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SELF SUFFICIENCY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Dick & James Strawbridge
Hardcover

Price: $30.00

Taking its inspiration from John Seymour's best-selling classic, The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century brings the subject up to date by showing how to live a mor…

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Taking its inspiration from John Seymour's best-selling classic, The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century brings the subject up to date by showing how to live a more sustainable life that everyone can access, whether living in the city, the suburbs or the country. Sharing their experiences, tips and techniques, father-and-son team Dick and James Strawbridge show how to make the practical changes that will have a big impact on your life — without having to transform your lifestyle. Covering eco-projects, plant-by-plant and animal-by-animal identification, how to produce little or no waste and remove our dependence upon fossil fuels, and so much more, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century includes something for everyone — from urban apartment dwellers to suburbanites to those living in the countryside.

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THE SHEER ECSTASY OF BEING A LUNATIC FARMER

Joel Salatin
Paperback

Price: $25.00

Shunned by industrial farmers, vilified by corporate agri-business, and stalked by food police as being a lunatic, farmer-entrepreneur Joel Salatin enjoys the sheer ecstasy of being surrounded by happ…

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Shunned by industrial farmers, vilified by corporate agri-business, and stalked by food police as being a lunatic, farmer-entrepreneur Joel Salatin enjoys the sheer ecstasy of being surrounded by happy, frolicking animals, dancing earthworms, and appreciative customers.

His family's farm nestled in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley has achieved iconic status worldwide by featuring prominently in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Food. Inc., and the documentary, Fresh," as well as the runaway New York Times best-seller The Omnivore's Dilemma. From his own pen, Salatin explains both the rationale for the satisfaction from a solar-driven, pastured-based, locally-marketed, symbiotic, synergistic, relationally-oriented farm.

This book describes, with stories and evangelistic fervor, the breadth and depth of the paradigm differences between healing and exploitive food systems. A landscape and food policy epiphany awaits every reader.

About the author

Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm, arguably the nation's most famous farm since it was profiled in Michael Pollan's New York Times best-seller, The Omnivore's Dilemma and two subsequent documentaries, "Food, Inc.", and "Fresh." An accomplished author and public speaker, Salatin has authored seven books. Recognition for his ecological and local-based farming advocacy includes an honorary doctorate, the Heinz Award, and many leadership awards.


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BIRDFEEDERS SHELTERS & BATHS

Edward Baldwin
Paperback

Price: $15.95

Learn to control squirrels and other predators while attracting your favorite backyard birds, with more than 25 creative designs for birdfeeders, birdbaths, and even a roosting box.


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VETERINARY GUIDE FOR ANIMAL OWNERS, 2ND EDITION

C.E. Spaulding, Jackie Clay
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners is a guide for everyone who cares for or raises animals at home or on a farm — from the 4-H student to the home breeder to parents of a new puppy. The Veterinary Gui…

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Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners is a guide for everyone who cares for or raises animals at home or on a farm — from the 4-H student to the home breeder to parents of a new puppy. The Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners includes detailed chapters on cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, horses, cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, as well as hundreds of strategies for preventing and curing common problems. From nail care for cats and dogs to treating saddle sore on horses, from administering medication to caring for baby pigs, this is first-rate advice from a veterinarian that anyone can understand.

About the authors
C.E. Spaulding, D.V.M, studied veterinary medicine at Michigan State University and practiced veterinary medicine for more than thirty years. In addition, he owned his own farm animals, including horses, goats, poultry, pigs and cattle.

Jackie Clay is a trained veterinary field technician with more than 20 years of experience. She is also a prolific writer, having authored four books and hundreds of magazine articles. She is a regular writer for Backwoods Home Magazine, writing on animal care, gardening, canning and rural, self-reliant living. She lives on a remote homestead in northern Minnesota with her family and lots of animals.


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FENCES, GATES AND BRIDGES AND HOW TO BUILD THEM, 2ND EDITION

George A. Martin
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Fences, Gates, and Bridges, Second Edition, is your practical instruction guide to the best methods of building an incredible variety of fences, gates, and bridges for all regions and weather conditio…

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Fences, Gates, and Bridges, Second Edition, is your practical instruction guide to the best methods of building an incredible variety of fences, gates, and bridges for all regions and weather conditions.

Originally published in 1900, Fences, Gates, and Bridges, Second Edition features a section on fences that boasts an impressive medley of materials and designs, including the zigzag fence, the cheap and portable barbed-wire fence, and a sampling of sod and stone fences.

And what is a fence without a gate? The second segment of this fully illustrated book guides you through the making and setting of posts, as well as the construction and installation of swinging gates, sliding gates, pulley gates, and more.

The final section consists of information on a number of bridges, depicting a wide selection, designed for crossing gullies and culverts, as well as ornamental bridges for gardens and walkways.

Fences, Gates, and Bridges, Second Edition is a functional pocket manual and a testament to American ingenuity for all of your fencing, gating and bridging needs.


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SHELTERS, SHACKS AND SHANTIES AND HOW TO BUILD THEM, 2ND ED.

D.C. Beard
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Shelters, Shacks and Shanties, Second Edition presents lively, step-by-step tutelage on building all types of temporary and long-term accommodations from both natural and man-made materials. Originall…

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Shelters, Shacks and Shanties, Second Edition presents lively, step-by-step tutelage on building all types of temporary and long-term accommodations from both natural and man-made materials. Originally published in 1914, this practical classic is as essential a guide for today's modern homesteader as it was at the turn of the 20th century.

