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Food Futures: Growing a Sustainable Food System for Newfoundland and Labrador

ISER Books

Over the centuries, people living in Newfoundland and Labrador have demonstrated remarkable resourcefulness in order to reap the bounty of both sea and land. However, despite renewed interest in traditional Newfoundland and Labrador meals, the reality is that many cannot attain healthy and affordable food. Food Futures explores the origins, present day complexities, and future of the Newfoundland and Labrador food system. This uniquely interdisciplinary collection draws from the research of 24 scholars in disciplines ranging from anthropology to biology. Collectively, the authors offer a vision for a sustainable food system that meets the dual goals of achieving food security and food sovereignty for all.

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Rough Food: The Seasons of Subsistence in Northern Newfoundland

ISER Books

Rough food is your staples, your Winter's diet. The things you got in the Fall to see you through 'til Spring.” This book details how and why northern Newfoundlanders have lived off the land, as unyielding as it is, for a significant proportion of their food, shelter and fuel. Omohundro documents the self-sufficient dimension of rural life and examines recent changes, looking towards future developments.

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Cows Don't Know It's Sunday: Agricultural Life in St. John's

ISER Books

Cows Don't Know It's Sunday gives a historical overview of farming and its importance to the economy of Newfoundland, and describes in detail, using the words of more than eighty people who grew up on or near farms, what it was like to farm in and around St. John's in the period within living memory. Farmers worked seven days a week throughout the year. This study of both the work life and social life of the farmers of St. John's is a tribute to the farming families who were the mainstay of the city during the first half of the twentieth century.

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Favourite Perennials for Atlantic Canada: How to Choose Plants and Design Your Garden

Boulder Publications

Tailored specifically to Atlantic Canadian gardeners, this is a must-have guide for the hundreds of perennials suitable to the often-challenging weather and soil conditions of Canada's east coast.

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Atlantic Gardening 

Boulder Publications

Gardening can be a challenge, especially in the unpredictable climate of Atlantic Canada. But it can also be a highly rewarding experience. This handy, easy to use book deals with shrubs and trees, perennials, bulbs, annuals, vegetables, lawn and garden preparation, houseplants, and other important gardening issues.

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Edible Plants of Newfoundland and Labrador: Field Guide

Boulder Publications

In this guide to over five dozen edible plant species that grow in the North Atlantic climate, biologist Peter J. Scott provides a wealth of information about each of them. his easy-to-use guide includes the habitats in which each can be found, basic recipes, a glossary, and references so that you, too, can enjoy the bounty that exists outside the door.

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Edible Plants of Atlantic Canada: Field Guide

Boulder Publications

In this guide to over five dozen edible plant species, Peter J. Scott provides a wealth of information about each of them. His easy-to-use guide includes the habitats in which each can be found, basic recipes, a glossary, and references so that you, too, can enjoy the bounty that exists outside our doors.

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Sustainable Agriculture with Ozark Permaculture #1 Apple, Peach & Cherry Trees

Neal Gist (Author)

Forests are self-replicating ecosystems that expand naturally without any human involvement. The same can be true of your gardens. Learn how to grow apples, peaches, and cherries without fertilizers or pesticides—the permaculture way! This ebook is the perfect blueprint to jump start your organic food forest. By following the strategies in this book you can ensure a nutritious yield while minimizing oversight as your garden becomes more sustainable over time.

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Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

Chelsea Green Publishing

The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers.

This revised and updated edition also features a new chapter on urban permaculture, designed especially for people in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space. Whatever size yard or garden you have to work with, you can apply basic permaculture principles to make it more diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful. Best of all, once it’s established, an ecological garden will reduce or eliminate most of the backbreaking work that’s needed to maintain the typical lawn and garden.

