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Worried about ever-rising fuel bills and longing for the day when you can be off-grid and independent? Anxious about the quality of the food you eat and planning to go organic? Yearning to get back to the way it was but don't know where to start? This book will show you how to achieve the eco-friendly good life. The authors cover the ecological gamut from geothermal heating to crop rotation to soap making. They answer important questions like how much land is really needed to be self-sufficient, whether or not to depend entirely on natural forms of energy, and which farm animals will best meet your needs. There’s practical information here on building an insulated flue pipe chimney, identifying edible wild plants, and composting with worms?as well as recipes for jams, rhubarb wine, cheeses, and more. Packed with full-color photographs, helpful illustrations, and diagrams, Self-Sufficiency Handbook will appeal to urban dwellers who want to adopt certain aspects of greener living and to serious adherents of back-to-basics living.
Author: Alan & Gill Bridgewater
In an era when incomprehensibly complex issues like Peak Oil and Climate Change dominate headlines, practical solutions at a local level can seem somehow inadequate.
In response, Lyle Estill's Small Is Possible introduces us to "hometown security," with this chronicle of a community-powered response to resource depletion in a fickle global economy. True stories, springing from the soils of Chatham County, N.C., offer a positive counter balance to the bleakness of our age.
This is the story of how one small southern U.S. town found actual solutions to actual problems. Unwilling to rely on government and wary of large corporations, these residents discovered it is possible for a community to feed itself, fuel itself, heal itself and govern itself.
This book is filled with newspaper columns, blog entries, letters and essays that have appeared on the margins of small town economies. Tough subjects are handled with humor and finesse. Compelling stories of successful small businesses from the grocery co-op to the biodiesel co-op describe a town and its people on a genuine quest for sustainability.
Everyone interested in sustainability, local economy, small business and whole foods will be inspired by the success stories in this book.
Author: Lyle Estill
In the Summer of Love in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, a charismatic young hippie by the name of Stephen Gaskin launched "Monday Night Class" - a weekly event which drew together an eclectic mix of truth-seekers and flower children. Soon the class became a caravan, and after touring the country this colorful crew decided to seek a plot of land and found a commune based on their shared values. Thus was born The Farm in Summertown, Tenn.
The Farm Then and Now presents the story of a group that has defied the odds, blending idealism with a practical approach to intentional community and creating a model for sustainable living. Just as the Monday Night Classes taught students to open their hearts and minds, The Farm continues as a school of change, demonstrating ways to operate collectively in terms of:
For humans to survive as a species, we must re-learn the skills needed to work together; the lessons of The Farm can be applied in any community or organization. The Farm Then and Now addresses both the successes and shortcomings of this unique ongoing social experiment, showing how what was once the largest commune in the world has evolved into an exceptional example of living lightly on the earth.
Author: Douglas Stevenson
The ACT of distillation is an art in itself; it is so much more than the preparation of a simple recipe. In the words of the author, "the book you have in your hands is a road map..." You will learn how to navigate the distillation journey with the aid of this "road map" - including: Easy to follow with over 150 of photos, tables, and diagrams Proven practices of distilling plants using copper alembic stills Understand the senses - how the role of smell, sight, taste, hearing, and touch contributes to a successful distillation Understand the plants - including taxonomy, how and when you can distill each plant, and the author's recommendations based on experience Unique insight - understand the life and soul of water used in the distillation process Packed with a wealth of research and personal expertise, Harvest to Hydrosol leads you on a practical and mystical journey of a plant's transformation into a hydrosol. Ann Harman uses her years of experience as an artisan distiller, farmer, and botanist, to guide you in how to easily and expertly distill your own hydrosols.
Author: Ann Harman
Don't sacrifice your garden or green space because you suffer from chronic pain, health issues, or other ailments. The Wellness Garden is your guide! If you love to garden but also worry about the physical strain, or if you are in search of ways to promote a healthier lifestyle, and even combat specific, chronic, health issues, then noted garden author and speaker Shawna Coronado has good news for you! You can stay active, fight chronic pain, and keep the garden you've worked so hard to cultivate. In The Wellness Garden, her new book from Cool Springs Press, Shawna details exactly how she has learned to use her garden as a key tool in her battle with osteoarthritis and other chronic pain issues. In this inspiring but highly practical book you will learn from Shawna's life changing garden experience and see how you can create your own Wellness Garden--and gain the healthier lifestyle you desire and deserve.
