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  • BREED YOUR OWN VEGETABLE VARIETIES

    All gardeners and farmers should be plant breeders, says author Carol Deppe. Developing new vegetable varieties doesn't require a specialized education, a lot of land, or even a lot of time. It can be done on any scale. It's enjoyable. It's deeply rewarding. You can get useful new varieties much faster than you might suppose. And you can eat your mistakes.

    Authoritative and easy-to-understand, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving is the only guide to plant breeding and seed saving for the serious home gardener and the small-scale farmer or commercial grower.

    Discover:

    • how to breed for a wide range of different traits (flavor, size, shape, or color; cold or heat tolerance; pest and disease resistance; and regional adaptation)
    • how to save seed and maintain varieties
    • how to conduct your own variety trials and other farm- or garden-based research
    • how to breed for performance under organic or sustainable growing methods

    In this one-size-fits-all world of multinational seed companies, plant patents, and biotech monopolies, more and more gardeners and farmers are recognizing that they need to "take back their seeds." They need to save more of their own seed, grow and maintain the best traditional and regional varieties, and develop more of their own unique new varieties. Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving shows the way, and offers an exciting introduction to a whole new gardening adventure.

    Item: 7577

    Author: Carol Deppe

    Format: Paperback

  • BUILD YOUR OWN BEEKEEPING EQUIPMENT

    Beekeeping equipment is expensive, but it's easy to make your own! Tony Pisano's step-by-step illustrated instructions show you how to build everything you need, including hive bodies, supers, covers, hive stands, frames, swarm catchers, feeders, and more. You can choose among different hive styles, and many of the 35 projects can be made using hand tools.

    Item: 6730

    Author: Tony Pisano

    Format: Paperback

  • BUSHCRAFT 101

    Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors. Based on the 5 Cs of Survivability (cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers and cordages) this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. Inside, you'll also discover detailed information on:

    • Choosing the right items for your kit
    • Manufacturing needed tools and supplies
    • Collecting and cooking food
    • Protecting yourself from the elements

    With Canterbury's guidance, you'll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation, you'll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you've never imagined.

    Item: 7418

    Author: Dave Canterbury

    Format: Paperback

  • CAPPERS FARMER HOLIDAY SPECIAL ISSUE

    Bring back the holidays with the new CAPPER's Farmer Holiday Special. Experience the nostalgia of homemade gifts, classic recipes, and more traditions from Christmases past on the farm. From roasting a turkey 1860s style to creating homemade gift jars, from satisfying the seasonal sweet tooth to savoring the songs of Christmas, this special edition offers up a buffet of knowledge.

    In the more than 20 articles, you'll find delicious recipes, beautiful pictures and memorable holiday stories from CAPPER's readers just like you. Read "Party Like the Pilgrims" and learn classic and contemporary recipes to fix for your Thanksgiving feast. Bake scrumptious treats from everyone's favorite squash in "The Great Pumpkin." Learn how festive firs have long participated in the traditional American Christmas celebration in "O Christmas Tree!" "Make Your Own Soap" teaches you how to make beautiful homemade bars of soap to give for holiday gifts.

    More articles include:

    • Heart of the Home: Far From Home for the Holidays - Readers recall holidays spent in unfamiliar surroundings.
    • The Sweetest Thing - Upgrade your standby cookie recipes to showstopping holiday gifts.
    • Homemade Holiday Greetings and Gifts - Make simple and functional gifts, as well as homemade greeting cards and gift boxes, bags and tags for loved ones.
    • Make the Most of Playing Host - Everything you need to host a simple, elegant and stress-free gathering.
    • The Happiest Homemade Christmas - A penny-pinching year teaches a young girl that joy and happiness don't come from material possessions.
    • Sing the Songs of Christmas - Carols evolved as a way to communicate Christmas thought.
    Item: 6378

    Author: Editors of CAPPER'S

    Format: Paperback

  • CHICKENS FOR THE BACKYARD HOMESTEADER

    Chickens for the Backyard Homesteader is packed with tips, strategies and advice that gives readers the confidence to look after their hens and avoid common problems.
    Item: 6909

    Author: Suzie Baldwin

    Format: Paperback

  • COBRAHEAD "MINI" WEEDER & CULTIVATOR

    An exceptional solution for weeding grass, the Mini gets in the slightest of areas with surprising precision, and it's perfect for lifting out smaller taprooted weeds intact. The sharp, narrow blade rips up tough soil, and the Mini’s small size makes it perfect for container gardening. Because it easily fits in your pocket, you can always have it with you when you are in the yard or garden. Built as tough as the original CobraHead, the Mini features a fully tempered forged steel blade and a nearly unbreakable composite plastic handle that is comfortable in almost any hand. Built to last, CobraHead tools can be counted on for years of service.

    The combination of the specialized blade and the comfortable, ergonomic handle let you reach every weed in your garden without worrying about damaging your flowers. Whether you need to get in between rows of vegetables or cracks in your walkway, the Mini will get the job done. Please allow two weeks for delivery.

