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  1. The Herbalist's Way

    The Herbalist's Way

    By Nancy Phillips and Michael Phillips

    This updated edition of The Village Herbalist provides a complete guide to the art and practice of herbalism, as well as an introduction to the herbalist's role in family and community life. Inspirational profiles of practicing herbalists from across the country add a human touch to the authors' wealth of practical herbal knowledge.

    The Herbalist's Way includes time-honored healing wisdom from many cultures, as well as information on:
    • Roles and responsibilities of herbalists in their communities
    • Herbal workshops, conferences, and education centers
    • Growing, drying, and preparing medicinal herbs
    • Learning to listen to clients and recommend holistic treatments for healing and continued wellness
    • Licensing, marketing, and other legal and business issues facing modern herbalists
    • Comprehensive resources and suggestions for building your herbal library

    Paperback $30.00

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  2. American Farmstead Cheese

    American Farmstead Cheese

    By Vermont Cheese Council and Paul Kindstedt

    This comprehensive guide to farmstead cheese explains the diversity of cheeses in terms of historical animal husbandry, pastures, climate, preservation, and transport-all of which still contribute to the uniqueness of farm cheeses today.
    Discover the composition of milk (and its seasonal variations), starter cultures, and the chemistry of cheese. The book includes:

    • A fully illustrated guide to basic cheesemaking
    • Discussions on the effects of calcium, pH, salt, and moisture on the process
    • Ways to ensure safety and quality through sampling and risk reduction
    • Methods for analyzing the resulting composition

    You will meet artisan cheesemaker Peter Dixon, who will remind you of the creative spirit of nature as he shares his own process for cheesemaking. Alison Hooper, cofounder of Vermont Butter & Cheese Company, shares her experience-both the mistakes and the successes-to guide you in your own business adventure with cheese. David and Cindy Major, owners of Vermont Shepherd, a sheep dairy and cheese business, tell the story of their farm and business from rocky beginning to successful end.

    Hardcover $40.00

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  3. Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally

    Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally

    By Robert Kourik

    First published in 1986, this classic is back in print by popular demand. It is the authoritative text on edible landscaping, featuring a step-by-step guide to designing a productive environment using vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs for a combination of ornamental and culinary purposes.

    It includes descriptions of plants for all temperate habitats, methods for improving soil, tree pruning styles, and gourmet recipes using low-maintenance plants. There are sections on attracting beneficial insects with companion plants and using planting to shelter your home from erosion, heat, wind, and cold.

    Paperback $49.95

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  4. Permaculture Plants

    Permaculture Plants

    By Jeff Nugent and Julia Boniface

    This is an easy-to-use guide to selecting hundreds of perennial species. It is indispensable for growers and designers working in subtropical and warm temperate/arid climates, and also includes some cool-climate tolerant species. Permaculture Plants: A Selection details hundreds of common and unusual edible, medicinal, and useful plants.

    Paperback $29.95

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  5. The Basics of Permaculture Design

    The Basics of Permaculture Design

    By Ross Mars

    The Basics of Permaculture Design, first published in Australia in 1996, is an excellent introduction to the principles of permaculture, design processes, and the tools needed for designing sustainable gardens, farms, and larger communities.

    Packed with useful tips, clear illustrations, and a wealth of experience, it guides you through designs for gardens, urban and rural properties, water harvesting systems, animal systems, permaculture in small spaces like balconies and patios, farms, schools, and ecovillages. This is both a do-ityourself guide for the enthusiast and a useful reference for permaculture designers.

    Paperback $25.00

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  6. The Earth Care Manual

    The Earth Care Manual

    By Patrick Whitefield

    The long-awaited exploration of permaculture specifically for cooler Northern Hemisphere climates is finally here! Already regarded as the definitive book on the subject, The Earth Care Manual is accessible to the curious novice as much as it is essential for the knowledgeable practitioner.

    Permaculture started out in the 1970s as a sustainable alternative to modern agriculture, taking its inspiration from natural ecosystems. It has always placed an emphasis on gardening, but since then it has expanded to include many other aspects, from community design to energy use. It can be seen as an overall framework that puts a diversity of green ideas into perspective. Its aims are low work, high output, and genuine sustainability.

