List books in category Home & Garden / Sustainable Living

  • Solar Electricity Basics: A Green Energy Guide

    Solar Electricity Basics: A Green Energy Guide
    Dan Chiras

    A clean and simple introduction to generating electricity from the sun.

  • Shipping Container Homes: Learn How To Build Your Own Shipping Container House and Live Your Dream!

    Shipping Container Homes: Learn How To Build Your Own Shipping Container House and Live Your Dream!
    Bill Oatfield

    Learn How You Can Save Money With Insider Tips On How To Build Your Shipping Container Home!How would you like to pay way less per month and still live in your dream home? Well, that's the promise that a shipping container home offers!These small houses are taking the world by storm at the moment, and rightfully so. Combine a massive oversupply of containers with people looking to live in cheap homes, that are even eco-friendly, and you can see why building container homes is a match made in heaven.Steel containers may seem unlike candidates to use as building materials, but nothing could be further from the truth. These containers make for amazingly cheap houses, for the fraction of the cost of a traditional home. The tiny house movement already adopted shipping container construction as a method of building a new home, but you do not need to be a fan of tiny houses to appreciate that containers make for excellent and comfortable homes.Imagine the possibilities that come with freeing up the financial resources you are now spending on your mortgage!Well, my friend, you have come to the right place.This book is a step-by-step guide on how you can build a container home.You will be taken by the hand. We will cover the basics, such as the advantages of building a house with a container, different container sizes and what you can expect to pay for one.We will also discuss what to consider when laying out the foundation, plumbing, electrical work, interior design and insulation. And we will touch on DIY home containers vs manufactured homes, how to treat the container to turn it into a safe living space, and how you can turn a small house (because containers can be tiny homes) into a bigger one if you have a family.If you want to know how to build a house with a container, look no further! Pick up your copy now and get inspired to turn your dream into reality.Here Is A Preview Of What You Will Learn: What Are Shipping Container Homes?The Benefits of Shipping Container HomesWhat to Consider Before Purchasing a Shipping ContainerChoosing the Right Shipping ContainerAre Shipping Container Homes Safe?How To Build A Container HomeWhere To Purchase A Shipping ContainerBuilding Permit and Other Legal RequirementsThis book introduces you to the world of affordable housing and can literally save you thousands of dollars!So download your copy today by scrolling back up and clicking the BUY NOW button at the top of this page!And welcome to the family.

  • The Pet Poo Pocket Guide: How to Safely Compost and Recycle Pet Waste

    The Pet Poo Pocket Guide: How to Safely Compost and Recycle Pet Waste
    Rose Seemann

    Eighty-three million dogs and ninety-six million cats call the United States home. Dogs alone produce enough waste to fill more than 1,091 football fields 1 foot deep in a single year. Add billions of plastic pick-up bags to the mix and season well with tons of litter box waste. Scoop a hefty portion into local landfills and seal it tightly to ensure optimal methane production. Clearly, this is a recipe for disaster.Dog and cat owners who trash their pets' offerings daily are in denial about how much waste is produced and what happens to it. Those who want to make the responsible choice often turn to the internet, only to find misleading, confusing, and contradictory information. The Pet Poo Pocket Guide will help you reduce your pet's environmental paw print with: Best practices for cycling pet waste back to nature Suggestions on how to tailor your approach based on location, situation, weather, needs, or available time Instructions for using your composted pet waste safely to enrich your soil and nourish ornamental plantsWith recycling tactics clearly indicated as "easy," "moderate," or "demanding," The Pet Poo Pocket Guide offers something for everyone. This no-nonsense guide is a must-read for any pet owner who is concerned about the environmental impact of their best friend, and is seeking a safe and practical solution.Rose Seemann is the owner and operator of EnviroWagg, a company dedicated to collecting and composting canine waste into safe, nutrient-rich garden soil.

  • Simpler Living Handbook: A Back to Basics Guide to Organizing, Decluttering, Streamlining, and More

    Simpler Living Handbook: A Back to Basics Guide to Organizing, Decluttering, Streamlining, and More
    Jeff Davidson

    The ultimate guide to streamlining your life.Life moves too quickly these days, as technology, work, and personal commitments make it almost impossible to relax and enjoy life. Finding yourself stressed over the clutter in your kitchen or the mass of paper in front of your computer? Relax. This book will help. Filled with tips on how to uncomplicate your daily routine, eliminate stress at home and work, and more, this book will help you free up your time so you can once again enjoy doing the things you love. Author Jeff Davidson has compiled more than 1,000 ways to simplify your life.Divided into sections for easy reference, this book will show you ways you can eliminate stress in your home, your personal life, and your professional life. You will learn the six questions you should ask yourself before buying something new, the most efficient way to clean your pots and pans, the pay-ahead technique to get yourself out of debt, ways to make your commute more comfortable, and advice on hassle-free vacation planning for you and your family. Simpler Living Handbook is the guide you’ve been looking for to lead the peaceful, productive life you’ve always wanted.

  • Lightly: How to Live a Simple, Serene, and Stress-free Life

    Lightly: How to Live a Simple, Serene, and Stress-free Life
    Francine Jay

    Life is weighing us down. Each day we add more possessions, more commitments, more worries, more stress to our lives. Striving for fulfillment, our closets become overstuffed, our calendars overscheduled, and our spirits overwhelmed. Instead of feeling happy, we just feel heavy.Lightly offers help. Whether you want to strip down your life to a backpack or free up some space in your closet, overhaul your schedule or gain back an hour in the evening, Lightly helps you identify what you treasure, while letting what’s unnecessary fall away. You will learn to lighten: Your Stuff: advice on how to declutter what’s weighing you downYour Spirit: release the worries and emotional baggage that can be just as burdensome as possessionsYour Stress: reclaim your time and strive not to get more done, but to have less to doYour Step: reduce your consumption and make the planet as beautiful and clutter-free as your homeWithout a strict regimen, Lightly puts the power back in your hands to take control of your life.

  • Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice

    Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice
    Sukita Reay Crimmel

    Down and dirty – a complete step-by-step guide to making, installing and living with beautiful, all-natural earthen floors For most of human history, people have lived in durable, comfortable buildings made from natural materials such as soil, sand, rocks and fiber. All over the globe, these ancient traditions persist; a quarter to a third of the world's population today lives in houses built partially or entirely of earth. Conventional Western building techniques using industrial materials may save time and create efficiencies, but these perceived savings come at considerable financial and environmental cost. As well as boasting a unique and beautiful aesthetic, natural building techniques are accessible, affordable and nontoxic. Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice is the first comprehensive, fully illustrated manual covering the history, use and maintenance of this attractive, practical flooring option. This detailed, fully-illustrated guide explains every part of the process, including: Sourcing and harvesting materials Preparing the subfloor Pouring, finishing and sealing the floor Living with and maintaining your earthen floor. Because information on creating quality earthen floors was not previously widely available, there have been some negative experiences. Drawing on the combined knowledge of the most qualified earthen floor practitioners, as well their own substantial experience, the authors deliver the definitive resource for this exciting technique, perfect for everyone from the novice to veteran builder.