    Item: 8954

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • COMEBACK FARMS

    Comeback Farms takes up where Judy's previous book, No Risk Ranching ended. Here, he shows how to add sheep, goats, and pigs to existing cattle operations. He details fencing and water systems that build on existing infrastructure set up for Management-Intensive Grazing. Sharing his firsthand experience (the mistakes as well as successes), Judy takes graziers to the next level. He shows how high density grazing (HDG) on his own farm and those he leases can revitalize hayed-out, scruffy, weedy pastures, and turn them into highly productive grazing landscapes that grow both green grass and greenbacks.

    Item: 7973

    Author: Greg Judy

    Format: Paperback

  • COMPACT FARMS

    Small is beautiful, and these 15 real farm plans show that small-scale farmers can have big-time success. Compact Farms is an illustrated guide for anyone dreaming of starting, expanding, or perfecting a profitable farming enterprise on 5 acres or less. The farm plans explain how to harness an area’s water supply, orientation, and geography in order to maximize efficiency and productivity while minimizing effort. Profiles of well-known farmers such as Eliot Coleman and Jean-Martin Fortier show that farming on a small scale in any region, in both urban and rural settings, can provide enough income to turn the endeavor from hobby to career. These real-life plans and down-and-dirty advice will equip you with everything you need to actually realize your farm dreams.

    Item: 8189

    Author: Josh Volk

    Format: Paperback

  • COOKING UP COMFORT

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    The mere mention of comfort food conjures a different sensory experience for us all. Yet no matter what savory dish comes to mind first and foremost, we all imagine a warm, cozy kitchen and the anticipation of a soothing, homemade delight made with loving care.

    In a time when our lives are harried and stressed and the news can be downright depressing, spending time preparing a favorite comfort dish is a kind of healing.

    Whether cooking or baking for yourself or for friends and family, the end result of comfort food speaks of thoughtfulness.

    Althea McQuestion has combined more than 100 recipes in Cooking Up Comfort, all of which are sure to nourish body and soul.

    Item: 6383

    Author: Althea McQuestion

    Format: Hardcover

  • COUNTDOWN TO PREPAREDNESS

    This is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to fully prepare your family for any cataclysmic event. Every year rivers flood, hurricanes strike, and earthquakes shake buildings to the ground. Catastrophic disasters can hit anywhere at any time. There’s simply no escaping them. The only reasonable thing you can do is get prepared. Accessible to absolute beginners, this guide to prepping shows how to create a self-sustainable home for surviving anything from a power outage to societal collapse. In just a few hundred well-thought-out pages, Countdown to Preparedness takes you and your family from clueless to completely ready.

    Item: 8892

    Author: JIM COBB

    Format: Paperback

  • DEAR COUNTY AGENT GUY

    “Jerry Nelson’s column comes from the true heart of the Midwest. He has the true voice, the slow twang. He knows wheat from barley. He knows hardware, he knows vegetation, he knows people.”—Garrison Keillor In the tradition of Mark Twain and Jean Shepherd, Dave Barry and Garrison Keillor, Jerry Nelson is a humorist whose beat is the American heartland, a small-town world of pickup trucks and Sunday night pancake dinners, dropping in on neighbors and complaining about the county agent. His depictions of daily life, from the point of view of an ex-dairy farmer and taciturn husband with a twinkle in his eye, are read by 250,000 people a week—and occasionally woven into Prairie Home Companion scripts. These are stories of courtship; childbirth—he offers the delivery room doctor the use of his calf puller; family; neighbors; chores; and the duties of a father—why is it that a man who spends his days in cow manure can’t change a baby’s diaper? Knee-slappingly funny one moment, poignant the next, it’s a very special look at a distinctly American way of life.

    Item: 8667

    Author: Jerry Nelson

    Format: Hardcover

  • DIY FURNITURE

    Featuring 30 designs by leading designer-makers from around the world, DIY Furniture shows you how to use simple techniques to make stunning designer furniture from scratch. Using the step-by-step guides, you can easily assemble all the projects from common materials that can be found at the local hardware store. Along with designs for seating and storage, the book also features projects for making your own bed, wardrobe, lighting and garden furniture. Each project features hand-drawn diagrams with short, easy-to-follow instructions on how to build the piece. Whether building from scratch or customizing existing designs, you can create unique designer pieces at a fraction of the normal cost with DIY Furniture. Brief biographies of all the featured designers are included at the end of the book.

    Item: 6660

    Author: Christopher Stuart

    Format: Paperback

  • DR. PREPPER

    Preparedness must begin from the inside out. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can often determine whether or not you can physically endure catastrophic circumstances. Poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to health issues, and the simplest toothache can transform into an abscess that poisons the blood. You never know what small step you could have taken that would have helped you bounce back from an injury or could have reduced your risk of falling ill, so it is important to start preparing for the worst by treating your body the best you can. When you never know what’s going to happen, this book will give you the resources to plan ahead, assess your situation, find a solution, and help you keep going.

