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MEDICINAL WILD PLANTS OF THE PRAIRIE

Kelly Kindscher
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The Plains Indians found medicinal value in more than 200 species of native prairie plants. Unfortunately, modern American culture has not paid much attention.

White settlers did learn a few plant-based remedies from the Indians, and a few prairie plants were prescribed by frontier doctors. A couple dozen prairie species were listed as drugs in the U.S. Pharmacopeia at one time or another, and one or two, like the Purple Coneflower, found their way into the bottles of patent medicine.

But in both the number of species used and the varieties of treatments administered, Indians were far more proficient than white settlers. Their familiarity with the plants of the prairie was comprehensive: There probably were Indian names for all prairie plants, and they recognized more varieties of some species than scientists do today. Their knowledge was refined and exact enough that they could successfully administer medicinal doses of plants that are poisonous. All of the species used by frontier doctors were used first by Indians.

In Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie, ethnobotanist Kelly Kindscher documents the medicinal use of 203 native prairie plants by the Plains Indians. Using information gleaned from archival materials, interviews and fieldwork, Kindscher describes plant-based treatments for ailments ranging from hyperactivity to syphilis, from arthritis to worms. He also explains the use of internal and external medications, smoke treatments, moxa (the burning of a medicinal substance on the skin), and the doctrine of signatures (the belief that the form or characteristics of a plant are signatures or signs that reveal its medicinal uses). He adds information on recent pharmacological findings to further illuminate the medicinal nature of these plants.

Not since 1919 has the ethnobotany of native Great Plains plants been examined so thoroughly. Kindscher's study is the first to encompass the entire Prairie Bioregion, a 1 million-square-mile area bounded by Texas on the south, Canada on the north, the Rocky Mountains on the west, and the deciduous forests of Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin in the east. Along with information on the medicinal uses of prairie plants by the Indians, Kindscher also lists Indian, common, and scientific names and describes Anglo folk uses, medical uses, scientific research and cultivation. Descriptions of the plants are supplemented by 44 exquisite line drawings and more than 100 range maps.

This book will help increase appreciation for prairie plants at a time when prairies and their biodiversity urgently need protection throughout the region.


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PROJECTS TO GET YOU OFF THE GRID

Edited by Noah Weinstein
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With Projects to Get You Off the Grid, the Instructables community of do-it-yourselfers have pooled their knowledge into a compact book focused on a series of projects that will get you thinking creatively about thinking green. This collection of 20 projects illustrate just how simple it can be to make your own backyard chicken coop, or turn a wine barrel into a rainwater collector.

Illustrated with dozens of full-color photographs per project as well as easy-to-follow instructions, this Instructables collection uses the best that the online community has to offer, turning a far-reaching group of people into a mammoth database churning out ideas to make life better, easier, and in this case, greener.


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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SELF-RELIANT LIVING

Edited by Jay Cassell
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Being a homesteader today may seem difficult; the world is full of so many gadgets and conveniences, many of which most of us consider necessary to live a full and happy life. In this collection, edited and arranged by Jay Cassell, you'll see that going off the grid, adapting to your surroundings, and depending on yourself and your land is not as challenging as one may think. With the information and tips you learn in this book, you'll easily find success as a modern-day homesteader.

The essays featured in The Ultimate Guide to Self-Reliant Living were written by some of today's most respected outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen, nature enthusiasts, agricultural professionals, and successful homesteaders. Through the information on these pages, you will learn the best techniques and approaches concerning:

  • Hunting, fishing and trapping
  • Foraging
  • Growing and preparing your own food
  • Animal husbandry
  • Living off the grid
  • Building barns and outbuildings
  • Green living
  • Country skills
  • Alternative energy, such as solar panels and windmills
  • Primitive survival skills, such as making fires and finding shelter


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AN INTRODUCTION TO HERITAGE BREEDS

Sponenberg, Beranger, Martin
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Heritage breeds matter, and they are often a better choice than conventional breeds for small farms and backyards. This eloquent and inviting visual guide explains why conserving heritage breeds is important and shows you how you can raise these breeds yourself, helping to preserve them and benefiting from them at the same time. Written by three experts from the Livestock Conservancy, this book includes chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, pigs, sheep, goats, cattle, donkeys and horses, detailing each breed's specific needs and characteristics so that you can select the one that's right for you. Whichever breed you choose, you'll find thorough, comprehensive information on how to raise it successfully.


