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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 nutri…
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.
See the world in a new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman celebrates the diverse curiosities and beauty of the natural world in this exciting new volume. With whimsically hip illustrations, ever…
See the world in a new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman celebrates the diverse curiosities and beauty of the natural world in this exciting new volume. With whimsically hip illustrations, every page is an extraordinary look at all kinds of subjects, from mineral formation and the inside of a volcano to what makes sunsets, monarch butterfly migration, the ecosystem of a rotting log, the parts of a bird, the anatomy of a jellyfish, and much, much more.
Mother Earth News and Grit have compiled 500 pages of the best articles on raising backyard chickens and rabbits, growing an organic garden, baking delicious homemade bread, and practicing self-reliance and country skills. There is something in this guide set for everyone, whether you are thinking of starting your own backyard flock, trying to fine-tune your homemade bread recipe or planning your most successful organic garden yet. In this set you’ll find recipes, do-it-yourself projects, beautiful photos and so much more.
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Grit Guide to Homemade Bread, 5th Edition
More than 20 of the best homemade bread articles from Grit make up this colorful, glossy-paged guide. There are 118 delicious recipes inside, with more than 57 keys to successfully making bread. This guide will help the most inexperienced cook make a perfect, golden-brown loaf of bread right in her very own kitchen.
Mother Earth News Guide to Self-Reliance & Country Skills, 4th Edition
Nothing compares to the feeling of enjoying food 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. Learn to cut your foods bills in half, make cheap garden beds, concoct your own herbal medicine and more.
Mother Earth News Guide to Organic Gardening, 6th Edition
The latest edition of Guide to Organic Gardening is a great reference to help you plan your bountiful garden this year. Starting with soil, fertilizer, seed starting, what plants you should grow, this guide is 100 pages of helpful articles to help you grow your best garden yet.
Grit Guide to Backyard Chickens, 6th Edition
This guide contains more than 51 keys to keeping a healthy, productive flock, plus do-it-yourself housing plans, tips for caring for chickens in the winter, instructions for protecting your flock from predators and disease, and much more.
Grit Guide to Backyard Rabbits, 4th Edition
The fourth edition of this guide includes more than 43 keys to raising happy, healthy rabbits along with helpful advice to find the breed for you, instructions for keeping rabbits out of your garden, advice on how to build the best hutches and equipment, and more.
The go-to guide for women who want to be part of the farming revolution.
Women are leading the new farming revolution in America. Much of the impetus to move back to the land, raise our o…
The go-to guide for women who want to be part of the farming revolution.
Women are leading the new farming revolution in America. Much of the impetus to move back to the land, raise our own food, and connect with our agricultural past is being driven by women. They raise sheep for wool, harvest honey from their beehives, and sell their goods at farmers' markets. What does a woman who wants to work the land need to do to follow her dream?
First, she needs this book. Audrey Levatino shares her experiences of running a farm with her husband and offers invaluable advice on how to get started. She helps readers identify their goals and suggests how to go about achieving them. Filled with personal anecdotes and stories from other women farmers, the book is a reassuring and inspirational guide that discusses:
While keeping bees certainly isn't rocket science, doing it properly does involve decent levels of understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Getting the basics right is essential, and this d…
While keeping bees certainly isn't rocket science, doing it properly does involve decent levels of understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Getting the basics right is essential, and this demands a solid appreciation of important areas such as hives management, breed choice, and health requirements. There is plenty to think about for those getting their first bees, and careful planning is the key to a successful initial experience. One thing that complicates matters is the bees' ability to disguise problems. Although this might seem a useful ability, it actually makes recognizing trouble in the crucial, early stages that much more difficult, even for experienced owners. And although bees are remarkably resilient creatures, they remain vulnerable to predators, disease and climate changes. There is plenty of potential for things to go wrong and, unfortunately, it's always the bees that suffer when problems strike.
Whether you're a newcomer or an old hand, The Beekeeper's Problem Solver provides the information you need to nip problems in the bud and, better still, avoid them in the first place. Let longtime bee keeper and apiary expert James E. Tew guide you through 100 common problems faced by beekeepers, spelling out in clear and simple terms what the underlying cause is and how to solve it. Each one is tackled in depth, with photographs and diagrams, as well as a wide range of practical tips and useful insights. The problems are divided into ten chapters covering the main areas of beekeeping, from health to housing and parasites to predators. A subject-specific index is also included for easy reference.
Mother Earth News is pleased to bring you 100 pages of expert advice for self-sufficient living in the new Premium Issue: Modern Homesteading. More than 25 articles cover off-grid living, easy food ga…
Mother Earth News is pleased to bring you 100 pages of expert advice for self-sufficient living in the new Premium Issue: Modern Homesteading. More than 25 articles cover off-grid living, easy food gardens, solar heating plans, preserving food, and much more.
Read how to start a quick and easy food garden with a no-dig, easy-care bag garden that features 25 favorite crops. Discover how to make a food self-sufficiency plan by estimating how much to grow or buy, and learn how to achieve food security with these handy charts and guidelines. Learn how to keep bees and produce fresh, delicious honey in your own backyard. Make your own herbal medicine by finding ingredients for many basic herbal remedies.
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Modern beekeepers, take notice! Here we have the answer to one of the most common beekeeping questions: What do I do with all of this beeswax? The possibilities are seemingly endless: As beeswax has m…
Modern beekeepers, take notice! Here we have the answer to one of the most common beekeeping questions: What do I do with all of this beeswax? The possibilities are seemingly endless: As beeswax has multiple holistic and decorative uses, projects can vary from beauty and health products to household items. Beeswax Alchemy is your first step toward using excess beeswax to make beautiful, useful gifts for friends, family, and even yourself. It offers a basic introduction to the art of extracting and purifying beeswax, as well as countless ideas for what to make with it. These include skin care creams, candles and other home products, such as beeswax ornaments and wax fabric. So, get ready to suit up and collect some beeswax. There's so much that you can do with it … and now you know how!
The GritGuide to Modern Homesteading walks you step-by-step through finding, buying and building your dream homestead. From selecting that perfect piece of land to building your dream home and buying …
The Grit Guide to Modern Homesteading walks you step-by-step through finding, buying and building your dream homestead. From selecting that perfect piece of land to building your dream home and buying and raising livestock, this 100-page guide is filled with articles written by some of the best homesteading experts.
Discover how to build your home debt-free with patience and resourcefulness. Read all about septic systems to help you save money with design and maintenance. Learn the rules for raising livestock, including feeds, living space and manure. You can also discover how to farm the wind, a new crop that’s a breeze to cash in on.
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All gardeners are at the whim of Mother Nature, and most are obsessed with weather. When is the last frost? What is the chance for rain? Will late-spring hail affect my flower beds? The answers to que…
All gardeners are at the whim of Mother Nature, and most are obsessed with weather. When is the last frost? What is the chance for rain? Will late-spring hail affect my flower beds? The answers to questions like these play a significant role in a gardener’s success.
The Gardener’s Guide to Weather and Climate gives home gardeners an accessible yet comprehensive overview of how the weather works, and offers tips on how to use the information to create better gardens. The book begins with a primer on climate and moves on to cover climate change, weather, microclimates, and how plants are affected by the climate and their environment. Throughout, the reader will find hundreds of helpful color photographs and illustrations that bring the concepts to life.
Though climate change is a serious threat, this useful book remains positive and upbeat in its approach. It shows that instead of gardening at the mercy of the weather, knowledgeable gardeners can make the weather work for them.
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