• POWER FROM THE WIND

    This is the essential wind power guide to those interested in taking advantage of this form of renewable energy.

    Item: 4144
  • GRIT ARCHIVE 2006-2017 USB

    We have compiled 12 years of Grit, bringing you all the best information to help you get the most out of living out where the pavement ends, and utilizing your backyard in town — delivered on a flash drive that plugs into the USB port on your favorite device. Questions about backyard chickens? No problem, use our search function to bring up all of Grit's relevant content! Whether cooking, crafting, woodworking, small-scale farming, gardening, livestock, pets or canning and freezing are on your mind, we have you well covered!

    As publishers, it’s our privilege to bring you content designed to help you get the most out of your lifestyle. By bringing together a diverse collection of articles and illustrations, we get the chance to share our vast archives with you, and to celebrate the work that you, our treasured readers, have enabled us to accomplish over the years.

    Today, as we forge ahead into a new and uncharted media landscape, we continue to invest in ways to deliver the most relevant and valuable content in the most efficient and innovative formats. This digital archive (updated with 2017 content) contains more than 9,200 articles formatted for optimal viewing on computers. From articles on growing the best heirloom tomatoes and which types of chickens you should raise, to stories that will help you choose the right machinery the first time, help with maintenance and show you how to choose and build fencing and so much more—you’ll find it all here! In addition to the ability to search the entire archive or browse by each month and year, the interface contains enhanced search features.

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    • Date range
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    We hope this digital archive provides you with endless hours of inspiring and practical advice as we continue our journey together.

    Item: 8642
  • GRIT ARCHIVE USB 2006-2016

    We have compiled more than 10 years of Grit, bringing you all the best information to help you get the most out of living out where the pavement ends, and utilizing your backyard in town — delivered on a flash drive that plugs into the USB port on your favorite device. Questions about backyard chickens? No problem, use our search function to bring up all of Grit's relevant content! Whether cooking, crafting, woodworking, small-scale farming, gardening, livestock, pets or canning and freezing are on your mind, we have you well covered!

    As publishers, it’s our privilege to bring you content designed to help you get the most out of your lifestyle. By bringing together a diverse collection of articles and illustrations, we get the chance to share our vast archives with you, and to celebrate the work that you, our treasured readers, have enabled us to accomplish over the years.

    Today, as we forge ahead into a new and uncharted media landscape, we continue to invest in ways to deliver the most relevant and valuable content in the most efficient and innovative formats. This digital archive contains more than 7,800 articles formatted for optimal viewing on computers. From articles on growing the best heirloom tomatoes and which types of chickens you should raise, to stories that will help you choose the right machinery the first time, help with maintenance and show you how to choose and build fencing and so much more—you’ll find it all here! In addition to the ability to search the entire archive or browse by each month and year, the interface contains enhanced search features.

    Search by:

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    • Exact phrases and word combinations
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    • The content of each individual article
    • Popular categories, such as DIY projects, backyard chickens, baking bread, creating the best garden soil and so much more.

    We hope this digital archive provides you with endless hours of inspiring and practical advice as we continue our journey together.

    Item: 8149
  • GRIT ARCHIVE 2006-2015 USB

    We have just compiled 10 years of GRIT, bringing you all the best information to help you get the most out of living out where the pavement ends, and utilizing your backyard in town—delivered on a thumb drive that plugs into the USB port on your favorite device. Questions about backyard chickens? No problem, use our search function to bring up all of GRIT’s relevant content! Whether cooking, crafting, woodwork, small-scale farming, gardening, livestock, pets or canning and freezing are on your mind, we have you well covered!

