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GREENHOUSE GARDENER'S COMPANION

Shane Smith
Paperback

Price: $25.00

An environmentally friendly sourcebook that is actually two books in one, providing everything the gardener needs to know about setting up a healthy, growing environment within a sunspace. Plus, a com…

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An environmentally friendly sourcebook that is actually two books in one, providing everything the gardener needs to know about setting up a healthy, growing environment within a sunspace. Plus, a complete guide to growing flowers, vegetables and herbs in the greenhouse.


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THE SOLAR HOUSE: PASSIVE HEATING AND COOLING

Dan Chiras
Paperback

Price: $29.95

Before you build your home, read this definitive guide to designing with the sun in mind by Mother Earth News contributing editor Dan Chiras. Learn how you can cut your energy bills in half by choosin…

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Before you build your home, read this definitive guide to designing with the sun in mind by Mother Earth News contributing editor Dan Chiras. Learn how you can cut your energy bills in half by choosing the best passive solar heating and cooling techniques.

Passive solar heating and passive cooling — approaches known as natural conditioning — provide comfort throughout the year by reducing, or eliminating, the need for fossil fuel. Yet while heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free for the taking, few modern architects or builders really understand the principles involved.

Now Chiras, author of the popular book The Natural House, brings those principles up to date for a new generation of solar enthusiasts.

The techniques required to heat and cool a building passively have been used for thousands of years. Early societies such as the Native American Anasazis and the ancient Greeks perfected designs that effectively exploited these natural processes. The Greeks considered anyone who didn't use passive solar to heat a home to be a barbarian!

In the United States, passive solar architecture experienced a major resurgence of interest in the 1970s in response to crippling oil embargoes. With grand enthusiasm but with scant knowledge (and sometimes little common sense), architects and builders created a wide variety of solar homes. Some worked pretty well, but looked more like laboratories than houses. Others performed poorly, overheating in the summer because of excessive or misplaced windows and skylights, and growing chilly in the colder months because of insufficient thermal mass and insulation and poor siting.

In The Solar House, Chiras sets the record straight on the vast potential for passive heating and cooling. Acknowledging the good intentions of misguided solar designers in the past, he highlights certain egregious — and entirely avoidable — errors. More importantly, Chiras explains in methodical detail how today's home builders can succeed with solar designs.

Now that energy efficiency measures including higher levels of insulation and multilayered glazing have become standard, it is easier than ever before to create a comfortable and affordable passive solar house that will provide year-round comfort in any climate.

Moreover, because modern building materials and airtight construction methods sometimes result in air-quality and even toxicity problems, Chiras explains state-of-the-art ventilation and filtering techniques that complement the ancient solar strategies of thermal mass and daylighting. Chiras also explains the new diagnostic aids available in printed worksheet or software formats, allowing readers to generate their own design schemes.

About the author
Daniel D. Chiras is the author of The Natural House. He holds a doctorate in physiology and teaches courses on sustainability and environmental health at the Universities of Colorado and the University of Denver. He is the author of five college and high school textbooks as well as other books on global environmental issues. Chiras is also an avid musician, organic gardener, river runner and bicyclist. He lives with his family in a passive solar/solar electric, straw bale and rammed tire house in Evergreen, Colo.


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JUST THE GREATEST LIFE

David Schafer
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Just the Greatest Life is a collection of stories that has warmed hearts around the world. Struggling farmers, amazing neighbors, four-legged friends, and an awe of and appreciation for nature make th…

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Just the Greatest Life is a collection of stories that has warmed hearts around the world. Struggling farmers, amazing neighbors, four-legged friends, and an awe of and appreciation for nature make this self-published page-turner a book you'll read again and again. The editor of Country Journal called it a "pure, inspiring treasure" about a "life gone real." Fellow grass farmer, Joel Salatin, says "Schafer captures the exuberance of newly discovering the 'culture' of agri-culture and the satisfaction of a better way."


