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  • DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECTS TO GET YOU OFF THE GRID

    Do-It-Yourself Projects to Get You Off the Grid illustrates just how simple it can be to make your own backyard chicken coop, or turn a wine barrel into a rainwater collector. Illustrated with dozens of full-color photographs per project accompanying easy-to-follow instructions, this collection utilizes the best that the online community has to offer, turning a far-reaching group of people into a mammoth database churning out ideas to make life better, easier, and, in this case, greener, as this volume exemplifies.

    Item: 9091

    Author: Noah Weinstein

    Format: Paperback

  • ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HEALING

    All over the world, people are turning toward homeopathic and alternative medicines. Essential Oils for Healing is an easy-to-use guide for anyone who wants to learn how to use essential oils to heal a multitude of illnesses. Ailments are listed in alphabetical order and are accompanied by hundreds of recipes you can re-create at home using the essential oils at your disposal. Tips on safe handling and usage, contraindications, and storage ensure that even the most novice of essential oils user can get the healing benefits from our planet's natural resources. Did you know that a few drops of lavender oil can be added to your children’s shampoo to protect them from head lice? Or that a drop of clove oil mixed with orange oil can relieve a mind-numbing toothache? Common, everyday problems (such as nausea, dry skin, and insect bites) to more serious issues (including migraines and arthritis) are included, along with all-natural remedies that are simple and accessible.

    Item: 7984

    Author: Michele McDaniel & Vannoy Lin

    Format: Paperback

  • HIGH VITAMIN LOOSE LEAF TEA

    High Vitamin loose-leaf tea blend will become your favorite simple, delicious, and healthy tea. It’s specially formulated with herbs, including oatstraw, nettle, chickweed, and more, that are rich in vitamins and minerals +. This tea also tastes delicious, which makes it easy to drink your daily health.

    How to Use:
    Each container of Mockingbird Meadows’ loose-leaf tea comes with a reusable muslin tea bag, so you don’t need to worry about finding or buying a strainer. To make one cup of tea, add 2 to 3 teaspoons of loose-leaf tea to the muslin strainer, and submerge the tea bag in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes, covered. Remove the tea bag, and enjoy. To make 1 quart of tea, add 3 to 4 tablespoons of loose-leaf tea to the muslin bag and submerge in 1 quart of hot water. Steep, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes. Make your herbs last even longer by re-steeping each bag a few times before composting the spent material and then rinsing your muslin bag.

    Item: 8672

    Author: MOCKINGBIRD MEADOWS

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • HOLISTIC GOAT CARE

    Goats have provided humankind with essential products for centuries; indeed, they bear the noble distinction of being the first domesticated farm animal. From providing milk and meat for sustenance and fiber and hides for clothing and shelter to carrying packs and clearing brush, there isn’t much that goats cannot do. Managing goats successfully requires an understanding of how nature designed them to thrive, including nutritional and psychological needs, as well as how to identify a problem and intercede before it’s too late.

    For more than a decade, Gianaclis Caldwell and her family have operated Pholia Farm Creamery, an off-grid, raw milk goat cheese dairy. In Holistic Goat Care, Caldwell offers readers a comprehensive guide to maintaining a healthy herd of goats, whether they are dairy goats, meat goats, fiber goats, or pet goats. Holistic Goat Care will empower even novice goat owners to confidently diagnose and treat most of the ailments that goats might experience. For the experienced goat farmer, the book offers a depth of insight and approaches to treatment not found in any other book. Caldwell places special emphasis throughout on holistic, natural, and alternative approaches to caring for goats, including information on:

    • Handling and managing goats using their natural instincts as an asset
    • Developing good farm management practices, such as appropriate housing and fencing systems and manure and mortality management
    • Making feeding decisions based on understanding goats’ ruminant digestive system and their evolutionary needs
    • Growing forage and garden crops as feed and utilizing wild browse
    • Troubleshooting health problems based on assessing symptoms
    • Implementing advanced health procedures such as pain control, fecal testing, and transplanting rumen microbes from healthy to sick goats
    • Diagnosing, treating, and preventing more than 75 common goat ailments

    Whether your herd is two or two hundred, this first-of-its-kind, comprehensive book will help you keep your goats healthy, safe, and productive, and give you a deep and enjoyable insight into the wondrous creature that is the goat.

