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FOLKS, THIS AIN'T NORMAL

Joel Salatin
Hardcover

Price: $25.99

From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In Folks, This Ain't Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes fro…

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From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In Folks, This Ain't Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact.

Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as "Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture" and profiled in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the best-selling book The Omnivore's Dilemma, understands what food should be: wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life. And his message doesn't stop there. From child-rearing, to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller's knack for the revealing anecdote.

Salatin's crucial message and distinctive voice – practical, provocative, scientific, and down-home philosophical in equal measure – make Folks, This Ain't Normal a must-read book.


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BETTER BEEKEEPING

Kim Flottum
Hardcover

Price: $24.99

Backyard beekeepers everywhere agree: a successful colony is a thing of beauty.

Thousands of beekeepers have started beekeeping thanks to Kim Flottum's first book, The Backyard Beekeeper,…

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Backyard beekeepers everywhere agree: a successful colony is a thing of beauty.

Thousands of beekeepers have started beekeeping thanks to Kim Flottum's first book, The Backyard Beekeeper, and they have added to their repertoire of skills with The Backyard Beekeeper's Honey Handbook. Now, Better Beekeeping answers the question, "What do I do now that I'm a beekeeper?" This book takes serious beekeepers past the beginning stages and learning curves and offers solutions and rewards for keeping bees a better way. Better queens, better winters, better food, and better bees await any beekeeper willing to take on the challenge of having the right number of bees, of the right age, in the right place, in the right condition, at the right time.

About the Author
After receiving a degree in production horticulture from the University of Wisconsin, Kim Flottum began a career in honey bee pollination research with the USDA and a life-long interest in the multifaceted hobby and business of beekeeping. He next used his acquired skills to raise apples and vegetables in Connecticut, before moving to Medina, Ohio, in 1986 to become editor of the 132-year-old magazine, Bee Culture.


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WHEN DISASTER STRIKES

Matthew Stein
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Disasters often strike without warning and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Yet armed with the right tools and information, survivors can fend for themselves and get through even the toughe…

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Disasters often strike without warning and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Yet armed with the right tools and information, survivors can fend for themselves and get through even the toughest circumstances. Matthew Stein's When Disaster Strikes provides a thorough, practical guide for how to prepare for and react in many of life's most unpredictable scenarios.

In this disaster-preparedness manual, he outlines the materials you'll need—from food and water, to shelter and energy, to first-aid and survival skills—to help you safely live through the worst. When Disaster Strikes covers how to find and store food, water, and clothing, as well as the basics of installing back-up power and lights. You’ll learn how to gather and sterilize water, build a fire, treat injuries in an emergency, and use alternative medical sources when conventional ones are unavailable.

Stein instructs you on the smartest responses to natural disasters—such as fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and floods—how to keep warm during winter storms, even how to protect yourself from attack or other dangerous situations. With this comprehensive guide in hand, you can be sure to respond quickly, correctly, and confidently when a crisis threatens.


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COUNTRY ALMANAC OF HOUSEKEEPING TECHNIQUES

Richard Freudenberger
Paperback

Price: $19.99

Our forefathers and mothers knew how to keep their homes clean and homey — and live richer while spending less. Many of today's products are expensive, bad for the environment, and don't work any bet…

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Our forefathers and mothers knew how to keep their homes clean and homey — and live richer while spending less. Many of today's products are expensive, bad for the environment, and don't work any better than Grandma's methods, which only cost pennies.

The editors at Back Home Magazine have collected hundreds of formulas for effective cleaning, gardening and home maintenance — as well as ways our ancestors saved on heating bills, prevented costly repairs, and maintained a cozy, charming home with little besides ingenuity.

Drawing on the advice and techniques of contributors across the country, this indispensable guide shows you the best ways to take care of everything in your home from wood floors, to tile, to stainless steel appliances ... and how to get the longest life out of every household item from pots and pans to pillowcases.

The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money is chock-full of solutions, recipes and how-to projects for living a simpler, cleaner life and keeping your home beautiful.


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SAVING SEEDS AS IF OUR LIVES DEPENDED ON IT

Dan Jason
Paperback

Price: $12.00

Author Dan Jason urges folks to partake in the responsibility and the joy of saving seeds in this book, which is divided into four parts:

  • A personal overview of how seed affairs have gotten to be what …

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Author Dan Jason urges folks to partake in the responsibility and the joy of saving seeds in this book, which is divided into four parts:

  • A personal overview of how seed affairs have gotten to be what they are. This section is an encapsulation of Jason’s 20 years of observing the seed world while participating in it as the founder of a mail order seed company.
  • Jason’s thoughts about seeds and the background experiences that led to those ideas. This section will excite you to the possibilities of what might be in store for you if you take The Seedy Road.
  • A beginner's guide to saving seeds. Saving seeds is simple, easy and straightforward.
  • The revitalization of seeds: a social movement. Beyond actually growing seeds, there are many ways to participate effectively in the preservation of our seed heritage.


