• FARMS WITH A FUTURE

    As communities seek greater resiliency in the wake of economic upheaval, job loss, climate change and global food shortages, local farmers are seen as a key resource to help reinvigorate (or create) a diversified, regionalized, ecologically based food system. Farms with a Future explores the passion, creativity and entrepreneurship that's needed to help family farms find their niche and remain sustainable and successful in an age of agribusiness and consolidation.

    What is a farm with a future? What will make it sustainable and resilient? And what key qualities and skills does a farmer need in today's climate to be successful?

    Rebecca Thistlethwaite addresses these and other crucial questions in this must-read book for anyone aspiring to get into small to mid-scale market farming, or who wants to make their existing farm more dynamic, profitable and, above all, sustainable.

    A growing interest in locally grown food is evident: In 2008, local food sales (direct to consumers or direct to restaurants/retailers) totaled $4.8 billion dollars, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. Those sales were predicted to top $7 billion by the end of 2011.

    An experienced farmer herself, Thistlethwaite does not idealize or romanticize her subject in Farms with a Future. "If you are not prepared for some serious hard work, inclement weather, dirt lodged in every crevice of your body, and being so dog-tired that you fall into your easy chair at night and don't wake up until the next morning, then you might look into another vocation," the author warns.

    Thistlethwaite and her husband took a one-year sabbatical and traveled the length and breadth of the United States to live and work alongside some of the nation's most innovative farmers to learn some of their best practices … and a whole lot about what doesn't work too.

    Farms with a Future introduces readers to some of the country's most innovative farmers, who are embracing their "inner entrepreneur": unabashedly marketing and sharing the pride they have for what they produce; building systems and finding efficiencies and cost savings so they don't have to keep raising prices every year; shying away from huge debt loads by developing ways to build their businesses patiently over time, using earned income or creative arrangements with their community of customers; harnessing natural processes to ensure they are not degrading the natural resources the farms depend upon; and treating their employees and volunteers like family.

    While many other books address agricultural production, very few talk about business management for long-term sustainability. Farms with a Future will help guide farmers to manage for long-term sustainability and build a triple-bottom-line farming business focused on economic viability, social justice and ecological soundness.

    Item: 6417

    Author: Rebecca Thistlethwaite

    Format: Paperback

  • FARMSTEAD CHEF

    Join Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko, proprietors of the award-winning Inn Serendipity, as they launch a return to our roots of independence, self-sufficiency, and frugality, blended with the spice of modern living. Farmstead Chef whips up a quirky, homespun tale of how we can eat well, nourish our bodies, and restore the planet. Rediscover the benefits of homegrown food and homemade cooking, preserving the harvest, and stocking the pantry, all while building community.

    From breakfasts to mouth-watering desserts, Farmstead Chef showcases the creative and budget-friendly side to eating lower on the food chain more often while taking responsibility for the food we put into our bodies — by growing it, sharing it, and savoring it. Recipes include:

    • Zuchini Feta Pancakes
    • Winter Squash Fritters
    • Herb-Infused Spare Ribs
    • Strawberry Dessert Pizza
    • Homemade Graham Crackers

    After your meal, pull up a chair and enjoy inviting slice-of-life "Kitchen Table" features, such as interviews with local food heroes and visionaries transforming our food system. Farmstead Chef also shares practical cooking tips and lively short essays inspired by John and Lisa's organic, self-reliant homestead and bed and breakfast. This fully illustrated cookbook will show you how to reconnect with nature through food, especially when shared with friends.

    About the author:
    Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko are co-authors of the award-winning Ecopreneuring and Rural Renaissance. Lisa is also a distinguished Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, and John is co-author and principal photographer for six multicultural children's books. John and Lisa are innkeepers of the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast.

    Item: 5567

    Author: J. Ivanko & L. Kivirist

    Format: Paperback

  • FAST & SIMPLE GLUTEN-FREE

    Getting a hot, delicious, gluten-free meal to the table every night can seem like a challenge when time and growling stomachs are demanding food now! But you can turn the tables from stressed to dressed in no time with Fast and Simple Gluten-Free, your one-stop solution to creating fast, family-friendly meals in a half hour or less.

    Inside, you'll find more than 100 truly inspiring recipes for everything from Carrot Cake Pancakes with Cream Cheese Frosting to Green Chicken Enchiladas and Quinoa Tabbouleh, with many recipes requiring just 20 minutes or less from start to fork.

    Author, mom and blogger Gretchen Brown will show you just how easy it is to create wholesome, wheat-free meals that you can feel good about-and that your family will love. Through streamlined ingredient lists and simple yet effective cooking techniques, you'll learn how to pull together delicious dishes that taste as if you've spent hours slaving away in the kitchen, even though you haven't! From classic dishes like burgers, pizzas and pot pies to fresh and exciting new takes, you'll find recipes that will make everyone happy, including:

    Tarragon-Lemon Chicken Salad; Chocolate Chili; Mozzarella Pizza with Pine Nuts, Currants and Arugula; Pork Tacos with Avocado and Tomato Salsa; Cumin-Turkey Burgers; Mocha Chocolate Fudge Cakes; Lemon-Lime Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

    Nourish yourself and your family the stress-free way with Fast and Simple Gluten-Free. Great meals are just minutes away!

