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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 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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MICROHYDRO CLEAN POWER FROM WATER

Scott Davis
Paperback

Price: $22.95

If you live near a river or stream, Microhydro, a Mother Earth NewsBook for Wiser Living, explains everything you need to know to produce electricity for your home. This book outlines the basic requi…

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If you live near a river or stream, Microhydro, a Mother Earth News Book for Wiser Living, explains everything you need to know to produce electricity for your home. This book outlines the basic requirements and approximate costs of home-scale hydroelectric systems that let you create clean, off-grid independent power.

Hydroelectricity is the world's largest — and cleanest — source of renewable energy. But despite lively interest in renewables generally, there is an information vacuum about the smallest version of the technology dubbed "the simplest, most reliable and least expensive way to generate power off grid."

Highly illustrated and practical, Microhydro is the first complete book on the topic in a decade. Covering both AC and DC systems, it covers principles, design and site considerations, equipment options, and legal, environmental and economic factors.

About the author

Scott Davis has decades of experience operating, installing, designing, selling and teaching about microhydro technology. An award-winner in the field, he currently works as a system designer and retailer with an alternative energy company for whom he has authored an online microhydro course.


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GARDENER'S A-Z GUIDE TO GROWING ORGANIC FOOD

Tanya Denckla
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Enjoy guaranteed organic produce with this comprehensive plant-by-plant reference for how to select, grow, harvest, and store more than 765 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts. Also includ…

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Enjoy guaranteed organic produce with this comprehensive plant-by-plant reference for how to select, grow, harvest, and store more than 765 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts. Also included are more than 100 up-to-the-minute organic remedies for 201 diseases and pests. This is the book to demystify the complex organic systems of the garden, and make healthful vegetable gardening easier and more fun.


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GARDEN STONE

Barbara Pleasant
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Practical information and more than 250 inspiring photographs explain how to use stone and plants together to create contrasting textures and colors in the garden. Stone projects are clearly described…

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Practical information and more than 250 inspiring photographs explain how to use stone and plants together to create contrasting textures and colors in the garden. Stone projects are clearly described and gardeners will appreciate Barbara Pleasant's helpful tips on growing plants in paths and stone walls.


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HOW TO GROW MORE VEGETABLES (8th edition)

John Jeavons
Paperback

Price: $19.99

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Decades before the terms "eco-friendly" and "sustainable growing" entered the vernacular, How to Grow More Vegetables demonstrated that small-scale, high-yield, all-organic gardening methods could yield bountiful crops over multiple growing cycles using minimal resources in a suburban environment. The concept that John Jeavons and the team at Ecology Action launched more than 40 years ago has been embraced by the mainstream and continues to gather momentum. Today, How to Grow More Vegetables, now in its fully revised and updated 8th edition, is the go-to reference for food growers at every level: from home gardeners dedicated to nurturing their backyard edibles in maximum harmony with nature’s cycles, to small-scale commercial producers interested in optimizing soil fertility and increasing plant productivity. Whether you hope to harvest your first tomatoes next summer or are planning to grow enough to feed your whole family in years to come, How to Grow More Vegetables is your indispensable sustainable garden guide.

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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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STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING BEEF CATTLE 3rd Edition

Heather Smith Thomas
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Whether you want to raise one or two animals or run a full-scale beef production operation, this definitive handbook has the information you need. Helpful to both beginners and experienced livestock o…

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Whether you want to raise one or two animals or run a full-scale beef production operation, this definitive handbook has the information you need. Helpful to both beginners and experienced livestock owners.

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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TIMBER FRAMING FOR THE REST OF US

ROB ROY
Paperback

Price: $24.95

This is the first book to describe in depth the timber framing methods used by most contractors, framers and owner-builders — methods that use modern metal fasteners, special screws, and common-sense …

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This is the first book to describe in depth the timber framing methods used by most contractors, framers and owner-builders — methods that use modern metal fasteners, special screws, and common-sense building principles to create post and beam structures in much less time. The book includes everything an owner-builder needs to know about building strong and beautiful structural frames from heavy timbers.

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 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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