• THE SOLAR FOOD DRYER

    The Solar Food Dryer describes how to use solar energy to preserve your summer's harvest. With your own solar-powered food dryer, you can quickly and efficiently dry all your extra garden veggies, fruits and herbs with free sunshine and enjoy their goodness all year long! Solar food dryers perform amazingly well under a wide range of conditions, working effectively in almost any climate where you can grow fruits and vegetables. As a bonus, solar food drying is a great way to learn about solar energy and experience the incredible power of the sun — as well as being a great deal of fun! The Solar Food Dryer includes everything you need to get started:

    • Complete step-by-step plans for building a high-performance, low-cost solar food dryer from readily available materials
    • Solar energy design concepts
    • Food drying tips and recipes
    • Resources, references, solar charts and more
    Fully illustrated with both photographs and helpful design and construction plans, The Solar Food Dryer also includes resource and reference lists, and more. It will appeal to gardeners everywhere, to solar energy enthusiasts and to everyone interested in healthy foods, sustainable lifestyles, self-reliance and preserving more locally-grown produce for year-round enjoyment.

    Author Eben Fodor is an avid organic gardener with a background in solar energy and engineering. He's always looking for opportunities to enjoy nature and the sun — such as solar food drying! He's even invented a super-efficient solar-heated sauna. He works as a community planning consultant in Eugene, Ore.

    Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending books to readers. For 40 years, Mother Earth News has been North America’s “Original Guide to Living Wisely,” creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.

    Item: 2648

    Author: Eben Fodor

    Format: Paperback

  • THE SOLAR HOUSE: PASSIVE HEATING AND COOLING

    Before you build your home, read this definitive guide to designing with the sun in mind by Mother Earth News contributing editor Dan Chiras. Learn how you can cut your energy bills in half by choosing the best passive solar heating and cooling techniques.

    Passive solar heating and passive cooling — approaches known as natural conditioning — provide comfort throughout the year by reducing, or eliminating, the need for fossil fuel. Yet while heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free for the taking, few modern architects or builders really understand the principles involved.

    Now Chiras, author of the popular book The Natural House, brings those principles up to date for a new generation of solar enthusiasts.

    The techniques required to heat and cool a building passively have been used for thousands of years. Early societies such as the Native American Anasazis and the ancient Greeks perfected designs that effectively exploited these natural processes. The Greeks considered anyone who didn't use passive solar to heat a home to be a barbarian!

    In the United States, passive solar architecture experienced a major resurgence of interest in the 1970s in response to crippling oil embargoes. With grand enthusiasm but with scant knowledge (and sometimes little common sense), architects and builders created a wide variety of solar homes. Some worked pretty well, but looked more like laboratories than houses. Others performed poorly, overheating in the summer because of excessive or misplaced windows and skylights, and growing chilly in the colder months because of insufficient thermal mass and insulation and poor siting.

    In The Solar House, Chiras sets the record straight on the vast potential for passive heating and cooling. Acknowledging the good intentions of misguided solar designers in the past, he highlights certain egregious — and entirely avoidable — errors. More importantly, Chiras explains in methodical detail how today's home builders can succeed with solar designs.

    Now that energy efficiency measures including higher levels of insulation and multilayered glazing have become standard, it is easier than ever before to create a comfortable and affordable passive solar house that will provide year-round comfort in any climate.

    Moreover, because modern building materials and airtight construction methods sometimes result in air-quality and even toxicity problems, Chiras explains state-of-the-art ventilation and filtering techniques that complement the ancient solar strategies of thermal mass and daylighting. Chiras also explains the new diagnostic aids available in printed worksheet or software formats, allowing readers to generate their own design schemes.

    About the author
    Daniel D. Chiras is the author of The Natural House. He holds a doctorate in physiology and teaches courses on sustainability and environmental health at the Universities of Colorado and the University of Denver. He is the author of five college and high school textbooks as well as other books on global environmental issues. Chiras is also an avid musician, organic gardener, river runner and bicyclist. He lives with his family in a passive solar/solar electric, straw bale and rammed tire house in Evergreen, Colo.

    Item: 1436

    Author: Dan Chiras

    Format: Paperback

  • The Solitary Envoy

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    Erica Langston's comfortable home and loving family carry no outward hint of the sorrows and fears faced by her Acadian forebears, but she soon discovers that similar determination and fortitude will be required of her. When the British invade the United States and march into Washington, Erica is left to deal with the creditors circling around the crumbling family business. Book 1 of Heirs of Acadia.

    Item: 2076

    Author: Bunn & Bunn

    Format: Paperback

  • THE SOUP CLEANSE

    When Angela Blatteis and Vivienne Vella set out to create Soupure, the Los Angeles-based soup company at the forefront of the souping movement, they wanted to share the power of healing soups with the world. With a few simple, delicious recipes, they've helped people lose weight, boost their energy, and feel better every day. Now with The Soup Cleanse they are bringing their satisfying, 100 percent good-for-you, whole food-based soups straight into your kitchen.

