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills, 4th Edition is 100 pages of beneficial articles that will assist anyone wanting to li…

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Turn your dreams of country living into a reality! The Mother Earth News Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills, 4th Edition is 100 pages of beneficial articles that will assist anyone wanting to live a more self-sufficient life. Nothing compares to the feeling of enjoying a meal that was raised and grown on your own land … no matter if it’s just the delicious preserves from your garden or the entire feast. There are also great articles on solar heating and other energy savings tips that will save you hundreds on your energy bills.

Several articles in this special issue provide useful and helpful tips on how to plan and maintain a successful self-sufficient homestead, from picking the perfect property to caring for the garden and livestock.

    More articles included:
  • Homesteading Lessons Learned: From planning your home to laying out garden beds, a longtime homesteading expert shares his advice 20 years in the making.
  • Start a Self-Sufficient, 1-Acre Homestead: Live off the land with these strategies for establishing self-sufficient food production, including advice on crop rotations and raising livestock.
  • Cut Your Food Bills in Half: You can enjoy better and healthier food while spending much less to feed your family.
  • How to Make Cheap Garden Beds: Here’s how (and why) to create permanent garden beds and paths, and why framed or raised beds may be optional.
  • Want Milk? Get Goats: Dairy goats can supply your family with milk inexpensively.
  • Make Your Own Herbal Medicine: To find ingredients for many basic herbal remedies, you often need to look no further than your own backyard.


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WILD TURKEYS

John Mettler
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Once nearly extinct in North America, wild turkeys have made a dramatic comeback. Here is all the habitat and mating information you will need to hunt and enjoy these noble birds.


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GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY, 5TH EDITION


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Price: $6.99

The secret – how enjoyable and rewarding owning and maintaining a backyard hive is – is out! Not only are the benefits of owning your own hive (or hives!) numerous, this hobby that will benefit your f…

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The secret – how enjoyable and rewarding owning and maintaining a backyard hive is – is out! Not only are the benefits of owning your own hive (or hives!) numerous, this hobby that will benefit your family, your land and the environment. More backyard beehives are popping up all over the country. Whether you are a seasoned beekeeper or on still on the fence about taking the leap and starting your own hive, the 5th edition of GRIT’s Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey is an excellent source to help you get started!

This 100-page guide is filled with some of the best articles published in GRIT magazine, covering almost everything you need to know about starting, maintaining and benefiting from owning your own beehive … everything from buying and installing your first package of bees into the new hive to cooking with the delicious honey they produce. Several articles cover step-by-step instructions on how to build your own beehive. Other articles cover how important bees and other pollinators are to the land. Plus, are you brave enough to take the “Name that Bee” quiz and identify more than 10 different species of bees?

    More articles included:
  • Homesteading With the Bees – Our bloggers offer up their well-earned expertise on keeping backyard bees.
  • Getting to Know Your Bees – The sweet truth about the life and times of one of humankind’s most important social insects.
  • Building a Top-Bar Hive – A different approach allows the beekeeper a simpler method of checking on his charges.
  • Wholesome as Honey – Famous as a sweet treat, this bee staple is packed with good nutrition and health.
  • How to Build a Honey Extractor – You can make an inexpensive honey extractor from simple materials available in your local hardware store.
  • DIY Beeswax Crafts for the Home – With the increased interest in beekeeping, the use of honey and beeswax has become an artisanal trend.


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EDIBLE WILD PLANTS

John Kallas
Paperback

Price: $24.99

Imagine what you could do with 18 delicious new greens in your dining arsenal, including purslane, chickweed, curly dock, wild spinach, sorrel and wild mustard.

John Kallas makes it fun and easy to lea…

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Imagine what you could do with 18 delicious new greens in your dining arsenal, including purslane, chickweed, curly dock, wild spinach, sorrel and wild mustard.

John Kallas makes it fun and easy to learn about foods you've unknowingly passed by all your life. Through gorgeous photographs, playful (but authoritative) text and ground-breaking design, he gives you the knowledge and confidence to finally begin eating and enjoying edible wild plants.

Edible Wild Plants divides plants into four flavor categories: foundation, tart, pungent and bitter. Categorizing by flavor helps readers use these greens in pleasing ways and make the best salads.

This field guide is essential for anyone wanting to incorporate more natural and whole foods into their diet. It includes nutrient tables that directly compare wild foods to domesticated greens. Whether looking to enhance a diet or identify which plants can be eaten for survival, readers can use the extensive information on wild foods to determine the appropriate stage of growth and how to properly prepare these highly nutritious greens.


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RESILIENT AGRICULTURE

Laura Lengnick
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to the productivity and profitability of agriculture in North America. More variable weather, drought and flooding create the most obvious damage, bu…

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Climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to the productivity and profitability of agriculture in North America. More variable weather, drought and flooding create the most obvious damage, but hot summer nights, warmer winters, longer growing seasons and other environmental changes have more subtle but far-reaching effects on plant and livestock growth and development.

