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  1. Passive Solar Architecture

    By David Bainbridge and Ken Haggard

    New buildings can be designed to be solar oriented, naturally heated and cooled, naturally lit and ventilated, and made with renewable, sustainable materials—no matter the location or climate.

    In this comprehensive overview of passive solar design, two of America’s solar pioneers give homeowners, architects, designers, and builders the keys to successfully harnessing the sun and maximizing climate resources for heating, cooling, ventilation, and daylighting.

    Bainbridge and Haggard draw upon examples from their own experiences, as well as those of others, of more than three decades to offer both overarching principles as well as the details and formulas needed to successfully design a more comfortable, healthy, and secure place in which to live, laugh, dance, and be comfortable. Even if the power goes off.

    Passive Solar Architecture also discusses “greener” and more-sustainable building materials and how to use them, and explores the historical roots of green design that have made possible buildings that produce more energy and other resources than they use.

    Hardcover $85.00

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  2. Alone and Invisible No More

    By Allan S. Teel

    In Alone and Invisible No More, physician Allan S. Teel, MD, describes how to overhaul our eldercare system. Based on his own efforts to create humane, affordable alternatives in Maine, Teel's program harnesses both staff and volunteers to help people remain in their homes and communities. It offers assistance with everyday challenges, uses technology to keep older people connected to each other and their families, and stay safe. This approach works.

    Paperback $17.95

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  3. Gathering

    By Diane Ott Whealy

    Daughter of Iowa farmers, Missouri homesteader, and mother of five, Diane Ott Whealy never anticipated that one day she would become a leader in a grass-roots movement to preserve our agricultural biodiversity. The love for the land and the respect for heirloom seeds that Diane shared with her husband, Kent Whealy, led to their starting Seed Savers Exchange in 1975.

    Seed Savers Exchange, the nation's premier nonprofit seed-saving organization, began humbly as a simple exchange of seeds among passionate gardeners who sought to preserve the rich gardening heritage their ancestors had brought to this country. Seeds that Ott Whealy herself inherited from her paternal grandparents were the impetus for the formation of Seed Savers Exchange, whose membership has grown from a small coterie to more than thirteen thousand. Its influence has been felt in gardens across America.

    Ott Whealy's down-to-earth narrative traces her fascinating journey from Oregon to Kansas to Missouri then back home to Iowa where, in 1986, Heritage Farm became the permanent home of Seed Savers Exchange. Her heartwarming story captures what is best in the American spirit: the ability to dream and, through hard work and perseverance, inspire others to contribute their efforts to a cause. Thus was created one of the nation's most admired nonprofits in the field of genetic preservation.

    Hardcover $25.00

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  4. Slow Gardening

    By Felder Rushing
    Foreword by Roger B. Swain

    Thanks to the resurgence of home and community gardening, more and more people are discovering the pleasure of biting into a sun-ripened tomato picked right off the vine, the earthy smell of freshly turned soil, and the cheerful harbingers of spring such as daffodils, irises, and pansies. But they are also discovering that gardening can be a heck of a lot of work. So what happens when keeping up with the weeds turns into a full-time job? What do you do when gardening becomes stressful?

    Slow Gardening to the rescue! Inspired by Slow Food, an international movement that promotes local food systems and biological and cultural diversity, the slow-gardening approach can help us all appreciate and enjoy our gardens more, year in and year out.Felder Rushing, a well-known and truly one-of-a-kind garden expert, offers this practical yet philosophical approach to gardening - one that will help you slow down, take stock of your yard, and follow your own creative whimsy in the garden.

    Slow Gardening will inspire you to slip into the rhythm of the seasons, take it easy, and get more enjoyment out of your garden, all at the same time.

    Paperback $29.95

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  5. Growing Healthy Vegetable Crops

    By Brian Caldwell
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer

    Part of the NOFA Guides. Includes information on:

    • Basic concepts of pest control (host susceptibility, soil health, genetic resistance, ecosystem factors)
    • Practical approaches (crop cultural practices, rescue treatments, special section on mammals and birds, food safety)
    • Farm design for pest reduction (diversity, crop rotation)
    • Unorthodox approaches (farmers out of the box)
    • Identifying pests
    • Crop-by-crop pests and practices

    Paperback $12.95

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  6. Organic Dairy Production

    By Sarah Flack
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer

    Part of the NOFA guides. Includes information on:

    • Soils, the foundation of health (manure management)
    • Crop production and grazing management (forage species, pasture management, setting up a grazing system)
    • Livestock (selection, nutrition, winter and summer feed considerations, seasonal milking, habitat, herd health, milk quality)
    • Marketing (selling fluid milk, regulations, facility and equipment, selling raw milk)
    • Recordkeeping
    • The transition to organic

    Featuring examples from various farms in the Northeast.

