Nature/Ecology/Living Green

These are just a few titles from our ever growing Living Green/Ecology/Urban Sustainability section. Browse here or stop into the store for more recommendations.

Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development Cover Image
ISBN: 9780896087934
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Published: South End Press - December 15th, 2010

Links the violation of nature with the violation and marginalization of women in the Third World.

Drifting Into Darien: A Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River Cover Image
By Janisse Ray, Nancy Marshall (Photographer)
ISBN: 9780820338156
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Published: University of Georgia Press - September 15th, 2011

Janisse Ray was a babe in arms when a boat of her father's construction cracked open and went down in the mighty Altamaha River. Tucked in a life preserver, she washed onto a sandbar as the craft sank from view. That first baptism began a lifelong relationship with a stunning and powerful river that almost nobody knows.

Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard Into a Garden and Your Neighborhood Into a Community Cover Image
By Heather Jo Flores, Toby Hemenway (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781933392073
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 15th, 2006

Gardening can be a political act. Creativity, fulfillment, connection, revolution--it all begins when we get our hands in the dirt.

Thrifty Green: Ease Up on Energy, Food, Water, Trash, Transit, Stuff -- And Everybody Wins Cover Image
ISBN: 9781573244855
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Published: Conari Press - April 1st, 2011

Ease Up on Energy Food Water Trash Transit Stuffand Everybody Wins. .

The Beginner's Guide to Edible Herbs: 26 Herbs Everyone Should Grow & Enjoy Cover Image
By Charles W. G. Smith, Saxon Holt (Photographer), Edward C. Smith (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781603425285
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Published: Storey Publishing - April 17th, 2010

Nothing tastes better than herbs fresh from the garden.

Heirloom Gardening in the South: Yesterday's Plants for Today's Gardens (AgriLife Research and Extension Service) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603442138
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Published: Texas A&M University Press - April 7th, 2011

New edition of a classic work on Southern heirloom gardening . . .Heirloom plants belong in Southern gardens. Tough and adapted, tried and true, pretty and useful, these living antiques--passed through countless generations--represent the foundation of traditional gardens as we know them today.

The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316037679
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Published: Little Brown and Company - August 24th, 2011

After decades studying creatures great and small, evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson had an epiphany: Darwin's theory won't fully prove itself until it improves the quality of human life in a practical sense. And what better place to begin than his hometown of Binghamton, New York?

Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin' Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807047378
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Published: Beacon Press - October 11th, 2011

Agribusiness giants don't want you to know--or care--if the food you eat is genetically modified, factory farmed, or grown with toxic chemicals. But the rapidly growing alternative food movement is resisting these practices and helping people reclaim their connections to their food.

Barnheart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One's Own Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603427951
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Published: Storey Publishing - November 16th, 2011

With humor and poise, Jenna Woginrich describes her adventurous self-education in homesteading. Poignant offbeat observations on learning to farm by trial and error punctuate the story of her quest to find a permanent home for herself and her livestock: chickens, geese, sheep, ducks, rabbits, a goat, and a turkey.

The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-By-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard Cover Image
By Beth O. Young, Karen Bussolini (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781604691184
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - November 15th, 2011

Much of modern garden design is about controlling nature to achieve a desired effect. But for the eco-conscious homeowner, the best garden designer is Mother Nature, and following her lead can result in a beautiful low-maintenance landscape that requires fewer resources, attracts natural wildlife, and saves time and money.

Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter: Scaling Back in the 21st Century Cover Image
By Lloyd Kahn (Photographer)
ISBN: 9780936070520
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Published: Shelter Publications - January 24th, 2012

There's a grassroots movement in tiny homes these days. The real estate collapse, the economic downturn, burning out on 12-hour workdays - many people are rethinking their ideas about shelter - seeking an alternative to high rents, or a lifelong mortgage debt to a bank on an overpriced home. Homes on land, homes on wheels, homes on the road, homes on water, even homes in the trees.

Vegan Freak Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World (Tofu Hound Press) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604860153
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Published: PM Press - January 1st, 2010

Two seasoned vegans offer tips and advice for thriving without animal by-products. Readers will find out how to go vegan by employing a 'cold tofu method', learn how to convince family, friends, and others that there is no such thing as a vegan cult and learn to survive restaurants, grocery stores, and meals with omnivores.

The Joy of Hobby Farming: Grow Food, Raise Animals, and Enjoy a Sustainable Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616082284
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - April 1st, 2011

When the farm is a lifestyle, not just a way to earn a living, that's hobby farming. Most of us want to live a sustainable life in which we protect the land and keep it safe from development and overproduction. But we can take this a step further by learning how to grow and savor what we can produce ourselves--while still maintaining an alternative career to fund this passion.