Resilient Agriculture recognizes the critical role that sustainable agriculture will play in the coming decades and beyond. The latest science on climate risk, resilience and climate change adaptation is blended with the personal experience of farmers and ranchers to explore:

  • The "strange changes" in weather recorded over the last decade
  • The associated shifts in crop and livestock behavior
  • The actions producers have taken to maintain productivity in a changing climate

The climate change challenge is real, and it is here now. To enjoy the sustained production of food, fiber and fuel well into the 21st century, we must begin now to make changes that will enhance the adaptive capacity and resilience of North American agriculture. The rich knowledge base presented in Resilient Agriculture is poised to serve as the cornerstone of an evolving, climate-ready food system.


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FARM COLLECTOR'S SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S SET 2015


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Price: $26.95

Own all four of Farm Collector Special Collector's Edition guides in one special set. Discover more than 20 stories of old iron collectors hunting, finding and recovering long-lost steamers, engines o…

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Own all four of Farm Collector Special Collector's Edition guides in one special set. Discover more than 20 stories of old iron collectors hunting, finding and recovering long-lost steamers, engines or tractors in Great Finds: Tales of Hunting Old Iron. Test your knowledge and identify more than 160 mystery tools in Field Guide to Mystery Farm Tools, Vol. 2. Read more than 35 of Sam Moore's "Let's Talk Rusty Iron" articles in Harvesting Heritage: 150 Years on the American Farm. Or admire the machines that made International Harvester famous in IHC Heritage.

Field Guide to Mystery Farm Tools, Vol. 2
We’ve all seen at least one in our lifetime. That rusty, worn-looking antique tool that we can’t quite figure out: What does it do? Why was it made? What is it even called? This new edition includes more than 160 tools that have been identified and includes a small paragraph explaining what the tool was used for! You’ll read how to identify tools yourself using patents, online collector resources, and books and publications for collectors.

Great Finds: Tales of Hunting Old Iron
This guide is filled with great stories and pictures of finds, rescues and rebuilds of collector tractors, engines, steamers and more. From a rare Allis-Chalmers 6-12 tractor cut out of a hedgerow in Texas to a Case steamer pulled from a Kansas river and a huge Stickney gas engine pulled from a watery grave in Idaho, Great Finds: Tales of Hunting Old Iron, shares two dozen stories of tractors and engines found - and recovered - despite incredible obstacles.

Harvesting Heritage
As a student of the past, Sam Moore learned his lessons well. Paying careful attention to instructions from his elders, he not only learned the old ways but gained a full appreciation for them. Deeply researched and beautifully written, Moore's essays recapture a time irretrievably lost - but easily glimpsed through the pages of this exciting edition.

IHC Heritage
Celebrate the rich heritage of International Harvester in this Special Collector's Edition. From Cyrus McCormick and William Deering to the iconic Farmall Regular and immortal Cub Cadet, this special issue explores the history and culture of IHC in its many varieties. IHC Heritage covers it all, including family stories, early prototypes, history, tractors, engines, reapers and much more.


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THE NOURISHING HOMESTEAD

Ben Hewitt
Paperback

Price: $29.95

The Nourishing Homestead tells the story of how we can create truly satisfying and permanent relationships with the land, nature and one another.

Ben and Penny Hewitt offer practical ways to grow nutri…

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The Nourishing Homestead tells the story of how we can create truly satisfying and permanent relationships with the land, nature and one another.

Ben and Penny Hewitt offer practical ways to grow nutrient-dense food on a small plot of land, and think about a farm, homestead or home as an ecosystem. Much of what the Hewitts have come to understand and embrace about their lives of deep nourishment is informed by their particular piece of land and local community in northern Vermont, but what they have gleaned is readily transferable to any place—whether you live on 4 acres, 40 acres or in a 400-square-foot studio apartment.

The Hewitts (including their two sons) maintain copious gardens, dozens of fruit and nut trees, and other perennial plantings, as well as a pick-your-own blueberry patch. In addition to these cultivated food crops, they also forage for wild edibles, process their own meat, make their own butter, and ferment, dry and can their own vegetables. Their focus is to produce nutrient-dense foods from vibrant, mineralized soils for themselves and their immediate community. They are also committed to sharing the traditional skills that support their family, helping them be self-sufficient and thrive in these uncertain times.

Much of what the Hewitts are attempting on their homestead is to close the gaps that economic separation has created in our health, spirit and skills. They use the term “practiculture” to describe the family’s work with the land—a term that encompasses the many practical life skills and philosophies they embody to create a thriving homestead, including raw-milk production, soil remediation, wildcrafting, Weston A. Price principles, bionutrient-dense farming, permaculture, agroforestry, traditional Vermont hill farming, and more. The Nourishing Homestead also includes information on deep nutrition, the importance of good fats and integrating children into the work of a homestead.

The Hewitts’ story is reminiscent of The Good Life, by Helen and Scott Nearing, and is sure to inspire a new generation of homesteaders, or anyone seeking a simpler way of life and a deeper connection to the world.

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