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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 Modern-Day Pioneer: Simple Living in the 21st Century
 

The Modern-Day Pioneer: Simple Living in the 21st Century

Charlotte Denholtz.
 
ListPrice: $17.95
Sale Price: $4.98
 
When was the last time you filled your kitchen with the aroma of freshly baked bread, asks ...(Read More)

 
 Sustainable Homebrewing: An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer
 

Sustainable Homebrewing: An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer

Amelia Slayton Loftus.
 
ListPrice: $18.95
Sale Price: $13.95
 
Since brewing her first batch of organic beer in 1995, Amelia Slayton Loftus has won numerous local ...(Read More)

 
 Build Your Own Birdhouses and Feeders: From Simple, Natural Designs to Spectacular, Customized Houses and Feeders
 

Build Your Own Birdhouses and Feeders: From Simple, Natural Designs to Spectacular, Customized Houses and Feeders

John Perkins.
 
ListPrice: $19.95
Sale Price: $7.98
 
Illustrated throughout with large color photos and measured perspective drawings in color, this ...(Read More)

 
 The Operation, Care, and Repair of Farm Machinery: Practical Hints for Handymen, 2nd Edition
 

The Operation, Care, and Repair of Farm Machinery: Practical Hints for Handymen, 2nd Edition

John Deere.
 
ListPrice: $14.95
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Originally published in the early 1900s by the company that bears the name of blacksmith John Deere ...(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)

 
 
 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)

 
 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)

 
 The Illustrated Guide to Pigs: How to Choose Them, How to Keep Them
 

The Illustrated Guide to Pigs: How to Choose Them, How to Keep Them

Celia Lewis. HRH Anne, the Princess Royal, foreword.
 
ListPrice: $16.95
Sale Price: $6.98
 
Describing and depicting 38 of the most popular breeds of pig in North America and Europe, Celia ...(Read More)

 
 Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden
 

Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden

Andrea Bellamy. Jackie Connelly, photos.
 
ListPrice: $19.95
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Imagine savoring fresh-picked strawberries on a weekend morning, plucking figs to serve at a ...(Read More)

 
 Put 'em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling
 

Put 'em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling

Sherri Brooks Vinton.
 
ListPrice: $19.95
Sale Price: $13.95
 
The founder of local agriculture advocacy group FarmFriendly LLC and the author of The Real Food ...(Read More)

 
 
 Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of Country Life
 

Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of Country Life

Julia Rothman.
 
ListPrice: $16.95
Sale Price: $12.95
 
  (Read More)

 
 The Pickled Pantry: From Apples to Zucchini, 150 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, Chutneys and More
 

The Pickled Pantry: From Apples to Zucchini, 150 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, Chutneys and More

Andrea Chesman.
 
ListPrice: $19.95
Sale Price: $14.95
 
Who says picking is just for cucumbers, especially when pickling brings out the best in so many ...(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)

 
 Build Your Own Backyard Birdhouses and Feeders
 

Build Your Own Backyard Birdhouses and Feeders

Ken Beck, ed.
 
ListPrice: $12.99
Sale Price: $3.98
 
"You can always buy a birdhouse or a feeder, but making one with your own hands is sure to ...(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)

 
 
 Sustainable Homebrewing: An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer
 

Sustainable Homebrewing: An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer

Amelia Slayton Loftus.
 
ListPrice: $18.95
Sale Price: $13.95
 
  (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
 
  (Read More)

 
 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 Bee Book: A Swarm of Facts on Practical Beekeeping, Carefully Hived
 

The Biggle Bee Book: A Swarm of Facts on Practical Beekeeping, Carefully Hived

Jacob Biggle.
 
ListPrice: $14.95
Sale Price: $4.98
 
"As long as I can remember, even as a boy, there were bees kept on our farm," writes ...(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)

 
 
 Make Your Own Jams and Jellies
 

Make Your Own Jams and Jellies

 
ListPrice: $14.99
Sale Price: $4.98
 
This gift box is perfect for anyone who loves home canning—and a great inspiration for those ...(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)

 
 The Backyard Homestead
 

The Backyard Homestead

Carleen Madigan, ed.
 
ListPrice: $18.95
Sale Price: $12.95
 
The former managing editor of Horticulture magazine, Carleen Madigan Perkins learned her ...(Read More)

 
 The Year-Round Harvest: A Seasonal Guide to Growing, Eating, and Preserving the Fruits and Vegetables of Your Labor
 

The Year-Round Harvest: A Seasonal Guide to Growing, Eating, and Preserving the Fruits and Vegetables of Your Labor

Catherine Abbott & Alison Woitunski.
 
