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    181.

    THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF ANIMALS

    Janine Benyus
    Paperback

    Price: $22.95

    In The Secret Language of Animals, biologist Janine Benyus takes us inside the animal kingdom and shows us the whys and hows behind the distinctive behavior of creatures great and small in their natur…

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    In The Secret Language of Animals, biologist Janine Benyus takes us inside the animal kingdom and shows us the whys and hows behind the distinctive behavior of creatures great and small in their natural environments.

    Divided geographically into five sections—Africa, Asia, North America, the oceans, and the poles—the book examines and describes the behavior, body language, and patterns of communication of 20 different animals: the gorilla, lion, African elephant, plains zebra, black rhinoceros, giraffe, ostrich, greater flamingo, Nile crocodile, giant panda, peacock, Komodo monitor, bottlenose dolphin, California sea lion, gray wolf, bald eagle, sandhill crane, beluga whale, polar bear, and Adélie penguin.

    For each animal, Benyus describes and explains basic behaviors (locomotion, feeding, drinking, bathing, grooming, sleeping), communication behavior (greeting, social play, group defense, conflict, aggression/submission, fighting, courtship, copulation), and parenting behavior (birth, care and feeding, teaching, communal care).

    The book is illustrated throughout with tender yet precise line drawings that beckon us to the animals and vividly capture everything from changing facial expressions to nurturing postures to playful and aggressive interactions. The text, too, is both intimate and informative, allowing for a deep connection with, and a great admiration for, each one of the animals.


    182.

    PLANTING A FUTURE

    John Vincent
    Paperback

    Price: $24.95

    If you care about food, you care about farmers. But the farmers profiled in this book are not the corporate agribusiness people who put money and politics above health. These folks are working to heal…

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    If you care about food, you care about farmers. But the farmers profiled in this book are not the corporate agribusiness people who put money and politics above health. These folks are working to heal our earth, strengthen and free our seeds, provide humane care to our animals, and raise wholesome, organic food to nourish our families. This group of Oregon farmers and farm supporters reflects the diversity of people, both young and old, who are reshaping our food system and reclaiming our right to eat well. In their stories you will hear how they came to be where they are, learn something about the challenges they face, and share their happiness at the successes they’ve enjoyed thus far. America’s new farm movement is driven by a desire to do good, and somehow make a living at the same time. As you will learn, it’s not an easy path, but what worthwhile path is? As a reader, you will learn about the world these farmers live in. As an eater, you can choose to help them, and those like them, continue their work. And as a gardener or future farmer, you can join them in making our world a better place to live.


    183.

    RESTORATION AGRICULTURE

    Mark Shepard
    Paperback

    Price: $30.00

    Around the globe most people get their calories from “annual” agriculture: plants that grow fast for one season, produce lots of seeds, then die. Every single human society that has relied on annual c…

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    Around the globe most people get their calories from “annual” agriculture: plants that grow fast for one season, produce lots of seeds, then die. Every single human society that has relied on annual crops for staple foods has collapsed. Restoration Agriculture explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs … in your own backyard, farm or ranch. This book, based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future.


    184.

    GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD CHICKENS, 6TH EDITION


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    Price: $6.99

    You don’t need acres of land to raise and maintain a healthy flock of chickens. All you need is your own backyard! The sixth edition of the GritGuide to Backyard Chickens contains more than 51 keys to…

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    You don’t need acres of land to raise and maintain a healthy flock of chickens. All you need is your own backyard! The sixth edition of the Grit Guide to Backyard Chickens 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.

    Filled with articles covering a wide variety of topics to help get a backyard chicken flock started, this 100-page guide includes helpful tips and advice on maintaining your cluckers. Read how to raise your chickens for meat, from pasture to freezer. Discover which heritage breed chickens are best for laying eggs. Have more chicken meat and eggs than you know what to do with? Try new recipes that turn your excess into delicious dishes. Learn do-it-yourself projects on how to build your own chicken tractor and chicken plucker.

    Other articles include:

    • Chicken Brooder in a Box: An easy-to-make shelter for growing chicks has a few other benefits, too.
    • Deboning a Chicken: In preparation for making chicken sausage, Jennifer Sartell demonstrates how to debone a home-raised chicken.
    • Build a Weatherproof, Pest-Proof Chicken Feeder: Feed your flock without encouraging mold or supporting the local mouse and starling population.
    • Deep Litter Management: Pile on the mulch for great compost and better chicken health in the coop.
    • Duck, Duck, Goose!: Heritage ducks and geese can provide benefits around the farm that other poultry cannot.


    185.

    GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD RABBITS, 4TH EDITION


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    Price: $6.99

    Raising rabbits has never been easier with the help the new GritGuide to Backyard Rabbits, 4th edition. This guide has more than 43 keys to raising happy, healthy rabbits along with helpful advice to …

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    Raising rabbits has never been easier with the help the new Grit Guide to Backyard Rabbits, 4th edition. This guide has 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 so much more.

    Read about the necessary tools, equipment and routines it requires to keep healthy rabbits. Discover the basic bunny diet, and how feeding your rabbits a healthy mixture of pellets, hay and a few treats will keep them happy and strong. Learn how to ban bunnies from your garden by building a safe, simple and humane trap to keep uninvited critters out of your garden. Rabbit housing plans are included for a good weekend do-it-yourself project.

    Other articles include:

    • An Introduction to Rabbit Breeds: Ask yourself why raising bunnies is a priority, and then consider the many beautiful and cuddly, exotic and common varieties.
    • Rabbits as Food: When the first cute and cuddly kit arrived, worry set in about processing day.
    • The Rabbit House: If you’re more of a hands-off animal husband, keeping rabbits together in a colony – rather than in individual cages – may appeal to you.
    • Permaculture Principles for Rabbits: A couple of rabbit aficionados contemplate ways to keep rabbits in captivity, though in a more natural setting.
    • Calming the Rascally Rabbit: Discover the many activities you and your furry friends can do together for a healthier, more enjoyable experience.


    186.

    MOTHER EARTH NEWS & GRIT COUNTRY SKILLS GUIDE SET


    Paperback

    Price: $27.95

    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.

    This set includes:

    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.


    187.

    WOMAN-POWERED FARM

    Audrey Levatino
    Paperback

    Price: $24.95

    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…

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    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:

    • Should you do an internship or jump right in?
    • What tends to sell at the farmers' market and what does not
    • Chores and how to get them done right
    • How to handle large power tools


    188.

    MOTHER EARTH NEWS PREMIUM ISSUE: MODERN HOMESTEADING


    Paperback

    Price: $9.99

    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…

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    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.

    Other articles include:

    • Easy, No-Knead Crusty Bread: Bake crispy, gorgeous loaves from scratch using this simple technique. All you need are a few ingredients and a blazing-hot Dutch oven for miraculous results.
    • Five DIY, Low-Cost and Multipurpose Greenhouses: Use recycled materials to create an affordable garden greenhouse so you can enjoy fresh food all year long!
    • Emergency Power Options: With the right generator, you’ll be prepared when storms or blackouts leave you without electricity.
    • Backyard Chicken Basics: They’re less work than house pets and more fun than a tire swing. Plus, they provide delicious, nutritious eggs.
    • How to Make Yogurt, Kefir and Cheese: Tap the health benefits of rich, tangy fermented milk products.


    189.

    THE EMERGENT AGRICULTURE

    Gary Kippel
    Paperback

    Price: $17.95

    Long embraced by corporations that are driven only by the desire for profit, industrial agriculture wastes precious resources and spews millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each ye…

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    Long embraced by corporations that are driven only by the desire for profit, industrial agriculture wastes precious resources and spews millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year, exacerbating climate change and threatening the very earth and water on which we depend. However, this dominant system, from which Americans obtain most of their food, is being supplanted by a new paradigm.

    The Emergent Agriculture is a collection of 14 thematic essays on sustainability viewed through the lens of farming. Arguing that industrial food production is incompatible with the realities of nature, science and ethics, this lyrical narrative makes the case for a locally based food system that is:

    • Stable in the face of economic uncertainty
    • Resilient in the face of environmental variability
    • Grounded in stewardship of the land, on attaching value to food and the craft involved in producing it, and on respecting the dignity of farmers, consumers and livestock
    A revolution in food production is underway. Written from the vantage point of an ecologist who is also a farmer, The Emergent Agriculture is essential reading for anyone interested in food security and the potential for growing local economies. It’s food for thought about the future of food.


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    HONOR SYSTEM MARKETING

    Jeff McPherson
    Paperback

    Price: $19.95

    A heartwarming snapshot of the horse-and-buggy era? On the contrary – Jeff Mcpherson reports that honor systems are making a comeback in the 21st century. Drawing on years of personal experience and i…

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    A heartwarming snapshot of the horse-and-buggy era? On the contrary – Jeff Mcpherson reports that honor systems are making a comeback in the 21st century. Drawing on years of personal experience and interviews with dozens of fellow farmers, business owners and customers, he shows how you can make the honor system work to your advantage. Honor System Marketing tells how to adapt honor marketing to fit your own needs and capacities. Mcpherson details how to avoid common pitfalls, manage finances and maintain a sense of optimism. This book shows how honor system marketing can become an essential tool for doing business and reviving our spirit of trust in humanity.

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