• MAKING BETTER BUILDINGS

    From foundation to finish, a wealth of information is available on sustainable construction methods. Entire volumes have been published on individual green and natural building techniques! But with so many different ideas from which to choose, there is no single resource that allows an owner or builder to quickly and objectively compare the merits of each system for their particular project.

    Making Better Buildings cuts through the hype and provides the unvarnished facts about the upsides and downsides of the most widely discussed materials and technologies. Drawing on the real-world experiences of designer/builders, this comparative guide systematically and comprehensively examines each approach in terms of:

    • Cost, sourcing, labor intensity, and ease of construction
    • Energy efficiency, embodied energy and environmental impacts
    • Availability/accessibility
    • Viable applications and future potential

    Each chapter is rounded out by a chart that summarizes the material in a quick and accessible manner.

    Whether you are an owner preparing to build a green or natural home, or a conventional contractor determined to integrate sustainable alternatives into your existing construction practices, this up-to-the minute resource will help you make the best decisions for your project, while meeting your energy, efficiency, budgetary and site-specific needs.

    Item: 7048
  • MAKING HEIRLOOM TOYS

    Making Heirloom Toys includes a collection of toys that can be cherished for generations to come. Suitable for anyone interested in making their own toys, the step-by-step projects in this guide range from the simple to more complex.

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  • MAKING HOME

    Other books tell us how to live the good life … but you might have to win the lottery to do it. Making Home is about improving life with the real people around us and the resources we already have. While encouraging us to be more resilient in the face of hard times, author Sharon Astyk also points out the beauty, grace and elegance that result, because getting the most out of everything we use is a way of transforming our lives into something much more fulfilling.

    Written from the perspective of a family who has already made this transition, Making Home shows readers how to turn the challenge of living with less into settling for more: more happiness, more security and more peace of mind. Learn simple but effective strategies to:

    • Save money on everything from heating and cooling to refrigeration, laundry, water, sanitation, cooking and cleaning
    • Create a stronger, more resilient family
    • Preserve more for future generations


    We must make fundamental changes to our way of life in the face of ongoing economic crises and energy depletion. Making Home takes the fear out of this prospect, and invites us to embrace a simpler, more abundant reality.

    Item: 6211
  • MAKING TRANSPARENT SOAP

    With common ingredients and easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, crafters can produce transparent soaps that are milder, richer, and creamier than any commercial soap on the market.

    Item: 5366
  • METALWORKING

    With more than 2,000 black–and–white illustrations and clear, practical instructions given by expert handyman and blacksmith Paul N. Hasluck, Metalworking offers everything you need to know to turn a chunk of metal into a useful and well–crafted product.

    From building a blast furnace and polishing metals to forging iron and steel and spinning metals on a lathe, this comprehensive guidebook includes the tools, materials, and processes that are fundamental to the art of metalworking. Included here is information on working sheet metals, gold, and silver; building a dynamo and electric motor; making a vertical steam engine; and more!

    This ultimate, do–it–yourself guide to metalworking is ideal for all handymen and women, do–it–yourself–types, and industry professionals —amateur and seasoned alike!

    Item: 5453
  • MICRO LIVING

    Detailed photography and a floor plan for each structure highlight inventive space-saving design features along with the nuts-and-bolts details of heating, cooling, electric, and plumbing systems. The real-life stories of residents impart the pleasures, as well as the challenges, of day-to-day living. With tips on what to consider before you build, along with framing plans for a prototype small cabin, Micro Living is the perfect starter handbook for both dreamers and doers.

