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    91.

    WHAT THE ANIMALS TAUGHT ME

    Stephanie Marohn
    Paperback

    Price: $11.10

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    What the Animals Taught Me brings together stories about rescued farm animals at a shelter in Sonoma County, Calif.,…

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    What the Animals Taught Me brings together stories about rescued farm animals at a shelter in Sonoma County, Calif., and shows what these animals can teach us. Each story illustrates how animals can help us reconnect with the natural world … and see and embrace others as they truly are.

    Wishing to escape the urban rat race, freelance writer and editor Stephanie Marohn moved to rural northern California in 1993. Life was sweet. She was a busy freelancer. In return for reduced rent, she fed and cared for two horses and a donkey. Her life was full.

    And then, more farm animals started to appear: a miniature white horse, a donkey, sheep and chickens, followed by deer and other wildlife. Each one needed sanctuary, either from abuse, physical injury or neglect. Marohn took each animal in and gradually turned her 10-acre spread into an animal sanctuary.

    Each chapter of What the Animals Taught Me focuses on a particular animal that became part of Marohn's life. She shares what she learned from the sheep she rescued from an animal collector, the abused donkey she helped nurse back to health, and many others. Her book reminds us that animals have much to teach us about love, compassion, trust, and so many of the other qualities we so often try to cultivate in ourselves.


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    CREATING THE LOW-BUDGET HOMESTEAD

    Steven D. Gregerson
    Paperback

    Price: $25.00

    If you've ever thought about pursuing a self-sufficient lifestyle on your own rural homestead or survival retreat but feared you didn't have the money or skills to do it, you simply must read this boo…

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    If you've ever thought about pursuing a self-sufficient lifestyle on your own rural homestead or survival retreat but feared you didn't have the money or skills to do it, you simply must read this book. It’s a gold mine of practical steps and instructions to take you from dreaming about an off-grid, independent lifestyle to living one!

    There are hundreds of things to think about before planning and starting your new life, and this book will save you valuable time and money by steering you down productive paths and making you carefully consider others. Just some of the areas it covers include:

    • 4 rules for defining your goals for your homestead or retreat
    • Creative ways to find inexpensive rural property to buy
    • The essential tools, vehicles and skills you will need to succeed
    • 10 rules for a self-sufficient garden
    • Designing the off-grid home so it's warm in winter and cool in summer
    • Questions you must ask before investing in farm animals, livestock or even pets
    • 9 rules for getting along with your country neighbors
    • Tips for working smart, being realistic and avoiding burnout


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    UNCLE DAVE'S COW

    Leslie Miller
    Paperback

    Price: $12.51

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    As folks like Michael Pollan and Joel Salatin have been preaching for years, commercial meat production isn't good f…

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    As folks like Michael Pollan and Joel Salatin have been preaching for years, commercial meat production isn't good for the animals, our bodies or the planet. Yet the organic, sustainably raised pork, beef and lamb one finds at supermarkets and specialty stores are often pricey, and the marketing labels can be beyond confusing. What if you just want to eat meat as healthfully and enjoyably as possible, all while sticking to a budget?

    Uncle Dave's Cow: And Other Whole Animals My Freezer Has Known shows you how to find and evaluate local farmers, form a buying group, plan out cuts and quantities, store and preserve your purchases, and dish up an entire animal one part at a time. Author Leslie Miller, a busy Seattle mother who hails from a long lineage of Central Washington farmers, shows readers how to go whole hog (or cow, or goat, or lamb, for that matter) as she takes the reader along on her own educational journey – from the moment she locates and buys her first pig, all the way to her last forkful of tender pulled pork. Miller explores local farmers markets and 4-H fairs, talks to dedicated farmers and butchers, and explains how even her children connect to the cow in the freezer. By sharing her whole-food experiences, she allows readers to connect to the source of their food, while her 45 original recipes show how to cook mouthwatering meals from the abundance of whole animals.

    Written with urban charm and a knife-sharp sense of humor, Uncle Dave's Cow is a friendly and accessible guide to sourcing and eating local meat for parents, foodies, and everyone who wants to learn how to be a well-prepared consumer and cook through to the bone.


