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THE BACKYARD BEEKEEPER

Kim Flottum
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Price: $24.99

The Backyard Beekeeper, now revised and expanded, makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters, and c…

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The Backyard Beekeeper, now revised and expanded, makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters, and cooks everywhere. This expanded edition gives you even more information on "greening" your beekeeping with sustainable practices, pesticide-resistant bees, and urban and suburban beekeeping. More than a guide to beekeeping, it is a handbook for harvesting the products of a beehive and a honey cookbook--all in one lively, beautifully illustrated reference. This complete honey bee resource contains general information on bees; a how-to guide to the art of beekeeping and how to set up, care for, and harvest honey from your own colonies; as well as tons of bee-related facts and projects. You'll learn the best place to locate your new bee colonies for their safety and yours, and you'll study the best organic and nontoxic ways to care for your bees, from providing fresh water and protection from the elements to keeping them healthy, happy, and productive. Recipes of delicious treats and instructions on how to use honey and beeswax to make candles and beauty treatments are also included.

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ECOKIDS: RAISING CHILDREN WHO CARE FOR THE EARTH

Dan Chiras
Paperback

Price: $17.95

To forge a sustainable future, we need citizens who care for the Earth. This 240-page book presents a coherent plan that will help parents foster a love for nature in their children, teach them the …

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To forge a sustainable future, we need citizens who care for the Earth. This 240-page book presents a coherent plan that will help parents foster a love for nature in their children, teach them the importance of environmental protection, promote environmental values and inspire action.

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ATTRACTING BIRDS E-HANDBOOK

Olwen Woodier
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Price: $9.95

Birds provide a most effective ecological control of insects, weeds, and small rodents in the gardens and orchards. In the spring, with young in the nest, meat-eating birds feed voraciously on the ins…

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Birds provide a most effective ecological control of insects, weeds, and small rodents in the gardens and orchards. In the spring, with young in the nest, meat-eating birds feed voraciously on the insect and grub population. During late summer and autumn, there are many seed-eaters that do a handsome job of cleaning up the weeds. The result is a naturally healthy garden.

Birds can be attracted to your home if you offer food, water, and shelter. This e-handbook can show you what to do, from the choice of bird food and feeders to bird houses and landscaping. Includes recipes for bird food, instructions on how to build bird houses and a list of common bird varieties and how best to attract them. With this handy guide you can create a haven for your favorite birds.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

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BIRD FOOD RECIPES E-HANDBOOK

Rhonda Massingham Hart
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Price: $9.95

Feeding wild birds is a wonderful way to enjoy and study nature. The types of birds that come to your feeder will depend on your geographic location, the time of year, and the types of feeders and foo…

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Feeding wild birds is a wonderful way to enjoy and study nature. The types of birds that come to your feeder will depend on your geographic location, the time of year, and the types of feeders and food you provide.

This e-handbook provides a basic understanding of a wild bird’s needs and will make any birdfeeding venture more successful. Chapters include:

  • Natural Menus
  • Bird Feeders
  • Dietary Demands
  • Personal Preferences
  • Seasonal Feeding
  • Recipes and Food Preparation
  • Orphan Birds


Different birds have different feeding habits, and a variety of food and feeders will attract the most diverse variety of takers. 37 pages.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

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HELPING ORPHANED OR INJURED WILD BIRDS E-HANDBOOK

Diane Scarazzini
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Price: $9.95

Many of us have had some experience with trying to save an orphaned or injured wild bird. When faced with a bird in need, most people want to help but don’t know how — and also fear doing more harm th…

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Many of us have had some experience with trying to save an orphaned or injured wild bird. When faced with a bird in need, most people want to help but don’t know how — and also fear doing more harm than good.

This e-handbook offers some helpful guidelines plus some basic bird knowledge so that you can learn not only how to assist birds in trouble but also which ones really need assistance. Chapters include:

  • The ABCs of Baby Birds
  • Helping a Grounded Baby Bird
  • The Six Most Important Rules of First Aid for Birds
  • Cat Mauling
  • Releasing a Wild Bird
  • Feeding Wild Birds


The information presented here is not intended to replace doctoring by a professional, but with the help of this valuable reference, can help you be the first line of defense in aiding an injured bird. 36 pages.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

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GREENING SCHOOL GROUNDS

TIM GRANT AND GAIL LITTLEJOHN
Paperback

Price: $18.45

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Recently, thousands of North American schools have begun to take a critical look at their grounds and…

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Recently, thousands of North American schools have begun to take a critical look at their grounds and realize the enormous potential for transforming barren expanses of asphalt into a diversity of exciting natural spaces for learning and playing.

This compendium of articles from Green Teacher, North America's leading environmental education magazine, brings together the best strategies for school-ground renewal. Greening School Grounds provides an overview of the school grounds greening movement, complete project plans, and subject integration. From vegetable and butterfly gardens to an amphibian oasis and avian attractors, this comprehensive guide offers a trove of curriculum tie-ins, activities, and plans for educators, parents, and students.

