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91.

SOAPMAKING THE NATURAL WAY

Rebecca Ittner
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Here's where simple techniques meet 100% natural soaps that please the eye, the nose and the environment! Made with the safe and simple melt-and-pour method, these projects feature a delicious range o…

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Here's where simple techniques meet 100% natural soaps that please the eye, the nose and the environment! Made with the safe and simple melt-and-pour method, these projects feature a delicious range of eco-friendly and animal-free ingredients — from oatmeal and lavender to honeysuckle and clay. The ins-and-outs of soap bases, colorants and essential oils all receive detailed attention. Soapmaking the Natural Way is an affordable, informative and inspiring resource.


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THE SHEER ECSTASY OF BEING A LUNATIC FARMER

Joel Salatin
Paperback

Price: $25.00

Shunned by industrial farmers, vilified by corporate agri-business, and stalked by food police as being a lunatic, farmer-entrepreneur Joel Salatin enjoys the sheer ecstasy of being surrounded by happ…

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Shunned by industrial farmers, vilified by corporate agri-business, and stalked by food police as being a lunatic, farmer-entrepreneur Joel Salatin enjoys the sheer ecstasy of being surrounded by happy, frolicking animals, dancing earthworms, and appreciative customers.

His family's farm nestled in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley has achieved iconic status worldwide by featuring prominently in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Food. Inc., and the documentary, Fresh," as well as the runaway New York Times best-seller The Omnivore's Dilemma. From his own pen, Salatin explains both the rationale for the satisfaction from a solar-driven, pastured-based, locally-marketed, symbiotic, synergistic, relationally-oriented farm.

This book describes, with stories and evangelistic fervor, the breadth and depth of the paradigm differences between healing and exploitive food systems. A landscape and food policy epiphany awaits every reader.

About the author

Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm, arguably the nation's most famous farm since it was profiled in Michael Pollan's New York Times best-seller, The Omnivore's Dilemma and two subsequent documentaries, "Food, Inc.", and "Fresh." An accomplished author and public speaker, Salatin has authored seven books. Recognition for his ecological and local-based farming advocacy includes an honorary doctorate, the Heinz Award, and many leadership awards.


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THE RESILIENT GARDENER

Carol Deppe
Paperback

Price: $29.95

Scientist and gardener Carol Deppe combines her passion for gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fields — resilience science, climatology, climate change, ecology, anthropolo…

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Scientist and gardener Carol Deppe combines her passion for gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fields — resilience science, climatology, climate change, ecology, anthropology, paleontology, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, health and medicine. In the last half of The Resilient Gardener, Deppe extends and illustrates these principles with detailed information about growing and using five key crops: potatoes, corn, beans, squash and eggs.

In this book you’ll learn how to:

  • Garden in an era of unpredictable weather and climate change
  • Grow, store, and use more of your own staple crops
  • Garden efficiently and comfortably (even if you have a bad back)
  • Grow, store, and cook different varieties of potatoes and save your own potato seed
  • Grow the right varieties of corn to make your own gourmet-quality, fast-cooking polenta, cornbread, parched corn, corn cakes, pancakes and even savory corn gravy
  • Make whole-grain, corn-based breads and cakes using the author’s original gluten-free recipes involving no other grains, artificial binders, or dairy products
  • Grow and use popbeans and other grain legumes
  • Grow, store, and use summer, winter, and drying squash
  • Keep a home laying flock of ducks or chickens; integrate them with your gardening, and grow most of their feed
The Resilient Gardener is both a conceptual and a hands-on gardening book, and is suitable for gardeners at all levels of experience. Resilience here is broadly conceived and encompasses a full range of problems, from personal hard times such as injuries, family crises, financial problems, health problems, and special dietary needs (gluten intolerance, food allergies, carbohydrate sensitivity, and a need for weight control) to serious regional and global disasters and climate change. It is a supremely optimistic as well as realistic book about how resilient gardeners and their gardens can flourish even in challenging times and help their communities to survive and thrive through everything that comes their way — from tomorrow through the next thousand years.


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SHELTERS, SHACKS AND SHANTIES AND HOW TO BUILD THEM, 2ND ED.