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    THE NEW HORSE-POWERED FARM

    Stephen Leslie
    Paperback

    Price: $39.95

    In an era when fuel is a primary concern, draft horses are seen by many as the solution to small-scale, resilient farming with a closed-loop system. Horses bring farmers back to the roots of what it m…

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    In an era when fuel is a primary concern, draft horses are seen by many as the solution to small-scale, resilient farming with a closed-loop system. Horses bring farmers back to the roots of what it means to work the land and presents a viable model for a small farm that lasts, while offering enjoyment for the whole family. This is the first book of its kind, offering wisdom and techniques for using horse power on the small farm or homestead, from longtime horse farmer Stephen Leslie.

    The New Horse-Powered Farm sets the stage for incorporating draft power on the farm by presenting tips on getting started with horses, care of the work horse, different horse-training systems, and the merits of different draft breeds. The novice teamster is introduced to the basic tools of horse-drawn tillage and cultivation used for profitable horse-powered farming, with a spotlight on whole-farm management, as well as information on haying with horses, raising small grains, managing the woodlot, farm education, agritourism, and more.

    Incorporated throughout are profiles of more than a half-dozen farms that epitomize some exciting new trends in agriculture and highlight the new and old horse-drawn equipment used for profitable market gardening, including contributions directly from the farmers about what works and what doesn't. The novice teamster is introduced to the specifics of horse-drawn tillage and cultivation of the market garden, and using horses in the woodland. Recent studies on the economics of horse-powered market gardening and a comparison between horse-, human- and tractor-powered systems have been included to help round out the picture. The resources section lists contact info for teamster schools, books, draft-animal publications, annual events, equipment manufacturers, parts and repairs, and more. A must-have for any farmer, homesteader, or teamster seeking to work with draft power in a closed-loop farming system.


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    BUDDY: HOW A ROOSTER MADE ME A FAMILY MAN

    Brian McGrory
    Hardcover

    Price: $13.20

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    Author Brian McGrory's life changed drastically after the death of his beloved dog, Harry: He fell in love with Pam,…

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    Author Brian McGrory's life changed drastically after the death of his beloved dog, Harry: He fell in love with Pam, Harry's veterinarian. Although McGrory’s only responsibility used to be his adored Harry, Pam came with accessories that could not have been more exotic to the city-loving bachelor: a home in suburbia, two young daughters, two dogs, two cats, two rabbits, and a portly, snow white, red-crowned-and-wattled step-rooster named Buddy. While Buddy loves the women of the house, he takes McGrory's presence as an affront, doing everything he can to drive out his rival. Initially resistant to elements of his new life and to the loud, aggressive rooster (who stares menacingly, pecks threateningly, and is constantly poised to attack), McGrory eventually sees that Buddy shares the kind of extraordinary relationship with Pam and her two girls that he wants for himself. The rooster is what McGrory needs to be – strong and content, devoted to what he has rather than what might be missing. As McGrory learns how to live by living with animals, Buddy changes from nemesis to inspiration in this inherently human story of love, acceptance and change.

    In the tradition of best-sellers such as Marley and Me, Dewey and The Tender Bar comes a heartwarming and wise tale of finding love in life’s second chapter – and how it means all the more when you have to fight for it.


    96.

    THE GRASSFED GOURMET COOKBOOK

    Shannon Hayes
    Paperback

    Price: $22.95

    "Farming is a world of its own," writes author and grass-based farmer Shannon Hayes, "tied more to the ebb and flow of nature than to the pulse of changing food trends." Take a passionate journey with…

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    "Farming is a world of its own," writes author and grass-based farmer Shannon Hayes, "tied more to the ebb and flow of nature than to the pulse of changing food trends." Take a passionate journey with The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook through the lush, emerald-green fields of America's best pasture-based farms, where cattle, pigs, bison, goats, sheep, and poultry roam freely, eating what nature intended and acting on their natural instincts.

    In The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, Hayes details her own journey from farmer to foodie and back to the farm again. She lays out, in simple terms, the nutritional, environmental, social, and animal-welfare benefits of grass-fed foods and offers simple strategies for finding and preparing grass-fed meats and dairy products, as well as foolproof techniques for getting the most out of your purchases. Inside The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, you'll discover the unique flavors and distinct characteristics of foods that come from animals raised on pasture. You'll learn how meat and dairy products are meant to taste through a multitude of mouthwatering recipes, including Hayes' own and her favorites from other pasture-based farmers. Each recipe is carefully selected and tested, and geared toward home cooks who have a desire to eat healthy, home-cooked meals.


