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31.

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: $18.95

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 tr…

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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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BIOSHELTER MARKET GARDEN

Darrell Frey
Paperback

Price: $34.95

To ensure food security and restore the health of the planet, we need to move beyond industrial agriculture and return to the practice of small-scale, local farming. Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permac…

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To ensure food security and restore the health of the planet, we need to move beyond industrial agriculture and return to the practice of small-scale, local farming. Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm describes the creation of a sustainable food system through a detailed case study of the successful year-round organic market garden and permaculture design at Pennsylvania’s Three Sisters Farm.

At the heart of Three Sisters is its bioshelter — a solar greenhouse which integrates growing facilities, poultry housing, a potting room, storage, kitchen facilities, compost bins, a reference library and classroom area. Bioshelter Market Garden examines how the bioshelter promotes greater biodiversity and is an energy-efficient method of extending crop production through Pennsylvania's cold winter months.

Both visionary and practical, this fully illustrated book contains a wealth of information on the application of permaculture principles. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Design and management of an intensive market garden farm
  • Energy systems and bio-thermal resources
  • Ecological soil management and pest control
  • Wetlands usage
  • Solar greenhouse design and management.
Whatever your gardening experience and ambitions, this comprehensive manual is sure to inform and inspire.

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THE BEST OF THE FARMER'S WIFE COOKBOOK

M. Keefe and K. Cornell
Hardcover

Price: $19.99

Long before the Internet and high-speed travel connected us all, The Farmer’s Wife magazine gave hard-working rural women a place to find — and share — advice about everything from raising chickens to…

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Long before the Internet and high-speed travel connected us all, The Farmer’s Wife magazine gave hard-working rural women a place to find — and share — advice about everything from raising chickens to running a farm kitchen. One of the magazine’s most popular offerings was advice on cooking and baking, providing farm family recipes for making everything from basic bread to nourishing stews and delicious desserts. The Best of The Farmer’s Wife Cookbook brings together 400 easy-to-follow recipes and variations along with dozens of menus that originated in farm kitchens nationwide and appeared on the pages of the magazine between 1893 and 1939.

Readers will be able to prepare these foods easily and quickly, because the recipes have been updated to match the conveniences and ingredients of the modern kitchen. The Best of The Farmer’s Wife Cookbook is sure to satisfy readers in search of the flavors of farm country or those simply on the lookout for a piece of homegrown nostalgia.

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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SAUSAGE MAKING

Monte Burch
Paperback

Price: $14.95

With The Complete Guide to Sausage Making, you can impress your family and friends by making all types of sausages in the comfort of your own kitchen. In an easy-to-follow manner, writer-outdoorsman Monte Burch explains how to make sausages using wild game and store-bought meats like pork, chicken and beef. Learn to make all sorts of delicious variations, including bratwurst, bologna, pepperoni, salami, liver and smoked sausages. With his advice, you can perfect and master the art of making sausages at home and be the envy of the neighborhood.

Follow the simple directions for treats such as Farm-Fresh Breakfast Sausage, Maple-Flavored Sausage, Hot Italian Sausage, Jalapeno-Cheese Venison Summer Sausage and Potato Sausage, or learn how to experiment with unique meat mixes and spice combination to make your own specialty recipes.

With Burch as your guide, you can master the art of making sausage and proudly present your family and friends with delectable creations.

About the author
Monte Burch is an award-winning freelance writer, photographer and illustrator. He has written for numerous magazines, including American Rifleman and Field &. Stream.

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1,001 OLD-TIME HOUSEHOLD HINTS

Editors of Yankee Magazine
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Whatever your grandma did to fix and maintain things around the house and garden, it probably worked. That’s because the old ways are often the best ways when it comes to solutions for everyday proble…

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Whatever your grandma did to fix and maintain things around the house and garden, it probably worked. That’s because the old ways are often the best ways when it comes to solutions for everyday problems, ideas for saving time, and handy advice for getting the job done. And that’s where 1,001 Old-Time Household Hints comes in. Find the best hints, tips and secrets for everything from cooking, cleaning and home maintenance to pet care, gardening and holiday celebrations. You’ll also find ways to adapt and improve some old-time methods. Discover an amazing variety of useful and clever ideas, including how to:

  • Clean copper pans, using buttermilk and salt
  • Make real sourdough bread the way the pioneers did
  • Fight wrinkles and create kissable lips
  • Use natural ingredients to repair your hair
  • Create your own unique perfume
  • Organize common space in your home
  • Use ivory soap for polishing silver and insect control
  • Safely separate drinking glasses that have been stuck together
  • And more!
With 1,001 Old-Time Household Hints on your kitchen table or nightstand, you’re always in the good company of an old-timer who’s ready to dispense a helpful hint, encouraging word, or sage secret at the turn of a page.

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ATTRACTING NATIVE POLLINATORS

Eric Mader
Paperback

Price: $29.95

The recent decline of the European honeybee, one of North America’s primary pollinators, poses a serious challenge to our food supply and ecological health. Close to 75 percent of all flowering plants…

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The recent decline of the European honeybee, one of North America’s primary pollinators, poses a serious challenge to our food supply and ecological health. Close to 75 percent of all flowering plants rely on pollinators in order to set seed or fruit, and from these plants comes a third of the planet’s food. What can you do to help? Attracting Native Pollinators shows you how to encourage the activity of pollinators other than honeybees by creating flowering habitats and inviting nesting sites. Anyone can do it! You’ll find comprehensive information on every kind of pollinator, instructions for building nesting structures, ideas for involving children, and an extensive list of resources. This is an essential reference book and action guide for anyone who is growing food or is concerned about the future of our food supply.

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