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61.

THE ZERO-MILE DIET

Carolyn Herriot
Paperback

Price: $21.31

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This definitive month-by-month guide brings gardeners into the delicious world of edible landscaping and helps take …

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This definitive month-by-month guide brings gardeners into the delicious world of edible landscaping and helps take a load off the planet as we achieve greater food security. Full of illustrative color photos and step-by-step instructions, The Zero-Mile Diet shares wisdom gleaned from 30 years of food growing and seed saving with comprehensive advice on:

  • Growing organic food year-round
  • The small fruit orchard and backyard berries
  • Superb yet simple seasonal recipes
  • Preserving your harvest
  • Seed saving and plant propagation
  • Dirt-cheap ways to nourish your soil
  • Backyard poultry — it's less time-consuming than you think
  • Growing vegetables in the easiest way possible
  • A-Z guide to growing the best vegetables and herbs
Put organic, homegrown fruits and vegetables on your table throughout the year, using the time-saving, economical and sustainable methods of gardening outlined in The Zero-Mile Diet. This book is about REAL food and how eating it will change our lives for the better.

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THE BIOCHAR SOLUTION: CARBON FARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Albert K. Bates
Paperback

Price: $17.95

Conventional agriculture destroys our soils, pollutes our water and is a major contributor to climate change. What if our agricultural practices could stabilize, or even reverse these trends?

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Conventional agriculture destroys our soils, pollutes our water and is a major contributor to climate change. What if our agricultural practices could stabilize, or even reverse these trends?

The Biochar Solution explores the dual function of biochar as a carbon-negative energy source and a potent soil-builder. Created by burning biomass in the absence of oxygen, this material has the unique ability to hold carbon back from the atmosphere while simultaneously enhancing soil fertility. Author Albert Bates traces the evolution of this extraordinary substance from the ancient black soils of the Amazon to its reappearance as a modern carbon sequestration strategy.

Combining practical techniques for the production and use of biochar with an overview of the development and future of carbon farming, The Biochar Solution describes how a new agricultural revolution can reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to below zero while increasing world food reserves and creating energy from biomass wastes. Biochar and carbon farming can reduce fossil fuels inputs into our food system; bring new life to desert landscapes; filter and purify drinking water; and help build carbon-negative homes, communities and nations.

Biochar is not without dangers if unregulated, and it is not a panacea, but if it fulfills its promise of taking us back from the brink of irreversible climate change, it may well be the most important discovery in human history.

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STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING HORSES

Heather Smith Thomas
Hardcover

Price: $19.95

Since it was first published, this classic guide has helped thousands of horse owners with its comprehensive, expert information on grooming, foaling, housing, diet, exercise, disease prevention and t…

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Since it was first published, this classic guide has helped thousands of horse owners with its comprehensive, expert information on grooming, foaling, housing, diet, exercise, disease prevention and treatment, and much more. Now completely revised and updated, the second edition includes up-to-date coverage of horse health issues and vaccination options, thoroughly updated advice on hoof care, and expanded coverage of reproductive care and techniques.

About the author
Heather Smith Thomas has been raising cattle since she was 12 years old. She and her husband have raised a herd of cattle that they have cross-bred to meet the needs of their rugged and hilly ranch in Salmon, Idaho. Heather has also written many articles on horses, farms, and livestock. She and her husband live in Idaho. She and her husband live in Idaho.

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THE SHEER ECSTASY OF BEING A LUNATIC FARMER

Joel Salatin
Paperback

Price: $25.00

Shunned by industrial farmers, vilified by corporate agri-business, and stalked by food police as being a lunatic, farmer-entrepreneur Joel Salatin enjoys the sheer ecstasy of being surrounded by happ…

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Shunned by industrial farmers, vilified by corporate agri-business, and stalked by food police as being a lunatic, farmer-entrepreneur Joel Salatin enjoys the sheer ecstasy of being surrounded by happy, frolicking animals, dancing earthworms, and appreciative customers.

His family's farm nestled in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley has achieved iconic status worldwide by featuring prominently in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Food. Inc., and the documentary, Fresh," as well as the runaway New York Times best-seller The Omnivore's Dilemma. From his own pen, Salatin explains both the rationale for the satisfaction from a solar-driven, pastured-based, locally-marketed, symbiotic, synergistic, relationally-oriented farm.

This book describes, with stories and evangelistic fervor, the breadth and depth of the paradigm differences between healing and exploitive food systems. A landscape and food policy epiphany awaits every reader.

About the author

Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm, arguably the nation's most famous farm since it was profiled in Michael Pollan's New York Times best-seller, The Omnivore's Dilemma and two subsequent documentaries, "Food, Inc.", and "Fresh." An accomplished author and public speaker, Salatin has authored seven books. Recognition for his ecological and local-based farming advocacy includes an honorary doctorate, the Heinz Award, and many leadership awards.

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VETERINARY GUIDE FOR ANIMAL OWNERS, 2ND EDITION

C.E. Spaulding, Jackie Clay
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners is a guide for everyone who cares for or raises animals at home or on a farm — from the 4-H student to the home breeder to parents of a new puppy. The Veterinary Gui…

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Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners is a guide for everyone who cares for or raises animals at home or on a farm — from the 4-H student to the home breeder to parents of a new puppy. The Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners includes detailed chapters on cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, horses, cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, as well as hundreds of strategies for preventing and curing common problems. From nail care for cats and dogs to treating saddle sore on horses, from administering medication to caring for baby pigs, this is first-rate advice from a veterinarian that anyone can understand.

