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31.

EARTHBAG BUILDING

Kaki Hunter & Donald Kiffmeyer
Paperback

Price: $29.95

More than 70% of Americans cannot afford to own a code-enforced, contractor-built home. This has led to widespread interest in using natural materials — straw, cob and earth — for building homes and o…

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More than 70% of Americans cannot afford to own a code-enforced, contractor-built home. This has led to widespread interest in using natural materials — straw, cob and earth — for building homes and other buildings that are inexpensive, and that rely largely on labor rather than expensive and often environmentally-damaging outsourced materials.

Earthbag Building, a Mother Earth News Book for Wiser Living, is the first comprehensive guide to all the tools, tricks and techniques for building with bags filled with earth — or earthbags. Having been introduced to sandbag construction by the renowned Nader Khalili in 1993, the authors developed this "Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique" over the last decade. A reliable method for constructing homes, outbuildings, garden walls and much more, this enduring, tree-free architecture can also be used to create arched and domed structures of great beauty — in any region, at home, in developing countries or in emergency relief work.

This fully-illustrated guide first discusses the many merits of earthbag construction, and then leads the reader through the key elements of an earthbag building:

  • Special design considerations
  • Foundations, walls and floors
  • Electrical, plumbing and shelving
  • Lintels, windows and door installations
  • Roofs, arches and domes
  • Exterior and interior plasters


With dedicated sections on costs, making your own specialized tools, and building code considerations, as well as a complete resources guide, Earthbag Building is the long-awaited, definitive guide to this uniquely pleasing construction style.

About the contributors:

Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer have been involved in the construction industry for the last 20 years, specializing in affordable, low-tech, low-impact building methods that are as natural as possible. Together, over the last nine years they developed the "Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique" of building affordably with earthbags. They have taught the subject and contributed their expertise to several books on natural building.


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Mother Earth News Archive CD Vol. 2: 1980 - 1989

MOTHER EARTH NEWS
CD Rom (learn more)

Price: $19.95

The second 10-year CD from Mother's Amazin' Archive compiles nearly 3,000 articles from the January 1980 through November 1989 issues of Mother Earth News, 1980-1989.

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The second 10-year CD from Mother's Amazin' Archive compiles nearly 3,000 articles from the January 1980 through November 1989 issues of Mother Earth News, 1980-1989.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

This CD is designed to run on PC and Mac platforms. Please note this DVD is not compatible with the latest upgrade of Mountain Lion (Mac OS 10.8), in particular Java 7, and the latest version of Snow Leopard Java for Mac v10.6 update 13 (13.9.2).

You will need one of the following setups to run this CD:

  • With an IBM-compatible computer: Microsoft® Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) or newer; with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 or newer. You also will need Java Virtual Machine (VM) version 1.3 (free download from www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp) or newer browser plug-in with Java enabled on your browser and computer.
  • With an Apple Computer: Mac OS X with Safari 3.2.525.27.1 or newer and Java. Use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java for your Mac.
  • For Mac OS 9.2.2, this CD must be run in Netscape 7.0.2 with Apple MRJ 2.2.5 (Both available free from www.versiontracker.com.)
  • A CD-ROM drive (auto-start should be enabled).
This CD also operates with Mozilla 1.4 and Opera 7 browsers.


33.

THE SELF-SUFFICIENT LIFE AND HOW TO LIVE IT: Revised Edition

John Seymour
Hardcover

Price: $35.00

This is the key reference to living off the land. Packed with practical information and tried-and-tested tips, author John Seymour's visionary handbook explains how to reap the harvest, respect the la…

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This is the key reference to living off the land. Packed with practical information and tried-and-tested tips, author John Seymour's visionary handbook explains how to reap the harvest, respect the land, stay healthy and waste nothing.

The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It teaches all the skills needed to live independently: harnessing natural forms of energy, raising crops and keeping livestock, preserving foodstuffs, making beer and wine, basketry, carpentry, weaving, and much more.

This new expanded edition includes 150 new full-color illustrations and a special section in which Seymour, the father of the back-to-basics movement, explains the philosophy of self-sufficiency and its power to transform lives and create communities. More relevant than ever in our high-tech world, The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It is the ultimate practical guide for realists and dreamers alike.

Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is recommending books to readers. For 40 years, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has been North America’s “Original Guide to Living Wisely,” creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.


34.

THE HERBAL HOME REMEDY BOOK

Joyce A. Wardwell
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Acquire herbal healing wisdom with this guide to gathering, drying, storing, and blending 25 common herbs. Create your own all-natural home medicine cabinet filled with teas, tinctures, salves, syrups…

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Acquire herbal healing wisdom with this guide to gathering, drying, storing, and blending 25 common herbs. Create your own all-natural home medicine cabinet filled with teas, tinctures, salves, syrups and lozenges.


35.

THE GARDENER'S WEED BOOK: EARTH SAFE CONTROLS

Barbara Pleasant
Paperback

Price: $14.95

This easy-to-use refrence from gardening expert Barbara Pleasant covers the pros and cons of weeds, recommends proven organic methods for controlling unwanted weeds, and presents an illustrated encycl…

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This easy-to-use refrence from gardening expert Barbara Pleasant covers the pros and cons of weeds, recommends proven organic methods for controlling unwanted weeds, and presents an illustrated encyclopedia of dozens of the most common weeds.


36.

MAKING AND USING DRIED FOODS

Phyllis Hobson
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through the process of drying and storing more than 100 kinds of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and herbs. There are even complete plans for building your…

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Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through the process of drying and storing more than 100 kinds of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and herbs. There are even complete plans for building your own food dryer. As seen in the Seed Savers Exchange catalog.


37.

THE EDIBLE HERB GARDEN

Rosalind Creasy
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Rosalind Creasy is a name to be trusted in the field of growing and cooking with herbs. This book is full of practical information and personal experience, with plenty of detail on how to take your he…

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Rosalind Creasy is a name to be trusted in the field of growing and cooking with herbs. This book is full of practical information and personal experience, with plenty of detail on how to take your herbs from the garden to the table with panache.


38.

HOLY COWS & HOG HEAVEN

Joel Salatin
Paperback

Price: $17.95

Fun writing from farmer Joel Salatin on what you need to know about buying local and organic, and raising animals humanely. This book was written for everyone who buys and eats food.


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Mother Earth News Archive CD Vol. 3: 1990 - 1999

Mother Earth News
CD Rom (learn more)

Price: $19.95

The third 10-year CD from Mother's Amazin' Archive nearly 1,000 articles from the January 1990 through December 1999 issues of Mother Earth News.

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This CD is…

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The third 10-year CD from Mother's Amazin' Archive nearly 1,000 articles from the January 1990 through December 1999 issues of Mother Earth News.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

This CD is designed to run on PC and Mac platforms.Please note this DVD is not compatible with the latest upgrade of Mountain Lion (Mac OS 10.8), in particular Java 7, and the latest version of Snow Leopard Java for Mac v10.6 update 13 (13.9.2).

You will need one of the following setups to run this CD:

  • With an IBM-compatible computer: Microsoft® Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) or newer; with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 or newer. You also will need Java Virtual Machine (VM) version 1.3 (free download from www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp) or newer browser plug-in with Java enabled on your browser and computer.
  • With an Apple Computer: Mac OS X with Safari 3.2.525.27.1 or newer and Java. Use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java for your Mac.
  • For Mac OS 9.2.2, this CD must be run in Netscape 7.0.2 with Apple MRJ 2.2.5 (Both available free from www.versiontracker.com.)
  • A CD-ROM drive (auto-start should be enabled).
This CD also operates with Mozilla 1.4 and Opera 7 browsers.


40.

AROMATHERAPY: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE HEALING ART

Kathi Keville & Mindy Green
Paperback

Price: $19.99

This complete guide presents everything you need to know to enhance your health, beauty and emotional well-being through the practice of aromatherapy. Kathi Keville and Mindy Green, who are masters in…

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This complete guide presents everything you need to know to enhance your health, beauty and emotional well-being through the practice of aromatherapy. Kathi Keville and Mindy Green, who are masters in the fields of herbalism and aromatherapy, offer a fresh perspective on the most fragrant of the healing arts and discuss such topics as:

  • The history and theory of fragrance.
  • Therapeutic uses of aromatherapy for circulation, digestion, respiration, immunity, and more.
  • Instructions for creating personal beauty and skin-care products.
  • Techniques for the home distillation and blending of essential oils.
  • A materia medica listing the origins and uses of commonly available essential oils.

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