    Item: 8244

    Author: Gianaclis Caldwell

    Format: Hardcover

  • HOMEGROWN & HANDMADE - 2ND EDITION

    Food recalls, dubious health claims, scary and shocking ingredients in health and beauty products. Our increasingly industrialized supply system is becoming more difficult to navigate, more frightening, and more frustrating, leaving us feeling stuck choosing in many cases between the lesser of several evils. Author Deborah Niemann offers healthier, more empowering choices, by showing us how to reclaim links in our food and purchasing chains, to make choices that are healthier for our families, ourselves, and our planet. In this fully updated and revised edition of Homegrown and Handmade, Deborah shows how making things from scratch and growing some of your own food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a more authentic life. Whether your goal is increasing your self-reliance or becoming a full-fledged homesteader, it’s packed with answers and solutions to help you rediscover traditional skills, take control of your food from seed to plate, and much more. This comprehensive guide to food and fiber from scratch proves that attitude and knowledge is more important than acreage. Written from the perspective of a successful, self-taught modern homesteader, this well-illustrated, practical, and accessible manual will appeal to anyone who dreams of a more empowered life. Deborah Niemann presents and teaches extensively on topics ranging from soapmaking to livestock care. She and her family raise livestock for meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provide fruit and vegetables. Deborah is also the author of Raising Goats Naturally.

    Item: 8443

    Author: DEBORAH NIEMANN

    Format:

  • ICE MELT - 9.5 LB SHAKER JUG

    Don't let ice and snow shake you up! You will be ready with an army of ice melt shaker jugs. Keep one in your car emergency kit; buy a second for the entry way or patio. • Handy shaker jug for easy application • Melts ice to -16°F • Covers 2,700 square feet • Safer for pets • Non-toxic to fish, aquatic life and watersheds • Biodegradable • Does not promote algae blooms in rivers, lakes, bays or wetlands • Does not harm lawns, vegetation, hardscapes or cured concrete when used as directed • Leaves no greasy residue on floors

    Item: 8471

    Author: NATURAL ALTERNATIVE

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • JERKY EVERYTHING

    Jerky Everything encompasses not only a variety of dried meat snacks but also veggie and fruit jerkies. Forget the ho-hum beef sticks of the past, Jerky Everything offers tasty dried treats for every palate, with flavors that range from orange beef to cheddar bacon to piña colada.

    Item: 7833

    Author: Pamela Braun

    Format: Paperback

  • KILNER BUTTER CHURNER

    The Kilner butter churner offers the easy way to make homemade butter. Simply place whipping cream into the butter churner, turn the handle, and in as little as 10 minutes you can enjoy fresh and delicious butter.

    Item: 8994

    Author: Kilner

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • LIGHTS ON: THE NON-TECHNICAL GUIDE TO BATTERY POWER WHEN THE GRID GOES DOWN

    Following the simple plans in Lights On will ensure that you are safe and secure during widespread long-term power outages. The United States electric grid is at greater risk today than ever before. From aging infrastructure, severe weather, and EPA mandated closure of coal-fired power plants to solar storms, digital sabotage, terrorism, and electromagnetic pulse attacks, future outages are almost certain. And they will likely last far longer and cover much larger areas than anything experienced in the past. When the grid is down and you run out of fuel for your generator, and all the stores are closed, then what? Lights On has the solution. Energy expert Jeffrey Yago lays out the lost history of early residential battery power and delves into just how durable and universal battery-powered devices are. Battery-powered devices can provide lighting, communications, refrigeration, safety, and entertainment when all else fails. Yago covers the multiple ways to keep your batteries recharged and ready to go. There are many books and magazines on emergency preparedness, survival, solar power, and disaster planning, which show strong public interest in these topics. However, many offer brief introductions to each topic. Lights On provides easy-to-understand, detailed information on having a plan of action for setting up a battery-powered home in advance of widespread and sustained power outages. This is the only book you need to be prepared to keep your refrigerator running, your lights on, and much more.

    Item: 8259

    Author: Jeffrey Yago

    Format: Paperback

  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS BREAD

    Roll up your sleeves, warm up your oven, and find a new favorite bread with help from the recipes found in the updated cookbook, Bread Mother Earth News!

    The timeless allure of fresh bread has been part of MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine since 1970, when they published their first issue. In Bread, the editors have collected their very best recipes and techniques. You'll find all the classics, including rustic white, whole-wheat sandwich bread, and sourdough.

    Item: 9094

    Author: Karen K. Will

    Format: Paperback

  • SIMPLE & NATURAL SOAPMAKING

    With this new comprehensive guide, herbalist Jan Berry offers everything the modern-day enthusiast needs to make incredible botanical soaps. Beginners can join in the sudsy fun with detailed tutorials and step-by-step photographs for making traditional cold-process soap and the more modern hot-process method with a slow cooker. Jan presents 50 easy, unique soap recipes with ingredients and scents inspired by the herb garden, veggie garden, farm, forest and more. Sample soap recipes you won’t want to miss are Lavender Milk Bath Bars, Sweet Honey & Shea Layers Soap, Creamy Avocado Soap, Citrus Breeze Brine Bars, Mountain Man Beard & Body Bars and Classic Cedarwood & Coconut Milk Shave Soap. Featured resources are Jan’s handy guides to common soapmaking essential oils and their properties, oil and milk infusions with healing herbs and easy decoration techniques. The book also contains Jan’s highly anticipated natural colorants gallery showcasing more than 50 soaps that span the rainbow. Soap crafters of all levels will enjoy referencing this book for years to come.

