In a hectic world of mass-produced food, clothing, and entertainment, it’s easy to miss out on the simple pleasures of doing things for yourself. Meet Jenna Woginrich, a 26-year-old web designer who decided to take control of her life — what she ate, what she wore, and how she spent her free time. Learn a few basic country skills, she reasoned, and she would be able to produce at least some of the food and other resources she used every day. Made from Scratch tells the story of Woginrich's hilarious, heartbreaking, soul-satisfying journey, inspiring and entertaining readers who dream about a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Discover the joys of homesteading with Woginrich as she experiences the satisfaction of making bread, keeping chickens, keeping bees, sew clothing, grow vegetables and more!
Author: JENNA WOGINRICH
Ever think of making your own beauty products? In Make It Up, author Marie Rayma shares the recipes she has developed through years of trial, error, and testing to come up with the very best. This is real makeup and skin care: bright lipsticks, quality mineral powders, long-wearing eyeliners, and masks and cleansers that yield results. With easy-to-follow instruction, Make It Up provides more than 40 essential cosmetics and skin care projects so you can make just what you want, when you need it.
Author: Marie Rayma
Armed with wild-yeast-bearing totem sticks, readers will learn techniques for brewing sweet, semi-sweet and dry meads, melomels (fruit meads), metheglins (spiced meads), Ethiopian t’ej, flower and herbal meads, braggots, honey beers, country wines, and even Viking grog, opening the Mead Hall doors to further experimentation in fermentation and flavor.
Author: Jereme Zimmerman
In today's high-tech society, even the most advanced devices and systems are not fail-safe. Tools can break or wear out, batteries can go dead, and all sorts of malfunctions can render the modern conveniences we rely on totally useless. If quick replacements of failed items are not readily available, the ability to improvise and adapt in the workshop suddenly becomes very practical.
James Ballou, author of the best-selling Long-Term Survival in the Coming Dark Age, dramatically expands on the popular home workshop material in his first book to present a "makeshifter's" way of building and repairing things with only a pile of raw or salvaged materials, your hands and your mind. In this fascinating new book, he presents a wide range of unconventional, remarkably creative home workshop skills, including:
Ballou also gives extensive instruction in makeshift metalworking, practical calculating skills, resourceful salvaging, plus dozens of practical tips for the craftsman or handyman who might need this information in an emergency or who simply enjoys learning about alternative ways to handle home workshop projects.
Author: James Ballou
From foundation to finish, a wealth of information is available on sustainable construction methods. Entire volumes have been published on individual green and natural building techniques! But with so many different ideas from which to choose, there is no single resource that allows an owner or builder to quickly and objectively compare the merits of each system for their particular project.
Making Better Buildings cuts through the hype and provides the unvarnished facts about the upsides and downsides of the most widely discussed materials and technologies. Drawing on the real-world experiences of designer/builders, this comparative guide systematically and comprehensively examines each approach in terms of:
Each chapter is rounded out by a chart that summarizes the material in a quick and accessible manner.
Whether you are an owner preparing to build a green or natural home, or a conventional contractor determined to integrate sustainable alternatives into your existing construction practices, this up-to-the minute resource will help you make the best decisions for your project, while meeting your energy, efficiency, budgetary and site-specific needs.
Author: Chris Magwood
Making Heirloom Toys includes a collection of toys that can be cherished for generations to come. Suitable for anyone interested in making their own toys, the step-by-step projects in this guide range from the simple to more complex.
Author: Jim Makowicki
Other books tell us how to live the good life … but you might have to win the lottery to do it. Making Home is about improving life with the real people around us and the resources we already have. While encouraging us to be more resilient in the face of hard times, author Sharon Astyk also points out the beauty, grace and elegance that result, because getting the most out of everything we use is a way of transforming our lives into something much more fulfilling.
Written from the perspective of a family who has already made this transition, Making Home shows readers how to turn the challenge of living with less into settling for more: more happiness, more security and more peace of mind. Learn simple but effective strategies to:
We must make fundamental changes to our way of life in the face of ongoing economic crises and energy depletion. Making Home takes the fear out of this prospect, and invites us to embrace a simpler, more abundant reality.
Author: Sharon Astyk
Published in the year 2000, Making Plant Medicine has become a preferred herbal reference for learning to make standard herbal tinctures, teas, syrups, oils, salves, and poultices. The fourth edition includes 28 new herbs, including aloe vera, andrographis, Ashitaba, brahmi, Chameleon plant, hops, osha, and rhodiola. May your personalized copy soon be anointed with the happy splatter of homemade herbal remedies!
Author: Richo Cech
Market Farming Success is a comprehensive overview of the direct-marketing business, written expressly for those just getting started. It identifies the key problem areas of this multifaceted business and shows how to avoid the obstacles. It will help the aspiring or beginning farmer advance quickly and confidently through the inevitable learning curve of starting a new business.
The author is the editor and publisher of the Growing for Market newsletter, and she condenses decades of growing experience from every part of the country.
