• SMALL, GRITTY, AND GREEN

    Small cities offer many assets for sustainable living not shared by their big city or small town counterparts: population density (and the capacity for more); fertile, nearby farmland available for local agriculture, windmills and solar farms; and manufacturing infrastructure and workforce skill that can be repurposed for the production of renewable-energy technology.

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  • GRIT ARCHIVE 2006-2017 USB

    We have compiled 12 years of 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!

    As publishers, it’s our privilege to bring you content designed to help you get the most out of your lifestyle. By bringing together a diverse collection of articles and illustrations, we get the chance to share our vast archives with you, and to celebrate the work that you, our treasured readers, have enabled us to accomplish over the years.

    Today, as we forge ahead into a new and uncharted media landscape, we continue to invest in ways to deliver the most relevant and valuable content in the most efficient and innovative formats. This digital archive (updated with 2017 content) contains more than 9,200 articles formatted for optimal viewing on computers. From articles on growing the best heirloom tomatoes and which types of chickens you should raise, to stories that will help you choose the right machinery the first time, help with maintenance and show you how to choose and build fencing and so much more—you’ll find it all here! In addition to the ability to search the entire archive or browse by each month and year, the interface contains enhanced search features.

    Search by:

    • Date range
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    • Entire flash drive content
    • Headline only
    • The content of each individual article
    • Popular categories, such as DIY projects, backyard chickens, baking bread, creating the best garden soil and so much more.

    We hope this digital archive provides you with endless hours of inspiring and practical advice as we continue our journey together.

    Item: 8642
  • GRIT ARCHIVE USB 2006-2016

    We have compiled more than 10 years of 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!

    As publishers, it’s our privilege to bring you content designed to help you get the most out of your lifestyle. By bringing together a diverse collection of articles and illustrations, we get the chance to share our vast archives with you, and to celebrate the work that you, our treasured readers, have enabled us to accomplish over the years.

    Today, as we forge ahead into a new and uncharted media landscape, we continue to invest in ways to deliver the most relevant and valuable content in the most efficient and innovative formats. This digital archive contains more than 7,800 articles formatted for optimal viewing on computers. From articles on growing the best heirloom tomatoes and which types of chickens you should raise, to stories that will help you choose the right machinery the first time, help with maintenance and show you how to choose and build fencing and so much more—you’ll find it all here! In addition to the ability to search the entire archive or browse by each month and year, the interface contains enhanced search features.

    Search by:

    • Date range
    • Exact phrases and word combinations
    • Entire flash drive content
    • Headline only
    • The content of each individual article
    • Popular categories, such as DIY projects, backyard chickens, baking bread, creating the best garden soil and so much more.

    We hope this digital archive provides you with endless hours of inspiring and practical advice as we continue our journey together.

    Item: 8149
  • GRIT ARCHIVE 2006-2015 USB

    We have just compiled 10 years of 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 thumb 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, woodwork, small-scale farming, gardening, livestock, pets or canning and freezing are on your mind, we have you well covered!

    Item: 7805
  • A NATION OF FARMERS

    CLEARANCE $9.50 A Nation of Farmers examines the limits and dangers of the globalized food system and shows how returning to the basics is our best hope. The book argues that we need to make self-provisioning, once the most ordinary of human activities, central to our lives. The results will be better food, better health, better security, and freedom from corporations that don’t have our interests at heart.

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  • BACKYARD BIODIESEL

    Small-scale home biodiesel production holds a singular attraction for the do-it-yourself enthusiast. While perhaps it can't save the world, this unique renewable fuel is economical, fun to make, better for the environment, and will help you reduce your dependence on Big Oil. And getting started is easier than you think.