    Item: 8432

    Author: JAN BERRY

    Format: Paperback

  • STEPHANIE TOURLES'S ESSENTIAL OILS

    This friendly, accessible introduction to the 25 most versatile oils for health and wellness highlights the key characteristics of lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, and other popular oils. You’ll learn how to blend and apply these highly concentrated aromatherapy oils for use from head to toe.

    Item: 9036

    Author: Stephanie Tourles

    Format: Hardcover

  • SUSTAINABLE MARKET FARMING

    Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. At the same time, most books and resources about food production aim at the backyard and hobby gardener, who simply want to supplement their family's diet with a few homegrown fruits and vegetables. Targeted at serious growers in every climate zone, Sustainable Market Farming acts as a comprehensive manual for small-scale farmers raising organic crops sustainably on a few acres.

    Informed by the author's extensive experience growing a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit to feed the approximately 100 members of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia, this practical guide provides:

    • Detailed profiles of a full range of crops, addressing sowing, cultivation, rotation, succession, common pests and diseases, harvest and storage
    • Information about new and efficient techniques, season extension, and disease-resistant varieties
    • Farm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterprise

    Whether you are a beginning market grower or an established enterprise seeking to improve your skills, Sustainable Market Farming is an invaluable resource and a timely book for the maturing local agriculture movement.

    Item: 6579

    Author: Pam Dawling

    Format: Paperback

  • THE DROUGHT RESILIENT FARM

    Rainfall levels are rarely optimal, but there are hundreds of things you can do to efficiently conserve and use the water you do have and to reduce the impact of drought on your soil, crops, livestock, and farm or ranch ecosystem.

    Item: 9033

    Author: Dale Strickler

    Format: Paperback

  • THE EMERGENCY PANTRY HANDBOOK

    The Emergency Pantry Handbook by cooking expert and readiness enthusiast Kate Rowinski offers tips, techniques, and advice on how to keep your family safe, well-fed, and fully supplied in the event of any crisis. With simple instructions, Rowinski demonstrates how to create an emergency strategy; how to protect your house, documents, and keepsakes; and how to prepare for specific disasters. Offering a unique twist on preparation handbooks, Rowinski focuses on food storage and cooking; put simply, how to plan nutritional emergency meals and avoid “making due” on canned meats and chocolate bars.

    Item: 9135

    Author: Kate Rowinski

    Format: Paperback

  • THE FRUGAL HOMESTEADER

    Build your homesteading dreams with all the affordable DIY innovations, tips, and stories you need to successfully set out on a path to self-sufficiency. Raise and grow your own food, connect with nature, and consume less while producing more! The Frugal Homesteader is a fun, inspirational, and educational guide filled with a lifetime of learning that comes along with becoming a homesteader.

    Item: 9067

    Author: John Moody

    Format: Paperback

  • THE PREPPER'S WATER SURVIVAL GUIDE

    No source is left untapped in this all-encompassing guide to supplying lifesaving water after a disaster. Of all the resources needed after a catastrophe strikes (food, heat, electricity, communication, and transportation) none are as important as water! While a substantial supply should be stored, the size and weight of water make storage impractical for long-term survival. Therefore it’s critical to know how to acquire and purify additional water supplies over time. This guide addresses all of these factors and more with straightforward instruction.

    Suitable for novice and expert preppers alike, this book’s laser-sharp focus on water allows for a depth of information not found in any other guide.

    Item: 8893

    Author: DAISY LUTHER

    Format: Paperback

  • THE YEAR-ROUND VEGETABLE GARDENER

    Fresh salads in February? Absolutely! The first frost no longer has to be the end of your growing season. Author Niki Jabbour gardens in Nova Scotia, where short summers and low levels of winter sunlight create the ultimate challenge for food gardeners. Her simple techniques will have you harvesting fresh vegetables in every month of the year, no matter where you live. You’ll learn how to select the best varieties for each season, master the art of succession planting, and make inexpensive protective structures that keep vegetables viable and delicious through the colder months.

    Item: 5832

    Author: Niki Jabbour

    Format: Paperback

  • UNIVERSAL HERBAL BALM

    Invaluable around the house, Mockingbird Meadows’ Universal Balm provides relief for small cuts, scrapes, bumps, bruises, and bites. + Unlike commercial preparations, this Universal Balm is safe for young children and animals because it’s even safe to ingest.

    How It’s Made:
    The owners of Mockingbird Meadows slowly infuse high-quality olive oil with organic hops and chamomile combined with their own farm-grown rose petals. Next, they add chemical-free beeswax to the infused oil, and finally they top off the concoction with a few drops of high-quality lavender, bergamot, and chamomile essential oils.

    Item: 8678

    Author: MOCKINGBIRD MEADOWS

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

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