• PROJECTS TO GET YOU OFF THE GRID

    With Projects to Get You Off the Grid, the Instructables community of do-it-yourselfers have pooled their knowledge into a compact book focused on a series of projects that will get you thinking creatively about thinking green. This collection of 20 projects illustrate just how simple it can be to make your own backyard chicken coop, or turn a wine barrel into a rainwater collector.

    Illustrated with dozens of full-color photographs per project as well as easy-to-follow instructions, this Instructables collection uses the best that the online community has to offer, turning a far-reaching group of people into a mammoth database churning out ideas to make life better, easier, and in this case, greener.

    Item: 6917

    Author: Edited by Noah Weinstein

    Format: Paperback

  • MEALS IN A JAR

    Why settle for preservative-packed frozen dinners, freeze-dried backpacking food and military ready-to-eat meals when a healthier and tastier option can easily be stored in the pantry? Meals in a Jar provides the step-by-step, detailed instructions needed to create all-natural breakfast, lunch and dinner options that you can keep on a shelf and enjoy at any time. Includes all-in-one meals, such as:

    • Creamy tomato soup
    • Artisan bread
    • Lemon chicken piccata
    • Chocolate cake

    These scrumptious recipes allow even the most inexperienced chefs to serve gourmet dishes. Not only are these meals perfect for everyday events like camping trips, after-school study sessions and rushed evenings, but they can also be lifesavers in times of disasters like fires, blackouts or hurricanes. Perfect for the modern jarring and canning generation, this book proves that just because food is easy-to-store and long-lasting doesn't mean it can't be delicious and nutritious.

    Item: 6657

    Author: Julie Languille

    Format: Paperback

  • 365 ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL SKILLS

    Survival situations can happen when least expected. The best defense is knowledge and confidence in the skills that will keep you alive, whether it's for a few hours, days, or long term.

    365 Essential Survival Skills comprises the best knowledge, tips, and tricks available in the world today, and each skill is explained in fun, easy-to-learn ways that any student (greenhorn or seasoned) will pick up with a little practice. With 365 skills inside this book, there's plenty of practice to keep you busy year-round.

    The book features:

    • Skills relevant to all four seasons of the year and desert, woodland, prairie, mountain, and urban environments
    • Vital insights on the four core survival needs: shelter, fire, water, and food
    • Other topics, such as navigation, first aid, tools, signaling, self-defense, and more
    • Practical applications for campers, hunters, anglers, hikers, climbers, skiers, and all who venture outdoors
    • Links to thorough, in-depth video demonstrations

    Item: 8249

    Author: Creek Stewart

    Format: Paperback

  • 52 UNIQUE TECHNIQUES FOR STOCKING FOOD FOR PREPPERS

    Are you and your family self-reliant? Will you be able to provide for them and keep them safe? The best way to prepare for the future is not through fancy tools and gadgets; it’s experience and knowledge that will best equip you to handle the unexpected. However, it doesn’t matter how prepared you are for disaster, if you run out of food you will soon run out of time.

    Everyone begins somewhere, especially with learning how to stock your pantry for an indefinite period of time. In 52 Unique Techniques for Stocking Food for Preppers, you’ll find a project for every week of the year, designed to teach you the fundamentals of canning and preserving any sort of food as safely as possible.

    Self-reliance isn’t about building a bunker and waiting for the end of the world. It’s about making sure you have enough food to feed your family should the worst happen. 52 Unique Techniques for Stocking Food for Preppers is the ultimate instructional guide to preparing food and making sure that it keeps. It‘s a must-have book for those with their eye on the future.

    Item: 8289

    Author: David Nash

    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

  • FOOD STORAGE FOR SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND SURVIVAL

    With all the uncertainty in the world today, there is peace in preparing. In an emergency, you don't want to depend on a grocery store or government agency to feed your family. Storing food assures your family's self-sufficiency year-round and benefits your budget when you plan correctly.

    Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival is an in-depth, nuts-and-bolts guide to storing food that teaches you a variety of food storage methods you can customize to meet your family's unique circumstances, including family size, tastes, ages, health concerns, income and living conditions. This is not a generic manual on stocking dehydrated meals that have 10-year shelf lives. It's the guide to storing foods your family loves so you can eat well no matter what challenges life throws at you.

    Inside you'll find:

    • Food storage options for 72-hour emergency kits, short-term emergencies and long-term survival
    • Food storage planning methods that incorporate the foods and meals your family loves
    • Tips for how to maintain balance and variety in your food storage
    • Budget-friendly ways to purchase food for storage
    • Easy and practical ideas for cooking with food in storage so nothing expires or goes to waste
    • Organizational and storage methods for easy food store maintenance.
    • Water storage and purification methods
    • Canning, freezing and dehydrating methods to preserve food you produce at home

    Storing food gives you the freedom to stretch your income in tight-budget months, pack quick meals for short-notice trips, and create healthy meals without constantly going to the grocery store. Plus your stored food is available if you do experience an emergency power outage, natural disaster, long-term illness or job loss. Let this guide help you start building your self-sufficiency and food storage today.

    Item: 7256

    Author: Angela Paskett

    Format: Paperback

  • HOMESTEADING FROM SCRATCH

    Homesteading from Scratch is for people who want to do things differently: the type of people who want to eat real food, grow herbs, make cheese, raise baby animals, hunt mushrooms, pick blackberries, can jelly, ferment kraut, farm organically, connect to nature, live intentionally, and more.

    Guiding readers from desire to full-blown off-the-grid living (and everything in between), this book covers farming, animal husbandry, food preparation, homeschooling, fiber arts, and even marketing. It provides inspiration from homesteaders who have made a go of it with operations large and small, and outlining their successes and failures. The book helps to democratize the homesteading movement, by providing “ins” for nearly every level of dedication, from the container gardener to full-time farmer. It provides the knowledge necessary to discover homesteading as a movement and as a lifestyle.

    Inspired by From Scratch Magazine, an online publication devoted to homesteading and intentional living, this book provides readers with continued support and community for information and resources online. Homesteading from Scratch serves as a reference, as well as a cheerleader, for those who want a bit more control and responsibility over where their food comes from, what they consume, and how they live their lives.

    Item: 8264

    Author: Steven Jones

    Format: Paperback

  • HUT-TOPIA

    A holistic DIY guide designed to help you along the path to creating a sustainable homestead and affordable dwelling. It provides perspectives on the history of small homes, building and zoning codes, as well as on being a landowner, how rural living is different than urban, examples of off-grid dwellings, and much more.

    Item: 7828

    Author: Christopher Marshall

    Format: Paperback

  • INSTALL YOUR OWN SOLAR PANELS

    Labor and related costs account for more than half of the price of the average home solar installation. But homeowners can save thousands of dollars with this user-friendly manual, which follows the same process professional contractors use. Through detailed directions and step-by-step photos, veteran solar installer Joseph Burdick and seasoned builder Philip Schmidt teach you how to determine the size, placement, and type of installation you’ll need. This comprehensive DIY guide covers everything from assembling rooftop racking or building a ground-mount structure to setting up the electrical connections and making a battery bank for off-grid systems.