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STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING CHICKENS

Gail Damerow
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Price: $19.95

Everything you need to know to raise one chicken or 100. Here is all the information you need to successfully raise chickens — from choosing breeds and hatching chicks to building coops, keeping the b…

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Everything you need to know to raise one chicken or 100. Here is all the information you need to successfully raise chickens — from choosing breeds and hatching chicks to building coops, keeping the birds healthy, and protecting them from predators. This revised third edition contains a new chapter on training chickens and understanding their intelligence, expanded coverage of hobby farming, and up-to-date information on chicken health issues, including avian influenza and fowl first aid.

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HOME CHEESE MAKING (3rd ed)

Ricki Carroll
Paperback

Price: $16.95

The consummate home cheese making book, Home Cheese Making has been updated and revised to reflect the recently revived interest in artisan-quality cheeses and the availability of home cheese making s…

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The consummate home cheese making book, Home Cheese Making has been updated and revised to reflect the recently revived interest in artisan-quality cheeses and the availability of home cheese making supplies and equipment.

Discover 75 recipes for making your own cheese and other dairy products that require basic cheese making techniques and the freshest of ingredients, offering the satisfaction of turning out a coveted delicacy. Among the tested, step-by-step recipes in this cheese making book are farmhouse cheddar, gouda, fromage blanc, queso blanco, mascarpone, ricotta and 30-minute mozzarella. Recipes for dairy products include crème fraîche, sour cream, yogurt, kefir, buttermilk and clotted cream.

As the most comprehensive cheese making book on the market, Home Cheese Making also features recipes for cooking with cheese, including such treats as Ricotta Pancakes with Banana Pecan Syrup, Cream Cheese Muffins, Broiled Pears and Vermont Shepherd Cheese, Prosciutto and Cheese Calzones, and Grilled Vegetable Stacks with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce.

Profiles of home cheese makers and artisan cheese makers scattered throughout this cheese making book share the stories of people who love to make and eat great cheese. Also included in Home Cheese Making is information on how to enjoy homemade cheeses, how to serve a cheese course at home, cheese tips, lore, quotes, a home cheese making glossary and more.

About the author:

Ricki Carroll is the founder of the New England Cheesemaking Supply Company, in Ashfield, Mass., which has been offering cheese support and expertise since 1978.

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THE HERBAL DRUGSTORE

Linda White & Steven Foster
Paperback

Price: $22.99

This is one of the first books to replace specific conventional medications with herbal equivalents. As the natural precursors of today's pharmaceuticals, herbs can reduce, even eliminate, dependence …

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This is one of the first books to replace specific conventional medications with herbal equivalents. As the natural precursors of today's pharmaceuticals, herbs can reduce, even eliminate, dependence on medications. Arranged by ailment, herbal alternatives are offered for more than 500 prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs. More than 100 ailments are covered, and an encyclopedia details more than 70 medicinal herbs.


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SUPERBIA! 31 WAYS TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOODS

Dan Chiras and Dave Wann
Paperback

Price: $7.00

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It's time we moved from commuting to community and Superbia!, a Mother Earth NewsBook for Wiser Living, tells you h…

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CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $19.95. AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

It's time we moved from commuting to community and Superbia!, a Mother Earth News Book for Wiser Living, tells you how. An inspiring book about connecting with our neighbors, connecting our communities to the ecosystem, and connecting our everyday lives to our search for quality and joy.

The book is full of practical ideas for creating more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable neighborhoods. It is about remaking suburban and urban neighborhoods to serve people better and to reduce human impact on the environment.

The authors first trace the history of the suburbs, showing how they fail to meet many peoples' needs. They then describe how existing neighborhoods can be transformed, offering cohousing and new urbanist communities as examples. The reader is then guided through the transformation of a fictitious neighborhood that adopts the authors' 31 steps. Ideas for the blossoming of the suburb are described in order of difficulty, from easy to boldest, including: the creation of a neighborhood newsletter to foster a sense of neighborhood identity and cooperation; regular community dinners, discussion groups and babysitting co-ops; the removal of backyard fences to create park-like spaces for community play areas or gardens; retrofitting homes for energy efficiency, and installing community energy systems.

Examples from all over North America and beyond provide real-life proof that citizen planners can create superbia! And the most comprehensive resource listing imaginable puts all the tools needed at your fingertips.