  • Chicken Coops: Beginner s Guide to Planning and Building Your First Chicken Coop to Become Self-Sufficient: Backyard Chicken & Off the Grid

    Chicken Coops: Beginner’s Guide to Planning and Building Your First Chicken Coop to Become Self-Sufficient: Backyard Chicken & Off the Grid
    Tommy Jacobson

    Chicken Coops:Beginner’s Guide to Planning and Building Your First Chicken Coop to Become Self-SufficientHave you ever wanted to have 100% free-range eggs and poultry? Want to experience the joy and excitement of harvesting eggs and keeping your own flight of chickens? Do you have a knack of carpentry and building projects? Curious on how you can build your own chicken coop at your backyard?If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is for you! The chicken coop movement is becoming more popular than ever and it is rewarding coop owners with fresh, safe and well-deserved eggs and chicken.Your goal of achieving a healthy lifestyle is becoming more and more difficult with food items that are being mass-produced using dangerous methods. One way that you can be entirely sure that what you are putting in your plates is completely safe is by sourcing the ingredients yourself. How is this possible? At least for poultry side of your cooking, chicken coops are the answer!I want to share with you how I have become more and more self-reliant and sure of the food that I cook and serve to my family, friends and loved ones. Building a chicken coop is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding activities that I have ever done!Inside You Will Learn:· Essentials of chicken coops· Materials and equipment you need· Ideal location for a coop· Building plans for your first coop· Tips on raising your chickens· Best practicesOnce you start planning and building your chicken coop and once you start bringing in home your first flight of chickens, then you are one step closer to achieving food independence.Say goodbye to suspicious food ingredients purchased from the market. Say goodbye to an idle spot in your backyard. Have a fun and rewarding hobby of taking care of chickens and harvesting eggs sourced straight from your backyard!Don’t wait another minute! Start achieving self-reliance and enjoying the freshest eggs and chicken that you will ever have!Don’t Delay. Download This Book Now.​

  • The Pocket Disaster Survival Guide: What to Do When the Lights Go Out

    The Pocket Disaster Survival Guide: What to Do When the Lights Go Out
    Harris J. Andrews

    Whether it’s a hurricane bearing down on a home near the coast or a power line downed in a snowstorm near a car, are you prepared for these situations? This slim handbook will provide you with all the information you need to ensure that you, your family, and your pets can weather any emergency crisis. Learn the necessity of backing up important documents, how to safely store food and water for more than a day, and how to communicate with your family and emergency personnel should a disaster strike.

  • The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups

    The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups
    Starhawk Starhawk

    A Transition Town group involved in preparations for peak oil and climate change; an intentional community, founded with the highest ideals; a nonprofit dedicated to social change—millions of such voluntary groups exist around the world. These collaborative organizations have the unique potential to harness their members' ideals, passions, skills, and knowledge—if they can succeed in getting along together. The Empowerment Manual is a comprehensive manual for groups seeking to organize with shared power and bottom-up leadership to foster vision, trust, accountability, and responsibility. This desperately needed toolkit provides keys to: Understanding group dynamics Facilitating communication and collective decision-making Dealing effectively with difficult people. Drawing on four decades of experience, Starhawk shows how collaborative groups can generate the cooperation, efficacy, and commitment critical to success. Her extensive exploration of group process is woven together with the story of RootBound—a fictional ecovillage mired in conflict—and rounded out with a series of real-life case studies. The included exercises and facilitator toolbox show how to establish the necessary structures, ground rules, and healthy norms. The Empowerment Manual is required reading for anyone who wants to help their group avoid disagreement and disillusionment and become a wellspring of creativity and innovation. Starhawk is the author of eleven previous books including the award-winning Webs of Power . A highly influential voice for global justice and the environment, she is deeply committed to bringing the creative power of spirituality to political activism.

  • Folks, This Ain t Normal: A Farmer s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

    Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World
    Joel Salatin

    From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In FOLKS, THIS AIN'T NORMAL, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact.Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as "Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture" and profiled in the Academy Award nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the bestselling book The Omnivore's Dilemma, understands what food should be: Wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life. And his message doesn't stop there. From child-rearing, to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller's knack for the revealing anecdote. Salatin's crucial message and distinctive voice–practical, provocative, scientific, and down-home philosophical in equal measure–make FOLKS, THIS AIN'T NORMAL a must-read book.

  • The Doable Off-Grid Homestead: Cultivating a Simple Life by Hand . . . on a Budget

    The Doable Off-Grid Homestead: Cultivating a Simple Life by Hand . . . on a Budget
    Shannon Stonger

    Start Your Own Off-Grid Homestead the Simple, Budget-Friendly WayIf you’ve ever thought about creating your own family homestead but weren’t sure how to get started or if it were even possible, Stewart and Shannon Stonger have been there and can help guide your way. They left their home in the city and moved to an empty plot of land with hopes of building a more sustainable way of life. Their years of research, limited budget, creativity and pursuit of their dream produced effective solutions that have taken them step by step to an independent, debt-free and off-grid homestead. In this book, they share how they did it to help others take the first steps in achieving their simple life dreams.You’ll learn how to build inexpensive infrastructure, harness energy from the sun, manage an off-grid home, grow vegetables in tough conditions, preserve the harvest, build an earthbag root cellar, raise beginner’s livestock and so much more. These attainable, game-changing tips and projects have allowed Stewart and Shannon to live a simpler, more rewarding life with their children. If they can do it, so can you!

  • The Magickal Family: Pagan Living in Harmony with Nature

    The Magickal Family: Pagan Living in Harmony with Nature
    Monica Crosson

    A hands-on guide to raising a magickal family in the modern world The Magickal Family is a real-life guide for those who want to practice magick and simplicity but need a little nudge to take a break from the workaday world. Filled with tips, ideas, stories, and projects to bring you and your family closer to nature and to celebrate the God and the Goddess, this book shows how to be true to your magickal self while raising little Witchlings—or helping others with theirs. Discover how to create the life you want through gardening, Kitchen Witchery, DIY projects, and celebrations based on the Wheel of the Year. Includes more than 65 rituals, blessings, recipes, crafts, and activities, including: Favorite Fruit Mix Shoebox Altar Children's Garden Hideaway Felted Wool Faerie Hat Backyard Vision Quest Moon Calendar Green Man Salve Witch's Thanksgiving Prayer Book of Shadows Blessing Rhubarb Earl Grey Tea Jam Cauldron of Wisdom Ritual Sylph Wish Kite Plantain Healing Spell Easy Laundry Detergent Lip Balm Poetry Masks Let Me Sleep Tea Blend And Much More "The Magickal Family is a beautiful book, and it would be a great addition to any new family—or anyone new to Paganism."—Spiral Nature

  • Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard farming and home skills for self-sufficient living

    Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard farming and home skills for self-sufficient living
    Deanna Caswell

    Self-Sufficiency in the Suburbs!Gardens, goats and chickens in the suburbs? Absolutely!The easy-to-follow advice in this book will show you everything you need to know to enjoy an abundant, independent life on food and products grown in your own back yard. You may feel like you have superpowers the first time you prepare a meal using only ingredients you grew in your garden. And is there anything you can't do after you lather up with a bar of soap that you made in your own home? This book is full of recipes and tips that will help you discover the joy of self-sufficiency. Do'’t worry; suburban gardening doesn't mean you have to rip up your yard, or risk being ostracized by neighbors or your municipality or homeowners association.Inside you'll find:Gardening instructions for any-size yard and any skill levelA complete overview of keeping chickens, mini-goats and bees in the suburbsMore than 40 food recipes featuring ingredients from your garden or animalsCanning techniquesRecipes for natural deodorant, toothpaste, lip balm and other beauty products Step-by-step soapmaking instructions and soap recipesNatural cleaning recipes for kitchens, bathrooms, surfaces and laundryGift basket ideasCommunity-building ideas including babysitting co-ops, meal swaps, and barter systemsAdvice on how to keep the peace with family, neighbors, and officials if your self-sufficient plans meet resistance

  • Off Grid Living: 35 Tips on How to Survive off The Grid, Planting & Preserving Food, Conserving Energy & Water and much more...

