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171.

HANDY FARM DEVICES AND HOW TO MAKE THEM, 2nd EDITION

Rolfe Cobleigh
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Handy Farm Devices, Second Edition, is as useful and pertinent for homesteaders and small-scale farmers today as it was when it was first published nearly 100 years ago. A wealth of labor- and money-s…

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Handy Farm Devices, Second Edition, is as useful and pertinent for homesteaders and small-scale farmers today as it was when it was first published nearly 100 years ago. A wealth of labor- and money-saving projects fills this century-old guide to low-tech property maintenance along with easy-to-follow instructions and practical illustrations. Within the pages of this book you will learn to make:

  • Spill-proof chicken wateres
  • Portable chicken coops
  • A lightweight orchard ladder
  • A small truss bridge
  • An easy fence-post and stump-puller
  • Gates that don't sag
  • Gates that lift over snowdrifts
  • A handy wood splitter
  • A bicycle-powered washing machine
  • And much more
Handy Farm Devices, Second Edition is a rare and engaging combination of nostalgic Americana and helpful instruction, sure to appeal to everyone inclined toward self-sufficiency and the country life.

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ROSEMARY GLADSTAR'S HERBAL RECIPES FOR VIBRANT HEALTH

Rosemary Gladstar
Paperback

Price: $16.95

This practical compendium of herbal wisdom is a must-have for everyone. Promote vibrant health and radiant beauty, soothe everyday ailments, and ease stress and anxiety with 175 simple herbal recipes …

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This practical compendium of herbal wisdom is a must-have for everyone. Promote vibrant health and radiant beauty, soothe everyday ailments, and ease stress and anxiety with 175 simple herbal recipes for everything from infant colic to dry skin to cold symptoms to insomnia.

Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar provides time-tested natural therapies and herbal remedies that are safe, effective and easy to use. She guides you every step of the way, from the growing and ecologically sound harvesting of herbs to basic preparations and dosage directions. Originally published in hardcover as Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal, this comprehensive recipe collection offers a potent prescription for energy, health, and vitality at every stage of life. Nurture yourself and those you love with nature’s healing herbs.

About the author

A devoted advocate and educator for herbalism, Rosemary Gladstar opened her own herb store in 1972 — calling it "Rosemary's Garden" — and has been sharing her love for herbs ever since. Highly respected as one of the "mothers" of the contemporary herbal movement, Gladstar is the founder and president of United Plant Savers, co-founder and director of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center and Native Plant Preserve, director of the International Herb Symposium, co-director of the New England Women's Herbal Conference, and founder and former director of The California School of Herbal Studies. She has been an herbal education teacher at many colleges, universities, medical centers and conferences. Gladstar lives in Vermont.

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SIMPLY IMPERFECT: REVISITING THE WABI-SABI HOUSE

Robyn Griggs Lawrence
Paperback

Price: $10.15

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Wabi-sabi is about appreciating the simple and letting go of the superficial – the perfect antidote for a society in recovery from a decades-long consumerist binge. In 2004 The Wabi-Sabi House introduced this ancient Japanese philosophy to North America. Simply Imperfect is a fully revised and updated edition of The Wabi-Sabi House, aimed at moving past our belief in life, liberty and the pursuit of stuff to finding beauty in austerity, serenity and authenticity.

Far more than home décor, wabi-sabi is a state of mind: living modestly in the moment, stripping away the unnecessary, finding satisfaction in everyday things. Simply Imperfect recounts wabi-sabi's rich history, tracing it from its Zen Buddhist roots through to the present day. This beautifully illustrated book reveals ways to introduce wabi-sabi into your home such as:

  • Clearing clutter and blocking noise
  • Integrating salvaged and recycled materials
  • Making and growing things yourself (or supporting local artisans who do)
  • Taking time and space for self-reflection

Wabi-sabi is everything that today's sleek, plastic, technology-saturated culture isn't. Simply Imperfect asks readers to see that mass-produced perfection is seductive but boring. This gentle book is for anyone who is overwhelmed by consumerism or whose focus has shifted from getting more to getting by.