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HOMEMADE CONDIMENTS

Jessica Harlan
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For the tastiest home-cooked meals, you need amazing condiments. Homemade Condiments shows off classic and gourmet twists on your favorites, including:

  • Smoked Tomato Ketchup
  • Whiskey-Spiked Barbecue Sauce
  • Grainy Porter Mustard
  • Roasted Red Pepper Aioli
  • Sweet Pickle Relish
  • Rooster-Style Sauce
  • Roasted Garlic Olive Oil
  • Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Hot Fudge Sauce
Why reach for a preservative-filled jar from the store when Homemade Condiments shows how easy it is to make your own using fresh, flavorful, natural ingredients? Chop, stir and simmer your farmers market tomatoes, onions and habaneros down to a delicious, spicy ketchup perfect for topping your hot-out-of-the-oven sweet potato fries. Blend herbs from your garden with mustard seeds and vinegar for a spread that adds a tangy bite to your croque-monsieur.


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WILDLY AFFORDABLE ORGANIC

Linda Watson
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Buy Green. Eat Green. Save Green. If you've wanted to eat like it matters but felt you couldn't afford it, Wildly Affordable Organic is for you. It's easy to think that "organic" is a code word for "expensive," but it doesn't have to be. With these ingenious cooking plans and healthy, satisfying recipes, Linda Watson reveals the incredible secret of how you can eat well every day -- from blueberry pancakes for breakfast to peach pie for dessert -- averaging less than two dollars a meal. Get ready for wild savings! You'll discover how to:

  • Ease your family into a greener lifestyle with the 20-minute starter plan
  • Go organic on just $5 a day -- or go thrifty and spend even less
  • Take advantage of your freezer and freeze your costs
  • Find the best deals at your local farmers market or grocery store
  • Cook easy, scrumptious, seasonal dishes from scratch
Packed with tips for streamlining meals, from shopping and cooking to washing dishes, this book shows how sustainable living is within everyone's reach. Slow global warming with delicious dinners? Lose weight, save money, and save the polar bears at the same time? When you live the Wildly Affordable Organic way, it is possible! Join the movement to change the way you eat -- and keep the change.


167.

FEASTING ON FOOD STORAGE

J. Merrill, K. Sunderland
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Your food storage contains delectable delights when you know how to use it! Feasting on Food Storage offers more than 200 recipes to rotate and use your short- and long-term food storage, plus bonus sections for baby food, home remedies, and gluten-free options. With tasty recipes like Brown Sugar Muffins and Creamy Taco Soup, learning to use your food storage has never been easier or more delicious.


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GROW A SUSTAINABLE DIET

Cindy Conner
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Everyone loves to prepare a meal with ingredients fresh from their own garden. But for most of us, no matter how plentiful our harvest, homegrown produce comprises only a fraction of what we eat. And while many gardening guides will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about individual crops, few tackle the more involved task of helping you maximize the percentage of your diet you grow yourself.

Grow a Sustainable Diet will help you develop a comprehensive, customized garden plan to produce the maximum number of calories and nutrients from any available space. Avoid arriving in August buried under a mountain of kale or zucchini (and not much else) by making thoughtful choices at the planning stage, focusing on dietary staples and key nutrients. Learn how to calculate:

  • Which food and cover crops are best for your specific requirements
  • How many seeds and plants of each variety you should sow
  • What and when to plant, harvest and replant for maximum yield
Focusing on permaculture principles, biointensive gardening methods, getting food to the table with minimum fossil fuel input, and growing crops that sustain both you and your soil, this complete guide is a must-read for anyone working toward food self-sufficiency for themselves or their family.


169.

MAKING BETTER BUILDINGS

Chris Magwood
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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:

  • Cost, sourcing, labor intensity, and ease of construction
  • Energy efficiency, embodied energy and environmental impacts
  • Availability/accessibility
  • Viable applications and future potential
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.


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TRELLISES, PLANTERS & RAISED BEDS


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A step-by-step guide that gives any gardener all the information needed to make garden furnishings that are both simple and beautiful, Trellises, Planters & Raised Beds is an indispensible resource. It includes 50 complete plans for trellises, raised beds, planters, window boxes, and just about any imaginable project you can make to train and display plants in your garden and around your home. Featured projects are created using a host of easily found materials, including wood, metal, hypertufa, upcycled barrels, clay pots, sticks, latticework, copper tubing, re-rod, wire, landscape timbers, retaining wall block and natural stone. Each plan includes photographs, a scaled plan drawing, cutting and shopping lists, and thorough step-by-step instructions.

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