    Item: 6426

    Author: Gretchen Brown

    Format: Paperback

  • FAST AND EASY WAYS TO COOK VEGETABLES E-HANDBOOK

    Vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, lower in calories than most all other foods, cholesterol-free, virtually fat-free, relatively low in sodium and high in potassium, versatile and delicious!

    This e-handbook will present basic cooking methods for vegetables, using tools and appliances found in most kitchen, storage tips and tasty ways to use leftovers. Also included are recipes for:

    • Easy Broccoli Casserole
    • Cabbage Soup
    • Carrot Raisin Salad
    • Chili Corn
    • Stuffed Peppers
    • Potato Pancakes
    • Zucchini Pizza



    Vegetables are tastiest and most nutritious when they're properly prepared and this handy guide will show you how! 37 pages.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-800-234-3368.

     

    Item: 3520
  • FEASTING ON FOOD STORAGE

    Your food storage contains delectable delights when you know how to use it! Feasting on Food Storage offers more than 200 recipes to rotate and use your short- and long-term food storage, plus bonus sections for baby food, home remedies, and gluten-free options. With tasty recipes like Brown Sugar Muffins and Creamy Taco Soup, learning to use your food storage has never been easier or more delicious.

    Item: 7024

    Author: J. Merrill, K. Sunderland

    Format: Paperback

  • FENCES, GATES AND BRIDGES AND HOW TO BUILD THEM, 2ND EDITION

    Fences, Gates, and Bridges, Second Edition, is your practical instruction guide to the best methods of building an incredible variety of fences, gates, and bridges for all regions and weather conditions.

    Originally published in 1900, Fences, Gates, and Bridges, Second Edition features a section on fences that boasts an impressive medley of materials and designs, including the zigzag fence, the cheap and portable barbed-wire fence, and a sampling of sod and stone fences.

    And what is a fence without a gate? The second segment of this fully illustrated book guides you through the making and setting of posts, as well as the construction and installation of swinging gates, sliding gates, pulley gates, and more.

    The final section consists of information on a number of bridges, depicting a wide selection, designed for crossing gullies and culverts, as well as ornamental bridges for gardens and walkways.

    Fences, Gates, and Bridges, Second Edition is a functional pocket manual and a testament to American ingenuity for all of your fencing, gating and bridging needs.

    Item: 4846

    Author: George A. Martin

    Format: Paperback

  • FENCES, GATES, AND BRIDGES

    First published in 1887, Fences, Gates, and Bridges is an instructional guide to the best ways to build a variety of fences, gates, hedges, bridges, and culverts. The section on fences boasts a wealth of information on building various types of fences, including rail, composite, garden, board, and picket. It also explores how to construct an effective barbed wire fence, how to use a stone wall to reinforce a wooden fence, and highlights the pros of building portable fences. Fences, Gates, and Bridges is a classic manual for anyone who wants to build their own structures for their farm, large property, or quaint backyard.

    Item: 8717

    Author: George A. Martin

    Format: Paperback

  • FENCING FOR HORSES E-HANDBOOK

    Horses are big, strong, playful, and smart, so finding a way to keep them safe and secure in their pastures and paddocks can be a real challenge. Building strong, safe fencing that is also economical and long lasting is an even bigger task.

    Experienced do-it-yourselfers and even handy beginners can build great fences for their horses and this e-handbook shows you how. Chapters include:

    • Fencing Tools
    • Choosing the Right Fence Posts
    • Stringing Wire Fencing
    • Post-and-Rail and Post-and-Plank Fences
    • Fencing Small and Large Pastures
    • Fencing the Small Pastures
    • Training Pens



    With this handy reference you can built fences that are strong, safe, and economical. 35 pages.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-800-234-3368.

     

    Item: 3488
  • FENNEL HERBAL DIGESTIVE BITTERS

    Fennel Tonic Bitters are the mildest bitters that Mockingbird Meadows makes. The delicious fennel flavor offsets a mild bitter flavor. Bitters are used to help balance the digestive system. Description Fennel Tonic Bitters are the best variety to start with if you are new to bitters. You will quickly find yourself craving a few delicious drops just for fun! What Are Bitters? Bitters can help you to balance your digestive system+. As a result, they can greatly increase your absorption of nutrients during digestion. Surprisingly, you can also use them to curb your sweet tooth. The bitter flavor encourages your gall bladder, liver, and stomach to produce appropriate levels of digestive juices. Sadly, the American diet is severely lacking in the bitter taste that your body needs to maintain a properly toned digestive system. This can mean that you may experience a lack of assimilation, acid indigestion, reflux, constipation, and much more. This variety of bitters isn’t recommended if you are pregnant. How to Use Put 15 drops on the top of your tongue 15 minutes before each meal for best results. Ingredients: Alcohol, artichoke leaf (Cynara scolymus)*, fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)*, angelica (Angelica archangelica)*, Oregon Grape Root (Mahonia spp.)W, and orange peel (Citrus sinensis)*. 2 ounces. [*Organic] +This statement has not been tested by the Food and Drug Administration. This product isn’t intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

    Item: 8680

    Author: MOCKINGBIRD MEADOWS

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • FERMENT YOUR VEGETABLES

    Amanda Feifer, fermentation expert and founder of phickle.com, serves as your guide, showing you, step by step, how you can create traditional, delicious fermented food at home, using only simple ingredients and a little time. No fancy starters or elaborate equipment required.