Included are instructions for dozens of worry-free shelters for you to choose from, including a sod house for the lawn, a treetop house, over-water camps, a bog ken and much more. Satisfying the builder's need for the creature comforts of home, it also provides tips on how to build hearths and chimneys, notched log ladders, and even how to rig a front door with a secret look. Illustrated throughout with a bounty of helpful line drawings, Shelters, Shacks and Shanties, Second Edition harkens back to the can-do spirit of the American frontier that still thrives today.


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HANDY FARM DEVICES AND HOW TO MAKE THEM, 2nd EDITION

Rolfe Cobleigh
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Handy Farm Devices, Second Edition, is as useful and pertinent for homesteaders and small-scale farmers today as it was when it was first published nearly 100 years ago. A wealth of labor- and money-s…

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Handy Farm Devices, Second Edition, is as useful and pertinent for homesteaders and small-scale farmers today as it was when it was first published nearly 100 years ago. A wealth of labor- and money-saving projects fills this century-old guide to low-tech property maintenance along with easy-to-follow instructions and practical illustrations. Within the pages of this book you will learn to make:

  • Spill-proof chicken wateres
  • Portable chicken coops
  • A lightweight orchard ladder
  • A small truss bridge
  • An easy fence-post and stump-puller
  • Gates that don't sag
  • Gates that lift over snowdrifts
  • A handy wood splitter
  • A bicycle-powered washing machine
  • And much more
Handy Farm Devices, Second Edition is a rare and engaging combination of nostalgic Americana and helpful instruction, sure to appeal to everyone inclined toward self-sufficiency and the country life.


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OLD SOUTHERN APPLES

Creighton Lee Calhoun, Jr.
Hardcover

Price: $37.13

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A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indis…

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A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Out of print for several years, this newly revised and expanded edition now features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928.

Author Lee Calhoun is one of the foremost figures in apple conservation in America. This masterwork reflects his knowledge and personal experience during more than 30 years, as he sought out and grew hundreds of classic apples, including both legendary varieties such as Nickajack and Magnum Bonum and little-known ones such as Buff and Cullasaga. Representing our common orchard heritage, many of these apples are at risk today by disappearing from our national table.

Illustrated with more than 120 color images of classic apples from the National Agricultural Library’s collection of watercolor paintings, Old Southern Apples is a fascinating and beautiful reference and gift book. In addition to A-to-Z descriptions of apple varieties, both extant and extinct, Calhoun provides a brief history of apple culture in the South, and includes practical information on growing apples and on their traditional uses.

About the author
Lee Calhoun lives in Chatham County, N.C., where he settled after a career in the military. During the past three decades he has sought out many old-time Southern apples and has grown more than 550 varieties himself. For many years he and his wife, Edith, operated Calhoun Nursery, which was a key resource for rare and regional apple varieties.


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GROWING TASTY TROPICAL PLANTS IN ANY HOME, ANYWHERE

L. Martin and B. Martin
Paperback

Price: $8.62

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Harvest tropical fruits and berries from your own houseplants! Enjoy fresh coffee brewed from beans grown in the kit…

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Harvest tropical fruits and berries from your own houseplants! Enjoy fresh coffee brewed from beans grown in the kitchen, juice from an orange picked in the living room, or pomegranate seeds from a tree in the dining room. It’s now possible in any climate. This book, from the co-owners of Logee’s Tropical Plants, gives you everything you need to successfully plant, grow and harvest 47 varieties of tropical fruiting plants—from chocolate to cherries, papaya to passion fruit, grapefruit to guava, pepper to pineapple. It’s easy, fun and rewarding—and local food has never been more exotic.


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MEAT: A BENIGN EXTRAVAGANCE

Simon Fairlie
Paperback

Price: $12.35

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Meat is a groundbreaking exploration of the difficult environmental, ethical and social issues surrounding the human consumption of animals, and the future of livestock in sustainable agriculture. Garnering huge praise in the U.K., this book answers the question: Should we be farming animals, or not? The answer is not simple; indeed, we must decrease the amount of meat we eat (both for the planet and for ourselves), and the industrial meat system is hugely problematic. Even so, author Simon Fairlie presents in-depth research in favor of small-scale, holistic, and integrated farming systems that include pastured, free-range livestock as the answer to the pro-meat or no-meat debate. George Monbiot, for example, a well-known environmental activist and supporter of veganism, has retracted his support for veganism after reading Meat. This is a life-changing book.

The issues this book addresses — food security, first and foremost — are being undermined by entities demanding rules and regulations in food matters without enough knowledge. Meat fills these gaps, and Fairlie’s data proves the solution is neither veganism nor our current model. In fact, Fairlie, a farmer in his own right, presents an agricultural and environmental theory that takes off where other work on vegetarianism and veganism have fallen short in their global scope. His research is based in deep permacultural theory, and a respect for natural systems that flourished long before corporate agriculture and animal factory farms. Most importantly, in the end, Fairlie shows humility in the face of unanswered questions — a rare and wonderful asset that has already invited global discussion among those who might otherwise sheer away from the topic. Meat is a crucial addition to the agricultural canon.

Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending books and products to readers. For more than 40 years, Mother Earth News has been North America's "Original Guide to Living Wisely," creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.

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