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  • THE NOURISHING HOMESTEAD

    The Nourishing Homestead tells the story of how we can create truly satisfying and permanent relationships with the land, nature and one another.

    Ben and Penny Hewitt offer practical ways to grow nutrient-dense food on a small plot of land, and think about a farm, homestead or home as an ecosystem. Much of what the Hewitts have come to understand and embrace about their lives of deep nourishment is informed by their particular piece of land and local community in northern Vermont, but what they have gleaned is readily transferable to any place—whether you live on 4 acres, 40 acres or in a 400-square-foot studio apartment.

    The Hewitts (including their two sons) maintain copious gardens, dozens of fruit and nut trees, and other perennial plantings, as well as a pick-your-own blueberry patch. In addition to these cultivated food crops, they also forage for wild edibles, process their own meat, make their own butter, and ferment, dry and can their own vegetables. Their focus is to produce nutrient-dense foods from vibrant, mineralized soils for themselves and their immediate community. They are also committed to sharing the traditional skills that support their family, helping them be self-sufficient and thrive in these uncertain times.

    Much of what the Hewitts are attempting on their homestead is to close the gaps that economic separation has created in our health, spirit and skills. They use the term “practiculture” to describe the family’s work with the land—a term that encompasses the many practical life skills and philosophies they embody to create a thriving homestead, including raw-milk production, soil remediation, wildcrafting, Weston A. Price principles, bionutrient-dense farming, permaculture, agroforestry, traditional Vermont hill farming, and more. The Nourishing Homestead also includes information on deep nutrition, the importance of good fats and integrating children into the work of a homestead.

    The Hewitts’ story is reminiscent of The Good Life, by Helen and Scott Nearing, and is sure to inspire a new generation of homesteaders, or anyone seeking a simpler way of life and a deeper connection to the world.

    Item: 7544

    Author: Ben Hewitt

    Format: Paperback

  • THE ORGANIC MEDICINAL HERB FARMER

    Both a business guide and a farming manual, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer will teach readers how to successfully grow and market organic medicinal herbs.

    Whether you’re trying to farm medicinal plants, culinary herbs, or at-risk native herbs exclusively or simply add herbal crops to what you’re already growing, successful small-scale herb farmers Jeff and Melanie Carpenter will guide you through the entire process—from cultivation to creating value-added products.

    Using their Zack Woods Herb Farm in Vermont as a backdrop, the Carpenters cover all the basic practical information farmers need to know to get an organic herb farm up and running, including:

    • Size and scale considerations
    • Layout and design of the farm and facilities
    • Growing and cultivation information, including types of tools
    • Field and bed prep
    • Plant propagation
    • Weed control, and pests and diseases
    • Harvesting, as well as wild harvesting and the concept of geo-authentic botanicals
    • Postharvest processing; and
    • Value-added products and marketing

    The authors also provide fifty detailed plant profiles, going deeper into the herbs every farmer should consider growing. In an easy-to-understand, practical, and comprehensive manner, readers will learn how to focus on quality over quantity, and keep costs down by innovating with existing equipment, rather than expensive technology. Market farmers who have never before considered growing medicinal herbs will learn why it’s more important to produce these herbs domestically.

    The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer makes a convincing case that producing organic medicinal herbs can be a viable, profitable, farming enterprise. The Carpenters also make the case for incorporating medicinal herbs into existing operations, as it can help increase revenue in the form of value-added products, not to mention improve the ecological health of farmland by encouraging biodiversity as a path toward greater soil health.

    Item: 7617

    Author: Jeff & Melanie Carpenter

    Format: Paperback

  • THE ORGANIC SEED GROWER

    The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both home seed savers and diversified small-scale farmers who want to learn the necessary steps involved in successfully producing a commercial seed crop organically.

    Detailed profiles for each of the major vegetables provide users with practical, in-depth knowledge about growing, harvesting and processing seed for a wide range of common and specialty vegetable crops, from Asian greens to zucchini.