    Item: 8284

    Author: J. Burdick & P. Schmidt

    Format: Paperback

  • LIGHTS ON: THE NON-TECHNICAL GUIDE TO BATTERY POWER WHEN THE GRID GOES DOWN

    Following the simple plans in Lights On will ensure that you are safe and secure during widespread long-term power outages. The United States electric grid is at greater risk today than ever before. From aging infrastructure, severe weather, and EPA mandated closure of coal-fired power plants to solar storms, digital sabotage, terrorism, and electromagnetic pulse attacks, future outages are almost certain. And they will likely last far longer and cover much larger areas than anything experienced in the past. When the grid is down and you run out of fuel for your generator, and all the stores are closed, then what? Lights On has the solution. Energy expert Jeffrey Yago lays out the lost history of early residential battery power and delves into just how durable and universal battery-powered devices are. Battery-powered devices can provide lighting, communications, refrigeration, safety, and entertainment when all else fails. Yago covers the multiple ways to keep your batteries recharged and ready to go. There are many books and magazines on emergency preparedness, survival, solar power, and disaster planning, which show strong public interest in these topics. However, many offer brief introductions to each topic. Lights On provides easy-to-understand, detailed information on having a plan of action for setting up a battery-powered home in advance of widespread and sustained power outages. This is the only book you need to be prepared to keep your refrigerator running, your lights on, and much more.

    Item: 8259

    Author: Jeffrey Yago

    Format: Paperback

  • LIVING OFF THE GRID

    In daily life, we can take control of the resources and services we depend on. Electricity and energy don’t have to come off the public utility grid—alternatives abound in solar, wind, and water generated power. Design decisions can drastically affect power consumption, and bio-diesel and alternative fuels can help break the oil habit. Dave Black describes alternatives for eco-pimping your home and lifestyle for independence, economy, and a more integrated way of life. Equally valuable for the urban dweller vaguely concerned about the size of his or her carbon footprint and the rural self-sufficiency enthusiast, Living Off the Grid can help anyone take control of his or her life and way of living.

    Item: 8546

    Author: DAVID BLACK

    Format: Paperback

  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS COLLECTOR SERIES: MODERN HOMESTEADING

    This first edition of this new Collector Series is packed with timeless tips and information for today’s homesteader. Our goal at Mother Earth News is to provide information and inspiration to help you live more simply, more securely, and more sustainably. Modern Homesteading is a book compiled with material organized into the following categories:

    • Self-Reliance
    • Livestock & Poultry
    • Do It Yourself
    • Gardening
    • Food & Recipes

    Selections from this 192-page soft-cover book include:

    • Financial Planning for an Off-Grid Homestead
    • How to Choose the Right Chainsaw for Your Homestead
    • How to Make a Living Off 1.5 Acres
    • Feed Your Flock to Boost Omega-3s
    • Mob Grazing Made Simple
    • DIY Outdoor Cookers
    • How to Tan a Deer Hide
    • How to Make Cheap Garden Beds
    • Best Vegetable to Grow in the Shade
    • Grow More Food in a Movable Greenhouse
    • Easy One-Pot Meals
    • Easy Ways to Preserve Fresh Food
    Item: 8266

    Format: Paperback

  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO SELF-RELIANCE & COUNTRY SKILLS, 4th EDITION

    Turn your dreams of country living into a reality! The Mother Earth News Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills, 4th Edition is 100 pages of beneficial articles that will assist anyone wanting to live a more self-sufficient life. Nothing compares to the feeling of enjoying a meal that was raised and grown on your own land … no matter if it’s just the delicious preserves from your garden or the entire feast. There are also great articles on solar heating and other energy savings tips that will save you hundreds on your energy bills.

    Several articles in this special issue provide useful and helpful tips on how to plan and maintain a successful self-sufficient homestead, from picking the perfect property to caring for the garden and livestock.

      More articles included:
    • Homesteading Lessons Learned: From planning your home to laying out garden beds, a longtime homesteading expert shares his advice 20 years in the making.
    • Start a Self-Sufficient, 1-Acre Homestead: Live off the land with these strategies for establishing self-sufficient food production, including advice on crop rotations and raising livestock.
    • Cut Your Food Bills in Half: You can enjoy better and healthier food while spending much less to feed your family.
    • How to Make Cheap Garden Beds: Here’s how (and why) to create permanent garden beds and paths, and why framed or raised beds may be optional.
    • Want Milk? Get Goats: Dairy goats can supply your family with milk inexpensively.
    • Make Your Own Herbal Medicine: To find ingredients for many basic herbal remedies, you often need to look no further than your own backyard.
    Item: 7489