    Item: 9269
  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS ALMANAC/BUILDING SOIL KIT

    This set is a match! Get two books that have a plethora of information and knowledge to share for a great price! The Mother Earth News Almanac is a seasonal guide with subject matter that any passionate DIYer, homesteader, or environmentally aware reader will appreciate. You'll find recipes, money-saving tips, and homesteading techniques, such as illustrated directions for tying a timber hitch, cat's-paw, sheepshank, and other knots; folk medicine treatments and preventatives; tips on raising chickens and keeping bees; plans for building three kinds of kites; complete instructions for fast and easy compost; and much, much more! Building Soils Naturally gives gardeners a hands-on plan for creating productive, living soil by using a practical, holistic approach – crafted right in your garden. In an organic garden, plants in optimum health thrive abundantly, produce harvests with amazing taste, and possess the ability to fight off plant predators. When they don't, there's often something lacking in their proper nutrition. Maybe they are missing beneficial microorganism companions, or perhaps they are short of the energy needed to reach their full nutrient-dense potential. The solution is to "start with the soil," but healthy soil doesn't happen just by composting, fertilizing, or companion planting alone. The solution can be found in Building Soils Naturally.

    Item: 8228
  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS HOMESTEAD RESOURCE SET 2017

    MOTHER EARTH NEWS PREMIUM: MODERN HOMESTEADING SPRING 2016 Create your own self-reliant homestead with the help of the Spring 2016 MOTHER EARTH NEWS Premium: Modern Homesteading issue! There are more than 100 pages in this colorful guide filled with MOTHER EARTH NEWS homesteading articles that cover garden beds, livestock, easy recipes, DIY projects, and more.
    br> Read the top ways to get rid of ticks from your yard, home, and body to help prevent Lyme and other diseases. Discover simple, safe, and effective remedies for soothing sunburns, blisters, bug bites, and other minor maladies. Learn how to make easy, no-knead bread and homemade butter. Explore ways to live off the land with these strategies for establishing self-sufficient food production, including advice on crop rotations and raising livestock.

    MOTHER EARTH NEWS PREMIUM ISSUE SELF-SUFFICIENT LIVING SPRING 2016 If you are ready to sell your downtown apartment and move to a 20-acre lot to live off the land, then this MOTHER EARTH NEWS new premium issue about self-sufficient living is just for you. Inside this 112-page guide, you’ will find discover articles on how to find the perfect country property, harvest tomatoes earlier, preserve produce, build DIY greenhouses, and more.

    Explore 65 self-reliance tips that bring a DIY approach to every facet of life, and start saving big money today. Read how to grow and make your own simple medicines by tending a medicinal herb garden for ready access to a multitude of safe, healing remedies. Learn how to make homemade mayo, sourdough bread, pickles, and more.

    MOTHER EARTH NEWS PREMIUM GUIDE TO HOMESTEAD DIY PROJECTS FALL 2017 This special premium issue, The MOTHER EARTH NEWS Premium Guide to Homestead DIY Projects, contains 28 articles to help you achieve your self-reliance dreams. This special issue from our belovedthe “Original Guide to Living Wisely”. Our goal at MOTHER EARTH NEWS is to provides information and inspiration to help you live more simply, more securely, and more sustainsably.

    Item: 8553
  • NATURAL BEAUTY AT HOME

    This newly revised second edition contains more than 250 simple, but remarkably effective recipes for cleansers and scrubs, toners and skin refreshers, creams, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, and nail and lip-care treatments.

    Beauty in modern America is a multibillion-dollar industry, and consumers spend hundreds of dollars on beauty products only to discover that they aren't satisfactory or effective. In this new edition, author Janice Cox has refined more than 20 years' worth of simple and self-indulgent recipes for body and soul.

    Item: 2539
  • NATURAL BIRDHOUSES

    There is nothing quite like watching the interesting animals in your yard. In Natural Birdhouses, you’ll find instructions for making birdhouses, feeders, bat houses, and pollinator houses using materials that you can find locally for free.

    Item: 9144
  • NATURE'S OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS: THE TRUE BIOTECHNOLOGIES

    This second volume in Sierra Club Books' Bioneers Series, Bioneers founder Kenny Ausubel has gathered reports from scientific innovators on such diverse topics as biomimicry, "living technologies" and ecologically sound design for industries and buildings.

