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MINI FARMING - SELF-SUFFICIENCY ON 1/4 ACRE

Brett L. Markham
Paperback

Price: $18.95

Here is a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family's food on just one-quarter acre — and earn $10,000 in cash annually. This is not ba…

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Here is a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family's food on just one-quarter acre — and earn $10,000 in cash annually. This is not back-to-the-land utopianism, but a tested and pragmatic method that can be applied in small lots in rural, suburban and even urban areas. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, Brett Markham's advice will teach you what you need to know:

  • Saving, buying, starting, and selecting seeds
  • Maintaining and improving soil
  • Preventing and eradicating pests and diseases
  • Compost, crop rotation, and timing
  • Using organic methods
  • Garden planning to meet dietary requirements
  • Raising poultry
  • Raising and pruning fruits and nuts
  • Canning, freezing, and dehydrating
  • Selling your excess produce for top dollar
  • And more!

More than just a how-to guide for self-sufficiency, Mini Farming teaches you the underlying principles of mini-farming so you will have the knowledge to make your own unique applications. Materials, tools and techniques are detailed with over a hundred photographs, tables, diagrams and illustrations.

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STARTER VEGETABLE GARDENS

BARBARA PLEASANT
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Master gardener Barbara Pleasant takes the guesswork and anxiety out of growing food, explaining in simple language exactly how to start, maintain and eventually expand an organic vegetable garden, ev…

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Master gardener Barbara Pleasant takes the guesswork and anxiety out of growing food, explaining in simple language exactly how to start, maintain and eventually expand an organic vegetable garden, even in the smallest of spaces. Choose one of 24 no-fail, small-scale garden plans and find out how easy it is to enjoy your own fresh food all season long!

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STEVIA - NATURALLY SWEET RECIPES FOR DESSERTS AND MORE!

Rita DePuydt
Paperback

Price: $15.95

If you are concerned about too much sugar in your diet and are reluctant to use artificial sweeteners, try these delicious low-sugar recipes, sweetened with an extract of the herb Stevia rebaudiana. Y…

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If you are concerned about too much sugar in your diet and are reluctant to use artificial sweeteners, try these delicious low-sugar recipes, sweetened with an extract of the herb Stevia rebaudiana. You'll learn to cut your calories, improve your health and still enjoy your favorite sweet treats.

The intense flavor of stevia extract is about 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar, with no calories and a glycemic index of 0. Used by millions of people around the world and deemed safe by doctors and scientists, stevia may be the answer to your sugar woes.

This book is a combination of Rita DePuydt's two previous cookbooks, Baking with Stevia I and II, along with new and revised recipes. It includes information on how to use whole herb stevia, stevia concentrate and stevia extracts as a substitute for other sweeteners.

Inside, you'll find more than 100 recipes, including:

  • Cranberry Punch
  • Date Shakes
  • Yam Pecan Muffins
  • Banana Bread
  • Breakfast Sweet Rolls
  • Cheesecakes
  • Lemon Poppyseed Cake
  • Blueberry Tofu Bundt Cake
  • Molasses, Almond, Jam Dot and Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Brownies
  • Rice Pudding
  • Strawberry Cream Pie
  • Sparkling Gelatin
  • Orange Sherbet
Want to read more? Preview this book: Naturally Sweet Stevia Recipes.

About the author:
Rita DePuydt is a freelance writer and botanist with a background in home economics and medical lab technology. A lifelong sugar sensitivity led to her interest in the remarkable stevia plant. In Stevia, Naturally Sweet Recipes, Rita combines her interest and experience in health, cooking and herbs to produce a wonderful collection of whole-food, low-sugar recipes.

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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HOMEGROWN VEGETABLES, FRUITS AND HERBS

Jim Wilson
Paperback

Price: $8.38

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Like the Victory Gardens of World War II, food gardens planted in sunny back or side yards during these economically challenging times can provide families with nourishing, delicious food at a fraction of what it would cost at a supermarket. What's more, families know that the food they grow themselves, with minimal or natural pesticides and minimal or no synthetic fertilizers, is safe from the many E. coli, salmonella and other tainted-food scares of recent years.

Homegrown Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs: A Bountiful, Healthful Garden for Lean Times will help aspiring gardeners avoid disappointment or failure when tending their first food gardens, and it will help families who are already growing food crops to grow more and reduce their food costs.

Inside, you'll find:

  • 275 instructional and inspiring color photographs from a seasoned garden photographer
  • Dozens of hints and tips, many of which will interest even experienced gardeners
  • Selecting the site for a food garden and setting a realistic size
  • No-till gardening
  • Making food gardening easier and cheaper
  • Fertilizers, soil conditioners, mulches, green manures, tonics and do-it-yourself soil tests
  • Understanding garden soils and nutrients
  • Ways to keep crops fresh and full of flavor after picking
  • Guide to fruit and vegetables, and sources for vegetable seeds as well as seedlings for fruits and vegetables


About the author: Jim Wilson earned a B.S. in agriculture from the University of Missouri and has been active in home and commercial horticulture for more than 60 years. He has visited home and public gardens in many countries and in the United States. He has lived and gardened in nine different states, coast to coast. Wilson spent 13 years in garden television. He was a co-host of The Victory Garden on PBS, and on Home and Garden TV's Great Gardeners. He currently lives in Columbia, Mo.