    Item: 7837

    Author: Amanda Feifer

    Format: Hardcover

  • FERMENTED VEGETABLES

    This guide includes in-depth instruction for making kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles, and then offers more than 120 recipes, using those basic methods, for fermenting 64 different vegetables and herbs. You’ll discover how easy it is to make dozens of exciting dishes, including pickled Brussels sprouts, curried golden beets, carrot kraut, and pickled green coriander.

    Item: 7471

    Author: Kirsten & Christopher Shockey

    Format: Paperback

  • FERTILIZERS FOR FREE E-HANDBOOK

    Readily available plant and animal residues can supply an extremely valuable source of plant foods that over the years will reward you with better soil, better crops, and reduced grocery and fertilizer bills.

    This e-handbook is aimed at helping you do just that as inexpensively as possible. Topics discussed in this handy reference include soil composition, air and water conditions, planting tips and growing your own green manure. A great resource for discovering how composting and mulching can richly benefit the soil, how to use these materials and what to use to make them. 36 pages.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-800-234-3368.

     

    Item: 3421
  • FIELDS OF FARMERS

    America's average farmer is 60 years old. When young people can't get in, old people can't get out. Approaching a watershed moment, our culture desperately needs a generational transfer of millions of farm acres facing abandonment, development or amalgamation into ever-larger holdings. Based on his decades of experience with interns and multigenerational partnerships at Polyface Farm, farmer and author Joel Salatin digs deep into the problems and solutions surrounding this land- and knowledge-transfer crisis. Fields of Farmers empowers aspiring young farmers, midlife farmers and nonfarming landlords to build regenerative, profitable agricultural enterprises.

    Item: 6831

    Author: Joel Salatin

    Format: Paperback

  • FIERY FERMENTS

    The authors of the best-selling Fermented Vegetables are back, and this time they’ve brought the heat with them. Whet your appetite with more than 60 recipes for hot sauces, mustards, pickles, chutneys, relishes, and kimchis from around the globe. Chiles take the spotlight, with recipes such as Thai Pepper Mint Cilantro Paste, Aleppo Za’atar Pomegranate Sauce, and Mango Plantain Habanero Ferment, but other traditional spices like horseradish, ginger, and peppercorns also make cameo appearances. Dozens of additional recipes for breakfast foods, snacks, entrées, and beverages highlight the many uses for hot ferments.

    Item: 8274

    Author: Kirsten & Christopher Shockey

    Format: Paperback

  • FIGHTING THE INFLUENZA E-BOOK

    It happens every year. It starts innocently enough — a runny nose, some sneezing here and there. Then the sinus congestion and scratchy throat arrive, making breathing and swallowing difficult and uncomfortable. It's cold and flu season again, and you're left bleary-eyed and groggy, suffering through a myriad of ineffective conventional medications.

    Try a different method this year, and learn to beat the bugs and stay healthy through the seasons — naturally! Fighting the Influenza is a comprehensive new E-book comprised of articles taken directly from the Herbs for Health archive that will help you create a winning game plan with herbs that boost your body's defenses and speed up your recovery.

    Herbs have the power to strengthen your body's natural defenses, ease the pain and discomfort of colds and flues and bolster long-term health. Learn to determine the differences between cold and flues, use various herbal and vitamin supplements to benefit your body, choose the right foods when you're feeling under-the-weather, and more with Fighting the Influenza from the publisher of Herbs for Health.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-800-234-3368.

     

    Item: 3887
  • FINDING GOOD FARMLAND

    This practical guide contains all of the information you need to have before purchasing farmland, covering everything from the characteristics of the land and the surrounding area to government regulations, land use considerations, and financing. Checklists and questionnaires are included to help you decide exactly what you need and how to find it.

    Item: 6685

    Author: Ann Larkin Hansen

    Format: Paperback

  • FIVE-PLANT GARDENS

    In Five-Plant Gardens, Nancy Ondra eliminates the guesswork and the stress, offering 52 garden plans that each use only five plants! These plans are simple, inexpensive and are sure to look beautiful all season long.

    Item: 7192

    Author: Nancy Ondra

    Format: Paperback

  • FIX FREEZE FEAST

    With more than 125 recipes for make ahead meals, Fix, Freeze, Feast by Kati Neville and Lindsay Tkacsik is a great resource for saving time and money and eating delicious homemade food.

    Item: 4282

    Author: Kati Neville & Lindsay Tkacsik

    Format: Hardcover

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