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Best-selling author Melissa Caughey knows that backyard chickens are like any favorite pet — fun to spend time with and fascinating to observe. Her hours among the flock have resulted in this quirky, irresistible guide packed with firsthand insights into how chickens communicate and interact, use their senses to understand the world around them, and establish pecking order and roles within the flock. Combining her up-close observations with scientific findings and interviews with other chicken enthusiasts, Caughey answers unexpected questions such as Do chickens have names for each other? How do their eyes work? and How do chickens learn?
Author: Melissa Caughey
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.
Author: HENRY OWEN
For more than four decades, the self-described “contrary farmer” and writer Gene Logsdon commented on the state of American agriculture. In Letter to a Young Farmer, his final book of essays, Logsdon addressed the next generation: young people moving back to the land to enjoy a better way of life as small-scale “garden farmers.” It’s a lifestyle that isn’t defined by accumulating wealth or by the “get big or get out” agribusiness mindset. Instead, it’s one that recognizes the beauty of nature, cherishes the land, respects our fellow creatures, and values rural traditions. It’s one that also looks forward and embraces “right technologies,” including new and innovative ways of working smarter, not harder, and avoiding premature burnout.
Author: GENE LOGSDON
Livestock Protection Dogs provides comprehensive information on livestock guard dogs. This popular guide covers the selection, training and care of guardian dogs; flock guardian dogs; and profiles of guardian dog breeds. Specific tips offer instruction for guarding sheep, guarding bird flocks and exotic livestock, and temperament testing potential guardian dog puppies. Livestock Protection Dogs can help you reduce loss from livestock predators. Ranchers, farmers, hobby farm owners and anyone with animals will be interested in using guardian livestock dogs as an ecologically sound and economical alternative for livestock protection.
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Author: O. Dawydiak & D. Sims
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 craft of home cheesemaking is exploding in popularity. However most “beginner” books are essentially loosely organized collections of recipes that lack a progressive approach to teaching the fundamentals of this exciting and satisfying traditional skill. Mastering Basic Cheesemaking provides a complete hands-on guide to making cheese and other fermented dairy products from scratch, geared toward helping the novice cheesemaker develop the intuition and abilities needed for success, especially in the real world of the home kitchen.
Author: Gianaclis Caldwell
Roll up your sleeves, warm up your oven, and find a new favorite bread with help from the recipes found in the updated cookbook, Bread Mother Earth News!
The timeless allure of fresh bread has been part of MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine since 1970, when they published their first issue. In Bread, the editors have collected their very best recipes and techniques. You'll find all the classics, including rustic white, whole-wheat sandwich bread, and sourdough.
Author: Karen K. Will
This Mother Earth News Collector Series provides all the knowledge needed to grow your own quick and simple organic garden! It starts with a guide for beginners, takes you through maintaining your garden naturally, and even teaches you how to store what you harvest.
Discover the benefits of planning your garden, find 10 fascinating facts about edible plants, learn about the best seeds for a bigger, better garden and gardening advice for every season!
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This unique chart presents gardening events in a "time phased" format so that it is possible to see at a glance the entire planting, growing and harvesting period. It shows proper indoor and outdoor planting times relative to spring and fall frost dates for 22 common garden vegetables. Since frost dates vary from region to region, the chart will slide, making it useful in most parts of the northern Hemisphere where frost is a critical gardening factor. The front of the chart shows the spring season, and the other side acts as a guide for fall gardeners. Frost dates are included in the directions. A must for new gardeners. View the video to see how it works!
Author: Clyde Majerus
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Finding the right body, bath, and hair products can be a daunting task, and trying to pick out the best option in a sea of labels with ingredients you’re not sure how to pronounce is never easy. However, with the help of Janice Cox and her book, Natural Beauty from the Garden, finding the right products to fit your needs is not only easy but fun!
Author: JANICE COX
Award-winning author Temple Grandin is famous for her groundbreaking approach to decoding animal behavior. Now she extends her expert guidance to small-scale farming operations. Grandin’s fascinating explanations of how to analyze herd animals’ behavior and of how to understand how they think — (describing their senses, fears, instincts, and memories) — will help you handle your livestock more safely and effectively. You’ll learn to become a skilled observer of animal movement and behavior, and detailed illustrations will help you set up simple and efficient facilities for managing a small herd of 3 to 25 cattle or pigs, or 5 to 100 goats or sheep.
Author: TEMPLE GRANDIN
Aquaponic farming — raising fish and vegetables together commercially — is the most promising innovation for a sustainable, profitable, localized food system. Until now, systems have largely focussed on warm-water fish such as tilapia. A lack of reliable information for raising fish and vegetables in the cool climates of North America and Europe has been a major stumbling block. The Aquaponic Farmer is the game changer. Built around a proven 120' greenhouse system operable by one person, the book distills vast experience and complete step-by-step guidance for starting and running a cold-water aquaponics business. Coverage includes: •A primer on cold-water aquaponics •Pros and cons of different systems •Complete design and construction of a Deep Water Culture system •Recommended and optional equipment and tools •System management, standard operating procedures, and maintenance checklists •Maximizing fish and veg production •Strategies for successful sales and marketing of fish and plants As the only comprehensive commercial cold-water resource, The Aquaponic Farmer is essential for farmers contemplating the aquaponics market, aquaponic gardeners looking to go commercial, and anyone focused on high quality food production.
Author: Southern & King