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Janisse Ray to Keynote First Annual Harvest Conference

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Do you have a green thumb? Perhaps you’re more of an activist, interested in preserving the integrity of heritage produce? Or, maybe you’re just looking for some guidance and optimism in an era that seems irrevocably scarred by environmental unrest and a lack of community spirit.

Join like-minded individuals at the First Annual Harvest Conference this September 5-6 in North Carolina hosted by the Organic Growers School.

Chelsea Green’s own activist, naturalist, farmer, and award-winning author Janisse Ray (The Seed Underground) will be giving the keynote address, “A Field Guide to Hope,” on Saturday, September 6 at 8pm at AB Tech, Asheville, NC. Her presentation offers wisdom and hope in an era marked by environmental turmoil and celebrates individuals and organizations, both large and small, who are reclaiming local, diverse food and creating more sustainable communities.

Here are two other ways to connect with Janisse Ray at the conference:

Full-Day Workshop: “Speaking of Nature—Place-Based Creative Writing”
Friday, September 5, 9am-4pm
The Pavilion at Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC
If you are a nature writer, garden blogger, or farmer with a love of literature, join Janisse Ray and other writers at this full day writing workshop. It offers the unique chance to hone your skills through writing prompts, nature-as-muse experiences, and journaling, all guided by Ray herself.

Class: The Seed Underground
Saturday, September 6, 2pm-3:30pm
AB Tech, Main Campus, Asheville, NC
In her award-winning book, The Seed Underground, Ray shares the inspiring stories of determined gardeners (herself included) who are striving to save increasingly rare heritage seeds from the threat of monoculture. Learn about this startling loss of seed diversity in modern agriculture, and the methods employed by those farmers who are looking to preserve delectable varieties like Old Time Tennessee muskmelon and Long Country Longhorn okra for future generations.

The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food is on sale now for 50% off until September 7.

Whatever your field of interest, be sure to catch Janisse Ray at the first annual Harvest Conference this September!

We’re Hiring! Join the Team as our Editorial Intern

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Chelsea Green Publishing, independent Vermont book publisher, seeks Editorial Intern for help with administrative and editorial tasks, to start September 2, 2014. This will be a paid internship for a duration of 3-4 months if full-time, potentially longer if part-time. Applicants must have attention to detail, the ability to prioritize, an interest in sustainability and the following areas: sustainable agriculture, food, green building, renewable energy, social justice.

Email cover letter and résumé to Michael Metivier, [email protected] No phone calls please.

General Description
Editorial Intern is responsible for assisting the Assistant Editor in handling administrative, database, and clerical responsibilities for the Chelsea Green editorial department as needed.

Responsibilities

  • Support Assistant Editor with tasks including, but not limited to those listed below. Position will have opportunity to improve and expand skills/knowledge in day-to-day operations of an editorial department, and its function within a small independent publishing company.
  • Determine, under the guidance of the Assistant Editor or other editors within the department, the appropriate response to unsolicited submissions (slush), i.e. passing them on for further review or preparing a letter of rejection.
  • Assist editors with maintaining and updating book specs, blurber copy requests and other mailings, and other information on Quickbase.
  • Handling permissions inquiries and requests in a timely, organized manner.
  • Maintain Awards database in Quickbase and review it regularly, deleting awards that no longer exist or are inappropriate for our titles. Make award submission recommendations to the editors and handle all aspects of submissions and awards won.
  • Handle timely mailing of all complimentary copies on receipt of bound books.
  • General administrative tasks, including: conducting mailings (either from here or in concert with Sales Assistant and the warehouse), various editorial projects (manuscript organization, fact checking, research as requested); taking notes at editorial meetings and then distributing them to participants for review.
  • Assist sub-rights manager with administrative tasks related to: mailings; sending out and tracking review copy requests and payments; helping to maintain Quickbase systems for subrights as requested.
  • Provide general clerical support as requested.

Position Details: 24 hours/week for 3-4 months, paid $10/hour, based in White River Junction, Vermont.

Reports to: Assistant Editor

Qualifications: This is an internship for a motivated self-starter with a demonstrated interest in sustainability issues and publishing. Duties combine administrative and editorial functions and require the ability to work within a team environment as well as work independently. Must have: strong communication, writing, and interpersonal skills; ability to work in fast-paced, deadline-driven environment; strong computer skills and proficiency in Word and Excel; comfort with administrative tasks.

