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LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS

Richard Louv
Paperback

Price: $13.95

"I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are," reports a fourth-grader. Never before in history have children been so plugged in—and so out of touch with the natur…

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"I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are," reports a fourth-grader. Never before in history have children been so plugged in—and so out of touch with the natural world. In this groundbreaking new work, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation—he calls it nature deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as rises in obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and depression.

Some startling facts: By the 1990s the radius around the home where children were allowed to roam on their own had shrunk to a ninth of what it had been in 1970. Today, average eight-year-olds are better able to identify cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, in their own community. The rate at which doctors prescribe antidepressants to children has doubled in the last five years, and recent studies show that too much computer use spells trouble for the developing mind.

Nature-deficit disorder is not a medical condition; it is a description of the human costs of alienation from nature. This alienation damages children and shapes adults, families, and communities. There are solutions, though, and they're right in our own backyards. Last child in the Woods is the first book to bring together cutting-edge research showing that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development—physical, emotional, and spiritual. What's more, nature is a potent therapy for depression, obesity, and ADD. Environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade point averages and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making. Even creativity is stimulated by childhood experiences in nature.

Yet sending kids outside to play is increasingly difficult. Computers, television, and video games compete for their time, of course, but it's also our fears of traffic, strangers, even virus-carrying mosquitoes—fears the media exploit—that keep children indoors. Meanwhile, schools assign more and more homework, and there is less and less access to natural areas.

Parents have the power to ensure that their daughter or son will not be the "last child in the woods," and this book is the first step toward that nature-child reunion.


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LET IT ROT! THE GARDENER'S GUIDE TO COMPOSTING

Stu Campbell
Paperback

Price: $12.95

This classic guide helps you turn household waste into gardener's gold. The 219 page book has helped countless gardeners recycle waste materials, such as household garbage, grass clippings and ashes, …

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This classic guide helps you turn household waste into gardener's gold. The 219 page book has helped countless gardeners recycle waste materials, such as household garbage, grass clippings and ashes, to create useful, soil-nourishing compost.


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HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN GREENHOUSE

Roger Marshall
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Indulge your passion for gardening. Imagine extended growing seasons, homegrown tropical fruits, abundant vegetables ready to pick year-round, exotic orchids and colorful flowers galore. They're all p…

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Indulge your passion for gardening. Imagine extended growing seasons, homegrown tropical fruits, abundant vegetables ready to pick year-round, exotic orchids and colorful flowers galore. They're all possible with this comprehensive guide to turning the dream of year-round gardening into a reality.

From the simplest cold frame to the most elaborate freestanding tropical paradise, there is a greenhouse plan in this collection to fit every gardener's needs. Author Roger Marshall guides you through all the style options, the practical considerations of choosing materials and a site, plus every step of the building process, from foundation to glazing.

Whether your interest is in rare orchids or in healthful organic vegetables for your family, a greenhouse provides the environment to protect and nurture the plants you love. And when it's cold and gray outside, the greenhouse is a welcoming place to feed your gardening hobby.

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.


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THE COMPLETE BOOK OF SMALL-BATCH PRESERVING

Ellie Topp and Margaret Howard
Paperback

Price: $19.95

The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving takes the guesswork out of home preserving. Both beginners and pros can make the most of fresh fruits and vegetables when these are readily available and in…

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The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving takes the guesswork out of home preserving. Both beginners and pros can make the most of fresh fruits and vegetables when these are readily available and inexpensive. Because these recipes require a minimum of time and fuss, home cooks will enjoy creating the preserves almost as much as everyone else will enjoy tasting them.

Included are both traditional and new recipes. Detailed instructions provide the safest and latest processing methods. Some recipes are suitable for microwaves. A brand-new chapter features freezer preserving as an alternative to the traditional methods. The more than 300 enticing recipes include:

  • Jams, jellies and low-sugar spreads
  • Conserves, butters and curds
  • Pickles, relishes and chutneys
  • Salsas, mustards and marinades
  • Flavored oils
  • Dessert sauces, syrups and liqueurs
With delectable recipes and professional tips, The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving is the ideal guide for anyone who craves homemade preserves but doesn't want to spend all day in the kitchen.


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WANDA E. BRUNSTETTER'S AMISH FRIENDS COOKBOOK

Wanda Brunstetter
Paperback

Price: $14.99

From best-selling author Wanda E. Brunstetter comes the must-have cookbook of the season. Her Amish Friends Cookbook collection is a treasure trove of recipes and interesting facts from the heart of A…

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From best-selling author Wanda E. Brunstetter comes the must-have cookbook of the season. Her Amish Friends Cookbook collection is a treasure trove of recipes and interesting facts from the heart of Amish country. Recipes are divided into sections including breads and rolls, desserts, main dishes, sides, jams, jellies and more! You'll find only the best of home cooking between the pages of this delightful book.


