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40 PROJECTS FOR BUILDING YOUR BACKYARD HOMESTEAD

David Toht
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Backyard Homesteading addresses the needs of many people who want to take control of the food they eat and the products they use-even if they live in an urban or suburban house on a typical-size lot. …

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Backyard Homesteading addresses the needs of many people who want to take control of the food they eat and the products they use-even if they live in an urban or suburban house on a typical-size lot. It shows homeowners how to turn their yard into a productive and wholesome "homestead" that allows them to grow their own fruits and vegetables and raise farm animals, including chickens, ducks and goats. Backyard Homesteading covers the laws and regulations of raising livestock in populated areas and demonstrates to readers how to use and preserve the bounty they produce.

This wonderful resource also:

  • Speaks to the homeowner who wishes to be self-sufficient and provide wholesome, homegrown food to his or her family
  • Shows how to turn even a small urban or suburban yard into a productive, efficient small farm
  • Covers vegetable gardens, beekeeping and raising farm animals, including chickens, ducks and goats
  • Runs the gamut from planting seeds to canning your own vegetables, from raising farm animals to preserving your own meat and poultry
This is truly a how-to guide for people who want to take control of what they eat and the products they use.

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SELF-RELIANT LIVING

Edited by Jay Cassell
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Being a homesteader today may seem difficult; the world is full of so many gadgets and conveniences, many of which most of us consider necessary to live a full and happy life. In this collection, edi…

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Being a homesteader today may seem difficult; the world is full of so many gadgets and conveniences, many of which most of us consider necessary to live a full and happy life. In this collection, edited and arranged by Jay Cassell, you'll see that going off the grid, adapting to your surroundings, and depending on yourself and your land is not as challenging as one may think. With the information and tips you learn in this book, you'll easily find success as a modern-day homesteader.

The essays featured in The Ultimate Guide to Self-Reliant Living were written by some of today's most respected outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen, nature enthusiasts, agricultural professionals, and successful homesteaders. Through the information on these pages, you will learn the best techniques and approaches concerning:

  • Hunting, fishing and trapping
  • Foraging
  • Growing and preparing your own food
  • Animal husbandry
  • Living off the grid
  • Building barns and outbuildings
  • Green living
  • Country skills
  • Alternative energy, such as solar panels and windmills
  • Primitive survival skills, such as making fires and finding shelter

173.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO SELF-RELIANCE AND COUNTRY SKILLS

Mother Earth News
Paperback

Price: $6.99

Learning to live off the land can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Preparing meals with ingredients that you cultivated yourself provides a feeling of self-accomplishment and the satisfaction…

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Learning to live off the land can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Preparing meals with ingredients that you cultivated yourself provides a feeling of self-accomplishment and the satisfaction of knowing where your food comes from. Being able to successfully run a self-sufficient homestead, no matter whether you live on 1 acre or 10, provides you with benefits such as money saved on bills, healthy and nutritious food, homemade remedies, and so much more.

Growing and raising your own food, completing energy-saving projects and choosing renewable energy, and more are all covered in this 100-page guide. It's jam-packed with articles that will help you start your journey toward making life more self-sufficient.

Read how to plan the perfect homestead and design your homestead on only 1 acre of land. Learn to build the best greenhouses and garden fences. Discover how to plan for food self-sufficiency and maximize your harvest.

More articles include:
Find Your Country Property - Follow this advice to locate the property that's just right for you.

Space-Saving Home Design - Has clutter taken over your life? Make your house feel bigger by tapping into five strategies that makes your homework far more efficiently.

Make Your Own Herbal Medicine - To find ingredients for many basic herbal remedies, you often need to look no further than your own backyard.

Raising Chickens for Meat - Want to ensure that the chicken on your plate was raised and processed humanely? Do it yourself!

Keeping Bees in Top-Bar Hives - Use this less-expensive method to raise bees that will pollinate your crops and provide tasty honey fresh from the comb.

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ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT

Stan Cox
Hardcover

Price: $26.95

Rationing: It's a word-and idea-that people often loathe and fear. Health care expert Henry Aaron has compared mentioning the possibility of rationing to "shouting an obscenity in church." Yet societi…

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Rationing: It's a word-and idea-that people often loathe and fear. Health care expert Henry Aaron has compared mentioning the possibility of rationing to "shouting an obscenity in church." Yet societies ration food, water, medical care and fuel all the time, with those who can pay the most getting the most. As Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen has said, the results can be "thoroughly unequal and nasty."

In Any Way You Slice It, Stan Cox shows that rationing is not just a quaint practice restricted to World War II memoirs and 1970s gas station lines. Instead, he persuasively argues that rationing is a vital concept for our fragile present, an era of dwindling resources and environmental crises. Any Way You Slice It takes us on a fascinating search for alternative ways of apportioning life's necessities, from the goal of "fair shares for all" during wartime in the 1940s to present-day water rationing in a Mumbai slum; from the bread shops of Cairo to the struggle for fairness in American medicine and carbon rationing on Norfolk Island in the Pacific. Cox's question: Can we limit consumption while assuring everyone a fair share?