    Paperback $12.95

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  7. Organic Soil-Fertility and Weed Management

    By Steve Gilman
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer

    Soil is a living organism that loves to cooperate with farmers and gardeners. A green thumb will appear on those who align themselves with its health and requirements. This book discusses:

    • Soil habitat
    • Sustaining soil fertility
    • The soil food-web
    • Nutrient availability and deficiency

    After reading this book, readers will not only have a different view on soil, but on weeds as well. Knowing and utilizing the energies and characteristics of weeds, as Gilman teaches, will make for a more productive garden, and less stressful gardening.

    Paperback $15.95

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  8. Organic Seed Production and Saving

    By Bryan Connolly
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer
    Contributions by C. R. Lawn

    Part of the NOFA guides. Includes information on:

    • Strengths and limitations of hybrid varieties
    • Before you grow the seed (selecting varieties, saving seed and improving crops, intellectual property rights)
    • Growing seed (pollination biology, harvesting, cleaning, storage, germination testing)
    • Details on individual crops (amaranth, crucifers, beets and chard, lettuce, cucurbits, corn and small grains, nightshades, root veggies)

    Plus detailed appendices including more info on seed cleaning, seed companies, and more.

    Paperback $15.95

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  9. Humane and Healthy Poultry Production

    By Karma Glos
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer

    Part of the NOFA guides. Includes information on:

    • Organic poultry basics
    • Establishing the facilities (housing and equipment, choosing and using litter, outdoor access, brooding, grazing and pasturing)
    • Purchasing and brooding chicks
    • Organic feed and supplements
    • Poultry health care in the organic system
    • Management challenges (production and culling, spotted shells, yolk color)
    • Slaughter and Processing
    • Marketing
    • Production expectations and economic viability



    Paperback $12.95

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  10. Crop Rotation and Cover Cropping

    By Seth Kroeck
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer

    Part of the NOFA guides. This volume covers:

    • Historical roots of cover-crop techniques
    • Thinking beyond this season's cash crop (disease and pest reduction, weed suppression, cash vs. cover crops)
    • What is a good rotation? (mapping the farm, grouping crops, sample groupings)
    • The economics of rotations and cover cropping (organizing your work, reducing labor inputs, land and cover-crop seed costs)

    Including on-farm examples and detailed appendices.

    Paperback $15.95

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  11. Whole-Farm Planning

    By Elizabeth Henderson and Karl North
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer

    Part of the NOFA Guides. Includes information on:

    • Lessons from systems science (including tools)
    • Assessing the whole farm (what are we managing? the people, physical and mental assets, money)
    • Understanding the farm ecosystems (the water and mineral cycles, dynamics of the biological community, the energy flow)
    • Choosing appropriate tools
    • Making a framework to test decisions

    Including examples and statements from practicing farmers, and more holistic resources and alternative business models.

    Paperback $15.95

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  12. Compost, Vermicompost and Compost Tea

    By Grace Gershuny
    Illustrated by Jocelyn Langer

    Part of the NOFA Guides series. 

    Information on composting techniques, including:

    • Principles and biology of composting
    • Temperature, aeration and moisture control
    • Composting methods
    • Materials (additives and inoculants, biodynamic preparations)
    • About costs (site preparation, equipment, labor and time)
    • What do you do with it?
    • Compost tea and other brewed microbial cultures
    • Compost and the law

    With extended appendices including a recipe calculator, potting mix recipes, and a sample compost production budget sheet.

    Paperback $15.95

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  13. Get Up, Stand Up

    By Bruce E. Levine

    Polls show that the majority of Americans oppose recent US wars and Wall Street bailouts, yet most remain passive and appear resigned to powerlessness. In Get Up, Stand Up, Bruce Levine offers an original and convincing explanation for this passivity. Many Americans are deeply demoralized by decades of oppressive elitism, and they have lost confidence that genuine democracy is possible. Drawing on phenomena such as learned helplessness, the abuse syndrome, and other psychological principles and techniques for pacifying a population, Levine explains how major US institutions have created fatalism. When such fatalism and defeatism set in, truths about social and economic injustices are not enough to set people free.

