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41.

LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS

Richard Louv
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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 SEPTIC SYSTEM OWNERS MANUAL

Lloyd Kahn
Paperback

Price: $17.95

Fix your septic system with The Septic System Owners Manual. Learn how conventional gravity-fed septic systems work. Read about maintenance and upkeep for your septic system.

There is als…

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Fix your septic system with The Septic System Owners Manual. Learn how conventional gravity-fed septic systems work. Read about maintenance and upkeep for your septic system.

There is also basic information on the recent evolution in composting-toilet systems and designs for simple graywater systems.

This is a basic manual for the average homeowner, based on conventional systems and providing practical advice on how to keep these systems up and running.

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 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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ALCOHOL CAN BE A GAS DVD

David Blume
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Price: $16.47

CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $24.97. AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Hear David Blume extol the virtues of ethanol fuel in this two hour lecture, originally given to the Gr…

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CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $24.97. AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Hear David Blume extol the virtues of ethanol fuel in this two hour lecture, originally given to the Green Party of Nevada City, Calif. In this video, you'll learn the history of gasoline and how ethanol fuel has been attacked by the oil industry.


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THE COMPLETE COMPOST GARDENING GUIDE

Barbara Pleasant/D. Martin
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Huge Holiday Gift Sale! Sale Price: $15.96. Enter code MMEEMEBE on the bottom of the Order Review Page during the Check Out Process to receive your discount.

This book turns the compost bin upside dow…

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Huge Holiday Gift Sale! Sale Price: $15.96. Enter code MMEEMEBE on the bottom of the Order Review Page during the Check Out Process to receive your discount.

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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BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS: NATURAL BUILDING METHODS E-BOOK

Mother Earth News
Downloadable PDF (learn more)

Price: $10.00

If you want to build an environmentally friendly house, garage or barn from natural materials, this is the e-book for you. Explore the pros and cons of building with straw, logs, cordwood, earth and local lumber. Learn how to manage local building codes and inspections. And find out how you can design any home to take advantage of solar heat and natural cooling.

Plus, we've included extra articles on green roofing options, used building materials and choosing the perfect plaster.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Buy this e-book for your Kindle reader! Visit Amazon to purchase your Kindle version today!

*E-Books are Eco-friendly! By supporting digital products like this one you help conserve resources and energy that comes with printing standard books. Order your downloadable E-book and start reading today!


50.

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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