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AMERICAN FARMER

Katrina Field and Paul Mobley
Hardcover

Price: $50.00

When photographer Paul Mobley set out to capture the soul of America's farming communities, he discovered a culture defined by tradition, integrity and hard work, and comprised of the most authentic …

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When photographer Paul Mobley set out to capture the soul of America's farming communities, he discovered a culture defined by tradition, integrity and hard work, and comprised of the most authentic and generous individuals he'd ever encountered. Traveling across the country from Tennessee to Montana, Mobley and his camera were welcomed into the homes of more than 100 farming families, who graciously shared their personal histories along with the fruits of their labor. To spend time with them was to turn back the clock — to an era when there were no locks on doors, no urban sprawl, and no virtue more prized than common decency. Children still move across the street and not across the state when they grow up, and parents move back in with their children when they grow old. Story after story, visit after visit, Mobley slowly came to know the independent farmer's spirit both from behind the lens and over the dinner table.

The result is a stunning series of portraits and direct quotes that collectively chronicle the life of the American farmer. Each image offers an unvarnished and intimate look inside the hardships and joys of a quickly disappearing lifestyle — one that once defined our national identity and now struggles just to keep a foothold. And even as encroaching cities threaten their livelihoods, these men and women continue to find sustenance in the same basic human values they were raised with. American Farmer is an inspirational reminder of what it means to live with simplicity and contentment, in a world that is driven by excess. This vivid portfolio is accompanied by anecdotes and memories in the farmer's own words that are both a testament to their enduring hospitality and a moving glimpse into their daily routines and family histories. But what you will read first, and foremost, are their faces. From Bruce Crump, a citrus farmer in Florida; to Patsy Fribley, a stockyard dealer from Montana; to Thurston Wilber, a Maine lobsterman, Mobley's intense and beautiful portraits capture the furrows of fields lining their brows, the crevices of drought creasing the corners of their mouths, and the grains of truth in their squinted eyes.


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GREEN HOME IMPROVEMENT

DAN CHIRAS
Paperback

Price: $34.95

In a tight economy, this book offers clear financial benefits by helping homeowners immediately cut their utility bills. Many of these smaller home improvements require only a modest investment, and g…

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In a tight economy, this book offers clear financial benefits by helping homeowners immediately cut their utility bills. Many of these smaller home improvements require only a modest investment, and give readers an edge when they sell their homes: Buyers are looking for energy efficiency, and they are also tuned into green health and environmental concerns.

The book's projects include quick and easy, low- or no-cost tasks — like insulating a water heater, sealing foundation cracks or painting with insulating paint — as well as bigger-ticket items, such as installing a new energy-efficient heating system, windows or green flooring. The more than 65 "Go Green" tips highlighted throughout the book give readers ideas to make their homes and lifestyles greener.

Projects include:

  • Green flooring and paint options
  • Environmentally friendly cabinetry and countertops
  • Whole-house insulation and weather-stripping
  • High-efficiency heating and cooling
  • Water conservation
  • Efficient lighting, appliances and plumbing fixtures, including Energy Star and WaterSense models
  • Solar electric and water heating systems
  • Eco-friendly roofing and siding
  • Energy-efficient windows, doors and skylights
  • Green materials for patios, walkways and driveways
  • Landscaping and irrigation for water conservation and energy


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THE BACKYARD HOMESTEAD

Carleen Madigan
Paperback

Price: $18.95

With just a quarter acre of land, you can feed a family of four with fresh, organic food year-round. This comprehensive guide to self-sufficiency gives you all the information you need to grow and pre…

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With just a quarter acre of land, you can feed a family of four with fresh, organic food year-round. This comprehensive guide to self-sufficiency gives you all the information you need to grow and preserve a variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts and grains; raise chickens for eggs and meat; raise cows, sheep and goats for meat or milk; raise pigs and rabbits; and keep honeybees. Simple instructions make it easy to enjoy canned, frozen, dried and pickled produce all winter; use your own grains to make bread, pasta and beer; turn fresh milk into delicious homemade yogurt, butter and cheese; make your own wine, cordials and herbal teas; and much, much more. It truly is possible to eat entirely from your backyard.

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO LIVING ON LESS E-BOOK


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Price: $6.99

Are you looking for simple ideas to save money? The Mother Earth NewsGuide to Living on Less has dozens of ideas to help you save money on food, housing and energy, while also living a greener life.