About the Author
Robyn Griggs Lawrence was the editor at large for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Natural Home & Garden and The Herb Companion. She is a prolific writer and speaker on topics ranging from green building and ecological design to organic gardening. She has been instrumental in introducing the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi to a Western audience.

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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THE CREATIVE HERBAL HOME

Susan Belsinger & Tina Wilcox
Paperback

Price: $12.42

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The Creative Herbal Home is a guide for both the beginner and experienced home herbalist. It contains basic and detailed information about using common household ingredients combined with herbs and essential oils to make an array of herbal products for the home. The book includes informative chapters on herbs, essential oils, ingredients, definitions of terms, and a chapter on plant chemicals for those who want to dive deeper into the science.

The kitchen is the authors' laboratory for herbal alchemy, where they create items for the pantry, as well as household preparations, gardening comforts, remedies, tinctures and even first aid kits. You can create sensual pleasures for soothing and renewing the body in the bath using the book's body care recipes. We hope that this book will give you the tools as well as inspire your own creative herbal home.

About the authors:
Herbal cohorts Susan Belsinger and Tina Marie Wilcox have been working together for more than 10 years on projects and presentations, from gardening to teaching and writing from their respective homes. Belsinger lives in Maryland, and Wilcox lives in Arkansas. With infectious enthusiasm, both women love sharing their knowledge of herbs, plants and gardening with like-minded people. They passionately agree that herbs are a way of life.

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THE CLEANER PLATE CLUB

Beth Bader, Alison Benjamin
Paperback

Price: $7.46

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Are you weary of trying to get your children to eat something —anything — other than macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets? Tired of worrying about their nutrition and struggling with them at every meal? The Cleaner Plate Club comes to the rescue. Authors Beth Bader and Alison Benjamin offer easy recipes and expert advice to help you find ways to get your kids to eat non-processed food and — guess what? — enjoy it! Their fresh ideas will help you present foods that are appealing to kids, eliminate food waste, and finally quit worrying about what your children eat. A must-have for any mom or dad, The Cleaner Plate Club is a recipe for healthier kids and happier parents.

176.

CONVERT YOUR HOME TO SOLAR ENERGY

Everett Barber & Joseph Provey
Paperback

Price: $13.73

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This definitive homeowner's guide to solar energy has arrived at just the right time. With the cost of heating oil a…

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This definitive homeowner's guide to solar energy has arrived at just the right time. With the cost of heating oil and electricity fluctuating wildly, consumers are clamoring for information on alternative energy. This book covers all the relevant technologies, including solar space and water heating, as well as photovoltaic electricity.

It's practical (with cost calculators, tips on taking advantage of rebates and tax incentives, and advice on finding specialized contractors). And it's authoritative, written by a recognized expert in the field, Everett Barber, Jr., who has 30 years' experience installing all kinds of solar energy systems. Co-author Joseph Provey has been writing about the topic for almost as long. Together, they cover every facet of planning, installing, operating and maintaining a residential solar energy system.

About the Authors

Everett M. Barber, Jr. is the founder of Sunsearch, Inc., a business he ran for more than 30 years until he recently retired to speak and write about energy matters. During that time, he and his company designed and installed thousands of solar systems in the southern New England area. In addition, Barber was an adjunct professor of Environmental Technologies at Yale University, where he taught courses in thermal analysis of buildings; system design for heating, ventilating and air conditioning; plumbing systems; electrical systems; and fire-safe building design. Barber is a member of the American Solar Energy Society, International Solar Energy Society, and ASHRAE. At the latter, he served on the committee that developed the internationally accepted standard for testing of solar thermal collectors.

Joseph R. Provey wrote his first articles about solar energy, wind power, wood heat, and saving energy during the last energy crisis, in the late 1970s -- and he's still on the beat. More recently, he has written on energy-related topics for Popular Mechanics, Fine Homebuilding, Handy magazine, and in his latest book, The Little Green Book: 365 Ways to Love the Planet. Provey has also served as chief editor to several national home improvement magazines, including The Family Handyman, Home Mechanix and Practical Homeowner.

