Locavore leaders such as Alice Waters, Michael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver all speak of the need for sweeping changes in how we get our food. A longtime leader of this movement is Wes Jackson, who for decades has taken it upon himself to speak for the land, to speak for the soil itself. Here, he offers a manifesto toward a conceptual revolution: Jackson asks us to look to natural ecosystems—or, if one prefers, nature in general—as the measure against which we judge all of our agricultural practices.

    Jackson believes the time is right to do away with annual monoculture grains, which are vulnerable to national security threats and are partly responsible for the explosion in our health care costs. Soil erosion and the poisons polluting our water and air—all associated with agriculture from its beginnings—foretell a population with its natural fertility greatly destroyed.

    In this eloquent and timely volume, Jackson argues we must look to nature itself to lead us out of the mess we’ve made. The natural ecosystems will tell us, if we listen, what should happen to the future of food.

    Item: 7650

    Author: Wes Jackson

    Format: Paperback


    Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook will share the secrets to buying, growing and cooking your favorite fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.

    Item: 6906

    Author: Editors of Cooking Light

    Format: Paperback



    The mere mention of comfort food conjures a different sensory experience for us all. Yet no matter what savory dish comes to mind first and foremost, we all imagine a warm, cozy kitchen and the anticipation of a soothing, homemade delight made with loving care.

    In a time when our lives are harried and stressed and the news can be downright depressing, spending time preparing a favorite comfort dish is a kind of healing.

    Whether cooking or baking for yourself or for friends and family, the end result of comfort food speaks of thoughtfulness.

    Althea McQuestion has combined more than 100 recipes in Cooking Up Comfort, all of which are sure to nourish body and soul.

    Item: 6383

    Author: Althea McQuestion

    Format: Hardcover



    Build a barn using cordwood (firewood) and masonry for the walls, plus stick framing for the loft and roof. Full instructions on seven pages.


    It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications blueprints are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or this blueprint you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

    Item: 761

    Author: MEN Editors

    Format: Blueprint


    Weisman visits an extraordinary range of the world's cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes and political systems to learn what in t heir beliefs, histories, liturgies or current circumstances might suggest it's in their own best interest to limit their growth. The result is a landmark work of reporting: devastating, urgent and, ultimately, deeply hopeful.

    Item: 7022

    Author: Alan Weisman

    Format: Paperback


    From leading ecology advocates comes a revealing look at our dependence on cows and a passionate appeal for sustainable living.

    In Cowed, globally recognized environmentalists Denis and Gail Boyer Hayes offer a revealing analysis of how our beneficial, centuries-old relationship with bovines has evolved into one that now endangers us.

    Long ago, cows provided food and labor to settlers taming the wild frontier and helped the loggers, ranchers and farmers who shaped the country’s landscape. Our society is built on the backs of bovines that indelibly stamped our culture, politics and economics. But our national herd has doubled in size over the past 100 years to 93 million, with devastating consequences for the country’s soil and water. Our love affair with dairy and hamburgers doesn’t help either: Eating a pound of beef produces a greater carbon footprint than burning a gallon of gasoline.

    The book begins by tracing the coevolution of cows and humans, starting with majestic horned aurochs, before taking us through the birth of today’s feedlot farms and the threat of mad cow disease. The authors show how cattle farming today has depleted America’s largest aquifer, created festering lagoons of animal waste and drastically increased methane production.

    In their quest to find fresh solutions to our bovine problem, the authors take us to farms stretching from Vermont to Washington. They visit worm ranchers who compost cow waste, learn that feeding cows oregano yields surprising benefits, talk to sustainable farmers who care for their cows while contributing to their communities, and point toward a future in which we eat less, but better, beef. In a deeply researched, engagingly personal narrative, the Hayes provide a glimpse into what we can do now to provide a better future for cows, humans and the world we inhabit. They show how our relationship with cows is part of the story of America itself.

    Item: 7599

    Author: Denis Hayes, Gail Boyer Hayes

    Format: Hardcover


    Cows saving the planet? Why not? An idea that sounds preposterous begins to make sense when you take a soil's-eye view of our current ecological predicament.

    In Cows Save the Planet, journalist Judith D. Schwartz looks at soil as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic and social crises. Schwartz reveals that for many of these problems-climate change, desertification, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition and obesity-our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil. Where do cows fit in?

    Cattle, like all grazing creatures, can, if appropriately managed, restore land and help build soil. Rebuilding soil is only one aspect of this important, paradigm-shifting book. Drawing on the work of thinkers and doers, renegade scientists and institutional whistleblowers from around the world, Schwartz challenges much of the conventional thinking about global warming and other problems. For example, land can suffer from undergrazing as well as overgrazing, because certain landscapes, such as grasslands, require the disturbance from livestock to thrive. Regarding climate, when we focus on carbon dioxide, we neglect the central role of water in soil-"green water"-in temperature regulation. And much of the carbon dioxide that burdens the atmosphere is not the result of fuel emissions, but from agriculture; returning carbon to the soil not only reduces carbon dioxide levels but also enhances soil fertility.

