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Taking care of ourselves—and the world we all share—begins with how we tend to our own little patch of earth. We at Daedalus have long held the ideals of self-reliance and sustainability close to our hearts, and many of us here have discovered the joy of growing our own food.

We have books to help you put the agrarian wisdom of many minds and many generations to work in your kitchen garden (whether it encompasses a few patio containers or a half-acre plot), and books full of proven and tasty ways to preserve and enjoy the bounty of your garden, from jams and pickles to home brewing. Here too is expert advice on raising (or just enjoying) backyard farm animals from bees to chickens, as well as housing and caring for larger livestock.

We also have books on creating everything from timeless furniture to heirloom quilts, from fences and farm buildings to homespun wool—whether you wish to profit from your labors or simply want to surround yourself with things of your own making.

Have a favorite farmers market? Send us an email thesimplelife@daedalusbooks.com with your picks.

 
 
 
 
 The Biggle Berry Book: Small Fruit Facts from Bud to Box Conserved into Understandable Form
 

The Biggle Berry Book: Small Fruit Facts from Bud to Box Conserved into Understandable Form

Jacob Biggle.
 
ListPrice: $9.95
Sale Price: $3.98
 
"The only just and true way for an honorable and manly man is to grow them, and let everybody ...(Read More)

 
 Greens!: Tips and Techniques for Growing Your Own Vegetables
 

Greens!: Tips and Techniques for Growing Your Own Vegetables

Karin Eliasson. Charlotte Gawell, photos.
 
ListPrice: $24.95
Sale Price: $6.98
 
Growing your own vegetables is an easy hobby for a variety of lifestyles, as it doesn't take a ...(Read More)

 
 Building Country Comforts: Wisdom on Living a Sustainable, Back-to-Basics Life
 

Building Country Comforts: Wisdom on Living a Sustainable, Back-to-Basics Life

Robert Inwood & Christian Bruyere. Ashley English, foreword.
 
ListPrice: $19.95
Sale Price: $7.98
 
The pioneering spirit and the desire to do things one's own way run through this collection of ...(Read More)

 
 Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces
 

Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces

Gayla Trail.
 
ListPrice: $19.99
Sale Price: $4.98
 
If you've ever thought about growing your own garden, there's no better place to start than ...(Read More)

 
 Growing Herbs and Vegetables: From Seed to Harvest
 

Growing Herbs and Vegetables: From Seed to Harvest

Terry and Mark Silber.
 
ListPrice: $30.00
Sale Price: $7.98
 
Illustrated with 160 color photos and 130 drawings, this encyclopedic growing guide from the ...(Read More)

 
 
 The Joy of Keeping a Root Cellar: Canning, Freezing, Drying, Smoking, and Preserving the Harvest
 

The Joy of Keeping a Root Cellar: Canning, Freezing, Drying, Smoking, and Preserving the Harvest

Jennifer Megyesi. Geoff Hansen, photos.
 
ListPrice: $14.95
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Root cellaring isn't just for off-the-grid types or farmers with large gardens. Storing food ...(Read More)

 
 The Way of the Hen: Zen and the Art of Raising Chickens
 

The Way of the Hen: Zen and the Art of Raising Chickens

Clea Danaan.
 
ListPrice: $16.95
Sale Price: $3.98
 
A Reiki master who left her healing career to devote time to her family, her cats, a suburban ...(Read More)

 
 The Essential Urban Farmer
 

The Essential Urban Farmer

Novella Carpenter & Willow Rosenthal.
 
ListPrice: $25.00
Sale Price: $17.95
 
The author of Farm City and the founder of a vacant-lot farm near downtown Oakland, ...(Read More)

 
 Grow Your Own Fruits and Vegetables: Self-Sufficiency
 

Grow Your Own Fruits and Vegetables: Self-Sufficiency

Ian Cooke.
 
ListPrice: $12.95
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Although organic food has become much easier to find in mainstream markets in recent years, the ...(Read More)

 
 The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask
 

The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask

Barbara W. Ellis.
 
ListPrice: $14.95
Sale Price: $11.95
 
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 The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach
 

The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach

Ben Falk.
 