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GARDEN ANYWHERE: WITHOUT SPENDING A FORTUNE

Alys Fowler
Paperback

Price: $17.20

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Have a small patch of soil? Or just a window box? Not a problem. Garden Anywhere shows how anyone can…

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Have a small patch of soil? Or just a window box? Not a problem. Garden Anywhere shows how anyone can create an oasis in the smallest of spaces. We're not talking just a simple pot of marigolds here. Garden Anywhere outlines everything an aspiring gardener needs to know to sow a bounteous, thriving garden. Alys Fowler, trained at the New York Botanical Garden, guides readers through the process from the ground up — from planning the garden to composting, pruning, harvesting and propagating. Stylish photos illustrate the how-tos while Fowler shares tips on creating gorgeous container gardens, herb gardens, kitchen gardens and more, without spending a fortune.

Alys Fowler trained at the New York Botanical Garden. Currently, she serves as head gardener at Berryfields, the location for BBC's Gardener's World television program. She resides in the United Kingdom.

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GROW GREAT GRUB: ORGANIC FOOD FROM SMALL SPACES

Gayla Trail
Paperback

Price: $19.99

Grow Great Grub packs in tips and essential information about:

- Choosing a location and making the most of your soil (even if it’s less than perfect)
- Building a raised bed, comp…

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Grow Great Grub packs in tips and essential information about:

- Choosing a location and making the most of your soil (even if it’s less than perfect)
- Building a raised bed, compost bin and self-watering container using recycled materials
- Keeping pests and diseases away from your plants — the toxin-free way
- Growing bountiful crops in pots and selecting the best heirloom varieties
- Cultivating hundreds of plants, from blueberries to Thai basil, to the best tomatoes you’ll ever taste
- Canning and preserving to make the most of your garden’s generosity
- Growing and building projects that are green-friendly, cost-saving, smart and stylish
- And much more!

Whether you’re looking to eat on a budget or simply experience the pleasure of picking tonight’s meal from right outside your door, this is the must-have book for small-space gardeners — no backyard required.

About the author: Gayla Trail is the creator of the acclaimed gardening website yougrowgirl.com. Her work as a writer and photographer has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Newsweek, Budget Living and ReadyMade. A resident of Toronto, she has grown a garden on her rooftop for more than 10 years.

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SHADE: IDEAS AND INSPIRATION FOR SHADY GARDENS

Keith Wiley
Paperback

Price: $9.06

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Shade is a reality in nearly every garden, and this guide will help any gardener, experienced or inexpe…

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Shade is a reality in nearly every garden, and this guide will help any gardener, experienced or inexperienced, take full advantage of those sometimes tricky shaded areas. After looking at shade in different situations — in different sizes and types of gardens, in specific areas within the garden such as hedges and other barriers, and in vertical elements such as pergolas and arches — the book then considers the characteristics of shade-loving plants, looking at brightly colored flowers as well as at plants with distinct types of foliage. Readers will also learn how to use plant companions to create striking designs in addition to the practicalities of preparing, planting and maintaining a shade garden.

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TRANSFORMING YOUR KITCHEN WITH STOCK CABINETRY

Jonathan and Sherry Benson
Paperback

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With so many attractive stock cabinetry designs available, creating the kitchen of your dreams no longer involves the budget-busting price tag of custom-made cabinets. In fact, you'll be amazed as cabinetmaker Jonathan Benson shows you how to beautifully — and affordably — transform your kitchen by using money-saving stock cabinetry and a well-thought-out plan.

From having a solid design that meets the needs of everyone using the space, to advice and lessons on what to know before going cabinet shopping, or how to live in a construction zone, Benson and his wife, Sherry, a former chef and restaurant owner, show you how a little teamwork can make a kitchen remodel go more smoothly.

Transforming Your Kitchen with Stock Cabinetry will put you right in the heart of a remodeling project, which happens to be the Bensons' own kitchen, and guide you through the complete process. The inspirational gallery at the end of the book is filled with beautiful photos and gives true meaning to the term "dream kitchen."

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