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This colorful, nuts-and-bolts guide to selecting and raising backyard chickens offers everything a first-time keeper needs to know, from the experts at the Urban Farm Store in Portland, Oregon. Portland's Urban Farm Store stocks everything today's modern locavore needs to live a sustainable life, from custom chicken feed to beekeeping equipment to cheese-making supplies. Owners Robert and Hannah Litt have spent hours each day researching and answering customers' questions about their chickens. They have gathered all their best advice in this resource on breeds, feed, and care, including plans for a coop that can be built in a single weekend, and answers to common questions such as "How do I raise chicks?" "Which breeds are the best layers?" and "Should I bring a $5 chicken to the vet?" From behavior to broods to litter, the Litts share their hard-earned wisdom along with a few of their favorite egg recipes--proving that raising a healthy backyard flock is all it's cracked up to be.
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 cheesemakingDiscussions on the effects of calcium, pH, salt, and moisture on the processWays to ensure safety and quality through sampling and risk reductionMethods for analyzing the resulting composition... The Vermont Cheese Council is a nonprofit organization whose support of more than dozen Vermont cheesemakers contributes to a vision for continued agricultural practices and the preservation of Vermont's rural landscape. For those who want to quit their boring jobs and do something that will make their lives meaningful, here's the book. Paul Kindstedt must be considered an American treasure. Of all the books in my possession, this one is now the most important.
Speed training-the most essential skill for any sport Whatever the sport, speed is what sets rising stars apart from the rest of the competition. No longer a trait that some have and others want, speed is what makes the difference between first-string starter and a bench-warming backup. Speed-training techniques represent the latest trends in exercise science and knowing what it takes to be fast is the quickest way to get off the bench and into the starting lineup. "Anatomy for Strength and Fitness Training for Speed "takes an in-depth and illustrated look at the most necessary of athletic skills and shows you not only how to achieve greater bursts of speed but also its' effects as you push yourself to outpace the competition. Gain the edge over the opposition Get the ultimate inside look at what happens to your body during speed-training, along with plyometric and agility exercises, general lower-body and core development, and stretching activities-each accompanied by a four-color illustration highlighting which muscles are being worked and how. Focus on Primal Pattern (R) Movement and gait improvement for precise and effective results Develop a year-round custom conditioning program perfect for your needs and goals Increase and maintain speed in any sport with the help of 90 full-color anatomical illustrations detailing engaged muscles If you have the need for speed, then "Anatomy of Strength and Fitness Training for Speed "gives you everything you need to know to utilize and sustain speed the smart way.
Ann Lovejoy's Organic Garden Design School: A Guide to Creating Your Own Beautiful, Easy-Care Garden
This new paperback edition of Ann Lovejoy's spectacular organic gardening book brings a lifetime's worth of experience and knowledge from one of this country's leading gardening experts. In it she shows readers how to apply her organic design principles to any site, large or small, to create healthy, self-sufficient gardens that are easy to care for, ecologically sound, and enduringly beautiful.
Keeping chickens--even for city dwellers is a trend that just keeps on growing. With this book, today's modern farmer will find plans and construction techniques for making seven different chicken coops, fun chicken facts, and recipes for eggs. Experienced farmer, woodworker, and author Chris Gleason's hip eye for design, combined with sound woodworking techniques make the coops both attractive and sturdy. Practical information such as how to properly size a coop and how to source reclaimed materials is included. Don't miss the authors "tour de coop" where he visits coops from other backyard farmers to find out why they keep chickens and what lessons they have to share with others interested in doing so.
Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies
The recent decline of the European honey bee and other pollinators in North America poses a serious challenge to maintaining our food supply and ecological health. According to the National Academy of Sciences, close to 75 percent of all flowering plants rely to some degree on pollinators in order to set seed or fruit. From these plants comes one-third of the planet's food, including fruit and vegetable crops, as well as forage seed crops such as alfalfa, which are critical to dairy and meat production. "Attracting Native Pollinators" is a comprehensive guidebook for gardeners, small farmers, orchardists, beekeepers, naturalists, environmentalists, and public land managers on how to protect and encourage the activity of the native pollinators of North America. Written by staff of the Xerces Society, an international nonprofit organization that is leading the way in pollinator conservation, this book presents a thorough overview of the problem along with positive solutions for how to provide bountiful harvests on farms and gardens, maintain healthy plant communinities in wildlands, provide food for wildlife, and beautify the landscape with flowers. Full-color photographs introduce readers to more than 80 species of native pollinators -- including bees, flies, butterflies, wasps, and moths -- noting each one's range and habits. The heart of the book provides detailed garden plans and techniques showing how to create flowering habitat to attract a variety of these pollinators, help expand the pollinator population, and provide pollinators with inviting nesting sites. Readers will also find useful instructions for creating nesting structures, educational activities for involving children, and an extensive list of resources. "Attracting Native Pollinators" is an essential reference book and action guide for anyone who is involved in growing food or is concerned about the future of our food supply. The Xerces Society, a nonprofit conservation organization, is a leader in the effort to conserve North America's native pollinators. Founded in 1971, the society has its headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and sponsors advocacy, education, and applied research projects across the continent aimed at protecting and managing critical habitat for pollinators.
