• MOTHER EARTH NEWS RAISE BACKYARD BEES

    In recent years, as increasing factors threaten the world’s honeybees, beekeeping has gained new interest and new respect. Mother Earth News has joined in the fight to save the honeybee and other pollinators, and in these pages you will find advice, tips, and personal experiences from novice to expert beekeepers from every walk of life and from every corner of the country.

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  • LIVING OFF THE GRID

    Wondering if an off-grid lifestyle is right for you? Scared that it’ll be too challenging for you and your family to handle? Living Off the Grid is a comprehensive shakedown of what this unique lifestyle looks like in practice and will help ease your mind about transitioning to an off-grid life. With practical instruction, time-saving tips, and hard-earned wisdom, you’ll learn all the ins and outs of a simplified off-grid existence.

    Item: 9357
  • 52 HOMESTEAD SKILLS

    Mother Earth News 52 Homestead Skills follows homesteader Kimberlee Bastien, as she learns one homesteading skill per week over the course of an entire year. The book details all of Bastien’s adventures, from building a beehive and becoming a beekeeper to creating her own laundry and dish soap.

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  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS ALMANAC: A GUIDE THROUGH THE SEASONS

    Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons returns! The 1970s classic has been out of print for years. Now, updated for today's readers and back in print, its information is as useful as ever. It contains instructions and illustrations for everything from harnessing solar energy to cultivating a sustainable garden to learning how to keep bees. Simply put, Mother Earth News Almanac is designed to empower readers to be self-sufficient.

    The Mother Earth News team has updated the essentials, but left the core of the guide intact, with all the charm of the original … from the writing style to the signature line drawings. This is a must-have for any fan of Mother Earth News, and a budget-friendly guide for a new generation of homesteaders.

    The almanac is a seasonal guide with subject matter that every passionate DIYer, homesteader or environmentally aware reader can appreciate. You'll find recipes, money-saving tips, and homesteading techniques such as illustrated directions for tying a timber hitch, cat's-paw, sheepshank, and other knots; folk medicine treatments and preventatives; tips on raising chickens and keeping bees; plans for building three kinds of kites; complete instructions for fast and easy compost; and much, much more!

    The simple life doesn't have to be hard, not when you have this timeless almanac.

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  • 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.

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  • THE EVERYDAY BLACKSMITH

    Learn to make hooks, spoons, and tools of all sorts that you’ll use every day.

    This essential blacksmith’s reference includes many projects contributed by leading blacksmiths from around the world, each featuring multiple opportunities for variation.

    Modern smiths can use the first section of The Everyday Blacksmith as a reference for shop basics: safety, equipment, and techniques. In addition to these fundamentals, which are illustrated through a series of projects, you’ll also learn methods for finishing pieces.

    In the second section of the book, you’ll find a step-by-step guide to a diverse range of essential blacksmith projects. Structured by category and difficulty, the instructions for these projects emphasize the accessibility of techniques, functionality of projects, and diversity of design.

    The Everyday Blacksmith is sure to become every shop’s go- to reference guide.

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  • NEW CHAINSAW GUIDE

    CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $12.95 AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

    Who needs a chainsaw? Anyone who cuts or uses wood! Learn simple saw maintenance, sharpening secrets and the best ways to use this handy homesteading tool. Regular Price $12.95.

    Item: 496
  • NEW PRAIRIE KITCHEN

    New Prairie Kitchen profiles 25 of the most exciting and groundbreaking chefs, farmers and producers of artisanal goods from Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri. Their personal stories are interspersed with more than 50 chef-contributed recipes that range from refreshingly simple to exquisitely gourmet. Organized by season, New Prairie Kitchen will transport you to a revitalized Midwestern heartland where traditional favorites interweave with inspiring new flavors and techniques.

    The Great Plains are often maligned as "flyover" country, or perhaps only known as bulk producers of corn, soybeans, beef and pork. But spend any time in these heartland cities or farms and you'll quickly discover a burgeoning "good food" movement and top-notch farm-to-fork dining. Nebraska can still grill a mean flat iron steak and Iowa can grow corn as high as an elephant's eye, but New Prairie Kitchen introduces readers to the phenomenal talent emerging from America’s breadbasket: farms that grow asparagus thick as your thumb and tender as a strawberry; dairies that produce fresh, natural milks and cheeses; and nationally recognized restaurants that make these mouthwatering ingredients into edible art. Pioneering chefs across the prairie have taken an old-meets-new approach to their cuisine, sourcing traditional staples, such as bison and ground cherries, from local sustainable farms, and incorporating them into recipes in new and thrilling ways.