    Backyard Biodiesel is written by two recognized experts in the field of small-scale biofuels. This comprehensive hands-on, practical, DIY guide includes:

    • The basics of small-scale brewing – recipes, strategies and technologies
    • Advanced backyard analytics and troubleshooting
    • Safety considerations and regulatory issues
    • Topping up the tank – how to put your biodiesel to work for you

    Making your own fuel is not only possible, it is rewarding. Designed to be accessible to everyone from readers with no prior technical expertise to alternative energy buffs, Backyard Biodiesel is a must-read for any aspiring brewer, packed with everything you need to get up and running quickly and safely.

    Item: 7551
  • BIRD BRAINS

    Through a hundred short vignettes accompanied by stunning avian portraits, Bird Brains takes a look at the antics, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from the viewpoint of a professional wildlife biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer. Titlow's engaging stories, complemented by vivid images, provide a fascinating compendium of wild bird lore perfectly suited to the 65-million-plus birders across the United States.

    Item: 7015
  • COWED

    From leading ecology advocates comes a revealing look at our dependence on cows and a passionate appeal for sustainable living.

    In Cowed, globally recognized environmentalists Denis and Gail Boyer Hayes offer a revealing analysis of how our beneficial, centuries-old relationship with bovines has evolved into one that now endangers us.

    Long ago, cows provided food and labor to settlers taming the wild frontier and helped the loggers, ranchers and farmers who shaped the country’s landscape. Our society is built on the backs of bovines that indelibly stamped our culture, politics and economics. But our national herd has doubled in size over the past 100 years to 93 million, with devastating consequences for the country’s soil and water. Our love affair with dairy and hamburgers doesn’t help either: Eating a pound of beef produces a greater carbon footprint than burning a gallon of gasoline.

    The book begins by tracing the coevolution of cows and humans, starting with majestic horned aurochs, before taking us through the birth of today’s feedlot farms and the threat of mad cow disease. The authors show how cattle farming today has depleted America’s largest aquifer, created festering lagoons of animal waste and drastically increased methane production.

    In their quest to find fresh solutions to our bovine problem, the authors take us to farms stretching from Vermont to Washington. They visit worm ranchers who compost cow waste, learn that feeding cows oregano yields surprising benefits, talk to sustainable farmers who care for their cows while contributing to their communities, and point toward a future in which we eat less, but better, beef. In a deeply researched, engagingly personal narrative, the Hayes provide a glimpse into what we can do now to provide a better future for cows, humans and the world we inhabit. They show how our relationship with cows is part of the story of America itself.

    Item: 7599
  • CULINARY BIRDS

    More than 170 recipes for chicken, eggs, turkey, duck, goose, and small birds, plus proper storage, handling and preparation.

    Item: 6984
  • ECOPRENEURING

    CLEARANCE $8.44 This accessible and inspiring guide includes profiles of successful ecopreneurs and provides an in-depth exploration of: Eco-Business basics, Purposeful management, Marketing in the green economy, Running a lifestyle business.

    Item: 4586
  • GET YOUR PITCHFORK ON! THE REAL DIRT ON COUNTRY LIVING

    For hard-working urban professionals Kristy Athens and her husband, Michael, living in the country was a romantic dream. After purchasing 7 acres in Washington's beautiful Columbia River Gorge, Athens and her husband were surprised to learn just how challenging rural life could be.

    Get Your Pitchfork On! provides the hard-learned nuts-and-bolts of rural living, from city folk who were in over their heads. Practical and often hilarious.

    Get Your Pitchfork On! gives urbanites the practical tools they need to realize their own dreams of getting away from it all, with the basics of home, farm and hearth. The book enters territory that others avoid-straightforward advice about the social aspects of country living, from health care to schools to small-town politics. Athens doesn't shy away from controversial subjects, such as owning firearms and hiring migrant workers.

    Kristy Athens' nonfiction and short fiction have been published in a number of magazines, newspapers and literary journals, most recently Jackson Hole Review, High Desert Journal, Barely South Review and the anthology Mamas and Papas. Athens currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works for Oregon Humanities and is also an artist and novice fiddle player. She and her husband are plotting their next attempt at rural living.

    Item: 6621

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