There’s a lot of advice out there on how to successfully raise farm animals, and as with any advice, some is better than others. To help ensure readers are receiving the best advice on raising farm animals, GRIT has compiled 100 pages of articles, written by livestock experts, into one simple, helpful guide. The second edition to Guide to Raising Farm Animals has more than 47 keys to finding the best animals for your homestead. It covers the best care for your livestock in heat and cold, how to protect your animals from predators, tips on rotational grazing, and much more.

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    Grit focus on the country lifestyle, whether you already live in the country or are aspiring to get there. This four-guide set includes some of the most popular homesteading topics: chickens, bees, DIY projects, and rabbits. At nearly 400 pages, this collection is full of articles that cover tips, step-by-step instructions, homestead projects, recipes, animal care, and much more.

    The set includes:

    Grit Guide to Homestead DIY Projects, 3rd Edition
    Inside, you’ll find schemes for a chicken feeder, two greenhouses for your backyard, wood pallets, racks for potted plants, and more. This 100-page publication is organized by project size: small (DIY mason bee house), medium (porch swing), and large (backyard smokehouse). Each article includes helpful advice on each undertaking, either with great step-by-step instructions, illustrations, photographs, or parts lists.

    Grit Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 7th Edition
    The 7th edition of this guide contains more than 39 ways to be the best beekeeper! Plus, its articles include recent studies on the honey bee’s decline; businesses that provide classes for beekeepers; lessons on capturing a swarm wherever and whenever; recipes for cooking and baking with honey; and guidance for extracting and processing honey the easy way.

    Grit Guide to Backyard Rabbits, 6th Edition
    Looking to start raising rabbits for meat? Wondering how you can keep those pesky wild rabbits out of your garden? This guide is the answer to these questions and many more. Inside this 96-page resource, you'll find more than 69 keys to a successful rabbit-raising enterprise.

    Grit Guide to Backyard Chickens, 8th Edition
    Perfect for anyone looking to raise a great flock, the guide offers great advice for both beginners raising their first chickens and seasoned chicken owners. It provides more than 65 keys to keeping a healthy, productive flock, plus recipes for eggs and chicken meat, DIY chicken coops, and information on owning guinea fowl and geese.

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    Live self-sufficiently with this GRIT Premium Country Resource Set! Get all the know-how and the best advice for country-living from GRIT, including how to raise chickens, how to live frugally in the country, and how to make money from farmers markets. 

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    Profit from your homestead with this brand-new premium issue of Grit! With Farmers Markets, learn how to: create a home-based business; break into your local farmers market; create a DIY personalized farm stand sign; become a beekeeper and grow lavender to make a profit; can jams and jellies for display at fairs; sell bread, soap, and birdhouses; and more! Do what you love to do every day, but create a business out of it. This 113-page issue contains 28 popular and relevant articles from Grit’s archives.

    Other articles include:

    • 12 Ways to Sell Your Products – Discover a variety of methods of marketing and selling produce and other items created on your farm.
    • Earning on an Acre – Intensive square-foot gardening makes it possible to make more than $43,000 per acre in produce.
    • Creating a Food Business on the Homestead – Take your kitchen skills, add a great recipe and fresh ingredients, and combine for a great way to make yourself an income opportunity.
    • Here’s Your Sign – Highlight your farm-raised produce and the personality of your homestead with a homemade sign for the farmers market or farm stand.
    • Farm Your Niche – Small operations thrive on specialty markets.
    • Market Farming in the Suburbs – Limited acreage can still provide opportunities for earning significant income.
    • Grow a Gourd, Build a Birdhouse – A fulfilling project for gardeners who might want to use a piece of their bounty to attract some feathered, crooning critters.
    • Yarn Farming – Wool from secondhand sheep, alpacas, and llamas can bring a tidy sum to the small farm, without the fuss of breeding.

    Full of expert advice and beautiful, detailed photographs, this premium issue of GRIT will have you getting a foot in your local farmers market in no time.

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    Grit has created more than six editions of Grit Guide to Chickens, and all have been extremely popular with readers and full of valuable, expertly written articles on raising and maintaining a healthy backyard flock. Now, Grit has compiled the best of the best chicken articles into one premium issue! There are more than 111 tips for raising the best poultry flock, advice from experienced flock owners, more than 27 egg and meat recipes, information on heritage chicken breeds, pros and cons of coop lights, details on other poultry (such as quail and ducks), and so much more.

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    Format: Paperback


    Grit has compiled expertly written tips on thriving on less out where the pavement ends. The new Grit Premium Issue: Guide to Frugal Country Living is 112 pages of articles that help you live a more sustainable lifestyle. Inside, you’ll find how to create your own home-based business, heat the homestead with wood, build a hoop house, feed a flock of chickens the easy way, learn more about cast-iron cookware, make your own soap, and so much more.