    In addition, readers will find extensive and critical information on topics including: o The reproductive biology of crop plants o Annual vs. biennial seed crops o Isolation distances needed to ensure varietal purity o Maintaining adequate population size for genetic integrity o Seed crop climates o Seed-borne diseases o Seed cleaning basics o Seed storage for farmers o And more ...

    This book can serve as a bridge to lead skilled gardeners, who are already saving their own seed, into the idea of growing seed commercially. And for diversified vegetable farmers who are growing a seed crop for sale for the first time, it will provide details on many of the tricks of the trade that are used by professional seed growers. This manual will help the budding seed farmer become more knowledgeable, efficient and effective in producing a commercially viable seed crop.

    With the strong demand for certified organic produce, many regional seed companies are increasingly seeking out dedicated seed growers to ensure a reliable source of organically grown seeds for their farmer and gardener customers. This trend represents a great business opportunity for small-scale commercial growers who wish to raise and sell vegetable seeds as a profitable part of their diversified small-farm operation. Written by well-known plant breeder and organic seed expert John Navazio, The Organic Seed Grower is the most up-to-date and useful guide to best practices in this exciting and important field.

    Item: 6386

    Author: John Navazio

    Format: Hardcover

  • THE PENNY-PINCHING PREPPER SAVE MORE, SPEND LESS

    Save more, spend less, and get prepared for any disaster. This book contains cost-saving strategies for stockpiling emergency supplies and becoming fully prepared, without breaking the bank! Survival is expensive. Water, food, medication, and shelter are just the beginning of what a family needs to safely make it through a catastrophic event. How is it possible to prepare for a hurricane or blizzard when it’s already a challenge to keep the bills paid? The Penny-Pinching Preppershows readers how to get ready for the worst-case scenario tomorrow without going broke today.

    Item: 8895

    Author: BERNIE CARR

    Format: Paperback

  • THE PEPPER'S COMPLETE BOOK OF DISASTER READINESS

    This guide provides a complete step-by-step plan for the entire family to prepare for, survive, and thrive after a catastrophic collapse. Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, earthquakes: Disaster can strike suddenly, leaving a wake of chaos much too big for emergency responders to handle. The action plan presented in The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness is the key to riding out the aftermath of a crisis when the power grid is down, supplies are running short, and anarchy is the rule of the day.

    With detailed information on storing food, securing and strengthening a house, drafting emergency contingency plans, preparing children, packing bug-out bags, and even performing minor surgeries

    Item: 8899

    Author: JIM COBB

    Format: Paperback

  • THE PERMACULTURE HANDBOOK

    The urban landscape has swallowed vast swaths of prime farmland across North America. Imagine how much more self-reliant our communities would be if 30 million acres of lawns were made productive again. Permaculture is a practical way to apply ecological design principles to food, housing, and energy systems; making growing fruits, vegetables and livestock easier and more sustainable.

    The Permaculture Handbook is a step-by-step, beautifully illustrated guide to creating resilient and prosperous households and neighborhoods, complemented by extensive case studies of three successful farmsteads and market gardens. This comprehensive manual casts garden farming as both an economic opportunity and a strategy for living well with less money. It shows how, by mimicking the intelligence of nature and applying appropriate technologies such as solar and environmental design, permaculture can:

    • Create an abundance of fresh, nourishing local produce
    • Reduce dependence on expensive, polluting fossil fuels
    • Drought-proof our cities and countryside
    • Convert waste into wealth
    Permaculture is about working with the earth and with each other to repair the damage of industrial overreach and to enrich the living world that sustains us. The Permaculture Handbook is the definitive, practical North American guide to this revolutionary practice, and is a must-read for anyone concerned about creating food security, resilience and a legacy of abundance rather than depletion.

    Item: 6017

    Author: Peter Bane

    Format: Paperback

  • THE POOR MAN'S WILDERNESS SURVIVAL KIT

    You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on the latest and greatest emergency survival gear for your outdoor adventures when you can assemble a functional, well-stocked kit for little or no money! Best-selling preparedness author Jim Ballou shows you exactly how to do it with this guide to collecting no-nonsense, get-the-job-done-in-an-emergency gear … and packaging it in self-contained, portable kits that are always ready to grab and go.

