Get your holiday shopping started early with these new titles, covering everything from regenerative farming to herbal medicine!
Growing Life: Regenerating Farming and Ranching
In this first-of-its-kind book, André Leu invites everyone to start moving a positive, regenerative direction where our actions support growing abundant life. Inside this book, the first in a series, explore the fundamentals of regenerative agriculture, including specific, proven steps designed to grow healthy food, while protecting our natural resources like clean water, soil and air.
Readers will also learn:
- the role of photosynthesis in a farming system;
- successful tactics for ground cover and weed management;
- soil health and nutrition principles;
- ways to build functional biodiversity; and
- implementation and execution tactics.
This includes a helpful appendix on vetted, natural inputs. Plus, enjoy inspiring pieces inside by Gary Zimmer, author of The Biological Farmer, and Vandana Shiva, global author and advocate for natural, family farming.
The Living Soil Handbook
The Living Soil Handbook is centered around the three basic principles of no-till market gardening: 1) disturb the soil as little as possible, 2) keep it covered as much as possible, and 3) keep it planted as much as possible. Jesse guides readers in applying these three principles for their own garden environment to meet their own goals.
In addition to specifics such as path management, cover cropping and bed flipping, Jesse also:
- Explains the importance of promoting soil life and incorporating biology
- Shows field-tested practices that are applicable across any region
- Provides technical detail on how to execute no-till methods
- Walks through designing your own soil-nurturing system
In these pages you’ll find no-nonsense science—the chemistry and physiology of growing plants, the dark and hidden qualities of soil, the modern methods for describing fiber, the nutritional value of forages, and the principles of storing hay and silage. These principles apply to farms and ranches that raise any grazing livestock: beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, bison, and horses. These sixty-two chapters are on topics that should interest any forage manager: grazing techniques, soil fertility, pasture renovation, forage quality, hay and silage storage, and the business of grazing animals. The last section of this book is unusual. It’s a practical, in-depth handbook on intensive grazing systems. You’ll gain knowledge that will enrich your days and help you make good decisions about your farm or ranch. Even if you’re not a grazier, this book will stay with you long after you finish reading it. And you’ll never again drive past a pasture without seeing it in a different light.
Written by a former Green Beret Medic with over 25 years experience working with herbal medicine both in the field and in clinics around the world, this is a book that will open your eyes to the amazing possibilities of herbal medicine for everything from respiratory infections to speeding the recovery of broken bones and lacerations. In addition to chapters on how to effectively understand plant medicine and create formulas that work, this book also delves into subjects like dealing with venomous snake bites if there is no higher medical care available, distilling alcohol and making potent tinctures that will last for years, emergency childbirth, bacterial infections, setting up a safe and efficient clinic in a post-disaster environment.
Aside from herbs referenced throughout the practical portion of the 350 information-packed pages, this book also includes very high-quality photos of 50 medicinal plants (materia medica) with in-depth explanation of identification, preparation, use, contraindications and more.
Sustainable Food Gardens
Would you like to garden without digging, composting, buying fertilizers, spraying with pesticides, or lamenting low yields? If so, this is the book you’ve been waiting for, with over 450 pages, 13 chapters, and 487 color photos, illustrations, charts, and graphs.
In Sustainable Food Gardening, you’ll learn to:
- Design your own “edible landscapes.”
- Use no-till techniques to preserve the integrity of your soil
- Adapt your growing space to fit into a wide range of USDA garden zones
- Review alternative ways to change “guilds’ (well-intended clusters of trees and shrubs jumbled together) to more effective and labor-saving plantings.
- Grow new kinds of beautiful and productive Victory gardens
- Plant Native American “Three-Sisters” gardens that actually work
- Learn many myths about roots, and what to do to help them thrive
- Attract many beneficial insects to your garden with strategic flower plantings
In this book you’ll learn how to achieve that Holy Grail of gardening—productivity, tasty food, and a beautiful, sustainable garden, yard, or landscape.
The Preserving Answer Book
In this handy reference, expert Sherri Brooks Vinton offers reassuring advice, answers frequently asked questions, and addresses all the most common concerns about canning, freezing, dehydrating, fermenting, pickling, root cellaring, and more. You’ll also find tips on must-have equipment, workspace setup, and the best ways to store and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Whether you want to freeze five quarts of just-picked berries or safely can jars of your tomato-meat sauce, this is the companion you need in the kitchen.
Herbal Antivirals, 2nd Edition
In this comprehensive guide, the author profiles the plants that have proven most effective in fighting viral infections and provides in-depth instructions for preparing and using formulations to address the most common infections and strengthen immunity, safely and naturally. The updated 2nd edition includes an expanded guide to COVID-19, including a review of the most up-to-date medical research and the plant medicines that have been found to be most potent in preventing infection, lessening the impact of the virus on the body, and addressing longer-term effects and co-infections.
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