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  7. The Permaculture Way

    The Permaculture Way

    By Graham Bell

    The Permaculture Way shows us how to consciously design a lifestyle which is low in environmental impact and highly productive. It demonstrates how to meet our needs, make the most of resources by minimizing waste and maximizing potential, and still leave the Earth richer than we found it.

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  8. The Permaculture Garden

    The Permaculture Garden

    By Graham Bell

    Working entirely in harmony with nature, The Permaculture Garden shows you how to turn a bare plot into a beautiful and productive garden. Learn how to plan your garden for easy access and minimum labor; save time and effort digging and weeding; recycle materials to save money; plan crop successions for year-round harvests; save energy and harvest water; and garden without chemicals by building up your soil and planting in beneficial communities. Full of practical ideas, this perennial classic, first published in 1995, is guaranteed to inspire, inform, and entertain.

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  9. Holy Cows and Hog Heaven

    Holy Cows and Hog Heaven

    By Joel Salatin

    Holy Cows and Hog Heaven is written by an honest-to-goodness-dirt-under-the-fingernails, optimistic clean good farmer. His goal is to:

    • Empower food buyers to pursue positive alternatives to the industrialized food system
    • Bring clean food farmers and their patrons into a teamwork relationship
    • Marry the best of western technology with the soul of eastern ethics
    • Educate food buyers about productions
    • Create a food system that enhances nature's ecology for future generations

    Holy Cows and Hog Heaven has an overriding objective of encouraging every food buyer to embrace the notion that menus are a conscious decision, creating the next generation's world one bite at a time.

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  10. Solviva

    Solviva

    By Anna Edey

    This book is about one woman's vision and commitment to learning to live sustainably and in harmony with life on Earth. Since 1976 Anna Edey has made one astonishing discovery after another, developing methods of sustainable living under the name Solviva Solar-Dynamic, Bio-Benign Design. The results of her experiments and methods have again and again exceeded highest hopes and expectations.

    Solviva describes the exciting trials and triumphs of her journey and offers convincing proof that we can, with today's technology and knowledge, live in ways that reduce pollution and depletion of resources by 80 percent or more, and at the same time reduce the cost of living and improve the quality of life in urban and rural locations. Solviva contains 155 color illustrations and detailed instructions and recommendations to help others along their own journeys toward living sustainably.

    Paperback $35.00

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  11. Wormania!

    Wormania!

    By Mary Appelhof and Caton Gauthier

    Wormania! offers kids a rare opportunity to view exciting images of live worms at work, and demonstrates how anatomy and physiology can be taught without having to dissect the worm. See a nightcrawler drag a leaf across the ground, the rhythmic beating of a worm's five pairs of hearts, and a baby worm hatching from its cocoon.

    Songwriter and entertainer Billy B. Brennan and the Brennan kids, Julian, Shannon, and James make this a fast-paced, educational, and entertaining video.

    VHS video $34.90

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  12. Worm Cafe

    Worm Cafe

    By Binet Payne and Paul Bourgeois

    The Worm Cafe: Mid-Scale Vermicomposting of Lunchroom Wastes describes how a teacher and her students developed a system to compost lunchroom waste with worms and save their school $6000 per year. How they performed a waste audit, garnered support from school personnel. Discusses bins, bedding, maintenance, harvesting and using castings in the school garden. Contains earthworm diagrams, bulletin board materials, quizzes, letter to parents, charts, and dozens of resources. A manual for schools, small businesses and community groups. This comprehensive how-to manual gives complete steps for:

    • Conducting a school-wide waste audit
    • Incorporating lunchroom waste-composting into a recycling program
    • Determining worm bin size, location, and costs
    • What to use for worm bedding
    • Recognizing earthworm anatomy
    • Teaching about ecosystems and foodwebs with worm bins
    • Maintaining worm bins
    • Managing food-waste flow at your school or business
    • Harvesting worm castings
    • Student success with project-based learning

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  13. Worms Eat My Garbage

    Worms Eat My Garbage

    By Mary Appelhof

    A new edition of the definitive guide to vermicomposting--a process using redworms to recycle human food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants. Author Mary Appelhof provides complete illustrated instructions on setting up and maintaining small-scale worm composting systems. Internationally recognized as an authority on vermicomposting, Appelhof has worked with worms for over three decades. Topics include: bin types, worm species, reproduction, care and feeding of worms, harvesting, and how to make the finished product of potting soil.