    Instead of expensive tents, sheath knives, sleeping bags, and other conventional outdoor gear, Ballou focuses on compact, lightweight and even disposable, use-once-and-discard emergency equipment, and all of it dirt cheap! Learn how to:

    • Find standard survival kit components at the lowest prices
    • Create a poor man's survival kit for free from common household items
    • Collect or create your own edged tools, water containers, cookware, fire- and shelter-making gear, and weapons for very little money
    • Assemble a complete kit of new gear for under $10

    Dozens of photos show examples of inexpensive but functional wilderness survival kits, as well as step-by-step instructions for creating your own poor man's gear. If you are a hiker, hunter, camper, preparedness type, homeless nomad or other wilderness adventurer operating within a narrow budget, The Poor Man's Wilderness Survival Kit is the book for you!

    Item: 6815

    Author: James Ballou

    Format: Paperback

  • THE PREPPER'S CANNING GUIDE

    Affordably stockpile a lifesaving supply of nutritious, delicious, shelf-stable foods. This practical and approachable guide reveals how to amass an emergency food supply filled with your own natural dishes. As a disaster drags on for days, weeks, months, or even years, food scarcity and starvation will fuel people’s desperation. Even preppers will need more than dried beans and rice to survive. With The Prepper’s Canning Guide, learn techniques to take your food storage to the next level.From food safety guidelines to grid failure canning tips, this book will guarantee your family stays safe, secure, and well-fed.

    Item: 8901

    Author: DAISY LUTHER

    Format: Paperback

  • THE PREPPER'S COOKBOOK

    Nobody knows when the next disaster will hit, whether hurricane, earthquake or civil unrest. To survive these inevitable catastrophes, every family must be able to feed itself for days, weeks, maybe even months. The Prepper's Cookbook shows how to fully prepare an emergency food supply that does just that. This lifesaving book teaches how to maintain a family's diet using jarred, canned and dried goods, as well as common emergency staples. The book first details how to stock, organize and maintain a proper emergency food supply. There are also tips on home canning and other do-it-yourself techniques for making high-quality, shelf-stable foods. Next, The Prepper's Cookbook presents 101 recipes that turn these stored foods into delicious meals the entire family will enjoy eating. It teaches readers how preserves that last a lifetime can maintain their flavors and how even the most basic items can be turned into solid meals.

    Item: 6732

    Author: Tess Pennington

    Format: Paperback

  • THE PREPPER'S GUIDE TO FORAGING

    The Prepper's Guide to Foraging is not a plant identification guide in the traditional sense. It is instead a guide to using plants to supplement other means of food production and subsistence living. Author David Nash believes that there is not enough land available to support a large-scale return to the hunter-gatherer lifestyle in the event of a large-scale disaster, but that botanical knowledge does provide an edge to the well prepared.

    This book advocates the acquisition of knowledge to allow its reader to safely identify, harvest, and use common North American plants. Wild plants can provide shelter, material, medicine, and food to help the reader extend stored food as well as create items that may be otherwise unavailable during a crisis.

    Twenty-five easily identified plants common to the United States are described and illustrated with notations for their common usage. Each plant described in this book comes with one recipe for food as well as detailed instructions for at least one alternative use. Additional instructions for the preparation of standard medicinal items like tinctures, creams, and infusions are included, as well as botanical guides to help identify other plants. Special emphasis has been added for North American trees.

    Item: 8290

    Author: DAVID NASH

    Format: Paperback

  • THE PREPPER'S POCKET GUIDE

    This guide contains 101 easy things you can do to ready your home for a disaster. The simple yet smart projects ensure that any household is prepared for that inevitable day when disaster strikes. From California earthquakes and Rocky Mountain wildfires to Midwest floods and Atlantic hurricanes, millions of people face life-threatening emergencies each year. This handy and helpful book shows readers how easy it is to prepare their home and family for any disaster. By breaking down the many facets of prepping into straightforward steps, this book transforms a seemingly daunting task into easy-to-do, manageable projects. Author Bernie Carr’s unique “survivalist lite” approach requires readers to dedicate little time, money, or space, but provides a big payoff: being fully prepared and self-sufficient.