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ULTIMATE GARDENING CD-ROM

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors
CD Rom

Price: $4.00

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IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT: The software on this version of Ultimate Gardening CD-ROM triggers a security breech when updating to version 7 or higher of Java. While an internet connection is not required to access the content on this CD, it does require an internet browser with Java for viewing the files. As a result of the security breech, the files on this CD cannot be viewed once Java has been updated to version 7 or higher.

The editors of MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine have assembled some of their most popular organic gardening articles and compiled them in this easy-to-use CD-ROM format, just like their popular MOTHER EARTH NEWS Archive on CD-ROM.

Selected from 40 years of material, this collection provides 179 practical, insightful articles, including information, tips and advice for:

  • cold frame gardening
  • growing dwarf fruit trees and nut trees
  • biodynamic gardening
  • growing $700 of food in 100 square feet
  • hydroponic greenhouse gardening
  • growing great salads year-round
  • gardening with organic pesticides
  • growing apples for homemade cider
  • indestructible tomato cages
  • starting your own seeds
  • building fertile soil
  • growing colorful bell peppers
  • the best organic ways to eliminate weeds
  • extending your growing season
  • planting an edible forest garden
  • and so much more!
This simply organized, completely searchable digital resource is packed with MOTHER EARTH NEWS' most useful and unique information on organic gardening to help you grow in the most natural, nontoxic way possible.

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COMPACT CABINS

Gerald Rowan
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Compact Cabins presents 62 design interpretations of the getaway dream. Whether it be a small cabin on a sparkling lakefront, a breath-taking mountaintop, an expansive beach, or some other peaceful lo…

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Compact Cabins presents 62 design interpretations of the getaway dream. Whether it be a small cabin on a sparkling lakefront, a breath-taking mountaintop, an expansive beach, or some other peaceful location, there is something here to please every taste. Best of all, these small-footprint designs are affordable and energy-efficient without skimping on comfort and style. The cabins range in size form a cozy 150 square feet to a more spacious but still economical 1,000 square feet, and all include sleeping accommodations, kitchen and bath facilities, and a heat source. Complete chapters on low-maintenance building materials, utilities and appliances, and alternative energy sources supply you with the options for living efficiently in small space.

For every design, you will find floor plans with detailed suggestions for designing the space for optimal use. These plans are flexible: many feature modular elements that can be mixed and matched to accommodate your particular needs or hobbies. Features such as an outdoor fireplace, covered porch, or external storage locker might work nicely in several cabin designs. It's all about enhancing and maximizing small spaces to your individual needs and preferences.

  • Need plenty of sleeping space for visiting friends and family? Jean's Run Cabin sleeps six in 501 square feet.
  • Do you own a shallow plot on a beautiful lake? Glass House Cabin offers terrific views, a large deck, and a wide-frontage floor plan.
  • Is your priority a romantic getaway? A Cabin for Two features a fireplace, a spa tub, and a cozy sleeping nook.
  • Love hosting parties? Clerestory Cabin with Dining Room has a dedicated dining space right next to the porch, which is perfect for cocktails or coffee.
In this time of uncertain energy costs, global warming, and tighter budgets, building small is a very appealing idea. Gerald Rowan shows you how to achieve your cabin dreams on a small footprint.

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 BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO EDIBLE HERBS

Charles W.G. Smith
Paperback

Price: $12.95

Nothing tastes better than herbs fresh from the garden. Discover how easy and rewarding it is to grow your own! Simple instructions, tempting recipes and beautiful full-color photographs by Saxon Holt…

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Nothing tastes better than herbs fresh from the garden. Discover how easy and rewarding it is to grow your own! Simple instructions, tempting recipes and beautiful full-color photographs by Saxon Holt will inspire you to grow, harvest, preserve and cook with 26 of the most popular kitchen herbs, including basil, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, garlic, lavender, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and tarragon. A great gift for any herb lover.

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GREEN RESTORATIONS

Aaron Lubeck
Paperback

Price: $21.90

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Some 40 percent of North Americans live in homes built before 1940, and when it comes time to remodel or restore our older homes, homeowners and contractors can find themselves lost in a morass of wildly divergent information and opinion. With Green Restorations, author Aaron Lubeck brings his expertise as a restoration contractor and preservation consultant to this first-of-its-kind guide, leading the reader through the steps for restoring historic building using sustainable practices and green building techniques.