    Off Grid Living: 35 Tips on How to Survive off The Grid, Planting & Preserving Food, Conserving Energy & Water and much more…
    Betty Green

    Off the grid living has become popular for many, but the term is confusing, and the concept is a little scary for homeowners who haven't taken the plunge. In this handy manual, we will discuss 35 different tips and tricks for separating yourself from the grid. Everything from gardening techniques to ideas about water and power supplies will be covered, and the different suggestions are designed to fit a wide variety of lifestyles. Questions like what kind of crops are best to grow when living off the grid, to what types of gardens work best, to how to purify your own water will be examined. Also, various forms of efficient and eco-friendly power sources will be discussed.There are so many levels of living off the grid, but that's where this manual becomes important. In it, we talk about simple tricks you can do to save money and be more self-sufficient. Some tips are easy to do and cost little to implement, while others involve a more committed lifestyle shift. Regardless of where you want to be in terms of separating from the grid, this guide is sure to give you a great starting point. So, what are you waiting for? Let's get started with off the grid living, today!

  • Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing, Natural Skin Care Soaps

    Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing, Natural Skin Care Soaps
    Anne-Marie Faiola

    The pure luxury of soaps made with coconut butter, almond oil, aloe vera, oatmeal, and green tea is one of life’s little pleasures. And with the help of author Anne-Marie Faiola, it’s easy to make luscious, all-natural soaps right in your own kitchen. This collection of 32 recipes ranges from simple castile bars to intricate swirls, embeds, and marbled and layered looks. Begin with a combination of skin-nourishing oils and then add blueberry puree, dandelion-infused water, almond milk, coffee grounds, mango and avocado butters, black tea, or other delicious ingredients — and then scent your soap with pure essential oils. Step-by-step photography guides you through every stage of cold-process soapmaking.

  • Minimalist Living: A Guide to Simple Living, Declutter & Frugal Living (Speedy Boxed Sets): Minimalism, Frugal Living and Budgeting: Minimalism, Frugal Living and Budgeting

    Minimalist Living: A Guide to Simple Living, Declutter & Frugal Living (Speedy Boxed Sets): Minimalism, Frugal Living and Budgeting: Minimalism, Frugal Living and Budgeting
    Speedy Publishing

    Minimalism is not about having almost nothing. Rather, it’s about stripping down to the bare necessities in order to clear the mind, get more freedom and save more money. The Japanese are the best examples of a minimalist people. If you want to be as effective as the Japanese, then you better start by copying the principles of minimalism. Begin by reading the three books in this collection.

  • The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

    The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!
    Carleen Madigan

    This comprehensive guide to homesteading provides all the information you need to grow and preserve a sustainable harvest of grains and vegetables; raise animals for meat, eggs, and dairy; and keep honey bees for your sweeter days. With easy-to-follow instructions on canning, drying, and pickling, you’ll enjoy your backyard bounty all winter long.

  • Soap Crafting: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making 31 Unique Cold-Process Soaps

    Soap Crafting: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making 31 Unique Cold-Process Soaps
    Anne-Marie Faiola

    Make your own custom-tailored and perfectly formed cold-process soaps! Learn how to use milk jugs and yogurt containers for molds, and how coffee, avocado, and even beer can add unique dimensions to your creations. This encouraging introduction to the art of soapmaking makes it simple to master the techniques you need to safely and easily produce your own enticingly fragrant soaps.

  • City Goats: The Goat Justice League s Guide to Backyard Goat Keeping

    City Goats: The Goat Justice League’s Guide to Backyard Goat Keeping
    Jennie Grant

    CLICK HERE to download the chapter called "Legalizing Goats In Your City" from City GoatsTime Magazine calls author Jennie Grant the, "godmother of goat lovers."* Explains the how-to and benefits of keeping and raising milking goats on your city lot* Get a healthy source of milk, as well as a hobby that will change your life* Longtime urban goat keeper Jennie Grant is an experienced city goat farmer and Goat Justice activistJENNIE GRANT is your average 40-something mother with a bungalow in Seattle's leafy Madrona neighborhood, a happy middle-school child, a tolerant husband, and a pug named Eddie. She also happens to keep chickens and two milking goats, Snowflake and Eloise, and is regionally known as the passionate founder of the Goat Justice League.Since Grant began keeping milking goats several years ago, she has learned firsthand the remarkable benefits and beauty of keeping goats — how much healthier and easier to maintain a yard with goats can be, the tolerance levels of neighbors, the health benefits of non-industrial foods, and how interacting with goats inspires a connection with nature. City Goats: The Goat Justice League's Guide to Urban Goat Keeping is her step-by-step guide to raising a pair of dairy goats in your urban or suburban backyard, from learning city zoning requirements and selecting goats to setting up your yard, building a goat shed, feeding and caring, kidding, and milking.Practical and at times comical (just like a goat!), connected both to nature and the city, and slightly rebellious — City Goats: The Goat Justice League's Guide to Urban Goat Keeping is a book for gardeners, people committed to eating locally, and anyone who has ever pondered joining the backyard goat revolution.

  • The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir

    The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir
    Dee Williams

    Dee Williams’s life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved. That included the beautiful sprawling house in the Pacific Northwest she had painstakingly restored—but, increasingly, it did not include the mortgage payments, constant repairs, and general time-suck of home ownership. A new sense of clarity began to take hold: Just what was all this stuff for? Multiple extra rooms, a kitchen stocked with rarely used appliances, were things that couldn’t compare with the financial freedom and the ultimate luxury—time—that would come with downsizing.Deciding to build an eighty-four-square-foot house—on her own, from the ground up—was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her approximately ten minutes to clean the entire house. It’s left her with more time to spend with family and friends, and given her freedom to head out for adventure at a moment’s notice, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch.The lessons Williams learned from her “aha” moment post-trauma apply to all of us, every day, regardless of whether or not we decide to discard all our worldly belongings. Part how-to, part personal memoir, The Big Tiny is an utterly seductive meditation on the benefits of slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life.

  • The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner: What to Do & When to Do It in the Garden, Orchard, Barn, Pasture & Equipment Shed

    The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner: What to Do & When to Do It in the Garden, Orchard, Barn, Pasture & Equipment Shed
    Ann Larkin Hansen

    This hardworking addition to the best-selling Backyard Homestead series offers expert advice on what tasks to do around your farm and when to do them — no matter where on the planet you call home. Author Ann Larkin Hansen sets the priorities for each area of the farm, including the barn, garden, orchard, field, pasture, and woodlot. For every critical turn of the year (12 in all), Hansen provides an at-a-glance to-do list along with tips and a more in-depth discussion of key topics for the season. Easy-reference charts, checklists, and record-keeping sections help you keep track of it all.

