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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World Lowest new price: $8.99
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Author: Michael Pollan
Brand: PBS

The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts in America

Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers’ genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He masterfully links four fundamental human desires—sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control—with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. In telling the stories of four familiar species, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind’s most basic yearnings. And just as we’ve benefited from these plants, we have also done well by them. So who is really domesticating whom?

Working in his garden one day, Michael Pollan hit pay dirt in the form of an idea: do plants, he wondered, use humans as much as we use them? While the question is not entirely original, the way Pollan examines this complex coevolution by looking at the natural world from the perspective of plants is unique. The result is a fascinating and engaging look at the true nature of domestication.

In making his point, Pollan focuses on the relationship between humans and four specific plants: apples, tulips, marijuana, and potatoes. He uses the history of John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) to illustrate how both the apple's sweetness and its role in the production of alcoholic cider made it appealing to settlers moving west, thus greatly expanding the plant's range. He also explains how human manipulation of the plant has weakened it, so that "modern apples require more pesticide than any other food crop." The tulipomania of 17th-century Holland is a backdrop for his examination of the role the tulip's beauty played in wildly influencing human behavior to both the benefit and detriment of the plant (the markings that made the tulip so attractive to the Dutch were actually caused by a virus). His excellent discussion of the potato combines a history of the plant with a prime example of how biotechnology is changing our relationship to nature. As part of his research, Pollan visited the Monsanto company headquarters and planted some of their NewLeaf brand potatoes in his garden--seeds that had been genetically engineered to produce their own insecticide. Though they worked as advertised, he made some startling discoveries, primarily that the NewLeaf plants themselves are registered as a pesticide by the EPA and that federal law prohibits anyone from reaping more than one crop per seed packet. And in a interesting aside, he explains how a global desire for consistently perfect French fries contributes to both damaging monoculture and the genetic engineering necessary to support it.

Pollan has read widely on the subject and elegantly combines literary, historical, philosophical, and scientific references with engaging anecdotes, giving readers much to ponder while weeding their gardens. --Shawn Carkonen

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Large Print Adult Coloring Book Color By Number: Flowers & Easy Designs (Beautiful Adult Coloring Books) (Volume 79)

Large Print Adult Coloring Book Color By Number: Flowers & Easy Designs (Beautiful Adult Coloring Books) (Volume 79) Lowest new price: $7.19
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Author: Lilt Kids Coloring Books

Relax with this large print color by number book for adults. The stress of choosing colors is over. Enjoy bringing these simple but beautiful images to life!

  • Stress free coloring
  • Beautiful flower & butterfly Images
  • A color by number just for adults!
  • Printed on single side pages
  • Easy color guide on opposite page
  • Color test page
  • Coloring tips page
  • Bonus images from other coloring books
  • Totally relaxing!


  • This coloring book is great for anyone who really needs to destress, unwind, and just be present.

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    The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse: How to Design and Build a Net-Zero Energy Greenhouse

    The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse: How to Design and Build a Net-Zero Energy Greenhouse Lowest new price: $18.86
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    Author: Lindsey Schiller
    Brand: Schiller Lindsey

    Fresh, local nutrient-dense fruits vegetables are hard to find in winter in cold climates. Growing warm-weather crops like tomatoes, bananas, avocados, and other perennials is nearly impossible using conventional structures. The solution for millions of backyard and small-scale commercial growers is self-heating solar greenhouses.

    The Year-round Solar Greenhouse is the one-stop guide to designing and building greenhouses that harness and store energy from the sun to create naturally heated, lush growing environments even in the depths of winter, covering principles of solar greenhouse design and siting, glazing material properties and selection, controlling heat loss, ventilation, and construction methods. Additionally, an in-depth section covers sustainable ways of heating the greenhouse without fossil fuels, including using thermal mass and storing heat underground with a ground to air heat exchanger.

    Variations include attached solar greenhouses, earth sheltered greenhouses, plus integrating hydroponics and aquaponics. More than a dozen case studies from across North America provide inspiration and demonstrate specific challenges and solutions for growing year-round in any climate.

    Grow your own food, anytime, anywhere using the power of the sun!

    Lindsey Schiller is a greenhouse designer and with co-author Marc Plinke, co-owner of Ceres Greenhouse Solutions. Lindsey has designed, toured and helped build hundreds of energy-efficient greenhouses spanning small residential structures to acre-size commercial facilities.

    Marc Plinke is an inventor-innovator with a PhD in engineering who has focused his engineering mindset on building innovative, energy-efficient and smarter greenhouses, with the intention of enabling people to grow their own food sustainably and year-round.

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    Medical Herbalism: The Science Principles and Practices Of Herbal Medicine

    Medical Herbalism: The Science Principles and Practices Of Herbal Medicine Lowest new price: $34.09
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    Author: David Hoffmann

    A foundational textbook on the scientific principles of therapeutic herbalism and their application in medicine

    • A complete handbook for the medical practitioner

    • Includes the most up-to-date information on preparations, dosage, and contraindications

    • By the author of The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal

    Medical Herbalism contains comprehensive information concerning the identification and use of medicinal plants by chemical structure and physiological effect, the art and science of making herbal medicine, the limitations and potential of viewing herbs chemically, and the challenge to current research paradigms posed by complex plant medicines. It also includes information on toxicology and contraindications, the issues involved in determining dosage and formulation types for an individual, guides to the different measurement systems and conversion tables, and the pros and cons of both industrial and traditional techniques.