    Item: 8894

    Author: BERNIE CARRR

    Format: Paperback

  • THE PREPPER'S WATER SURVIVAL GUIDE

    No source is left untapped in this all-encompassing guide to supplying lifesaving water after a disaster. Of all the resources needed after a catastrophe strikes (food, heat, electricity, communication, and transportation) none are as important as water! While a substantial supply should be stored, the size and weight of water make storage impractical for long-term survival. Therefore it’s critical to know how to acquire and purify additional water supplies over time. This guide addresses all of these factors and more with straightforward instruction.

    Suitable for novice and expert preppers alike, this book’s laser-sharp focus on water allows for a depth of information not found in any other guide.

    Item: 8893

    Author: DAISY LUTHER

    Format: Paperback

  • THE SCYTHING HANDBOOK

    Dreading the weekly lawn mow? Need to whack the weeds in your orchard? Cringing at the drudgery and incessant blare of the mower? Imagine instead long sweeps of an elegant scythe cutting your grass and pesky weeds in blissful, meditative silence.

    That is the power of the "scythe revolution" sweeping North America.

    Written by a master of the scythe, professionally trained in Austria, and drawing deeply on research into original German texts, The Scything Handbook brings centuries-old scything techniques into the 21st century.

    Detailed illustrations cover scythe assembly, perfecting the stroke, blade selection, honing, peening, and aftercare, as well as background on how scythes are forged. Also covered are the basics of making hay and mulch by hand, and how to grow and harvest grains at the home and homestead scale for self-sufficiency.

    Scything promotes health, flexibility, mind-body connection, and a meditative contemplation of the natural world while producing beautiful lawns and luscious mulch for the modern gardener and homesteader. This is truly an heirloom tool to master.

    Join the scythe revolution!

    Item: 8063

    Author: Ian Miller

    Format: Paperback

  • THE SHEER ECSTASY OF BEING A LUNATIC FARMER

    Shunned by industrial farmers, vilified by corporate agri-business, and stalked by food police as being a lunatic, farmer-entrepreneur Joel Salatin enjoys the sheer ecstasy of being surrounded by happy, frolicking animals, dancing earthworms, and appreciative customers.

    His family's farm nestled in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley has achieved iconic status worldwide by featuring prominently in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Food. Inc., and the documentary, Fresh," as well as the runaway New York Times best-seller The Omnivore's Dilemma. From his own pen, Salatin explains both the rationale for the satisfaction from a solar-driven, pastured-based, locally-marketed, symbiotic, synergistic, relationally-oriented farm.

    This book describes, with stories and evangelistic fervor, the breadth and depth of the paradigm differences between healing and exploitive food systems. A landscape and food policy epiphany awaits every reader.

    About the author

    Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm, arguably the nation's most famous farm since it was profiled in Michael Pollan's New York Times best-seller, The Omnivore's Dilemma and two subsequent documentaries, "Food, Inc.", and "Fresh." An accomplished author and public speaker, Salatin has authored seven books. Recognition for his ecological and local-based farming advocacy includes an honorary doctorate, the Heinz Award, and many leadership awards.

    Item: 4808

    Author: Joel Salatin

    Format: Paperback

  • THE SMALL-SCALE DAIRY

    The Small-Scale Dairy offers a holistic approach that explores the relationships between careful, conscientious management and the production of safe, healthy and delicious milk. A historical overview offers readers a balanced perspective on the current regulatory environment in which raw milk lovers find themselves.

    Item: 7045

    Author: Gianaclis Caldwell

    Format: Paperback

  • THE SUBURBAN MICRO-FARM

    Reduce your lawn and your grocery budget. Take gardening to the next level! Would you like to grow healthy food for your table? Do you want to learn the secrets of farming even though you live in a neighborhood? Author Amy Stross talks straight about why the suburbs might be the ideal place for a small farm.

