• BARNYARD CONFIDENTIAL

    A lighthearted A-to-Z encyclopedia of farm lore, Barnyard Confidential covers everything you need to know about living in the country, from courting to dealing with manure, root picking to rat catching, winter chores to tractor restoration, hay mows to outhouses … anything and everything related to farm life. Entries from well-known country authors like E. B. White, Gwen Petersen, Roger Welsch and Patricia Penton Leimbach range from funny definitions to full stories and are illustrated throughout with a charming mix of fun, nostalgic, black-and-white photos and illustrations. These stories are both humorous and practical and will remind you why you often have a love-hate relationship with rural living. Before you move to the country (or even if you already live there), learn all the secrets to success from Barnyard Confidential.

    Featured authors include: Eric Sloane, Roger Welsch, Gwen Petersen, Ben Logan, Jim Heynen, Bob Artley, Marjorie Myers Douglas, Hamlin Garland, E. B. White, Jerry Stelmok, Louis Bromfield, Bob Becker, William Hazlett Upson, Patricia Penton Leimbach, Jerry L. Twedt, Michael Perry, Willa Cather, Jerry Apps, Josh Billings, Michael Dregni, Jared Van Wagenen Jr., Hugh Orchard, Dorothy Canfield, Virginia Bell Dabney, Tom Anderson, Ronald Jager, Margret Aldrich, Bill Vossler, and Gordon Green.

    Item: 6393

    Author: Melinda Keefe

    Format: Hardcover

  • CAPPERS FARMER HOLIDAY SPECIAL ISSUE

    Bring back the holidays with the new CAPPER's Farmer Holiday Special. Experience the nostalgia of homemade gifts, classic recipes, and more traditions from Christmases past on the farm. From roasting a turkey 1860s style to creating homemade gift jars, from satisfying the seasonal sweet tooth to savoring the songs of Christmas, this special edition offers up a buffet of knowledge.

    In the more than 20 articles, you'll find delicious recipes, beautiful pictures and memorable holiday stories from CAPPER's readers just like you. Read "Party Like the Pilgrims" and learn classic and contemporary recipes to fix for your Thanksgiving feast. Bake scrumptious treats from everyone's favorite squash in "The Great Pumpkin." Learn how festive firs have long participated in the traditional American Christmas celebration in "O Christmas Tree!" "Make Your Own Soap" teaches you how to make beautiful homemade bars of soap to give for holiday gifts.

    More articles include:

    • Heart of the Home: Far From Home for the Holidays - Readers recall holidays spent in unfamiliar surroundings.
    • The Sweetest Thing - Upgrade your standby cookie recipes to showstopping holiday gifts.
    • Homemade Holiday Greetings and Gifts - Make simple and functional gifts, as well as homemade greeting cards and gift boxes, bags and tags for loved ones.
    • Make the Most of Playing Host - Everything you need to host a simple, elegant and stress-free gathering.
    • The Happiest Homemade Christmas - A penny-pinching year teaches a young girl that joy and happiness don't come from material possessions.
    • Sing the Songs of Christmas - Carols evolved as a way to communicate Christmas thought.

    Item: 6378

    Author: Editors of CAPPER'S

    Format: Paperback

  • COOKING UP COMFORT

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    The mere mention of comfort food conjures a different sensory experience for us all. Yet no matter what savory dish comes to mind first and foremost, we all imagine a warm, cozy kitchen and the anticipation of a soothing, homemade delight made with loving care.

    In a time when our lives are harried and stressed and the news can be downright depressing, spending time preparing a favorite comfort dish is a kind of healing.

    Whether cooking or baking for yourself or for friends and family, the end result of comfort food speaks of thoughtfulness.

    Althea McQuestion has combined more than 100 recipes in Cooking Up Comfort, all of which are sure to nourish body and soul.

    Item: 6383

    Author: Althea McQuestion

    Format: Hardcover

  • COUNTRY WISDOM & KNOW-HOW

    This 476-page book is a compendium of treasured knowledge from hundreds of small booklets published as "Country Wisdom Bulletins" in the 1970s. Whether you want to build a stone fence, make strawberry-rhubarb jam or plant an herb garden, this book will show you how.

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    Item: 2793

    Author: ed. Storey Books

    Format: Paperback

  • COUNTRY WISDOM & KNOW-HOW

    Reminiscent in both spirit and design of the beloved Whole Earth Catalog, Country Wisdom & Know-How is an unprecedented collection of information on nearly 200 individual topics of country and self-sustainable living.

