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    131.

    GROWING LOCAL FOOD

    Mary Lou Shaw
    Paperback

    Price: $14.99

    Growing Local Food's goal is to empower you and your community to grow more of your own food. 22 chapters explore ideas as simple as growing herbs in a pot to information on raising heritage breed cow…

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    Growing Local Food's goal is to empower you and your community to grow more of your own food. 22 chapters explore ideas as simple as growing herbs in a pot to information on raising heritage breed cows.

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    TASTE, MEMORY

    David Buchanan
    Paperback

    Price: $17.95

    While living in Washington State in the early ’90s, David Buchanan learned about the heritage food movement and began growing fruit trees, grains and vegetables. After moving home to New England, howe…

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    While living in Washington State in the early ’90s, David Buchanan learned about the heritage food movement and began growing fruit trees, grains and vegetables. After moving home to New England, however, he left behind his plant collection and for several years stopped gardening. In 2005, inspired by the revival of interest in regional food and culinary traditions, he borrowed a few rows of growing space at a farm near his home in Portland, Maine, where he resumed collecting. By 2012 he had expanded to 2 acres, started a nursery and small business, and discovered creative ways to preserve rare foods. In Taste, Memory Buchanan shares stories of slightly obsessive urban gardeners, preservationists, environmentalists, farmers and passionate cooks, and weaves anecdotes of his personal journey with profiles of leaders in the movement to defend agricultural biodiversity.

    Taste, Memory begins and ends with a simple premise: that a healthy food system depends on matching diverse plants and animals to the demands of land and climate. In this sense of place lies the true meaning of local food.

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    GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY, 3RD EDITION

    GRIT Editors
    Paperback

    Price: $6.99

    Build a honey extractor. Use top-bar hives. Bake with honey. Find your favorite honeybee. Read about all this and more with GRIT's Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 3rd Edition. This treasure-trove of…

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    Build a honey extractor. Use top-bar hives. Bake with honey. Find your favorite honeybee. Read about all this and more with GRIT's 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 100-page guide includes great advice, tips, techniques, instructions, recipes and more to help you get started with beekeeping … or, if you are a seasoned beekeeper, to help you learn new tricks of the trade.

    Save 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. Honey adds something natural, healthy and sweet to any recipe, whether it's appetizers or main dishes.

    More articles include:

    • Top Tips for Happy Bees: Expert advice for novice urban beekeepers.
    • Bee Byproducts: Honey is but one of the items created by ever-industrious honeybees.
    • Go Native with Wild Bees: The humble little orchard mason bee is the best-kept (pollinator) secret.
    • The Case of the Disappearing Honeybees: What is colony collapse disorder, and what can be done?
    • Winterizing Your Bees … Naturally: There may be snow on the ground and ice on the trees, but your bees are a balmy 96 degrees Fahrenheit inside their hive.
    • And more!

    134.

    PLENTY

    Diana Henry
    Hardcover

    Price: $29.99

    So what if filet mignon and foie gras are no longer on the menu? Diana Henry revives the lost art of home economics — making the most of what you have — combining it with today's desire for a sustainable table. She shows modern cooks that there is plenty of food for us to eat and enjoy without depleting our bank accounts and the planet's resources.

    This cook's tour of recipes from around the globe is all about the great food you can make without spending a ton of money. With what's left from a simple Roast Chicken, make a fabulous Greek Chicken, Pumpkin, Feta & Filo Pie. Turn a bumper crop of tomatoes and basil into a satisfying Tomato & Pesto Tart. Thanks to a special section on less expensive cuts of meat, you'll soon be creating new family favorites from lamb shoulder, pork belly, skirt steak and the like.

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    UNCLE DAVE'S COW

    Leslie Miller
    Paperback

    Price: $18.95

    As folks like Michael Pollan and Joel Salatin have been preaching for years, commercial meat production isn't good for the animals, our bodies or the planet. Yet the organic, sustainably raised pork, …

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    As folks like Michael Pollan and Joel Salatin have been preaching for years, commercial meat production isn't good for the animals, our bodies or the planet. Yet the organic, sustainably raised pork, beef and lamb one finds at supermarkets and specialty stores are often pricey, and the marketing labels can be beyond confusing. What if you just want to eat meat as healthfully and enjoyably as possible, all while sticking to a budget?

    Uncle Dave's Cow: And Other Whole Animals My Freezer Has Known shows you how to find and evaluate local farmers, form a buying group, plan out cuts and quantities, store and preserve your purchases, and dish up an entire animal one part at a time. Author Leslie Miller, a busy Seattle mother who hails from a long lineage of Central Washington farmers, shows readers how to go whole hog (or cow, or goat, or lamb, for that matter) as she takes the reader along on her own educational journey – from the moment she locates and buys her first pig, all the way to her last forkful of tender pulled pork. Miller explores local farmers markets and 4-H fairs, talks to dedicated farmers and butchers, and explains how even her children connect to the cow in the freezer. By sharing her whole-food experiences, she allows readers to connect to the source of their food, while her 45 original recipes show how to cook mouthwatering meals from the abundance of whole animals.

    Written with urban charm and a knife-sharp sense of humor, Uncle Dave's Cow is a friendly and accessible guide to sourcing and eating local meat for parents, foodies, and everyone who wants to learn how to be a well-prepared consumer and cook through to the bone.

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    DEREK FELL'S GROW THIS!

    Derek Fell
    Paperback

    Price: $23.99

    What gardeners want most is a bigger and better return on their investment of time and money—maximum yields and superior flavor for edibles, long-lasting blooms for flowers. Derek Fell's Grow This! fe…

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    What gardeners want most is a bigger and better return on their investment of time and money—maximum yields and superior flavor for edibles, long-lasting blooms for flowers. Derek Fell's Grow This! features expert advice for choosing and growing the top-performing plants (and avoiding the ones that disappoint).