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  14. Worms Eat Our Garbage

    Worms Eat Our Garbage

    By Mary Appelhof, Mary Frances Fenton, Barbara Loss Harris and Nancy Kostecke

    Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment curriculum uses over 150 worm-related classroom or home activities to develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in children grades 4-8. Rich content in "Wormformation" paragraphs integrates science, mathematics, language arts, biology, solid waste issues, ecology, and the environment in ways that draw children into the learning process. Three sections include "The World of Worms," "Worms at Work," and "Beyond the Bin."

    Paperback $22.95

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  15. The Grape Grower

    The Grape Grower

    By Lon Rombough

    Grapes are the most popular and widely grown fruit in the world. From the tropics to Alaska, grapes will grow successfully in almost every climate. Whether you raise them for fresh eating, or for making wine, juice, or jellies and preserves, the right grapes will reward you with abundant crops for a modest investment of time and effort.

    Now for the first time comes a book for grape growers who wish to use organic growing methods to raise healthy, thriving vineyards in the backyard or on a small commercial scale. The Grape Grower distills the broad knowledge and long-time personal experience of Lon Rombough, one of North America's foremost authorities on viticulture.

    From finding and preparing the right site for your vineyard to training, trellising, and pruning vines to growing new grapes from seeds and cuttings, The Grape Grower offers thorough and accessible information on all the basics. The chapters on grape species, varieties, and hybrids are alone worth the price of a college course in viticulture. Technical information on the major (and minor) insect pests and diseases that affect grapes, as well as their organic controls, makes this book an invaluable reference that readers will turn to again and again.

    Rombaugh also provides a wealth of information on hardy but little-known grapes that are native to North America, and on a wide range of topics, including:

    • pruning neglected or overgrown vines
    • growing grapes on arbors and in greenhouses
    • controlling animal pests in the vineyard
    • bunch grapes and muscadine grapes for the South
    • winter protection, and how to increase the hardiness of grapes
    • creating your own new varieties

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  16. Permaculture

    Permaculture

    By David Holmgren

    David Holmgren brings into sharper focus the powerful and still evolving Permaculture concept he pioneered with Bill Mollison in the 1970s. It draws together and integrates 25 years of thinking and teaching to reveal a whole new way of understanding and action behind a simple set of design principles. The 12 design principles are each represented by a positive action statement, an icon and a traditional proverb or two that captures the essence of each principle.

    Holmgren draws a correlation between every aspect of how we organize our lives, communities and landscapes and our ability to creatively adapt to the ecological realities that shape human destiny. For students and teachers of Permaculture this book provides something more fundamental and distilled than Mollison's encyclopedic Designers Manual. For the general reader it provides refreshing perspectives on a range of environmental issues and shows how permaculture is much more than just a system of gardening. For anyone seriously interested in understanding the foundations of sustainable design and culture, this book is essential reading. Although a book of ideas, the big picture is repeatedly grounded by reference to Holmgren's own place, Melliodora, and other practical examples.

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  17. This Organic Life

    This Organic Life

    By Joan Dye Gussow

    Joan Dye Gussow is an extraordinarily ordinary woman. She lives in a home not unlike the average home in a neighborhood that is, more or less, typically suburban. What sets her apart from the rest of us is that she thinks more deeply--and in more eloquent detail--about food. In sharing her ponderings, she sets a delightful example for those of us who seek the healthiest, most pleasurable lifestyle within an environment determined to propel us in the opposite direction. Joan is a suburbanite with a green thumb, with a feisty, defiant spirit and a relentlessly positive outlook.

    At the heart of This Organic Life is the premise that locally grown food eaten in season makes sense economically, ecologically, and gastronomically. Transporting produce to New York from California--not to mention Central and South America, Australia, or Europe--consumes more energy in transit than it yields in calories. (It costs 435 fossil fuel calories to fly a 5-calorie strawberry from California to New York.) Add in the deleterious effects of agribusiness, such as the endless cycle of pesticide, herbicide, and chemical fertilizers; the loss of topsoil from erosion of over-tilled croplands; depleted aquifers and soil salinization from over-irrigation; and the arguments in favor of "this organic life" become overwhelmingly convincing.