D.C. Beard
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Shelters, Shacks and Shanties, Second Edition presents lively, step-by-step tutelage on building all types of temporary and long-term accommodations from both natural and man-made materials. Originall…

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Shelters, Shacks and Shanties, Second Edition presents lively, step-by-step tutelage on building all types of temporary and long-term accommodations from both natural and man-made materials. Originally published in 1914, this practical classic is as essential a guide for today's modern homesteader as it was at the turn of the 20th century.

Included are instructions for dozens of worry-free shelters for you to choose from, including a sod house for the lawn, a treetop house, over-water camps, a bog ken and much more. Satisfying the builder's need for the creature comforts of home, it also provides tips on how to build hearths and chimneys, notched log ladders, and even how to rig a front door with a secret look. Illustrated throughout with a bounty of helpful line drawings, Shelters, Shacks and Shanties, Second Edition harkens back to the can-do spirit of the American frontier that still thrives today.


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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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CHICK DAYS

Jenna Woginrich
Paperback

Price: $7.17

CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $14.95. AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Do you want to raise chickens but don’t know where to begin? Then you need Chick Days, an entertaining photographi…....More

Hide CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $14.95. AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Do you want to raise chickens but don’t know where to begin? Then you need Chick Days, an entertaining photographic guide that chronicles the life journey of three chickens (Amelia, Honey and Tilda) from newly hatched fluffy butterballs to adult laying hens. Day by day and week by week, you’ll watch these three chickens grow and change, and along the way you’ll learn everything you need to know about chicken behavior, feeding, housing, hygiene and health care. The witty writing of Jenna Woginrich (author of Made from Scratch) paired with photography by Mars Vilaubi (who raised the chickens himself, along with his wife and son) will give every chicken-lover the confidence and enthusiasm to raise a flock.


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HERB MIXTURES AND SPICY BLENDS

Maggie Oster
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Spice rubs and herb blends are some of the hottest elements of today's healthful cooking. Here are more than 100 tasty recipes from herb shops and herb farms across North America.

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Spice rubs and herb blends are some of the hottest elements of today's healthful cooking. Here are more than 100 tasty recipes from herb shops and herb farms across North America.

Why not add Kate's Savory Seasoning, Taos Lightning Chili Powder, and Fanny Couch's Pungent Curry Powder to the oregano and basil already on your herbal spice rack? Jazz up your family's favorite soups, salads, meats, vegetables and desserts with one of these homemade blends developed by specialty herb shops.


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HERBAL VINEGAR

Maggie Oster
Paperback

Price: $14.95

First make dozens of vinegars with recipes that feature various herbs, spices, vegetables and flowers. Then put your vinegars to flavorful use in more than 100 recipes for everything from appetizers t…

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First make dozens of vinegars with recipes that feature various herbs, spices, vegetables and flowers. Then put your vinegars to flavorful use in more than 100 recipes for everything from appetizers to entrees.

This book covers it all, including directions for buying, making and flavoring inexpensive, easy-to-make vinegars. There are recipes for using flavored vinegars and step-by-step instructions for growing flavorful herbs indoor and out. Also, gift packaging ideas and customized labels and household uses and hints for more than 100 home uses for vinegar.


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SUGAR SNAPS AND STRAWBERRIES

Andrea Bellamy
Paperback

Price: $8.77

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Imagine savoring fresh-picked strawberries on a weekend morning, plucking plump figs from your mini-orchard to quart…

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Imagine savoring fresh-picked strawberries on a weekend morning, plucking plump figs from your mini-orchard to quarter and serve at a farm-to-table meal with friends, or harvesting and sauteing the edible stalks of garlic bulbs. If the size of your space is bringing you back to reality, here's the best part: You don't need a big backyard to grow your own food. In fact, you don't need a yard at all.

Andrea Bellamy, founder of the acclaimed blog Heavy Petal, gives you the dirt on growing gorgeous organic food with little square footage. Simple, straightforward advice for designing your space and growing your harvest will help you transform just a snippet of space into a stylish and edible oasis. Bellamy goes beyond the surface and shows you how to create and maintain healthy soil, decide what and when to plant, sow seeds and harvest, and most importantly, enjoy the process. So go ahead, picture that tiny nook, corner, strip, porch, alley, balcony or postage-stamp-sized yard overflowing with fingerling potatoes, fragrant herbs, sugar snap peas, French breakfast radishes and scarlet runner beans.

Armed with luscious photography, encouraging tips and sophisticated designs, you're sure to be inspired to join the grow-your-own revolution.

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