    With additional sections devoted to the principles of green medicine, the history of Western Herbalism, the variety of other medical modalities using medicinal plants, an extensive resource directory, and a discussion of treatments organized by body system, Medical Herbalism is the comprehensive textbook all students and practitioners of clinical herbalism need to develop their healing practices.

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    Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses

    Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses Lowest new price: $12.35
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    Author: Robin Wall Kimmerer
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    Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses.

    Robin Wall Kimmerer's book is not an identification guide, nor is it a scientific treatise. Rather, it is a series of linked personal essays that will lead general readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings, from salmon and hummingbirds to redwoods and rednecks. Kimmerer clearly and artfully explains the biology of mosses, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us.

    Drawing on her diverse experiences as a scientist, mother, teacher, and writer of Native American heritage, Kimmerer explains the stories of mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of indigenous ways of knowing. In her book, the natural history and cultural relationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of living in the world.

    Gathering Moss will appeal to a wide range of readers, from bryologists to those interested in natural history and the environment, Native Americans, and contemporary nature and science writing.

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    Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 120 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness

    Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants: Identify, Harvest, and Use 120 Wild Herbs for Health and Wellness Lowest new price: $14.77
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    Author: Scott Kloos
    Brand: Ingramcontent

    Unleash the healing power of wild plants

    Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants is an accessible introduction to finding and using wild plants for health and wellness. Beginners seeking reliable advice and experienced practitioners on the hunt for new information alike will delight in the plant profiles, color photographs, step-by-step instruction for essential herbal remedies, and seasonal foraging tips. This indispensable guide to finding, harvesting, and using wild plants is for wildcrafters in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, northern California, and British Columbia.

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    Midwest Foraging: 115 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Burdock to Wild Peach (Regional Foraging Series)

    Midwest Foraging: 115 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Burdock to Wild Peach (Regional Foraging Series) Lowest new price: $13.49
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    Author: Lisa M. Rose
    Brand: Ingramcontent

    From fields to woodlands, riverbeds, and lakesides—and even in our own neighborhoods—the beautiful Midwest is rich in delicious wild edibles. Herbalist, forager, and urban farmer Lisa M. Rose helps you find peppery watercress and delectable nettles at a nearby lake in the spring and nutritious burdock roots from sunny fields in the fall. Try brewing chai from roasted hickory or beech nuts, or capturing the citrus notes of pine needles in a lightly fermented, aromatic ale. Savor the delicate snow-pea flavor of rampant kudzu greens in the southern part of the region, or, in cool-running northern marsh waters, gather nutty wild rice for a foraged feast. 

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    The Secret Life of Plants: a Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man

    The Secret Life of Plants: a Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man Lowest new price: $10.89
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    Author: Peter Tompkins
    Brand: Tompkins, Peter/ Bird, Christopher

    The world of plants and its relation to mankind as revealed by the latest scientific discoveries. "Plenty of hard facts and astounding scientific and practical lore."--Newsweek

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    • Harper Perennial

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    Instant Wall Art - Botanical Prints: 45 Ready-to-Frame Vintage Illustrations for Your Home Decor

    Instant Wall Art - Botanical Prints: 45 Ready-to-Frame Vintage Illustrations for Your Home Decor Lowest new price: $11.82
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    Author: Adams Media
    Brand: Adams Media

    Personalize your space with beautiful, nature-inspired prints!

    Featuring dozens of stylized, vintage illustrations, Instant Wall Art: Botanical Prints captures the intricate details and vibrant colors of the world's most stunning plants. Each page encourages you to frame your favorite pieces and personalize your space with the beauty of the outdoors. From the blooming Cape blue water lily to the flowering peach tree branch, this book's beautiful, budget-friendly art makes it easy and inexpensive to transform your entire home.

    With Instant Wall Art: Botanical Prints, you can finally say goodbye to blank walls and hello to the nature-inspired look you love--all at an exceptional value!

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    • Art
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    • Ready-To-Frame
    • Vintage

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    Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening

    Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening Lowest new price: $14.88
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    Author: Sepp Holzer
    Brand: Sepp Holzer

    Sepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1,500 meters above sea level. His farm is an intricate network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks, well covered with productive fruit trees and other vegetation, with the farmhouse neatly nestling amongst them. This is in dramatic contrast to his neighbors' spruce monocultures.In this book, Holzer shares the skill and knowledge acquired over his lifetime. He covers every aspect of his farming methods, not just how to create a holistic system on the farm itself, but how to make a living from it. Holzer writes about everything from the overall concepts, down to the practical details.In Sepp Holzer's Permaculturereaders will learn:

    • How he sets up a permaculture system
    • The fruit varieties he has found best for permaculture growing
    • How to construct terraces, ponds, and waterways
    • How to build shelters for animals and how to work with them on the land
    • How to cultivate edible mushrooms in the garden and on the farm
    • and much more!

    Holzer offers a wealth of information for the gardener, smallholder or alternative farmer yet the book's greatest value is the attitudes it teaches. He reveals the thinking processes based on principles found in nature that create his productive systems. These can be applied anywhere.

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