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BACK TO BASICS: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO TRADITIONAL SKILLS

Abigail R. Gehring
Hardcover

Price: $24.95

Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills, the kind employed by our forefathers, and adapt them for a better life in the 21st century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color gu…

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Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills, the kind employed by our forefathers, and adapt them for a better life in the 21st century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast-food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener and more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers. Even if you live in a city apartment you will find your imagination sparked, and there's no reason why you can't, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.


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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO LIVING ON LESS, 4TH EDITION

Mother Earth News
Paperback

Price: $6.99

Live simply: save money, smile more. This theme runs through the Mother Earth NewsGuide to Living on Less special edition. In its 100 pages, you'll find expert advice, tips, instructions and more to h…

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Live simply: save money, smile more. This theme runs through the Mother Earth News Guide to Living on Less special edition. In its 100 pages, you'll find expert advice, tips, instructions and more to help you live a more self-sufficient life. Its guidance covers everything from building better soil with free organic fertilizers to constructing tiny homes that are cozy, affordable and inspiring. The fourth edition of this handy guide will have you living on less and loving it!

Read reliable information about building a compact cabin or simple shelter that's enjoyable and affordable. Grow your own healing garden and find good health just outside your front door. Discover simple tips for creating nutrient-rich, root-welcoming soil, and grow your most abundant garden yet. Learn where to find healthy, farm-fresh eggs. Follow delicious recipes for making your own homemade root beer, ginger ale, grape soda and more.

Other articles include:

  • Adding Insulation Can Save You Money: Figure out whether you should add insulation to your home, and which pieces of the job you can do yourself.
  • Easy Ways to Preserve Fresh Food: Your guide to canning, freezing, dehydrating and other simple, seasonal storage methods.
  • Instant, No-Dig Garden Beds: Create or expand your food garden with this time-saving technique.
  • Want Milk? Get Goats: Dairy goats can supply your family with delicious milk, yogurt and cheese. The fun of raising these gregarious animals is just a bonus.
  • Disease Prevention Basics: These techniques can prevent many of the diseases that plague your vegetables. They include wide spacing, trellising and careful use of organic pesticides.


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THE RESILIENT FARM AND HOMESTEAD

Ben Falk
Paperback

Price: $40.00

The Resilient Farm and Homestead is a manual for developing durable, beautiful and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition.

Ben Falk is a land desi…

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The Resilient Farm and Homestead is a manual for developing durable, beautiful and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition.

Ben Falk is a land designer and site developer whose permaculture-research farm has drawn national attention. The site is a terraced paradise on a hillside in Vermont that would otherwise be overlooked by conventional farmers as unworthy farmland. Falk's wide array of fruit trees, rice paddies (relatively unheard of in the Northeast), ducks, nuts and earth-inspired buildings offers a hopeful image for the future of regenerative agriculture and modern homesteading.

The book covers nearly every strategy Falk and his team have been testing at the Whole Systems Research Farm over the past decade, as well as experiments from other sites Falk has designed through his off-farm consulting business. The book includes detailed information on earthworks; gravity-fed water systems; species composition; the site-design process; site management; fuelwood hedge production and processing; human health and nutrient-dense production strategies; rapid topsoil formation and remineralization; agroforestry/silvopasture/grazing; ecosystem services, especially regarding flood mitigation; fertility management; human labor and social-systems aspects; tools/equipment/appropriate technology; and much more, complete with gorgeous photography and detailed design drawings.

The Resilient Farm and Homestead is more than just a book of tricks and techniques for regenerative site development. It offers actual working results in living within complex farm-ecosystems based on research from the "great thinkers" in permaculture, and presents a viable home-scale model for an intentional food-producing ecosystem in cold climates and beyond. Inspiring to would-be homesteaders everywhere, but especially for those who find themselves with "unlikely" farming land, Falk is an inspiration in what can be done by imitating natural systems, and making the most of what we have by re-imagining what's possible. This is a gorgeous case study for the homestead of the future.