    Item: 8175

    Author: Jeff Garrett

    Format: Paperback

  • DUDE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

    You want to do something for the planet, but what? Change a light bulb, install a low-flow faucet, eat organic? How about ride 4,700 miles across America on a bamboo bicycle, using only water from natural sources, avoiding fossil fuels almost completely, supplying your few electrical needs with solar power, and creating nearly zero waste?

    Item: 8763

    Author: ROB GREENFIELD

    Format: Paperback

  • EARTH REPAIR

    Packed with valuable, firsthand information from visionaries in the field, Earth Repair empowers communities and individuals to take action and heal contaminated and damaged land. Encompassing everything from remediating and regenerating abandoned city lots for urban farmers and gardeners, to recovering from environmental disasters and industrial catastrophes such as oil spills and nuclear fallout, this fertile toolbox is essential reading for anyone who wishes to transform environmental despair into constructive action.

    Item: 6587

    Author: Leila Darwish

    Format: Paperback

  • EDIBLE WILD PLANTS OF THE PRAIRIE

    Long before sunflower seeds became a popular snack food, they were a foodstuff valued by Native Americans. For some 10,000 years, from the end of the Pleistocene to the 1800s, the indigenous peoples of the plains regarded edible native plants, like the sunflower, as an important source of food. Not only did plants provide sustenance during times of scarcity, they also added variety to what otherwise would have been a monotonous diet of game. Nevertheless, the use of native plants as food sharply declined when white men settled the Great Plains and imposed their own culture, with its differing notions of what was fit to eat. Those notions tended to exclude from the accepted diet such plants as soapweed, lambsquarter, ground cherry, prairie turnip and prickly pear. Today it is strange to think of eating chokecherries, which were a key ingredient in that staple of the Indian diet, pemmican.

    Based on plant lore documented by historical and archaeological evidence, Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie relates how 122 plant species were once used as food by the native and immigrant residents on the prairie. Written for a broad audience of amateur naturalists, botanists, ethnologists, anthropologists and agronomists, this guide is intended to educate the reader about wild plants as food sources, to synthesize information on the potential use of native flora as new food crops, and to encourage the conservation and cultivation of prairie plants.

    By writing about the edible flora of the American prairie, Kelly Kindscher has provided us with the first edible plant book devoted to the region that Walt Whitman called "North America's characteristic landscape" and that Willa Cather called "the floor of the sky." In describing how plants were used for food, he has drawn upon information concerning tribes that inhabited the prairie bioregion. As a consequence, his book serves as a handy compendium for readers seeking to learn more about historical uses of plants by Native Americans.

    The book is organized into 51 chapters arranged alphabetically by scientific name. For those who are interested in finding and identifying the plants, the book provides line drawings, distribution maps, and botanical and habitat descriptions. The ethnobotanical accounts of food use form the major portion of the text, but the reader will also find information on the parts of the plants used, harvesting, propagation (for home gardeners), and the preparation and taste of wild food plants.

    Item: 6873

    Author: Kelly Kindscher

    Format: Paperback

  • ELECTRIC FENCING

    This practical guide covers everything you need to know about the types of electric fencing available, how to choose the type that is right for your needs, how electric fencing works, how to put an electric fencing system together, and even how to use portable electric fencing for rotational grazing. Whether you need to keep livestock in or predators out, you’ll find the information you need in this comprehensive handbook.

    Item: 6613

    Author: Ann Larkin Hansen

    Format: Paperback

  • ESSENTIAL RAINWATER HARVESTING

    Essential Rainwater Harvesting is a comprehensive manual for designing, building, and maintaining water harvesting systems for the warm and cold climates of the world. Presenting design considerations and approaches for the most common household rainwater supply scenarios – primary, supplemental, and off-grid supply.

    Item: 9280

    Author: Rob & Michelle Avis

    Format: Paperback

  • EXTREME SIMPLICITY

    Christopher and Dolores Lynn Nyerges are prepared for everything from power failures and terrorist attacks to droughts and earthquakes. They'll show you the path to self-reliance, with strategies for coping with disasters as well as making the most of everyday life.

    Item: 7262

    Author: C. Nyerges, D. Lynn Nyerges

    Format: Paperback

  • FARM ANATOMY

    What's the difference between a weanling and a yearling, or a farrow and a barrow? Country and city mice alike will delight in Julia Rothman's charming illustrated guide to the curious parts and pieces of rural living. Dissecting everything from tractors and pigs to fences, hay bales, crop rotation patterns, and farm tools, Rothman gives a richly entertaining tour of the quirky details of country life. From the shapes of squash varieties to the parts of a goat; from how a barn is constructed to what makes up a beehive, every corner of the barnyard is uncovered and celebrated. A perfect gift for gardeners, locavores, homesteaders, and country-living enthusiasts alike.

    Item: 5993

    Author: Julia Rothman

    Format: Paperback

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