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  • GRIT GUIDE TO GUNS, KNIVES AND MORE, 1ST EDITION

    Get all your hunting know-how with the Grit Guide to Guns, Knives, and More! This 96-page special edition guide contains the best knowledge and tips for hunting, fishing, and protecting your home. Learn about home gunsmithing, bow hunting, proper shot placement, arming your homestead, field dressing and skinning big game, and more. Make your own knives, hunt safely and humanely, and create amazing recipes from your bounty, all with the Grit Guide to Guns, Knives, and More.

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  • GOING OFF THE GRID

    Discover how to get off the consumer treadmill and enjoy a simpler lifestyle. Gary Collins documents his firsthand experience in this comprehensive guide on how to find property and build a self-sustaining home to achieve happiness through simplicity. Included are tips for how to deal with general contractors and a review of common types of off-the-grid home construction (standard, straw bale, logs, and green cinder block) that highlights energy efficiency and insulation. All the basics are thoroughly covered, such as well water, septic and sewage disposal, and off-the-grid energy options (solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal). Factored in are contemporary concerns, including access to internet and cell phone service and the importance of an effective security system. Chapter summaries drive home key points for success, and a list of resources directs readers to key information.

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  • MIDWEST MAIZE

    Blending history with expert reportage, she traces the disparate threads that have woven corn into the fabric of our diet, politics, economy, science, and cuisine. At the same time she explores its future as a source of energy and the foundation of seemingly limitless green technologies.

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  • COUNTRY WISDOM & KNOW-HOW

    Reminiscent in both spirit and design of the beloved Whole Earth Catalog, Country Wisdom & Know-How is an unprecedented collection of information on nearly 200 individual topics of country and self-sustainable living.

    Compiled from the information in Storey Publishing's landmark series of "Country Wisdom Bulletins," this book is the most thorough and reliable volume of its kind.

    Organized by general topic (including animals, cooking, crafts, gardening, home, and health and well-being), it is further broken down to cover dozens of specifics (from "Building Chicken Coops" to "Making Cheese, Butter, and Yogurt" to "Improving Your Soil" to "Restoring Hardwood Floors"). Nearly 1,000 black-and-white illustrations and photographs run throughout, and fascinating projects and trusted advice crowd every page.

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  • FARM DIY

    Roll up your sleeves and build a better farm!

    Loaded with complete plans and easy-to-follow construction tips, this book offers a creative mix of both practical and decorative projects for working and hobby farms. Veteran family farmers and 4-H alumni Samantha and Daniel Johnson present 20 essential projects for aspiring homesteaders. From log jacks, rabbit hutches, and milking stands to a weather vane and a barn quilt, each hands-on project includes clear step-by-step color photographs to guide the reader.

    An introduction to the DIY mindset, the book explains the positive benefits and satisfaction of building things yourself (and it provides an overview of the basic tools and skills needed to complete each task). Farm DIY also includes a background discussion of farming today, as well as instructions for building an effective farmer’s market display stand for selling your products.

    Inside Farm DIY:

    • 20 step-by-step, do-it-yourself projects for creating the farm of your dreams
    • Build practical items like fences, gates, bee houses, log jacks, rabbit hutches and milking stools
    • Make fun items like a weather vane, barn quilt, and goat seesaw
    • Create an attractive display stand for selling your products at farmers markets
    • Easy-to-complete projects that all feature inexpensive materials and basic techniques

    Item: 9861
  • THE SIMPLE LIFE GUIDE TO DECLUTTERING YOUR LIFE

    Overwhelmed with unnecessary stress and piles of useless stuff? Discover how to ditch society's expectations and live by your own rules.

    Author and digital nomad Gary Collins has thrived since walking away from a stable, unfulfilling job to build a joyful, debt-free, and off-the-grid lifestyle. After teaching thousands of people to step off the burnout treadmill, he's here to share his step-by-step process for living your dream.

    The Simple Life Guide to Decluttering Your Life provides realistic solutions to guide you toward a genuinely happy life. With straightforward, no-nonsense advice, Collins demonstrates how to overcome crippling frustration to reorder your priorities. The book's path to your new purpose will help you usher in a healthier, better way of living.

    In The Simple Life Guide to Decluttering Your Life, you'll discover:

    • What freedom really looks like and how to harness it
    • Inspiring models for uncovering your purpose and vision
    • A healthy money mindset to make your assets work for you
    • A fresh outlook on your physical and mental health to invigorate you for your new lifestyle
    • How to tidy up your life inside and out with actionable solutions
    • … And much more!