    Cows Save the Planet is at once a primer on soil's pivotal role in our ecology and economy and an antidote to those awash in despairing environmental news. It is also an important call to action on behalf of the soil-and, by extension, those of us who benefit from it.

    Item: 6752

    Author: Judith D. Schwartz

    Format: Paperback


    The sprawl of suburbia, destruction of wildlife areas, overregulation of game animals, and reduced popularity of hunting and fishing have resulted in more people coming into direct contact with wild animals on a regular basis. In this invaluable do-it-yourself guide, veteran outdoorsman Larry Grupp gives readers a comprehensive toolbox of specific devices and strategies to deal safely, legally and effectively with more than 30 common North American pests, including deer, bears, raccoons, rabbits, beavers, porcupines, skunks, foxes, coyotes, rats, squirrels, bats, birds, fish and reptiles. Understanding these critters and how to best control them is the basis of this information-packed manual. You will learn when to be cautious, when to be accommodating and when and how to take direct action if the animals must be eradicated. The primary tools for dealing with unwanted creatures are fences, repellants, fumigators and traps. Grupp examines each solution and tells the reader how to most effectively and economically use them. He also provides a helpful table for using specific baits and lures to trap various varmints. City and country dwellers alike will find the answers they need to rid their homes and properties of destructive wildlife once and for all.

    Item: 6600

    Author: Larry Grupp

    Format: Paperback


    More than 170 recipes for chicken, eggs, turkey, duck, goose, and small birds, plus proper storage, handling and preparation.

    Item: 6984

    Author: Chef John Ash

    Format: Hardcover


    Packed with fascinating history, the volume is the first serious attempt to organize culinary ephemera into categories, making it useful for food lovers, collectors, designers, and curators alike. Much more than a catalog, Culinary Ephemera follows this paper trail to broader themes in American social history such as diet and health, alcoholic beverages, and Americans abroad.

    Item: 6125

    Author: William Woys Weaver

    Format: Hardcover


    A compelling book about the water crisis facing the West, grounded in history and important for residents as well as readers nationwide. This narrative weaves together the stories of human folly and grandiose endeavor that shaped the states and reveal the background of the critical economic and political issue that is how water is used and misused today.

    Item: 6662

    Author: Stephen Grace

    Format: Paperback



    Nature’s Way Market and Café sells healthy foods and natural cures for what ails you. But there is no cure for murder. . . .

    Even naturopathic doctors need a little stress relief—that’s why Willow McQuade, ND, takes a break to visit her Aunt Claire, owner of Nature’s Way Market and Café, on Long Island’s North Fork. But Willow’s serenity is shattered when she finds her aunt’s lifeless body on the market floor, a bottle of Mimulus lying nearby. Taken to calm one’s fear of misfortune, the flower essence clearly failed Aunt Claire . . . for her death was no accident.

    But who would want to kill her? The police soon zero in on Willow herself, who stands to inherit Claire’s business and the rights to a breakthrough anti-aging cream. Desperate to prove her innocence, Willow turns to former police officer Jackson Spade for help. Together they unearth a slew of suspects, each with something to gain by Claire’s unnatural demise. But as Willow gets closer to the truth, a killer waits to administer one final dose of death.

    Item: 6029

    Author: Chrystle Fiedler

    Format: Paperback


    Ethnobotanist Gary Nabhan has lived with the Tohono O'odham, long known as the Papagos, observing the delicate balance between these people and their environment. Bringing O'odham voices to the page at every turn, he writes elegantly of how they husband scant water supplies, grow crops, and utilize wild edible foods.

    Item: 6610

    Author: Gary Nabhan

    Format: Paperback


    In this landmark book, Gary Paul Nabhan takes us on a personal trip into the southwestern borderlands to discover the terroir-the taste of the place-that makes this desert so delicious.

    Item: 6603

    Author: Gary Nabhan

    Format: Hardcover


    Detox 4 Women, Rose has formulated a specific detox prescription that is easy to follow and gentle on the system, yet yields fantastic results that are both immediate and lasting. Here is her powerful step-by-step plan that will help you shed weight, look years younger and radiate energy in only 28 days.

