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      121.

      ALL FLESH IS GRASS

      Gene Logsdon
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      Price: $19.95

      Amid mad cow scares and consumer concerns about how farm animals are bred, fed and raised, many farmers and homesteaders are rediscovering the traditional practice of pastoral farming. Grasses, clover…

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      Amid mad cow scares and consumer concerns about how farm animals are bred, fed and raised, many farmers and homesteaders are rediscovering the traditional practice of pastoral farming. Grasses, clovers and forbs are the natural diet of cattle, horses and sheep, and are vital supplements for hogs, chickens and turkeys. Consumers increasingly seek the health benefits of meat from animals raised in green paddocks instead of in muddy feedlots.

      In All Flesh Is Grass: The Pleasures and Promises of Pasture Farming, Gene Logsdon explains that well-managed pastures are nutritious and palatable; they’re virtual salads for livestock. Leafy pastures also hold the soil, foster biodiversity, and create lovely landscapes. Grass farming might be the solution for a stressed agricultural system based on an industrial model and propped up by federal subsidies.

      In his clear and conversational style, Logsdon explains historically effective practices and new techniques. His warm, informative profiles of successful grass farmers offer inspiration and ideas. His narrative is enriched by his own experience as a “contrary farmer” on his artisan-scale farm near Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

      All Flesh Is Grass will have broad appeal to the sustainable commercial farmer, the home-food producer and all consumers who care about their food.


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      THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF ANIMALS

      Janine Benyus
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      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.


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      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.


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      GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD RABBITS, 4TH EDITION


      Paperback

      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.


      125.

      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.

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