Backyard Farming on an Acre More or Less

Author: Angela England
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101598298
Format: PDF, ePub
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As food prices continue to rise, more and more people have discovered that they can create their own food supply, right on their own property, and at a fraction of the price of conventional farm food that's been shipped to their local grocery from locations unknown. By raising and harvesting their own fruits, vegetables, chickens, bees, milk-bearing animals, and more, people are growing locally, sustainably, and at a fraction of the cost. However, poor planning for needs, proper use of available space, and a lack of preparedness for preserving or selling the harvest can quickly lead to wasted time and sweat. Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) is written by people who have planned and run a successful small-scale backyard farm. The authors guide readers through the essentials of planning a small-scale farm from a 1/4 acre all the way up to an acre and beyond. Readers will learn how to decide how large (or small) their farm should be, what they should plant or raise based on their invidual wants and needs (and available space), and how they can prevent their efforts from being wasted. Proven, sustainabile techniques will be presented to readers so they can yield the maximum benefit of their harvest through proven best practices. Readers will also learn how to raise small animals such as chickens and goats for milk, eggs, and meat, and will learn the crticial practices for successfully parenting bees, growing fruit tress, and much more.

Home Butchering Handbook

Author: Angela England
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1615643427
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Gone are the days when butchering was only trusted to someone at the local supermarket. Today, butchering has come full circle and is once again appreciated for the great craft that it is. Small butcher shops are popping up everywhere, and people have realized that by handling butchering at home, they can not only save money, but have greater control over the quality of the meat they consume, how they cut, utilize, and preserve it, and from where it is sourced. The Home Butchering Handbook is a hands-on, how-to guide for anyone who understands the benefits of and appreciates this craft, and wishes to fine-tune their knife skills and develop the knowledge necessary to handle all of the most common cuts. Readers will learn from a professional craft butcher how to prepare their kitchen for butchering, what tools they need, how to prepare and store all of the most common cuts, and most importantly what not to do when attempting to butcher at home.

Living on an Acre

Author: U.S. Department. of Agriculture
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762765550
Format: PDF
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The classic USDA handbook to self-reliant living, now completely revised and updated.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Self Sufficient Living

Author: Jerome D. Belanger
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101152044
Format: PDF, ePub
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How to be green, save green, grow greens, even turn a thumb green. Self-sufficient living can mean a healthier life, a way to protect the earth, or a way to save money. This guide helps readers find their perfect degree of self reliance in the areas of food, shelter, energy, clothing, and more. For both the urban and rural dweller, it covers gardening, cooking from scratch, preserving food, raising livestock, keeping chickens, generating or supplementing energy, essential tools and equipment, foraging for wild foods, hunting, fishing, and trapping. ?Saving money in today's economy and self-sufficiency go hand-in-hand ?For the growing number of eco-friends considering self-sufficiency ?Existing books focus on either rural or urban self-sufficiency, but this covers both

Mini Farming

Author: Brett L. Markham
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1602399840
Format: PDF, Docs
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Start a mini farm on a quarter acre or less and provide 85 percent of the food for a family of four and earn an income."

Urban Homesteading

Author: Rachel Kaplan
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 161608054X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Teaches self-reliance, sustainability, and green living in urban areas, from growing food with limited space and making solar cookers to raising chickens.

The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming

Author: Nicole Faires
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1510703934
Format: PDF, Kindle
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How to maximize your food production in an urban environment. The idea of bringing agriculture into the city has been promoted by many on both sides of the political fence: proponents of sustainability and prevention of climate change as well as those who worry about government and social instability. To address the urgent need for a shift in the way our food is produced, The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming offers a practical education in everything there is to know about city agriculture: how to grow a lot of food in any kind of urban living situation, from apartment to full-scale commercial venture. Subjects covered include: • Small scale vs. large scale agriculture • The economic, social, health, and environmental impacts of urban farming • Making the most of the space available • The latest technologies and developments in agriculture, including: hydroponics, vertical gardening, and aquaponics • Case studies and design concerns for community-based farming • The best plant species for cities and seasons • Beekeeping and small animals • Commercial agriculture and the business side of farming in a city environment This comprehensive guide will introduce readers to the rewarding possibilities of growing their own food, as well as dispel the falsehood that says we need faraway factory farms to produce everything we eat.

