New Arrivals - Gardening, pets, and agriculture
" Keeping bees in your own backyard, whether out in the country or right in the heart of the city, is all the rage these days. In this delightful collection of 500 beekeeping tips, honeybee expert Jim Tew provides all you need to know to get started in this rewarding hobby. For easy reference, the tips are divided into ten chapters, covering all aspects of beekeeping, from hives and equipment through buying your first bees to managing your colony and processing your honey crop. The tips are grouped logically so that beginners can build their knowledge gradually, while old hands might prefer to dip in and out at random or refer to the index to access specific topics. The tips are accompanied by simple annotated diagrams where required, and a series of specially commissioned linocut prints by printmaker Melvyn Evans rounds out this charming package"-- Provided by publisher.
A knitting book focusing on the sheep-to-shawl process by a well-known knitter, shepherd, and artisanal yarn producer. Gain an insider's view on fiber farming and yarn craft, from sheep to skein, all told through the eyes of shepherd and textile artisan Barbara Parry. Follow her flock over the course of a year and discover all the facets of life with sheep: from shearing day and lambing season, to preparing fiber for yarn. Along the way you'll find projects for the fiber obsessed by top knitwear designers, essays on country life, and over 100 photographs. With the growing locavore movement, the rising trend in sustainable farming, and the ever-increasing interest in crafting, this book is perfect for those who yearn for a closer connection to a rural lifestyle and who enjoy making things by hand.
In 2007, a few years after purchasing Bedlam Farm in upstate New York, Jon Katz met Maria Wulf, a quiet, sensitive artist hoping to rekindle her creative spark. Jon, like her, was introspective yet restless, a writer struggling to find his purpose. He felt a connection with her immediately, but a formidable obstacle stood in the way. Maria's dog, Frieda, roared and charged at almost anyone who came near. But to Maria, Frieda was sweet and loyal, her beloved guard dog and devoted friend. And so Jon quickly realized that to win over Maria, he'd have to gain Frieda's affection as well.
"The powerful bond between humans and dogs is one that?s uniquely cherished. Loyal, obedient, and affectionate, they are truly ?man?s best friend.? But do dogs love us the way we love them? Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns had spent decades using MRI imaging technology to study how the human brain works, but a different question still nagged at him: What is my dog thinking? After his family adopted Callie, a shy, skinny terrier mix, Berns decided that there was only one way to answer that question?use an MRI machine to scan the dog?s brain. His colleagues dismissed the idea. Everyone knew that dogs needed to be restrained or sedated for MRI scans. But if the military could train dogs to operate calmly in some of the most challenging environments, surely there must be a way to train dogs to sit in an MRI scanner. With this radical conviction, Berns and his dog would embark on a ...journey and be the first to glimpse the inner workings of the canine brain. Painstakingly, the two worked together to overcome the many technical, legal, and behavioral hurdles. Berns?s research offers surprising results on how dogs empathize with human emotions, how they love us, and why dogs and humans share one of the most remarkable friendships in the animal kingdom..."--From the publisher.
"Chaser has a way with words. She knows over a thousand of them--more than any other animal of any species except humans. In addition to common nouns like house, ball, and tree, she has memorized the names of more than one thousand toys and can retrieve any of them on command. Based on that learning, she and her owner and trainer, retired psychologist John Pilley, have moved on to further impressive feats, demonstrating her ability to understand sentences with multiple elements of grammar and to learn new behaviors by imitation..."--www.Amazon.com.
A collection featuring articles, fiction, humor, poems, cartoons, cover art, drafts, and drawings from the magazine's archives. Among the contributors are Margaret Atwood, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Roald Dahl, Wolcott Gibbs, Robert Graves, Emily Hahn, Ted Hughes, Jamaica Kincaid, Steven Millhauser, Haruki Murakami, Amy Ozols, Robert Pinsky, Jean Rhys, James Thurber, John Updike, Sylvia Townsend Warner, and E. B. White. Includes a foreword by Anthony Lane.
" ... explores the history and mysterious origins of the breed, its traits and characteristics, and includes interviews with breeders and owners, as well as some practical how-to advice"--P.  of cover.
"... essential information you need for growing all of the common vegetables and a few not so common ones. Soil, climate, growing conditions, soil preparation, raising transplants, when to plant, direct sowing, starting indoors, transplanting, thinning, watering, feeding, weeding, pests, diseases, other problems, harvesting, storing, seed saving, unusual growing ideas, varieties, eating and more"--P.  of cover.
"Discusses the science and culture of hops, exploring such topics as history, hop varieties, brewing and dry-hopping techniques, and provides commercial recipes for brewing beer"-- Provided by publisher.
A resource for rural and suburban beekeepers that answers questions on how to set up and care for bee colonies and how to harvest honey and beeswax.
When London street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change.
"Maintain a beautiful garden with chickens? Easy. Chickens are great gardening assistants, with lots of benefits for a home garden and landscape-from soil-building to managing pests and weeds. Home gardens can be great chicken habitats if designed well, and Gardening with Free-Range Chickens For Dummies provides a plain-English guide with step-by-step guidance for creating a gorgeous chicken-friendly landscape that helps the chickens and the garden thrive"--From publisher description.
The author provides a humorous account of a cross-country move from California to Maine, and the beginnings of a dog rescue foundation.
".. a comprehensive guide to repelling both indoor and outdoor pests using organic methods"--P.  of cover.
Offers an alternative to conventional chemical beekeeping practices with a natural hive management program, and includes information on bee anatomy, urban beekeeping, working with queens, mite control, and hive diseases.
The Resilient Farm and Homestead is a manual for developing durable, beautiful, and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition.
"Along the West coast, a range of people--from families with young children, to immigrants recapturing their homeland culture, to idealistic twenty-somethings seeking community--are turning their urban backyards into modern-day homesteads. Lori Eanes reveals the lives of 35 of these urban farmers through her photographs and stories"--P.  of cover.
Examines the history of the "World's Ugliest Dog Contest," profiling each year's winner and his owner.
A photographic catalog of more than four hundred dog breeds discusses each breed's uses, character, and origins, and includes advice on care, health, and training.
Veterinarian and animal behaviorist Virga outlines a series of case studies with domestic and exotic animals that demonstrate how perceiving the world from the perspectives of animals can enrich human appreciation for life, improve relationships and reorder personal values.