    In these pages you'll learn:

    • How to make your landscape as productive as it is beautiful
    • Why the suburbs are primed with food-growing potential
    • How to choose the best crops for success
    • Why you don’t need the perfect yard to have a micro-farm
    • How to use easy permaculture techniques for abundant harvests

    Item: 8832

    Author: Amy Stross

    Format: Paperback

  • THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HANDBOOK

    The Survival Medicine Handbook is a guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is not on the way. This book is written by Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, the premiere Medical Preparedness Professionals from the top 10 survival website: www.doomandbloom.net. The expanded second edition is geared to enable the non-medical professional to deal with all the likely issues they will encounter in catastrophic scenarios. The Survival Medicine Handbook is not your standard first aid book. It assumes that no hospital or doctor is available in the aftermath of a catastrophic event. This book will give you the tools to handle injuries and illness when you might be the end of the line with regards to your family's medical well-being. In circumstances where medical personnel are overwhelmed and access to modern technology is limited or nonexistent, The Survival Medicine Handbook is the essential reference book for every library. Written in plain English, you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to identify and treat more than 100 different medical issues. The second edition also covers alternative remedies for almost every possible medical condition in situations where modern health care is inaccessible.

    Item: 7052

    Author: Joseph & Amy Alton

    Format: Paperback

  • THE THINKING BEEKEEPER

    What's the buzz about the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping? Providing habitat for bees, pollinating your garden and producing honey for your family are some of the compelling reasons for taking up this exciting hobby. But conventional beekeeping requires a significant investment and has a steep learning curve. The alternative? Consider beekeeping outside the box.

    The Thinking Beekeeper is the definitive do-it-yourself guide to natural beekeeping in top bar hives. Based on the concept of understanding and working with bees' natural systems as opposed to trying to subvert them, the advantages of this approach include:

    • simplicity, sustainability and cost-effectiveness
    • increased safety, because of less heavy lifting and hive manipulation
    • chemical-free colonies and healthy hives

    Top bar hives can be located anywhere bees have access to forage, and they make ideal urban hives because of their small footprint. Emphasizing the intimate connection between our food systems, bees and the well-being of the planet, The Thinking Beekeeper will appeal to the new breed of beekeeper who is less focused on maximizing honey yield and more on ensuring the viability of the bee population now and in the coming years.

    Item: 6193

    Author: Christy Hemenway

    Format: Paperback

  • THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HOMESTEADING

    Can you make your own bread (sans bread machine)? Grow a garden all winter? What can you use instead of toilet paper? What if the power went out for a month? What if the grocery store closed? Can you make a solar oven? Store food without electricity? Raise a water buffalo? Make fine linen from stinging nettle? Make your own shampoo? Deliver a baby? Is it possible to be totally self-sufficient? This massive, full-color book answers all these questions and thousands more and includes checklists, diagrams, and instructions on how to buy a sheep.

    All of the information included meets these criteria: It is something that anyone can do, without special training. It can be done with relatively few supplies or with stuff you can make yourself. It has been tried and tested—either by the author, the military, doctors, or other homesteaders.

    The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading is not a storybook or a cookbook. It is a practical guide with nitty-gritty details on everything a homesteader can do, step-by-step with hundreds of color illustrations and pen and ink sketches. You can do it! This book can help.

    Item: 5731

    Author: Nicole Faires

    Format: Paperback

  • THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO NATURAL FARMING AND SUSTAINABLE LIVING

    Permaculture is an important but often misunderstood method of growing food and building homes in a manner that works with nature, rather than against it, to create beautiful, healthy, and useful gardens. Blending ecology, organic agriculture, green home design, appropriate technology, and biology can be confusing and overwhelming, but The Ultimate Guide to Natural Farming and Sustainable Living simplifies this vast field for practical application.

    Item: 7861

    Author: NICOLE FAIRES

    Format: Paperback

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