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    PLOWING WITH PIGS

    Oscar H. Will & Karen K. Will
    Paperback

    Price: $24.95

    Order your copy, signed by authors Oscar H. Will III and Karen K. Will, today! Fueled by a failing economy and a passionate desire for a return to simpler times, a new wave of homesteaders is seeking…

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    Order your copy, signed by authors Oscar H. Will III and Karen K. Will, today! Fueled by a failing economy and a passionate desire for a return to simpler times, a new wave of homesteaders is seeking the good life, and the kind of true satisfaction that can only be built, not bought. Many of these modern pioneers are cash poor, but rich in energy and creativity. Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions offers them a set of fresh ideas for achieving independence through sweat equity and the use of unconventional resources.

    This highly readable and entertaining guide brings together answers to common problems faced by homesteaders young and old, urban, suburban, and rural. Traditional knowledge is combined with MacGyver-style ingenuity to create projects that maximize available resources, including:

    • Animal management strategies for the yard, garden, and field
    • Pole building and construction techniques from woodlot materials
    • Replacing farm machinery with homemade hand tools and implements
    • Leveraging increased self-sufficiency into a home-based business
    Whether you are a dreamer or a doer, Plowing with Pigs will inspire, challenge, and enable you to do more with less (and have fun doing it).

    About the authors:
    Oscar H. Will III is a farmer, scientist, and author, known for seeking and implementing creative farmstead solutions. His commercial agricultural production experience includes alfalfa sprouts, hay, beef cattle, free-range poultry (meat and eggs), native perennial plants, trees, cut flowers and vegetables. The editor-in-chief of Grit Magazine, Hank has published hundreds of articles and 5 books on a range of topics including antique farm machinery.

    Karen K. Will is editor of The Heirloom Gardener magazine and operates Prairie Turnip Farm in Osage County, Kan., with her husband Oscar H. Will III. She is a freelance writer, photographer and blogger, and the author of Cooking with Heirlooms: Seasonal Recipes with Heritage-Variety Vegetables and Fruits.


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    REINVENTING THE CHICKEN COOP

    Matthew Wolpe, Kevin McElroy
    Paperback

    Price: $19.95

    Backyard chickens meet contemporary design! Matthew Wolpe and Kevin McElroy give you 14 complete building plans for chicken coops that range from the purely functional to the outrageously fabulous. On…

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    Backyard chickens meet contemporary design! Matthew Wolpe and Kevin McElroy give you 14 complete building plans for chicken coops that range from the purely functional to the outrageously fabulous. One features a water-capturing roof, another pays homage to mid-Modern architecture, and still another sports a built-in composting system. Some designs suit beginning builders, while others are challenging enough for experts. Full-color photographs and detailed construction illustrations accompany the step-by-step building plans.


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    STARTER COOPS

    Wendy Bedwell-Wilson
    Paperback

    Price: $14.95

    Starter Coops provides clear, detailed instructions for building and maintaining backyard chicken coops. Before bringing home chickens, hobbyists must first build a housing structure for their soon-to…

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    Starter Coops provides clear, detailed instructions for building and maintaining backyard chicken coops. Before bringing home chickens, hobbyists must first build a housing structure for their soon-to-be flock. This how-to guide offers everything there is to know about building a chicken coop, from deciding which type of structure fits your purpose and financial needs to adding the appropriate color and décor. Author Wendy Bedwell-Wilson also goes beyond the building of the coop to offer information about routine maintenance and troubleshooting tips for managing bugs and varmints. This book offers a solution to any issue that may arise when building and caring for your chicken coop. With its entertaining yet precise and practical tone, Starter Coops is the perfect guide for novice, small-scale chicken owners.


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    HATCHING & BROODING YOUR OWN CHICKS

    Gail Damerow
    Paperback

    Price: $24.95

    If you want to incubate, hatch and brood chicks yourself, rather than buying them from a hatchery, this is the guide you need. Poultry authority Gail Damerow explains exactly how to hatch healthy baby…

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    If you want to incubate, hatch and brood chicks yourself, rather than buying them from a hatchery, this is the guide you need. Poultry authority Gail Damerow explains exactly how to hatch healthy baby chickens, ducklings, goslings, turkey poults and guinea keets, addressing everything from selecting a breed and choosing the best incubator to ensuring proper setup and sanitary conditions, understanding embryo development, and feeding and caring for newborn chicks in a brooder. This is an indispensable reference for any poultry raiser, whether you want to hatch three eggs or 100.

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