About Us: For almost 30 years, Chelsea Green has been the go-to publisher for people seeking foundational books on the politics and practice of sustainable living, including organic gardening and agriculture, renewable energy, green building, eco-cuisine, and ethical business. In 2012, we decided to practice what we publish and became employee-owned. We are a founding member of the Green Press Initiative and have been printing books on recycled paper since 1985, when our first list of books went on sale. We print our books on paper that consists of a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer waste and aim for 100 percent whenever possible. We also don’t print our books overseas, but rather use domestic printers to keep our shipping costs (and impact on the environment) at a minimum.

25% off Essential Books for Homesteaders

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

In this age of rapid change, how can we best adapt to sustain our food systems and regenerate our land?

Drawing from time-tested holistic techniques our authors show homesteaders, farmers and growers of all sizes how to remain resilient.

Whether you grow veggies and herbs on your balcony, intensively garden a half-acre on your homestead, or make a living off the land, we’ve got a book (or two) for you. Now through July 31st SAVE 25% on books for your homestead or small farm. 

Our books and authors never skim the surface – they think in systems and farm holistically, applying the wisdom of letting nature do the heavy lifting and giving the skills to empower you.

We hope you’re having a busy and abundant growing season!

Happy reading from the folks at Chelsea Green Publishing

P.S. Don’t forget to look at our full list of sale books here: www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/sale


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Homesteading Books: 25% off until July 31st 

The Resilient Farm and Homestead
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Keeping a Family Cow
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The Resilient Gardener
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The New Cider Maker's Handbook
Retail: $44.95
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From the Wood-Fired Oven
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The Sugarmaker's Companion
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The Gourmet Butcher's Guide to Meat
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The Small-Scale Dairy
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The Small-Scale Poultry Flock
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Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking
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The New Horse-Powered Farm
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The New Organic Grower
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The Holistic Orchard
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Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land
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Market Farming Success, Revised and Expanded Edition
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Raising Dough
Retail: $19.95
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Farms with a Future
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You Can Farm
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The Organic Seed Grower
Retail: $49.95
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The Grafter's Handbook
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The Winter Harvest Handbook
Retail: $29.95
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The Organic Grain Grower
Retail: $45.00
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Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond Vol. 1
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Compact Living
Retail: $14.95
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The Moneyless Manifesto
Retail: $24.95
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The Log Book
Retail: $12.95
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Farm-Fresh and Fast
Retail: $24.95
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Seed to Seed
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $18.71
Organic Seed Production and Saving
Retail: $12.95
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Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $22.46
Holistic Orcharding with Michael Phillips
Retail: $49.95
Sale: $37.46
Preserving with Friends
Retail: $34.95
Sale: $26.21
Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $18.71
Year-Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman: DVD
Retail: $39.95
Sale: $29.96

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Integrated Forest Gardening
Retail: $45.00
Sale: $33.75
Farming The Woods
Retail: $39.95
Sale: $29.96
Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation
Retail: $39.95
Sale: $29.95

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RECIPE: Grilled Asparagus & Scallions

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

This Independence Day, keep your side dishes simple with a wonderfully fresh plate of grilled asparagus and scallions. Carl Legge, author of The Permaculture Kitchen, demonstrates in the below recipe how tasty doesn’t necessarily have to mean time consuming.

For more recipes featuring local, seasonal, foraged, homegrown, fresh, and free-range produce, read The Permaculture Kitchen, now on sale for 35% off until July 15th.

Happy Grilling!

The Buzz: Bee Buyers Beware

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Beekeeping has been on the rise in recent years, and Ross Conrad’s book Natural Beekeeping has become a must read for enterprising apiculturalists who want to learn how to care for bees holistically and organically.

This is the second of two adaptions from the revised and expanded edition of Conrad’s book, which examines different ways to start your hive and offers some bee buying tips. The previous post offered beginners some key tips on what to do long before they buy their first bees.