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The Fruit Forager’s Companion:
Ferments, Desserts, Main Dishes, and More from Your Neighborhood and Beyond

Chelsea Green Publishing

Half of the fruit that grows in yards and public spaces is never picked or eaten. Citrus trees are burdened with misshapen lemons, berries grow in tangled thickets on the roadside, and the crooked rows of abandoned orchards fill with fallen apples. At the same time, people yearn for an emotional connection that’s lacking in bland grocery store bananas and tasteless melons.

The Fruit Forager’s Companion is a how-to guide with nearly 100 recipes devoted to the secret, sweet bounty just outside our front doors and ripe for the taking, from familiar apples and oranges to lesser-known pawpaws and mayhaws. Sara Bir—a seasoned chef, gardener, and forager—primes readers on foraging basics, demonstrates gathering and preservation techniques, and presents a suite of recipes including habanero crabapple jelly, lime pickle, pawpaw lemon curd, and fermented cranberry relish.

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The Community Food Forest Handbook

Chelsea Green Publishing

The Community Food Forest Handbook provides readers with helpful ideas for building and sustaining momentum, working with diverse public and private stakeholders, integrating assorted civic interests and visions within one project, creating safe and attractive sites, navigating community policies, positively affecting public perception, and managing site evolution and adaptation. Its concepts and examples showcase the complexities of community food forests, highlighting the human resilience of those who learn and experience what is possible when they collaborate on a shared vision for their community.

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The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables

Chelsea Green Publishing

In this field-guide companion to his award-winning first book, The Lean Farm, Hartman shows market vegetable growers in even more detail how Clay Bottom Farm implements lean thinking in every area of their work, including using kanbans, or replacement signals, to maximize land use; germination chambers to reduce defect waste; and right-sized machinery to save money and labor and increase efficiency. From finding land and assessing infrastructure needs to selling perfect produce at the farmers market, The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables digs deeper into specific, tested methods for waste-free farming that not only help farmers become more successful but make the work more enjoyable.

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The Wildcrafting Brewer

Chelsea Green Publishing

Now fermentation fans and home brewers can rediscover these “primitive” drinks and their unique flavors in The Wildcrafting Brewer. Wild-plant expert and forager Pascal Baudar’s first book, The New Wildcrafted Cuisine, opened up a whole new world of possibilities for readers wishing to explore and capture the flavors of their local terroir. The Wildcrafting Brewer does the same for fermented drinks. Baudar reveals both the underlying philosophy and the practical techniques for making your own delicious concoctions, from simple wild sodas, to non-grape-based “country wines,” to primitive herbal beers, meads, and traditional ethnic ferments like tiswin and kvass.

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Perennial Pathways: Planting Tree Crops

Savanna Institute

This book is filled with all sorts of wildly practical ways to integrate perennial crops on your farm. As a comprehensive, 110-page guidebook to designing and installing farm-scale edible agroforestry, this book indispensible for new agroforestry farmers throughout the stages of farm startup: from the outset of envisioning into the thick of planting and managing crops. In the beginning, it will provide sparks to the imagination. Then, the book offers scaffolding for plans to take shape. Throughout, it informs decisions of when to “do it yourself” and when to seek out help. The book is available as a free PDF download and also in physical form shipped directly to you for $20 USD (S&H included).

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The Wildcrafting Brewer

Chelsea Green Publishing

Now fermentation fans and home brewers can rediscover these “primitive” drinks and their unique flavors in The Wildcrafting Brewer. Wild-plant expert and forager Pascal Baudar’s first book, The New Wildcrafted Cuisine, opened up a whole new world of possibilities for readers wishing to explore and capture the flavors of their local terroir. The Wildcrafting Brewer does the same for fermented drinks. Baudar reveals both the underlying philosophy and the practical techniques for making your own delicious concoctions, from simple wild sodas, to non-grape-based “country wines,” to primitive herbal beers, meads, and traditional ethnic ferments like tiswin and kvass.