    Item: 2943
  • NEW CHAINSAW GUIDE

    CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $12.95 AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

    Who needs a chainsaw? Anyone who cuts or uses wood! Learn simple saw maintenance, sharpening secrets and the best ways to use this handy homesteading tool. Regular Price $12.95.

    Item: 496
  • OFF ON OUR OWN

    Off On Our Own is Ted Carns' manual for living off-grid, how he created the various systems that power the Stone Camp and what he thinks about oil, self-reliance, waste, nature and reducing one's carbon footprint to walk more gently on the earth.

    Item: 7343
  • PARADISE LOT

    When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to work designing what would become not just another urban farm, but a "permaculture paradise" replete with perennial broccoli, paw paws, bananas, and moringa—all told, more than two hundred low-maintenance edible plants in an innovative food forest on a small city lot. The garden—intended to function like a natural ecosystem with the plants themselves providing most of the garden's needs for fertility, pest control, and weed suppression—also features an edible water garden, a year-round unheated greenhouse, tropical crops, urban poultry, and even silkworms. In telling the story of Paradise Lot, Toensmeier explains the principles and practices of permaculture, the choice of exotic and unusual food plants, the techniques of design and cultivation, and, of course, the adventures, mistakes, and do-overs in the process. Packed full of detailed, useful information about designing a highly productive permaculture garden, Paradise Lot is also a funny and charming story of two single guys, both plant nerds, with a wild plan: to realize the garden of their dreams and meet women to share it with. Amazingly, on both counts, they succeed. Show more Show less

    Item: 6727
  • PRACTICAL DIY PROJECTS CD-ROM, V.2

    CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $24.95.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT: The software on this version of Mother Earth News Practical 101 DIY Projects CD, Vol. 2, triggers a security breach when updating to version 7 or higher of Java. While an internet connection is not required to access the content on this CD, it does require an internet browser with Java for viewing the files. As a result of the security breach, the files on this CD cannot be viewed once Java has been updated to version 7 or higher.

    This second collection of Mother Earth News' most popular DIY articles provides enough fun, rewarding projects to keep you and your family busy all year long. Made available to you in an easy-to-use CD-ROM format, just like our popular Mother Earth News Archive on CD-ROM.

    Selected from nearly 40 years of material, this collection provides 147 articles for enough fun, rewarding projects to keep you busy every single weekend for a full year!

    You can learn how to:

    • build a rabbit hutch
    • make your own tiles
    • build a log cabin
    • build a solar water heater
    • build a natural swimming pool
    • make a kite from recycled materials
    • And more!!!

    You will be able to create a hummingbird feeder, a backyard swing, tomato cages, barbecue pit and much more! Or, take your projects indoors and reupholster furniture, make a four-strand braided rug, a broom and more!

    This premium collection is delivered in a simple, searchable CD-ROM format, with image galleries and fully printable articles! No Internet connection required.

    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    This CD is designed to run on PC and Mac platforms.

    You will need one of the following setups to run this CD:

    • With an IBM-compatible computer: Microsoft® Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) or newer; with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 or newer. You also will need Java Virtual Machine (VM) version 1.3 (free download from www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp) or newer browser plug-in with Java enabled on your browser and computer.
    • With an Apple Computer: Mac OS X with Safari 3.2.525.27.1 or newer and Java. Use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java for your Mac.
    • For Mac OS 9.2.2, this CD must be run in Netscape 7.0.2 with Apple MRJ 2.2.5. (Both available free from www.versiontracker.com.)
    • A CD-ROM drive (auto-start should be enabled).

    This CD also operates with Mozilla 1.4 and Opera 7 browsers.

    Item: 4553
  • PREPPER'S COMMUNICATION HANDBOOK

    The ultimate guide to acquiring, assembling, and using lifesaving emergency communication systems, this book includes in-depth information on operating ham radios, walkie-talkies, shortwave radios, and citizens band (CB) radios. When disaster strikes, calls, texts and emails don’t work. After 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Sandy, cell phones were rendered useless when transmission towers were destroyed and networks became overloaded. Having an alternative way of reaching family and loved ones at these critical moments is essential. With this guide, learn the best tips, tricks, and expert secrets for surviving when phones and the internet fail. This comprehensive guide covers everything needed to be fully prepared for when the grid goes down.

