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ORGANIC MUSHROOM FARMING AND MYCOREMEDIATION

Tradd Cotter
Paperback

Price: $39.95

What would it take to grow mushrooms in space? How can mushroom cultivation help us manage, or at least make use of, invasive species such as kudzu and water hyacinth and thereby reduce dependence on …

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What would it take to grow mushrooms in space? How can mushroom cultivation help us manage, or at least make use of, invasive species such as kudzu and water hyacinth and thereby reduce dependence on herbicides? Is it possible to develop a low-cost and easy-to-implement mushroom-growing kit that would provide high-quality edible protein and bioremediation in the wake of a natural disaster? How can we advance our understanding of morel cultivation so that growers stand a better chance of success?

For more than 20 years, mycologist Tradd Cotter has been pondering these questions and conducting trials in search of the answers. In Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation, Cotter offers readers an in-depth exploration of best organic mushroom cultivation practices, shares the results of his groundbreaking research, and offers creative ways to apply cultivation skills … whether the goal is to help a community clean up industrial pollution or simply to settle down at the end of the day with a cold Reishi-infused homebrew ale.

The book guides readers through both indoor and outdoor cultivation. Covered skills include:

  • Integrating wood-chip beds spawned with king stropharia into your garden
  • Building a “trenched raft” of hardwood logs plugged with shiitake spawn
  • Producing oysters indoors on spent coffee grounds in a 4-by-4 space or on pasteurized sawdust in vertical plastic columns

For those who aspire to the self-sufficiency gained by generating and expanding spawn rather than purchasing it, Cotter covers lab techniques, including low-cost alternatives that make use of existing infrastructure and materials.

Cotter also provides readers with insight into his groundbreaking research cultivating morels both indoors and out, “training” mycelium to respond to specific contaminants, and perpetuating spawn on cardboard without the use of electricity. Readers will discover information on making tinctures, powders and mushroom-infused honey; making an antibacterial mushroom cutting board; and growing mushrooms on your old denim jeans.

“This book is much more than a cultivation guide. It is about healing the people and the planet, one mushroom and one cultivator at a time, reversing destructive cycles into creative forces,” writes Cotter in the introduction. “If we think with an opportunistic yet minimalistic approach, much like a mushroom, taking what it needs to survive and then returning resources to its ecosystem so they can be used by others, the future looks like somewhere I want to be.”


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THE URBAN GARDENER

Matt James
Hardcover

Price: $24.99

In The Urban Gardener, garden designer and lecturer Matt James provides an approachable, practical guide to making the most of an urban garden, including:

  • How to design an urban space … from balconies …

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In The Urban Gardener, garden designer and lecturer Matt James provides an approachable, practical guide to making the most of an urban garden, including:

  • How to design an urban space … from balconies and roof terraces to courtyards, basement areas and window ledges
  • 10 ways to improve your environment through sustainable gardening techniques
  • Creating a space for living, with areas for dining, playing and growing your own produce
  • Planting the urban garden: using plants to define space; to introduce color, form and texture; and to provide much-needed shade and privacy
  • Looking after the urban garden: planting techniques and timing, irrigation, drainage and weed control
  • 15 step-by-step projects, including creating a living green wall and installing a green roof
  • Directory of plants that will thrive in an urban environment


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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CULTIVATING MUSHROOMS

Stephen Russell
Paperback

Price: $24.95

With clear instructions and step-by-step photographs, this comprehensive guide shows you how to cultivate mushrooms in your own home, producing shiitakes, oysters, lion's manes, maitakes, and portabel…

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With clear instructions and step-by-step photographs, this comprehensive guide shows you how to cultivate mushrooms in your own home, producing shiitakes, oysters, lion's manes, maitakes, and portabellas for your kitchen or for a small business. Beginners will learn the best way to use a mushroom kit, as well as how to maintain the sterile procedures and controlled environment that cultivation requires. Novices and the more experienced will learn how to create grain spawn or sawdust spawn and how to use liquid cultures and fruiting chambers. Advanced readers will gain a thorough knowledge of how to work with large-scale grain spawn, agar, bag cultures, bulk substrates, and large fruiting chambers to produce mushrooms consistently and in greater quantity.


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THE EASY FRUIT GARDEN

Clare Matthews
Paperback

Price: $24.99

If you want a flourishing, productive fruit garden, but don’t have the time or knowledge, look no further! With the simple shortcuts in this book, along with its unique, low-maintenance strategies and…

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If you want a flourishing, productive fruit garden, but don’t have the time or knowledge, look no further! With the simple shortcuts in this book, along with its unique, low-maintenance strategies and practical instructions, cultivating a thriving fruit garden has never been easier.


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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO OLD FASHIONED COUNTRY SKILLS

Abigail Gehring
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Whether you’re a suburbanite looking to live more simply or a die-hard homesteader interested in taking your garden to the next level, this guide is packed with step-by-step instructions, useful tips,…

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Whether you’re a suburbanite looking to live more simply or a die-hard homesteader interested in taking your garden to the next level, this guide is packed with step-by-step instructions, useful tips, vintage photographs and illustrations, and time-honored wisdom … creating one of the most comprehensive books on country skills available. This book is compiled of tested and practical experience passed down from generations of farmers and homesteaders.