    Derek Fell has grown hundreds of varieties and annually visits gardens and test plots across America, so he’s qualified to guide gardeners to the best of the best—more than 600 vegetable, flower, herb and lawn grass all-stars. He offers honest feedback about plant performance, even when it contradicts favorable public opinion or a grower’s claims. Seed racks may be filled with ‘Kentucky Wonder’ snap beans, but he dismisses that variety as too fibrous and needy and instead recommends ‘Blue Lake’ beans for tenderness and high yields. Fell’s firsthand experience means the difference between choosing plant winners and losers.

    Packed with insider evaluations from seedsmen, growers and nursery retailers that readers won’t find elsewhere, Derek Fell's Grow This! explains industry lingo and debunks marketing hype to help gardeners select the best-performing plants for all garden conditions and goals.

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    PLOWING WITH PIGS

    Oscar H. Will & Karen K. Will
    Paperback

    Price: $24.95

    Order your copy, signed by authors Oscar H. Will III and Karen K. Will, today! Fueled by a failing economy and a passionate desire for a return to simpler times, a new wave of homesteaders is seeking…

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    Order your copy, signed by authors Oscar H. Will III and Karen K. Will, today! Fueled by a failing economy and a passionate desire for a return to simpler times, a new wave of homesteaders is seeking the good life, and the kind of true satisfaction that can only be built, not bought. Many of these modern pioneers are cash poor, but rich in energy and creativity. Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions offers them a set of fresh ideas for achieving independence through sweat equity and the use of unconventional resources.

    This highly readable and entertaining guide brings together answers to common problems faced by homesteaders young and old, urban, suburban, and rural. Traditional knowledge is combined with MacGyver-style ingenuity to create projects that maximize available resources, including:

    • Animal management strategies for the yard, garden, and field
    • Pole building and construction techniques from woodlot materials
    • Replacing farm machinery with homemade hand tools and implements
    • Leveraging increased self-sufficiency into a home-based business
    Whether you are a dreamer or a doer, Plowing with Pigs will inspire, challenge, and enable you to do more with less (and have fun doing it).

    About the authors:
    Oscar H. Will III is a farmer, scientist, and author, known for seeking and implementing creative farmstead solutions. His commercial agricultural production experience includes alfalfa sprouts, hay, beef cattle, free-range poultry (meat and eggs), native perennial plants, trees, cut flowers and vegetables. The editor-in-chief of Grit Magazine, Hank has published hundreds of articles and 5 books on a range of topics including antique farm machinery.

    Karen K. Will is editor of The Heirloom Gardener magazine and operates Prairie Turnip Farm in Osage County, Kan., with her husband Oscar H. Will III. She is a freelance writer, photographer and blogger, and the author of Cooking with Heirlooms: Seasonal Recipes with Heritage-Variety Vegetables and Fruits.

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    REINVENTING THE CHICKEN COOP

    Matthew Wolpe, Kevin McElroy
    Paperback

    Price: $19.95

    Backyard chickens meet contemporary design! Matthew Wolpe and Kevin McElroy give you 14 complete building plans for chicken coops that range from the purely functional to the outrageously fabulous. On…

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    Backyard chickens meet contemporary design! Matthew Wolpe and Kevin McElroy give you 14 complete building plans for chicken coops that range from the purely functional to the outrageously fabulous. One features a water-capturing roof, another pays homage to mid-Modern architecture, and still another sports a built-in composting system. Some designs suit beginning builders, while others are challenging enough for experts. Full-color photographs and detailed construction illustrations accompany the step-by-step building plans.

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    STARTER COOPS

    Wendy Bedwell-Wilson
    Paperback

    Price: $14.95

    Starter Coops provides clear, detailed instructions for building and maintaining backyard chicken coops. Before bringing home chickens, hobbyists must first build a housing structure for their soon-to…

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    Starter Coops provides clear, detailed instructions for building and maintaining backyard chicken coops. Before bringing home chickens, hobbyists must first build a housing structure for their soon-to-be flock. This how-to guide offers everything there is to know about building a chicken coop, from deciding which type of structure fits your purpose and financial needs to adding the appropriate color and décor. Author Wendy Bedwell-Wilson also goes beyond the building of the coop to offer information about routine maintenance and troubleshooting tips for managing bugs and varmints. This book offers a solution to any issue that may arise when building and caring for your chicken coop. With its entertaining yet precise and practical tone, Starter Coops is the perfect guide for novice, small-scale chicken owners.

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    SUSTAINABLE MARKET FARMING

    Pam Dawling
    Paperback

    Price: $34.95

    Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. At the same time, most books and r…

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    Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. At the same time, most books and resources about food production aim at the backyard and hobby gardener, who simply want to supplement their family's diet with a few homegrown fruits and vegetables. Targeted at serious growers in every climate zone, Sustainable Market Farming acts as a comprehensive manual for small-scale farmers raising organic crops sustainably on a few acres.

    Informed by the author's extensive experience growing a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit to feed the approximately 100 members of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia, this practical guide provides:

    • Detailed profiles of a full range of crops, addressing sowing, cultivation, rotation, succession, common pests and diseases, harvest and storage
    • Information about new and efficient techniques, season extension, and disease-resistant varieties
    • Farm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterprise
    Whether you are a beginning market grower or an established enterprise seeking to improve your skills, Sustainable Market Farming is an invaluable resource and a timely book for the maturing local agriculture movement.

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