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GOOD BUG, BAD BUG

Jessica Walliser
Paperback

Price: $17.95

Good Bug Bad Bug, 2nd edition, is an indispensable field guide for quickly and easily identifying the most common invasive and beneficial insects in the garden. Plus the best organic advice on how to …

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Good Bug Bad Bug, 2nd edition, is an indispensable field guide for quickly and easily identifying the most common invasive and beneficial insects in the garden. Plus the best organic advice on how to attract the good guys and manage the bad guys - without reaching for the toxic chemicals. It includes strategies for dealing with the “new bugs in town,” those worrisome strangers that are starting to show up due to climate change (and some that have just flown in from abroad).

Forty-one bugs, presented in full color on laminated card stock, with concealed wire binding. Sturdy enough to take into the garden for easy reference. An attractive gift book for adults and curious kids alike. The 2nd edition contains a number of color photographs not seen in the 1st edition and presents three new "bad bugs" to add to the rogues gallery of insect pests.


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EAT YOUR ROSES

Denise Schreiber
Paperback

Price: $17.95

This lighthearted, full-color illustrated gift book balances edible flower history and lore with proper handling and preparation techniques, and more than 50 recipes (from appetizers and drinks to mai…

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This lighthearted, full-color illustrated gift book balances edible flower history and lore with proper handling and preparation techniques, and more than 50 recipes (from appetizers and drinks to main dishes and desserts). Eat Your Roses shows us how to look beyond the veggie patch for great food ideas, and check out our flowerbeds.


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THE HEIRLOOM LIFE GARDENER

Jere Gettle & Emilee Gettle
Hardcover

Price: $29.99

Tired of genetically modified food? Every day, Americans are moving more toward eating natural, locally grown food that is free of pesticides and preservatives ... and there is no better way to ensure…

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Tired of genetically modified food? Every day, Americans are moving more toward eating natural, locally grown food that is free of pesticides and preservatives ... and there is no better way to ensure this than to grow it yourself. Anyone can start a garden, whether in a backyard or on a city rooftop; but what they need to truly succeed is The Heirloom Life Gardener, a comprehensive guide to cultivating heirloom vegetables.

In this invaluable resource, Jere and Emilee Gettle, co-founders of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, offer a wealth of knowledge to every kind of gardener ... experienced pros and novices alike. In his friendly voice, complemented by gorgeous photographs, Jere gives planting, growing, harvesting and seed saving tips. In addition, an extensive A to Z Growing Guide includes amazing heirloom varieties that many people have never even seen. From seed collecting to the history of seed varieties and name origins, Jere takes you far beyond the heirloom tomato. This is the first book of its kind that is not only a guide to growing beautiful and delicious vegetables, but also a way to join the movement of people who long for real food and a truer way of living.


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HOME SWEET ZERO ENERGY HOME

Barry Rehfeld
Paperback

Price: $17.95

Zero energy homes produce at least as much energy as they consume through a combination of energy efficiencies, passive design and renewable energy production. California has adopted zero net energy a…

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Zero energy homes produce at least as much energy as they consume through a combination of energy efficiencies, passive design and renewable energy production. California has adopted zero net energy as the new residential standard for 2020; many other governments are considering similar policies. Developing zero energy homes is the first step toward making all buildings zero energy — a critical step in mitigating climate change as buildings account for 40% of material and energy use worldwide.

Home Sweet Zero Energy Home is the first practical guidebook that clearly shows how zero energy homes can be good, livable, affordable homes. The author identifies all the pieces of the zero energy puzzle and how they fall into place, and explains how homeowners and buyers can also take smaller steps toward sharply reducing the energy use of existing buildings. Focusing on real costs and savings, this book takes an in-depth look at:

  • Site selection and passive design
  • Insulation, windows, doors and building materials
  • Heating and cooling
  • Appliances and electronics
  • Financial resources and incentives
Whether you are a prospective buyer, owner or developer, Home Sweet Zero Energy Home is your complete guide to creating a more comfortable, efficient, environmentally friendly home without breaking your back or your bank account.


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ZEN MIND, ZEN HORSE

Allan Hamilton
Paperback

Price: $11.31

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This approach to horse training offers everyone who works with horses - novice or expert - a new understanding of ho…

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This approach to horse training offers everyone who works with horses - novice or expert - a new understanding of how humans work and interact with horses and how doing so can lead to spiritual awakening. Horses have evolved to understand and respond to the flow of vital energy - chi - around them, using it to communicate with members of their herd, express dominance, and sense danger from nearby predators. Being quietly present and receptive to your horse’s chi opens the potential of your emotional, intuitive right brain, awakening your deep sensitivity, calm leadership, intuition, and mindfulness.

About the author:
Allan J. Hamilton, MD, is a Harvard-trained brain surgeon, a renowned horse trainer, a developer of equine-assisted learning programs, and the author of Zen Mind, Zen Horse and The Scalpel and the Soul, which won a Silver Nautilus Award in 2009. He is a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona and a medical script consultant for the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy. He raises Lipizzan horses on a small ranch on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona.

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