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Are you looking for simple ideas to save money? The Mother Earth News Guide to Living on Less has dozens of ideas to help you save money on food, housing and energy, while also living a greener life.

These strategies for living lightly are simple, satisfying and even fun. Here are a few of the articles you’ll find in this special collection:

  • For big energy savings that can also help you save money check out our “8 Easy Projects for Instant Energy Savings.”
  • Ready to start a garden, or make your existing garden bigger?
  • Read “Easy Garden Anyone Can Make” for an easy plan that will have you growing more vegetables in no time.
Find out how you can enjoy better tasting, more nutritious food and save money by reading “Cut Your Food Bills in Half.”

You’ll also find articles on food preservation basics, brewing your own beer, raising chickens in your backyard, building a home without a mortgage, and many other ideas for how to save money.

Get ready, it’s time to start living on less and loving it!

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.

*E-Books are Eco-friendly! By supporting digital products like this one you help conserve resources and energy that comes with printing standard books. Order your downloadable E-book and start reading today!



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STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING MEAT GOATS

Maggie Sayer
Paperback

Price: $18.95

You too can raise meat goats. Small and artisanal farmers looking for a profitable specialty will find that compact, friendly and efficient meat goats don't require large amounts of browsing land, an…

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You too can raise meat goats. Small and artisanal farmers looking for a profitable specialty will find that compact, friendly and efficient meat goats don't require large amounts of browsing land, and they can thrive on plants that other livestock find inedible, such as nettles and thistles.

Demand for chevon has increased in the last years, and imports from overseas have doubled in the past decade. The market is expected to grow by 10 to 15 percent annually in the future. Goat meat is the fastest-growing meat business in North America. Chevon is a low-calorie, low-fat meat.

In this book, author Maggie Sayer will guide you through the basics of breed selection, buying, housing, feeding and breeding goats for meat.

Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats is a great resource for experienced and beginner farmers.

About the Author:

Maggie Sayer has written numerous articles on animal raising and husbandry and is actively involved in canine and equine rescue. Her Boer goats share the farm with dozens of rescued animals. Sayer and her husband live in Mammoth Springs, in the Ozark region of Arkansas, where goat production has taken sustainable agriculture by storm.


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HOW TO BUILD SMALL BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS

Monte Burch
Paperback

Price: $18.95

More than 20 projects offer complete plans and instructions for building a wide range of structures that are designed for adaptability and usefulness. You'll learn the step-by-step fundamentals of gen…

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More than 20 projects offer complete plans and instructions for building a wide range of structures that are designed for adaptability and usefulness. You'll learn the step-by-step fundamentals of general construction — from planning and laying out a site to do-it-yourself framing, roofing, wiring, plumbing, and much more. Some of the projects featured include:

  • All-purpose barns
  • Equipment or machine shed
  • Two-car garage
  • Roadside stand
  • Insulated dog house
  • Home office
About the Author:
Monte Burch has worked as a contractor, an editor, and freelance writer and photographer. He is the author of more than 50 books, including Building Small Farms, Sheds and Shelters, and has written numerous articles for various outdoor and how-to publications. With his wife, Joan, he owns and operates Outdoor World Press, Inc., a book publishing house.


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THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO PRESERVING FOOD AT HOME

Janet Chadwick
Paperback

Price: $14.95

The third edition of The Beginner's Guide to Preserving Food at Home has been completely revised and updated. It includes dozens of recipes, from basic food preservation techniques to jams and marmala…

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The third edition of The Beginner's Guide to Preserving Food at Home has been completely revised and updated. It includes dozens of recipes, from basic food preservation techniques to jams and marmalades, pickles and sauerkraut and even preserving herbs.

You don't need a lot of time or years of experience to preserve garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. Simple step-by-step instructions give you the confidence and know-how to freeze, dry, can, store and brine the abundance from your CSA share or summer garden.

Grate and freeze excess zucchini; it will be perfect in quick breads and muffins all winter long. Pick up a crate of less-than-perfect tomatoes at the farmer's market and preserve them in jars of spicy salsa. Turn the overflow of green beans from your CSA farm share into tasty dilly beans to eat all winter or give as holiday gifts. Dry mushrooms, make ketchup, can nectarines and make fruit leather.