Here readers can learn about:

  • Creating a vegetable garden
  • Canning and preserving
  • Keeping poultry
  • Soap making
  • Natural medicine
  • Bridge building
  • Farm mechanics
  • Crop rotation
  • Cattle and dairying
  • The basics of beekeeping
  • Foraging for wild food
  • Fertilizing, soils, drainage and irrigation
  • Building a barn
  • And much, much more!

Success comes to the person who works the most efficiently … not simply the person who works the hardest. Learn invaluable advice and tips for how to create a sustainable lifestyle and live off the land.


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INDOOR KITCHEN GARDENING

Elizabeth Millard
Paperback

Price: $22.99

Imagine serving a home-cooked meal highlighted with beet, arugula and broccoli microgreens grown right in your kitchen, accompanied by sautéed winecap mushrooms grown in a box of sawdust in your basem…

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Imagine serving a home-cooked meal highlighted with beet, arugula and broccoli microgreens grown right in your kitchen, accompanied by sautéed winecap mushrooms grown in a box of sawdust in your basement. If you have never tasted microgreens, all you really need to do is envision all the flavor of an entire vegetable plant concentrated into a single tantalizing seedling. If you respond to the notion of nourishing your guests with amazing, fresh, organic produce that you've grown in your own house, condo, apartment, basement or sunny downtown office, then you'll love exploring the expansive new world of growing and eating that can be discovered with the help of Indoor Kitchen Gardening. Inside, author and Bossy Acres CSA co-owner Elizabeth Millard teaches you how to grow microgreens, sprouts, herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, and more … all inside your own home, where you won't have to worry about seasonal changes or weather conditions. Filled with mouthwatering photography and more than 200 pages of Do-It-Yourself in-home gardening information and projects, Indoor Kitchen Gardening is your gateway to this exciting new growing method … not just for garnishes or relishes, but wholesome, nutritious, organic edibles that will satisfy your appetite as much as your palate.


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THE WILD WISDOM OF WEEDS

Katrina Blair
Paperback

Price: $29.95

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is the only book on foraging and edible weeds to focus on the 13 weeds found all over the world, each of which represents a complete food source and extensive medical pharmacy…

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The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is the only book on foraging and edible weeds to focus on the 13 weeds found all over the world, each of which represents a complete food source and extensive medical pharmacy and first-aid kit. More than just a field guide to wild edibles, it is a global plan for human survival.

Katrina Blair has spent months on end taking walkabouts in the wild, eating nothing but what she forages, and has become a wild-foods advocate, community activist, gardener and chef, teaching and presenting internationally about foraging and the healthful lifestyle it promotes.

In The Wild Wisdom of Weeds she presents her philosophy, and it is sobering, realistic and ultimately optimistic. If we can open our eyes to see the wisdom found in these weeds right under our noses, instead of trying to eradicate an “invasive,” we will achieve true food security. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds is about healing ourselves both in body and in spirit, in an age where technology, commodity agriculture and processed foods dictate the terms of our intelligence. If we can become familiar with these 13 edible survival weeds found all over the world, we will never go hungry, and we will become closer to our own wild human instincts … all the while enjoying the freshest, wildest and most nutritious food there is. For free!

The 13 plants found growing in every region across the world are: dandelion, mallow, purslane, plantain, thistle, amaranth, dock, mustard, grass, chickweed, clover, lambs-quarter and knotweed. These special plants contribute to the regeneration of the earth while supporting the survival of our human species; they grow everywhere where human civilization exists, from the hottest deserts to the Arctic Circle, following the path of human disturbance. Indeed, the more humans disturb the earth and put our food supply at risk, the more these 13 plants proliferate. It’s a survival plan for the ages.

Including more than 100 unique recipes, Katrina Blair’s book teaches us how to prepare these wild plants from root to seed in soups, salads, slaws, crackers, pestos, seed breads and seed butters; cereals, green powders, sauerkrauts, smoothies and milks; first-aid concoctions, such as tinctures, teas, salves and soothers; self¬-care/beauty products including shampoo, mouthwash, toothpaste (and brush) and face masks; and a lot more. Whether readers are based at home or traveling, this book aims to empower individuals to maintain a state of optimal health with minimal cost and effort.


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THE MINI FARMING BIBLE

Brett L. Markham
Paperback

Price: $27.95

When Brett Markham published a small black and white handbook about how to run a successful mini farm, he never dreamed how popular the book would soon become. In 2010, Skyhorse Publishing Inc. publis…

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When Brett Markham published a small black and white handbook about how to run a successful mini farm, he never dreamed how popular the book would soon become. In 2010, Skyhorse Publishing Inc. published Markham’s book in full color with more than 100 of the author’s own photographs—and Mini Farming became an instant best-seller, spawning four additional Mini Farming books on everything from fermenting to composting. Now, for the first time, all five Mini Farming titles are collected in one massive volume:

  • Mini Farming
  • Maximizing Your Mini Farm
  • Mini Farming Guide to Composting
  • Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening
  • Mini Farming Guide to Fermenting

Learn how to make your own compost, save seeds, start a compost pile, ferment your own wine, get the most out of your vegetable garden … and more! And all on just a quarter acre or less. Learn why tens of thousands of readers across North America have chosen Mini Farming for all their self-sufficiency needs. This is the must-have guide for any farmer, whether they’re beginners or experienced mini farmers looking for new ideas.

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