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MOTHER EARTH WISER LIVING SERIES To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, New Society Publishers has partnered with Mother Earth News magazine to recommend select books. Browse the full collection here.

Agritourism

Agritourism is a practical guide for diversifying your farm income and connecting with people. Chock-full of case studies, Q&A's, pros and cons, solutions, priorities, and actionable items, it contains everything you need to know to turn your hobby farm into a successful and sustainable agritourism enterprise.

Agritourism

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Soil Science for Gardeners

Soil Science for Gardeners is an easy-to-read, practical guide to the science behind a healthy soil ecosystem and thriving plants. The book debunks common myths, explains soil science basics, and provides the reader with the knowledge to create a personalized soil fertility improvement program for better plants.

Soil Science for Gardeners

Paperback $18.99
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Keeping Bees with a Smile

‣ The second edition of bestselling Keeping Bees with a Smile shows beginner and practicing beekeepers how to attract local bee swarms, keep bees healthy and productive, build simple bee-friendly hives, and harvest honey without stressing bees. Chock-full of techniques for natural beekeeping.

Keeping Bees with a Smile

Paperback $34.99
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Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping

Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping provides a wealth of information for backyard beekeepers. Practical techniques are combined with an analysis of the threats posed to pollinators by climate change and industrial agriculture, rounded out by a vision of restoring bee populations through organic farming and chemical-free beekeeping.

Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping

Paperback $29.95
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Power from the Sun - 2nd Edition

‣ Written for the layman, this is the fully revised and updated guide for individuals and businesses interested in generating their own electricity using the Sun. Practical and accessible, it provides a basic understanding of electricity, wiring, and solar energy, and guides the reader through site assessment and determining the type ...

Power from the Sun - 2nd Edition

Paperback $29.95
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Craft Distilling

‣ From mashing and fermenting to building a small column still, Craft Distilling explains how to safely and legally produce high-quality alcohol at home. Packed with recipes and techniques, this unique resource also examines the licensing process and advocates for fair regulations for hobby distillers.

Craft Distilling

Paperback $24.95
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Permaculture for the Rest of Us

‣ Jenni Blackmore presents a highly personal, entertaining account of how permaculture can be practiced in adverse conditions. Permaculture for the Rest of Us describes how to retrofit even the smallest homestead, illustrating the fundamental principles of this sometimes confusing concept in a humorous, reader-friendly way.

Permaculture for the Rest of Us

Paperback $19.95
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The EcoNest Home

‣ An EcoNest is not just a home-it is a breathtakingly beautiful structure that nurtures health and embraces ecology. This unique approach to construction combines light straw clay, timber framing, earthen floors, natural plasters, and other natural techniques with the principles of Building Biology to create a handcrafted living ...

The EcoNest Home

Paperback $49.95
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Heal Local

‣ Most of us understand the value of eating and buying local. Taking back our food, goods, and services from multinational corporations and sourcing them from small growers, producers, artisans, and entrepreneurs benefits our families, our environment, and our communities. Heal Local argues that "100-mile healthcare" can be equally ...

Heal Local

Paperback $29.95
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Homemade for Sale

‣ From pies to preserves, budding food entrepreneurs are realizing their dreams of earning a living from their home kitchen. Homemade for Sale is the complete guide to conceiving and launching your own cottage food start-up, covering everything from development and marketing to best business practices and planning for the future.

Homemade for Sale

Paperback $24.99
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Backyard Biodiesel

‣ Small-scale home biodiesel production holds a singular attraction for the do-it-yourself enthusiast. While perhaps it can't save the world, this unique renewable fuel is economical, fun to make, better for the environment, and will help you reduce your dependence on Big Oil. And getting started is easier than you think.

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Backyard Biodiesel

Paperback $24.95
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Seed Libraries

‣ Historically, seed companies were generally small, often family-run businesses. Because they were regionally-based, they could focus on varieties well-suited to the local environment. A Pacific Northwest company, for example, would specialize in different cultivars than a company based in the Southeast. However the absorption of ...

Seed Libraries

Paperback $19.95
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The Art of Natural Building-Second Edition-Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated

‣ 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 strawbale construction, cob or timber framing, few other resources introduce the reader to the ...