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The Beekeeper's Handbook

Cornell University Press

Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile have revised and expanded their clear and comprehensive guide to cover changes in beekeeping. They discuss the crisis created by the parasitic bee mites. In less than a decade, for example, Varroa mites have saturated the North American honeybee population with disastrous results, devastating both managed and wild populations. This fourth edition has been thoroughly redesigned, expanded, updated, and revised to incorporate the latest information on Colony Collapse Disorder, green IPM methods, regional overwintering protocols, and procedures for handling bees and managing diseases and pests such as African honey bees and bee mites.

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The Quest for the Perfect Hive

Oxford University Press

Gene Kritsky offers a concise, beautifully illustrated history of beekeeping, tracing the evolution of hive design from ancient Egypt to the present. The book contends that beekeeping's long history may in fact contain clues to help beekeepers fight the decline in honey bee numbers. Indeed, while we have sequenced the honey bee genome, we still keep our bees in hives that have changed little during the past century. If beekeeping is to survive, Kritsky argues, we must start inventing again. We must find the perfect hive for our times.

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The Dark Side of the Hive

Oxford University Press

Honey bees have been described as exceptionally clever, well-organized, mutualistic, collaborative, busy, efficient - in short a perfect society. While the colony is indeed a marvel of harmonious, efficient organization, it also has a considerable dark side. Authors Robin Moritz and Robin Crewe write about the life history of the honey bee, Apis mellifera, highlighting conflict rather than harmony, failure rather than success, from the perspective of the individual worker in the colony. When one looks carefully, the honey bee colony is far from being perfect. As with any complex social system, honeybee societies are prone to error, robbery, cheating, and social parasitism. Nevertheless, the hive gets by remarkably well in spite of many seemingly odd biological features.

The perfection that is perceived to exist in the honeybee's social organization is the function of a focus on the colony as a whole rather than exploring the idiosyncrasies of its individual members. The Dark Side of the Hive thus focuses on the role of the individual rather than that of the collective. Moritz and Crewe dissect the various careers that individual male and female honey bees can take and their role in colony organization. Competition between individuals using both physical and chemical force drives colonial organization. This book deals with individual mistakes, maladaptations and evolutionary dead-ends that are also part of the bees' life. The story told about these dark sides of the colony spans the full range of biological disciplines ranging from genomics to systems biology.

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DIY: How to Build a Solar Water Distiller

Sunstar Solutions

Build a single-basin style solar water distiller yourself to purify water without electricity or water pressure. Beware using potentially poisonous materials in your solar still--even 100% silicone is toxic unless it is food-grade. This book covers how stills work, the easy, better, and best solar stills, commercial stills, kits and plans that are available, and how to build your own cheap and easy for simple water purification using just the sun's energy.

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DIY: How to Make a Solar Oven

Sunstar Solutions

This book teaches how to make several types of solar cookers.

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DIY: How to Make Cheap Air Conditioning Earth Tubes

Sunstar Solutions

Earth tubes (earthtubes, or earth-air tubes) are underground tubes that use geothermal energy to cool or heat temper the air for your home. It works like cheap air conditioning because you can build it yourself for several hundred dollars and it is FREE to run (no electricity needed). Being completely passive, this is a sustainable technology based on designs that are 3,000 years old and still used today around the world to cool homes.

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DIY: How to Make Cheap Air Conditioning Earth Tubes

Sunstar Solutions

Earth tubes (earthtubes, or earth-air tubes) are underground tubes that use geothermal energy to cool or heat temper the air for your home. It works like cheap air conditioning because you can build it yourself for several hundred dollars and it is FREE to run (no electricity needed). Being completely passive, this is a sustainable technology based on designs that are 3,000 years old and still used today around the world to cool homes.

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DIY: How to Make Cheap Air Conditioning Earth Tubes

Sunstar Solutions

Earth tubes (earthtubes, or earth-air tubes) are underground tubes that use geothermal energy to cool or heat temper the air for your home. It works like cheap air conditioning because you can build it yourself for several hundred dollars and it is FREE to run (no electricity needed). Being completely passive, this is a sustainable technology based on designs that are 3,000 years old and still used today around the world to cool homes.