    Compiled from the information in Storey Publishing's landmark series of "Country Wisdom Bulletins," this book is the most thorough and reliable volume of its kind.

    Organized by general topic (including animals, cooking, crafts, gardening, home, and health and well-being), it is further broken down to cover dozens of specifics (from "Building Chicken Coops" to "Making Cheese, Butter, and Yogurt" to "Improving Your Soil" to "Restoring Hardwood Floors"). Nearly 1,000 black-and-white illustrations and photographs run throughout, and fascinating projects and trusted advice crowd every page.

    Item: 8219

    Author: Editors of Storey Books

    Format: Paperback

  • CREATING THE LOW-BUDGET HOMESTEAD

    If you've ever thought about pursuing a self-sufficient lifestyle on your own rural homestead or survival retreat but feared you didn't have the money or skills to do it, you simply must read this book. It’s a gold mine of practical steps and instructions to take you from dreaming about an off-grid, independent lifestyle to living one!

    There are hundreds of things to think about before planning and starting your new life, and this book will save you valuable time and money by steering you down productive paths and making you carefully consider others. Just some of the areas it covers include:

    • 4 rules for defining your goals for your homestead or retreat
    • Creative ways to find inexpensive rural property to buy
    • The essential tools, vehicles and skills you will need to succeed
    • 10 rules for a self-sufficient garden
    • Designing the off-grid home so it's warm in winter and cool in summer
    • Questions you must ask before investing in farm animals, livestock or even pets
    • 9 rules for getting along with your country neighbors
    • Tips for working smart, being realistic and avoiding burnout
    Item: 6510

    Author: Steven D. Gregerson

    Format: Paperback

  • EDIBLE WILD PLANTS OF THE PRAIRIE

    Long before sunflower seeds became a popular snack food, they were a foodstuff valued by Native Americans. For some 10,000 years, from the end of the Pleistocene to the 1800s, the indigenous peoples of the plains regarded edible native plants, like the sunflower, as an important source of food. Not only did plants provide sustenance during times of scarcity, they also added variety to what otherwise would have been a monotonous diet of game. Nevertheless, the use of native plants as food sharply declined when white men settled the Great Plains and imposed their own culture, with its differing notions of what was fit to eat. Those notions tended to exclude from the accepted diet such plants as soapweed, lambsquarter, ground cherry, prairie turnip and prickly pear. Today it is strange to think of eating chokecherries, which were a key ingredient in that staple of the Indian diet, pemmican.

    Based on plant lore documented by historical and archaeological evidence, Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie relates how 122 plant species were once used as food by the native and immigrant residents on the prairie. Written for a broad audience of amateur naturalists, botanists, ethnologists, anthropologists and agronomists, this guide is intended to educate the reader about wild plants as food sources, to synthesize information on the potential use of native flora as new food crops, and to encourage the conservation and cultivation of prairie plants.

    By writing about the edible flora of the American prairie, Kelly Kindscher has provided us with the first edible plant book devoted to the region that Walt Whitman called "North America's characteristic landscape" and that Willa Cather called "the floor of the sky." In describing how plants were used for food, he has drawn upon information concerning tribes that inhabited the prairie bioregion. As a consequence, his book serves as a handy compendium for readers seeking to learn more about historical uses of plants by Native Americans.

    The book is organized into 51 chapters arranged alphabetically by scientific name. For those who are interested in finding and identifying the plants, the book provides line drawings, distribution maps, and botanical and habitat descriptions. The ethnobotanical accounts of food use form the major portion of the text, but the reader will also find information on the parts of the plants used, harvesting, propagation (for home gardeners), and the preparation and taste of wild food plants.

    Item: 6873

    Author: Kelly Kindscher

    Format: Paperback

  • FIELDS OF FARMERS

    America's average farmer is 60 years old. When young people can't get in, old people can't get out. Approaching a watershed moment, our culture desperately needs a generational transfer of millions of farm acres facing abandonment, development or amalgamation into ever-larger holdings. Based on his decades of experience with interns and multigenerational partnerships at Polyface Farm, farmer and author Joel Salatin digs deep into the problems and solutions surrounding this land- and knowledge-transfer crisis. Fields of Farmers empowers aspiring young farmers, midlife farmers and nonfarming landlords to build regenerative, profitable agricultural enterprises.