    Item: 7805
  • AGAINST THE GRAIN: HOW AGRICULTURE HAS HIJACKED CIVILIZATION

    In this provocative, wide-ranging book, Richard Manning offers a dramatically revisionist view of recent human evolution, beginning with the vast increase in brain size that set us apart from our primate relatives and brought an accompanying increase in our need for nourishment. For 290,000 years, we managed to meet that need as hunter-gatherers, a state in which Manning believes we were at our most human: at our smartest, strongest, and most sensually alive. But our reliance on food made a secure supply deeply attractive, and eventually we embarked upon the agricultural experiment that has been the history of our past 10,000 years.

    The evolutionary road is littered with failed experiments, however, and Manning suggests that agriculture as we have practiced it runs against both our grain and nature's. Drawing on the work of anthropologists, biologists, archaeologists, and philosophers, along with his own travels, he argues that not only our ecological ills (overpopulation, erosion, pollution) but our social and emotional malaise are rooted in the devil's bargain we made in our not-so-distant past. And he offers personal, achievable ways we might recontour the path we have taken to resurrect what is most sustainable and sustaining in our own nature and the planet's.

    Item: 7207
  • ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT

    In Any Way You Slice It, Stan Cox shows that rationing is not just a quaint practice restricted to World War II memoirs and 1970s gas station lines. Instead, he persuasively argues that rationing is a vital concept for our fragile present, an era of dwindling resources and environmental crises.

    Item: 6944
  • GRASS, SOIL, HOPE: A JOURNEY THROUGH CARBON COUNTRY

    This book tackles an increasingly crucial question: What can we do about the seemingly intractable challenges confronting all of humanity today, including climate change, global hunger, water scarcity, environmental stress and economic instability?

    The quick answers are: Build topsoil. Fix creeks. Eat meat from pasture-raised animals. Soil scientists maintain that a mere 2 percent increase in the carbon content of the planet's soils could offset 100 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions going into the atmosphere. But how could this be accomplished? What would it cost? Is it even possible?

    Yes, says author Courtney White, it is not only possible, but essential for the long-term health and sustainability of our environment and our economy.

    Right now, the only possibility of large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere is through plant photosynthesis and related land-based carbon sequestration activities. These include a range of already existing, low-tech, and proven practices: composting, no-till farming, climate-friendly livestock practices, conserving natural habitat, restoring degraded watersheds and rangelands, increasing biodiversity, and producing local food.

    In Grass, Soil, Hope, the author shows how all these practical strategies can be bundled together into an economic and ecological whole, with the aim of reducing atmospheric CO2 while producing substantial co-benefits for all living things. Soil is a huge natural sink for carbon dioxide. If we can draw increasing amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere and store it safely in the soil, we can significantly address all the multiple challenges that now appear so intractable.

    Item: 7054
  • GREEN IS GOOD

    Renewable energy guru Brian F. Keane walks you through the cost-benefit trade-offs that come with the exciting new technologies and introduces you to the revolutionary clean-energy products on the horizon, making the ins and outs of renewable energy easily accessible. He shows what you can do on every level to seize the opportunity and profit from it.

    Item: 7014
  • INDUSTRIAL EVOLUTION

    For many people, the word “industry” brings to mind images of sprawling factories belching toxic emissions in a blighted natural landscape. “Industrial” has become synonymous with pollution, human rights abuse, and corporate greed. In Industrial Evolution, Lyle Estill seeks to reclaim the term, with its original connotations of hard work, diligence and productivity, and to show how community-scale enterprise can create a vibrant, sustainable local economy. Industrial Evolution is a story of survival. It is about how the small group of committed entrepreneurs introduced in Small is Possible managed to keep their dream alive and thriving through the economic recession, emerging with a model of what a sustainable local economy might look like in a post carbon future. Compulsively readable and seasoned with light humor, this grassroots account demonstrates that ecological stewardship and enterprise at an appropriate scale can lay the foundation for abundance.

    Industrial Evolution skips the doom and gloom and is all about solutions. By showing that it is possible to take the big out of industry, this book motivates people to work together in a meaningful way. Filled with inspirational tales of success, failure, perseverance, and real world experiences that anyone can relate to, Industrial Evolution is a must-read for activists, organizers, politicians, and anyone who cares about resilient communities.