The Art of Natural Building-Second Edition-Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated

Paperback $39.95
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The Compassionate Hunter's Guidebook

‣ Wild meat, hunted in a responsible way, is one of the most healthful, sustainable foods possible. Depending on how it is done, hunting can be as local, intimate and humane as it gets. And aside from this, it demands the hunter enter a world of awareness, wildness, life and death that as a culture we have lost connection to.

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Making Better Buildings

‣ Making Better Buildings systematically describes the real-world implications of the most popular green and natural building materials and techniques, objectively presenting the pros, cons and overall viability of each. An indispensable resource.

Making Better Buildings

Paperback $39.95
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Grow a Sustainable Diet

‣ It's not just how you grow – what you grow and where you grow are the root of truly sustainable food production. Develop a garden plan based on biointensive techniques and permaculture principles to produce the maximum amount of calories and nutrients in the space you have, while cultivating cover and compost crops to enhance soil fertility.

Grow a Sustainable Diet

Paperback $24.95
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Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions

‣ Fueled by a failing economy and a passionate desire for a return to simpler times, a new wave of homesteaders is seeking the good life, and the kind of true satisfaction that can only be built, not bought. Many of these modern pioneers are cash poor, but rich in energy and creativity. Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget ...

Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions

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The Thinking Beekeeper

‣ What's the buzz about the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping? Providing habitat for bees, pollinating your garden and producing honey for your family are some of the compelling reasons for taking up this exciting hobby. But conventional beekeeping requires a significant investment and has a steep learning curve. The alternative? ...

The Thinking Beekeeper

Paperback $24.95
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The Intelligent Gardener

‣ Centuries of agriculture have depleted our soils causing the nutritional value of crops to decline, but the process of returning soil to true fertility is misunderstood. The Intelligent Gardener is an essential guide to achieving better health by remineralizing your soil using natural materials to grow nutrient-dense produce.

The Intelligent Gardener

Paperback $19.95
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Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings-10th Edition

‣ The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings has sold nearly a 250,000 copies since 1990. Completely revised and updated to incorporate the latest developments in green technology, this is the definitive resource for consumers searching for the most cost-effective and energy-efficient household products and technologies.

Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings-10th Edition

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Ecothrifty

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The Permaculture Handbook

‣ Permaculture is a way to apply ecological design principles to food, housing, and energy systems, making growing fruits, vegetables and livestock more productive and sustainable. The Permaculture Handbook is an illustrated guide to practical, small-scale permaculture with case studies of three successful farmsteads and market gardens.

The Permaculture Handbook

Paperback $44.95
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Making Home

‣ Other books tell us how to live the good life-but you might have to win the lottery to do it. Making Home is about improving life with the real people around us and the resources we already have. While encouraging us to be more resilient in the face of hard times, author Sharon Astyk also points out the beauty, grace and elegance ...

Making Home

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Housing Reclaimed

‣ Housing is a fundamental human right. For most of human history, our homes were built by hand from whatever local materials were available. However, since the Industrial Revolution, most housing has become little more than quickly constructed, mass-produced, uniform boxes. At the same time, the invention and standardization of the ...

Housing Reclaimed

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Aquaponic Gardening

‣ A combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponics is an innovative method for growing fish and plants together in an integrated ecosystem. Aquaponic Gardening provides everything you need to know to create a complete home aquaponics system which will yield healthy, fresh, delicious food all year round.

Aquaponic Gardening

Paperback $29.95
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Farmstead Chef

‣ Join Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko, proprietors of the award-winning Inn Serendipity, as they launch a return to our roots of independence, self-sufficiency and frugality, blended with the spice of modern living.Farmstead Chef whips up a quirky, homespun tale of how we can eat well, nourish our bodies, and restore the planet. Rediscover ...

Farmstead Chef

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The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy-Revised & Updated Edition

‣ Energy bills have skyrocketed in North America, and traditional energy sources can be as damaging to the environment as they are to your pocketbook. The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy will show you how to slash your home energy costs while dramatically reducing your carbon footprint.

Completely revised and updated, this new ...

The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy-Revised & Updated Edition

Paperback $28.95
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Bioshelter Market Garden

‣ To ensure food security and restore the health of the planet, we need to move beyond industrial agriculture and return to the practice of small-scale, local farming. The Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm describes the creation of a sustainable food system through a detailed case study of the successful year-round organic ...