Permaculture for the Rest of Us

Author: Jenni Blackmore
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1550926071
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Many of us want to increase our self-sufficiency, but few have access to the ideal five sunny, gently sloping acres of rich, loamy, well-drained soil. Jenni Blackmore presents a highly entertaining, personal account of how permaculture can be practiced in adverse conditions, allowing anyone to learn to live more sustainably in a less-than-perfect world. With a rallying cry of "If we can do it, you can too," she distills the wisdom of twenty years of trial and error into a valuable teaching tool. The perfect antidote to dense, high-level technical manuals, Permaculture for the Rest of Us presents the fundamental principles of this sometimes confusing concept in a humorous, reader-friendly way. Each chapter focuses on a specific method or technique, interspersing straightforward explanations with the author's own experiences. Learn how to successfully retrofit even the smallest homestead using skills such as: No-till vs. till gardening, composting, and soil-building Natural pest control and integrating small livestock Basic greenhouse construction Harvesting, preservation, and more Ideal for urban dreamers, suburbanites and country-dwellers alike, this inspirational and instructional "encouragement manual" is packed with vibrant photographs documenting the author's journey from adversity to abundance. Jenni Blackmore is a farmer, artist, writer and certified Permaculture Design Consultant who built her house on a rocky, windswept island off the coast of Nova Scotia almost twenty-five years ago and has been stumbling along the road to self-sufficient living ever since. A successful micro-farmer, she produces most of her family's meat, eggs, fruit, and vegetables, in spite of often-challenging conditions.

Little House in the Suburbs

Author: Deanna Caswell
Publisher: Betterway Home
ISBN: 9781440310249
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Self-Sufficiency in the Suburbs! Gardens, goats and chickens in the suburbs? Absolutely! The easy-to-follow advice in this book will show you everything you need to know to enjoy an abundant, independent life on food and products grown in your own back yard. You may feel like you have superpowers the first time you prepare a meal using only ingredients you grew in your garden. And is there anything you can't do after you lather up with a bar of soap that you made in your own home? This book is full of recipes and tips that will help you discover the joy of self-sufficiency. Do'?t worry; suburban gardening doesn't mean you have to rip up your yard, or risk being ostracized by neighbors or your municipality or homeowners association. Inside you'll find: Gardening instructions for any-size yard and any skill level A complete overview of keeping chickens, mini-goats and bees in the suburbs More than 40 food recipes featuring ingredients from your garden or animals Canning techniques Recipes for natural deodorant, toothpaste, lip balm and other beauty products Step-by-step soapmaking instructions and soap recipes Natural cleaning recipes for kitchens, bathrooms, surfaces and laundry Gift basket ideas Community-building ideas including babysitting co-ops, meal swaps, and barter systems Advice on how to keep the peace with family, neighbors, and officials if your self-sufficient plans meet resistance

Gardening Like a Ninja

Author: Angela England
Publisher: Cedar Fort
ISBN: 1462126154
Format: PDF, Docs
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Create a landscape that’s both beautiful and edible. This book has everything you need to make your yard and your meals amazing! With a few simple adjustments, you can enhance your walkways, flower beds, front yards, and backyards with easy-to-care edible plants that will impress your neighbors and add to your dinner plate. Become a gardening ninja by Choosing the right vegetation for your zone to maximize successUsing the seasons to create beauty year-round in your gardenCultivating areas that seem unusableHarvesting fruits, veggies, and nuts from everywhere in your landscape Your yard will look better than ever in no time with these sneaky edibles!