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A heartwarming snapshot of the horse-and-buggy era? On the contrary – Jeff Mcpherson reports that honor systems are making a comeback in the 21st century. Drawing on years of personal experience and interviews with dozens of fellow farmers, business owners and customers, he shows how you can make the honor system work to your advantage. Honor System Marketing tells how to adapt honor marketing to fit your own needs and capacities. Mcpherson details how to avoid common pitfalls, manage finances and maintain a sense of optimism. This book shows how honor system marketing can become an essential tool for doing business and reviving our spirit of trust in humanity.
Author: Jeff McPherson
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By Janet C. Bly. Today, shut out the world for a few minutes and treat yourself to one of these 31 short meditations. Each chapter in Janet Bly's month-long devotional guide is a sparkling gift of true anecdotes, enriched with relevant Scripture passages, and wrapped in a prayer to encourage your heart.
Author: Janet C. Bly
Housing is a fundamental human right. For most of human history, our homes were built by hand from whatever local materials were available. However, since the Industrial Revolution, most housing has become little more than quickly constructed, mass-produced, uniform boxes. At the same time, the invention and standardization of the 30-year mortgage and our ever-increasing reliance on credit has come to mean that most of us never own our homes outright.
Housing Reclaimed is a call to arms for nonconventional home builders. It examines how technological advances, design evolution and resourceful, out-of-the-box thinking about materials and efficiency can help us meet the challenge of building affordable, environmentally friendly, beautiful and unique homes. Focusing on the use of salvaged and reclaimed materials, this inspirational volume is packed with case studies of innovative projects including:
These projects and others like them demonstrate that building one's own home does not have to be an unattainable dream. This beautifully illustrated guide is a must read for anyone interested in creating quality zero- or low-debt housing, reducing landfill waste and creating stronger communities.
About the author
Jessica Kellner is editor-in-chief of Mother Earth Living magazine (www.motherearthliving.com) and a passionate advocate of using architectural salvage to create aesthetically beautiful, low-cost housing.
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 and products to readers. For more than 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.
Author: Jessica Kellner
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How To Build With Grid Beam is a Mother Earth News book that will help you become familiar with the modular, reusable building system that is fast, easy, affordable and virtually goof-proof.
Grid beam's modular pieces and bolt-together construction make the system fast and straightforward to work with. It has all the advantages of an industrial building system: standard, modular sizes; uniform materials; and interchangeable parts. Projects knock flat and are easy to transport. Since the pieces can be used over and over again, grid beam is easy both on your wallet and on the environment — the authors have been using some of their components for over 30 years.
How to Build with Grid Beam includes hundreds of photos of real projects built over a 60-year period, showing the many uses of grid beam, from shelves for college students to projects involving alternative energy. The versatility of grid beam is inspiring, for beginners, more experienced do-it-yourselfers, and innovators who will develop their own designs. Even school-age children can use grid beam to build simple projects.
About the Contributor(s):
Phil Jergenson is an innovator who built the first grid beam vehicle.
Richard Jergenson built his first grid beam project in 1977.
Wilma Keppel is a writer and editor who is also a welder, carpenter and grid beam builder.
Author: Phil & Richard Jergenson
Most frozen yogurt recipes produce a hard dessert that's not much fun to eat, but with Nicole Weston's unique technique (using a simple meringue and your ice cream maker) the result is creamy, smooth and delicious. Weston shows you her method and then offers recipes for 56 irresistible flavors, from classic vanilla, chocolate and strawberry to mango, coconut, key lime, chai, honey, ginger and cardamom, white chocolate raspberry, dulce de leche, avocado, maple bacon, and mint julep. She even offers festive flavors for the holidays, including candy cane, spiced pumpkin, cranberry, eggnog and gingerbread!
Author: Nicole Weston
Learn how to make your own maple syrup from start to finish. Third-generation syrup makers Alison and Steven Anderson show you how to collect sap using a tree-friendly tubing system and then cook, bottle and even market your syrup. Whether you want a few bottles of syrup for your family's pancakes or you want to start your own business, this concise reference has the information you need.
Author: Alison & Steven Anderson
The reader will find much in this third book in a trilogy of information on growing giant pumpkins. How-to-Grow World Class Giant Pumpkins, Third Edition presents the newest information on cultural methods, who’s who and records. New ideas about plant size and pruning strategies throw a whole new light on the grower with only a small area to devote to giant pumpkins. New discoveries involving the use of considerably more calcium in feeding programs, a steadily growing consensus on the use of nitrogen, the beginnings of a real effort at applying genetic theory in pollination strategies, how-to select the best seed, and the controversial subject of genetic manipulation, all required an airing-out here.
The explosion in the number of growers gathering information via the internet, either through website information, or through open forums with other growers via message boards, has become a major accelerator in the learning curve of all growers. Seed auctions, message boards, and a site devoted entirely to maintaining a database of pumpkin genetic backgrounds, all contribute to a shortening of the time it takes to succeed in this sport.
If you want to grow a world record giant pumpkin, you will find much in this book to to help you.
If your goal is 1500 pounds, then you’ve come to the right place.