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THE COMPLETE COMPOST GARDENING GUIDE

Barbara Pleasant/D. Martin
Paperback

Price: $19.95

This book turns the compost bin upside down with a natural six-way gardening system of keeping compost heaps right in the garden, rather than in some dark corner behind the garage. The compost and pla…

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This book turns the compost bin upside down with a natural six-way gardening system of keeping compost heaps right in the garden, rather than in some dark corner behind the garage. The compost and plants live together from the beginning in a nourishing, organic environment.

Author Barbara Pleasant's bountiful, compost-rich gardens require less digging, weeding, mulching and even less planting. And here's one of the best parts — no more backbreaking slogs from compost bin to garden. Pleasant and co-author Deborah Martin even identify the plants that benefit most from compost and how the elements of a composted garden work together. Their natural six-way compost gardening system provides the ruling principles for successfully improving every garden with healthy compost.


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HEIRLOOM VEGETABLE GARDENING CD-ROM

WILLIAM WOYS WEAVER
CD Rom (learn more)

Price: $29.95

First published in 1997, Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener’s Guide to Planting, Seed Saving and Cultural History has been out of print, with copies selling online for as much as $300. M…

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First published in 1997, Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener’s Guide to Planting, Seed Saving and Cultural History has been out of print, with copies selling online for as much as $300. Mother Earth News is proud to present the original text, together with 100 color photos, in this e-book on CD-ROM.

This remarkable e-book by food historian William Woys Weaver is the bible for gardeners who choose to explore the fabulous flavors, fascinating history and astonishing diversity of vegetables. Taking us far beyond the few dozen vegetables offered in modern supermarkets, Weaver profiles 280 heirloom varieties, providing recipes, growing advice and authoritative history. Want to grow the famous Moon and Stars watermelon? Want to make a Parsnip Pie? This is the e-book that will tell you how.

*PC requirements: CD-ROM drive, Adobe Acrobat Reader (available from Adobe.com)


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SERVING UP THE HARVEST

Andrea Chesman
Paperback

Price: $18.95

Buy them at a farmers' market, a grocery store or a roadside farmstand. You can also pick them in daily batches from your own garden. No matter where you find your vegetables, their fresh-from-the-ear…

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Buy them at a farmers' market, a grocery store or a roadside farmstand. You can also pick them in daily batches from your own garden. No matter where you find your vegetables, their fresh-from-the-earth goodness demands inspired preparation. Andrea Chesman shares more than 175 recipes designed to bring out the very best in whatever produce is peaking now. From spring's first Peas and New Potato Salad to autumn's sweet Caramelized Winter Squash and Onion Pizza, serving up the harvest has never been so delicious!

512 pages, 8 x 9 trim size, two-color illustrations throughout.


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THE FARMER AND THE GRILL

Shannon Hayes
Paperback

Price: $13.17

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In The Farmer and the Grill, Hayes offers useful tips on grilling, barbecuing, and spit-roasting all cut…

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CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $21.95 AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

In The Farmer and the Grill, Hayes offers useful tips on grilling, barbecuing, and spit-roasting all cuts of pasture-raised meats: beef, lamb, pork, and poultry. Dozens of simple, straightforward recipes provide all the basic cooking instructions, plus directions on how to make a variety of herb rubs, marinades, and barbecue sauces to accompany the meats. Traditional techniques such as southern barbecue and Argentine-style asado cooking will help readers grill like the pros.

Special sidebars on choosing meats, basic cooking techniques, and other topics mean that socially conscious cooks will gain a real understanding of grassfed meat and why it is starting to occupy a central place on the American dinner plate.


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FOOD DRYING WITH AN ATTITUDE

Mary T. Bell
Paperback

Price: $12.95

Move beyond dried apricots and jerky into an amazing world of healthy and delicious dried foods with Mary T. Bell's Food Drying With an Attitude.

This is the ultimate food drying resource and has some…

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Move beyond dried apricots and jerky into an amazing world of healthy and delicious dried foods with Mary T. Bell's Food Drying With an Attitude.

This is the ultimate food drying resource and has something for everyone: vegetarians, natural and raw food enthusiasts, hunters, fishermen, gourmet cooks, gardeners, farmers and hikers. Children will love the yummy fruit roll-ups. Animal lovers will enjoy making treats for dogs, cats and birds. And everyone will be thrilled at how easy it is to preserve fruits, vegetables and herbs without chemicals or preservatives.

With more than 30 years of food drying experience, Bell offers straightforward and practical instructions for drying everything from yogurt to sauerkraut to blue cheese, without ignoring traditional favorites such as jerky, mushrooms and bananas. Readers will also find innovative and delicious recipes for cooking and baking with dried foods.

Throughout, Bell offers nutritional tips and highlights the time-, space- and money-saving benefits of food dehydrating. Also included are descriptions of how various food dehydrators work, to give readers a better understanding of the tools of the craft. Food Drying With an Attitude gives readers the recipes, instructions and inspiration they need to get the most out of their home food dehydrators.

About the Author: Mary T. Bell has been promoting food drying for more than three decades. She is the author of Just Jerky, Jerky People, Mary Bell's Complete Dehydrator Cookbook and Dehydration Made Simple. She strives to minimize the demands made on our planet and to encourage sustainable living.

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 and products to readers. For more than 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.

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