Market Farming Success focuses on the factors that are common to growers everywhere and offers professional advice, including:
Author: Lynn Byczynski
This kit is perfect for beginners or as a gift. Including enough product to make four batches at the same times, plus the all natural Pickle Packer, the value of this starter kit cannot be beat. Packed thoughtfully, and sold with a free download of a step-by-step guide, this product is sure to convert anyone curious about fermenting their own foods. Kit includes: - 4 Pickle Pebbles (Wide) - 4 Pickle Pipes (Wide) - 1 Pickle Packer The Pickle Pipe is a super simple one-piece waterless airlock that allows gas to escape as necessary without letting any contaminants back flow into the jar, and it screws into place using any standard mason jar band. FDA food-grade certified, waterless, dishwasher-safe, and more compact... the Pickle Pipe is the natural evolution of the mason jar airlock. Once screwed into place, you can forget about the Pickle Pipe for days, or even weeks. There is no need to "burp" your jars manually each day, fumble with multi-piece airlocks, or monitor the "moat" of water-based airlocks. It is truly a "set and forget" solution. Pickle Pebbles have been specifically designed for use with fermentation and take the guess work out of your lacto ferments by ensuring your veggies stay below the surface of the brine thereby eliminating exposure to oxygen (which is the main cause of failure when using lacto fermenting methods). Pickle Pebbles PLUS+ are designed for use in wide mouth canning jars, and can also be used in traditional ceramic crocks. With the Pickle Pebble PLUS+, one weight is often enough to keep veggies below the brine. Dimensions: 2.75" diameter with 0.75" thickness. Pickle Pebbles are made of non-iridized soda glass which is completely inert and guarantees that no other substances leach into your ferment. The Pickle Packer has been specifically designed for small-batch fermentation of sauerkraut and other veggies in both wide-mouth and regular-mouth mason jars. Measuring 10" tall, 2.5" at the wide end and 2" at the opposite end, our unique design allows both ends to be used for packing vegetables for your ferments. This allows the Pickle Packer to be used in a wide variety of fermenting jars and containers. Pickle Packers are made from all natural untreated Acacia wood and finished with a food-safe mineral oil to seal and protect. We chose to use Acacia wood not only because of its renowned strength (2x as strong as maple) and durability, but also because it is sustainable and eco-friendly. Here is an Editorial review from our very own Hannah Kinkaid. Hannah is managing editor for Heirloom Gardener and senior editor for Mother Earth News. Editorial review: The Masontops Fermentation Kit included everything I needed to easily transform my spare wide-mouth canning jars into the ultimate fermentation vehicles. I love that the pickle pipes release extra air so I don’t have to burp my jars every day. (I sometimes forget to burp my jars and then I get paranoid that they’ll explode, so this took away that stress factor.) The glass weights are just the thing for keeping my fermentation materials submerged to prevent mold from growing. I had been scavenging around my house for rocks, discs, and other small weights to use informally, and now I don’t have to even think about finding an impromptu and food-safe weight. The acacia wood vegetable tamper packed everything down perfectly and felt really nice in my hands. The wood is smooth and soft, and I felt like I put more intention and might behind my fermentation preparation because I was using a tool that I enjoyed. Overall, I was really happy with the fermentation kit and I would definitely recommend it to my friends and other fermentation hobbyists.
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The Pickle Packer has been specifically designed for small-batch fermentation of sauerkraut and other veggies in both wide-mouth and regular-mouth mason jars. Measuring 10" tall, 2.5" at the wide end and 2" at the opposite end, our unique design allows both ends to be used for packing vegetables for your ferments. This allows the Pickle Packer to be used in a wide variety of fermenting jars and containers. Pickle Packers are made from all natural untreated Acacia wood and finished with a food-safe mineral oil to seal and protect. We chose to use Acacia wood not only because of its renowned strength (2 x as strong as maple) and durability, but also because it is sustainable and eco-friendly. Care Instructions: Hand wash with warm soapy and water only. Occasional oiling (using food-safe mineral oil) may help to lengthen the life of this product. Not dishwasher safe and should never be allowed to stand in water as it may damage the wood. The Pickle Packer used together with the Pickle Pebbles, ensure consistent high-quality results from your home ferments. VERIFIED FERMENT-SAFE AND LEAD-FREE. -Made from all natural acacia wood - Acacia wood is a sustainable and eco-friendly crop and is one of the hardest woods available -Double-sided design fits both wide-mouth and regular-mouth mason jars -10" tall, 2.5" at wide end, 2" at smaller end -Helps remove air and draw out moisture to get your ferments off to a good start -Specifically designed for small-batch fermentation in mason jars and fido jars
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Pickle Pebbles have been specifically designed for use with fermentation and take the guess work out of your lacto ferments by ensuring your veggies stay below the surface of the brine thereby eliminating exposure to oxygen (which is the main cause of failure when using lacto fermenting methods). While a single Pickle Pebble is often enough to keep veggies below the brine, they can also be stacked to provide extra weight. Pickle Pebbles are made of non-iridized soda glass which is completely inert and guarantees that no other substances leach into your ferment. VERIFIED FERMENT-SAFE AND LEAD-FREE -Clear Glass Fermentation Weights -Lead-Free, Food-Grade and Non-Porous Glass Ferment Weights -2 1/4 " Diameter x 1/2 " Thick -Fits regular mouth mason jars as well as Fido jars -4 Pebbles Included in a Gift Box
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