• MOTHER EARTH NEWS & GRIT SELF-RELIANT COLLECTION

    There are hundreds of ways to save money on your grocery or home repair bills: growing your own food, doing your own home repairs, preserving or baking your own food, and so much more. Mother Earth News and Grit have compiled five special guides that will help you save money on food and your homestead. You will learn how to buy and build your dream homestead, discover delicious homemade bread recipes, grow food in small spaces, and more.

    Item: 7785

    Format: Paperback

  • CAPPER'S FARMER GUIDE TO SLOW COOKING

    There is no better time of year to start using your slow cooker or pressure cooker than fall and winter! Having your home fill with the aroma of soups, stews, roasts, or vegetables that have been cooking slowly for hours is a thing of comfort, especially when the weather outside is not so warm and comforting. Cappers’ Farmer put together a special guide dedicated to cooking with your slow cooker or pressure cooker. There are 79 delicious recipes to try in this 100-page guide, plus you can learn more about your pressure cooker, read how to try new and exciting recipes, and much more.

    Item: 8033

    Author: Capper's Farmer

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE WOODLOT

    In this guide you'll discover information on managing your forest, how to choose a woodstove, making money from your wooded acres, and much more. The Complete Guide to the Woodlot explores ways to get the most out of your woods, from the science of stacking firewood and choosing the best wood for burning to picking the best chainsaw and selling timber from your land.

    Whether you want to heat your home with wood, grill with wood chunks, or pick the perfect log splitter, this guide covers it all. Learn how to build a kitchen island, make your own wooden shakes, or maintain your property with a chipper-shredder.

    Other articles include:

    • The Time-Honored Art of Splitting Wood: Once you’ve mastered the tools and techniques, splitting wood by hand can be a pleasure.
    • The Art of Coppicing: This ancient technique lets forests produce timber without killing trees.
    • How to Make a Homemade Fire Starter: A few ordinary household items can be combined to easily create a starter for your fireplace.
    • When to Choose Wood Heat: For some households, heating with wood is a smart, sustainable option. Learn about the benefits and costs of using a woodstove to heat your home.
    • Home Lumber Mill: Crafting Dimensional Sawed Timbers: Portable sawmills let you use your lumber from your land.
    • Profit With a Portable Sawmill Business: Learn how to generate money for the homestead by processing wood, custom cutting lumber, and more.
    Item: 7362

    Author: GRIT

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY, 3RD EDITION

    Build a honey extractor. Use top-bar hives. Bake with honey. Find your favorite honeybee. Read about all this and more with GRIT's Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 3rd Edition. This treasure-trove of bee knowledge has more than 75 ways to get more from your bees. Cover-to-cover, this 100-page guide includes great advice, tips, techniques, instructions, recipes and more to help you get started with beekeeping … or, if you are a seasoned beekeeper, to help you learn new tricks of the trade.

    Save money while building your own beehive or honey extractor with simple materials available at your local hardware store. Read how to use a top-bar hive, a less expensive method to raising bees that will pollinate your crops and provide tasty honey fresh from the comb. Honey adds something natural, healthy and sweet to any recipe, whether it's appetizers or main dishes.

    More articles include:

    • Top Tips for Happy Bees: Expert advice for novice urban beekeepers.
    • Bee Byproducts: Honey is but one of the items created by ever-industrious honeybees.
    • Go Native with Wild Bees: The humble little orchard mason bee is the best-kept (pollinator) secret.
    • The Case of the Disappearing Honeybees: What is colony collapse disorder, and what can be done?
    • Winterizing Your Bees … Naturally: There may be snow on the ground and ice on the trees, but your bees are a balmy 96 degrees Fahrenheit inside their hive.
    • And more!
    Item: 6499

    Author: GRIT Editors

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY, 4TH EDITION

    Keeping bees is a great hobby. It provides you with an unlimited supply of honey; the bees help pollinate your plants and crops; and can provide enjoyment for you and the whole family. This 100-page guide is filled with some of the best articles on keeping bees, building your own beehives, cooking with honey and how to identify different types of bees.

    Inside you'll find more than 77 ways to get more from your backyard bees. Read how to get to know your bees and all it takes to get started raising bees. Discover how to build your own beehive and save money in the process. Learn how to keep bees with top bar hives. You can also find 10 easy steps to becoming an urban beekeeper.

    Other articles include:

    • Beginning With Honeybees: Questions and answers help beginning beekeepers.
    • Wholesome as Honey: Famous as a sweet treat, this bee staple is packed with good nutrition and health.
    • Bee Byproducts: Honey is but one of the items caused by ever-industrious honeybees.
    • Go Native With Wild Bees: The humble little orchard mason bee is the best-kept (pollinator) secret.
    • Community Buzz for Overwintering Bees: GRIT bloggers' best tips for keeping your hive healthy during its most difficult months.
    • Beehive Baking: Put down the sugar bowl and switch to honey with these wholesome recipes.
    Item: 6986

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY, 5TH EDITION

    The secret – how enjoyable and rewarding owning and maintaining a backyard hive is – is out! Not only are the benefits of owning your own hive (or hives!) numerous, this hobby that will benefit your family, your land and the environment. More backyard beehives are popping up all over the country. Whether you are a seasoned beekeeper or on still on the fence about taking the leap and starting your own hive, the 5th edition of GRIT’s Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey is an excellent source to help you get started!

    This 100-page guide is filled with some of the best articles published in GRIT magazine, covering almost everything you need to know about starting, maintaining and benefiting from owning your own beehive … everything from buying and installing your first package of bees into the new hive to cooking with the delicious honey they produce. Several articles cover step-by-step instructions on how to build your own beehive. Other articles cover how important bees and other pollinators are to the land. Plus, are you brave enough to take the “Name that Bee” quiz and identify more than 10 different species of bees?

      More articles included:
    • Homesteading With the Bees – Our bloggers offer up their well-earned expertise on keeping backyard bees.
    • Getting to Know Your Bees – The sweet truth about the life and times of one of humankind’s most important social insects.
    • Building a Top-Bar Hive – A different approach allows the beekeeper a simpler method of checking on his charges.
    • Wholesome as Honey – Famous as a sweet treat, this bee staple is packed with good nutrition and health.
    • How to Build a Honey Extractor – You can make an inexpensive honey extractor from simple materials available in your local hardware store.
    • DIY Beeswax Crafts for the Home – With the increased interest in beekeeping, the use of honey and beeswax has become an artisanal trend.
    Item: 7497

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY, 7TH EDITION

    The Grit Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 7th edition has 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 of honey the easy way.

    Read how to get to know your bees and the sweet truth about the life and times of one of humankind’s most important social insects. Discover the 10 items to take to the bee yard. Learn the difference between hives and the lists of pros and cons of the three top beehive designs: Top-Bar, Warre, and Langstroth. Read how to build a honey extractor from simple materials available in your local hardware store. Put down the sugar bowl and switch to honey with the wholesome recipes inside this colorful guide.
    More articles include:

    • Beekeeping with a Honey Bee Allergy – I had never had a problem with honey bees, so I didn’t think too much of being stung three times in short order.
    • How to Install a Package of Bees – Your bees have arrived in the mail … now what?
    • Nectars of Nature – What’s your favorite type of honey? Learn what factors play into honing the best-tasting honey.
    • A Honey of a Meal – Honey adds something natural, healthy, and sweet to each course of any great meal: appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and soups.
    • Go Native with Wild Bees – The humble little orchard mason bee is the best-kept (pollinator) secret.
    • Solving Bee Behavior Problems – Understanding normal bee behaviors is essential to identifying unusual behavior and correcting any problems.
    Item: 8136

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD CHICKENS, 2ND EDITION E-BOOK

    As the authority on rural know-how, Grit magazine has long been leading the charge and is now proud to introduce its 2011 special Guide to Backyard Chickens E-book.
    From the rooftop terraces of New York City to the sprawling lawns of rural America, the backyard chicken movement has taken hold and is making a massive impact among city dwellers and country folk alike.
    At 100 full-color pages, this one-of-a-kind reference book is designed to arm you with all the information needed to enjoy the simple country pleasures of farm-fresh eggs and poultry, straight from your own backyard.

    Grit's 2011 Guide to Backyard Chickens E-book includes an extensive collection of relevant articles, including:

    • 23 Delicious Recipes
    • Easy Chick Brooder Plans
    • Incubate Eggs with Success
    • Build Your Own Poultry Plucker
    • Control Pests in Your Backyard
    • Raise Turkeys, Guineas and Ducks
    • And So Much More!
    Item: 5461
  • GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD CHICKENS, 5TH EDITION

    As the backyard chicken movement continues to grow, GRIT magazine is pleased to bring readers the fifth edition of Grit Guide to Backyard Chickens. With 100 pages filled with all things chickens, this special guide covers everything you need to know about raising and keeping chickens, whether you live on a 100-acre farm or in a city suburb. There are more than 57 keys to having a healthy, productive flock that you can benefit from - via eggs and meat! - and enjoy.

