• CHEDDAR

    One of the oldest, most ubiquitous and beloved cheeses in the world, cheddar has a fascinating history. Over the years it has been transformed from a painstakingly handmade wheel to a rindless, mass-produced block, to a liquefied and emulsified plastic mass untouched by human hands. The Henry Fordism of cheddar production in many ways anticipated the advent of industrial agriculture. They don’t call it “American Cheese” for nothing.

    Cheddar is one man’s picaresque journey to find out what a familiar food can tell us about ourselves. Cheddar may be appreciated in almost all American homes, but the advocates of the traditional wheel versus the processed slice often have very different ideas about food. Since cheddar—with its diversity of manufacturing processes and tastes—is such a large umbrella, it is the perfect food through which to discuss many big food issues that face our society.

    More than that, though, cheddar holds a key to understanding not only issues surrounding food politics, but also some of the ways we think of our cultural identity. Cheddar, and its offshoots, has something to tell us about this country: the way people rally to certain cheddars but not others; the way they extol or denounce the way others eat it; the role of the commodification of a once-artisan cheese and the effect that has on rural communities. The fact that cheddar is so common that it is often taken for granted means that examining it can lead us to the discovery of usually unspoken truths.

    Author Gordon Edgar (Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge) is well-equipped to take readers on a tour through the world of cheddar. For more than 15 years he has worked as an iconoclastic cheesemonger in San Francisco, but his sharp talent for observation and social critique were honed long before then, in the world of ’zines, punk rock and progressive politics. His fresh perspectives on such a seemingly common topic are as thought-provoking as they are entertaining.

    Item: 7744

    Author: Gordon Edgar

    Format: Hardcover

  • CAPPERS PATTERN #25 HANG LANTERN

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    CAPPER'S quilt pattern No. 25, Hang Lantern, is attractive as a single block or with blocks joined to make a bed quilt or afghan. Hang Lantern is an easy pattern to make; it would be a good one for beginning quilters to try. Basic quilting instructions, actual size pattern pieces, and cutting and stitching directions are included in the pattern.

    Item: 92

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • 111 MODERN HOMESTEADING ARTICLES CD-ROM

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    IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT: The software on this version of 111 Modern Homesteading Artciles CD triggers a security breech when updating to version 7 or higher of Java. While an internet connection is not required to access the content on this CD, it does require an internet browser with Java for viewing the files. As a result of the security breech, the files on this CD cannot be viewed once Java has been updated to version 7 or higher.

    We've assembled our best homesteading articles and packaged them in one easy-to-use CD-ROM format, just like our popular Mother Earth News Archives on CD-ROM.

    Selected from more than 40 years of material, this collection includes a wide selection of do-it-yourself projects for your house, farm or homestead. You'll find tips on raising chickens and other livestock, as well as detailed information on preserving food, making cheese and other skills that can help you live a more self-reliant, frugal life.

    You'll find articles about:

    • Root cellars
    • Raising a backyard dairy cow
    • Earth-sheltered homes
    • Making soap
    • Building and installing fences
    • Home insulation
    • Composting
    • Solar energy
    • Pest control
    • Making preserves
    • Plumbing
    • Training a guard dog
    • Growing vegetables and fruit trees
    • Beekeeping

    This CD has all the information you need for your successful modern homestead.

    This premium collection is delivered in a simple, searchable CD-ROM format, with image galleries and fully printable articles. No Internet connection required.

    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

    This CD is designed to run on PC and Mac platforms.

    You will need one of the following setups to run this CD:

    • With an IBM-compatible computer: Microsoft® Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) or newer; with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 or newer. You also will need Java Virtual Machine (VM) version 1.3 (free download from www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp) or newer browser plug-in with Java enabled on your browser and computer.
    • With an Apple Computer: Mac OS X with Safari 3.2.525.27.1 or newer and Java. Use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java for your Mac.
    • For Mac OS 9.2.2, this CD must be run in Netscape 7.0.2 with Apple MRJ 2.2.5. (Both available free from www.versiontracker.com.)
    • A CD-ROM drive (auto-start should be enabled).

    This CD also operates with Mozilla 1.4 and Opera 7 browsers.

    Item: 4225

    Format: CD ROM

  • 20-30 SOMETHING GARDEN GUIDE

    The 20-30 Something Garden Guide gives this busy demographic a fun, nonintimidating introduction to the basics of gardening. These are the folks who want to know where their food comes from, and they’re hip to the importance of good health and the environment.