    However, the situation is not truly hopeless. History tells us that for democratic movements to get off the ground, individuals must recover self-respect, and a people must regain collective confidence that they can succeed at eliminating top-down controls. Get Up, Stand Up describes how we can recover dignity, confidence, and the energy to do battle. That achievement fills in the missing piece that, until now, has undermined so many efforts to energize genuine democracy.

    Get Up, Stand Up details those strategies and tactics that oppressed peoples have successfully employed to gain power. We the People can unite, gain strength, wisely do battle, and wrest power away from the ruling corporate-government partnership (the "corporatocracy"). Get Up, Stand Up explains how.

    Paperback $24.95

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  14. Sepp Holzer's Permaculture

    By Sepp Holzer
    Foreword by Patrick Whitefield
    Translated by Anna Sapsford-Francis

    Sepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1,500 meters above sea level. His farm is an intricate network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks, well covered with productive fruit trees and other vegetation, with the farmhouse neatly nestling amongst them. This is in dramatic contrast to his neighbors' spruce monocultures.In this book, Holzer shares the skill and knowledge acquired over his lifetime. He covers every aspect of his farming methods, not just how to create a holistic system on the farm itself, but how to make a living from it. Holzer writes about everything from the overall concepts, down to the practical details.In Sepp Holzer's Permaculturereaders will learn:

    • How he sets up a permaculture system
    • The fruit varieties he has found best for permaculture growing
    • How to construct terraces, ponds, and waterways
    • How to build shelters for animals and how to work with them on the land
    • How to cultivate edible mushrooms in the garden and on the farm
    • and much more!

    Holzer offers a wealth of information for the gardener, smallholder or alternative farmer yet the book's greatest value is the attitudes it teaches. He reveals the thinking processes based on principles found in nature that create his productive systems. These can be applied anywhere.

    Paperback $29.95

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  15. Diary of an Eco-Outlaw

    By Diane Wilson
    Foreword by Derrick Jensen

    Diane Wilson is an activist, shrimper, and all around hell-raiser whose first book, An Unreasonable Woman, told of her battle to save her bay in Seadrift, Texas. Back then, she was an accidental activist who worked with whistleblowers, organized protests, and eventually sunk her own boat to stop the plastic-manufacturing giant Formosa from releasing dangerous chemicals into water she shrimped in, grew up on, and loved.

    But, it turns out, the fight against Formosa was just the beginning. In Diary of an Eco-Outlaw, Diane writes about what happened as she began to fight injustice not just in Seadrift, but around the world-taking on Union Carbide for its failure to compensate those injured in the Bhopal disaster, cofounding the women's antiwar group Code Pink to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, attempting a citizens arrest of Dick Cheney, famously covering herself with fake oil and demanding the arrest of then BP CEO Tony Hayward as he testified before Congress, and otherwise becoming a world-class activist against corporate injustice, war, and environmental crimes.

    As George Bernard Shaw once said, "all progress depends on unreasonable women." And in the Diary of an Eco-Outlaw, the eminently unreasonable Wilson delivers a no-holds-barred account of how she-a fourth-generation shrimper, former boat captain, and mother of five-took a turn at midlife, unable to stand by quietly as she witnessed abuses of people and the environment. Since then, she has launched legislative campaigns, demonstrations, and hunger strikes-and generally gotten herself in all manner of trouble.

    All worth it, says Wilson. Jailed more than 50 times for civil disobedience, Wilson has stood up for environmental justice, and peace, around the world-a fact that has earned her many kudos from environmentalists and peace activists alike, and that has forced progress where progress was hard to come by.

    Paperback $17.95

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  16. Chasing Chiles

    By Gary Paul Nabhan, Kraig Kraft and Kurt Michael Friese

    Chasing Chiles looks at both the future of place-based foods and the effects of climate change on agriculture through the lens of the chile pepper-from the farmers who cultivate this iconic crop to the cuisines and cultural traditions in which peppers play a huge role.

    Why chile peppers? Both a spice and a vegetable, chile peppers have captivated imaginations and taste buds for thousands of years. Native to Mesoamerica and the New World, chiles are currently grown on every continent, since their relatively recent introduction to Europe (in the early 1500s via Christopher Columbus). Chiles are delicious, dynamic, and very diverse-they have been rapidly adopted, adapted, and assimilated into numerous world cuisines, and while malleable to a degree, certain heirloom varieties are deeply tied to place and culture-but now accelerating climate change may be scrambling their terroir.