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OPTIONS FOR OBTAINING BEES

The easiest way to successfully get a hive of bees off to a good start is to purchase a complete hive that is already thriving. Many beekeepers are downsizing or giving up on the business, and complete hives have become more commonly available in many areas. The purchase of a complete hive eliminates risks and challenges associated with package and queen introduction, getting brood comb drawn out from foundation, and having to protect a weak and unorganized colony from being robbed. The downside is that a complete hive is heavy to lift and is one of the most expensive honey bee procurement options. There is also the risk of inheriting problems such as bee pathogens, antibiotic and pesticide contamination, varroa mites, tracheal mites, and small hive beetles.

Buyer “Bee-ware”

When purchasing established colonies, it’s wise to inspect the hive(s) prior to completing the transaction. “Buyer beware” should definitely be your guiding principle here. Be on the lookout for worn-out equipment, old combs, and disease and pest problems. How are varroa mites and foulbrood kept under control? How has the hive been managed during the past year or two? Answers to questions such as these can give you a hint as to how well the hive may fare in the coming year. If you don’t feel qualified to assess hive condition yourself, ask your local bee inspector to give them a once over.

Compared to purchasing established colonies, buying nucleus colonies offers many of the same benefits, but nucs are easier on your back and are available at a much lower price. For many beginners, buying a nuc from a local bee supplier will be the best way to get started with bees. As with full hives, a nuc should not need feeding if purchased when a honey flow is on, nor does it require queen introduction. Simply transfer the frames into full-sized equipment, add additional frames for growth, and you’re off and running. It is important to have your additional equipment ready to go before you pick up your nuc. Otherwise the bees may become overcrowded and decide to swarm.

The most common way to obtain bees is to purchase a package of bees. Packages are usually sold by the pound. A pound of bees is typically composed of 3,000 to 3,500 workers, and the standard package of bees available from bee supply companies weighs in at 3 pounds, for a total of about 10,000 bees. Reputable companies will err on the high side and provide extra to make up for bees that may die during transport, as well as to account for the honey and nectar in the stomachs of the bees when they are initially packaged and weighed. Please note that a package of bees may not contain a queen and will contain only workers, unless a queen has been ordered at the same time as the package. Be sure to ask your supplier whether a queen is included. Either way, prepare your hive equipment and location before the package arrives in the mail.

Packaged bees are less expensive than nucs or complete hives and easier to ship. And while package bees may still carry diseases and pests, they are likely to be less infested or contaminated than nucs or established hives that are filled with comb simply because there are fewer places for pathogens, chemical residues, mites, or small hive beetles to hide in a package of bees.

Getting a package of bees started, however, is much more challenging than when starting with a nucleus colony. The package of bees must be transferred into your equipment; the queen and the bees are typically unrelated and must be “introduced” to each other before they will work together in unison; and then there is the need to provide feed to keep the nascent hive from starving, while at the same time stimulating bees to build comb if drawn-out frames of comb from a previous hive cannot be provided. [For complete details on how to introduce a nucleus colony to your equipment, see Chapter 2 of Natural Beekeeping, Revised and Expanded Edition.]

Making your own nucleus colonies from bees you have successfully overwintered is less expensive than buying packaged bees. Rather than spend money on obtaining bees, your money need only be spent on equipment to accept the nuc. By timing your nuc making with the natural swarming season in your area, you help to increase the chances of success and reduce the need to feed the nascent colony.

Swarm Catching

If you don’t already have access to bees and don’t want to shell out a bunch of money in order to obtain bees, swarm catching is the way to go. There are no worries about queen introductions here; all you have to do is get the swarm into your hive body, but that can be a challenge. Swarms are primed to build new comb fast, and you should always take advantage of the opportunity to have a newly hived swarm draw out new frames of foundation, foundation strips, or naturally built combs. If captured early enough in the season they may be able to store enough honey on their own so that autumn and winter feeding will not be necessary.

With swarms, however, you have little control over the quality of the bees. Some swarms are composed of wonderful bees; some swarms are lousy. While you will save cash, you must invest the time to chase them down—and hope that they don’t fly off before you arrive.