    Item: 6647

    Author: Natalia Rose

    Format: Paperback



    Here is inspiration and instruction for anyone interested in making beautiful art out of earth. The author of Build Your Own Earth Oven teaches you to find, mix, and sculpt the right mud; develop group goals and vision, and translate simple, natural (and easy to draw) patterns into sophisticated and complex designs. The resulting murals will transform anonymous "spaces" into real places. Or make "garden art" you can sit on (or in). Get inspired by earth artists across the country and over seas. Brief, elegant, wonderfully and generously illustrated with drawings and 32 pages of color photos.

    • Turn the earth under your feet into natural, cheap, beautiful art: African-inspired murals, fanciful playground sculptures, labyrinths, sundials, sculpted benches, bird houses, & more.
    • Complete illustrated how-to guide to mud, art, & community.
    • Inspiring stories & color photos from earth-artists here & abroad.
    • For teachers, parents, activists, builders, artists, & other kids.

    About the author
    Kiko Denzer is an artist, teacher, and author in the earthen building revival. He serves as artist-in-residence in schools in his home state of Oregon, and has muddied tens of thousands of hands with his popular oven and bread manual, Build Your Own Earth Oven.

    Item: 5294

    Author: Kiko Denzer

    Format: Paperback


    Do you want to feel good again, have abundant energy, and finally take control of your own health? Wouldn't it be nice to effortlessly release excess weight and return to your natural vibrancy and glow? It's time you make the connection between what's on your plate and how you feel. Discover Your Nutritional Style shows you the way.

    Holli Thompson, CHHP, CNHP, gives you the information you need to understand how to nourish yourself in a way that's best for you, based on your individual needs and preferences. Learn what's right for you … and how what's right for you changes with the seasons and with your needs.

    Drawing on her years of experience as a certified holistic health coach, Thompson helps you discover what nutritional style (from healthy omnivore to flexible vegetarian to modern vegan) is ideal for your personal nutrition. Her flexible, seasonal approach to eating helps you modify your diet to support your health and lifestyle throughout the year.

    Thompson provides extensive discussions and valuable advice on how to discover your nutritional style. From there, she tells you all about foods to avoid, foods to choose, and the principles of holistic eating and personal care. In addition, Thompson provides clear, sensible advice for resetting your system and doing a safe, healthy and trouble-free cleanse. Dozens of delicious, easy-to-make recipes using seasonal ingredients round out the book.

    Item: 7520

    Author: Holli Thompson

    Format: Hardcover


    Featuring 30 designs by leading designer-makers from around the world, DIY Furniture shows you how to use simple techniques to make stunning designer furniture from scratch. Using the step-by-step guides, you can easily assemble all the projects from common materials that can be found at the local hardware store. Along with designs for seating and storage, the book also features projects for making your own bed, wardrobe, lighting and garden furniture. Each project features hand-drawn diagrams with short, easy-to-follow instructions on how to build the piece. Whether building from scratch or customizing existing designs, you can create unique designer pieces at a fraction of the normal cost with DIY Furniture. Brief biographies of all the featured designers are included at the end of the book.

    Item: 6660

    Author: Christopher Stuart

    Format: Paperback



    Add a feeling of accomplishment to your life and personalization to your home with the ultimate practice in self-sufficiency: do-it-yourself projects from Mother Earth News. Get the know-how to fashion custom furniture, erect personal fences and more with the 479 pages of project tips and instructions in the Do-It-Yourself E-book Projects Collection on CD-ROM.

    For the first time, Mother Earth News is proud to offer the complete Do-It-Yourself E-book Projects Collection on CD-ROM. This comprehensive collection includes 14 useful e-books with titles ranging from "How to Build a Pond for Fun or Food" to "How to Keep Your Basement Dry". The Do-It-Yourself E-book Projects Collection on CD-ROM is packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects to inspire self-sufficiency.

    E-book Projects Included in the Collection:

    • How to Build Simple Furniture
    • How to Build Cold Frames
    • How to Build Easy Composters
    • How to Build a Pole Woodshed
    • How to Build a Smokehouse
    • How to Build Fences
    • How to Build a Pond for Food and Fun
    • How to Manage a Woodlot
    • How to Build Easy Bird Feeders
    • How to Maintain Axes & Chainsaws
    • How to Build Bat Houses
    • How to Keep Your Basement Dry
    • How to Build Cold Storage for Fruits & Vegetables
    • How to Buy an Old House
    Item: 4797

    Format: CD ROM


    Packed with valuable, firsthand information from visionaries in the field, Earth Repair empowers communities and individuals to take action and heal contaminated and damaged land. Encompassing everything from remediating and regenerating abandoned city lots for urban farmers and gardeners, to recovering from environmental disasters and industrial catastrophes such as oil spills and nuclear fallout, this fertile toolbox is essential reading for anyone who wishes to transform environmental despair into constructive action.

    Item: 6587

    Author: Leila Darwish

    Format: Paperback

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