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Do you want to learn to turn food scraps into valuable compost? Do you believe in taking responsibility for the waste we create? People all over the world are turning their food scraps into nutrient-rich worm compost through starting their own worm bin. This book contains everything you need to get started worm composting in one easy-to-read book. Topics include what type of worms to buy, how to construct a bin, maintain the right environment, and how to foster a thriving worm herd. The Worm Bin Troubleshooting and FAQ sections cover the rest. The author demonstrates that worm composting is a year-round activity that is easy, fast, convenient, good for the earth, good for your plants, and fun.
Hut-Topia is a holistic DIY guide designed to help you along the path to creating a sustainable homestead and affordable dwelling. It provides perspectives on the history of small homes, building and zoning codes, as well as on being a landowner, how rural living is different than urban, examples of off-grid dwellings, and much more.
The first part of the book looks at right-sized towns. It explains how population influences townships and shows you how to locate and research a place that will work well for your plans. In the second part of the book, author Christopher Marshall explores owner-built shelters. He emphasizes livable space design and the planning steps to take before building, providing examples of affordable construction methods. The third part of the book is dedicated to off-grid power, water and food. Here, the design and planning covered in the second part of the book are expanded with dozens of off-grid methods and details you can use for your homestead.
Lost your zest for life? Feeling tired and sluggish? Need a health boost? Reach for a soothing cup of herbal tea and harness the extraordinary power of nature's most potent healing ingredients. With more than 70 expertly formulated recipes for tasty, soothing, caffeine-free infusions, this book will have you blending, brewing, and sipping your way to well-being. It also includes tips to help you get the most from your brew, as well as a comprehensive directory of herbal ingredients and their active properties and benefits.
Labor and related costs account for more than half of the price of the average home solar installation. But homeowners can save thousands of dollars with this user-friendly manual, which follows the same process professional contractors use. Through detailed directions and step-by-step photos, veteran solar installer Joseph Burdick and seasoned builder Philip Schmidt teach you how to determine the size, placement, and type of installation you’ll need. This comprehensive DIY guide covers everything from assembling rooftop racking or building a ground-mount structure to setting up the electrical connections and making a battery bank for off-grid systems.
Try a variety of tasty jerky treats made with meat, veggies, tofu and more!
Jerky has been a vital source of sustenance for centuries. But what started out as an important food for travelers and a way to safely preserve meat in the days before refrigeration has become the health nut's favorite snack, the hiker and sportsman's manna, the dieter's delight, and a boon for gourmet food sellers.
But why stop at beef, or even meat? 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. Yes, you heard it here first: You can make yummy pineapple jerky at home! Recipes for meat jerkies make low-calorie, high-protein treats that curb hunger pangs. Recipes for fruit and veggie jerkies make wholesome treats that will help pick you up when your energy is waning. Homemade jerky is a thing apart from its store-bought equivalents; most of these recipes are even compatible with paleo, Atkins and low-fat eating regimens.
Gourmet dehydrated meat is the most popular meat snack today. It’s low in fat and calories and high in protein, making it a favorite among hikers, hunters, bikers, skiers, and those on the go. Make beef jerky, venison jerky, and much more … all without preservatives with names you can’t pronounce. In this DIY guide to making your own jerky in an oven, smoker, or food dehydrator with beef, venison, poultry, fish, or even soy protein (ground or in strips), you’ll learn the basics for concocting a simple teriyaki marinade as well as easy gourmet recipes for such exotic jerky delights as Bloody Mary, chicken tandoori, mole, Cajun, and honeyed salmon jerky. The jerkies and recipes for using them were taste-tested by family, restaurant staff, friends, and show audiences. So pick up a copy of Jerky now to create your own great-tasting meat snacks!
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Disaster can strike at any time. How will your family stay warm, fed and sheltered during a power outage? Do you have an evacuation plan if you are forced to leave your home? Be prepared for the unexpected by following Kathy Harrison’s practical plan for emergency self-sufficiency. Learn how to evaluate, organize and rotate your food supply; pack an evacuation kit; protect important documents from fire; develop a communications system; make nutritious, delicious meals with canned and dried pantry items; use alternative heating sources; and entertain the kids without television or computers. Everything you need to know to survive when public services fail is covered in this essential guide to family preparedness.
Learn natural beekeeping from Europe's foremost beekeeping authority. Georges de Layens, inventor of the world's most popular horizontal hive, shares a lifetime of experience on how to get started in simplified beekeeping; choose the best hive model for you and your bees; manage your hives with just two visits per year; take advantage of horizontal hives and deep frames, and much more.