Dec. 24-25 - All libraries closed for Christmas.
New Arrivals - Gardening, pets, and agriculture
"Experienced and novice chicken owners alike will find Hobby Farms: Chickens filled with valuable information about the ins-and-outs of buying, raising, and caring for chickens. As with any livestock, it is always best for keepers to be as knowledgeable as possible about their animals. Every chicken keeper will gather a flock of essential information on keeping these remarkable creatures from this colorful new addition to the Hobby Farms series"-- Provided by publisher.
Poignant, irreverent, and hilarious: the memoir of a mother who, after ending her nineteen-year marriage, staves off a perpetually empty bank account and, with the help of her three young sons, saves her century-old farmhouse from foreclosure and reclaims her life. It's the summer of 2005, and Mardi Jo Link's dream of living the simple life has unraveled into debt, heartbreak, and perpetually ragged cuticles. But when she and her husband call it quits, leaving her more broke than ever, Link makes a seemingly impossible resolution: to hang on to her northern Michigan farm and continue to raise her boys on well water and wood chopping and dirt. Armed with an unfailing sense of humor and three resolute accomplices, Link confronts blizzards and coyotes, learns about Zen divorce and the best way to butcher a hog, dominates a zucchini-growing contest and wins a year's supply of local bread, masters the art of bargain cooking, deals with rampaging poultry, and finds her way to a truly rich existence. Told with endless heart and candor, Bootstrapper is a story of motherhood and survival and self-discovery, of an indomitable woman who, against all the odds, holds on to what matters most.
A complete primer on choosing, growing and designing with succulents. Along with gorgeous photos packed with design ideas, Debra offers her top 100 plant picks and explains how to grow and care for succulents no matter where you live. Step-by-step projects, including a cake-stand centerpiece, special-occasion bouquets, a vertical garden, and a succulent topiary sphere, will inspire you to express your individual style.
"In Deerland, Al Cambronne ventures afield with botanists, ecologists, frustrated farmers and foresters, overworked body-shop owners, camoclad hunters, and humble deer enthusiasts. Along the way he gives readers an insider's tour of America's deer-industrial complex--and makes a convincing case that yes, there really is such a thing. Cambronne examines our history with whitetails, pinpoints where our ecological problems began, and asks tough questions about what it will take to restore the balance we've disrupted"--P.  of cover.
Provides tips gardeners can use to maintain their gardens naturally such as saving water, using compost, and lowering the amount of harmful chemicals used on plants.
With Sue Weavers... guidance, its easy to raise sheep in your own backyard, whether for fleece and milk (and the wonderful cheese, yogurt, and butter you can make from it) or as companionable pets. Weaver covers ...everything beginners need to know to keep sheep safe, healthy, and maximally productive.
The New Horse-Powered Farm is the first book of its kind, offering wisdom and techniques for using horse power on the small farm or homestead. It sets the stage for incorporating draft power on the farm by presenting necessary information for experienced and novice teamsters alike, including getting started with workhorses; the merits of different draft breeds; various training systems for the horse and teamster; haying with horses, seeding crops, and raising small grains; in-depth coverage of tools and systems; and managing a woodlot, farm economics, education, agritourism, and more. It's a must-have resource for any farmer, homesteader, or teamster seeking to work with draft power in a closed-loop farming system.
Explains how to plant and maintain a wildlife garden that will provide a natural habitat for a variety of small creatures, while enriching children's relationship with nature.
At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new lease on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team. In a public nursing home, she led her teammate into a series of encounters with the residents that revealed depths of warmth, humor and insight Halpern hadn't expected.
Caroline Paul was recovering from a bad accident and thought things couldn't get worse. But then her beloved cat Tibia disappeared. She and her partner, illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, mourned his loss. Yet weeks later, Tibia waltzed back into their lives. His owners were overjoyed. But they were also...jealous? Betrayed? Where had their sweet anxious cat disappeared to? Had he become a swashbuckling cat adventurer? Did he love someone else more? His owners were determined to find out. Using GPS technology, cat cameras, psychics, the web, and animal communicators, the authors of Lost Cat embarked on a quest to discover what their cat did when they weren't around. Told through writer Caroline Paul's rich and warmly poignant narrative and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton's stunning and hilarious 4-color illustrations, Lost Cat is a book for animal lovers, pet owners, and anyone who has ever done anything desperate for love.
Inspiration and step-by-step instructions for growing plants on a balcony, in patio containers, or in a small backyard.
"Victoria Stilwell, positive reinforcement dog trainer and star of the hit Animal Planet TV show, It's Me or the Dog, explains how to use her force-free, scientifically-backed training methods to solve common canine behavior problems"--Provided by publisher.
A feline behaviorist and founder of the Cat Behavior Clinic offers advice on how to address common problems ranging from litter-box issues and scratching to spraying and biting by training a cat in accordance with feline-specific strategies.
Provides information about how to use straw bales as planting containers for vegetable gardening.
Provides advice on organic-gardening techniques that make use of homemade compost, and explains how to locate, build, and stock a compost bin.