    Item: 6831

    Author: Joel Salatin

    Format: Paperback

  • FOLKS, THIS AIN'T NORMAL

    From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In Folks, This Ain't Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact.

    Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as "Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture" and profiled in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the best-selling book The Omnivore's Dilemma, understands what food should be: wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life. And his message doesn't stop there. From child-rearing, to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller's knack for the revealing anecdote.

    Salatin's crucial message and distinctive voice – practical, provocative, scientific, and down-home philosophical in equal measure – make Folks, This Ain't Normal a must-read book.

    Item: 5743

    Author: Joel Salatin

    Format: Paperback

  • HOMEGROWN & HANDMADE - 2ND EDITION

    Food recalls, dubious health claims, scary and shocking ingredients in health and beauty products. Our increasingly industrialized supply system is becoming more difficult to navigate, more frightening, and more frustrating, leaving us feeling stuck choosing in many cases between the lesser of several evils.

    Author Deborah Niemann offers healthier, more empowering choices, by showing us how to reclaim links in our food and purchasing chains, to make choices that are healthier for our families, ourselves, and our planet. In this fully updated and revised edition of Homegrown and Handmade, Deborah shows how making things from scratch and growing some of your own food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a more authentic life.

    Whether your goal is increasing your self-reliance or becoming a full-fledged homesteader, it’s packed with answers and solutions to help you rediscover traditional skills, take control of your food from seed to plate, and much more. This comprehensive guide to food and fiber from scratch proves that attitude and knowledge is more important than acreage. Written from the perspective of a successful, self-taught modern homesteader, this well-illustrated, practical, and accessible manual will appeal to anyone who dreams of a more empowered life.

    Deborah Niemann presents and teaches extensively on topics ranging from soapmaking to livestock care. She and her family raise livestock for meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provide fruit and vegetables. Deborah is also the author of Raising Goats Naturally.

    Item: 8443

    Author: DEBORAH NIEMANN

    Format:

  • HOMEGROWN AND HANDMADE

    Our food system is dominated by industrial agriculture, and has become economically and environmentally unsustainable. The incidence of diet-related diseases including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer and heart disease has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels. Whether you have 40 acres and a mule or a condo with a balcony, you can do more than you think to safeguard your health, your money and the planet.

    Homegrown and Handmade shows how making things from scratch and growing at least some of your own food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint and create a more authentic life. Whether your goal is increasing your self-reliance or becoming a full-fledged homesteader, it’s packed with answers and solutions to help you:

    • Take control of your food supply from seed to plate
    • Raise small and medium livestock for fun, food and fiber
    • Rediscover traditional skills to meet more of your family’s needs than you ever thought possible

    This comprehensive guide to food and fiber from scratch proves that attitude and knowledge is more important than acreage. Written from the perspective of a successful, self-taught modern homesteader, this well-illustrated, practical and accessible manual will appeal to anyone who dreams of a simpler life.

    Item: 5573

    Author: Deborah Niemann

    Format: Paperback

  • HUMANE LIVESTOCK HANDLING

    Learn how to improve the day-to-day operation as well as the profitability of your farm by raising healthier, more contented animals. Temple Grandin, North America's most influential advocate of humane livestock treatment, shares dozens of methods and detailed plans she has developed for low-stress ways to move livestock on pastures, paddocks and feedlot pens. The benefits are great — for you and for your livestock. Well-treated animals, free from fear and pain:

    • Injure themselves less frequently, keeping bruised meat to a minimum
    • Stay healthier, reducing veterinary expenditures
    • Remain calm in most circumstances, keeping human handlers safer
    • Deliver higher yields of marketable meat
    • Answer consumer demand for humanely raised meat
    • Are an indispensable part of efficient, satisfying, ethically managed small farms

    Humane Livestock Handling includes Grandin's insightful explanations of how her general research into how animals think can be applied to improving any farmer's understanding of livestock behavior and effectiveness in handling animals. The book includes complete construction plans that are applicable for facilities of every size and a wide range of needs, including:

    • Handling systems for ranches
    • Cattle corral systems
    • Sheep and bison corrals
    • Loading ramp details
    • Fences and gates
    • Latches

    Item: 4633

    Author: TEMPLE GRANDIN

    Format: Paperback

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