    Learn how a few extra seed saving steps, and simple ones at that, will keep your garden growing next year. Read everything you need to know when considering a biomass system to heat your home or shop. Discover how these reclaimed-lumber raised beds let you garden without the toil of tilling. Versatile, durable and easy to use, the original nonstick cookware is still a kitchen essential. Learn the very best homemade cleaning recipes and avoid harmful chemicals and save money with effective cleaners using this collection of simple recipes.

    More articles include:

    • Farmhouse Kitchen Renovation – For about $1,000, you can give your kitchen area an inspired and refreshing face-lift.
    • Salvaging Our Past – Reuse and repurpose items from the junk pile or antique shop for unique and low-budget farmstead furnishings.
    • Build a Passive Solar Greenhouse – Grow vegetables anywhere in any season in these climate-optimized, zero-energy-input greenhouses.
    • How to Cook Wild Game Meat – Learn the techniques to cook wild game meat for the best results, and try one of these five recipes for big and small game and wild fowl.
    • Save Money with Home-Canned Foods – Pursuit of food independence is a paying proposition.
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    We have compiled 11 years of content from GRIT, bringing you all the best information to help you get the most out of living out where the pavement ends, and utilizing your backyard in town — delivered on a flash drive that plugs into the USB port on your favorite device. Questions about backyard chickens? No problem, use our search function to bring up all of GRIT'S relevant content! Whether cooking, crafting, woodworking, small-scale farming, gardening, livestock, pets, or canning and freezing are on your mind, we have you well covered! AND show off your favorite magazine to the world with this GRIT-branded insulated tumbler! Keep your iced tea cold for 24 hours or your coffee hot for 5½ hours with this 20-ounce tumbler featuring a double wall and a copper lining. Go easy on your wallet and the environment by ditching plastic foam cups with this tumbler, emblazoned with the GRIT logo.

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    GRIT has created more than six editions of Grit Guide to Chickens, and all have been extremely popular with readers and full of valuable, expertly written articles on raising and maintaining a healthy backyard flock. Now, Grit has compiled the best of the best chicken articles into this newly updated and revised premium issue! The second edition of the GRIT Premium: Guide to Chickens features 112 pages of articles to get you tending your flock to the best of your abilities. With this premium issue, get advice from GRIT flock owners, learn about a variety of chicken breeds, discover why and how a rooster crows, try delicious recipes for eggs and meat chickens, keep predators at bay, build a coop, and more.

    Other articles include:

    • Incredible Homestead Chickens – Easy-to-keep, chickens will provide delicious eggs and meat, plus bug control, fertilizer, and tillage.
    • Use Up Those Eggs – Without feeding the local wildlife.
    • Wintering Chickens – Fowl weather lies ahead; follow a few easy steps, and your flock won’t be vulnerable.
    • Chickens in the Garden – You can “recoop” much of the expense of raising chickens by putting their manure to work in your garden and enlisting your birds for organic pest control.
    • Adventures with Mail-Order Chickens – Certain beverages and ordering poultry do not mix.
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    Reboost your health with hundreds of tips from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Super Herbs. Inside this 96-page guide you’ll learn more about elderberry, turmeric, ginger, thyme, and more herbs for good health. Learn about the top six medicinal essential oils; natural dental and allergy remedies; herbs and nutrients for a better night’s rest; gardening for medicinal health, emotional well-being, and improved digestion; growing ginger and turmeric; and more.

    Other articles include:

    • Body Care Basics – Avoid toxic chemicals and ramp up your self-reliance by trying these simple recipes (including toothpaste, deodorant, creams, hair products, and more).
    • Heart-Healthy Herbal Treats – Discover delicious ways to incorporate heart-healthy herbs into your diet. Recipes featuring elderberry, hibiscus, hawthorn, aronia, and ginger.
    • The Herbs of Ayurveda – Learn about some of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs, all of which have been used for centuries to promote holistic well-being.
    • 5 Best Herbal Antibiotics – Many herbs have proven antibacterial properties, and researchers are turning to these herbs as they work to discover new ways to counter resistant illnesses.
    • Graceful Aging – Make your golden years glow brighter with these tips, habits, and recipes that can help ward off the ailments associated with aging (no matter how young or old you are).
    • The Medicinal Herb Garden – Grow these 10 medicinal herbs in your garden, and enjoy having the keys to natural wellness just outside your door.
    • Herb-enhanced Recipes – Delicious hot beverages, healthy veggies, and sweet treats.
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  • MEN Premium Winter 2017 Self-Reliance and Country Skills

    Turn your dreams of country living into a reality! The MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills offers more than 100 pages of beneficial articles that will assist anyone wanting to live a more self-sufficient life. Nothing compares to the feeling of enjoying a meal that was raised and grown on your own land … no matter if it’s just the delicious preserves from your garden or the entire feast. This guide also features great articles on the best staple crops for building food self-sufficiency; simple seed starting; and small-space gardening! You can even learn how to brew your own beer! More articles include: • 27 All-Time Best Tips for Living on Less: Mother Earth News readers share their tips for wiser living. • Start a Self-Sufficient, 1-Acre Homestead: Live off the land with these strategies for establishing self-sufficient food production, including advice on crop rotations and raising livestock. • Cast No Aspersions on Cast Iron: Learn how to use old-fashioned cookware to its greatest advantage. • The No-Mortgage Natural Cottage: From treehouses to tiny homes on wheels, a no-mortgage shelter can help you eschew expensive rent and debt. • Want Milk? Get Goats: Dairy goats can supply your family with milk inexpensively. • Make Your Own Herbal Medicine: To find ingredients for many basic herbal remedies, you often need to look no further than your own backyard.