One way to avoid being led on a wild bee chase is to make use of baited hives to lure in a swarm. Drawn-out beeswax combs make any empty box with a cover more noticeable and attractive to scouts seeking a new home for the colony. If no comb is available, a few drops of lemongrass oil on a cotton ball can take the place of a drawn frame as bait since this essential oil is very attractive to bees. For those with an added sense of adventure, you may want to try your hand at some old-fashioned bee lining and track down a feral hive in a bee tree. Just be sure to bring along someone with logging skills if you are not handy with a chain saw, an ax, and splitting wedges.

Time is Running out on our Holiday Sale!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Good books always make great gifts. And there are only a few days left to find something for everyone on your list. Shop our online bookstore and find that perfect gift for your friends and family. Who knows, you may even find a gift for yourself!

Some of our favorites are below or you can browse our entire bookstore here. Save 35% off every purchase with discount code CGS13 until the end of the year.

Need a recommendation? We’re here to help. Email us at [email protected]

Don’t forget about our DVDs and bundles!

Resilient Farm and Homestead Art of Fermentation From the Wood-Fired Oven Out on a Limb
Edible Forest Gardens Sugarmaker The New Cider Makers Keeping a Family Cow
paradise Lot Gaia's Garden Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking Natural Beekeeping
View All Books New Releases Bundles and Sets Instructional DVDs

*Discount codes do not combine with other offers—our books already on sale for example. Free shipping for orders $100 or more is applied after the discount is applied. (U.S. Orders Only)

 

Stocking Stuffer Holiday Sale!

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Our stocking stuffer holiday sale continues with 35% off any purchase at our on-line bookstore.

Simply use the code CGS13 at checkout from now until the end of the year. Don’t forget there is free shipping on orders over $100.*

Need more? Email us at [email protected] for recommendations.

« New Releases »

From the Wood-Fired Oven
Retail: $44.95
Sale: $29.22
The Sugarmaker's Companion
Retail: $39.95
Sale: $25.97
Market Farming Success
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
The Zero Waste Solution
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Keeping a Family Cow
Retail: $19.95
Sale: $12.97
The New Cider Makers Handbook
Retail: $44.95
Sale: $29.22
Flying Blind
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Out on a Limb
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22

« Bundles and Sets »

The Eliot Coleman Set
Retail: $79.85
Sale: $51.90
The Sandor Katz Fermentation Set
Retail: $99.90
Sale: $64.94
Joel Salatin Set
Retail: $90.25
Sale: $58.66
The Preserving the Harvest Set
Retail: $54.95
Sale: $35.72

« Permaculture »

Gaia's Garden, 2nd Edition
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
Paradise Lot
Retail: $19.95
Sale: $12.97
Edible Forest Gardens (2 volume set)
Retail: $150.00
Sale: $97.50
Permaculture in Pots
Retail: $14.95
Sale: $9.72
The Resilient Farm and Homestead
Retail: $40.00
Sale: $26.00
Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
Desert or Paradise
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
The Small-Scale Poultry Flock
Retail: $39.95
Sale: $25.97

« Sustainable Food »

The Art of Fermentation
Retail: $39.95
Sale: $25.97
Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning
Retail: $25.00
Sale: $16.25
Farm-Fresh and Fast
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking
Retail: $40.00
Sale: $26.00

« Instructional DVDs »

Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Top-Bar Beekeeping with Les Crowder and Heather Harrell
Retail: $14.95
Sale: $9.72
Fermentation Workshop with Sandor Ellix Katz
Retail: $34.95
Sale: $22.72
Perennial Vegetable Gerdening with Eric Toensmeier
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
Holistic Orchard with Michael Phillips
Retail: $49.95
Sale: $32.47
Business Advice for Organic Farmers with Richard Wiswall
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Preserving with Friends
Retail: $34.95
Sale: $22.72
Year-Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman
Retail: $39.95
Sale: $25.97


* Discount codes do not combine with other offers—our books
already on sale for example. Free shipping for orders $100 or
more is applied after the discount is applied. (U.S. Orders Only)

DVDs

Friday, October 18th, 2013

 

Fermentation Workshop
Retail: $34.95
Sale: $22.72
Preserving with Friends
Retail: $34.95
Sale: $22.72
Year Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman
Retail: $39.95
Sale: $25.96
Perennial Vegetable Gardening
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47

 