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GUERRILLA GARDENING

DAVID TRACEY
Paperback

Price: $8.38

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The term "guerrilla" may bring to mind a small band of armed soldiers, moving in the dead of night on…

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The term "guerrilla" may bring to mind a small band of armed soldiers, moving in the dead of night on a stealth mission. In the case of guerrilla gardening, the soldiers are planters, the weapons are shovels, and the mission is to transform an abandoned lot into a thing of beauty. Once an environmentalist's nonviolent direct action for inner-city renewal, this approach to urban beautification is spreading to all types of people in cities around the world.

These modern-day Johnny Appleseeds perform random acts of gardening, often without the property owner's prior knowledge or permission. Typical targets are vacant lots, railway land, underused public squares and back alleys. The concept is simple, whimsical and has the cheeky appeal of being a not-quite-legal call to action. Dig in some soil, plant a few seeds, or mend a sagging fence ... one good deed inspiring another, with win-win results all around.

Guerrilla Gardening outlines the power-to-the-people campaign for greening our cities. Tips for effective involvement cover:

  • finding plants and seeds cheap (or free)
  • handling city officials
  • getting the dirt on soil
  • planting to bring back the birds
  • knowing when to ask permission and when to seek forgiveness.
Social activists, city dwellers and longtime gardeners will delight in this fast-paced and funny call to arms.

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HOPE AND HARD TIMES

TED BARNARD
Paperback

Price: $13.07

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More than a dozen years ago, Ted Bernard travelled to nine communities across the United States to me…

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More than a dozen years ago, Ted Bernard travelled to nine communities across the United States to meet residents who were working collaboratively to solve natural resource conflicts. While there may have been different perspectives over process, their common goal was to achieve higher levels of sustainability as vibrant communities. He visited places as diverse as tiny one-square-mile Monhegan Island in Maine and cities as large as Chicago and Chattanooga, and with Jora Young, wrote about their findings in 1997 in The Ecology of Hope.

Now Bernard has caught up with these communities again to discover their progress, and see what a difference their collaborative conservation has made. Hope and Hard Times chronicles that journey; the successes, the speed bumps, and the remarkable tenacity and persistence of the partnerships and initiatives driving change during exceedingly hard times. Overall, community-based sustainability initiatives have proved resilient, despite the down-spiraling of the global economy and the looming problems of global climate change. Their quest points to the need for new perceptions of nature and of humankind, more guidance from nature, and less consumption and materialism. They offer advice on how to live on pieces of land without spoiling them.

Offering hopeful roadmaps for other communities working toward a sustainable future, this book will appeal to community activists, natural resource professionals, educators, and environmentalists.

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THRIVING BEYOND SUSTAINABILITY

ANDRES EDWARDS
Paperback

Price: $10.20

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Every 15 seconds on our Earth Island, a child dies from waterborne disease. Three times an hour, anoth…

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Every 15 seconds on our Earth Island, a child dies from waterborne disease. Three times an hour, another species becomes extinct. Each day we consume 85 million barrels of oil and pump 23 million tons of carbon dioxide into an already warming atmosphere. But against this bleak backdrop, beacons of hope shine from thousands of large and small initiatives taking place everywhere from isolated villages to major urban centers.

Thriving Beyond Sustainability draws a collective map of individuals, organizations and communities from around the world that are committed to building an alternative future - one that strives to restore ecological health, reinvent outmoded institutions and rejuvenate our environmental, social and economic systems. The projects and initiatives profiled are meeting the challenges of the day with optimism, hope and results, leading the way in:

  • relocalization
  • green commerce
  • ecological design
  • environmental conservation
  • social transformation.
Overflowing with inspiration, the stories and ideas in these pages will cause the most chronic pessimist to see the glass as half full -- to move beyond a perception of surviving with scarcity to one of flourishing with abundance. The comprehensive resource section provides the tools for everyone to become a catalyst for change.

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INQUIRIES INTO THE NATURE OF SLOW MONEY

Woody Tasch
Paperback

Price: $15.95

Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money presents an essential new strategy for investing in local food systems and introduces a group of fiduciary activists who are exploring what should come after in…

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Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money presents an essential new strategy for investing in local food systems and introduces a group of fiduciary activists who are exploring what should come after industrial finance and industrial agriculture. There is a vision for investing that puts soil fertility into return-on-investment calculations and serves people and place as much at it serves industry sectors and markets.

Leading the charge is Woody Tasch, whose decades of work as a venture capitalist, foundation treasurer, and entrepreneur now shed new light on a truer, more beautiful, more prudent kind of fiduciary responsibility. He offers an alternative vision to the dusty old industrial concepts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when dollars, and the businesses they financed, lost their connection to place; slow money, on the other hand, is firmly rooted in the new economic, social, and environmental realities of the 21st century.

About the author Woody Tasch is president of the newly formed NGO Slow Money and Chairman Emeritus of Investors’ Circle, a nonprofit network of angel investors, venture capitalists, foundations, and family offices that, since 1992, has facilitated the flow of $130 million to 200 early-stage companies and venture funds dedicated to sustainability. He lives in northern New Mexico. For information about Slow Money please visit www.slowmoneyalliance.org.

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