The author of Losing Our Cool, the much-debated and widely acclaimed examination of air-conditioning's many impacts, here turns his attention to the politically explosive topic of how we share our planet's resources.

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FIX IT, MAKE IT, GROW IT, BAKE IT

Billee Sharp
Paperback

Price: $15.95

Author Billee Sharp shares her freecycling, budget-savvy, barter-better wisdom in this step-by-step handbook to revolutionizing your spending habits and reclaiming your quality of life. Fix It, Make I…

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Author Billee Sharp shares her freecycling, budget-savvy, barter-better wisdom in this step-by-step handbook to revolutionizing your spending habits and reclaiming your quality of life. Fix It, Make It, Grow It, Bake It is an inspiring and instructive guide to living the handmade life by consuming less and creating more. Practical and profound, this handy how-to covers every area of life and offers easy-to-do tips, recipes, and advice on saving money and the planet. You and your family can live more joyfully and far more creatively, all on a dime. The best things in life are free-or if they aren't, you can have a lot of fun making them.

Learn how to:

  • Ditch the lawn and raise organic veggies
  • Cook healthy meals for pennies
  • Eco-clean your house with lemons and lavender
  • Cure minor maladies from the kitchen cabinet
  • Join a seed sharing community garden
  • Save big dollars with small repairs
  • Organize a free market
  • Put the "happy" back in your holidays

176.

MUD SEASON

Ellen Stimson
Hardcover

Price: $23.95

After a getaway in gorgeous rural Vermont-its mountains ablaze in autumnal glory, its Main Streets quaint and welcoming-Ellen Stimson and her family make up their minds even before they get back to St…

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After a getaway in gorgeous rural Vermont-its mountains ablaze in autumnal glory, its Main Streets quaint and welcoming-Ellen Stimson and her family make up their minds even before they get back to St. Louis: "We're moving to Vermont!" The reality, they quickly learn, is not quite as glorious, often far too quaint, but, happily, worth all the trouble.

In self-deprecating and hilarious fashion, Mud Season chronicles Stimson's transition from city life to small Vermont farmhouse. When she decides she wants to own and operate the old-fashioned village store in idyllic Dorset, population 2,036, one of the oldest continually operating country stores in the nation, she learns the hard way that "improvements" are not always welcomed warmly by folks who like things just fine the way they've always been.

She dreams of patrons streaming in for fresh-made sandwiches and an old-timey candy counter, but she learns they're boycotting the store. Why? "The bread," they tell her, "you moved the bread from where it used to be." Can the citified newcomer turn the tide of mistrust before she ruins the business altogether?

Follow the author to her wits' end and back, through her full immersion into rural life-swapping high heels for muck boots; raising chickens and sheep; fighting off skunks, foxes and bears; and making a few friends and allies in a tiny town steeped in history, local tradition and that dyed-in-the-wool Vermont "character."

177.

GUIDE TO WILD FOODS AND USEFUL PLANTS

Christopher Nyerges
Paperback

Price: $24.95

An array of abundant wild foods is available to hikers, campers, foragers or anyone interested in living closer to the earth. But Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants is more than a listing of plant …

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An array of abundant wild foods is available to hikers, campers, foragers or anyone interested in living closer to the earth. But Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants is more than a listing of plant types-it teaches how to recognize edible plants and where to find them, their medicinal and nutritional properties, and their growing cycles. Christopher Nyerges, a leading expert on wild foods and a well-known teacher of survival skills, includes in this new edition of the book more than 70 plants found all around the United States. Accompanying them are more than 100 full-color photos, plus handy leaf, fruit and seed keys to help readers identify the plants. You'll also discover fascinating folklore about plants, Nyerges' personal anecdotes about trips and meals, and simple and tasty recipes.

178.

WIND ENERGY BASICS (2ND EDITION)

Paul Gipe
Paperback

Price: $29.95

This is one of the best basic guides to planning, purchasing, siting and installing small wind systems, including an analysis of the most affordable small wind generators for home use.

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This is one of the best basic guides to planning, purchasing, siting and installing small wind systems, including an analysis of the most affordable small wind generators for home use.

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.

179.

PREPPER'S LONG-TERM SURVIVAL GUIDE

Jim Cobb
Paperback

Price: $15.95

The deadly danger of disasters doesn't end when the waters recede or the earth stops shaking; it has just begun. The Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide goes beyond the basics of surviving in the immed…

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The deadly danger of disasters doesn't end when the waters recede or the earth stops shaking; it has just begun. The Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide goes beyond the basics of surviving in the immediate aftermath of catastrophe and teaches readers how to cope with the problems and challenges that can continue for weeks, months and even years.

Including everything from pre-disaster prepping tips to post-catastrophe instructions for making life easier on the whole family, the book is a bible for anyone who hopes to stay alive. Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide balances hard-core planning (such as purifying water and building emergency food storage that doesn't require a power source) with simple ideas that can make all the difference (such as having portable solar panels to charge cell phones for vital communication and laptops for much-needed family entertainment).

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