    Item: 7884

    Author: Dee Nash

    Format: Hardcover

  • 5-0-5 ALL PURPOSE PLANT FOOD

    They want organic plant food to give you healthy human food. 5-0-5 Organic All-Purpose Plant Food, phosphorus-free with mycorrhizae. (6.5 lb. shaker jug) Ideal for annuals, perennials, vegetables, shrubs and trees. • Perfect for vegetables, flowers, trees, shrubs and bulbs • Enjoy delicious vegetables & beautiful blooms • Protect your plants against transplant shock • Balanced nutrition for continual feeding • Phosphorus-free • Fortified with Protilizer® beneficial soil microbes for soil health • Contains calcium, magnesium, iron and sulfur • Covers up to 200 square feet

    Item: 8465

    Author: NATURAL ALTERNATIVE

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • A SPLINTERED HISTORY OF WOOD

    Spike Carlsen's A Splintered History of Wood is a grand celebration of all things wooden and the characters who lovingly shape them—eccentric artisans and passionate enthusiasts who have created some of the world's most beloved musical instruments, feared weapons, dazzling architecture, and bizarre forms of transportation. From champion chainsaw carvers to blind woodworkers, from the Miraculous Staircase to the Lindbergh kidnapping case, here is a passionate, personal, amazingly entertaining exploration of nature's greatest gift.

    Item: 7768

    Author: Spike Carlsen

    Format: Paperback

  • AMONG THE GODS: A NOVEL

    Fleeing King Manasseh's tyranny, Joshua leads the faithful remnant to their new home in Egypt. But as years pass, Joshua's desire for vengeance becomes an obsession. Blinded by hatred, he makes rash decisions, placing his loved ones in jeopardy.

    Amid Joshua's turmoil comes an unexpected awakening of love — a love that burns so intensely it draws him from the dark inner seclusion where he often retreats. But what will it take for him to grasp the great love his Heavenly Father has for him…and for the chosen people of Judah?

    Item: 3140

    Author: Lynn Austin

    Format: Paperback

  • AS AMERICAN AS SHOOFLY PIE

    Clearance: $24.67 Celebrated food historian and cookbook writer William Woys Weaver delves deeply into the history of Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine to sort fact from fiction in the foodlore of this culture. Through interviews with contemporary Pennsylvania Dutch cooks and extensive research into cookbooks and archives, As American as Shoofly Pie offers a comprehensive and counterintuitive cultural history of Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine, its roots and regional characteristics, its communities and class divisions, and, above all, its evolution into a uniquely American style of cookery.

    Item: 6846

    Author: William Woys Weaver

    Format: Hardcover

  • BACKYARD BOUNTY

    Are you itching to start your own garden or grow more in the one you have, but feel that gardening is too challenging or time-consuming for your busy schedule? Would you like to enjoy fresh, home-grown produce every month of the year?

    Backyard Bounty is like having your own Master Gardener to consult every step of the way. This encyclopedic reference demystifies gardening, bringing it back to the down-to-earth, environmentally practical activity that anyone can enjoy. Learn about:

    • Planning your garden and preparing the soil
    • Organic fertilizers and simplified composting
    • Sowing, growing healthy seedlings, transplanting, watering, easy weeding, and mulching
    • Planting for winter harvests, intensive planting schedules
    • Growing fruit, simple pruning methods
    • Greenhouses, tunnels and containers
    • Organic pest management, and more

    Packed with a wealth of information specific to the Pacific Northwest, this complete guide emphasizes low-maintenance methods, exposes common gardening myths, includes a monthly garden schedule for year-round planting and harvesting and features plant profiles for everything from apples to zucchini. Perfect for novice and experienced gardeners alike, Backyard Bounty shows how even the smallest garden can produce a surprising amount of food 12 months of the year.

    Item: 5245

    Author: Linda Gilkeson

    Format: Paperback

  • BARNHEART

    The homesteading adventures of Jenna Woginrich have caught the imagination of thousands who dream of a more self-sufficient lifestyle. As she learns to farm by trial and error, she records her offbeat observations and poignant moments with honesty, humility, and humor. In BarnHeart, she tells the story of her quest to find a permanent home for herself and her livestock -- a herd of sheep, a flock of chickens, some geese and ducks, rabbits, a goat, and a turkey. Even when taking on cranky neighbors, small-town politics, and the difficulties of running a farm alone on a shoestring budget, she never loses her sense of humor. You'll find inspiration in this entertaining tale of longing and striving for a more authentic life.

    About the Author
    Jenna Woginrich is a 20-something homesteader and the author of Chick Days and Made from Scratch. She blogs at Cold Antler Farm, as well as Mother Earth News and The Huffington Post. A Pennsylvania native, she has made her home in the mountains of Tennessee, in northern Idaho, in rural Vermont, and most recently in upstate New York, where she lives with a flock of Scottish Blackface sheep, a border collie in training, chickens and geese, a hive of bees, and several amiable rabbits.

    Item: 5742

    Author: JENNA WOGINRICH

    Format: Paperback

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