Well-illustrated and reader-friendly, Superbia! is written primarily for the millions who live in urban areas or existing suburbs. It will also be of major interest to environmentalists, planners, and all who want to create a more humane and nurturing lifestyle.

About the contributors:

Dan Chiras is the father of two boys, and the author more than 20 books on environmental issues and sustainability. He teaches courses on renewable energy, green building and sustainability at Colorado College. His free time is spent mountain biking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, playing music, and gardening with his boys.

Dave Wann worked with the EPA for a decade and is now a writer and video producer. Widely published in magazines, he is co-author of the successful book Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic and two other books about design, as well as six video programs on community.

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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The Natural Plaster Book

Guelberth & Chiras
Paperback

Price: $29.95

This comprehensive guide provides detailed information on three natural plasters-earthen, lime, gypsum and natural finishes. Extremely well-illustrated with drawings and photos, this book teaches the…

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This comprehensive guide provides detailed information on three natural plasters-earthen, lime, gypsum and natural finishes. Extremely well-illustrated with drawings and photos, this book teaches the principles of plastering and plaster techniques, and describes the tools you'll need for a successful plaster job.


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RURAL RENAISSANCE:RENEWING THE QUEST FOR THE GOOD LIFE

IVANKO/KIVIRIST
Paperback

Price: $22.95

In the '60s it was called the "back to the land" movement, and in Helen and Scott Nearing's day, it was "living the good life." Whatever the term, North Americans have always yearned for a simpler way…

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In the '60s it was called the "back to the land" movement, and in Helen and Scott Nearing's day, it was "living the good life." Whatever the term, North Americans have always yearned for a simpler way. But how do you accomplish that today?

Blending inspiration with practical how-to's, Rural Renaissance, a Mother Earth News Book for Wiser Living, captures the American dream of country living for contemporary times. Journey with the authors and experience their lessons, laughter and love for the land as they trade the urban concrete maze for a five-acre organic farm and bed and breakfast in southwestern Wisconsin. Rural living today is a lot more than farming. It's about a creative, nature-based and more self-sufficient lifestyle that combines a love of squash, solar energy, skinny dipping and serendipity.

Among the many topics explored in Rural Renaissance include:

  • "right livelihood" and the good life
  • organic gardening and permaculture
  • renewable energy and energy conservation
  • wholesome organic food, safe water and a natural home
  • simplicity, frugality and freedom
  • green design and recycled materials
  • community, friends and raising a family
  • independence and interdependence
  • wildlife conservation and land stewardship


An authentic tale of a couple whose pioneering spirit and connection to the land reaches out to both the local and global community to make their dream come true, Rural Renaissance will appeal to a wide range of Cultural Creatives, free agents, conservation entrepreneurs and both arm-chair and real-life homesteaders regardless of where they live.

About the Contributors: Lisa Kivirist is an innkeeper, organic farmer and copartner in a marketing consulting company. A former advertising agency fast-tracker, she and her partner are nationally recognized innovative young leaders in the growing rural renaissance movement who have been featured for their contemporary approach to homesteading, conservation and green living in a variety of media. Lisa is the author of Kiss Off Corporate America (Andrews McMeel, 1998).

John Ivanko is an innkeeper, organic farmer and copartner in a marketing consulting company. A former advertising agency fast-tracker, he and his partner are nationally recognized innovative young leaders in the growing rural renaissance movement who have been featured for their contemporary approach to homesteading, conservation and green living in a variety of media. John is also an award-winning photographer and author of and a travel book and several children's photobooks.


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THE GARDENER'S BUG BOOK

Barbara Pleasant
Paperback

Price: $14.95

This guide to garden bugs shows you how to work with nature to reduce pests while producing bountiful, environmentally safe and chemical-free harvests. Includes a list of pests commonly found on 72 ve…

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This guide to garden bugs shows you how to work with nature to reduce pests while producing bountiful, environmentally safe and chemical-free harvests. Includes a list of pests commonly found on 72 vegetables and fruits. Written by contributing editor Barbara Pleasant.

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