Interest in local, sustainable food is at an all-time high. Devotees of farmers market and community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, backyard homesteaders, and community gardeners all want to know more (much more) about how our food is raised. Now, seventh-generation farmer and author Forrest Pritchard introduces us to 18 heroes of the sustainable food movement.
Straw bale gardening is an inexpensive, low-maintenance way to grow a bounty of food in a small space. All you need is a bale of straw, some fertilizer, and your favorite vegetable seeds! Craig LeHoullier’s step-by-step instructions show you how to do everything from sourcing the straw and setting up your bale to planting, dealing with weeds and pests, and harvesting.
An added bonus of growing your own food is that it is cheaper, fresher, tastier, and as organic as you make it, and your footprint (carbon and otherwise) is greatly minimized. Fred Demara's revised how-to manual, Guerrilla Gardening for Long-Term Survival, gives readers food for thought about starting their own guerrilla gardens.
Reap the benefits of all-natural hydrosols, and learn how to distill them yourself, with Harvest to Hydrosol. Learn the medicinal and therapeutic uses of flowers, herbs, and even weeds, and how valuable they can be to our bodies and spirits. Hydrosols are the condensate water produced during the distillation process. They can be ingested for medicinal purposes; used for aromatherapy; incorporated into cooking and drinking water; integrated into cleaning and purifying your home; used as a perfume, linen spray, facial mist, or nasal decongestant; and more. With this guide, author and botanist Ann Harman will teach you the act of hydro-distillation and the uses of hydrosols. Learn the technical process of hydro-distillation in detail, covering everything from equipment and safety to care and storage.
This guide includes a plant reference complete with plant information and photographs, so you can easily identify which plants to use for what ailment. Try distilling coriander for its detoxifying, digestive, and antimicrobial properties. Use fennel as an expectorant or carminative. Distill lavender for an antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory medicine. With 150 photos, diagrams, and tables, this book will walk you through the complete process of hydro-distillation. Live a healthy, organic life through these all-natural hydrosols with the help of Harvest to Hydrosol.
Heal Local Basic Home Healthcare Kit has everything you need to start making electuaries in your own kitchen! This kit includes Dawn Combs’ book, Heal Local, as well as four different Mockingbird Meadow Herbal products (Allergency Herbal Honey Booster, Universal Herbal Balm, Cool Down Loose Leaf Tea and Gentian Herbal Digestive Bitters) that will help ease whichever ailment comes your way. This kit has everything you need to learn about, taste, and create your very own electuaries!
Heal Local book is about understanding the value of eating and buying local. Taking back our food, goods and services from multinational corporations and sourcing them from small growers, producers, artisans and entrepreneurs benefits our families, our environment and our communities. Heal Local argues that "100-mile health care" can be equally valuable in terms of how we treat illness and injury and maintain wellness.
Allergency Herbal Honey Booster provides supreme support for allergy sufferers, regardless of what ails them: dust, mold, pet, pollen, or food allergies. Designed to be stirred into honey, herbal honey boosters are a combination of powdered medicinal herbs specially formulated to help ease a variety of common ailments.
Universal Herbal Balm provides relief for small cuts, scrapes, bumps, bruises, and bites. Unlike commercial preparations, this Universal Balm is safe for young children and animals because it’s even safe to ingest.
Cool Down Loose Leaf Tea, the herbs in the tea have a long and successful history of cooling down a fever that rages too high or too long. Leaf Tea is first aid for your skin, whether you drink it or add a cold, soaked tea cloth to your burn. For best results, serve hot for fever and cold for heat stress.
Gentian Herbal Digestive Bitters 2 oz. bottles provide a simple and safe way to improve digestion. Gentian Bitters are a unique twist on the classic bitter plant, Gentiana lutea. We recommend adding them to a salad dressing! Bitters can help balance the digestive system and curb sugar cravings.
These products are formulated by Dawn Combs, a trained herbalist, ethnobotanist, teacher, and long-time contributor to Mother Earth News and Mother Earth Living.