    Joan's story is funny and fiery as she points out the absurdities we have unthinkingly come to accept. You won't find an electric can opener in this woman's house. In fact, you probably won't find many cans, as Joan has discovered ways to nourish herself, literally and spiritually, from her own backyard. If you are looking for a tale of courage and independence in a setting that is entirely familiar, read her story.

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  18. How to Make a Forest Garden, 3rd Edition

    How to Make a Forest Garden, 3rd Edition

    By Patrick Whitefield

    A forest garden is a food-producing garden, based on the model of a natural woodland or forest. It is made up of fruit and nut trees, fruit bushes, perennial vegetables and herbs. It can be tailored to fit any space, from a tiny urban back yard to a large rural garden.

    A close copy of a natural ecosystem, it is perhaps the most ecologically friendly way of gardening open to us.

    It is also a low-maintenance way of gardening. Once established there is none of the digging, sowing, planting out and hoeing of the conventional kitchen garden. The main task is picking up the produce!

    This highly practical, yet inspiring book gives you everything you need to know in order to create a beautiful and productive forest garden,
    including:

    • Basic principles
    • Layout
    • How to choose plants
    • Details of over one hundred plants, from apples to mushrooms
    • the most comprehensive account of perennial and self-seeding vegetables in print
    • A step-by-step guide to creating your garden
    • Full details of an example garden, and pictures of many more

    Forest gardening is an important element of permaculture. This book explains in detail permaculture design for temperate climates and contains much of interest for anybody wanting to introduce sustainable practices into their garden.

    Paperback $30.00

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  19. Seed to Seed

    Seed to Seed

    By Suzanne Ashworth

    Seed to Seed is a complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables. This book contains detailed information about each vegetable, including its botanical classification, flower structure and means of pollination, required population size, isolation distance, techniques for caging or hand-pollination, and also the proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storing the seeds.

    Seed to Seed is widely acknowledged as the best guide available for home gardeners to learn effective ways to produce and store seeds on a small scale. The author has grown seed crops of every vegetable featured in the book, and has thoroughly researched and tested all of the techniques she recommends for the home garden.

    This newly updated and greatly expanded Second Edition includes additional information about how to start each vegetable from seed, which has turned the book into a complete growing guide. Local knowledge about seed starting techniques for each vegetable has been shared by expert gardeners from seven regions of the United States-Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast/Gulf Coast, Midwest, Southwest, Central West Coast, and Northwest.

    Paperback $24.95

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  20. Family Friendly Farming

    Family Friendly Farming

    By Joel Salatin

    Saving the landscape, rebuilding entrepreneurial rural families, and protecting nutritious food are the themes of this timeless treatise-hence the word "testament." Delving into the soul of the Salatin family's nationally acclaimed Polyface Farm, author Joel Salatin offers Family Friendly Farming as the key to dealing with resource issues, food policy, and social fabric.

    With humor and personal stories, he opens his family and farm convictions for all to see, share, and enjoy. Written from his unabashed "Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist" perspective, his ideas are guaranteed to encourage and challenge virtually every "ism" in the culture. It will captivate anyone passionate about healing the land, healing families, and healing the food supply.

    For several decades young people have been leaving the family farm. The ones left behind are now responsible for society's greatest resources: clean land and clean food. Anyone dedicated to preserving these resources will find in these pages a nongovernmental, self-empowerment approach to environmentalism and food safety.

    The heart of this book is aimed toward parents tired of their Dilbert cubicle at the end of the expressway who want to reconnect with their children through a pastoral lifestyle. It's written for anyone who yearns to grow old working with and being adored by value-sharing grandchildren and honored by passionate, productive adult children. Family Friendly Farming can make any family business more viable and any family more functional.

    The ten-chapter section on how to get the kids to love the farm is an invaluable addition to any collection of child-rearing manuals. Salatin moves from the family team-building section into a practical discussion on how to increase income per acre and create new, white-collar salaries without buying more land, equipment, or buildings. He deals with the unique and thorny issues surrounding any family business by using his own multi-generational family farm experience as his base for insight and wisdom.

    Paperback $35.00

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