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DIY: How to Make Cheap Air Conditioning Earth Tubes

Sunstar Solutions

Earth tubes (earthtubes, or earth-air tubes) are underground tubes that use geothermal energy to cool or heat temper the air for your home. It works like cheap air conditioning because you can build it yourself for several hundred dollars and it is FREE to run (no electricity needed). Being completely passive, this is a sustainable technology based on designs that are 3,000 years old and still used today around the world to cool homes.

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DIY: How to Make Cheap Air Conditioning Earth Tubes

Sunstar Solutions

Earth tubes (earthtubes, or earth-air tubes) are underground tubes that use geothermal energy to cool or heat temper the air for your home. It works like cheap air conditioning because you can build it yourself for several hundred dollars and it is FREE to run (no electricity needed). Being completely passive, this is a sustainable technology based on designs that are 3,000 years old and still used today around the world to cool homes.

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DIY: How to Make Cheap Air Conditioning Earth Tubes

Sunstar Solutions

Earth tubes (earthtubes, or earth-air tubes) are underground tubes that use geothermal energy to cool or heat temper the air for your home. It works like cheap air conditioning because you can build it yourself for several hundred dollars and it is FREE to run (no electricity needed). Being completely passive, this is a sustainable technology based on designs that are 3,000 years old and still used today around the world to cool homes.

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The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency Used by the Mormon Pioneers

Caleb Warnock (Author)

Many people dream of becoming self-reliant during these times of fluctuating prices and uncertain job security. Using truly simple techniques, you can cultivate the pioneer's independence to provide safety against lost wages, harsh weather, economic recession, and commercial contamination and shortages. Strengthen your family's self-reliance as you discover anew the joy of homegrown food, thrift, and self-sufficient living.

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More Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency

Caleb Warnock (Author)

Bestselling author Caleb Warnock is back with a new collection of skills to help your family gain independence and self-reliance. Learn about self-seeding vegetables, keep chickens without ever buying feed, collect water from rain and snow, find wild vegetables for everyday eating.

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Forgotten Skills of Backyard Herbal Healing and Family Health

Caleb Warnock (Author)

Keep your family health, without leaving home!

This latest volume in Caleb Warnock’s popular Forgotten Skills series teaches you how to grow, harvest, and store your own herbs. Learn how to use them in natural remedies for safe, reliable healing, even when you can’t get to a doctor.

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The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast: Breads, Pancakes, Waffles, Cinnamon Rolls and Muffins

Caleb Warnock (Author), Melissa Richardson (Author)

Did you know commercial yeast is so foreign to our bodies that many people are allergic to it? But natural yeast converts dough into a digestible, vitamin-rich food that's free from harmful enzymes and won't spike your body's defenses. Improve your health and happiness with the delicious recipes in this groundbreaking book that will teach you to prepare and bake with natural yeast!

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Backyard Winter Gardening: Vegetables Fresh and Simple, in Any Climate, Without Artificial Heat or Electricity - The Way It's Been Done for 2,000 Years

Caleb Warnock (Author)

Without fresh, all-natural winter gardening in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries people would have starved to death. The good news is that feeding your family fresh food from your own backyard garden all winter long is far easier and less time-consuming than you might imagine. And you won’t find better-tasting food at any price!

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Seed Saving: A Beginner's Guide to Heirloom Gardening

Caleb Warnock (Author)

Seed saving guru Caleb Warnock guides you through the process of saving your own seeds and cultivating a garden all your own. Discover the secrets to saving seeds from more than thirty vegetable varieties, from brussels sprouts to sunchokes and everything in between.