ListPrice: $40.00
Sale Price: $29.95
 
A pioneer in researching and developing permaculture—a holistic system of self-sustaining ...(Read More)

 
 The Biggle Garden Book: Vegetables, Small Fruits and Flowers for Pleasure and Profit
 

The Biggle Garden Book: Vegetables, Small Fruits and Flowers for Pleasure and Profit

Jacob Biggle.
 
ListPrice: $9.95
Sale Price: $3.98
 
When this book was first published in 1908, most people were in the habit of raising their own food ...(Read More)

 
 Barns and Outbuildings and How to Build Them: Second Edition
 

Barns and Outbuildings and How to Build Them: Second Edition

Byron D. Halsted, ed.
 
ListPrice: $14.95
Sale Price: $4.98
 
First published in 1881, this classic guide describes dozens of practical examples of barns and ...(Read More)

 
 The Biggle Poultry Book: A Concise and Practical Treatise on the Management of Farm Poultry
 

The Biggle Poultry Book: A Concise and Practical Treatise on the Management of Farm Poultry

Jacob Biggle.
 
ListPrice: $14.95
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Originally published in 1895, this delightful little volume extols the virtues of keeping a few ...(Read More)

 
 The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals
 

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals

Gail Damerow, ed.
 
ListPrice: $24.95
Sale Price: $15.95
 
For those who think their small plot of land would prevent them from ever raising livestock, this ...(Read More)

 
 
 Quilter's Favorites: A Collection of 21 Timeless Projects for All Skill Levels: Editors' Pick, Vol. 1: Traditional Pieced and Appliquéd
 

Quilter's Favorites: A Collection of 21 Timeless Projects for All Skill Levels: Editors' Pick, Vol. 1: Traditional Pieced and Appliquéd

Lynn Koolish, Cynthia Bix & Teresa Stroin, eds.
 
ListPrice: $24.95
Sale Price: $3.98
 
Illustrated with color photos, diagrams, and templates, this is a collection of 21 timeless pieced ...(Read More)

 
 Folk Style: Innovative Designs to Knit Including Sweaters, Hats, Scarves, Gloves, and More
 

Folk Style: Innovative Designs to Knit Including Sweaters, Hats, Scarves, Gloves, and More

Mags Kandis.
 
ListPrice: $24.95
Sale Price: $4.98
 
The unique cultural patterns contained in this lively collection will inspire knitters looking for ...(Read More)

 
 Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land
 

Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land

Kurt Timmermeister.
 
ListPrice: $15.95
Sale Price: $10.95
 
When he purchased four acres of overgrown land on Vashon Island in 1991, Kurt Timmermeister was ...(Read More)

 
 Traditional Country Crafts: Includes 20 Special Projects
 

Traditional Country Crafts: Includes 20 Special Projects

Miranda Innes. Lucy Mason & Clay Perry, photos.
 
Sale Price: $6.98
 
You needn't be a carpenter or artisan to undertake these 20 country craft projects, which ...(Read More)

 
 Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening: Grow Like a Pro, Save Money, and Eat Well from Your Front (or back or side) Yard 100% Organic Produce Garden
 

Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening: Grow Like a Pro, Save Money, and Eat Well from Your Front (or back or side) Yard 100% Organic Produce Garden

Sal Gilbertie & Larry Sheehan.
 
ListPrice: $18.00
Sale Price: $13.95
 
If you're tired of throwing away time, energy, and money on a water-guzzling, weed-producing ...(Read More)

 
 
 The Biggle Swine Book: Much Old and More New Hog Knowledge, Arranged in Alternate Streaks of Fat and Lean
 

The Biggle Swine Book: Much Old and More New Hog Knowledge, Arranged in Alternate Streaks of Fat and Lean

Jacob Biggle.
 
ListPrice: $14.95
Sale Price: $4.98
 
When Jacob Biggle first published this book in 1898, hog husbandry was undergoing major changes. ...(Read More)

 
 The Way to Bee: Meditation and the Art of Beekeeping
 

The Way to Bee: Meditation and the Art of Beekeeping

Mark Magill.
 
ListPrice: $16.95
Sale Price: $3.98
 
An avid beekeeper as well as a journalist and the author of Why Is the Buddha Smiling?, Mark ...(Read More)

 
 Winter Harvest Cookbook: How to Select and Prepare Fresh Seasonal Produce All Winter Long
 

Winter Harvest Cookbook: How to Select and Prepare Fresh Seasonal Produce All Winter Long

Lane Morgan.
 