  • The Everything Guide to Living Off the Grid: A back-to-basics manual for independent living

    The Everything Guide to Living Off the Grid: A back-to-basics manual for independent living
    Terri Reid

    Do you want to have electricity and hot water at any time, no matter what's going on outside your property? Do you want to have more control over the things you eat and how they are processed? Do you want your family safe from the worries of a bad economy and crime?If you answered "yes" to these questions, then living off the grid may be for you. Although living off the grid takes some hard work, the benefits make it all worthwhile. This practical guide gives you all the information you'll need to move off the grid, including how to:Grow your own produceRaise, hunt, and process your meatEliminate existing debt to cut off financial tiesBuild a sustainable home from scratchHarvest and reuse waterCreate your own sources of energy Whether you want to live an eco-friendly life or just want to incorporate a few key aspects into your existing day-to-day, this guide is your comprehensive introduction to homestead sustainability.

  • Starting a Homestead: A Guide to Finding Property and Moving Toward Self-Sufficiency

    Starting a Homestead: A Guide to Finding Property and Moving Toward Self-Sufficiency
    Jill b.

    Got the homesteading-bug? Are you considering moving to a new location to take your homesteading to the next level? From climate to soil conditions, the options can be daunting. However, this book offers a guide on how to narrow your search by following an initial list of things to consider before you take the leap.

  • Waste Not Everyday: 365 ways to reduce, reuse and reconnect

    Waste Not Everyday: 365 ways to reduce, reuse and reconnect
    Erin Rhoads

    <p>Would you like to throw away less? Do something for the planet? But not ready to dive straight into composting&nbsp;or&nbsp;go totally plastic-free yet?&nbsp;<strong>Waste Not Everyday</strong> is your step-by-step guide with 365 easy changes that will not only influence what you throw out but also have a genuine impact on the future of our planet.<br /><br />Split into four easy-to-follow parts, <strong>Waste Not Everyday</strong>&nbsp;features simple tips that will lead to a real shift in thinking and action and show you that a&nbsp;zero-waste lifestyle is actually achievable &ndash; for everyone, every budget and every schedule. With tips ranging from actions and inspiration to recipes and resources, Erin Rhoads, well-known zero-waste advocate and author of <em>Waste Not</em>,&nbsp;takes you on a gentle journey towards a life with less waste and more meaning.</p>

  • Home Canning and Preserving: Putting Up Small-Batch Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes, and More

    Home Canning and Preserving: Putting Up Small-Batch Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes, and More
    Janet Cooper

    Home Canning and Preserving instructs readers how to make small-batch preserves, pickles, and more, whether in the summer or winter months, even when fresh produce is not as readily available. Janet Cooper, who has spent a lifetime finessing the art of small-batch preserving, provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to put by some of your favorite canned and jarred goods. With color photographs and one hundred recipes, including orange marmalade, fig jam, six-fruit chutney, apple sauce, green tomato relish, and hot mustard, this is the definitive guide—and the perfect gift—for gardeners and home cooks.Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Good Books and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of cookbooks, including books on juicing, grilling, baking, frying, home brewing and winemaking, slow cookers, and cast iron cooking. We’ve been successful with books on gluten-free cooking, vegetarian and vegan cooking, paleo, raw foods, and more. Our list includes French cooking, Swedish cooking, Austrian and German cooking, Cajun cooking, as well as books on jerky, canning and preserving, peanut butter, meatballs, oil and vinegar, bone broth, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

  • Timber Framing for the Rest of Us: A Guide to Contemporary Post and Beam Construction

    Timber Framing for the Rest of Us: A Guide to Contemporary Post and Beam Construction
    Rob Roy

    Many natural building methods rely upon the use of post and beam frame structures that are then in-filled with straw, cob, cordwood, or more conventional wall materials. But traditional timber framing employs the use of finely crafted jointing and wooden pegs, requiring a high degree of craftsmanship and training, as well as much time and expense. However, there is another way . . .Timber Framing for the Rest of Us describes the timber framing methods used by most contractors, farmers and owner-builders—methods that use modern metal fasteners, special screws and common sense building principles to accomplish the same goal in much less time. And while there are many good books on traditional timber framing, this is the first to describe in depth these more common fastening methods. The book includes everything an owner-builder needs to know about building strong and beautiful structural frames from heavy timbers, including: the historical background of timber framing crucial design and structural considerations procuring timbers—including different woods and recycled materials foundations, roofs and in-filling considerations the common fastenersA detailed case study of a timber frame project from start to finish completes this practical and comprehensive guide, along with a useful appendix of span tables and a bibliography.Highly illustrated, this book enables "the rest of us" to build like the professionals and will appeal to owner-builders, contractors and architects alike.Rob Roy is a former contractor with 11 previous books to his credit. He has been utilizing timber framing techniques for the past 25 years in the construction of homes, as well as in the numerous outbuildings at Earthwood Building School which he founded in 1981 with his wife, Jaki. He is most recently the author of Cordwood Building: The State of the Art (New Society, 2003).

  • RV Living: A Beginner’s Guide To Turning Your Motorhome Dream Into Reality

    RV Living: A Beginner’s Guide To Turning Your Motorhome Dream Into Reality
    Bill Oatfield

    Get Access To Insider Tips On How To Start The Full-time RV Life!*NEW 2ND EDITION: now fully updated, and including a completely new BONUS chapter! Are you tired of the everyday grind?Do you feel trapped, and dream of living a life on the road?If you do, living in an RV is just what you need to turn things around! Most people only get to escape their 9-to-5 job a couple of weeks per year. But with a motorhome RV you can start a life on the road and live on your own terms, 24/7.With 'RV Living', you will embark on a journey that will let you experience real freedom and a deep sense of satisfaction. A state you were born to inhabit.Imagine the freedom that comes with boondocking. Want to explore a national park? Or how about taking the long and winding road? Living in a camper gives you complete control: every day will be a new adventure!But where do you start? Taking the plunge and starting the full-time RV lifestyle is a big step. One that you should not take lightly. This book on RV Living will help you during your transition, and prepare you properly for the next phase in your life. It is jam-packed with essential and practical RV tips. Things like the basics of full-time RV living. What to look for when buying an rv (things such as rv class, getting a big or small rv, finding used rvs for sale, buying an expensive or cheap rv). And also rv repair and maintenance advice.At the completion of this book you will have a deep understanding of how to live in an RV.Here Is A Preview Of What You Will Learn:The basics of RV living full-timeHow to buy an RVHow to prepare for RV livingHow to budget for life on the roadHow to make and save money on the roadHow to find the best RV parks and camping groundsHow to get along with family and pets The best RV Resources And much, much more!This RVing book can literally save you thousands of dollars on your next rv motorhome purchase!Download your copy today by scrolling back up and clicking the BUY NOW button at the top of this page!

  • Tiny House Designing, Building, & Living

    Tiny House Designing, Building, & Living
    Andrew Morrison

    Do you have what it takes to live tiny? Take the first step to achieving the dream of designing, building, and living in a tiny house (typically between 100 – 400 square feet). Idiot's Guides: Tiny House Designing, Building, and Living is the one-stop guide into this innovative concept of minimalist living. Dozens of helpful images and a full-color insert displaying different types of tiny houses help you visualize your dream. The book explores what it mentally takes to become a tiny house dweller and covers the best approach to designing and building a house that ideally fits your needs. The ebook includes an in-depth discussion on foundation types, financing and insurance, and legal standards, as well as building techniques, must-have utilities, and going off the grid, and home placement. Functional suggestions for décor, storage, and more are also featured. Bonus: three tiny house floor plans to illustrate what these homes entail.

  • The Blacksmith s Craft: A Primer of Tools & Methods

    The Blacksmith’s Craft: A Primer of Tools & Methods
    Charles McRaven

    Get that metal hot and start hammering! Setting up your own forge and crafting everyday items is easier than you might think. With simple methods, easy-to-follow photographs, and insightful tips, you’ll soon be creating items of lasting beauty and durability from iron and steel.

  • Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money (Revised Edition)

    Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money (Revised Edition)
    Dolly Freed

    After being out of print for decades, Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and (Almost) No Money is being reissued with an afterword by an older and wiser Dolly Freed. In the late seventies, at the age of eighteen and with a seventh-grade education, Dolly Freed wrote Possum Livingabout the five years she and her father lived off the land on a half-acre lot outside of Philadelphia. At the time of its publication in 1978, Possum Living became an instant classic, known for its plucky narration and no-nonsense practical advice on how to quit the rat race and live frugally. In her delightful, straightforward, and irreverent style, Freed guides readers on how to buy and maintain a home, dress well, cope with the law, stay healthy, save money, and be lazy, proud, miserly, and honest, all while enjoying leisure and keeping up a middle-class façade. Thirty years later, Freed's philosophy is world-renowned andPossum Living remains as fascinating, inspirational, and pertinent as it was upon its original publication. This updated edition includes new reflections, insights, and life lessons from an older and wiser Dolly Freed, whose knowledge of how to live like a possum has given her financial security and the confidence to try new ventures.

  • Pickling and Preserving: The Foxfire Americana Library (3)

    Pickling and Preserving: The Foxfire Americana Library (3)
    Foxfire Fund, Inc.

    Out of the kitchens and cupboards of Appalachia comes a warmhearted collection of tried-and-true methods for pickling and preserving fruits and vegetables. Part history, part practical recipe book, here homegrown cooks offer advice on everything from bleaching and drying produce to harvesting your own sorghum and making homemade apple butter. Recipes include: Watermelon PicklesCucumber RelishSauerkrautQuince Honey Pear Preserves Mint Jelly Leather Breeches Beans Foxfire has brought the philosophy of simple living to hundreds of thousands of readers, teaching creative self-sufficiency and preserving the stories, crafts, and customs of Appalachia. Inspiring and practical, this classic series has become an American institution. In July 2016, Vintage Shorts celebrates Foxfire's 50th Anniversary.

  • Install Your Own Solar Panels: Designing and Installing a Photovoltaic System to Power Your Home

    Install Your Own Solar Panels: Designing and Installing a Photovoltaic System to Power Your Home
    Joseph Burdick

    Labor and related costs account for more than half of the price of the average home solar installation. But homeowners can save thousands of dollars with this user-friendly manual, which follows the same process professional contractors use. Through detailed directions and step-by-step photos, veteran solar installer Joseph Burdick and seasoned builder Philip Schmidt teach you how to determine the size, placement, and type of installation you’ll need. This comprehensive DIY guide covers everything from assembling rooftop racking or building a ground-mount structure to setting up the electrical connections and making a battery bank for off-grid systems.

  • The Made-from-Scratch Life: Simple Ways to Create a Natural Home

    The Made-from-Scratch Life: Simple Ways to Create a Natural Home
    Melissa K. Norris

    Do you long for simpler days? Do you wish you had the time to offer your family home-grown meals? Does your heart cry for a quiet place in this fast-paced world? Blogger and homesteader Melissa K. Norris inspires with practical and easy methods to help you cook from scratch, garden, preserve your own food, and see God's fingerprints in your everyday busy life. You'll learn how to plan, plant, and harvest for eating and preserving; troubleshoot common gardening problems with natural solutions; and improve your family's health with natural cooking and cleaning methods. Whether you live in the middle of the asphalt jungle or on the side of a mountain, you can experience the pioneer lifestyle and start your own homesteading journey. Because when you surround yourself with things made from the hand of God, you can't help but see Him.

  • Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement Is Changing the Way We Eat

    Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement Is Changing the Way We Eat
    Tanya Denckla Cobb

    Reclaiming Our Food tells the stories of people across the United States who are finding new ways to grow, process, and distribute food for their own communities. Discover how abandoned urban lots have been turned into productive organic farms, how a family-run sustainable fish farm can stay local and be profitable, and how engaged communities are bringing fresh produce into school cafeterias. Through photographic essays and interviews with innovative food leaders, you’ll be inspired to get involved and help cultivate your own local food economy.

  • Do-It-Yourself Projects to Get You Off the Grid: Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, Solar Panels, and More

    Do-It-Yourself Projects to Get You Off the Grid: Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, Solar Panels, and More
    Noah Weinstein

    Instructables is back with this inspiring book focused on a series of projects designed to get you thinking creatively about going green. Twenty Instructables illustrate just how simple it can be to make your own backyard chicken coop, or turn a wine barrel into a rainwater collector. Here, you will learn to: • Clip a chicken’s wings • Power your lawn mower with solar power • Create a chicken tractor for the city • Water your garden with solar power • Build a thermoelectric lamp • Create an algae bioreactor from water bottles • And much more! Illustrated with dozens of full-color photographs per project accompanying easy-to-follow instructions, this Instructables collection utilizes the best that the online community has to offer, turning a far-reaching group of people into a mammoth database churning out ideas to make life better, easier, and, in this case, greener, as this volume exemplifies.

  • Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

    Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre
    Brett L. Markham

    Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more. Because self-suf?ciency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.

  • Old-Fashioned Jams, Jellies, and Sweet Preserves: The Best Way to Grow, Preserve, and Bake with Small Fruit

    Old-Fashioned Jams, Jellies, and Sweet Preserves: The Best Way to Grow, Preserve, and Bake with Small Fruit
    Jo Ann Gardner

    Jo Ann Gardner and her husband, Jigs, have been farming for nearly four decades, specializing in fruit, dairy, and herb products. Jo Ann makes and sells seventy-five cases of jams, jellies, and preserves a year, making her a master on the subject. This delightful reissue of her classic text is a testament to the continued relevance of her years of gardening knowledge.In this updated and full-color edition of Old-Fashioned Jams, Jellies, and Sweet Preserves, Jo Ann takes you back to the basics. This is a clear, concise horticultural and culinary reference book that concentrates on the small fruits, with a glance at tree fruits and wild fruits, too. It offers environmentally sound directions for growing and harvesting, as well as simple guidelines for canning and preserving. Moreover, it contains a treasure trove of seventy-five exciting recipes for preserving, baking, and cooking—unusual marmalades, for example, are coupled with English muffins. From gooseberries and elderberries to classic strawberries and rhubarb, Jo Ann has it covered! Whether an old hand or a novice, you’ll find Old-Fashioned Jams, Jellies, and Sweet Preserves enlightening and informative, not to mention delicious!Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Good Books and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of cookbooks, including books on juicing, grilling, baking, frying, home brewing and winemaking, slow cookers, and cast iron cooking. We’ve been successful with books on gluten-free cooking, vegetarian and vegan cooking, paleo, raw foods, and more. Our list includes French cooking, Swedish cooking, Austrian and German cooking, Cajun cooking, as well as books on jerky, canning and preserving, peanut butter, meatballs, oil and vinegar, bone broth, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

  • Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste

    Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste
    Bea Johnson

    Part inspirational story of Bea Johnson (the “Priestess of Waste-Free Living”) and how she transformed her family’s life for the better by reducing their waste to an astonishing one liter per year; part practical, step-by-step guide that gives readers tools and tips to diminish their footprint and simplify their lives.In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. Today, Bea, her husband, Scott, and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage a year, and their overall quality of life has changed for the better: they now have more time together, they’ve cut their annual spending by a remarkable 40 percent, and they are healthier than they’ve ever been. This book shares essential how-to advice, secrets, and insights based on Bea’s experience. She demystifies the process of going Zero Waste with hundreds of easy tips for sustainable living that even the busiest people can integrate: from making your own mustard, to packing kids’ lunches without plastic, to canceling your junk mail, to enjoying the holidays without the guilt associated with overconsumption. Zero Waste Home is a stylish and relatable step-by-step guide that will give you the practical tools to help you improve your health, save money and time, and achieve a brighter future for your family—and the planet.

