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  1. Wisdom of the Last Farmer

    WISDOM OF THE LAST FARMER

    By David Mas Masumoto. In this book, the author chronicles the three generations of farmers in his family who have been shaped by the land, and their ideals, to bring us a meaningful and and thoughtful view into the world of modern farming. We go to our local grocery store and buy a peach, take it home, and hope it will soften and ripen without spoiling. Very few of us know the difference between a store bought peach and the exquisite experience of biting into a juicy heirloom peach that has been picked at full ripeness. This is the story of David Mas Masumoto and others like him who have kept alive farming traditions that offer us treasures like this so all of us may enjoy some of lifes simplest pleasures, even in the face of mounting costs, pressure from large companies and shrinking profitability. A reminder of the important and thankless job small farmers have in the modern agriculture world. Hardcover. 239 pp. Pub at $25.00. Learn More
    $8.95

  2. Wild Moments

    WILD MOMENTS

    by Ted Williams. Ted Williams, the environmental and nature writer (not the Bosoxs "Splendid Splinter") shares here a collection of his seasonal observations. Williams is a keen observer and each essay is about a single moment he has witnessed. He explains the natural phenomena behind these moments and tells readers where to go and what to look for so they may also try to observe such events. Along with teaching about various plants, animals, birds, and insects, Williams is also showing the reader how to "see", how to observe the marvels of the natural world. His essays follow the cycle of one year and included instances witnessed in all parts of the country. He calls these moments "retreats into what is pure and clean and right with the world". Reading these beautifully composed essays indeed refreshed the spirit. Hardcover 192pp PUB at $22.95 Learn More
    $4.95

  3. The Gardeners Life

    THE GARDENERS LIFE

    by Lawrence Sheehan. Yes, we fell for a coffee table book. But where else can you visit such an eclectic group of extraordinary gardeners, collectors, and others whose achievements have been inspired by the garden? And view them in over 300 full-color photos in a luxuriously large format? First, we visit "inspired plantsmen", like Allen Haskell whose garden center resembles a world class botanic garden, Rose Storey Farm with over 15,000 rose bushes, and Sal Gilberties renowned herb farm. Then we met the "passionate collectors" whose obsessions run from garden art, books, antique ornaments, and botanical china, to antique lawn mowers. Finally, we met those with "singular visions" who create inspired by their love of plants. Among them is a potter, a sculptor, a photographer, and from the past, the Blaschkas, glass artisans who created the exquisite glass botanicals at the Harvard museum. Softcover 240pp Pub at $50.00 Learn More

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  4. Garden Explored

    THE GARDEN EXPLORED

    by Mia Amato. Mia is a full time journalist and lifelong gardener. If someone tells her it can’t be done, Mia would rather try it herself and prove she can do it. In this book she shares her sense of adventure and knowledge with you. By following in the San Francisco’s Exploritorium tradition of hands on, minds on exploration, which has set the standard for interactive science centers; she provides dozens of projects and activities to help build a deeper understanding of the science in your garden. She also explains why knowing the background of a plant and what it requires, will help you get the best results from it. Her simple experiments will have you exploring your backyard and learning how and why plants will grow and do things the way they do. Soft Cover 152pp Pub at $12.95 Learn More

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  5. Garden at Highgrove

    THE GARDEN AT HIGHGROVE

    When The Prince of Wales bought Highgrove House in 1981 the grounds consisted of a brown path which ran around the house, a lawn and a few thorn bushes. Twenty years later, he has transformed the land adjoining the house into exquisite gardens which embody his gardening ideals and organic principles. With help from some of Britain's finest designers including The Marchioness of Salisbury, Rosemary Verey, Miriam Rothschild and Sir Roy Strong, the Prince of Wales has created highly individual gardens which have now reached maturity. He describes the thinking behind each garden, the mistakes and the triumphs, and his plans for the future. Lavishly illustrated with photographs which capture both the scope and detail of each garden, this is a book which will delight and inspire both gardeners and horticulturalists at every level. Learn More

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  6. The 64 Dollar Tomato

    THE 64 DOLLAR TOMATO

    by William Alexander. Brooklyn-born Alexander transplants himself to an old house on 3 acres in Winchester County, NY. There he lives out his gardening fantasies that range from orchards, organic husbandry, canning, and heirloom vegetables. These bring him up against what all gardeners know - that nature's challenges make every year a new adventure. He tells his garden woes with great humor and lots of sarcasm. You'll laugh as you read each chapters hurdle. You also will not feel to sorry for him as he had seemingly endless monetary resources for his garden. You see what a mess the "poor little rich gardener" gets himself into and how much money he throws at his problems. "Money can't buy garden happiness", but it's fun to see someone learn the lessons experienced gardeners learned at a much cheaper price! Hardcover 270pp Pub at $22.95 Learn More

