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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
    $7.95

  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. 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

  4. 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

  5. Literate Gardners Notebook

    LITERATE GARDENERS NOTEBOOK

    From the writings of Louise Beebe Wilder and others. Illustrated by Sia Kaskamanidis. Louise has long been one of the finest American gardening writers. She declares that a flower?s willfulness is a large part of its charm, and her journal is filled with simple prose on the challenges and triumphs of gardening with beautiful line drawings of flowers. This is set up by month and offers ample space for all your gardening notes and thoughtful musings throughout the year. Softcover 96 pp pub at $9.95 Learn More
    $3.98

  6. American Grown

    AMERICAN GROWN

    The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. By Michelle Obama Every president finds some way to leave a legacy at the White House, whether exotic trees and flowers or a grazing sheep on the South lawn. While there have been many gardens, not since Eleanor Roosevelt has anyone grown food on the White House lawn. First Lady Michelle Obama, a passionate spokesperson in the fight against poor nutrition and obesity related illness, has created a thriving vegetable garden during her time there. She has combined a love of healthy living and a desire to work with children and communities to create the kitchen garden beautifully pictured throughout this engaging book. Community volunteers, White House chefs, elementary school children and master gardeners came together to create this project, which is chronicled from conception to harvest. Proceeds from the book go to the National Parks Foundation to be used for promotion of gardening and healthy eating. Hardcover 272 pp Learn More
    $29.98

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