The Quarter-Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year Cover Image
By Spring Warren, Jesse Pruet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580053402
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - March 15th, 2011

When Spring Warren told her husband and two teenage boys that she wanted to grow 75 percent of all the food they consumed for one year--and that she wanted to do it in their yard--they told her she was crazy.

She did it anyway.

The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-Reliance) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781934170106
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Published: Process - June 1st, 2010

The expanded, updated version of the best-selling classic, with a dozen new projects.

"A delightfully readable and very useful guide to front- and back-yard vegetable gardening, food foraging, food preserving, chicken keeping, and other useful skills for anyone interested in taking a more active role in growing and preparing the food they eat."

Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781583229293
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Published: Seven Stories Press - May 3rd, 2011

For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, "Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?" No one ever says yes.

Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781605294629
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Published: Rodale Books - April 26th, 2011

Spending money is the last thing anyone wants to do right now. We are in the midst of a massive
cultural shift away from consumerism and toward a vibrant and very active countermovement that has

Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307591142
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Published: Doubleday Religion - September 14th, 2010

An impassioned call to heal the wounds of our planet and ourselves through the tenets of our spiritual traditions, from a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781577319726
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Published: New World Library - March 13th, 2012

The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face this crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power.

The Art of Raising a Puppy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316083270
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 29th, 2011

For more than thirty years the Monks of New Skete have been among America's most trusted authorities on dog training, canine behavior, and the animal/human bond.

Homegrown & Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780865717022
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Published: New Society Publishers - October 25th, 2011

Our food system is dominated by industrial agriculture and has become economically and environmentally unsustainable. The incidence of diet-related diseases, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and heart disease, has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels.

The Beekeeper's Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061873256
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 24th, 2011

"You'llnever think of bees, their keepers, or the fruits (and nuts) of their laborsthe same way again." --Trevor Corson, author of The Secret Life of Lobsters

Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They Have Loved and Lost Cover Image
By Barbara Abercrombie (Editor)
ISBN: 9781577319573
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Published: New World Library - April 1st, 2011

Because grieving for an animal can be a pretty lonely place, Barbara Abercrombie created this joyful, poignant, funny, and smart collection of commiseration. Readers meet the cat who entered a neighbor's window and got in bed with strangers, the dog who demanded down pillows, and even a coyote who became part of the family.

Bartram's Living Legacy: The Travels and the Nature of the South Cover Image
ISBN: 9780881462227
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Published: Mercer University Press - September 1st, 2010

More than two centuries have passed since the publication of William Bartram's Travels in 1791. His work was visionary, fostered the development of a truly American strain of natural history, and transcended scientific boundaries to deeply influence Coleridge, Wordsworth, and other Romantic poets. His text continues to ignite the imaginations of those who love nature.

Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat Cover Image
ISBN: 9781423605621
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Published: Gibbs Smith Publishers - May 1st, 2010

Farmer Jane profiles thirty women in the sustainable food industry, describing their agriculture and business models and illustrating the amazing changes they are making in how we connect with food.

The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313195
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Published: Milkweed Editions - February 1st, 2011

From African American to Asian American, indigenous to immigrant, "multiracial" to "mixedblood," the diversity of cultures in this world is matched only by the diversity of stories explaining our cultural origins: stories of creation and destruction, displacement and heartbreak, hope and mystery.

Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat Cover Image
ISBN: 9781401310431
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Published: Hyperion Books - April 5th, 2011

A remarkable cat. A life-changing story.
Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat is the story of a doctor who, at first, doesn't always listen; of the patients he serves; of their caregivers; and, most importantly, of a cat who teaches by example, embracing moments of life that so many of us shy away from.

Food Movements Unite!: Strategies to Transform Our Food System Cover Image
By Eric Holt-Gimenez (Editor)
ISBN: 9780935028386
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Published: Food First Books - November 22nd, 2011

Food Movements Unite
Strategies to transform our food systems

The Wealth of Nature: Economics as If Survival Mattered Cover Image
ISBN: 9780865716735
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Published: New Society Publishers - May 31st, 2011

The Wealth of Nature proposes a new model of economics based on the integral value of ecology. Building on the foundations of E. F. Schumacher's revolutionary "economics as if people mattered," this book examines the true cost of confusing money with wealth.

Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781610390064
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Published: PublicAffairs - May 31st, 2011

A host of books and films in recent years have documented the dangers of our current food system, from chemical runoff to soaring rates of diet-related illness to inhumane treatment of workers and animals.