    Format: Paperback

  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS PREMIUM: HOMESTEAD DIY PROJECTS, 2ND EDITION

    This special premium issue contains 29 articles to help you achieve your self-reliance dreams, and 30+ building plans and how-to tips for your property. The 112-page guidebook features articles about building chicken feeders, restoring old wooden furniture, constructing a cozy built-in bed, making shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and laundry soap, and more. Full of detailed charts and beautiful photographs, this guidebook will have you fixing up your homestead in no time. Our goal at Mother Earth News is to provide information and inspiration to help you live more simply, more securely, and more sustainably.

    Item: 8444

    Format: Paperback

  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS PREMIUM: MODERN HOMESTEADING SPRING 2015

    Mother Earth News is pleased to bring you 100 pages of expert advice for self-sufficient living in the new Premium Issue: Modern Homesteading. More than 25 articles cover off-grid living, easy food gardens, solar heating plans, preserving food, and much more.

    Read how to start a quick and easy food garden with a no-dig, easy-care bag garden that features 25 favorite crops. Discover how to make a food self-sufficiency plan by estimating how much to grow or buy, and learn how to achieve food security with these handy charts and guidelines. Learn how to keep bees and produce fresh, delicious honey in your own backyard. Make your own herbal medicine by finding ingredients for many basic herbal remedies.

    Other articles include:

    • Easy, No-Knead Crusty Bread: Bake crispy, gorgeous loaves from scratch using this simple technique. All you need are a few ingredients and a blazing-hot Dutch oven for miraculous results.
    • Five DIY, Low-Cost and Multipurpose Greenhouses: Use recycled materials to create an affordable garden greenhouse so you can enjoy fresh food all year long!
    • Emergency Power Options: With the right generator, you’ll be prepared when storms or blackouts leave you without electricity.
    • Backyard Chicken Basics: They’re less work than house pets and more fun than a tire swing. Plus, they provide delicious, nutritious eggs.
    • How to Make Yogurt, Kefir and Cheese: Tap the health benefits of rich, tangy fermented milk products.
    Item: 7585

    Format: Paperback

  • 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.

    Item: 7886

    Format: Paperback

  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS PREMIUM: SELF-SUFFICIENT LIVING

    Become more reliant on yourself and your land with the Mother Earth News Premium Issue: Self-Sufficient Living. Learn how to hatch your own flock of chickens, grow food in less space, find your perfect country property, and get your own no-mortgage natural cottage. Get the best tips for keeping livestock, harnessing natural energy from a DIY wind generator, and making your own medicine. Save money and live healthily with all the best tips for living self-reliantly. Feel the true sense of accomplishment with the help of all the tips from Self-Sufficient Living.

    Item: 8350

    Format:

  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS WISER LIVING SERIES: GUIDE TO AUTUMN HOMESTEADING

    Make the most of the fall season with the help this guide offers! You will find out how to grow your best fall garden, taking advantage of the cooler temperatures that will make your vegetables taste crisp and sweet. If you protect your vegetables, you can continue harvesting fresh, crisp produce through several fall and winter months! Speaking of cooler temperatures, choose the best wood-burning stove for your home with the expert advice contained in this guide, and find the best firewood types for your needs!

    Other articles include:

    • Eight easy projects for instant energy savings – Implement these inexpensive strategies to reduce your carbon footprint and slash your energy bills.
    • Outdoor Root Cellars – Try these five ways to store fresh food for winter right in your garden.
    • Brew Your Own Beer – Home brewing is kettles of fun, and it’s the perfect way to make your own uniquely flavored, affordable drinks.
    • Emergency Power Options – With the right generator, you’ll be prepared when storms or blackouts leave you without electricity.
    Item: 8407

    Author: MOTHER EARTH NEWS EDITORS

    Format: Paperback

  • 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

    Author: Ted Carns

    Format: Paperback

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