ListPrice: $17.95
Sale Price: $6.98
 
The culinary delights of the growing season don't have to end with summer. From picking and ...(Read More)

 
 
 Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening: A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Healthy Garden
 

Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening: A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Healthy Garden

Deborah L. Martin.
 
ListPrice: $19.99
Sale Price: $13.95
 
Whether you're new to gardening or an experienced gardener looking for a more natural way to ...(Read More)

 
 Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Green Resource for Every Gardener—Newly Revised and Updated
 

Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Green Resource for Every Gardener—Newly Revised and Updated

Fern Marshall Bradley, Barbara W. Ellis & Ellen Phillips, eds.
 
ListPrice: $24.99
Sale Price: $18.95
 
Since it first appeared in 1959, when few people had even heard the word "organic," ...(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)

 
 Jam, Jelly and Relish: Simple Preserves, Pickles and Chutneys and Creative Ways to Cook with Them
 

Jam, Jelly and Relish: Simple Preserves, Pickles and Chutneys and Creative Ways to Cook with Them

Ghillie James.
 
ListPrice: $22.95
Sale Price: $6.98
 
Food editor Ghillie James here shares her tips and shortcuts for making easy preserves and also ...(Read More)

 
 
 Homegrown Harvest: A Season-by-Season Guide to a Sustainable Kitchen Garden
 

Homegrown Harvest: A Season-by-Season Guide to a Sustainable Kitchen Garden

Rita Pelczar, ed.
 
ListPrice: $19.99
Sale Price: $6.98
 
With color photos on almost every page—including taste bud–inspiring images of ripe and ...(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)

 
 Living the Country Dream: Stories from <I>Harrowsmith Country Life</I>
 

Living the Country Dream: Stories from Harrowsmith Country Life

Tom Cruickshank, ed.
 
ListPrice: $29.95
Sale Price: $5.98
 
Celebrating the country lifestyle in all of its forms for more than 35 years, Harrowsmith ...(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)

 
 Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories
 

Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories

Susie Middleton.
 
ListPrice: $28.00
Sale Price: $12.95
 
(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) Part cookbook, part memoir, this book chronicles a year of ...(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)

 
 Growing Food
 

Growing Food

Anna Pavord.
 
ListPrice: $12.95
Sale Price: $4.98
 
In this revised and updated edition of her book The New Kitchen Garden, gardening writer ...(Read More)

 
 
 The Whole Hog Cookbook: Chops, Loin, Shoulder, Bacon, and All that Good Stuff
 

The Whole Hog Cookbook: Chops, Loin, Shoulder, Bacon, and All that Good Stuff

Libbie Summers. Paula Deen, foreword. Chia Chong, photos.
 
ListPrice: $30.00
Sale Price: $7.98
 
There's a whole lot to love about pork, as demonstrated in this cookbook devoted to every cut ...(Read More)

 
 Socks a la Carte: Pick & Choose Patterns to Knit Socks Your Way
 

Socks a la Carte: Pick & Choose Patterns to Knit Socks Your Way

Jonelle Raffino & Katherine Cade.
 
ListPrice: $22.99
Sale Price: $5.98
 
Whether you've never knitted a sock before, or socks are your favorite quick knitting project, ...(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)

 
 This Life is In Your Hands: A Memoir: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family's Heartbreak
 

This Life is In Your Hands: A Memoir: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family's Heartbreak

Melissa Coleman.
 
ListPrice: $15.99
Sale Price: $4.98
 
In 1968, Melissa Coleman's parents Eliot and Sue packed their VW truck and set out to build a ...(Read More)

 
 
 Better Homes and Gardens You Can Can: A Guide to Canning, Preserving and Pickling
 

Better Homes and Gardens You Can Can: A Guide to Canning, Preserving and Pickling

Editors of Better Homes and Gardens.
 
ListPrice: $17.95
Sale Price: $12.95
 
Preserving your own fruits and vegetables is not only a satisfying, economical, and sustainable way ...(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)

 
 Crafts and Skills of the Native Americans: Tipis, Canoes, Jewelry, Moccasins, and More
 

Crafts and Skills of the Native Americans: Tipis, Canoes, Jewelry, Moccasins, and More

David R. Montgomery.
 
ListPrice: $14.95
Sale Price: $4.98
 
Illustrated with drawings and photographs, this book is a step-by-step instruction manual for ...(Read More)

 
 Reuben and the Fire
 

Reuben and the Fire

Merle Good. P. Buckley Moss, illus.
 
ListPrice: $14.95
Sale Price: $3.98
 
While helping out with the baby animals, Reuben notices that a neighbor's barn is on fire. He ...(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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