    Item: 5296
  • NATURE WARS

    For 400 years, explorers, traders, and settlers plundered North American wildlife in an escalating rampage, but in the 20th century an incredible turnaround took place. Conservationists created wildlife sanctuaries, restored habitats, and imposed regulations on hunters and trappers. Over decades, they nursed many wild populations back to health.

    Then, after World War II, something happened that conservationists hadn’t foreseen: sprawl. People moved into suburbs, and then kept moving outward. All the while, well-meaning efforts to protect animals allowed wild populations to burgeon out of control, causing damage costing billions, degrading ecosystems, and touching off disputes that polarized communities. The result is a mix of people and wildlife that should be an animal-lover’s dream, but often turns into a sprawl-dweller’s nightmare.

    Deeply researched, eloquently written, and perceptively humorous, Nature Wars expresses the need for organic reconnection with our natural ecosystem by offering a provocative look at how Americans created an inadvertent mess.

    Item: 7502
  • OVERFISHED OCEAN STRATEGY

    We all know the proverb about teaching someone to fish, but if there are no fish left, knowing how to catch them won’t do you any good. And that’s the position businesses are in today. Resources are being depleted at an alarming rate. The cost of raw materials is rising dramatically. We are, simply put, running out of things to take and places to trash.

    To survive in the long term, says Nadya Zhexembayeva, businesses need to make resource scarcity—the overfished ocean—their primary strategic consideration, not just a concern for their “green” division. Those managers who deeply understand and master this shift will be able to turn the new reality into a remarkable competitive advantage.

    Overfished Ocean Strategy offers five essential principles for innovating in this new reality. Zhexembayeva shows how businesses have been finding new opportunities in what were once considered useless byproducts, discovering resource-conserving efficiencies up and down their value chain, transferring their expertise from physical products to services, and developing ways to rapidly try out and refine these new business models. A business owner herself, Zhexembayeva fills the book with examples of companies that are already successfully navigating the overfished ocean, from established corporations such as BMW, Microsoft and Puma to newcomers such as Lush, FLOOW2 and Sourcemap.

    The linear, throwaway economy of today—in which we extract resources at one end, create products, and throw them away at the other—is rapidly coming to an end. A new economy is being born, one that takes this line and turns it into a circle. In every industry, creative minds are learning how to make money from reducing rather than expanding. Zhexembayeva shows how you can join them and avoid being left high and dry.

    Item: 7503
  • PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT

    In an era of corporate greed, Bob Moore’s philosophy of putting people before profit is a shining example of what’s right about America. Instead of selling out to numerous bidders who would have made him a very wealthy man, the founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods gave the $100 million company to his employees.

    Bob Moore’s gift on February 15, 2010 (his 81st birthday) gave hope to an American workforce rocked by a decade of CEOs behaving badly. The national media heralded the announcement as the “feel good story of the recession.” It was an example of a return to ethics in the workplace, but as the legions of fans of Bob’s whole grain natural products would argue, ethics and a sense of corporate responsibility didn’t “return” to Bob’s Red Mill, they never left.

    Most 60-year-old men who saw their business destroyed in an arson fire might have quit or faded away into retirement. Not Bob. After his wooden flour mill burned to the ground in 1988, he considered the 17 employees who counted on him for their livelihood, and started over. He rebuilt, and flourished. He grew the company to become the nation’s leading manufacturer of whole grain natural foods.

    Bob’s is an amazing story of overcoming challenges and making great comebacks. His wife, Charlee, was the inspiration to feed the family healthy natural foods, but it was a divine appointment with a random library book titled John Goffe’s Mill that began Bob’s love affair with the ancient art of milling, using stone wheels to slowly grind grains into nutritious whole wheat flours, cereals, and mixes. His unconventional thinking and passion for healthy living is an inspirational story for readers of all ages.

    Item: 6044

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