  • The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors

    The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors
    Tamara Dean

    "The Human-Powered Home is a level-headed book which focuses on informing and entertaining. There is no utopian hyperbole, just useful facts and anecdotes that provide the foundation necessary to take appropriate action. Dean has produced an accessible primer for novices in the area of people power as well as a book that is thorough enough to benefit even experienced tinkerers. – Joel Gillespie, Momentum Magazine"Tamara Dean, author of The Human Powered Home, doesn't want anyone to get the wrong idea. Creating one's own power is not an easy undertaking. But it can be very energizing. The bicycle is the real hero in the book. There are photos and descriptions of dozens of jury-rigged devices, built to do everything from wash clothes to make soap to power laptops. While it's a thorough guide for confident do-it-yourselfers, the book also details how pedal and treadle power can make life-changing differences globally." – Marsha Walton, Mother Nature NetworkWhat if I could harness this energy? An unusual question for anyone putting in a long stint on a treadmill perhaps, yet human power is a very old, practical, and empowering alternative to fossil fuels. Replacing motors with muscles can be considered a political act—an act of self-sufficiency that gains you independence.The Human-Powered Home is a one-of-a-kind compendium of human- powered devices gathered from a unique collection of experts. Enthusiasts point to the advantages of human power: Portable and available on-demand Close connection to the process or product offers more control Improved health and fitness The satisfaction of being able to make do with what is available This book discusses the science and history of human power and examines the common elements of human-powered devices. It offers plans for making specific devices, grouped by area of use, and features dozens of individuals who share technical details and photos of their inventions.For those who want to apply their own ingenuity, or for those who have never heard of human-powered machines, this book is an excellent reference. For those who are beginning to understand the importance of a life of reduced dependency on fossil fuels, this book could be a catalyst for change.Tamara Dean is a technical and environmental writer who lives in Wisconsin, where she and her partner David human-power their grain mill, blender, coffee grinder, and assorted electrical gadgets.

  • Small Space Living: Expert Tips and Techniques on Using Closets, Corners, and Every Other Space in Your Home

    Small Space Living: Expert Tips and Techniques on Using Closets, Corners, and Every Other Space in Your Home
    Roberta Sandenbergh

    Complete with demonstrative illustrations and photographs, Small Space Living offers more than one hundred space-saving ideas from Roberta Sandenbergh, a.k.a the Small Space Architect.Sandenbergh will introduce you to the idea of space opportunities—untapped areas in every home that can be expanded for storage and organizational purposes. A space opportunity might be as simple as using an empty space under a stairway or above a doorway or as complicated as dividing your entire apartment for rental income.Each chapter addresses a different kind of space opportunity area, including closets, corners, walls, windows, ceilings, and floors. In these areas, you will be inspired by Sandenbergh’s creative approaches to divided spaces, stacked spaces, empty spaces, mirrored spaces, and multipurpose furniture. Learn from the author’s stories of her own designs for “small-by-choice” homes—for herself and for her clients—in which she tried to make the best possible use of varied living spaces. Allow Sandenbergh to help you create more space-efficient and attractive areas in your home whether you live in a studio apartment, a tiny home, or a larger home that needs more of a cozy feel.

  • The Worm Farmer’s Handbook: Mid- to Large-Scale Vermicomposting for Farms, Businesses, Municipalities, Schools, and Institutions

    The Worm Farmer’s Handbook: Mid- to Large-Scale Vermicomposting for Farms, Businesses, Municipalities, Schools, and Institutions
    Rhonda Sherman

    Techniques and systems for processing food scraps, manure, yard debris, paper, and more Turning waste into wealth sounds too good to be true, but many worm farmers are finding that vermicomposting is a reliable way to do just that. Vermicast—a biologically active, nutrient-rich mix of earthworm castings and decomposed organic matter—sells for $400 or more per cubic yard. Compare that to regular compost, sold at about $30 a cubic yard, and you’ll see why vermicomposting has taken root in most countries and on every continent but Antarctica. Vermicomposting is also one of the best sustainable solutions for organic waste management. Vermicomposting manure and crop wastes on farms improves crop yields while reducing demand for off-farm inputs. Vermicast has higher nutrient levels and lower soluble salt content than regular compost, and it improves soil aeration, porosity, and water retention. Plus, vermicast suppresses plant diseases and insect attacks. Municipalities, businesses, community gardens, schools, and universities can set up vermicomposting operations to process food residuals and other waste materials. The Worm Farmer’s Handbook details the ins and outs of vermicomposting for mid- to large-scale operations, including how to recycle organic materials ranging from food wastes and yard trimmings to manure and shredded office paper. Vermicomposting expert Rhonda Sherman shares what she has learned over twenty-five years working with commercial worm growers and researchers around the world. Her profiles of successful worm growers across the United States and from New Zealand to the Middle East and Europe describe their proven methods and systems. This book digs into all the details, including: Choosing the right production system Regulatory issues and developing a business and marketing plan Finding and managing feedstocks Pre-composting: why and how to do it Monitoring an active worm bed Harvesting, screening, testing, packaging, and storing vermicast Markets for earthworms and vermicast Food security: how vermicast benefits soils and plants Keys to success: avoiding common pitfalls From livestock farms and restaurants to colleges, military bases, and prisons, Sherman details why and how commercial-scale vermicomposting is a fast-growing, sustainable solution for organic waste management. The Worm Farmer’s Handbook is the first and only authoritative how-to guide that goes beyond small-scale operations and demystifies the science and logistics of the fascinating process that is vermicomposting.

  • The Beginner s Guide to Hunting Deer for Food

    The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting Deer for Food
    Jackson Landers

    Hunting deer is the most inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to acquire organic, grass-fed meat. In this thorough primer, perfect for those who’ve never hunted before, Jackson Landers explains how to supplement your food supply with venison taken near your home. From choosing the correct rifle and ammunition to field dressing, butchering, and proper safety measures, Landers takes you through every step of the process and encourages a gentle, practical approach to the psychology and politics of hunting.

  • Homesteading From Scratch: Building Your Self-Sufficient Homestead, Start to Finish

    Homesteading From Scratch: Building Your Self-Sufficient Homestead, Start to Finish
    Steven Jones

    Homesteading From Scratch is for people who want to do things differently. The type of people who want to eat real food, grow herbs, make cheese, raise baby animals, hunt mushrooms, pick blackberries, unschool their children, can jelly, ferment kraut, farm organically, connect to nature, live intentionally, and more.Guiding readers from desire to full-blown off-the-grid living—and everything in between—this book covers farming, animal husbandry, food preparation, homeschooling, fiber arts, and even marketing. It provides inspiration from other homesteaders, with operations from small to large, who have made a go of it, outlining their successes and failures throughout the process. It helps to democratize the homesteading movement, by providing “ins” for nearly every level of dedication, from the container gardener to full-time farmers. It provides the knowledge necessary to discover homesteading as a movement and as a lifestyle.Inspired by From Scratch magazine, an online publication devoted to homesteading and intentional living, this book provides readers with continued support and community for information and resources online. This book serves as a reference, as well as a cheerleader, for those who want a bit more control and responsibility over where their food comes from, the things they consume, and how they live their lives.