In a readily accessible room-by-room and system-by-system format, Green Restorations covers rehabilitation and remodelling questions applicable to old homes, focusing on the core techniques and debates often seen in practice. Here you'll find the answers to restoration questions, such as:

  • Is sealing my old crawl space a good idea?
  • Should I replace or rehabilitate my windows?
  • Are there historic aspects of my home I need to preserve, and what can I change?
  • What are the cultural, environmental and financial implications of my proposed changes?
  • Do residential historic tax credits apply to my home and how can I access them?

Written in such a way as to be accessible for homeowners but technical enough for contractors, this book will appeal to anyone trying to green an older home while preserving its historic and cultural significance.

About the Author

Aaron Lubeck is a partner with Trinity Design/Build, a restoration and preservation consultancy in North Carolina that has won numerous preservation awards. He is a member of the United States Green Building Council who has completed the first historic building to be LEED-certified in North Carolina.

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THE FLEXITARIAN TABLE

Peter Berley with Zoe Singer
Hardcover

Price: $17.82

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Today a single family can include staunch vegetarians as well as passionate meat lovers. When company…

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Today a single family can include staunch vegetarians as well as passionate meat lovers. When company shows up, the situation gets even more complicated. How can you satisfy them all without making two (or three) completely different meals?

In The Flexitarian Table, the award-winning author Peter Berley presents menus that are flexible, exciting, relaxing to prepare — and that make everyone feel welcome. With The Flexitarian Table, you'll no longer treat vegetarians as afterthoughts by offering them a couple of scanty side dishes, and you'll be able to indulge meat eaters at the same time with abundant, satisfying dishes.

You'll learn how to prepare vegetarian and meat versions simultaneously without going to any extra trouble. Roast a succulent, crisp chicken with lemon and thyme — and make a tofu version in just minutes. Put some meaty portobello mushroom caps on the grill and, for the carnivore contingent, throw on a steak, then pair them both with a zesty bread crumb salsa. Simmer white beans with carrot and celery and saute some shrimp, drizzling each with the same rich brown butter sauce with fresh herbs.

You'll find many sumptuous vegetarian dishes as well, including cannelloni with ricotta, Parmesan and mint or a hearty lasagna with roasted fall vegetables in a sage-scented cheese sauce. Or serve up a selection of easy little dishes and let your guests choose.

You'll get plenty of ideas for get-dinner-quick meals, such as winter tomato soup with goat cheese crostini and Spanish-style fried eggs, and for luxurious weekend fare try cumin-spiced lamb croquettes and falafel, served with two traditional Middle Eastern sauces and whole-wheat pita bread.

The Flexitarian Table also shows you how to cook with the seasons, so you get the most flavor from your ingredients while you enjoy varied, sustainable meals year-round.

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WHEN TECHNOLOGY FAILS

Matthew Stein
Paperback

Price: $35.00

There’s never been a better time to “be prepared.” Matthew Stein’s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills — from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management sk…

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There’s never been a better time to “be prepared.” Matthew Stein’s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills — from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills — prepares you to embark on the path toward sustainability. But, unlike any other book, Stein not only shows you how to live “green” in seemingly stable times, but to live in the face of potential disasters, lasting days or years, coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown or environmental catastrophe.

When Technology Fails covers the gamut. You’ll learn how to start a fire and keep warm if you’ve been left temporarily homeless, as well as the basics of installing a renewable energy system for your home or business. You’ll learn how to find and sterilize water in the face of utility failure, as well as practical information for dealing with water-quality issues even when the public tap water is still flowing. You’ll learn alternative techniques for healing equally suited to an era of profit-driven malpractice as to situations of social calamity. Each chapter offers the same approach, describing skills for self-reliance in good times and bad. Chapter subjects include: a survey of the risks to the status quo; supplies and preparation for short- and long-term emergencies; emergency measures for survival; water; food; shelter; clothing; first aid, low-tech medicine and healing; energy, heat and power; metalworking; utensils and storage; low-tech chemistry; and engineering, machines and materials.

Fully revised and expanded — the first edition was written pre-9/11 and pre-Katrina, when few Americans took the risk of social disruption seriously — When Technology Fails ends on a positive, proactive note with a new chapter on "Making the Shift to Sustainability," which offers practical suggestions for changing our world on personal, community and global levels.

About the author

Matthew Stein holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He is an engineer, author and building contractor. He has also worked as a schoolteacher, carpenter, and rock-climbing and ski instructor. As the owner of Aloha Aina Builders, Stein has built hurricane-resistant, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly homes. As a mechanical engineer and president of Stein Design, he has designed consumer water-filtration devices, commercial water-filtration systems, photovoltaic roofing panels, medical bacteriological filters, drinking fountains, emergency chemical drench systems, computer disk drives, portable fiberglass buildings, and automated assembly machinery for Applied Solar, Hewlett-Packard, Seagate, Plantronics, Duraflame, Haws and IGT. He currently resides with his wife, Josie, in the High Sierra Mountains near Lake Tahoe, Calif. For many years, Stein has pursued avid interests in renewable energy, alternative healing, sustainable growth and preventative medicine.

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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