The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food (Potting-Bench Reference Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580173704
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Published: Storey Publishing - February 1st, 2004

Enjoy the pleasures of growing your own delicious organic food. This plant-by-plant guide includes profiles of more than 765 tasty varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and nuts. In addition to expert advice on selecting suitable plants and growing, harvesting, and storing them, this invaluable resource includes more than 100 tried-and-true organic remedies that fight off diseases and pests.

A Natural Sense of Wonder: Connecting Kids with Nature Through the Seasons Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820331034
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Published: University of Georgia Press - June 25th, 2008

The technology boom of recent years has given kids numerous reasons to stay inside and play, while parents' increasing safety concerns make it tempting to keep children close to home. But what is being lost as fewer kids spend their free time outdoors?

Let It Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting (Third Edition) (Storey's Down-To-Earth Guides) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580170239
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Published: Storey Publishing - January 3rd, 1998

Transform leaves, grass, and kitchen scraps into gardener's gold This easy-to-use guide shows you how to turn household garbage and backyard refuse into nutrient-filled compost that can nourish your soil and promote a thriving garden. You'll soon be saving money, minimizing waste, and enjoying bountiful harvests.

Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground Cover Image
By Cleo Woelfle-Erskine (Editor), July Oskar Cole (Editor), Laura Allen (Editor)
ISBN: 9781932360806
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Published: Soft Skull Press - March 1st, 2007

Notes from the Water Underground combines environmental victories in the sustainable use movement with hands-on, participatory options for country and city dwellers.

Fight Global Warming Now: The Handbook for Taking Action in Your Community Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805087048
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 16th, 2007

Bestselling author Bill McKibben turns activist in the first hands-on guidebook to stopping climate change, the world's greatest threat

As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial Cover Image
ISBN: 9781583227770
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Published: Seven Stories Press - November 6th, 2007

Two of America's most talented activists team up to deliver a bold and hilarious satire of modern environmental policy in this fully illustrated graphic novel. The U.S. government gives robot machines from space permission to eat the earth in exchange for bricks of gold. A one-eyed bunny rescues his friends from a corporate animal-testing laboratory.

Peachtree Creek: A Natural and Unnatural History of Atlanta's Watershed Cover Image
By David Kaufman, Dona Roell (Index by)
ISBN: 9780820329291
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Published: University of Georgia Press - August 1st, 2007

In 1990 David Kaufman decided to explore Peachtree Creek from its headwaters to its confluence with the Chattahoochee River. For thirteen years he paddled the creek, photographed it, and researched its history as the Atlanta area's major watershed. The result is "Peachtree Creek," a compelling mix of urban travelogue, local history, and call for conservation.

Guerrilla Gardening: A Manualfesto Cover Image
ISBN: 9780865715837
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Published: New Society Publishers - April 1st, 2007

The term "guerrilla" may bring to mind a small band of armed soldiers, moving in the dead of night on a stealth mission. In the case of guerrilla gardening, the soldiers are planters, the weapons are shovels, and the mission is to transform an abandoned lot into a thing of beauty.

The City Gardener's Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Small-Space Gardening Cover Image
By Linda Yang, Katherine Powis (Foreword by), Jane G. Pepper (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781580174497
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Published: Storey Publishing - April 15th, 2002

Turn small balconies, sunbaked rooftops, and even cramped windowsills into delightful, thriving gardens. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to successfully design and maintain an urban garden in whatever space you have available. Lydia Yang profiles dozens of beautiful and hardy plants and offers expert advice on everything from preparing your soil to managing pests.

True Green Home: 100 Inspirational Ideas for Creating a Green Environment at Home Cover Image
By Kim McKay, Jenny Bonnin, Ian Kiernan (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781426203992
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Published: National Geographic Society - March 3rd, 2009

Whether you are purchasing, renovating, or just trying to maintain your current home, True Green Home is the perfect go-green guide. Utilizing the same straightforward and fresh design of the earlier True Green books, this inspired reference provides 100 simple yet potent ways to incorporate environmentally friendly livinginside and outside of your home.

Down & Dirty: 43 Fun & Funky First-Time Projects & Activities to Get You Gardening Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580176415
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Published: Storey Publishing - January 3rd, 2007

Get outside and start digging Designed for the novice gardener, Down & Dirty provides clear instructions, simple strategies, helpful advice, and lots of encouragement for those looking to brighten a small yard, porch, or home.

Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307347336
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - April 22nd, 2008

The remarkable, amusing and inspiring adventures of a Canadian couple who make a year-long attempt to eat foods grown and produced within a 100-mile radius of their apartment.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060852566
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 29th, 2008

Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life--vowing that, for one year, they'd only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it.

Earth User's Guide to Permaculture, 2nd Edition Cover Image
By Rosemary Morrow, Rob Allsop (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781856230513
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Published: Permanent Publications - March 15th, 2010

The principle for permaculture is simple: provide back to the earth what we take from it to create a sustainable environment. The three principle aims are: Care for people; care for the earth; and redistribute everything surplus to one's needs.

Food Security for the Faint of Heart: Keeping Your Larder Full in Lean Times Cover Image
ISBN: 9780865716247
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Published: New Society Publishers - September 1st, 2008

There are books you merely read. There are books you read, recommend to others and pass along. Then there are those books yu read, lay aside, jump to your feet, throw your hands in the air, and holler, "Yes " Food Security for the Faint of Heart is one of the latter.

Herbal Remedy Gardens: 38 Plans for Your Health & Well-Being Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580170956
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Published: Storey Publishing - January 2nd, 1999

Enhance your health naturally with herbs from your own garden. In this easy-to-use guide, Doris Byers offers simple instructions for growing, harvesting, and making healing mixtures from a variety common medicinal herbs, such as garlic, chamomile, and echinacea.

Keep Chickens!: Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and Other Small Spaces Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580174916
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Published: Storey Publishing - June 30th, 2003

No matter how small your lot is, you can keep chickens and enjoy fresh eggs every morning. Barbara Kilarski shares her passion for poultry as she fills this guide with tips and techniques for successfully raising chickens in small spaces.

Saving Seeds: The Gardener's Guide to Growing and Saving Vegetable and Flower Seeds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780882666341
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Published: Storey Publishing - January 3rd, 1991

Enjoy a delicious bounty of heirloom vegetables every year. Marc Rogers guides you through the time-honored and cost-effective tradition of collecting seeds from this year's harvest to grow next year's crop. Learn how to select and store seeds from proven varieties of more than 100 common vegetables and flowers.

The Backyard Homestead: Produce All the Food You Need on Just a Quarter Acre! Cover Image
By Carleen Madigan (Editor)
ISBN: 9781603421386
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Published: Storey Publishing - February 11th, 2009

This comprehensive guide to homesteading provides all the information you need to grow and preserve a sustainable harvest of grains and vegetables; raise animals for meat, eggs, and dairy; and keep honey bees for your sweeter days. With easy-to-follow instructions on canning, drying, and pickling, you'll enjoy your backyard bounty all winter long.

Mindfully Green: A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590305836
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Published: Shambhala Publications - November 11th, 2008

With all the attention on living sustainably, the one thing missing from the conversation is how to find a personal connection with green living that will sustain us on our green path. While practical approaches to an eco-responsible lifestyle offer important first steps, it is critical that we ground these actions in broader understanding so that we can effect real change in the world.

Modern Homestead: Grow, Raise, Create Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555917487
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Published: Fulcrum Publishing - May 1st, 2011

Sixth-generation gardener Renee Wilkinson embraces the old school while adding a bit of funk in this saavy-smart guide to homesteading. From a windowsill to a sprawling backyard, these are all places we can grow vegetables, make homes for animals, and fill our cupboards with canned decadence, all the while flashing our personal style and taste.

Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller's Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579128623
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - February 23rd, 2011

The most complete book on urban farming, covering everything from growing organic produce and raising chickens, to running a small farm on a city lot or in a suburban backyard.

Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616080549
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - April 27th, 2011

The urban homesteading movement is spreading rapidly across the nation. Urban Homesteading is the perfect "back-to-the-land" guide for urbanites who want to reduce their impact on the environment.

Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate (Wild Food Adventure) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781423601500
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Published: Gibbs Smith - June 11th, 2010

"Wild spinach about 7 feet tall and fully mature. Well-fed wild spinach is well-branched and produces a huge quantity of seeds when mature. The leaves are still edible at this stage but are reduced in quality, taking on a somewhat off-flavor.

Homesteading in the 21st Century: How One Family Created a More Sustainable, Self-Sufficient, and Satisfying Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781600852961
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Published: Taunton Press - May 3rd, 2011

Not since Thoreau made his home in the woods at Walden Pond has the notion of self-sufficiency held more universal appeal. There's no question we're going through some tough economic times, but this book offers an alternative.

Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects Cover Image
ISBN: 9781565129603
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 3rd, 2011

In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world,
Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes--creatures
that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world's most
painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the