  • 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste: Edition 3

    101 Ways to Go Zero Waste: Edition 3
    Kathryn Kellogg

    Minimalism meets DIY in an accessible guide to household waste reduction We all know how important it is to reduce our environmental footprint, but it can be daunting to know where to begin. Enter Kathryn Kellogg, who can fit all her trash from the past two years into a 16-ounce mason jar. How? She starts by saying “no” to straws and grocery bags, and “yes” to a reusable water bottle and compostable dish scrubbers. In 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, Kellogg shares these tips and more, along with DIY recipes for beauty and home; advice for responsible consumption and making better choices for home goods, fashion, and the office; and even secrets for how to go waste free at the airport. “It’s not about perfection,” she says. “It’s about making better choices.” This is a practical, friendly blueprint of realistic lifestyle changes for anyone who wants to reduce their waste.

  • Uncle Dave s Cow: And Other Whole Animals My Freezer Has Known

    Uncle Dave’s Cow: And Other Whole Animals My Freezer Has Known
    Leslie Miller

    CLICK HERE to download a sampler from Uncle Dave's Cow (Provide us with a little information and we'll send your download directly to your inbox) * Demystifies and explains the process for acquiring local harvest, non-commercial sources of meat * Written for urban dwellers who want to eat fresh, sustainable, and healthy meat — like they do back on the farm * Features 45 original recipes for beef, pork, goat, and lamb As folks like Michael Pollan and Joel Salatin have been preaching for years, commercial meat production isn’t good for the animals, our bodies, or the planet. Yet the organic, sustainably-raised pork, beef, and lamb one finds at supermarkets and specialty stores are often pricey, and the marketing labels can be beyond confusing. What if you just want to eat meat as healthfully and enjoyably as possible, all while sticking to a budget? Uncle Dave’s Cow: And Other Whole Animals My Freezer Has Known shows you how to find and evaluate local farmers, form a buying group, plan out cuts and quantities, store and preserve your purchases, and dish up an entire animal one part at a time. Author Leslie Miller, a busy Seattle mother who hails from a long lineage of Central Washington farmers, shows readers how to go whole hog — or cow, or goat, or lamb, for that matter — as she takes the reader along on her own educational journey, from the moment she locates and buys her first pig, all the way to her last forkful of tender pulled pork. Miller explores local farmers markets and 4H fairs, talks to dedicated farmers and butchers, and explains how even her children connect to the cow in the freezer. By sharing her whole-food experiences, readers also will connect to the source of their food, while her 45 original recipes show them how to cook mouthwatering meals from the abundance of whole animals. Written with urban charm and a knife-sharp sense of humor, Uncle Dave’s Cow is a friendly and accessible guide to sourcing and eating local meat for parents, foodies, and everyone who wants to learn how to be a well-prepared consumer and cook through to the bone. PRAISE FOR UNCLE DAVE'S COW: "In an age when children think chicken comes from grocery stores and pink slime has become part of our vernacular, Leslie Miller offers an alternative to the disconnect created by the industrial food system. With Uncle Dave's Cow, Miller invites us to get up close and personal with our meat and participate in the process as she's done so remarkably well-with an open mind, a sense of humor, and compassion for the stewards of our land." – Kim O'Donnel, author of The Meat Lover's Meatless Celebrations "At last, a funny and practical book that offers doable and delicious ways for ordinary people to eat good, honest meat. Whether you live in a tiny walk-up or closer to the farm, Leslie Miller lays out every detail you need to buy half a hog or a whole lamb to feed your family for months. And you don't have to be a chef to enjoy the charming recipes. Anyone want to go in on a cow?" – Chef and restaurateur Ethan Stowell "For those of you who can't (or, more sanely, don't want to) raise a pig in your backyard but want fresh, local pork, this book is for you. Believe me, Leslie Miller's approach is much less smelly but just as delicious. Uncle Dave's Cow is full of practical advice-and tasty recipes-that make eating meat with wisdom about the whole animal possible again." – Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City

  • The Disaster Preparedness Handbook: A Guide for Families

    The Disaster Preparedness Handbook: A Guide for Families
    Arthur T. Bradley

    Ninety-nine percent of the time, the world spins like a top, the skies are clear, and your refrigerator is full of good food. But the world is a volatile place—storms rage, fires burn, and diseases spread. No one is ever completely safe. Humans live as part of a very complex ecosystem that is unpredictable and merciless. Could you protect your family in the case of an emergency—domestic or global?The Disaster Preparedness Handbook will help you to establish a practical disaster plan for your entire family (covering all fourteen basic human needs) in case the unpredictable happens. Additional information is also presented for those with special needs, including the elderly and disabled, children, pregnant women, and even pets. Well-researched by an army veteran and current NASA engineer, this is the essential guide every family should have, study, and keep handy, in case the unthinkable should occur.

  • Homestead Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Our Hearth to Yours

    Homestead Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Our Hearth to Yours
    Eivin Kilcher

    The first cookbook from homesteaders and co-stars of Discovery’s Alaska: The Last Frontier Eve and Eivin Kilcher features appealing recipes for anyone looking to live more sustainably, healthfully, and independently, regardless of where and what they call home. Eve and Eivin Kilcher, stars of the hit Discovery show Alaska: The Last Frontier, are experts in sustainable living. Homesteaders by choice, the couple has had to use their self-reliance skills to survive harsh winters in the Alaskan wilderness and raise a thriving family. In their debut book, the Kilchers share 85 original family recipes and advice on gardening, preserving, and foraging. The tips and techniques they have cultivated from their family and through necessity will help anyone looking to shrink their environmental footprint and become less dependent on mass-produced food and products. Stunningly photographed in and around their handmade home and farm, Homestead Kitchen illustrates that taking on small-scale sustainable projects is not only possible in a suburban/urban setting, but ultimately a more responsible and gratifying way to live.

  • Companion Planting: Organic Gardening Tips and Tricks for Healthier, Happier Plants

    Companion Planting: Organic Gardening Tips and Tricks for Healthier, Happier Plants
    Allison Greer

    A Practical and Beautiful Guide to Companion Planting for Organic Gardening SuccessCompanion planting techniques have been used for centuries to facilitate better, more nutritious, and more abundant crops. With Companion Planting, you’ll have all the information you need in clear, concise terms and with charts and garden plans you can copy or modify to suit your family’s needs.Starting with the basics of organic gardening, such as how to prepare quality soil and the importance of cover crops and organic fertilizer, author Allison Greer explains the principles of companion planting, how plants interact, and how you can use that information to your garden’s benefit. Fun companion planting facts include:Beets will grow better if surrounded by mint or garlicTomatoes should not be planted near cabbageFlax helps protect some root vegetables from pestsTomatoes will thrive when planted near carrotsYour celery will be happier if it’s far away from cornBroccoli and dill make a terrific garden pairAnd much, much more!Companion Planting is a treasure for gardeners with busy lives who want an easy reference guide for planning their ideal kitchen garden.

