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Your Backyard Farming Experience Begins Here! Join the Backyard Farming Movement and Turn Your Home into a Homestead!Pigs are easily among the smartest and sweetest animals you can include on your farm or homestead. Occasionally challenging and always rewarding, pigs are intelligent animals and make for a great addition to any backyard farmer’s livestock.Whether you plan to raise a single hog or a full litter of piglets, Backyard Farming: Raising Pigs is your expert guide to successfully keeping and caring for these animals.
Gehring’s books on country living have sold more than 500,000 copies. In this book, Gehring offers a guide to country living skills that is as charming as it is practical. Full of sweet illustrations and gorgeous photographs, step-by-step instructions for essential skills such as building a chicken coop are interspersed with country lore and old-fashioned tips and tricks.Readers will learn how to:Raise chickensMake candlesChurn butterGrow vegetablesMake jams and jelliesDry herbsFerment vegetablesMake cheeseAnd more!Good Living Guide to Country Skills combines the know-how of Back to Basics with the charm of The Farmer’s Almanac.
Do you long to listen to your favorite CD from anywhere in your house? To set up a wireless network so you can access the Internet in any room? To install an iron–clad security system? To fire up the coffee pot while you’re still asleep and wake up with automated lighting?
At the dawn of the 1970s, waves of hopeful idealists abandoned the city and headed for the country, convinced that a better life awaited. They were full of dreams, mostly lacking in practical skills, and soon utterly out of money. But they knew paradise when they saw it. When Loraine, Craig, Pancake, Hershe, and a dozen of their friends came into possession of 116 acres in Vermont, they had big plans: to grow their own food, build their own shelter, and create an enlightened community. They had little idea that at the same moment, all over the country, a million other young people were making the same move–back to the land.
Jenna Woginrich’s inspiring journey from city cubicle to rural homestead has captivated readers of her blog and previous books. Now, in One-Woman Farm, Woginrich shares the joys, sorrows, trials, epiphanies, and blessings she discovers during a year spent farming on her own land, finding deep fulfillment in the practical tasks and timeless rituals of the agricultural life.
The homesteading movement today has a diverse range of people practicing their own brand or philosophy of living off the land. Some people turn towards animal husbandry, getting their milk and meat from cattle, goats or pigs. Other homesteaders might use wild game trapping and hunting for their core protein. Many turn to gardens and orchards for the kinds of fruits and vegetables you simply can’t get at the grocery store. Regardless of a homesteader’s chosen lifestyle there still remains the core philosophy of living life by the work of your own two hands and making the most of what the forest, field and soil have to offer.
It’s easier than you think to clean your home in a nontoxic, environmentally responsible way! Conceptualized and designed by legendary publishing visionary Joost Elffersthe force behind such bestsellers as Play With Your Food and The 48 Laws of Powerthis wonderful guide will help get your house shipshape without hurting the environment or your health. Inspirational cleaning guru Michael de Jong writes with humor and a Zen-like spirit as he presents five safe, all-natural products that take care of just about anything: Baking Soda, Borax, Lemon, Salt, and White Vinegar.
In this book we seek to approach the architecture-energy combination and its relationship to human comfort and the environment .There are chapters on thermal comfort, low energy architecture dealing with various criterion for comfort in different parts of the World. The book also seeks to understand how previous generations lived in harsh climates and without abundant sources of energy, yet managed to design and build appropriate dwellings providing both comfort and harmony with the environment.
Spending money is the last thing anyone wants to do right now. We are in the midst of a massivecultural shift away from consumerism and toward a vibrant and very active countermovement that hasbeen thriving on the outskirts for quite some time―do-it-yourselfers who make frugal, homemade living hip are challenging the notion that true wealth has anything to do with money. In Making It, Coyne and Knutzen, who are at the forefront of this movement, provide readers with all the tools they need for this radical shift in home economics.T
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.
A lot of people think they don’t have enough money to store extra food for emergencies. It’s a struggle just to make ends meet and afford what they need right now. I think anyone can start to prepare for the future. My husband and I have a 4-figure annual income that isn’t even close to hitting five figures. If we can do it, you can too. We’re not just telling you how to do it, we’re living it! Don’t be put off by books, websites, and forums that lead you to think you have to buy expensive pre-packaged food storage, or foods that you’re not familiar with.
Beekeeping is nothing new—the ancient Egyptians were well versed in the benefits of living with bees—but in recent years, there has been a surge of folks struck with the desire to build and nurture a hive of their own. Beekeeping has become the passion of farmers in rural Vermont, urbanites with rooftops in LA, and thousands of people in between. This book is for beginners and experts alike, with all the basic information you need to get started, as well as stories and tips that will inspire and instruct the most seasoned beekeeper.I
Tiny House Living For Beginners: Start Designing Your Perfect Small Home & Join the Tiny House Movement to Become Mortgage Free, Design A Cozy Living Space For A Minimalism Lifestyle.Have you always wanted to live a life that allows you to travel anywhere you want? Have you been struggling with your mortgage problems and are seeking a potentially life-changing solution? Do you want to learn what it means to let go of your unneeded possessions, focus on the essentials and start living a minimalistic lifestyle? Do you want to be introduced to an AMAZING community of passionate and open-minded people? If you answered YES to any of the above questions, “Tiny House Living For Beginners” is the book for you! This book was designed as an introduction book and has specifically been written from a beginner’s perspective.
In our country, everything is getting bigger. The more things that you have, the higher your status in most circles. But just because you have more stuff, a bigger house, more cars, and take more vacations, does not mean that you are happy. While the current American thought is that you should get as much as possible, there are many who want to change things up and see smaller as better. This is where the tiny home movement has begun. People don’t see the point of having huge mansions just to hold their things.
Nutrition, environmental impact, ethics, sustainability—it seems like there’s no end to the factors we must consider when we think about our food. At the center of the dietary storm is animal-based agriculture. Was your beef factory-farmed or pasture-raised? Did your chicken free range, or was it raised in a battery cage? Have you, in short, met your meat?Most efforts to unravel the complexities of the production and consumption of animal protein tend to pit meat eaters and vegetarians against each other.
The popularity of natural building has grown by leaps and bounds, spurred by a grassroots desire for housing that is healthy, affordable, and environmentally responsible. While there are many books available on specific methods such as straw-bale construction, cob, or timber framing, there are few resources which introduce the reader to the entire scope of this burgeoning field.Fully revised and updated, The Art of Natural Building is the complete and user-friendly introduction to natural building for everyone from the do-it-yourselfer to architects and designers.
Straw bale gardening is an inexpensive, low-maintenance way to grow a bounty of food in a small space. All you need is a bale of straw, some fertilizer, and your favorite vegetable seeds! Craig LeHoullier’s step-by-step instructions show you how to do everything from sourcing the straw and setting up your bale to planting, dealing with weeds and pests, and harvesting.
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