Bioshelter Market Garden

Paperback $34.95
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Solar Electricity Basics
Solar energy is an abundant resource. Once a curiosity, solar electric systems are becoming commonplace. As we transition away from finite and polluting fossil fuels, clean, reliable, and affordable renewable technologies such as solar electricity will become the mainstay of our energy supply.

Solar Electricity Basics provides a ...

Solar Electricity Basics

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Wind Power Basics
Humans have harnessed wind power for centuries. It is the fastest growing source of energy in the world, and by the year 2020 it is projected to supply at least 12 % of global electrical demand.

Wind Power Basics provides a clear understanding of wind and wind energy systems. It examines all aspects of small-scale installations ...

Wind Power Basics

Paperback $12.95
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Solar Water Heating-Revised and Expanded
Heating water with the sun is a practice almost as old as humankind itself. Solar Water Heating, now completely revised and expanded, is the definitive guide to this clean and cost-effective technology.

Beginning with a review of the history of solar water and space heating systems from prehistory to the present, Solar Water Heating ...

Solar Water Heating-Revised and Expanded

Paperback $29.99
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A Nation of Farmers

‣ Once we could fill our grocery carts with cheap and plentiful food, but not anymore. Cheap food has gone the way of cheap oil. Climate change is already reducing crop yields worldwide. The cost of flying in food from far away and shipping it across the country in refrigerated trucks is rapidly becoming unviable. Cars and cows ...

A Nation of Farmers

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Alcohol Fuel

‣ Dwindling petroleum supplies and growing environmental concerns are significantly impacting the cost of petro-fuel and its infrastructure. The search for alternative fuel sources has led to ethanol, a gasoline substitute that is already in the marketplace as Gasohol and E-85. But large-scale production of corn-based ethanol is controversial ...

Alcohol Fuel

Paperback $26.95
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The Human-Powered Home

‣ What if I could harness this energy? An unusual question for anyone putting in a long stint on a treadmill perhaps, and yet human power is a very old, practical and empowering alternative to fossil fuels. Replacing motors with muscles can be considered a political act-an act of self-sufficiency that gains you independence.

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The Human-Powered Home

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Your Green Home

‣ More and more homeowners today want houses that are healthy to live in and cause minimal damage to the environment. That's what green building is all about.

Your Green Home is written for homeowners planning a new home-whether you are working with an architect or builder, or serving as your own general contractor. Intended to improve ...

Your Green Home

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Earth-Sheltered Houses

‣ The time-tested, easy-to-learn construction techniques described in Earth-Sheltered Houses will give readers to confidence with their own building projects, backed up by a resources section that lists all the latest products such as waterproofing membranes, types of rigid insulation and drainage products.

Earth-Sheltered Houses

Paperback $27.95
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Gardening When It Counts

Discover forgotten low-input food gardening methods for surviving uncertain times ahead. Gardening When It Counts helps readers rediscover traditional methods to produce healthy food.

Gardening When It Counts

Paperback $21.95
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More Straw Bale Building

‣ Straw bale houses are easy to build, affordable, super energy efficient, environmentally friendly, attractive, and can be designed to match the builder's personal space needs, esthetics, and budget. Despite mushrooming interest in the technique, however, most straw bale books focus on "selling" the dream of straw-bale building, ...

More Straw Bale Building

Paperback $34.95
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Earthbag Building

‣ This highly illustrated guide includes all the tools, tricks, and techniques for building with bags filled with earth – or earthbags. The authors' "flexible form rammed earth technique" creates precision walls for constructing homes, outbuildings, garden walls, and much more.

Earthbag Building

Paperback $29.95
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Timber Framing for the Rest of Us

‣ Many natural building methods rely upon the use of post and beam frame structures that are then in-filled with straw, cob, cordwood, or more conventional wall materials. But traditional timber framing employs the use of finely crafted jointing and wooden pegs, requiring a high degree of craftsmanship and training, as well as much ...

Timber Framing for the Rest of Us

Paperback $24.95
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Microhydro

‣ Hydroelectricity is the world's largest-and cleanest-source of renewable energy. But despite lively interest in renewables generally, there is an information vacuum about the smallest version of the technology dubbed "the simplest, most reliable and least expensive way to generate power off grid."

Highly illustrated and practical, ...

Microhydro

Paperback $29.95
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