  • Total Survival: How to Organize Your Life, Home, Vehicle, and Family for Natural Disasters, Civil Unrest, Financial Meltdowns, Medical Epidemics, and Political Upheaval

    Total Survival: How to Organize Your Life, Home, Vehicle, and Family for Natural Disasters, Civil Unrest, Financial Meltdowns, Medical Epidemics, and Political Upheaval
    James C. Jones

    Knowing that no survival book can cover every conceivable aspect of surviving in every conceivable situation, in Total Survival, veteran survivalist James C. Jones delivers tips that cover the most likely needs of readers and for which there is useful and practical instruction. His goal is to share a variety of practical survival skills, principles, and ideas in an easy-to read format that will aid the reader in becoming stronger, safer, and more self-reliant. The ten principles of survival that Jones sets out are derived from analysis of true survival accounts. Studies of why some people survived fires, plane crashes, assaults, and other deadly situations while others in the same situations perished confirm that these principles made the difference. Although the data and concepts in Total Survival are derived from accounts of acute disasters—such as tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and epidemics—they apply equally well to chronic disasters, such as economic decline, shortages, unemployment, climate change, and personal family or health issues. In reality, all of life is a survival challenge, and a survival emergency is just a high-intensity life test. These ten survival principles are the key to success in everyday life, especially during an emergency.

  • American Hemp: How Growing Our Newest Cash Crop Can Improve Our Health, Clean Our Environment, and Slow Climate Change

    American Hemp: How Growing Our Newest Cash Crop Can Improve Our Health, Clean Our Environment, and Slow Climate Change
    Jen Hobbs

    If there ever was a time to build an American hemp industry, the time is now.In Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto, former Minnesota Governor teamed up with Jen Hobbs to explain why it’s time to fully legalize cannabis and end the War on Drugs. Through their research, it became clear that hemp needed its own manifesto. Jen Hobbs takes up this torch in American Hemp.December of 2018 marked a largely unprecedented victory for cannabis. The 2018 Farm Bill passed and with it hemp became legal. What the federal government listed for decades as a schedule 1 narcotic was finally classified as an agricultural crop, giving great promise to the rise of a new American hemp industry. Filled with catchall research, American Hemp examines what this new domestic crop can be used for, what makes it a superior product, and what made it illegal in the first place; the book also delves into the many health and medical benefits of the plant. Hobbs weighs in on how hemp can improve existing industries, from farming to energy to 3D printing, plus how it can make a serious impact on climate change by removing toxins from the soil and by decreasing our dependence on plastics and fossil fuels.American Hemp lays out where we are as a nation on expanding this entirely new (yet ancient) domestic industry while optimistically reasoning that by sowing hemp, we can grow a better future and save the planet in the process.

  • Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills

    Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills
    Abigail R. Gehring

    Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills—the kind employed by our forefathers—and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle. Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers—even if you live in a city apartment you will find your imagination sparked, and there's no reason why you can't, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.

  • Soap Making Reloaded: How To Make A Soap From Scratch Quickly & Safely: A Simple Guide For Beginners & Beyond

    Soap Making Reloaded: How To Make A Soap From Scratch Quickly & Safely: A Simple Guide For Beginners & Beyond
    Janet Evans

    With a no-nonsense approach and easy to follow directions, Janet Evans shares his experience (and recipes) for creating soaps from scratch safely and easily . Janet takes the reader step by step through the process of making natural soaps for family, friends, and for profit. Easy to understand and master. Soap Making Reloaded : How to Make a Soap from Scratch Quickly & Safely: A Simple Guide for Beginners & Beyond includes extended directions for first time soap makers, new recipes, how to make soap in small and large batches It also Includes tips and advice for how to cut and cure soap, how to sell your soaps, packaging and labeling, and how to set up at a craft fair or market.

  • Healing Houseplants: How to Keep Plants Indoors for Clean Air, Healthier Skin, Improved Focus, and a Happier Life!

    Healing Houseplants: How to Keep Plants Indoors for Clean Air, Healthier Skin, Improved Focus, and a Happier Life!
    Michelle Polk

    What if the beautiful plants in your home could also become a part of your health routine? Houseplants add vibrancy to any home or office, but many also have significant health benefits you may not even know about. That aloe plant sitting on your window sill can be used as an ointment for scrapes, bruises, and sunburns. A chamomile plant—with its pretty display of white flowers—might be your cure for restless sleep and anxiety. A lavender plant will make your bathroom smell delightful, and can also be used as a stress relief medicinal. There are a number of houseplants that are easy to grow indoors and that reduce stress, increase productivity, speed up healing, lower depression, increase overall happiness, and filter our air from carcinogenic pollutants. Learn which plants have which health benefits and then find out how to care for them effectively in your home or office. Aloe soothes skin irritations and is excellent for stomach health Rosemary can slow hair loss and enhance memory Chamomile balances blood sugar and is an antibacterial Sage can easy muscle aches and bring mental clarity Dandelions can improve digestion Calendula can reduce skin inflammation Learn how to make your houseplants thrive and how to utilize them for your health!

  • Can It & Ferment It: More Than 75 Satisfying Small-Batch Canning and Fermentation Recipes for the Whole Year

    Can It & Ferment It: More Than 75 Satisfying Small-Batch Canning and Fermentation Recipes for the Whole Year
    Stephanie Thurow

    Welcome to the world of produce preservation. In Can It & Ferment It, blogger and preservation enthusiast Stephanie Thurow brings the canning and fermenting communities together by offering recipes that work for both canning and fermenting. From a first-timer to the advanced preservationist, Can It & Ferment It shows canners and fermenters alike how they can have the best of both worlds.Stephanie explains the differences between the canning and fermentation processes, emphasizes the importance of using local and organic produce, describes canning and fermenting terminology and the supplies needed for both methods, and offers more than seventy-five fun and easy recipes for every season. Readers will learn how to preserve each fruit or vegetable in two different ways; each can be enjoyed water bath–canned or as a healthy, probiotic-rich ferment.Recipes in this helpful guide include strawberry chutney, the perfect garlic dill pickle, spring onion kimchi, cinnamon-honey apple butter, and more!

  • A Year in a Yurt: An adventure in off-grid living full of practical advice

    A Year in a Yurt: An adventure in off-grid living full of practical advice
    Autumn Raven

    Many people have asked why we did this. Why would my husband and I sell our home, car, ATV, snowmobile, furniture, why donate over 90% of our belongings and move into a yurt, in Maine no less? You might be surprised, because the reasons were really not all that unique: debt, unhappiness, and lack of fulfillment with where we found ourselves in life. What was unique was our solution.Join us as we strive to achieve our dream of becoming debt free by drastically altering our lifestyle and building a low cost, DIY yurt. A Year in a Yurt follows us as beginners while we tackle our first year from construction through a snowy Maine winter in our tiny house while we battle insects, heat, cold, and occasionally each other in a search for freedom through living in an alternative, solar home. Learn from our decisions made to solve a multitude of problems from solar installation, types of toilets, what to cook on, how to plumb an indoor shower, and more as we strive not just to survive but to be prosperous and self sufficient in our new homesteading lives. This book is full of photos with more available on line to better illustrate what life is like in less than 500 square feet of space and living in a cloth sided yurt!

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    Making Transparent Soap: The Art Of Crafting, Molding, Scenting & Coloring
    Catherine Failor

    With basic ingredients and standard kitchen tools you can craft your own transparent soaps that are milder, richer, and creamier than any commercial product. Eschewing complex methods and expensive equipment, Catherine Failor uses a simple, dependable process that makes beautiful transparent soaps every time. Failor’s easy-to-follow photographic instructions are accompanied by proven recipes and plenty of suggestions for colorful and sweet-smelling variations. You’ll soon be creating your own signature soap blends that deliver refreshing scents and are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin.