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Permaculture is more than just the latest buzzword; it offers positive solutions for many of the environmental and social challenges confronting us. And nowhere are those remedies more needed and desired than in our cities. The Permaculture City provides a new way of thinking about urban living, with practical examples for creating abundant food, energy security, close-knit communities, local and meaningful livelihoods, and sustainable policies in our cities and towns. The same nature-based approach that works so beautifully for growing food—connecting the pieces of the landscape together in harmonious ways—applies perfectly to many of our other needs. Toby Hemenway, one of the leading practitioners and teachers of permaculture design, illuminates a new way forward through examples of edge-pushing innovations, along with a deeply holistic conceptual framework for our cities, towns and suburbs.
The Permaculture City begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience; we’re not just gardening plants but people, neighborhoods and even cultures. Hemenway lays out how permaculture design can help town dwellers solve the challenges of meeting our needs for food, water, shelter, energy, community and livelihood in sustainable, resilient ways. Readers will find new information on designing the urban home garden and strategies for gardening in community, rethinking our water and energy systems, learning the difference between a “job” and a “livelihood,” and the importance of placemaking and an empowered community.
This important book documents the rise of a new sophistication, depth and diversity in the approaches and thinking of permaculture designers and practitioners. Understanding nature can do more than improve how we grow, make or consume things; it can also teach us how to cooperate, make decisions and arrive at good solutions.
Author: Toby Hemenway
This comprehensive book is a reflection of the groundswell of enthusiasm for healthy eating … leafy greens in particular. Kale led the charge and now consumers are looking for new alternatives among these inexpensive, nutritious and versatile ingredients.
Dozens of varieties of leafy greens are featured (67 to be exact), each with a photograph for easy identification. They range from the well-known (spinach) to the trendy (kale and collards) to the obscure (items that mizuna and purslane). With the world growing smaller every day and our grocery store selections expanding, it's probably just a matter of time before you see these at your local grocers.
All the greens are listed alphabetically, and each listing contains:
Award-winning food writer Susan Sampson has created 250 outstanding vegan recipes, a wide and wonderful variety that can be enjoyed as main dishes, sides and even breakfast. Smoothies are the perfect way to incorporate more greens into your diet. The humble Brussels sprouts rise to a whole new level in Brussels and Yukon Hash, dandelion takes a dandy turn in Penne Boscaiola, and Napa simply shines in Grilled Kimcheese Sandwiches. Explore greens from other parts of the world that are now grown in North America: Yu Choy in Yu Choy with Saucy Shiitakes and Baby Corn, or taro leaves that perfectly complete the recipe for West Indies Pepper Pot Soup.
So stretch beyond your typical cooking routine and tap into a healthier, more interesting way of eating by simply incorporating more greens into your kitchen.
Author: Susan Sampson
In the '60s it was called the "back to the land" movement, and in Helen and Scott Nearing's day, it was "living the good life." Whatever the term, North Americans have always yearned for a simpler way. But how do you accomplish that today?
Blending inspiration with practical how-to's, Rural Renaissance, a Mother Earth News Book for Wiser Living, captures the American dream of country living for contemporary times. Journey with the authors and experience their lessons, laughter and love for the land as they trade the urban concrete maze for a five-acre organic farm and bed and breakfast in southwestern Wisconsin. Rural living today is a lot more than farming. It's about a creative, nature-based and more self-sufficient lifestyle that combines a love of squash, solar energy, skinny dipping and serendipity.
Among the many topics explored in Rural Renaissance include:
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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
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A drifter by circumstance, William Tell Sackett hungered for a place he couldn’t name but knew he had to find. South of the Tetons, through a keyhole pass, he found it: a lonely yet beautiful valley — with a fortune in gold. Then he found an even greater treasure: Ange Kerry, a courageous and resourceful woman. But the harsh ways it takes to protect his claim and their lives may be the one thing that drives Ange away.
Orrin Sackett had to be pushed into a fight. But Tyrel Sackett was born to trouble. The night Tye stepped between his brother and a bullet changed them both forever. Now their trail pointed west, to a lawless frontier town called Sante Fe. Orrin took the job of marshal, while Tye commanded respect without a badge. When a loose end from their past turns up, one brother will be forced to revert to his old ways — if the other’s dreams
The Man Called Noon
In one swift moment, a fall wiped away his past. Now he was up and running for his life — into a tangle of lies and deceit. His memory lost, the man called "Noon" had only a name and a few clues. Where did his skill with a gun come from? What was the link between his life and buried gold worth a half a million dollars'? He didn't have the answers, but he needed them soon. Because what he still didn't know about himself, others did — including the men who wanted him dead.
Over on the Dry Side
The abandoned cabin seemed like a good place to settle down except for the dead man in the front yard. But Doby Kernohan and his father had traveled a long way seeking a new start, and they were in no position to be choosy.
When Gaylord Riley walked away from the Coburn gang, he had money and a dream. He worked hard and built a cabin, gathered a herd of cattle, and fell in love with Marie Shattuck. But when he is confronted with false accusations of rustling and murder, Riley is forced to defend his new law-abiding way of life. Outnumbered and facing a lynching party, Riley is surprised when his old friends return to lend him a hand. But how can they help him and keep themselves out of jail? With the local marshal already suspicious of Riley, the Coburn gang will have to plan well and move fast. But that shouldn’t be a problem. Their reputation was built by doing just that.