This user-friendly book includes charts and lists that will help you successfully preserve foods, as well as a recipe section for using your preserved food in delicious meals. With these techniques and recipes you will be eating local all year long.

About the author: Janet Chadwick has been a teacher, and has authored several books including No Time to Cook, How to Live on Almost Nothing and The Busy Persons' Guide to Preserving Food. As a teacher, her special focus was on cooking for people with special diets. She lives in Florida.


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LESS IS MORE

Cecile Andrews &Wanda Urbanska
Paperback

Price: $7.42

CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $16.95 AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

We're destroying the planet, undermining happiness, and clinging to an unsustainable economy. Our obsessive pursuit …

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CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $16.95 AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

We're destroying the planet, undermining happiness, and clinging to an unsustainable economy. Our obsessive pursuit of wealth isn't working. But there's another way. Less can be More. Throughout history wise people have argued that we need to live more simply — that only by limiting outer wealth can we have inner wealth.

With Less is More, editors Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska have put together a compelling collection of works by people who have been writing about simplicity for decades, including Bill McKibben, Sarah Susanka, John de Graaf, Bryan Welch and many more.

These thinkers bring us a new vision of less: less stuff, less work, less stress, less debt. A life with less becomes a life with more: more time, more satisfaction, more balance, more security. When we have too much, we savor nothing. When we choose less, we regain our life and can think and feel deeply. Ultimately, a life of less connects us with one true source of happiness: being a part of a caring community.

About the authors:

Cecile Andrews is the author of Circle of Simplicity and Slow is Beautiful and co-founder of Phinney EcoVillage. She has her doctorate in education from Stanford University.

Wanda Urbanska is producer and host of Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska. She is author or co-author of numerous books, including Simple Living and Nothing's Too Small to Make a Difference.

Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending books and products to its readers. For nearly 40 years, Mother Earth News has been North America’s “Original Guide to Living Wisely,” creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.


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STOREY'S ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO POULTRY BREEDS

Carol Ekarius
Paperback

Price: $24.95

More than 128 birds strut their stuff across the pages of Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds, the ultimate primer for farmers and fanciers alike. Admire the handsome black and white plumage …

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More than 128 birds strut their stuff across the pages of Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds, the ultimate primer for farmers and fanciers alike. Admire the handsome black and white plumage of Lakenvelder roosters, read the fascinating history of the Blue Hens of Delaware, and marvel at the petite size and toylike appearance of Call ducks. And if you’re curious to know which heritage turkeys are making a comeback, look no further. This definitive guide to North American barnyard and wild fowl includes a brief history of each breed, detailed descriptions of identifying characteristics, and colorful photography that celebrates the birds’ quirky personalities and charming good looks. If it’s fowl facts and photos you want, you’ll find them all here.


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THRIVING DURING CHALLENGING TIMES

Cam Mather
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Thriving During Challenging Times is meant to serve as your handbook to energy, food and financial independence during this difficult era of rising oil costs, economic crisis, water shortages and clim…

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Thriving During Challenging Times is meant to serve as your handbook to energy, food and financial independence during this difficult era of rising oil costs, economic crisis, water shortages and climate change.

It's an easy time to be discouraged, but it's also an excellent time to take stock of your life and make some changes. It's time to reclaim your financial independence, weather the storm, and bring new meaning to your life. The technological world we find ourselves in distances us from the experiences that used to be part of the rhythm of daily life. Growing your own food, heating your home without being reliant on someone else, and living within your means are activities that will bring joy to your life and help you deal with the multiple challenges that we face today.

This book is a road map to making your home more independent, getting your bank account back on track, and discovering that digging potatoes for dinner or showering in water heated by the sun can provide the greatest of satisfactions. It's time to pay down that debt, grow your own food, and start integrating renewable energy and energy efficiency into your home to reduce your carbon footprint, achieve financial independence, and return your spirit to its rightful place in harmony with the simple things that make life a fantastic journey.

About the author: Cam Mather lives four miles from the nearest electricity lines, generating his power from the sun and wind and growing most of his own food. He is co-publisher of Aztext Press and the Solutions for Sustainability book series. He has produced instructional DVDs on growing vegetables and installing wind turbines and has motivated thousands of his workshop attendees to take joy in becoming more independent.

Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is recommending books to readers. For 40 years, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has been North America’s “Original Guide to Living Wisely,” creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.

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