ListPrice: $24.95
Sale Price: $5.98
 
When she wrote this early classic on eating locally and seasonally even in the winter months, Lane ...(Read More)

 
 A Potted History of Vegetables: A Kitchen Cornucopia
 

A Potted History of Vegetables: A Kitchen Cornucopia

Lorraine Harrison.
 
ListPrice: $16.95
Sale Price: $3.98
 
From a discussion of the onion family to the revelation that carrots were once purple, or that ...(Read More)

 
 Hooch: Simplified Brewing, Winemaking & Infusing at Home
 

Hooch: Simplified Brewing, Winemaking & Infusing at Home

Scott Meyer.
 
ListPrice: $22.00
Sale Price: $14.95
 
For anyone who has considered brewing a batch of beer or mead at home, or making a barrel of wine ...(Read More)

 
 
 Knitted Socks: Over 25 Designs for Fab Feet and Cozy Toes for the Whole Family
 

Knitted Socks: Over 25 Designs for Fab Feet and Cozy Toes for the Whole Family

Anna Tillman.
 
ListPrice: $24.95
Sale Price: $5.98
 
They can be worn for warmth or to make a stylish statement, and this guidebook for all crafters is ...(Read More)

 
 Alluring Lettuces: and Other Seductive Vegetables for Your Garden
 

Alluring Lettuces: and Other Seductive Vegetables for Your Garden

Jack Staub. Ellen Buchert, illus.
 
ListPrice: $16.99
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Charmingly profiled and illustrated with original color drawings, this book features 75 eminently ...(Read More)

 
 The Women's Institute Book of Country Crafts: A Collection of Traditional Skills
 

The Women's Institute Book of Country Crafts: A Collection of Traditional Skills

 
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Illustrated throughout with clear, step-by-step drawings, this practical introduction to ...(Read More)

 
 The Biggle Orchard Book: Fruit and Orchard Gleanings from Bough to Basket, Gathered and Packed into Book Form
 

The Biggle Orchard Book: Fruit and Orchard Gleanings from Bough to Basket, Gathered and Packed into Book Form

Jacob Biggle.
 
ListPrice: $9.95
Sale Price: $3.98
 
"The first thing to do about starting an orchard is to plan for it," advises Jacob Biggle ...(Read More)

 
 Knitting with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk
 

Knitting with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk

Jane Ellison.
 
ListPrice: $24.95
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Knitters of all skill levels can create comfortable and attractive garments using yarns derived ...(Read More)

 
 
 The Perfect Fruit: Good Breeding, Bad Seeds, and the Hunt for the Elusive Pluot
 

The Perfect Fruit: Good Breeding, Bad Seeds, and the Hunt for the Elusive Pluot

Chip Brantley.
 
ListPrice: $25.00
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Since the dawn of agriculture, people have tinkered obsessively to develop fruits that are hardier, ...(Read More)

 
 The Green Guide for Horse Owners and Riders: Sustainable Practices for Horse Care, Stable Management, Land Use and Riding
 

The Green Guide for Horse Owners and Riders: Sustainable Practices for Horse Care, Stable Management, Land Use and Riding

Heather Cook.
 
ListPrice: $29.95
Sale Price: $3.98
 
For horse lovers looking for ways to make their facilities more environmentally friendly and to ...(Read More)

 
 Colorwork Creations: Knit Woodland-Inspired Hats, Mittens and Gloves
 

Colorwork Creations: Knit Woodland-Inspired Hats, Mittens and Gloves

Susan Anderson-Freed.
 
ListPrice: $24.99
Sale Price: $3.98
 
Using these 30 plans, even beginners or intermediate knitters can make a wide variety of ski hats, ...(Read More)

 
 A Potted History of Fruit: A Kitchen Cornucopia
 

A Potted History of Fruit: A Kitchen Cornucopia

Mike Darton.
 
ListPrice: $16.95
Sale Price: $2.98
 
This kitchen guide to fruits is full of delightful and surprising information, from the creation of ...(Read More)

 
 Colonial Farms
 

Colonial Farms

Verna Fisher.
 
ListPrice: $16.95
Sale Price: $3.98
 
What kinds of food were grown on colonial farms? Why did farm life vary from one region to another, ...(Read More)

 
 
   
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