    Nearly 20 articles fill this glossy-paged resource, and they are penned by the top experts in the poultry industry. Whether you are just starting your chicken-raising adventure or are a seasoned chicken farmer, you will find something in this guide worth crowing about, whether it be a tip to keep predators away or instructions on building the perfect chicken tractor. Every reader can find something to benefit from here.

    Read proven advice on chicken breed selection, heritage breeds and modern hybrids. Discover how to use your flock to turn over your garden soil and keep pests away. Learn how to build a weatherproof, pest-proof chicken feeder that discourages mold and mice. Facts about other poultry are also covered, with nine facts you didn't know about the humble turkey and how to add waterfowl to your backyard flock.

    Also included are delicious recipes that you can enjoy (and know that most or all of the ingredients came from you own backyard). They include Cheesy Egg Casserole, Vanilla Pound Cake, Moroccan Chicken With Eggplant-Zucchini Ragout, Lancaster Country Casserole, and much more.

    More articles include:

    • Hatch a Flock: Insider tips on incubating eggs.
    • Eggscellent-Laying Heritage Hens: Rare domesticated animals need engaged stewards to survive.
    • Get Smart! Protecting the Flock From Predators: Knowing the enemy is the first step to keeping your chickens safe.
    • Building the Whizbang Plucker: Take the tedium out of processing meat chickens.
    • Portable DIY Chicken Tractors for Any Budget: Tested over time, here are three portable laying-hen coops that might suit your homeplace.
    Item: 7074

    Author: GRIT

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD CHICKENS, 7TH EDITION

    Anyone, at any age, can enjoy the benefits and pleasures of keeping a backyard chicken flock. Whether you have yet to take the plunge and buy your very first chickens or are a seasoned chicken owner, the newest Guide to Backyard Chickens is an enjoyable read for everyone! This guide from Grit is 100 pages of articles written by chicken experts. 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, ducks and geese.

    Item: 7873

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD CHICKENS, 8TH EDITION

    Perfect for anyone looking to raise a great flock, the eighth edition of the Grit Guide to Backyard Chickens has 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.

    Learn how to feed the flock on pasture and save money. Discover new ways to use extra eggs for delicious dishes. Read how to make the ultimate brooder box.

    More articles include:

    • Raising Chickens for Meat: From pasture to freezer, home processing offers rewards far beyond the dinner table.
    • Fermentations for the Flock: Improve your poultry’s health while saving money at the feed store.
    • Build a Weatherproof, Pest-Proof Chicken Feeder: Feed your flock without encouraging mold or supporting the local mouse and starling populations.
    • Keep Backyard Chickens with Class in Grit’s Mini-Coop: Everything you need to know to construct this small home for your flock, including plans and diagrams.
    Item: 8202

    Format: Paperback

  • GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD RABBITS, 4TH EDITION

    Raising rabbits has never been easier with the help the new Grit Guide to Backyard Rabbits, 4th edition. This guide has more than 43 keys to raising happy, healthy rabbits along with helpful advice to find the breed for you, instructions for keeping rabbits out of your garden, advice on how to build the best hutches and equipment, and so much more.

    Read about the necessary tools, equipment and routines it requires to keep healthy rabbits. Discover the basic bunny diet, and how feeding your rabbits a healthy mixture of pellets, hay and a few treats will keep them happy and strong. Learn how to ban bunnies from your garden by building a safe, simple and humane trap to keep uninvited critters out of your garden. Rabbit housing plans are included for a good weekend do-it-yourself project.

    Other articles include:

    • An Introduction to Rabbit Breeds: Ask yourself why raising bunnies is a priority, and then consider the many beautiful and cuddly, exotic and common varieties.
    • Rabbits as Food: When the first cute and cuddly kit arrived, worry set in about processing day.
    • The Rabbit House: If you’re more of a hands-off animal husband, keeping rabbits together in a colony – rather than in individual cages – may appeal to you.
    • Permaculture Principles for Rabbits: A couple of rabbit aficionados contemplate ways to keep rabbits in captivity, though in a more natural setting.
    • Calming the Rascally Rabbit: Discover the many activities you and your furry friends can do together for a healthier, more enjoyable experience.
    Item: 7550

    Format: Paperback

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