Author: Shawna Coronado
Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. At the same time, most books and resources about food production aim at the backyard and hobby gardener, who simply want to supplement their family's diet with a few homegrown fruits and vegetables. Targeted at serious growers in every climate zone, Sustainable Market Farming acts as a comprehensive manual for small-scale farmers raising organic crops sustainably on a few acres.
Informed by the author's extensive experience growing a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit to feed the approximately 100 members of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia, this practical guide provides:
Whether you are a beginning market grower or an established enterprise seeking to improve your skills, Sustainable Market Farming is an invaluable resource and a timely book for the maturing local agriculture movement.
Author: Pam Dawling
Garden Builder is a treasure trove of lovely yard, patio, and garden projects you can build yourself!
Perfect for any gardener or outdoor enthusiast with a few basic DIY skills, it is packed with 35 complete project plans, each one featuring finished photos of the project along with cut lists and shopping lists, a construction diagram, and step-by-step instructions (complete with photos) show exactly how to build every project.
Most projects are made from durable exterior-rated wood and can be created with basic carpentry skills. But several of these highly desirable garden accessories are made with materials like concrete, metal, and wire.
Garden Builder is positively loaded with projects, a few you can look forward to building include:
-A tiny shed (it is very cute)
-A toad house
Simply follow the clear and comprehensive instructions, and you'll have a garden that's rich in design elements, useful aids, and practical furnishings.
Author: JoAnn Moser
The Upcycle is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Cradle to Cradle, one of the most consequential ecological manifestos of our time. Now, drawing on the lessons gained from 10 years of putting the Cradle to Cradle concept into practice with businesses, governments and ordinary people, William McDonough and Michael Braungart envision the next step in the solution to our ecological crisis: We don't just use or reuse resources with greater effectiveness, we actually improve the world as we live, create and build.
For McDonough and Braungart, the questions of resource scarcity and sustainability are questions of design. They are practical-minded visionaries: They envision beneficial designs of products, buildings and business practices-and they show us these ideas being put to use around the world as everyday objects like chairs, cars and factories are being reimagined not just to sustain life on the planet but to grow it. It is an eye-opening, inspiring tour of our green future as it unfolds in front of us.
McDonough and Braungart want to turn on its head our understanding of the human role on earth: Instead of protecting the planet from human impact, why not redesign our activity to improve the environment? We can have a beneficial footprint. Abundance for all. The goal is within our reach.
Author: W. McDonough, M. Braungart
Conventional agriculture destroys our soils, pollutes our water and is a major contributor to climate change. What if our agricultural practices could stabilize, or even reverse these trends?
The Biochar Solution explores the dual function of biochar as a carbon-negative energy source and a potent soil-builder. Created by burning biomass in the absence of oxygen, this material has the unique ability to hold carbon back from the atmosphere while simultaneously enhancing soil fertility. Author Albert Bates traces the evolution of this extraordinary substance from the ancient black soils of the Amazon to its reappearance as a modern carbon sequestration strategy.
Combining practical techniques for the production and use of biochar with an overview of the development and future of carbon farming, The Biochar Solution describes how a new agricultural revolution can reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to below zero while increasing world food reserves and creating energy from biomass wastes. Biochar and carbon farming can reduce fossil fuels inputs into our food system; bring new life to desert landscapes; filter and purify drinking water; and help build carbon-negative homes, communities and nations.
Biochar is not without dangers if unregulated, and it is not a panacea, but if it fulfills its promise of taking us back from the brink of irreversible climate change, it may well be the most important discovery in human history.
Author: Albert K. Bates
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:
Use the innate qualities of nature to enhance every condition of your garden and maintain the standard and quality of a truly organic crop. Containing 704 pages of information, the Organic Gardening E-book Projects collection can teach you to grow the best produce; eliminate harmful pests safely and effectively and more.
For the first time, Mother Earth News is proud to offer the complete Organic Gardening E-book Projects collection together in one convenient collection. This comprehensive set includes 21 useful e-handbooks with titles ranging from "Growing the Best Strawberries" to "Gardening with Earthworms". The Organic Gardening E-book Projects collection is packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects to encourage natural, nutritious growing.
