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Generate off-grid electricity from a private stream with a hydroelectric turbine.

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THE ORGANIC MEDICINAL HERB FARMER

Both a business guide and a farming manual, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer will teach readers how to successfully grow and market organic medicinal herbs.

Whether you’re trying to farm medicinal plants, culinary herbs, or at-risk native herbs exclusively or simply add herbal crops to what you’re already growing, successful small-scale herb farmers Jeff and Melanie Carpenter will guide you through the entire process—from cultivation to creating value-added products.

Using their Zack Woods Herb Farm in Vermont as a backdrop, the Carpenters cover all the basic practical information farmers need to know to get an organic herb farm up and running, including:

  • Size and scale considerations
  • Layout and design of the farm and facilities
  • Growing and cultivation information, including types of tools
  • Field and bed prep
  • Plant propagation
  • Weed control, and pests and diseases
  • Harvesting, as well as wild harvesting and the concept of geo-authentic botanicals
  • Postharvest processing; and
  • Value-added products and marketing
The authors also provide fifty detailed plant profiles, going deeper into the herbs every farmer should consider growing. In an easy-to-understand, practical, and comprehensive manner, readers will learn how to focus on quality over quantity, and keep costs down by innovating with existing equipment, rather than expensive technology. Market farmers who have never before considered growing medicinal herbs will learn why it’s more important to produce these herbs domestically.

The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer makes a convincing case that producing organic medicinal herbs can be a viable, profitable, farming enterprise. The Carpenters also make the case for incorporating medicinal herbs into existing operations, as it can help increase revenue in the form of value-added products, not to mention improve the ecological health of farmland by encouraging biodiversity as a path toward greater soil health.

$39.95

2-CAR GARAGE APARTMENT E-PLAN

  • 628 Total Square Feet
  • 2nd Floor 628
  • Width: 28'-0" Depth: 26'-0"
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 1 Full Baths
  • Standard Foundation - Floating Slab
  • Building height - 26'-6"
  • Roof pitches - 8/12, 9/12
  • Ceiling heights -
  • First floor - 9'
  • Second floor - 8'
  • 16' x 7' overhead door
  • Cozy living room offers vaulted ceiling, fireplace and pass-through kitchen
  • Complete list of materials

Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


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It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$310.00

ADVANCED BUSH CRAFT

Author Dave Canterbury hosted Discovery Channel's Dual Survival, and his YouTube Channel has 300,000 subscribers. In this valuable guide, Canterbury goes beyond bushcraft basics to teach readers how to survive in the backcountry with very little equipment. Using the foundation they learned in his New York Times best-seller Bushcraft 101, Canterbury will show them how to completely immerse themselves in the wilderness with advanced bushcraft and woodcraft techniques. He will cover crucial survival skills like tracking to help readers get even closer to wildlife, crafting medicines from plants, and navigating without the use of a map or compass. He will also offer ways to improvise and save money on bushcraft essentials like fire-starting tools and packs. With Canterbury's expert advice and guidance, those looking to extend their bushcraft skills will learn how to forgo their equipment, make use of their surroundings, and truly enjoy the wilderness. Whether they're eager to learn more after their first real outdoor adventure or have been exploring the backcountry for years, Advanced Bushcraft will help readers take their wilderness experience to the next level.

$16.99

MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO ORGANIC GARDENING, 2ND ED. E-BOOK

Growing organically is about gardening in a way that's as natural and nontoxic as possible. It's about building healthy soil and reduce air and water pollution. Most importantly, organic gardening is about working with the earth to produce the most healthful, bountiful produce possible.

The Guide to Organic Gardening, 2nd Edition E-book issue is packed with advice for growing your own food using organic methods that are easy to apply in your own garden. Inside, you'll find articles like:

  • Maintain Healthy Garden Soil With Crop Rotations
  • Make Your Own Potting Soil
  • Winning Against Weeds
  • Create an Edible Landscape
  • Grow Great Lettuce
  • Grow Red Peppers
  • And more!
Grow a quick and easy food garden with the help of the Guide to Organic Gardening E-book. Find out which seeds are best for a great garden. Also, organic ways to deal with those backyard bugs.

$6.99