    Over a year-long journey, three pepper-loving gastronauts-an agroecologist, a chef, and an ethnobotanist-set out to find the real stories of America's rarest heirloom chile varieties, and learn about the changing climate from farmers and other people who live by the pepper, and who, lately, have been adapting to shifting growing conditions and weather patterns. They put a face on an issue that has been made far too abstract for our own good.

    Chasing Chiles is not your archetypal book about climate change, with facts and computer models delivered by a distant narrator. On the contrary, these three dedicated chileheads look and listen, sit down to eat, and get stories and recipes from on the ground-in farmers' fields, local cafes, and the desert-scrub hillsides across North America. From the Sonoran Desert to Santa Fe and St. Augustine (the two oldest cities in the U.S.), from the marshes of Avery Island in Cajun Louisiana to the thin limestone soils of the Yucatan, this book looks at how and why climate change will continue to affect our palates and our producers, and how it already has.

    Paperback $17.95

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  17. Sex and the River Styx

    By Edward Hoagland
    Foreword by Howard Frank Mosher

    Called the best essayist of his time by luminaries like Philip Roth, John Updike, and Edward Abbey, Edward Hoagland brings readers his ultimate collection. In Sex and the River Styx, the author's sharp eye and intense curiosity shine through in essays that span his childhood exploring the woods in his rural Connecticut, his days as a circus worker, and his travels the world over in his later years.

    Here, we meet Hoagland at his best: traveling to Kampala, Uganda, to meet a family he'd been helping support only to find a divide far greater than he could have ever imagined; reflecting on aging, love, and sex in a deeply personal, often surprising way; and bringing us the wonder of wild places, alongside the disparity of losing them, and always with a twist that brings the genre of nature writing to vastly new heights. His keen dissection of social realities and the human spirit will both startle and lure readers as they meet African matriarchs, Tibetan yak herders, circus aerialists, and the strippers who entertained college boys in 1950s Boston. Says Howard Frank Mosher in his foreword, the self-described rhapsodist "could fairly be considered our last, great transcendentalist."

    Paperback $17.95

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  18. Old Southern Apples

    By Creighton Lee Calhoun

    A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Out of print for several years, this newly revised and expanded edition now features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928.

    Author Lee Calhoun is one of the foremost figures in apple conservation in America. This masterwork reflects his knowledge and personal experience over more than thirty years, as he sought out and grew hundreds of classic apples, including both legendary varieties (like Nickajack and Magnum Bonum) and little-known ones (like Buff and Cullasaga). Representing our common orchard heritage, many of these apples are today at risk of disappearing from our national table.

    Illustrated with more than 120 color images of classic apples from the National Agricultural Library’s collection of watercolor paintings, Old Southern Apples is a fascinating and beautiful reference and gift book. In addition to A-to-Z descriptions of apple varieties, both extant and extinct, Calhoun provides a brief history of apple culture in the South, and includes practical information on growing apples and on their traditional uses.

    Hardcover $75.00

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  19. The Slow Food Dictionary to Italian Regional Cooking

    Edited by Slow Food Editore and Paola Gho
    Adapted by John Irving

    The handy and practical Slow Food Dictionary of Regional Italian Cooking by the editors at Slow Food International tells you everything you ever wanted to know about Italian regional cooking as prepared in homes, osterias, and restaurants. Packed with information about dishes and ingredients, tools and techniques, origins and trends, the book (which contains forty color illustrations) is aimed primarily at food lovers but will also be of interest to anyone curious to find out more about Italy in general, its people, its language, its history, and its culture.

    Paperback $34.95

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  20. Gut and Psychology Syndrome

    By Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D.

    Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride set up The Cambridge Nutrition Clinic in 1998. As a parent of a child diagnosed with learning disabilities, she is acutely aware of the difficulties facing other parents like her, and she has devoted much of her time to helping these families. She realized that nutrition played a critical role in helping children and adults to overcome their disabilities, and has pioneered the use of probiotics in this field. Her willingness to share her knowledge has resulted in her contributing to many publications, as well as presenting at numerous seminars and conferences on the subjects of learning disabilities and digestive disorders. Her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome captures her experience and knowledge, incorporating her most recent work. She believes that the link between learning disabilities, the food and drink that we take, and the condition of our digestive system is absolute, and the results of her work have supported her position on this subject. In her clinic, parents discuss all aspects of their child's condition, confident in the knowledge that they are not only talking to a professional but to a parent who has lived their experience. Her deep understanding of the challenges they face puts her advice in a class of its own.

    Paperback $32.95

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