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Enjoy the Health Benefits of Tea: 3 Herbal Teas to Prevent Illness

Instead of reaching for conventional cold and cough medicines, try drinking a cup of herbal tea to soothe or prevent minor ailments.

Best Herbs for the Common Cold: Runny Nose Herbal Tea

This tea opens bronchial passages, helps fight viruses, and reduces watery secretions from the eyes and nose.

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THE COMMUNITY-SCALE PERMACULTURE FARM

The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm describes not only the history of the D Acres project, but its evolving principles and practices that are rooted in the land, its inhabitants and the joy inherent in collective empowerment.

For almost 20 years, D Acres of New Hampshire has challenged and expanded the common definition of a farm. As an educational center that researches, applies and teaches skills of sustainable living and small-scale organic farming, D Acres serves more than just a single function to its community. By turns it is a hostel for travelers to northern New England, a training center for everything from metalworking and woodworking to cob building and seasonal cooking, a gathering place for music, poetry, joke-telling and potluck meals, and much more.

While this book provides a wide spectrum of practical information on the physical systems designed into a community-scale homestead, author Josh Trought also reviews the economics and organizational particulars that D Acres has experimented with over the years.

The D Acres model envisions a way to devise a sustainable future by building a localized economy that provides more than seasonal produce, a handful of eggs and green appliances. With the goal of perennial viability for humanity within their ecosystem, D Acres is attempting an approach to sustainability that encompasses practical, spiritual and ethical components. In short: They are trying to create a rural community ecology that evolves in perpetuity.

No other book contains such a wealth of innovative ideas and ways to make your farm or homestead not only more sustainable, but more inclusive of, and beneficial to, the larger community. Readers will find information on such subjects as:

  • Working with pigs to transform forested landscapes into arable land
  • Designing and building unique, multifunctional farm and community spaces using various techniques and materials
  • Creating and perpetuating diverse revenue streams to keep your farm organization solvent and resilient
  • Receiving maximum benefits and yields for the farm without denigrating resources or the regional ecology
  • Implementing a fair and effective governance structure
  • Constructing everything from solar dehydrators and cookers to tree houses and ponds
  • Connecting and partnering with the larger community beyond the farm
Emphasizing collaboration, cooperation and mutualism, this book promises to inspire a new generation of growers, builders, educators, artists and dreamers who are seeking new and practical ways to address today’s problems on a community scale.

$40.00

MEDITERRANEAN COOKING

Food is key to the relaxed and healthy way of life in the Mediterranean, a region that offers us a stunning variety of delicious dishes to enjoy. Mixing traditional classics with inspired contemporary variations, this tempting collection includes all those you would expect (vegetable dips and mezze, fresh salads and sides, tagines, kebabs, and roasts) as well as others that could become your new favorites. With more than 150 beautiful color photographs of recipes that have been triple-tested for success every time, these dishes are ideal for large dinner parties as well as intimate gatherings.

$19.95