About the authors
C.E. Spaulding, D.V.M, studied veterinary medicine at Michigan State University and practiced veterinary medicine for more than thirty years. In addition, he owned his own farm animals, including horses, goats, poultry, pigs and cattle.

Jackie Clay is a trained veterinary field technician with more than 20 years of experience. She is also a prolific writer, having authored four books and hundreds of magazine articles. She is a regular writer for Backwoods Home Magazine, writing on animal care, gardening, canning and rural, self-reliant living. She lives on a remote homestead in northern Minnesota with her family and lots of animals.

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THE NEXT GREEN REVOLUTION

JAMES E. HORNE/MAURA McDERMOTT
Paperback

Price: $15.13

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Essential steps to a healthy, sustainable agriculture. Sustainable agriculture: what it means, why i…

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Essential steps to a healthy, sustainable agriculture. Sustainable agriculture: what it means, why it is needed, and how it can transform the planet.

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FAMILY FRIENDLY FARMING

Joel Salatin
Paperback

Price: $35.00

Saving the landscape, rebuilding rural families and protecting nutritious food are the themes of this timeless "testament." It's written for anyone who yearns to grow old working with value sharing gr…

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Saving the landscape, rebuilding rural families and protecting nutritious food are the themes of this timeless "testament." It's written for anyone who yearns to grow old working with value sharing grandchildren and passionate, productive adult children. Family Friendly Farming can make any family business more viable.

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CHICK DAYS

Jenna Woginrich
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Do you want to raise chickens but don’t know where to begin? Then you need Chick Days, an entertaining photographic guide that chronicles the life journey of three chickens (Amelia, Honey and Tilda) f…....More

Hide Do you want to raise chickens but don’t know where to begin? Then you need Chick Days, an entertaining photographic guide that chronicles the life journey of three chickens (Amelia, Honey and Tilda) from newly hatched fluffy butterballs to adult laying hens. Day by day and week by week, you’ll watch these three chickens grow and change, and along the way you’ll learn everything you need to know about chicken behavior, feeding, housing, hygiene and health care. The witty writing of Jenna Woginrich (author of Made from Scratch) paired with photography by Mars Vilaubi (who raised the chickens himself, along with his wife and son) will give every chicken-lover the confidence and enthusiasm to raise a flock.

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SUGAR SNAPS AND STRAWBERRIES

Andrea Bellamy
Paperback

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Imagine savoring fresh-picked strawberries on a weekend morning, plucking plump figs from your mini-orchard to quart…

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Imagine savoring fresh-picked strawberries on a weekend morning, plucking plump figs from your mini-orchard to quarter and serve at a farm-to-table meal with friends, or harvesting and sauteing the edible stalks of garlic bulbs. If the size of your space is bringing you back to reality, here's the best part: You don't need a big backyard to grow your own food. In fact, you don't need a yard at all.

Andrea Bellamy, founder of the acclaimed blog Heavy Petal, gives you the dirt on growing gorgeous organic food with little square footage. Simple, straightforward advice for designing your space and growing your harvest will help you transform just a snippet of space into a stylish and edible oasis. Bellamy goes beyond the surface and shows you how to create and maintain healthy soil, decide what and when to plant, sow seeds and harvest, and most importantly, enjoy the process. So go ahead, picture that tiny nook, corner, strip, porch, alley, balcony or postage-stamp-sized yard overflowing with fingerling potatoes, fragrant herbs, sugar snap peas, French breakfast radishes and scarlet runner beans.

Armed with luscious photography, encouraging tips and sophisticated designs, you're sure to be inspired to join the grow-your-own revolution.

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YOUR FARM IN THE CITY

Lisa Taylor
Paperback

Price: $9.79

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The most complete book on urban farming, covering everything from growing organic produce and raising chickens, to r…

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The most complete book on urban farming, covering everything from growing organic produce and raising chickens, to running a small farm on a city lot or in a suburban backyard.

Eating locally and growing one's own food is a rapidly evolving movement in urban settings: Hantz Farms in Detroit has transformed 70 acres of abandoned properties into energy-efficient gardens; Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, a 6,000-foot vegetable farm in Brooklyn, New York, yields 30 different kinds of produce; and private square-foot farms are cropping up in cities all over the country.

Created by Lisa Taylor and the gardeners of Seattle Tilth, Your Farm in the City covers all of the essential information specific to gardening and farming in a city or town. Clear, easy-to-follow instructions guide and inspire even the most inexperienced urbanite in how to grow and harvest all types of produce, flowers, herbs, and trees, as well as how to raise livestock like chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats and honeybees. Important information particular to gardening in a city or town is included, such as planning and maximizing limited space, building healthy soil, managing irrigation, understanding zoning laws, outwitting urban pests, and being a considerate farming neighbor.

With 100 two-color instructional illustrations throughout and dozens of vital resources, Your Farm in the City is the most practical, comprehensive, and easy-to-follow guide to the burgeoning trend of urban farming.

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