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Lush greenery and vibrantly-colored blooms emanating powerful floral fragrances — in your own backyard! Discover the secrets to creating a wildflower meadow, planting a mood garden and more within the 380 pages of the Ornamental Gardening E-book Projects Collection.
For the first time, Mother Earth News is proud to offer the complete Ornamental Gardening E-book Projects Collection together in one convenient collection. This comprehensive set includes 11 useful e-books with titles ranging from "10 Steps to Beautiful Roses" to "Create Long Lasting Hanging Plants". The Ornamental Gardening E-book Projects Collection is packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects to inspire gorgeous gardens.
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Harness the medicinal, sensual and flavorful power of herbs with both centuries-old and modern methods. Find the secrets to utilizing herbs like mint, rosemary and more within the 504 pages of the Herb E-book Projects Collection.
For the first time, Mother Earth News is proud to offer the complete Herb E-book Projects Collection.
This comprehensive collection includes 14 useful e-handbooks with titles ranging from "Herbal Teas for Lifelong Health" to "Making Your Own Incense". The Herb E-book Projects Collection is packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects to encourage natural health and happiness through herbs.
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Creative, flavorful meals made with fresh, natural ingredients can bring the strength and vitality of nature into your life. Packed with 901 pages of useful information, the Whole Foods E-book Projects Collection can teach you the secrets to cooking with edible flowers, cooking and preparing wild game and more.
For the first time, Mother Earth News is proud to offer the complete Whole Foods and Cooking E-book Project Collection. This comprehensive collection includes 25 useful e-books with titles ranging from "Cooking with Honey" to "Perfect Grilled Meats". The Whole Foods and Cooking E-handbook Set is packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects to inspire nutritious and delicious dining.
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Avoid mysterious chemical concoctions, and let nature bring you back to the healthy, beautiful state we were meant to be in. Containing 250 pages of helpful tips and remedies, the Natural Health E-book Projects Collection helps you explore the secrets to natural beauty; take an herbal approach to health and more with the Natural Health E-book Projects Collections.
For the first time, Mother Earth News is proud to offer the complete Natural Health E-book Projects Collection. This comprehensive set includes 7 useful e-handbooks with titles ranging from "Natural & Herbal Family Remedies" to "Herbal Treatments for Healthy Hair". The Natural Health E-book Projects Collection is packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects to inspire natural health and beauty.
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Add a feeling of accomplishment to your life and personalization to your home with the ultimate practice in self-sufficiency: do-it-yourself projects from Mother Earth News. Get the know-how to fashion custom furniture, erect personal fences and more with the 479 pages of project tips and instructions in the Do-It-Yourself E-book Projects Collection.
For the first time, Mother Earth News is proud to offer the complete Do-It-Yourself E-book Projects Collection. This comprehensive collection includes 14 useful e-books with titles ranging from "How to Build a Pond for Fun or Food" to "How to Keep Your Basement Dry". The Do-It-Yourself E-book Projects Collection is packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects to inspire self-sufficiency.
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Homesteading and sustainable farming are major steps in the journey toward self-sufficiency. The benefits of producing naturally raised animals and crops have a positive influence on everyone, from the grower to the consumer. Learn the best methods in egg and chicken production; gain the skills to build or renovate a small barn for your horse; find out how to easily crate train your dog; and much more with the Livestock and Farming E-book Projects Collection.
For the first time, Mother Earth News is proud to offer the complete Livestock and Farming E-book Projects Collection. This comprehensive collection includes 12 useful e-books with titles ranging from "Raising Game Birds" to "Homemade Treats for Happy, Healthy Dogs". The Livestock and Farming E-book Projects Collection is packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects to inspire you to turn your dreams of country living into a reality.
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This e-book is packed with 20 customizable designs, gardening tips and tricks, and conventional wisdom about the many uses of herbs. Creating Custom Garden Spaces is a fabulous guide to planning an organized, beautiful and practical garden for any space, large or small. Whether you’re a first-timer or an avid gardener, our detailed illustrations and maps will help you give your garden personality with our easily understandable designs, including: