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      51.

      THE BACKYARD HOMESTEAD: GUIDE TO RAISING FARM ANIMALS

      Edited by Gail Damerow
      Paperback

      Price: $24.95

      Imagine a weekend breakfast featuring eggs, bacon and honey from your own chickens, pigs and bees, or a holiday meal with your own heritage-breed turkey as the main attraction. With The Backyard Homes…

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      Imagine a weekend breakfast featuring eggs, bacon and honey from your own chickens, pigs and bees, or a holiday meal with your own heritage-breed turkey as the main attraction. With The Backyard Homestead: Guide to Raising Farm Animals, even urban and suburban residents can successfully raise chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, goats, sheep, cows, pigs and honeybees. It’s easier than you think, and it can be done on small plots of land. This essential guide covers everything from selecting the right breeds to producing delicious fresh milk, cheese, honey, eggs and meat. Whether you want to be more self-sufficient, save money, or just enjoy safer, healthier, more delicious animal products, you’ll find all the information you need in The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals.


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      THE FLEECE AND FIBER SOURCEBOOK

      Carol Ekarius
      Hardcover

      Price: $35.00

      This one-of-a-kind photographic encyclopedia features more than 200 animals and the fibers they produce. It covers almost every sheep breed in the world — from the longwool breeds of the United Kingdo…

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      This one-of-a-kind photographic encyclopedia features more than 200 animals and the fibers they produce. It covers almost every sheep breed in the world — from the longwool breeds of the United Kingdom to the Tasmanian merino, the Navajo churro, the northern European Faroese, and dozens and dozens more. It also includes goats, camelids (such as alpacas, llamas and vicunas), bison, horses, musk oxen, rabbits and even dogs.

      Each entry includes photographs of the featured animal; samples of its raw fleece, its cleaned fleece, and yarn spun from the fleece; and samples of the yarn knit and woven. You’ll find everything you want to know about each animal and its fiber, including the fiber’s color, density, strength and staple length, as well as recommendations for processing and using it. This is the essential reference no fiber-lover can be without.


      53.

      OLD-TIME COUNTRY WISDOM & LORE

      Jerry Mack Johnson
      Paperback

      Price: $19.99

      You'll learn to go back to the simple life of the countryside with this mammoth guide of traditional country skills for simple living. Old-Time Country Wisdom &. Lore is a homespun encyclopedia of classic country know-how. This handy reference guide is filled with now-forgotten rural skills, foods, and crafts harkens back to a simpler time. Packed with more than 1,000 projects, pastimes, recipes and down-home truths along with more than 400 vintage illustrations.

      A grand encyclopedia of country lore by famed Texas folklorist Jerry Mack Johnson, covering water witching, maple syruping, weather wisdom, country remedies and herbal cures, cleaning solutions, pest purges, bird migrations and animal lore, firewood essentials, adobe making and bricklaying, leather working, plant dyes, farm foods, natural teas and tonics, granola, bread making, beer brewing and winemaking, jams and jellies, canning and preserving, sausage making and meat smoking, drying foods, down-home toys, papermaking, candle crafting, homemade soaps and shampoos, Christmas wreaths and decorations, butter and cheese making, fishing and hunting secrets, and much more.


      54.

      SURVIVING THE APOCALYPSE IN THE SUBURBS

      Wendy Brown
      Paperback

      Price: $19.95

      In the latter half of the twentieth century, the percentage of the total American population living in suburbs grew to nearly 50 percent. Fossil fuels were cheap and plentiful, and car-dependent, ener…

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      In the latter half of the twentieth century, the percentage of the total American population living in suburbs grew to nearly 50 percent. Fossil fuels were cheap and plentiful, and car-dependent, energy-intensive lifestyles came hand-in-hand with this demographic transition. In the age of Peak Oil, environmental catastrophe and a failing economy it is imperative that we transform the suburbs into sustainable communities.

      Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs envisions a suburban evolution -- from isolated cookie-cutter houses with manicured lawns and 2-car garages to small, closely packed, productive, interdependent homesteads. This guide to simplifying suburbia and adopting a lower energy lifestyle breaks down all our basic needs and describes how they might be met after the loss of the modern conveniences we currently take for granted. From small-space gardening techniques and a guide to small livestock, to tips on cooking, heating, and sanitation options and much more, this is a complete guide to becoming more self-sufficient wherever you live.

      Required reading for anyone interested in increased self-reliance and a lower carbon footprint, Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs will help you look past the white picket fence to a new world of possibilities.


      55.

      AMERICAN LAMBS

      T Yamamoto
      Paperback

      Price: $20.00

      Stories and poems about working border collies, sheep, family and life on the land. For anybody who loves and works with border collies and sheep will read this beautifully written classic over and ov…

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      Stories and poems about working border collies, sheep, family and life on the land. For anybody who loves and works with border collies and sheep will read this beautifully written classic over and over.


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      CITY CHICKS

      Patricia Foreman
      Paperback

      Price: $22.50

      Chickens have become the mascot of the local food movement. A desire for sustainable, clean, wholesome food and superior soil quality has led more and more suburban and city dwellers to keep lying hens in their backyards and gardens. Across America municipalities are allowing, and even encouraging, residents to keep laying hens within city limits.