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437 Edible Wild Plants of the Rocky Mountain West: Berries, Roots, Nuts, Greens, Flowers, and Seeds

Caleb Warnock (Author)

From self-sufficiency expert Caleb Warnock comes the ultimate guidebook to living off the land. Packed with over 1,450 photographs of 437 edible wild berries, roots, nuts, greens, and flowers, this essential field guide will provide you with invaluable information on plant identification, flavor, seasonality, history, common synonyms, eating and preparation instructions, and more! It's the most exhaustive reference book of its kind.

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Stress-Free Vegetable Gardening: Thriving Gardens with Minimal Effort

Caleb Warnock (Author)

Shares simple gardening techniques that save time and effort and yield an abundant crop by utilizing the power of a garden's natural growing patterns

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Stress-Free Vegetable Gardening: Thriving Gardens with Minimal Effort

Caleb Warnock (Author)

When it comes down to it, health is really about food. Our world is awash in fast food and chemicals, and full of questions about the effects what we put into our bodies will have. We want strength and stamina for ourselves, nutrition for our children, and above all: food that tastes fantastic, fills us, and gives us comfort and joy. Using ingredients fresh from the garden or field, bring the forgotten skills of self-sufficiency into your kitchen with this new book by renowned author and speaker Caleb Warnock. Discover how to make the most of the resources around you and cook in a way that will keep your family happy, healthy, and well fed, no matter what lies ahead. With a wide variety of recipes to choose from, you'll find something to please every palate.

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The Stevia Solution Cookbook: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with the No-Calories, No-Carb, No-Chemical, All-Natural, Healthy Sweetener

Caleb Warnock (Author)

Improve your health with stevia theworld s only all-natural, calorie-free, non-glycemic herbal sweetener. Stevia is a leafy green herb with a strong, sugary flavor. Most people don t believe it until they taste it.For centuries, the Guarani tribes of Paraguay have grown and loved these candy-flavored leaves, benefitingdaily from the natural health stevia provides. They call it "kaa-jhee," which means "honey leaf."

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Growing a Permaculture Food Forest: How to Create a Garden Ecosystem You Only Plant Once But Can Harvest for Years

Caleb Warnock (Author)

Planting your own garden can cut down your grocery bill, but few people have the time to cultivate a big harvest every year. Self-sufficiency expert Caleb Warnock shares his expertise in creating a permaculture food forest: a garden that you plant once and then leave in the hands of Mother Nature for years to come. Best of all, this natural, sustainable, and low-maintanance garden can succeed in any climate, and Growing a Permaculture Food Forest can show you how.

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Tiny Garden, Huge Harvest: How to Harvest Huge Crops From Mini Plots and Container Gardens

Caleb Warnock (Author)

When you plant the right varieties of heirloom vegetables, you can harvest huge volumes of fresh food from small garden plots and container gardens. Self-sufficiency expert Caleb Warnock provides step-by-step directions for designing, planting, and harvesting a tiny garden for big harvests that can really feed your family.

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No-Till Gardening: The Organic Method for Richer Soil, Healthier Crops, and Fewer Weeds

Caleb Warnock (Author)

Tired of tilling your garden? Why till when Mother Nature can do it for you, saving you time and money? Caleb Warnock, self-sufficiency expert and author of the Backyard Renaissance Collection, provides a foolproof method to toss your tiller and have the best garden in the neighborhood. 

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Shallow-Pit Garden Composting: The Easy, No-Smell, No-Turning Way to Create Organic Compost for Your Garden

Caleb Warnock (Author)

Many gardeners give up making backyard compost in frustration--the compost pile smells, it requires too much work to turn the heap, and the process requires too many ingredients and too much attention. Gardeners who have used compost barrels or kits know that their experience ends in one way: a smelly barrel that, after months of care, produces only a tiny amount of compost. What to do? Return to the way that compost has been made for centuries--in shallow pits. With this method, the compost never needs to be turned, never smells, and is ready in half the time. Any backyard gardener can make volumes of sustainable compost without any work. Shallow pit composting works with Mother Nature, letting her do the work!