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THE NATURAL NAVIGATOR

Tristan Gooley
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Before GPS, the compass and even cartography, humankind was navigating. Now this singular guide helps us rediscover what our ancestors long understood: that a windswept tree, the depth of a puddle, or…

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Before GPS, the compass and even cartography, humankind was navigating. Now this singular guide helps us rediscover what our ancestors long understood: that a windswept tree, the depth of a puddle, or a trill of birdsong can help us find our way, if we know what to look and listen for. Adventurer and navigation expert Tristan Gooley unlocks the directional clues hidden in the sun, moon, stars, clouds, weather patterns, lengthening shadows, changing tides, plant growth and the habits of wildlife. Rich with navigational anecdotes collected across ages, continents and cultures, The Natural Navigator will help keep you on course and open your eyes to the wonders, large and small, of the natural world.


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SLOW DEATH BY RUBBER DUCK

Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie
Paperback

Price: $15.95

Pollution isn't just an abstract, distant problem seen in belching smokestacks and contaminated waterways; it's also personal. Some of the most dangerous pollutants come from commonplace items in our…

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Pollution isn't just an abstract, distant problem seen in belching smokestacks and contaminated waterways; it's also personal. Some of the most dangerous pollutants come from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces, products such as shampoos and toothpastes, carpets and children's toys.

To prove this point, leading environmentalists Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie conducted their own research by ingesting and inhaling a host of things that are part of our everyday lives. Using their own bodies as the reference point to tell the story of pollution in our modern world, they expose the miscreant corporate giants who manufacture the toxins, the weak-kneed government officials who let it happen, and the effects on people and families across the globe. Slow Death by Rubber Duck, the book that resulted from their experience, exposes the extent to which we are poisoned every day of our lives.


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LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF FOOD RIGHTS

David Gumpert
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Do Americans have the right to privately obtain the foods of our choice from farmers, neighbors, and local producers, in the same way our grandparents and great grandparents used to do?

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Do Americans have the right to privately obtain the foods of our choice from farmers, neighbors, and local producers, in the same way our grandparents and great grandparents used to do?

Yes, say a growing number of people increasingly afraid that the mass-produced food sold at supermarkets is excessively processed, tainted with antibiotic residues and hormones, and lacking in important nutrients. These people, a million or more, are seeking foods outside the regulatory system, like raw milk, custom-slaughtered beef, and pastured eggs from chickens raised without soy, purchased directly from private membership-only food clubs that contract with Amish and other farmers.

Public-health and agriculture regulators, however, say no: Americans have no inherent right to eat what they want. In today's ever-more-dangerous food-safety environment, they argue, all food, no matter the source, must be closely regulated, and even barred, if it fails to meet certain standards. These regulators, headed up by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with help from state agriculture departments, police, and district-attorney detectives, are mounting intense and sophisticated investigative campaigns against farms and food clubs supplying privately exchanged food—even handcuffing and hauling off to jail, under threat of lengthy prison terms, those deemed in violation of food laws.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights takes readers on a disturbing cross-country journey from Maine to California through a netherworld of Amish farmers paying big fees to questionable advisers to avoid the quagmire of America’s legal system, secret food police lurking in vans at farmers markets, cultish activists preaching the benefits of pathogens, U.S. Justice Department lawyers clashing with local sheriffs, small Maine towns passing ordinances to ban regulation, and suburban moms worried enough about the dangers of supermarket food that they’ll risk fines and jail to feed their children unprocessed, and unregulated, foods of their choosing.

Out of the intensity of this unprecedented crackdown, and the creative and spirited opposition that is rising to meet it, a new rallying cry for food rights is emerging.


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CAPPERS FARMER PRACTICAL LIVING RESOURCE SET


Paperback

Price: $20.00

Roasting a turkey. Making your own soap. Coloring Easter eggs with natural homemade dye. Growing anything in containers. Making homemade ice cream. Canning your garden's bounty. All this and more can …

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Roasting a turkey. Making your own soap. Coloring Easter eggs with natural homemade dye. Growing anything in containers. Making homemade ice cream. Canning your garden's bounty. All this and more can be found within the pages of these four 100-page guides. Filled with some of the best articles on practical advice for a homemade life, this set covers everything from delicious recipes to gardening, from homemade gifts and cards to homemade cleaning products.

