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      121.

      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.


      122.

      THE NEW LIVESTOCK FARMER

      R. Thistlethwaite, J. Dunlop
      Paperback

      Price: $29.95

      How can anyone, from a backyard hobbyist to a large-scale rancher, go about raising and selling ethically produced meats directly to consumers, restaurants and butcher shops? With the rising consumer …

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      How can anyone, from a backyard hobbyist to a large-scale rancher, go about raising and selling ethically produced meats directly to consumers, restaurants and butcher shops? With the rising consumer interest in grass-fed, pasture-raised and antibiotic-free meats, how can farmers most effectively tap into those markets and become more profitable? The regulations and logistics can be daunting enough to turn away most would-be livestock farmers, and finding and keeping their customers challenges the rest.

      Farmer, consultant and author Rebecca Thistlethwaite (Farms with a Future) and her husband and co-author, Jim Dunlop, both have extensive experience raising a variety of pastured livestock in California and now on their homestead farm in Oregon. The New Livestock Farmer provides pasture-based production essentials for a wide range of animals, from common farm animals (cattle, poultry, pigs, sheep and goats) to more exotic species (bison, rabbits, elk and deer).

      Each species chapter discusses the unique requirements of that animal, then delves into the steps it takes to prepare and get them to market. Profiles of more than 15 meat producers highlight some of the creative ways these innovative farmers are raising animals and direct-marketing superior-quality meats.

      In addition, the book contains information on a variety of vital topics:

      • Governmental regulations and how they differ from state to state.
      • Slaughtering and butchering logistics, including on-farm and mobile processing options and sample cutting sheets.
      • Packaging, labeling and cold-storage considerations.
      • Principled marketing practices.
      • Financial management, pricing and other business essentials.
      This book is a must-read for anyone who is serious about raising meat animals ethically, outside of the current consolidated, unsustainable CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) system. It offers a clear, thorough, well-organized guide to a subject that will become increasingly important as the market demand for pasture-raised meat grows stronger.


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      HOW TO BUILD CHICKEN COOPS

      Samantha Johnson
      Paperback

      Price: $19.99

      How to Build Chicken Coops provides complete, thorough and easy-to-follow instructions on building a coop. It provides answers, so chicken owners don't have to waste time searching online for advice.

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      How to Build Chicken Coops provides complete, thorough and easy-to-follow instructions on building a coop. It provides answers, so chicken owners don't have to waste time searching online for advice.

      If you are involved in the FFA, interested in starting an urban or suburban hobby farm at home, or just curious about country living or the urban farming lifestyle, raising chickens is a great way to get started without a substantial investment of time or money. Building your own coop allows you to customize it to meet your needs … and it will save you money too!

      How to Build Chicken Coops is not just a collection of plans, but a compendium of background and insider information for chicken owners. How much space will you need? What is dust bathing? How many nest boxes and windows will your coop need? How much will it cost? What steps do you need to take to keep your chickens safe from predators? Find the answer to these and many more questions in How to Build Chicken Coops.


      124.

      PIG TALES

      Barry Estabrook
      Hardcover

      Price: $26.95

      Pig Tales provides an eye-opening investigation of the commercial pork industry and presents an inspiring alternative to the way pigs are raised and consumed in America.

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      Pig Tales provides an eye-opening investigation of the commercial pork industry and presents an inspiring alternative to the way pigs are raised and consumed in America.

      Barry Estabrook, author of the best-selling Tomatoland and a writer of “great skill and compassion” (Eric Schlosser), now explores the dark side of the American pork industry. Drawing on his personal experiences raising pigs as well as his sharp investigative instincts, Estabrook covers the range of the human-porcine experience. He embarks on nocturnal feral pig hunts in Texas. He visits farmers who raise animals in vast confinement barns for Smithfield and Tyson, two of the country’s biggest pork producers. And he describes the threat of infectious disease and the possible contamination of our food supply. Through these stories shines Estabrook’s abiding love for these remarkable creatures. Pigs are social, self-aware and playful … not to mention smart enough to master the typical house dog commands of “sit, stay, come” twice as fast as your average pooch. With the cognitive abilities of at least 3-year-olds, they can even learn to operate a modified computer. Unfortunately for the pigs, they’re also delicious to eat.

      Estabrook shows how these creatures are all too often subjected to lives of suffering in confinement and squalor, sustained on a drug-laced diet just long enough to reach slaughter weight, then killed on mechanized disassembly lines. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Pig Tales presents a lively portrait of those farmers who are taking an alternative approach, such as one Danish producer that has a far more eco-friendly and humane system of pork production, and new, small family farms with free-range heritage pigs raised on antibiotic-free diets. It’s possible to raise pigs responsibly and respectfully in a way that is good for producers, consumers, and some of the top chefs in America.

      Provocative, witty and deeply informed, Pig Tales is bound to spark conversation at dinner tables across America.


      125.

      GRIT GUIDE TO RAISING FARM ANIMALS


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      Price: $6.99

      Grit has compiled 100 pages of helpful articles on raising farm animals and maximizing your livestock investment. This full-color guide features advice, tips and ideas from industry experts on raising…

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      Grit has compiled 100 pages of helpful articles on raising farm animals and maximizing your livestock investment. This full-color guide features advice, tips and ideas from industry experts on raising and maintaining your animal herd … whether you have cattle, horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits or alpacas. Plus, organic farmer and author Joel Salatin offers his rotational grazing guidelines!

      Read how to protect your flock from predators with 10 tips on preventing your flock from becoming a buffet for wildlife and neighborhood dogs. Learn a handful of helpful things you need to consider before raising your own pigs. Discover which fencing is best for you and your livestock, whether it’s woven wire or high-tensile, electric or nonelectric.

      More articles include:

      • Raising Sheep: The Basics – With a little land and a bit of know-how, you can raise this relatively inexpensive livestock for food, fiber and the ‘shear’ fun of it.
      • Leaves of Grass: A Guide to Hay Selection – Determining the best forage options for your livestock can make or break your animals during the winter months.
      • Raise Your Own Homestead Dairy Cow – You’ll enjoy fresh dairy products and meat too!
      • All About Alpacas – Learn everything you need to know to raise them successfully, including buying, feeding, breeding and more.
      • Livestock Trailers: How to Choose – Find the right livestock trailers for all your pulling needs.

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