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CHICKENS IN YOUR BACKYARD

Rick & Gail Luttmann
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Your backyard can be the source of the best eggs and meat you've ever tasted by raising your own chickens. They require only a modest outlay of time, space and food. This 148-page book covers all the …

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Your backyard can be the source of the best eggs and meat you've ever tasted by raising your own chickens. They require only a modest outlay of time, space and food. This 148-page book covers all the basics in a light and entertaining style, from housing and feeding through incubating, bringing up chicks, butchering and raising chickens for show.

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EARTHBAG BUILDING

Kaki Hunter & Donald Kiffmeyer
Paperback

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More than 70% of Americans cannot afford to own a code-enforced, contractor-built home. This has led to widespread interest in using natural materials — straw, cob and earth — for building homes and o…

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More than 70% of Americans cannot afford to own a code-enforced, contractor-built home. This has led to widespread interest in using natural materials — straw, cob and earth — for building homes and other buildings that are inexpensive, and that rely largely on labor rather than expensive and often environmentally-damaging outsourced materials.

Earthbag Building, a Mother Earth News Book for Wiser Living, is the first comprehensive guide to all the tools, tricks and techniques for building with bags filled with earth — or earthbags. Having been introduced to sandbag construction by the renowned Nader Khalili in 1993, the authors developed this "Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique" over the last decade. A reliable method for constructing homes, outbuildings, garden walls and much more, this enduring, tree-free architecture can also be used to create arched and domed structures of great beauty — in any region, at home, in developing countries or in emergency relief work.

This fully-illustrated guide first discusses the many merits of earthbag construction, and then leads the reader through the key elements of an earthbag building:

  • Special design considerations
  • Foundations, walls and floors
  • Electrical, plumbing and shelving
  • Lintels, windows and door installations
  • Roofs, arches and domes
  • Exterior and interior plasters


With dedicated sections on costs, making your own specialized tools, and building code considerations, as well as a complete resources guide, Earthbag Building is the long-awaited, definitive guide to this uniquely pleasing construction style.

About the contributors:

Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer have been involved in the construction industry for the last 20 years, specializing in affordable, low-tech, low-impact building methods that are as natural as possible. Together, over the last nine years they developed the "Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique" of building affordably with earthbags. They have taught the subject and contributed their expertise to several books on natural building.

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THE HERBAL HOME REMEDY BOOK

Joyce A. Wardwell
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Acquire herbal healing wisdom with this guide to gathering, drying, storing, and blending 25 common herbs. Create your own all-natural home medicine cabinet filled with teas, tinctures, salves, syrups…

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Acquire herbal healing wisdom with this guide to gathering, drying, storing, and blending 25 common herbs. Create your own all-natural home medicine cabinet filled with teas, tinctures, salves, syrups and lozenges.

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THE GARDENER'S WEED BOOK: EARTH SAFE CONTROLS

Barbara Pleasant
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This easy-to-use refrence from gardening expert Barbara Pleasant covers the pros and cons of weeds, …

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This easy-to-use refrence from gardening expert Barbara Pleasant covers the pros and cons of weeds, recommends proven organic methods for controlling unwanted weeds, and presents an illustrated encyclopedia of dozens of the most common weeds.

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BIODIESEL

Greg Pahl
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Price: $19.95

Biodiesel is a vegetable-oil based fuel more biodegradable than sugar and less toxic than table salt. In this essential book, author Greg Pahl explores biodiesel's exciting potential as a fuel for veh…

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Biodiesel is a vegetable-oil based fuel more biodegradable than sugar and less toxic than table salt. In this essential book, author Greg Pahl explores biodiesel's exciting potential as a fuel for vehicles, home heating and more. It includes resources for buying or making your own biodiesel.

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MAKING AND USING DRIED FOODS

Phyllis Hobson
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through the process of drying and storing more than 100 kinds of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and herbs. There are even complete plans for building your…

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Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through the process of drying and storing more than 100 kinds of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and herbs. There are even complete plans for building your own food dryer. As seen in the Seed Savers Exchange catalog.

