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CITY CHICKS

Patricia Foreman
Paperback

Price: $22.50

Chickens have become the mascot of the local food movement. A desire for sustainable, clean, wholesome food and superior soil quality has led more and more suburban and city dwellers to keep lying hens in their backyards and gardens. Across America municipalities are allowing, and even encouraging, residents to keep laying hens within city limits.

Learn how you can:

  • Have fresh, heart-healthy eggs, daily from your backyard home flock.
  • Employ your chicken's "skill set" as garden workers, organic pesticiders, herbiciders, fertilizers, compost creators and top soil enhancers.
  • Take the best care of your flock and become a Chicken Whisperer.
  • Save millions of tax payer dollars by using chickens to divert food and yard waste from landfills and waste management systems.
  • Be a Primary Poultry Health Care Practitioner to save on vet bills. The Poultry's Pharmacy shows you how to make and use effective, inexpensive home treatments.
  • Draft and pass local laws allowing laying hens within your town or city.
  • Avoid roosters and why you don't want them.
  • Do much, much more with chickens than you ever thought possible, including outrageous chicken tricks.

Learn how others:

  • Have built urban chicken tractors, hen huts, condos and chicken chateaus to blend in with neighborhood landscape and architecture.
  • Join in urban eco-agri-tourism with annual coop & garden home tours for fund raising.
  • Start or join local poultry clubs.
  • Keep small flocks to help preserve endangered breeds of chickens.
  • Draft and pass local laws allowing laying hens within their town's limits.

By the co-author of Chicken Tractor, Backyard Market Gardening and Day Range Poultry. City Chicks is a revolutionary way of keeping and using chickens by thinking "outside the coop" and "inside the city". More than 100 photos, drawings, and tables give visual clarity.

The imaginative and entertaining style of writing is combined with hands-on, real-life experience to bring you one of the most complete and authoritative books on micro-flock management.


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THE BACKYARD GOAT

Sue Weaver
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Whether you want to raise goats for their milk and fiber or keep them as pets or companion animals, this book covers all the essentials. You’ll learn how to choose the right goats for your needs and s…

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Whether you want to raise goats for their milk and fiber or keep them as pets or companion animals, this book covers all the essentials. You’ll learn how to choose the right goats for your needs and space, house and feed them, keep them healthy, and train them to do simple tricks, pull and drive carts, and serve as pack goats. You’ll also learn how to milk, shear, breed, raise newborn kids, and more. The Backyard Goat makes it easy to enjoy the benefits of owning a goat or two, with no experience necessary.

About the author
Sue Weaver began writing in 1969, when she sold her first article to The Western Horseman. Since then she’s written hundreds of magazine articles and eight books about livestock, horses and chickens, including Storey’s Guide to Raising Miniature Livestock, The Backyard Goat and The Donkey Companion. Weaver and her husband share their ridgetop farmette in the southern Ozarks with an array of animal friends, including poultry, sheep, goats, horses, a donkey who thinks she’s a horse, two llamas, a pet razorback pig and two steers — a Jersey-Holstein and a water buffalo, both of whom Weaver is training to ride and drive.


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THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO HUNTING DEER FOR FOOD

Jackson Landers
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Hunting deer is the most inexpensive, environmentally friendly way to acquire organic, grass-fed meat. Even if you’ve never held a gun before, author Jackson Landers can show you how to supplement you…

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Hunting deer is the most inexpensive, environmentally friendly way to acquire organic, grass-fed meat. Even if you’ve never held a gun before, author Jackson Landers can show you how to supplement your food supply with venison taken near your home. He addresses everything a new hunter needs to know: how to choose the correct rifle and ammunition, how to hunt effectively and safely, and what to do if something goes wrong. He includes chapters on field dressing and butchering after the kill, recipes for using the meat, and a chapter on the politics and psychology of hunting. Whether you hunt to be more self-sufficient, to eat the safest and most nutritious meat possible, to protect the environment, or to save money, this book is the perfect guide.

About the author
Jackson Landers was born into a vegetarian household and never tasted a cheeseburger until age ten. As an animal lover, his desire to avoid factory-farmed meat led him to take up hunting as an adult. He teaches classes and workshops on locavore hunting and home butchering. He lives in Keswick, Va.


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A LANDOWNER'S GUIDE TO MANAGING YOUR WOODS

Hansen, Severson, Waterman
Paperback

Price: $19.95

This introductory resource explains how to sustainably manage a wooded property, whether it’s a few acres in the suburbs or a small commercial forest. Readers will learn how to identify the type, heal…

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This introductory resource explains how to sustainably manage a wooded property, whether it’s a few acres in the suburbs or a small commercial forest. Readers will learn how to identify the type, health and quality of their trees and woodland; how to plant, prune and thin trees; how to improve their ecosystem by creating trails, adding water and diversifying; how to improve wildlife habitat; and how to increase enjoyment and use of the land by harvesting timber, cutting firewood, building wildlife blinds, making maple sugar, growing Christmas trees, hunting and more.


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THE LIFE CYCLES OF BUTTERFLIES

Judy Burris, Wayne Richards
Paperback

Price: $7.45

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Witness the life cycles of 23 common backyard butterflies through more than 400 stunning, full-color,…

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Witness the life cycles of 23 common backyard butterflies through more than 400 stunning, full-color, up-close photographs, all taken in live garden settings. Each butterfly is shown from start to maturity, with sequential photographs of the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and emerging butterfly — a richly visual guide to one of nature's most wondrous creations.


