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  • QUICK & EASY DEHYDRATED MEALS IN A BAG

    Package and prepare meals quickly and easily. Just add water! You can take prepackaged meals in a bag on the trail or throw them in the crockpot.

    This book includes family dinners, crockpot meals, healthy recipes, snacks, desserts, seasonings, appetizers, and dips, as well as meals and foods for campers, hikers, and backpackers.

    Item: 8872
  • RAINWATER HARVESTING FOR DRYLANDS AND BEYOND VOLUME 1

    Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1, 2nd Edition: Guiding Principles to Welcome Rain into Your Life and Landscape is the first book in a three-volume guide that teaches you how to conceptualize, design, and implement sustainable water-harvesting systems for your home, landscape, and community. This revised and expanded second edition increases potential for on-site harvests with more integrated tools and strategies for solar design, a primer on your water/energy/carbon connections, descriptions of water/erosion flow patterns and their water-harvesting response, and updated illustrations to show you how to do it all. The stories of people who are successfully welcoming rain into their life and landscape will inspire you to do the same!

    Item: 8008
  • SHELTER II

    Shelter II was published in 1978, five years after the book Shelter. It was a sequel in a sense, but a more sober and practical book (in black and white, not color) for any owner-builder interested in building a simple stud-frame house. The heart of the book consists of an introduction to the principles of house design, followed by a condensed 24-page instruction manual for the novice builder for building a stud-frame home: foundation, floor, wall and roof framing; roofing, windows, doors, interior finish, as well as plumbing and electrical work.

    Featured is a section of complete, to-scale drawings by Bob Easton of seven different homes, accompanied by floor plans. These unique drawings allow the first-time builder to visualize each structure as a whole by showing every member of the house frame.

    Indigenous builders are studied with an eye to the still-usable skills of the past. There are many photos of North American houses and barns: still-standing reminders of an era of practical building.

    Rehabilitation projects then underway in major cities are also covered. There's a critical analysis of domes - they were found to be neither practical nor durable, and there's a detailed critique of America's program in those years to establish colonies in space.

    Shelter II tells a story: Practical builders (past and present, in country and city) have always built with time-tested techniques and materials readily at hand: lumber, earth, stone, concrete, brick, thatch or abandoned city buildings. Design is governed by weather, purpose and economy. Building technique is determined by tradition, experience and practice. Then, as now, initiative and hand labor by owners can beat the high cost of building and reduce or eliminate lifetime mortgage obligations.

    Out of print for some 20 years, Shelter II is an integral part of the Shelter Publications suite of books on handbuilt homebuilding, and we're happy to make it available once again.

    Item: 7195
  • SO YOU WANT TO BE A MODERN HOMESTEADER?

    Maybe you’re dreaming of moving to the country for peace and an escape from the daily grind, or to provide a different lifestyle for your children. Or maybe you’re already long-established in the country. Whatever the case, this complete and realistic guide is the essential resource to help you achieve success as a modern homesteader.

    Item: 9279
  • Sweet Remedies Just Add Honey Kit

    This Sweet Remedies Just Add Honey Kit has everything you need to start making electuaries in your own kitchen! This kit includes Dawn Combs’ new book, Sweet Remedies, as well as three different Mockingbird Meadow Herbal Honey Boosters (Allergency, Sleep Well, and Ache Ease) that will help ease whichever ailment comes your way. This kit has everything you need to learn about, taste, and create your very own electuaries!

    Sweet Remedies, the author Dawn Combs makes these traditional herbal honeys (called “electuaries”) and has created her own formulations for addressing a variety of common health ailments. With Sweet Remedies, readers will learn her methods for making electuaries in their home kitchens, using recipes that range from Ache Ease and Sleep Well to Heartful and Calcium for Kids. You will find instructions for making simple honey infusions and oxymels.

    Allergency Honey Booster provides supreme support for allergy sufferers, regardless of what ails them: dust, mold, pet, pollen, or food allergies.

    Sleep Well Herbal Honey Booster will put an end to your insomnia with Sleep Well Honey Booster, one of Mockingbird Meadows’ most popular and talked about formulas. Whether you can’t go to sleep or you can’t stay asleep, Sleep Well provides relief with hops, passionflower, skullcap, and other sleepy-time herbs.

    Ache Ease Honey Booster can help ease the inflammation and pain in sore muscles and joints. It features turmeric, meadowsweet, black cohosh, and other trusted anti-inflammatory herbs.

    These products are formulated by Dawn Combs, a trained herbalist, ethnobotanist, teacher, and long-time contributor to Mother Earth News and Mother Earth Living

    This statement has not been tested by the Food and Drug Administration. These products aren’t intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

    Item: 9494
  • THE BACKYARD HOMESTEAD BOOK OF KITCHEN KNOW-HOW

    Growing vegetables and raising livestock is only the beginning of a successful homestead -- that fresh food goes to waste unless you can properly prepare, cook, and preserve it. Andrea Chesman shows you how to bridge the gap between field and table, covering everything from curing meats and making sausage to canning fruits and vegetables, milling flour, working with sourdough, baking no-knead breads, making braises and stews that can be adapted to different cuts of meat, rendering lard and tallow, pickling, making butter and cheese, making yogurt, blanching vegetables for the freezer, making jams and jellies, drying produce, and much more. You’ll learn all the techniques you need to get the most from homegrown foods, along with dozens of simple and delicious recipes, most of which can be adapted to use whatever you have available.