    Item: 8896
  • PREPPER'S SURVIVAL HACKS

    This guide features easy-to-follow picture tutorials on how to build your own DIY survival projects (50 in all!). One of the prepping movement’s most prolific authors, Jim Cobb has taught readers how to fortify their homes, survive for weeks without electricity, and prepare themselves financially for years of economic turmoil. Now he turns to some of his favorite DIY projects to teach his thousands of fans how to create cheap, easy, and ingenious tools to help survive any natural disaster. Prepper’s Survival Hacks is filled to the brim with intriguing, fun, and innovative projects to secure any home.

    Item: 8900
  • PREPPER'S SURVIVAL RETREATS

    When disaster strikes, bugging out will be sufficient to escape short-term danger. But when widespread collapse comes, survival will depend on having a long-term prepper retreat ready and waiting. Prepper’s Survival Retreatsbreaks down the daunting task of strategic relocation into manageable steps that allow readers to create a personalized plan appropriate for their budget, needs, and specific goals. No two preppers are alike and no two strategic relocation plans should be the same,this book will show how to put together the perfect survival retreat for every prepper.

    Item: 8902
  • RAISING GOATS NATURALLY

    Complete self-sufficiency may seem out of reach, but for more and more of us, increasing our self-reliance as much as possible is the order of the day. Incorporating dairy goats as the centerpiece of a diversified homestead can be the key to achieving this goal, and Raising Goats Naturally will show you how.

    By working with nature, you can raise dairy goats and produce your own milk, cheese, meat, fertilizer, leather, fiber, and soap -- all without relying on drugs or following the factory farm model. By observing your own animals closely and educating yourself about their specific needs, you can create an individualized plan for keeping them healthy and maximizing their productivity. This unique, fully-illustrated guide will teach you to help your herd thrive with:

    • Breed-specific descriptions to help you choose the right goats for your goals and lifestyle
    • Detailed information on housing, fencing, breeding, health, milking, and nutrition
    • Complete recipes and instructions for making your own cheese, dairy products, and soap, as well as cooking with goat meat.
    Packed with personal experiences backed up by expert veterinary advice and scientific studies, Raising Goats Naturally brings together a wealth of practical information on raising goats for the love of it and using their milk and meat to become more self-reliant.

    Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer and self-sufficiency expert who has raised livestock for over 10 years. The author of Homegrown and Handmade and Ecothrifty, she presents extensively on skills for living a self-reliant life.

    Item: 6794
  • REAL GOODS SOLAR LIVING SOURCE BOOK

    What book would you want if you were stranded on a desert island? Widely regarded as the bible of off-grid living, the Solar Living Sourcebook might be your best choice. With more than 600,000 copies in print worldwide, it is the most comprehensive resource available for anyone interested in lessening their environmental footprint and increasing their energy independence.

    This 14th edition of the sourcebook is the ultimate guide to renewable energy, sustainable living, natural and green building, off-grid living and alternative transportation, written by experts with decades of experience and a passion for sharing their knowledge. This fully revised and updated edition includes brand new sections on permaculture and urban homesteading, and completely rewritten chapters on solar technology, sustainable transportation and relocalization. It also boasts greatly expanded material on:

    • Natural building
    • Permaculture and biodynamics
    • Electric and biofuel-powered vehicles
    • Passive solar
    • Solar water heating
    • Grid-tied photovoltaic systems

    You’ll also find maps, wiring diagrams, formulas, charts, electrical code, solar sizing worksheets and much more.

    Whether you're a layperson or a professional, novice or longtime aficionado, the Sourcebook puts the latest research and information at your fingertips … everything you need to know to make sustainable living a reality.

    Item: 7458

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