Set includes:
Capper's Farmer Winter 2012
Experience the nostalgia of homemade gifts, classic recipes, and more traditions from Christmases past on the farm. From roasting a turkey 1860s style to creating homemade gift jars, from satisfying the seasonal sweet tooth to savoring the songs of Christmas, this special edition offers up a buffet of knowledge.

Capper's Farmer Spring 2013
From craft projects to guides for your woodstoves and chimneys, from delicious recipes to sowing seeds, this guide has a variety of projects for getting you through the winter, and your garden and home ready for spring. With 100 pages of tips, recipes, projects, photographs and more, this resourceful issue will have you and your family busy all season long.

Capper's Farmer Summer 2013
Directions for creating nontoxic cleaning products, advice for raising baby animals, delicious recipes, gardening guidance, recycling ideas for farm fixtures, flower-growing techniques, summer holiday memories and more are included in the Capper's Farmer Summer 2013.

Capper's Farmer Fall 2013
With summer in full swing and fall right around the corner, the Capper's Farmer Fall 2013 special will be your guide to filling your summer days with delicious recipes, readers' hometown stories, fun activities such as planting flowers, and much more!


178.

THE POOR MAN'S WILDERNESS SURVIVAL KIT

James Ballou
Paperback

Price: $15.00

You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on the latest and greatest emergency survival gear for your outdoor adventures when you can assemble a functional, well-stocked kit for little or no money! …

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You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on the latest and greatest emergency survival gear for your outdoor adventures when you can assemble a functional, well-stocked kit for little or no money! Best-selling preparedness author Jim Ballou shows you exactly how to do it with this guide to collecting no-nonsense, get-the-job-done-in-an-emergency gear … and packaging it in self-contained, portable kits that are always ready to grab and go.

Instead of expensive tents, sheath knives, sleeping bags, and other conventional outdoor gear, Ballou focuses on compact, lightweight and even disposable, use-once-and-discard emergency equipment, and all of it dirt cheap! Learn how to:

  • Find standard survival kit components at the lowest prices
  • Create a poor man's survival kit for free from common household items
  • Collect or create your own edged tools, water containers, cookware, fire- and shelter-making gear, and weapons for very little money
  • Assemble a complete kit of new gear for under $10
Dozens of photos show examples of inexpensive but functional wilderness survival kits, as well as step-by-step instructions for creating your own poor man's gear. If you are a hiker, hunter, camper, preparedness type, homeless nomad or other wilderness adventurer operating within a narrow budget, The Poor Man's Wilderness Survival Kit is the book for you!


179.

ZERO WASTE HOME

Bea Johnson
Paperback

Price: $17.00

In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. Today, she, her husband, Scott, and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage a year…

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In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. Today, she, her husband, Scott, and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage a year, and their overall quality of life has changed for the better: They now have more time together, they've cut their annual spending by a remarkable 40 percent, and they are healthier than they've ever been.

This book shares essential how-to advice, secrets and insights based on Johnson's experience. She demystifies the process of going Zero Waste with hundreds of easy tips for sustainable living that even the busiest people can integrate: from making your own mustard, to packing kids' lunches without plastic, to canceling your junk mail, to enjoying the holidays without the guilt associated with overconsumption. Zero Waste Home is a stylish and relatable step-by-step guide that will give you the practical tools to help you improve your health, save money and time, and achieve a brighter future for your family-and the planet.


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FIELDS OF FARMERS

Joel Salatin
Paperback

Price: $25.00

America's average farmer is 60 years old. When young people can't get in, old people can't get out. Approaching a watershed moment, our culture desperately needs a generational transfer of millions of…

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America's average farmer is 60 years old. When young people can't get in, old people can't get out. Approaching a watershed moment, our culture desperately needs a generational transfer of millions of farm acres facing abandonment, development or amalgamation into ever-larger holdings. Based on his decades of experience with interns and multigenerational partnerships at Polyface Farm, farmer and author Joel Salatin digs deep into the problems and solutions surrounding this land- and knowledge-transfer crisis. Fields of Farmers empowers aspiring young farmers, midlife farmers and nonfarming landlords to build regenerative, profitable agricultural enterprises.

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