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All-Natural Aquaponic Lawns, Gardens & Vertical Gardens: Inexpensive Back-To-Basics Gardening with Fish Using Non-Electric, Solar, or Minimal-Electricity Designs

Caleb Warnock (Author)

In the first aquaponic book to provide information on lawns, gardens, and vertical gardens, self-sufficiency expert Caleb Warnock shows us how fish, plants, a flower bed, water, and a drain combine to create a masterful ecosystem that can sustain your family.

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Make Your Own Hard Lotion: A Healing Alternative to Traditional Lotions

Caleb Warnock (Author), Amberlee Rynn (Author)

Today's liquid commercial lotions have more toxic chemicals than we want to admit. Homemade liquid lotions have a shelf life of only a couple of weeks. Hard lotion is the solution for those interested in avoiding commercial products or lotions with short shelf lives and who want smooth, soft skin. 

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Make Your Own Cheese: 12 Recipes for Cheddar, Parmesan, Mozzarella, Self-Reliant Cheese, and More!

Caleb Warnock (Author)

With simple cheesemaking techniques and expert advice, the Backyard Renaissance Collection brings you the healthier, more cost-effective alternative to store-bought, processed cheese. Author Caleb Warnock teaches readers how to make twelve varieties of cheese using techniques for both the beginning cheese chef and those interested in self-reliant recipes.

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Make Your Own Cheese: Self-Sufficient Recipes for Cheddar, Parmesan, Romano, Cream Cheese, Mozzarella, Cottage Cheese, and Feta

Caleb Warnock (Author)

If you want cheese that's one-third the cost and better tasting than your best store-purchased Romano or Parmesan, then this book is for you. Caleb Warnock, the celebrated self-sufficiency master, teaches you how to make seven different cheeses that are delicious, inexpensive, fun, and easy. And best of all, it requires no special equipment - no thermometer, no rennet purchased on the Internet, no acetic acid crystals, no citric acid crystals, not even cheesecloth.

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Make Your Own Thermal Oven: The Self-Reliant Method for Faster, Fluffier Bread

Caleb Warnock (Author)

When you are proofing (raising) bread dough, there is nothing better than a thermal oven. The consistent, long-lasting warmth allows the bread to be spongier and fluffier than any other method. No wonder people have used thermal ovens to raise bread for centuries!

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Herbal Beauty: All-Natural Skin, Body, and Hair Care

Caleb Warnock (Author), Kirsten Skirvin (Author)

Self-sufficiency expert Caleb Warnock teams up with certified master herbalist Kirsten Skirvin to write Herbal Beauty: All-Natural Skin, Body, and Hair Care, a 76-page booklet packed with tips and recipes.

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15-Minute Mindful Meals: 250 Delicious, Homemade Meals Using Healthy Foods from Your Own Garden

Caleb Warnock (Author), Lori Henderson (Author)

Authors Caleb Warnock and Lori Henderson have teamed up to create 15-Minute Mindful Meals that will help you use natural produce to create filling and satisfying meals.

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VIILI Perpetual, No-Cook, Homemade Yogurt: How to Make the World's Easiest, Healthiest, 100-Percent Natural Yogurt

Caleb Warnock (Author)

Viili Perpetual No-Cook Homemade Yogurtis the perfect introductory booklet to viili, a yogurt-like, traditional Finnish dish which never needs to be cooked and is made entirely on the countertop by pouring milk into a starter (the residue of the yogurt you just used). Yogurt making has never been easier!

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Water Kefir: Make Your Own Water-Based Probiotic Drinks for Health and Vitality

Caleb Warnock (Author)

Caleb Warnock, the author of the bestselling Backyard Renaissance Series, provides the most understandable and important look at the health benefits of water kefir to date. Using his decades of self-sufficiency experience, Caleb makes making kefir simple and easy enough for anyone to have success brewing their own water kefir.

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