This statement has not been tested by the Food and Drug Administration. These products aren’t intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Healing Bone Broth Recipes teaches readers how to incorporate bone broth into their diets with 100 family-friendly and delicious Paleo and gluten-free recipes. With new research boasting the nutrient-rich properties of bone broth, recipes featuring this base are popping up in restaurants and grocery stores all over the world … even Panera Bread serves broth bowls now. In Healing Bone Broth Recipes, readers learn all the delicious and versatile ways to cook at home with bone broth, whether it's for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Recipes include Sautéed French Green Beans with Toasted Almonds, Savory Oatmeal for Breakfast, and Asian Beef with Sweet Potato "Noodles." Sharon Brown is the founder and owner of Real True Foods, a company that makes and sells 100 percent organic, local, and free-range bone broths and soups. She is a certified GAPS Practitioner and also has a restaurant background. She compiles this expertise into the cookbook in a way that is approachable for readers who may not know much about bone broth. She even gives away the secret recipe for her best-selling packaged bone broths, in case readers want to make their own. Whether you've been eating bone broth your whole life or have never tried it before, the simple recipes in Healing Bone Broth Recipes are sure to bring everyone together over a delicious, healthy meal.
In Healing Foods, author Dale Pinnock explains how the healing power of foods stretches beyond the realm of vitamins and minerals to involve a far more complex and wondrous group of biological compounds: phytochemicals! Pinnock shows readers how many of these compounds, when properly delivered, can work as well as medicinal plants and even pharmaceutical drugs without the risk of side effects. Pinnock explains how to prepare dishes that are not only delicious, but also possess a powerful medicinal property. Think classic carrot and ginger soup, digestive tonic tea, dandelion salad, and more! Complete with an A–Z guide to common medicinal foods, Healing Foods is your one-stop reference for remedying health woes through the power of food.
Freshly blended herbel teas offer more healing power than do pre-packaged tea bags. In Healing Herbal Teas, master herbalist and author Sarah Farr serves up 101 original recipes that not only offer health advantages but also taste great. Formulations to benefit each body system and promote well-being include Daily Adrenal Support, Inflammation Reduction, and Digestive Tonic. Additional recipes that address seasonal needs such as allergy relief or immune support will attune you to the cycles of nature, while instruction on the art of tea blending will teach you how to develop your own signature mixtures to give your body exactly what it needs. This book is an enchanting and delectable guide to blending and brewing power-packed herbal teas at home.
We know that eating well can make us slimmer and healthier—but it profoundly affects our health and longevity, too!. This life-changing book, written by top nutritionist Karen Ansel RD, is an anti-aging plan made easy. Fast moving and filled with fun nuggets of easy-to-follow advice, Healing Superfoods for Anti-Aging is divided into two sections: the first hones in on nourishing our bodies from the inside to prevent chronic disease and maximize health, while the second focuses on ways to reverse the physical signs of aging. It serves up 101 superfoods like edamame, chia, pecans, and salmon that are guaranteed to help you live longer and stronger. Ninety-six recipes contain the most potent foods proven to help you look younger, increase energy and mental focus, and lower the risk of ailments such as heart disease, strokes, cancer, and diabetes. Weekly meal plans even include special menus for anyone on gluten-free, low-carb, or vegetarian diets. Enjoy good-for-you and good-tasting dishes, including Greek-Style Tilapia, Cous-Cous with Chick Peas, a Mexican Burrito Bowl, and even snacks like Chocolate Chili Popcorn.
This book offers the most effective natural remedies that can be used to treat common ailments, without the risk of unpleasant or potentially harmful side effects that pharmaceuticals can cause.
With simple organization and clear, concise instruction, Herbal Medicine, Natural Remedies has you covered no matter what ails you. Author Anne Kennedy offers relief for ailments a wide range of ailments, including: allergies, bee stings, bronchitis, canker sores, chapped lips, constipation, dandruff, diaper rash, eczema, fever, hair loss, headache, indigestion, menopause, mental wellness issues, poison ivy, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, sore throat, tendinitis, weight loss, and more.
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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Whether you’ve been making cheese for years or are just starting out, Home Cheese Making is the perfect book to expand your knowledge! With instructions for crafting a variety of cultured dairy products (including sour cream and clotted cream), an expanded selection of recipes (for goat’s milk, fresh, soft, and hard cheeses), and 50 sweet and savory recipes for cooking with cheese, Home Cheese Making is the most trusted guide for making cheese at home.