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Today's thinkers don't just dream about new inventions and technologies; they are also coming up with new ways to do such essential things as feed ourselves and enrich our lives, while ensuring that the natural beauty of the earth will be here for our grandchildren and their grandchildren to enjoy. Even the humble earthworm can teach us about the power to change the world for the better, and many forward-thinking people have begun to listen.

We have enlightening and entertaining works by visionaries like Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Bill McKibben; explorations of lakes, streams, and other vital waterways; collections of inspiring nature photography; and new ways to manage the land that work with—rather than against—its natural processes.

And lest anyone think the earth is ours to squander, or that abundant agriculture is the privilege of wealthy countries, we also offer cautionary visions with clear evidence that we will be unable to ignore our planet or our fellow inhabitants for much longer—and how we can remedy our own carelessness.

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

 
 
 
 
 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)

 
 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)

 
 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)

 
 
 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)

 
 Beyond Walden: The Hidden History of America's Kettle Lakes and Ponds
 

Beyond Walden: The Hidden History of America's Kettle Lakes and Ponds

Robert M. Thorson.
 
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Occurring in depressions formed by glacial ice, and fed by groundwater rather than streams, kettle ...(Read More)

 
 Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds
 

Seedtime: On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds

Scott Chaskey.
 
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It's hard to think of a subject more fundamental to the sustenance of the human race than ...(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.
 
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A pioneer in researching and developing permaculture—a holistic system of self-sustaining ...(Read More)

 
 Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century
 

Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century

Alex Steffen, ed. Bill McKibben, intro.
 
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Five years after the initial publication of Worldchanging, the landscape of environmentalism ...(Read More)

 
 
 Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity
 

Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

Lester R. Brown.
 
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Food is the new oil, says Lester Brown; and land is the new gold. The author of the Plan B series ...(Read More)

 
 Green
 

Green

Laura Vaccaro Seeger.
 
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(2013 Caldecott Honor Book) With this delightful book of transformations for prereaders, ...(Read More)

 
 Plant a Little Seed
 

Plant a Little Seed

Bonnie Christensen.
 
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The author and illustrator of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Woodie Guthrie: ...(Read More)

 
 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.
 
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From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal, and ...(Read More)

 
 The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of Our Food Supply—An Investigation into the World's Most Controversial Company
 

The World According to Monsanto: Pollution, Corruption, and the Control of Our Food Supply—An Investigation into the World's Most Controversial Company

Marie-Monique Robin. George Holoch, trans.
 
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(Finalist for the 2011 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism) The winner ...(Read More)

 
 
 Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 20
 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 20

Rosamund Kidman Cox, ed. Patricio Robles Gil, intro.
 
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A showcase of the winning and commended photographs from the 2010 Veolia Environmental Wildlife ...(Read More)

 
 The Black Rhinos of Namibia: Searching for Survivors in the African Desert
 

The Black Rhinos of Namibia: Searching for Survivors in the African Desert

Rick Bass.
 
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Writer and environmental activist Rick Bass—author of the novel Nashville Chrome (a ...(Read More)

 
 Globe in Hand Journal
 

Globe in Hand Journal

 
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This compact journal (4 x 6 inches closed) features a globe-in-the-hand motif on a blue embossed ...(Read More)

 
 Leave No Trace: The Vanishing North American Wilderness
 

Leave No Trace: The Vanishing North American Wilderness

Jim Wark, photog. Roderick F. Nash, essays.
 
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From the lush coasts of the Great Lakes to the jagged peaks of the Rocky Mountains, and from the ...(Read More)

 
 Humanity Boxed Notecards: 8 notecards with envelopes, 2 each of 4 designs
 

Humanity Boxed Notecards: 8 notecards with envelopes, 2 each of 4 designs

 
Sale Price: $3.98
 
This set of cards offers two each of four boldly colored motifs, each with its own theme: ...(Read More)

 
 
   
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