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LIVESTOCK GUARDIANS

Janet Vorwald Dohner
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Keep sheep, goats, and other livestock safe from predators with guardian dogs, donkeys and llamas. Highly effective, economical, and nonviolent, livestock guardians can be the perfect solution to many…

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Keep sheep, goats, and other livestock safe from predators with guardian dogs, donkeys and llamas. Highly effective, economical, and nonviolent, livestock guardians can be the perfect solution to many farmers’ predation problems. This definitive resource offers breed-by-breed descriptions, detailed coverage of proper guardian/livestock bonding, and thorough training and problem-solving advice. Real-life stories of farmers effectively using guard animals help readers get acquainted with these amazing animals.

About the author
Janet Vorwald Dohner has raised and worked with guardian dogs for 26 years. She has been involved in every stage of the process — from training puppies to bonding the dogs to the sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys and horses on her own farm. Dohner is the past vice president of the Kangal Dog Club of America.


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MAKING TRANSPARENT SOAP

Catherine Failor
Paperback

Price: $14.95

With common ingredients and easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, crafters can produce transparent soaps that are milder, richer and creamier than any commercial soap on the market.

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With common ingredients and easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, crafters can produce transparent soaps that are milder, richer and creamier than any commercial soap on the market.

About the author:
Catherine Failor has been making soap for more than 20 years. Her entrepreneurial ventures include Copra Soap, a specialty soap manufacturing company, and Milky Way Molds, which produces “the finest selection of craft molds in the Milky Way Galaxy.” She is the author of Making Transparent Soap and Making Natural Liquid Soaps.


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WOODSWALK

Henry W. Art, Michael Robbins
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Written by an expert naturalist and a nature journalist, WoodsWalk offers guided tours for all four seasons in North America, highlighting special creatures, conditions, and events every step of the w…

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Written by an expert naturalist and a nature journalist, WoodsWalk offers guided tours for all four seasons in North America, highlighting special creatures, conditions, and events every step of the way. With enough identification information on trees, terrain, plants and wildlife for a hundred walks in the woods, this book is the complete first primer for the inquisitive young naturalist.


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THE FEAST NEARBY

Robin Mather
Hardcover

Price: $24.00

Within a single week in 2009, food journalist Robin Mather found herself on the threshold of a divorce and laid off from her job at the Chicago Tribune. Forced into a radical life change, she returned…

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Within a single week in 2009, food journalist Robin Mather found herself on the threshold of a divorce and laid off from her job at the Chicago Tribune. Forced into a radical life change, she returned to her native rural Michigan.

There she learned to live on a limited budget while remaining true to her culinary principles of eating well and as locally as possible. In The Feast Nearby, Mather chronicles her year-long project: preparing and consuming three home-cooked, totally seasonal, and local meals a day -- all on $40 a week.

With insight and humor, Mather explores the confusion and needful compromises in eating locally. She examines why local often trumps organic, and wonders why the USDA recommends white bread, powdered milk and instant orange drinks as part of its “low-cost” food budget program.

Through local eating, Mather forges connections with the farmers, vendors and growers who provide her with sustenance. She becomes more closely attuned to the nuances of each season, inhabiting her little corner of the world more fully, and building a life richer than she imagined it could be.

The Feast Nearby celebrates small pleasures: home-roasted coffee, a pantry stocked with home-canned green beans and homemade preserves, and the contented clucking of laying hens in the backyard. Mather also draws on her rich culinary knowledge to present nearly 100 seasonal recipes that are inspiring, enticing and economical -- cooking goals that don’t always overlap -- such as Pickled Asparagus with Lemon, Tarragon, and Garlic; Cider-Braised Pork Loin with Apples and Onions; and Cardamom-Coffee Toffee Bars.

Mather’s poignant, reflective narrative shares encouraging advice for aspiring locavores everywhere, and combines the virtues of kitchen thrift with the pleasures of cooking -- and eating -- well.

Robin is the senior associate editor of Mother Earth News.

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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SEARS ROEBUCK & CO.; THE BEST OF 1905-1910 COLLECTIBLES


Paperback

Price: $17.95

Take a hundred–year excursion into the past when all your wishes and whims could be found within the pages of a Sears, Roebuck, & Co. catalogue. Whether you lived in Manhattan, New York, or Manhattan, Kansas, a new camera, a grand piano, and even the latest medical supplies were only a mail order away with your Sears catalogue. Florida Water, Liquid Skin, hammer–less revolvers, bankers' shears, travelling bags, bridging telephones, and the Acme Triumph Six–Hole Steel Range (which was the "The Wonder of the Stove World" according to the ad copy) could all be had for reasonable prices.

In this compilation of the best collectibles from the 1905 through 1910 Sears catalogs, readers will find everything the early–twentieth–century American needed to outfit home, office, medicine chest, or craft workshop. A useful resource for artists, antiques dealers, and history buffs, this title is certain to make any reader feel nostalgic for simpler times. From the department introductions and the descriptions of Sears' warehouses and factories to the hundreds of merchandise–filled pages, readers will find treasures on every page of Sears, Roebuck, & Co.: Best Collectibles from the 1905–1910 Catalogues.

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