    With more than 50 delicious recipes and a flexible, easy-to-follow detox program, the book teaches you how to nourish and purify your body while flooding it with essential nutrients. You will sip your way through high-fiber soups packed full of regenerative whole food ingredients. Unlike juicing and many other quick-fix diets, The Soup Cleanse is built on simple, satisfying recipes that won't leave you feeling hungry or deprived, making it accessible and easy to stick to … even for those with the busiest lifestyles.

    Get ready to rejuvenate, revitalize, and reclaim your health, one sip at a time!

    Item: 8112

    Author: Angela Blatteis, Viviene Vella

    Format: Hardcover

  • THE SOUTHERN SLOW COOKER

    With more than 60 recipes for down-home favorites, ranging from Chicken and Cornmeal Dumplings to Buffalo Stout Beer Chili to Brown Beans and Fatback, The Southern Slow Cooker is packed with real Southern flavor.

    Item: 6884

    Author: Kendra Bailey Morris

    Format: Paperback

  • THE SPEEDY VEGETABLE GARDEN

    The Speedy Vegetable Garden highlights more than 50 quick crops, with complete information on how to sow, grow and harvest each plant. Sumptuous photography provides inspiration and a visual guide for when to harvest.

    Item: 6582

    Author: M. Diacono & L. Leendertz

    Format: Paperback

  • THE SPICES OF MY LIFE

    The family that author Tiffany Moen and her husband raise together has always been a creative, spontaneous, make-it-happen group of folks. As the family continued to grow through adoption, Moen had to stretch each dollar to fill stomachs.

    Item: 6649

    Author: Tiffany Moen

    Format: Hardcover

  • THE STRONG SHALL LIVE

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    They came west to stay, risking their blood to dig the gold, ride the range, conquer the greedy, and carve out a legacy of freedom. Now, in a collection of some of his most memorable stories, Louis L'Amour tells of the real heroes of the frontier.

    Item: 2080

    Author: LOUIS LAMOUR

    Format: Paperback

  • THE SUBURBAN CHICKEN

    Written by Kristina Mercedes Urquhart, The Suburban Chicken shares the author’s knowledge on general chicken husbandry, profiles of 20 suitable breeds for suburban living, how to provide your birds with optimal accommodations, and the health care needs of chickens (among other important topics about which prospective chicken owners should be familiar).

    Item: 7863

    Author: KRISTINA MERCEDES URQUHART

    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 SUN-INSPIRED HOUSE

    The Sun-Inspired House evolved from the questions about passive solar, passive cooling, energy efficiency and green building that home owners, builders, engineers and architects asked author Debra Rucker Coleman over the last 25 years.

    Item: 6710

    Author: Debra Rucker Coleman

    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 TALL STRANGER

    To save a wagon train full of settlers, one lone gunman must risk life and limb against an outlaw and his crew on the Oregon Trail.

    Item: 2738

    Author: LOUIS LAMOUR

    Format: Paperback

  • THE TAO OF VEGETABLE GARDENING

    The Tao of Vegetable Gardening explores the practical methods as well as the deeper essence of gardening. In her latest book, groundbreaking garden writer Carol Deppe focuses on some of the most popular home garden vegetables—tomatoes, green beans, peas and leafy greens—and through them illustrates the key principles and practices that gardeners need to know to successfully plant and grow just about any food crop.

    Item: 7545

    Author: Carol Deppe

    Format: Paperback

  • THE TEXTILE ARTISTS STUDIO HANDBOOK

    The Textile Artist's Studio Handbook offers advice for exploring basic materials (including fibers, dyes, paints and other media); visual tutorials for spinning, felting, crocheting, weaving, sewing and quilting; primers for surface decoration techniques such as dyeing, painting, stitching and screen printing; and patterns and project instructions.

    Item: 6803

    Author: Visnja Popovic, Owyn Ruck

    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 TRAVELER

    In this second installment of the Spanish Bit Saga, Don Coldsmith weaves a triumphant saga of one brave man's quest for survival in the vast wilderness of the Great Plains.

    Item: 4263

    Author: Don Coldsmith

    Format: Paperback

  • THE TRIUMPH OF SEEDS

    Despite their importance, seeds are often seen as commonplace, their extraordinary natural and human histories overlooked. Thanks to this stunning new book, they can be overlooked no more. This is a book of knowledge, adventure, and wonder, spun by an award-winning writer with both the charm of a fireside storyteller and the hard-won expertise of a field biologist.

    Item: 7965

    Author: Thor Hanson

    Format: Paperback

  • THE ULTIMATE DEHYDRATOR COOKBOOK

    The dehydrator is an incredibly useful tool for long-term food storage and making the most of your garden harvest. The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook contains everything you need to know to get the greatest value from a home dehydrator.

    It includes:

    • Tips on selecting a dehydrator, as well as proper sanitation, storage and rehydration techniques.
    • Individual entries on how to dehydrate all manner of berries, fruits, vegetables, greens, herbs and edible flowers, including information on how to prep, dehydration temperatures, and times.
    • Recipes for making your own teas, herb blends and rubs, flavored oils, instant baby food, jerky, and fruit leathers.
    • Nearly 400 recipes for cooking from your dehydrator pantry. There is an entire chapter dedicated to slow cooker recipes using dehydrated ingredients and one on dehydrated meals for backpackers and campers.
    Item: 7641

    Author: Gangloff, Gangloff, Ferguson

    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

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