Holistic Orcharding with Michael Phillips
Retail: $49.95
Sale: $32.47
Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Top-Bar Beekeeping with Les Crowder and Heather Harrell
Retail: $14.95
Sale: $9.72
Business Advice for Organic Farmers
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22

 

A World According to Monsanto
Retail: $19.95
Sale: $12.97
Genetic Roulette
Retail: $19.95
Sale: $12.97
Hidden Dangers in Kid's Meals
Retail: $19.95
Sale: $12.97
Scientists Under Attack
Retail: $19.95
Sale: $12.97

 

Sacrificial Lambs
Retail: $19.95
Sale: $12.97
Terra Madre People
Retail: $10.00
Sale: $6.50
Earth Ponds
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
How Democrats and Progressives Can Win
Retail: $15.00
Sale: $9.75

Bundles and Sets

Friday, October 18th, 2013

 

The Eliot Coleman Set
Retail: $79.85
Sale: $51.90
The Joel Salatin Set
Retail: $90.25
Sale: $58.66
The Sandor Katz Fermentation Set
Retail: $99.90
Sale: $64.94

 

The Preserving the Harvest Set
Retail: $54.94
Sale: $35.71
Edible Forest Gardens Set
Retail: $150.00
Sale: $97.50
Perennial Vegetables Set
Retail: $59.95
Sale: $38.97

 

The Winter Harvest Handbook and Year Round Vegetable Production Set
Retail: $64.95
Sale: $42.22
Business Advice for Organic Farmers Set
Retail: $49.95
Sale: $32.47
The Community Resilience Guide Series Set
Retail: $49.95
Sale: $32.47

 

Top-Bar Beekeeping Set
Retail: $34.95
Sale: $22.72
Natural Beekeeping Book and DVD Set
Retail: $54.95
Sale: $35.72
The Art of Fermentation and Fermentation Workshop Bundle
Retail: $64.95
Sale: $42.22

 

Wild Fermentation and Fermentation Workshop Bundle
Retail: $49.95
Sale: $32.47
The Apple Grower and Holistic Orcharding with Michael Phillips Bundle
Retail: $79.95
Sale: $51.97
Holistic Orcharding with Michael Phillips Book and DVD Bundle
Retail: $79.95
Sale: $51.97

 

The Man Who Planted Trees Book and CD Bundle
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
The GMO Trilogy and Seeds of Deception Set
Retail: $27.95
Sale: $18.17
The End of America and The End of America: Movie Set
Retail: $39.95
Sale: $25.97

 

Not One Drop and Black Wave Set
Retail: $39.95
Sale: $25.97
How Democrats and Progressives Can Win DVD and Don't Think of an Elephant! Set
Retail: $22.50
Sale: $14.63

New Releases

Friday, October 18th, 2013

 

From the Wood Fired Oven
Retail: $44.95
Sale: $29.22
Keeping a Family Cow
Retail: $19.95
Sale: $12.97
The New Cider Makers Handbook
Retail: $44.95
Sale: $29.22
The Sugarmaker's Companion
Retail: $39.95
Sale: $25.97
The Zero Waste Solution
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Out on a Limb
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Market Farming Success
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
Flying Blind
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Marijuana is Safer
Retail: $14.95
Sale: $9.72
Fields of Farmers
Retail: $25.00
Sale: $16.25
The Organic Grain Grower
Retail: $45.00
Sale: $29.25
Farm Fresh and Fast
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22

 

Sowing Seeds in the Desert
Retail: $15.95
Sale: $10.37
Reinventing Fire
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
Wild Flavors
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Cooking Close to Home
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Retail: $37.95
Sale: $24.67
Retail: $14.95
Sale: $9.72
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
The Log Book
Retail: $12.95
Sale: $8.42
No-Regrets Remodeling, Second Edition
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47
The New Vegetable Growers Handbook
Retail: $27.95
Sale: $18.17
Letting in the Wild Edges
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
Permaculture in Pots
Retail: $14.95
Sale: $9.72
Do it Yourself 12 Volt Solar Power
Retail: $14.95
Sale: $9.72
Moneyless Manifesto
Retail: $24.95
Sale: $16.22
The Woodland Way
Retail: $29.95
Sale: $19.47

 


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