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    Live self-sufficiently with the help of these three premium issues from MOTHER EARTH NEWS! Ditch the store-bought and pre-made life, and live off the land with these guides, each featuring more than 100 pages of content. With this special package, you’ll receive:


    Modern Homesteading features more than 25 articles that cover off-grid living, easy food gardens, solar heating plans, preserving food, and much more.

    Read how to start a no-dig, easy-care bag garden that produces 25 favorite food crops. Discover how to make a food self-sufficiency plan by estimating how much to grow or buy, and learn how to achieve food security with the help of our handy charts and guidelines. With this guide’s help, keep bees and produce fresh, delicious honey in your own backyard. Make your own herbal medicine by finding ingredients for many basic herbal remedies.

    Other articles include:

    • Easy, No-Knead Crusty Bread: Bake crispy, gorgeous loaves from scratch using this simple technique. All you need are a few ingredients and a blazing-hot Dutch oven for miraculous results.
    • Five DIY, Low-Cost, and Multipurpose Greenhouses: Use recycled materials to create an affordable garden greenhouse so you can enjoy fresh food all year long!
    • Emergency Power Options: With the right generator, you’ll be prepared when storms or blackouts leave you without electricity.
    • Backyard Chicken Basics: They’re less work than house pets and more fun than a tire swing. Plus, they provide delicious, nutritious eggs.
    • How to Make Yogurt, Kefir, and Cheese: Tap the health benefits of rich, tangy fermented milk products.

    This MOTHER EARTH NEWS Premium Issue will help you live off your land and save money! Inside, you’ll find the top tools for a half-acre homestead; learn to pressure can meat; source truly high-quality garden seeds; read how to raise sheep; and more.

    Learn the most important self-reliance skill ever by mastering six habits to getting the right work done, the right way. Read the best staple crops for building food self-sufficiency, and fill your pantry and boost your food security by growing 10 space-efficient, calorie-rich staple crops that return high yields and store easily sans fossil fuels. Discover the benefits of the American Guinea hog; a perfect size for smaller homesteads, this heritage breed is easy to manage and provides choice meat and lard.

    Other articles include:
    • Winter’s Glowing Root Vegetables – Brilliant beets and cold-hardy carrots can help light up your winter meals.
    • How to Make Compost – Choose from the many easy ways to make compost for increased garden productivity.
    • Expert Advice for Greenhouse Growing – Build a greenhouse in your backyard and you’ll be amazed at its many use.
    • Raise Sheep: Low-Maintenance Livestock – Requiring less space and capital than cattle, sheep can provide homegrown, pastured meat with terrific flavor and a powerful nutrient profile. Many sheep breeds can also help turn rocky, dry hillsides into productive pasture.
    • 5 Delicious Wild Greens – Give up the war on weeds and embrace the fortifying vegetables right outside your door.

    Become more reliant on yourself and your land with the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Premium Issue: Self-Sufficient Living. Learn how to hatch your own flock of chickens, grow food in less space, find your perfect country property, and get your own no-mortgage natural cottage. Get the best tips for keeping livestock, harnessing natural energy from a DIY wind generator, and making your own medicine. Save money and live healthily with all the best tips for living self-reliantly. Feel the true sense of accomplishment with the help of all the tips from Self-Sufficient Living.

    Other articles include:
    • Care and Cultivation of Permanent Garden Beds – Provide a secure habitat for the dynamic soil food web that sustains your crops by establishing permanent garden bed and paths.
    • Grow Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms – Take these steps to fruit your own fungi for money, food, and fun.
    • How to Make Your Own Moccasins – Take your tanned animal skins one step further by turning the leather into comfortable, durable footwear.
    • Start a Work-from-Home Business – Our readers get down to business, offering advice on how to be your own boss.
    • Homestead Helpers: Sheep, Cattle, Pigs, and Poultry – Livestock aren’t just useful for meat and eggs. They can mow lawns, work garden soil, dig stumps, and more!

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    MOTHER EARTH NEWS and GRIT have pulled together four guides that are packed full of articles that include tips, DIY projects, recipes, advice, and much more, all in this one Country Resource set. There are more than 150 keys and tips on using cast iron for cooking, earning a living on a farm, raising healthy rabbits, and producing a healthy and productive chicken flock.

    Item: 8003

    Format: Paperback

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