From HOPE, fair fashion in action, a fair trade group. Nature-inspired sterling silver pendant on waxed cotton strands in dark green, brown and tan earth tones embellished with sterling silver beads. Its colorful cord made of approximately 80 strands can be shaped and molded to your desire. Loop clasp with silver bead. Thailand.
Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills-the kind employed by our forefathers-and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to "Back to Basics" for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle. Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in "Back to Basics" will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers-even if you live in a city apartment you will find your imagination sparked, and there's no reason why you can't, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.
Over 500,000 copies of this useful book have been sold in the first nine printings. This new second edition contains new graphics, the latest information on composting and household refuse, and descriptions of the most current tools available to help readers get started with their own composting program.
FREE standard shipping on this item!Our Pilates inspired BalanceBall for Weight Loss DVD jumpstarts your fat-burning chemistry and helps to build lean muscle mass. Go beyond weight loss plans focused on external goals, and get to the heart of what's behind weight gain: something that is out of balance within. Use the ball to engage more muscles, boost calorie burn and sculpt abs, glutes, thighs and upper arms. Recommended props: BalanceBall? and yoga/fitness mat. 50 minutes.
Barnyard in Your Backyard: A Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cattle
When is the right time to shear a sheep? Is there a market for manure? What time of day is best to collect eggs? What is the correct way to milk a goat? What does a duck eat? Can a cow and a sheep share the same pasture? Which types of rabbits are easiest to raise? The perfect book for anyone who has ever dreamed of having that little place in the country, Barnyard in Your Backyard offers tried-and-true, expert advice on raising healthy, happy, productive farm animals: chickens, geese, ducks, rabbits, goats, sheep, and dairy cows. Each chapter focuses on a different animal, discussing the pros and cons of raising the animal, housing and land requirements, feeding guidelines, health concerns, and a schedule for routine care. Species that are easy to raise, hardy, and companionable are profiled. First-time farmers will discover simple, clear instructions for caring for animals throughout the year, as well as guidelines for processing barnyard products such as milk, wool, and eggs. Combining practical advice from real experts, easy-to-use checklists and charts, a seasonal care calendar, and detailed black-and-white illustrations, Barnyard in Your Backyard offers a comprehensive review of the ins and outs - the tribulations and triumphs - of living with and caring for a small barnyard.
This useful book contains a wealth of valuable information that can help any family be prepared for emergencies that may arise. It is written in simple language so that beginners can use it, but the information far exceeds that found in most other books. Beginners Guide to a Family Preparedness will be a valuable addition to any home or sommunitty library. Horizon Publishers recognizes it as an important contribution to the literature on food storage and preparedness and takes pleasure in its release.
A simple, lavishly illustrated guide to container gardens of all shapes and sizes You don't need a big back yard to grow a beautiful garden. "Container Gardens "is a user-friendly, illustrated guide to everything you need to know about growing beautiful plants, including advice on choosing soils, selecting plants that work together, planting in containers, and caring for your garden." " Each garden idea includes a "recipe" and an "ingredients" list that makes shopping and preparing a breeze. The easy-to-follow reference format explains every project in detail and in depth, including helpful hints and essential information on plants, growth, and potting options. Features more than 125 container "recipes," each complete with color photos, planting plans, tips on growing, and shopping lists Over 500 beautiful photos and illustrations, including inspirational garden photos, plant ID photos, how-to instructions, and step-by-step projects Step-by-step instruction helps you achieve exactly the look you want for any project and bonus tips and hints offer basic gardening advice on plant substitutions and garden design insights Covers everything from the very basics to more complicated projects, like window box butterfly gardens and containers with seasonal plant change-outs This easy-to-follow reference is the perfect guide for readers who want to create their own gorgeous container gardens at home.