    Item: 7604
  • THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO HOMEMADE BEAUTY PRODUCTS AND TREATMENTS

    In The Complete Guide to Natural Homemade Beauty Products & Treatments, you’ll discover how to effectively make use of nature’s bounty, so you can prepare your own beauty treatments for complete skin, body, and hair care. Using aromatic and medicinal plants, flowers, fruits, and essential oils, these incredible recipes (along with lifestyle tips) will enhance your beauty from head to toe.

    Item: 9270
  • THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO FARMING

    Are you interested in the country lifestyle or becoming more self-reliant? Do you think about someday raising livestock or growing crops? If you're ready to make these thoughts a reality, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Farming is the perfect place to start. Farming experts Philip Hasheider and Samantha Johnson explain farming from start to finish: build your own fence, repair your own machinery, and know what to look for when you're buying a tractor. Instead of buying a book on each subject area, you need just this one, which condenses the most important and relevant information on every aspect of running a farm into a single handy volume. Unlike other books, it's designed specifically for the owner of a working farm. This practical illustrated guide provides hard-won expert advice on raising livestock, growing crops, making repairs, harvesting and butchering, managing a woodlot, and more. It's everything you need to know to establish and maintain your farm.

    Item: 7404
  • THE FARMERS MARKET COOKBOOK: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ENJOYING FRESH, LOCAL, SEASONAL PRODUCE

    With detailed produce descriptions, storage tips, and preparation techniques, The Farmers Market Cookbook features more than 200 simple and delicious recipes ranging from traditional favorites to innovative creations. The Farmers Market Cookbook will help you engage your powers of creativity, learning, and experimentation – it’s the answer to every locavore’s perennial question…”What do I do with this?”

    Item: 7938
  • THE HIP GIRL'S GUIDE TO THE KITCHEN

    You can become a confident cook—even if the drawer with the take-out menus is the only part of your kitchen you currently use! Kate Payne shows you how to master basic cooking techniques—boiling, baking and sautéing—and simplifies the process of fancy ones, such as jamming and preserving, dehydrating, braising, roasting, infusing, and pickling. With this straightforward and fun guide, you can stock up your kitchen with the ingredients, tools and appliances you'll actually use. You'll also learn how to decode recipes and alter them to make them gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan.

    Item: 7799
  • THE INDEPENDENT FARMSTEAD

    Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture management. witty and welcoming style, The Independent Farmstead covers everything from choosing a species of ruminant and incorporating it into a grass-based system to innovative electric fencing and watering systems. Best of all, it’s the kind of rare how-to book that the authors themselves view not as a compendium of one-size-fits-all instructions but as “the beginning of a conversation,” one that is utterly informative, sincere, and inspiring.

    Item: 7979
  • THE INTELLIGENT GARDENER

    To grow produce of the highest nutritional quality the essential minerals lacking in our soil must be replaced, but this re-mineralization calls for far more attention to detail than the simple addition of composted manure or NPK fertilizers. The Intelligent Gardener demystifies the process while simultaneously debunking much of the false and misleading information perpetuated by both the conventional and organic agricultural movements. In doing so, it conclusively establishes the link between healthy soil, healthy food, and healthy people. This practical step-by-step guide and the accompanying customizable web-based spreadsheets go beyond organic and are essential tools for any serious gardener who cares about the quality of the produce they grow.

    Item: 6500
  • THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO OLD FASHIONED COUNTRY SKILLS

    Whether you’re a suburbanite looking to live more simply or a die-hard homesteader interested in taking your garden to the next level, this guide is packed with step-by-step instructions, useful tips, vintage photographs and illustrations, and time-honored wisdom … creating one of the most comprehensive books on country skills available. This book is compiled of tested and practical experience passed down from generations of farmers and homesteaders.

    Here readers can learn about:

    • Creating a vegetable garden
    • Canning and preserving
    • Keeping poultry
    • Soap making
    • Natural medicine
    • Bridge building
    • Farm mechanics
    • Crop rotation
    • Cattle and dairying
    • The basics of beekeeping
    • Foraging for wild food
    • Fertilizing, soils, drainage and irrigation
    • Building a barn
    • And much, much more!

    Success comes to the person who works the most efficiently … not simply the person who works the hardest. Learn invaluable advice and tips for how to create a sustainable lifestyle and live off the land.

    Item: 7416
  • THE VEGETABLE GARDENER'S BIBLE

    For more than a decade, this best-selling title has helped countless gardeners produce bountiful harvests of organic vegetables. Now, Ed Smith is back with a thoroughly revised and updated second edition, including coverage of 15 additional vegetables; an expanded section on salad greens; more attention to European and Asian vegetables; growing information on more fruits and herbs; new cultivar photographs; a much-requested section on extending the growing season into the winter months; and more. No vegetables are healthier, fresher, less expensive, or more local than the ones you grow in your own back yard. The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible will show you how.

    Item: 4651
  • VACUUM SEALER WITH ROLL CUTTER AND STORAGE

    This vacuum sealer is perfect for gardeners and home harvesters. With a roll cutter and built-in storage for the vacuum sealer bags, storing your meats and produce is easier than ever. Simply cut the bag to the size you need to fit your produce or meat and seal it! This vacuum sealer features a 110-watt motor, 22-inch HG vacuum strength, a port for vacuum canisters, and easy-to-use controls for pressure duration. Plus, it includes 6 1-quart bags, 4 1-gallon bags, and one 11’’ x 20 ft. roll for making custom sizes.

    Item: 9292

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