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  7. Surban Safari

    SUBURBAN SAFARI

    by Hannah Holmes. Science writer Holmes has traveled the world for her nature articles. However, for one year, she decided to stay put and concentrate on the nature world of her 2/10 acre, organic yard in South Portland, Maine. You may think a book on that subject would be pretty dull. It's not. It's funny, entertaining, and enlightening. And there is a lot going on, with more inhabitants than you would ever guess. There are myriad insects, above and below ground, birds, a cheeky chipmunk, squirrels, woodchucks, skunks and more. Holmes investigates her plant life as well, learning about fungi, the numerous useful herbs in her organic "freedom lawn", shrubs, flowers, trees, and all who feed on them. Once you've read this, you'll see your yard in a whole new light! Softcover 262pp. Pub at $14.95 Learn More

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  8. Plants From the Edge of the World

    PLANTS FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

    by Mark Flanagan and Tony Kirkham. This riveting story of recent plant explorations in the Far East began when a 1987 storm devastated the Royal Botanic Gardens trees. During recovery, they noticed a need for more temperate woodland plants in their collection. A plant collecting initiative was born, resulting in 4 expeditions led by the authors. In 1989, they went to South Korea, then to Taiwan in 1992, far eastern Russia in 1994 and finally Japans Island of Hokkaido in 1997. The authors encounter plenty of perilous situations, diverse characters, interesting food, all manner of lodging, stunning scenery, and of course the thrill of the hunt. Their story is written in an engaging, lively, descriptive manner that makes it hard to put down. It is also beautifully printed and illustrated with color photographs of exquisite plants, scenery, local color and people. Hardcover 312pp. Pub at $39.95 Learn More

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  9. Plain and Happy Living

    PLAIN AND HAPPY LIVING

    Amish Recipes and Remedies -new edition- By Emma Byr The Amish believe that God put all man's needs in plants and that man's job is to learn how to use them for food and medicine. Emma Byler, an old order Amish woman was widowed at age 33 with 10 children to feed and no money. She found it a necessity to make do with what was on hand. Throughout her life, she jotted down the remedies, stories, and recipes that she valued and stored them in a shoe box. When Dr. Peter Gail, an anthropologist doing research on herbal remedies, came across Emma Byler (now in her 70's) and her shoebox, he realized what a treasure was stored there. He helped Emma put these into book form in her own words. In the book, she shares recipes for homemade household products, nutritious foods, and an extensive list of home remedies. The remedies were learned from her father, who in turn was taught them by a neighboring Indian. Emma also shares the ideas, wisdom, and best of all, the marvelous sense of humor, that brought her a rich and rewarding life. Don't miss this delightful and thought-provoking look at a simpler way of life. Softcover 156 pp? Learn More
    $17.95

  10. Otherwise Normal People

    OTHERWISE NORMAL PEOPLE

    By Aurelia C. Scott. When Aurelia Scott met 75 year old Clarence Rhodes here in Portland Maine, she got her first taste of the obsessive world of rose gardeners. Rhodes is well known locally for riotous roses that abound on his small lot and out onto his sidewalk. He does not let cold winters, lack of space, or lack of money for equipment get in his way. His ingenuity and enthusiasm prompted Scott to interview a wide cross section of Americas "rose-a-holics" and her book provices us with lively accounts of these visits. Scott and her new found rose friends all come together at the ARS Spring Rose Show and we get an inside look at the action there. Finally, overcome with the world of hybrid roses, Scott visits heritage rose lovers, whom she believe will be less obsessive. Not so! Hardcover 235pp. Learn More

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  11. Native Harvests

    NATIVE HARVESTS

    By E. Barrie Kvasch. -new edition- I had been trying to find this book for years so I was very pleased when the reprint came out. It offers even more than I expected. Published in 1979, it is still one of the few books on American Indian wild and cultivated foods with recipes. Kvasch researched how hundreds of tribes across the country used nuts, berries, fruit, tree sap, wild herbs, cultivated vegetables, ferns, lichens, mosses, mushrooms, wild game, and salt and fresh harvest for sustenance medicine, cosmetics and ceremony. The recipes she collected reflect native uses of harvest in soups, entrees, breads, beverages, smoking mixtures, chewing gums, and as seasonings. Kvasch drawings illustrate this field guide cookbook and ethnobotony study. Softcover 238 pp. Learn More
    $14.95

  12. Native American Gardening

    NATIVE AMERICAN GARDENING - BUFFALOBIRD WOMANS GUIDE

    By Gilbert L. Wilson. Of special interest to economic historians, anthropologists, or anyone fascinated by Native American life. In 1917, anthropologist Gilbert Wilson recorded a year of gardening activities of Buffalo Bird Woman, a Hidatsa Indian born in 1839 North Dakota and raised in the tradition of sustainable agriculture. A fascinating account of how the women (who did all the agricultural work) broke ground and cultivated extensive crops of corn, squash, beans and sunflowers. Full of information on seed varieties, harvesting, drying, saving seed and food preparation. She also recalls songs, stories and ritualistic ceremonies essential to a successful harvest. Captivating reading. Softcover 144 pp Newly pub at $14.95 Learn More
    $9.95

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