Step-by-step instructions to build fences and gates Ideas to capitalize on decorative and privacy trends for yards, gardens, and landscapes A variety of outdoor projects to add visual impact to segment landscapes Applications for wood and other natural materials as well as new composites that resist weathering Inspirational photos that lead do-it-yourselfers through planning and design, materials selection, and construction Glossary and product information
"This book won't make you rich, and it won't make your work go away. What it will do, if you have a desire to improve your efficiency, is help you get organized so that you can get done what needs to be done and go on to other things. The most satisfying reward of getting control is that it builds self-esteem, which in turn cultivates energy, enthusiasm, and happiness. Nothing breeds success like success."--Bonnie McCullough The essential guide for getting control of your home. A time-management book for the whole family. Newly revised and updated edition * Training you kids to take care of the house * Easy ways to create more storage space * Time-saving secrets of a professional cleaner * How to create a kitchen of convenience * Conquering the dishes, mending, laundry "Bonnie's Household Organizer" is an essential handbook for anyone-- mothers, fathers, students, roommates, or working singles-- who wants to get organized at home. More than a collection of helpful hints or cleaning techniques, this remarkable book offers workable "systems" of organization. It begins by showing how to apply proven principles of time management to the home, moves through work habits, shelving suggestions, methods for training children to work, and ways to save money (especially on food), to the basic problem-solving process as it applies to home problems. Each chapter ends with practical suggestions for applying the ideas and techniques to your particular circumstances. Whether you live in a twelve-room home or a studio apartment, have seven children, or a roommate who never cleans up, you'll find immediate help and direction in Bonnie's clear, practical, enthusiastic advice.
"When I was growing up, canning was for old folks and cranks and separatists," writes Liana Krissoff in her introduction to "Canning for a New Generation." But not anymore. With soaring food prices and the increasing popularity of all things domestic and DIY, there's never been a better time to revisit the centuries-old techniques of preserving food at home. This hip, modern handbook is filled with fresh and new ways to preserve nature's bounty throughout the year. Organized by season and illustrated with beautiful photographs, it offers detailed instructions and recipes for making more than 150 canned, pickled, dried, and frozen foods, as well as 50 inventive recipes for dishes using these foods. Basic information on canning techniques and lively sidebars round out this refreshing take on a classic cooking tradition.
Chickens are the hottest new backyard "pet" It seems that every Tom, Dick, and Susan wants to raise chickens in his or her backyard, whether that yard is one square foot or one hundred. There's nothing more local than an egg freshly laid right in your own yard. But what should you expect when you're adopting a couple of day-old chicks? In "Chick Days," Jenna Woginrich, award-winning author of "Made from Scratch," the homesteading memoir for the twenty-something generation, offers a highly entertaining and informative photographic guide for today's fledgling chick parent. Fun for the complete newbie and for families with young children, " Chick Days" chronicles the journey of three chickens from newly hatched fluffy butterballs to grown hens laying eggs. Day by day and week by week, readers watch the three starring chickens grow and change, learning about chicken behavior, feeding requirements, housing, hygiene, and health-care essentials, and fun facts on all things poultry. As Jenna herself says, "Chickens are more than 12-piece buckets, country diner kitsch, and egg whites. They're your backyard ambassadors to healthier eating and basic husbandry. Keeping chickens is a crash course in local eating. When you start collecting eggs you'll be eating so local you'll know the amount of cracked corn in the feeder at ground zero of your breakfast . . . " Jenna's witty commentary is accompanied by the photography of Mars Vilaubi, who raised the three chickens himself, along with his wife and son. Their accompanying "chick diary" notes particular things this family learned and did along the way to make chicken raising fun. Presenting just the essential information in a highly visual and inviting format, "Chick Days "makes every stage of chicken life fun, entertaining, and, most of all, doable. It's sure to give any chicken lover or wannabe owner the confidence and enthusiasm to join the flock
Cleaning your home without using harsh toxic chemicals is rapidly becoming the new standard. "Knack Clean Home, Green Home" is the first visual guide that shows you all the best ideas for efficiently and safely cleaning your home. Green is an aesthetic choice as well, and you'll find out about all the good odors that accompany the germ-free surfaces of a clean green home, without the unhealthy chemical presence. In this well-organized and fully illustrated book, the author explains cogently what you really need to do to get rid of germs. You'll find recipes for homemade cleaning products as well as guidance on reading labels so you can recognize what's good and what's not. "Knack Clean Home, Green Home" is a one-stop shop for information on green homekeeping. Key features of "Knack Clean Home, Green Home"Room-by-room advice Recipes for homemade cleaning productsDecodes product ingredients: what's good, what's notDovetails with consumer trend toward "green" as the preferred choice "Get the Knack "Visually organized format makes information easier-than-ever to find 475 color photos to simplify the techniques Big book, layflat binding, clear instructionsBig Resource chapter with useful websites