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Ideas to Nourish & Sustain

Made at Home (Do It Yourself)
 
Above and beyond the practical reasons to produce your own food, make your own household items, or even put an actual roof over your head, there is a deep sense of self-reliance and satisfaction to be gained from practicing such essential human skills--and them doing things your own way.

 
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Greens!

Karin Eliasson. Charlotte Gawell, photos.

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Growing your own vegetables is an easy hobby for a variety of lifestyles, as it doesn't take a large amount of space to yield satisfying results. In this book—which features more than 130 photographs—Karin Eliasson gives advice on how to grow, harvest, and store more than 100 different vegetables, ... (Read More)

       
        

Grow, Make, Preserve

 
Explore Our Selection of Books on Homesteading  Click Here
 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.
 
List Price: $9.95
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"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.
 
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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.
 
List Price: $19.95
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
List Price: $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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
List Price: $40.00
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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For those who think their small plot of land would prevent them from ever raising livestock, this ...(Read More)

 
 

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Supporting Local Farm Life

 
Books to Inspire Going Local Click Here
 At Home on the Range
 

At Home on the Range

Margaret Yardley Potter. Elizabeth Gilbert, foreword.
 
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While unpacking boxes of old family books, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert ...(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.
 
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When he purchased four acres of overgrown land on Vashon Island in 1991, Kurt Timmermeister was ...(Read More)

 
 Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community
 

Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community

H.C. Flores.
 
List Price: $25.00
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Creativity, fulfillment, connection, revolution—it all begins when we get our hands in the ...(Read More)

 
 Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets
 

Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets

Deborah Madison.
 
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In this bountiful and beautifully illustrated collection of seasonal, regional recipes, San ...(Read More)

 
 Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods
 

Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods

Tracey Ryder & Carole Topalian.
 
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The cofounders of Edible Communications, publishing a series of some 65 local food magazines, ...(Read More)

 
 
 Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Fresh Food
 

Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Fresh Food

Jean Ann Van Krevelen, with Amanda Thomsen, Robin Ripley & Teresa O'Connor.
 
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If you want to eat fresh, local foods affordably, or if you've thought about starting your own ...(Read More)

 
 The Botany of Desire
 

The Botany of Desire

Michael Pollan.
 
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In this ingenious turnabout of conventional thinking, James Beard Award-winning food and ...(Read More)

 
 Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America
 

Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America

Wenonah Hauter.
 
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Detailing the corporate takeover of American food production, this book makes clear the corrosive ...(Read More)

 
 Food Rules
 

Food Rules

Michael Pollan.
 
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Simple, sensible, and easy to use, this compact guide from the author of The Omnivore's ...(Read More)

 
 Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
 

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

Michael Pollan. Maira Kalman, illus.
 
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"Eat food, mostly plants, not too much." First published in 2009, Michael Pollan's ...(Read More)

 
 

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Doers, Donors, and Practitioners

 
Books About Protecting the Environment  Click Here
 101 Ways to Help Birds
 

101 Ways to Help Birds

Laura Erickson.
 
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Although some birds have adapted to urban areas, many more species are seriously threatened by the ...(Read More)

 
 Simple Green Pest and Disease Control: Bob's Basics
 

Simple Green Pest and Disease Control: Bob's Basics

Bob Flowerdew.
 
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One of the biggest challenges of growing an organic garden is keeping away pests and diseases ...(Read More)

 
 Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World
 

Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World

Diane MacEachern.
 
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Environmental author and speaker Diane MacEachern offers this simple but revolutionary message: the ...(Read More)

 
 The Living Shore: Rediscovering a Lost World
 

The Living Shore: Rediscovering a Lost World

Rowan Jacobsen.
 
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The James Beard Award–winning author of A Geography of Oysters, Fruitless Fall, ...(Read More)

 
 Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity
 

Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity

Edward O. Wilson, foreword. Eric Chivian & Aaron Bernstein, eds.
 
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(Winner of the Gerald L. Young Book Award in Human Ecology) The Earth's ...(Read More)

 
 
 Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth
 

Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

Judith D. Schwartz. Gretel Ehrlich, foreword.
 
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Could cows really save our planet? Such a preposterous-sounding idea makes much more sense when you ...(Read More)

 
 My First Summer in the Sierra: The 100th-Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American Classic
 

My First Summer in the Sierra: The 100th-Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American Classic

John Muir. Scot Miller, photog. Dayton Duncan & Ken Burns, foreword.
 
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The founder of the Sierra Club and a driving force behind the creation of our National Parks, ...(Read More)

 
 The Viking in the Wheat Field: A Scientist's Struggle to Preserve the World's Harvest
 

The Viking in the Wheat Field: A Scientist's Struggle to Preserve the World's Harvest

Susan Dworkin.
 
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In 1999, a destructive new form of wheat stem rust—spotted in Uganda and dubbed ...(Read More)

 
 Compost: A Family Guide to Making Soil from Scraps
 

Compost: A Family Guide to Making Soil from Scraps

Ben Raskin.
 
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In an earthy little book full of worms, rotten food, and bacteria, Ben Raskin takes a lighthearted, ...(Read More)

 
 Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community
 

Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community

H.C. Flores.
 
List Price: $25.00
Sale Price: $16.95
Creativity, fulfillment, connection, revolution—it all begins when we get our hands in the ...(Read More)

 
 

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Know What's On Your Plate

 
Books That Highlight Cooking with Fresh Ingredients Click Here
 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.
 
List Price: $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)

 
 Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories
 

Fresh from the Farm: A Year of Recipes and Stories

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

 
 Food Rules
 

Food Rules

Michael Pollan.
 
List Price: $11.00
Sale Price: $6.95
Simple, sensible, and surprisingly entertaining, this compact guide from the author of The ...(Read More)

 
 The Joy of Cheesemaking: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Making, and Eating Fine Cheese
 

The Joy of Cheesemaking: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Making, and Eating Fine Cheese

Jody M. Farnham & Marc Druart.
 
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Whether you are simply a fan of cheese—and most of us probably are—or if you want to ...(Read More)

 
 Comfort & Spice
 

Comfort & Spice

Niamh Shields. Georgia Glynn Smith, photos.
 
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The creator and host of the enormously popular food blog EatLikeAGirl.com—London's ...(Read More)

 
 
 The Rocky Mountain Berry Book
 

The Rocky Mountain Berry Book

Bob Krumm.
 
List Price: $12.95
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If you've ever wondered if those ripe-looking berries on the trail are good—or even ...(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.
 
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When she wrote this early classic on eating locally and seasonally even in the winter months, Lane ...(Read More)

 
 My Kitchen: Real Food from Near and Far
 

My Kitchen: Real Food from Near and Far

Stevie Parle. Ros Shiers, illus.
 
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In this eclectic collection from one of the most exceptional young culinary talents in London, ...(Read More)

 
 The Pure Joy of Monastery Cooking: Essential Meatless Recipes for the Home Cook
 

The Pure Joy of Monastery Cooking: Essential Meatless Recipes for the Home Cook

Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette.
 
List Price: $35.00
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This is Brother Victor's first fully illustrated cookbook, with color photographs throughout of ...(Read More)

 
 Fresh & Fast: Inspired Cooking for Every Season and Every Day
 

Fresh & Fast: Inspired Cooking for Every Season and Every Day

Marie Simmons.
 
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"Fresh food is more convenient than packaged," proclaims Marie Simmons, and she proves ...(Read More)

 
 

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