Author: Louis L'Amour
In Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, food preserving expert Cathy Barrow presents a beautiful collection of essential preserving techniques for turning the fleeting abundance of the farmers’ market into a well-stocked pantry full of canned fruits and vegetables, jams, stocks, soups, and more.
As Barrow writes in her introduction, “A walk through the weekend farmers’ market is a chance not only to shop for the week ahead but also to plan for the winter months.” From the strawberries and blueberries of late spring to the peaches, tomatoes, and butter beans of early fall, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry shows you how to create a fresh, delectable, and lasting pantry—a grocery store in your own home.
Beyond the core techniques of water-bath canning, advanced techniques for pressure canning, salt-curing meats and fish, smoking, and even air-curing pancetta are broken down into easy-to-digest, confidence-building instructions.
Under Barrow’s affable direction, you’ll discover that homemade cream cheese and Camembert are within the grasp of the weekday cook—and the same goes for smoked salmon, home canned black beans, and preserved and cured duck confit.
In addition to canning techniques, Practical Pantry includes 36 bonus recipes using what’s been preserved: rugelach filled with apricot preserves, tomato soup from canned crushed tomatoes, arugula and bresaola salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano and hazelnuts, brined pork chops with garlicky bok choy.
Tips for choosing the best produce at the right time of season and finding the right equipment for your canning and cooking needs—along with troubleshooting tips to ensure safe preserving—will keep your kitchen vibrant from spring to fall.
Whether your food comes by the crate, the bushel, or the canvas bag, just a few of Barrow’s recipes are enough to furnish your own practical pantry, one that will provide nourishment and delight all year round. Canning and preserving is not just about the convenience of a pantry filled with peaches, dill pickles, and currant jelly, nor is it the simple joy of making a meal from the jars on the shelf—creating a practical pantry is about cultivating a thoughtful connection with your local community, about knowing exactly where your food comes from and what it can become.
Author: Cathy Barrow
Animals are an important part of any homestead, and GRIT has compiled the perfect collection of animal-related reading to keep you informed!
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? GRIT’s Guide to Backyard Rabbits is the answer to all these questions and many more. Inside this 96-page guide you'll find more than 69 keys to a successful rabbit-raising enterprise.
GRIT Guide to Barnyard Animals Spring 2018
GRIT has compiled 100 pages of helpful articles on basic skills for raising barnyard animals. This full-color guide features advice, tips, and ideas from industry experts on raising and maintaining your animal herd … whether you have cattle, horses, sheep, goats, bees, chickens, rabbits, or alpacas.
GRIT Guide to Backyard Chickens Spring 2018
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 Guide to Backyard Bees & Honey Winter 2017
Learn everything you need to know about raising bees with the GRIT Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey! Beekeeping is becoming both more popular and more necessary in our world. Experience the beauty and joy of raising your own bees every day with this guide! Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey will teach you how to attract pollinators with buzzworthy plants; discover the differences between beehives; use fresh, local honey in a host of recipes; and more.
THE BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS WINTER 2017
The Winter, 2017 edition of The Best of Mother Earth News Collector Series is a double issue, and includes more than 45 articles that cover a range of topics from DIY & building projects to food and cooking, from organic gardening to homesteading & livestock.
THE BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS WINTER 2015
The Winter 2015 edition of The Best of Mother Earth News includes more than 25 articles that cover a range of topics from food and cooking to organic gardening, from beekeeping to renewable energy.
THE BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS WINTER 2014
This first Best of Mother Earth News edition covers a wide range of topics, including the best articles on organic gardening, renewable energy, self-reliance, do-it-yourself projects, delicious recipes, raising livestock and so much more.
Author: Mother Earth News
The newest edition of Guide to Healing Herbs is packed with valuable and illuminating information on more than 125 herbs for healing, cooking and growing! This 100-page guide is filled with articles on herbs, herbal remedies, healthy recipes and more.
Each breed of chicken listed in the field guide is thoroughly described and is illustrated by color photos. The book tells you all about the bird, detailing each breed's particular usefulness, adaptation to climate, coloration, number of eggs typically laid, foraging ability, temperament, and unique qualities. There are fun facts about varieties of chickens, as well as information about color and comb varieties, rare breeds, classification, and hybrids.
Author: Christine Heinrichs
Sourdough and other fermented foods are making a comeback because of their rich depth of flavor and proven health benefits. In Sourdough, Owens demystifies keeping a sourdough culture, which is an extended fermentation process that allows for maximum flavor and easy digestion. Laced with botanical and cultural notes on grains, fruits and vegetables, herbs, and even weeds, Sourdough celebrates seasonal abundance alongside the timeless craft of artisan baking.
Author: Sarah Owens
The Gift of Healing Herbs is equal parts inspiration and instruction, drawn from the author’s life and decades spent teaching and practicing herbal medicine in a spiritual, earth-based, nondogmatic style.
Author: Robin Rose Bennett