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  • THE GOOD LIVING GUIDE TO KEEPING SHEEP AND OTHER FIBER ANIMALS

    Fiber crafts, such as knitting, weaving, and crocheting, continue to surge in popularity, with sites like Ravelry (a social media community for the wool obsessed) gaining more than 6 million members. Artists are seeking quality, raw materials in greater numbers. The cottage industry of supplying not only raw fleece but handcrafted yarns is strong.

    Janet Garman has a small fiber flock (including Pygora fiber goats) and shares her expertise, as well as interviews, tips, and advice from fiber farmers and craftspeople across the country.

    She offers the basics of properly raising sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, and rabbits, with tips on selecting animals, feeding, housing, breeding, and health care. From there, instructions are provided for shearing, sorting, skirting, washing, picking, carding, combing, and spinning the wool. Enthusiasts will also find recipes and instructions for natural, plant-based dyes and advice for selling your finished yarn.

    Item: 9625
  • 111 MODERN HOMESTEADING ARTICLES CD-ROM

    CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $24.95.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT: The software on this version of 111 Modern Homesteading Artciles CD triggers a security breech when updating to version 7 or higher of Java. While an internet connection is not required to access the content on this CD, it does require an internet browser with Java for viewing the files. As a result of the security breech, the files on this CD cannot be viewed once Java has been updated to version 7 or higher.

    We've assembled our best homesteading articles and packaged them in one easy-to-use CD-ROM format, just like our popular Mother Earth News Archives on CD-ROM.

    Selected from more than 40 years of material, this collection includes a wide selection of do-it-yourself projects for your house, farm or homestead. You'll find tips on raising chickens and other livestock, as well as detailed information on preserving food, making cheese and other skills that can help you live a more self-reliant, frugal life.

    You'll find articles about:

    • Root cellars
    • Raising a backyard dairy cow
    • Earth-sheltered homes
    • Making soap
    • Building and installing fences
    • Home insulation
    • Composting
    • Solar energy
    • Pest control
    • Making preserves
    • Plumbing
    • Training a guard dog
    • Growing vegetables and fruit trees
    • Beekeeping

    This CD has all the information you need for your successful modern homestead.

    This premium collection is delivered in a simple, searchable CD-ROM format, with image galleries and fully printable articles. No Internet connection required.

    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    This CD is designed to run on PC and Mac platforms.

    You will need one of the following setups to run this CD:

    • With an IBM-compatible computer: Microsoft® Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) or newer; with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 or newer. You also will need Java Virtual Machine (VM) version 1.3 (free download from www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp) or newer browser plug-in with Java enabled on your browser and computer.
    • With an Apple Computer: Mac OS X with Safari 3.2.525.27.1 or newer and Java. Use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java for your Mac.
    • For Mac OS 9.2.2, this CD must be run in Netscape 7.0.2 with Apple MRJ 2.2.5. (Both available free from www.versiontracker.com.)
    • A CD-ROM drive (auto-start should be enabled).

    This CD also operates with Mozilla 1.4 and Opera 7 browsers.

    Item: 4225
  • A SMALL FARM FUTURE

    In a groundbreaking debut, farmer and social scientist Chris Smaje argues that organizing society around small-scale farming offers the soundest, sanest and most reasonable response to climate change and other crises of civilization—and will yield humanity’s best chance at survival.

    Drawing on a vast range of sources from across a multitude of disciplines, A Small Farm Future analyzes the complex forces that make societal change inevitable; explains how low-carbon, locally self-reliant agrarian communities can empower us to successfully confront these changes head on; and explores the pathways for delivering this vision politically.

    Item: 10555
  • AMERICAN AXE

    From bronze axes of the Viking conquests to the American homesteader’s felling axe, this is a tool that has shaped human history like few others. pays tribute to this iconic instrument of settlement and industry, with rich history, stunning photography, and profiles of the most collectible vintage axes such as The Woodslasher, Keen Cutter, and True Temper Perfect. Combining his experiences as a forester, axe collector, and former competitive lumberjack, author Brett McLeod conveys the allure of this deceptively simple woodcutting implement and celebrates the resurging interest in its story and use.

    Item: 10338
  • AMERICAN HEMP FARMER

    In American Hemp Farmer, maverick journalist and solar-powered goat herder Doug Fine gets his hands dirty with healthy soil and sticky with terpenes growing his own crop and creating his own hemp products. Fine shares his adventures and misadventures as an independent, regenerative farmer and entrepreneur, all while laying out a vision for how hemp can help right the wrongs of twentieth-century agriculture, and how you can be a part of it.

    Item: 10161

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