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HERBS FOR NATURAL BEAUTY

Rosemary Gladstar
Paperback

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Internationally known herbalist Rosemary Gladstar offers a healing, holistic approach to beauty and b…

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Internationally known herbalist Rosemary Gladstar offers a healing, holistic approach to beauty and body care, including her own Five-Step Skin Care Program.

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AROMATHERAPY: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE HEALING ART

Kathi Keville & Mindy Green
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This complete guide presents everything you need to know to enhance your health, beauty and emotional well-being through the practice of aromatherapy. Kathi Keville and Mindy Green, who are masters in…

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This complete guide presents everything you need to know to enhance your health, beauty and emotional well-being through the practice of aromatherapy. Kathi Keville and Mindy Green, who are masters in the fields of herbalism and aromatherapy, offer a fresh perspective on the most fragrant of the healing arts and discuss such topics as:

  • The history and theory of fragrance.
  • Therapeutic uses of aromatherapy for circulation, digestion, respiration, immunity, and more.
  • Instructions for creating personal beauty and skin-care products.
  • Techniques for the home distillation and blending of essential oils.
  • A materia medica listing the origins and uses of commonly available essential oils.

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THE HAND-SCULPTED HOUSE: BUILDING A COB COTTAGE

Evans, Smith, Smiley
Paperback

Price: $35.00

Cob cottages are the ultimate expression of ecological design. Made of earth, clay, sand, straw and water, they are their surroundings, literally rising up from the earth. These houses are light, ener…

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Cob cottages are the ultimate expression of ecological design. Made of earth, clay, sand, straw and water, they are their surroundings, literally rising up from the earth. These houses are light, energy-efficient and cozy, with curved walls and built-in whimsical touches.

The Hand-Sculpted House is theoretical and philosophical, but intensely practical as well. You will get all the how-to information to undertake an earth and straw building project. As the modern world rediscovers the importance of living in sustainable harmony with the environment, this book is a bible of radical simplicity.

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GOT SUN? GO SOLAR

Rex A. Ewing and Doug Pratt
Paperback

Price: $20.00

If you're considering a solar or wind system for your home or business, this solar power guide is a valuable resource. In Got Sun? Go Solar, the authors explain how installing a solar or wind system i…

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If you're considering a solar or wind system for your home or business, this solar power guide is a valuable resource. In Got Sun? Go Solar, the authors explain how installing a solar or wind system is an economically attractive and environmentally responsible option.

From Vermont to California, homeowners are plugging in to a hot new idea — reducing or eliminating their electric bills by using free energy from the sun and wind. In this straight-talking new solar power guide, authors Rex Ewing and Doug Pratt tell other grid-connected homeowners how to capture alternative energy and put it to use in their home.

Renewable energy is going mainstream, thanks to affordable new technologies with rebates and incentives from many states. Today more and more homeowners believe that installing a home RE system is the economically-attractive and environmentally-responsible thing to do. Whether they install a solar/wind system to benefit their checkbooks or to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, they also enjoy the added independence of a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

This solar power guide covers battery backup versus non-battery systems, as well as equipment needed and installation considerations. Other topics include legal and safety issues, incentives/rebates, and permits and paperwork. An extensive appendix of resources, state energy offices, system sizing worksheets, and much more turns this 160-page book (filled with more than 120 photos and illustrations) into a must-have book for anyone interested in exploring their power options.

Contents:

  • Why invest in renewable energy for your home?
  • Is it legal and safe?
  • How solar electricity works
  • Batteries or not?
  • Sizing your system
  • Got Wind?
  • What does it cost?
  • Any financial help out there?
  • Permits and Paperwork
  • The Nuts and Bolts: what to look for, what to avoid
  • Who does the installation?
  • Appendix: manufacturers, web resources, state energy offices, sizing worksheets, glossary and more

About the authors:

The authors of this solar power guide know firsthand how these systems work. Rex Ewing, author of Power With Nature has lived off-the-grid in the Colorado Rockies since 1999. Doug Pratt, the former technical editor of the Solar Living Sourcebook, lives in a grid-tied home in northern California, and has been on the front lines of the renewable energy revolution since 1985.

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 its readers. For nearly 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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