      Learn how you can:

      • Have fresh, heart-healthy eggs, daily from your backyard home flock.
      • Employ your chicken's "skill set" as garden workers, organic pesticiders, herbiciders, fertilizers, compost creators and top soil enhancers.
      • Take the best care of your flock and become a Chicken Whisperer.
      • Save millions of tax payer dollars by using chickens to divert food and yard waste from landfills and waste management systems.
      • Be a Primary Poultry Health Care Practitioner to save on vet bills. The Poultry's Pharmacy shows you how to make and use effective, inexpensive home treatments.
      • Draft and pass local laws allowing laying hens within your town or city.
      • Avoid roosters and why you don't want them.
      • Do much, much more with chickens than you ever thought possible, including outrageous chicken tricks.

      Learn how others:

      • Have built urban chicken tractors, hen huts, condos and chicken chateaus to blend in with neighborhood landscape and architecture.
      • Join in urban eco-agri-tourism with annual coop & garden home tours for fund raising.
      • Start or join local poultry clubs.
      • Keep small flocks to help preserve endangered breeds of chickens.
      • Draft and pass local laws allowing laying hens within their town's limits.

      By the co-author of Chicken Tractor, Backyard Market Gardening and Day Range Poultry. City Chicks is a revolutionary way of keeping and using chickens by thinking "outside the coop" and "inside the city". More than 100 photos, drawings, and tables give visual clarity.

      The imaginative and entertaining style of writing is combined with hands-on, real-life experience to bring you one of the most complete and authoritative books on micro-flock management.


      57.

      THE BACKYARD GOAT

      Sue Weaver
      Paperback

      Price: $16.95

      Whether you want to raise goats for their milk and fiber or keep them as pets or companion animals, this book covers all the essentials. You’ll learn how to choose the right goats for your needs and s…

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      Whether you want to raise goats for their milk and fiber or keep them as pets or companion animals, this book covers all the essentials. You’ll learn how to choose the right goats for your needs and space, house and feed them, keep them healthy, and train them to do simple tricks, pull and drive carts, and serve as pack goats. You’ll also learn how to milk, shear, breed, raise newborn kids, and more. The Backyard Goat makes it easy to enjoy the benefits of owning a goat or two, with no experience necessary.

      About the author
      Sue Weaver began writing in 1969, when she sold her first article to The Western Horseman. Since then she’s written hundreds of magazine articles and eight books about livestock, horses and chickens, including Storey’s Guide to Raising Miniature Livestock, The Backyard Goat and The Donkey Companion. Weaver and her husband share their ridgetop farmette in the southern Ozarks with an array of animal friends, including poultry, sheep, goats, horses, a donkey who thinks she’s a horse, two llamas, a pet razorback pig and two steers — a Jersey-Holstein and a water buffalo, both of whom Weaver is training to ride and drive.


      58.

      EQUIPPING YOUR HORSE FARM

      Cherry Hill, Richard Klimesh
      Paperback

      Price: $8.77

      CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $19.95 AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

      The companion volume to Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, is here with Cherry Hill’s expertise on all …

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      CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $19.95 AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

      The companion volume to Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, is here with Cherry Hill’s expertise on all types of heavy machinery necessary to the running of a horse farm. In-depth information guides the farmer through every aspect of selecting, maintaining, and operating tractors and horse trailers-essential equipment on every horse operation. Hill also discusses the smaller implements used frequently on horse farms, including loaders, discs, harrows, manure spreaders, mowers, post-hole diggers, hay balers and wagons. Every horse farmer will want to consult this book before investing in new equipment.


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      ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CALVING

      Heather Smith Thomas
      Paperback

      Price: $11.42

      CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $24.95 AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

      Whether you keep a single-family milk cow or oversee a large herd, there is much to be gained by impr…

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      Whether you keep a single-family milk cow or oversee a large herd, there is much to be gained by improving your knowledge of bovine pregnancies and deliveries. Your ability to effectively handle all types of calving situations is your best guarantee for the future health of your calves, your cows, and your farm.

      Author Heather Smith Thomas has presided over thousands of calf births on her ranch. Her decades of hands-on experience will guide you through every situation likely to arrive before, during, and after calving — from routine births to nursing difficulties. It’s in your hands to give your calves the healthiest start possible!

      About the author
      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. Thomas has written many books, including Storey’s Your Calf and Guide to Raising Beef Cattle. Her most recent work is Guide to Raising Horses, the newest book in the popular Storey’s Animal Handbook Series. Thomas has also written many articles on horses, farms and livestock. She and her husband live in Idaho.


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      HORSE CARE FOR KIDS

      Cherry Hill
      Paperback

      Price: $16.95

      Cherry Hill presents the essentials of horse care in a format and tone perfect for passionate teen and pre-teen horse lovers. Beginning with how to match the right animal with the right rider and prog…

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      Cherry Hill presents the essentials of horse care in a format and tone perfect for passionate teen and pre-teen horse lovers. Beginning with how to match the right animal with the right rider and progressing through feeding, grooming, stabling, health care, safety and much more, this book provides everything a young equestrian wants and needs to know about horses.

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