Author: Don Langevin
For many people, the word “industry” brings to mind images of sprawling factories belching toxic emissions in a blighted natural landscape. “Industrial” has become synonymous with pollution, human rights abuse, and corporate greed. In Industrial Evolution, Lyle Estill seeks to reclaim the term, with its original connotations of hard work, diligence and productivity, and to show how community-scale enterprise can create a vibrant, sustainable local economy. Industrial Evolution is a story of survival. It is about how the small group of committed entrepreneurs introduced in Small is Possible managed to keep their dream alive and thriving through the economic recession, emerging with a model of what a sustainable local economy might look like in a post carbon future. Compulsively readable and seasoned with light humor, this grassroots account demonstrates that ecological stewardship and enterprise at an appropriate scale can lay the foundation for abundance.
Industrial Evolution skips the doom and gloom and is all about solutions. By showing that it is possible to take the big out of industry, this book motivates people to work together in a meaningful way. Filled with inspirational tales of success, failure, perseverance, and real world experiences that anyone can relate to, Industrial Evolution is a must-read for activists, organizers, politicians, and anyone who cares about resilient communities.
Author: Lyle Estill
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Jamie Durie, international award-winning horticulturalist and landscape designer, reveals the secrets behind his incredible designs on the ever-popular HGTV series The Outdoor Room, now viewed in more than 12 countries. With dynamic photography, including Durie's personal travel photographs and a sneak peek of his private garden, this information-packed companion to his smash-hit t.v. show is as hardworking as it is stunning.
Complete with detailed site plans, zonal plant lists, and helpful eco-tips, it covers everything from the basics of landscape design to practical, hands-on information, such as how to design your own private garden using Durie's philosophy. From an exotic Balinese-inspired dining pavilion to a private English-style garden with an adjoining children's play area, Durie shows you how to incorporate his techniques and design principles to create a personal and truly unique garden, giving you and your family and friends the opportunity to reconnect with nature in the privacy of your very own outdoor room.
Author: Jamie Durie
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Now your favorite author is available in one complete set! Jo Maseberg's fiction, portraying modern-day heroines and homesteading on the Great Plains is here.
Ellie MacCready's family was forced to sell their farm in the Nebraska Sand Hills when she was a teenager. Now Ellie has returned to the Sand Hills to teach in a one-room school, and she rents a small house on the old family farm, currently owned by Zane Redding. Money is tight, though, and Zane may have to sell the farm. Then Ellie proposes a compromise: She will become a partner, investing in the farm to keep it going, and Zane will keep a controlling interest. As they work through the seasons together, their friendship grows, and they find they share more than just the land and a dream.
Julie O'Brien closes her photography business and moves to Nebraska's Sand Hills to make a new start with her father, Gil, after her mother's death. When one of her horses is hurt, Julie turns to Peter Cook, the local veterinarian. When Peter asks Julie to photograph his parents' ranch, they find that they are becoming good friends. But outside circumstances force both Julie and Peter to make decisions about staying in the Sand Hills.
Young widow Jenny Cook is at her wits' end trying to figure out how she'll support herself and young son, Peter. Then she inherits her grandfather's ranch in Nebraska. As she takes up ranching, she makes a bargain with her neighbor, Mike Snow. He'll teach her about ranching if she'll cook dinner for him every day. Together, they face the hardships of winter and find that hard work may mend a broken heart.
Caroline McInnes is tired of being used for her money and her father’s influence, so she flees her hometown of Cleveland to claim free land in Nebraska. Her first taste of Nebraska, however, comes with consequences, when a snowstorm nearly ruins her plans. While riding out the storm, Caroline meets cattle rancher Henry Riley, and when desperate times call for desperate measures, Henry quickly proposes a solution. With no other choice, Caroline accepts, and the two agree that they can make things work. As friendship blooms between them, Caroline fears that Henry may be falling in love with her, which she claims she doesn’t want. With help from her neighbors and friends, Caroline learns what it’s like to be a frontier woman, and realizes she likes it – and that she, too, has feelings for Henry. When Henry discovers that Caroline has been lying to him, she’ll do whatever it takes to prove that she loves him.
Author: JO MASEBERG
A companion volume to recipe books, a touchstone for spotting flawed recipes and making the best of them, Keys to Good Cooking is a welcome aid for cooks of all types—translating the modern science of cooking into immediately useful information. Taking home cooks from market to table–and teaching them the best way to select, prepare and present an amazing array of food–Keys to Good Cooking is an invaluable resource for anyone who prepares food and wants to do it well.
Author: Harold McGee
Forget what you know about whole grain baking. Instead, envision light, flaky croissants; airy cakes; moist brownies; dreamy pie crusts; and scrumptious cookies-all made with whole grains. This is what you get in King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking, a revolutionary cookbook that breathes new life into breads, cakes, cookies, pastries and more by transforming the dark and dense alchemy of whole grain baking into lively, flavorful, sweet and savory treats of all types.
King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking is a book that only the bakers at King Arthur Flour could successfully complete, opening up the home baker's repertoire to new flours, new flavors and new categories of whole grain baked goods. It spills over with helpful tips, how-to illustrations, sidebars on history and lore, and a friendly voice that says to readers, "Come into the kitchen with me and let's bake." Thousands of hours were spent testing these recipes, making sure that each one met the bakers' high standards. The final result is more than 400 delicious, inviting and foolproof recipes that have earned a place in King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking - the next generation whole grain cookbook.
Author: PJ Hamel, Reid, and Miller