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THE SMALL-SCALE CHEESE BUSINESS

Gianaclis Caldwell
Paperback

Price: $34.95

There has never been a better time to be making and selling great cheese. People worldwide are consuming more high-quality, handmade cheese than ever before. The number of artisan cheesemakers has dou…

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There has never been a better time to be making and selling great cheese. People worldwide are consuming more high-quality, handmade cheese than ever before. The number of artisan cheesemakers has doubled in recent years, and many of the industry's newcomers are "farmstead" producers-those who work only with the milk of their own animals. Today, more than ever before, the people who choose to become farmer- cheesemakers need access to the knowledge of established cheese artisans who can help them build their dream.

Few career choices lead to such extremes of labor, emotion and monetary challenge. In The Small-Scale Cheese Business (originally published as The Farmstead Creamery Advisor in 2010), respected cheesemaker, instructor and speaker Gianaclis Caldwell walks would-be producers through the many, and often confusing, steps and decisions they will face when considering a career in this burgeoning cottage industry. This book fills the gap that exists between the pasture and cheese plate. It goes far beyond issues of caring for livestock and basic cheesemaking, explaining business issues such as:

  • Analyzing your suitability for the career
  • Designing and building the cheese facility
  • Sizing up the market
  • Negotiating day-to-day obstacles
  • Ensuring maximum safety and efficiency

Drawing from her own and other cheesemakers' experiences, Caldwell brings to life the story of creating a successful cheesemaking business in a practical, organized manner. Absolutely essential for anyone interested in becoming a licensed artisan cheesemaker, The Small-Scale Cheese Business will also appeal to the many small- and hobby-farm owners who already have milking animals and who wish to improve their home dairy practices and facilities.


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MOTHER EARTH NEWS & GRIT SIMPLE LIVING RESOURCE SET


Paperback

Price: $30.00

Is there a more rewarding feeling than sitting down for dinner with your family, knowing more than half of your meal came from your own backyard? With the invaluable information contained in the Mothe…

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Is there a more rewarding feeling than sitting down for dinner with your family, knowing more than half of your meal came from your own backyard? With the invaluable information contained in the Mother Earth News and Grit Simple Living Resource Set, you can start working toward filling your pantry, refrigerator and dining room table with the fruit of your own labors. You'll also save money on bills, learn to live off the land, discover how to raise chickens, rabbits and bees, and so much more.

The best articles that have been featured in Mother Earth News and Grit have been compiled into 100-page guides, ranging in topic from building beehives to enjoying fresh food all year. This six-guide set is full of tips, advice, instructions and recipes that will help you live a more self-sufficient life. Undertake eight easy projects for energy savings. Read up on pressure canning basics and safely preserve food (and save money at the grocery store and farmers market). Discover how to make your own compost for increased garden productivity. And keep animals right in your backyard for fresh eggs, meat and honey.

The set includes:
Mother Earth News Guide to Organic Gardening
Written for both beginners and seasoned gardeners, this 100-page guide is filled with articles that will make your garden healthy and bountiful for growing vegetables, fruits and herbs.

Mother Earth News Guide to Fresh Food All Year
This guide is filled with articles on instructions for preserving food, whether it's canning, freezing or dehydrating. Plus, you can read about backyard chickens, the best ways to store fresh vegetables, how to make cheap garden beds and so much more.

Mother Earth News Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills
Being able to successfully run a self-sufficient homestead, no matter whether you live on 1 acre or 10, provides you with benefits such as money saved on bills, healthy and nutritious food, homemade remedies, and so much more.

Grit Guide to Backyard Rabbits
With more than 41 keys to rabbit-raising success, this information-rich guide from Grit has 20 great articles about raising rabbits, either for pets, show or meat.

Grit Guide to Backyard Chickens
Filled with all things chickens, this special guide covers everything you need to know about raising and keeping chickens, whether you live on a 100-acre farm or in a city suburb.

Grit Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey
This colorful guide is filled with some of the best articles on keeping bees, building your own beehives, cooking with honey, and identifying different types of bees.


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YOU CAN FARM: THE ENTREPRENEUR'S GUIDE

JOEL SALATIN
Paperback

Price: $35.00

Do you have a dream of living on a farm? From buying land and being neighborly to determiningg soil fertility and creating filing systems, this “entrepreneur’s guide to starting and succeeding in a fa…

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Do you have a dream of living on a farm? From buying land and being neighborly to determiningg soil fertility and creating filing systems, this “entrepreneur’s guide to starting and succeeding in a farming enterprise” tells you everything you need to know to make farming an economically viable option and a practical success. While this resource can be helpful to all farmers, it's written for wannabes, the folks just getting started with rural living.


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THE MINI FARMING HANDBOOK

Brett Markham
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Best-selling author Brett Markham's new handbook gives us the mini farming basics along with in-depth tips on vegetable gardening, fermenting, composting and self-sufficiency in a handy new format and…

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Best-selling author Brett Markham's new handbook gives us the mini farming basics along with in-depth tips on vegetable gardening, fermenting, composting and self-sufficiency in a handy new format and design. It includes:

  • Soil management and making your own fertilizer
  • Crop rotation and cover cropping
  • Composting
  • Seed starting and timing/planning
  • Raised beds and pest management
  • PVC trellising and planting spacers
  • Raising chickens, making your own chicken plucker, and butchering
  • Growing fruit/nut trees and vines
  • Food preservation (canning and freezing)
  • Fermenting wine, vinegar and cheese

With the full-color photographs that made the original Mini Farming so popular, as well as step-by-step drawings, projects, graphs and tables, you'll have everything you need for your new or established mini farm at your fingertips. So dive in and learn how to begin and cultivate your own mini farm on less than a quarter acre.


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A HOMESTEADER'S YEAR ON DEER ISLE

Anneli Carter-Sundqvist
Paperback

Price: $13.00

Anneli Carter-Sundqvist, the co-owner of Deer Isle Hostel, recently released her new book A Homesteader's Year on Deer Isle. This collection of blog posts originally published on the MOTHER EARTH NEWS…

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Anneli Carter-Sundqvist, the co-owner of Deer Isle Hostel, recently released her new book A Homesteader's Year on Deer Isle. This collection of blog posts originally published on the MOTHER EARTH NEWS website takes readers through a whole year of living on an off-the-grid homestead.

Carter-Sundqvist and her husband, Dennis, grow a year's supply of food, raise pigs and chickens, and produce their own building materials, garden amendments and energy. Here, she recounts the day-to-day stories about digging out new garden space, swimming in the pond, chasing the pigs and preserving 150 heads of cabbage. She also shares her political and philosophical reasons for why, in the 21st century, homesteading and living off the land is not just something from the past but rather a sensible, dignifying and viable option for the future.


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ORGANIC FARMING

Peter Fossel
Paperback

Price: $24.99

Organic Farming is the seed you need to get your organic farm growing. This essential guidebook explains everything you need to know to begin and maintain a healthy, productive and profitable organic …

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Organic Farming is the seed you need to get your organic farm growing. This essential guidebook explains everything you need to know to begin and maintain a healthy, productive and profitable organic farm, from organic certification to planting crops to marketing your produce. If you're thinking of starting an organic farm or making the transition to organics, you're in good company. The market for organic food increases every year, as does the number of organic producers: In the past two decades, the number of organic farms and businesses has more than tripled. And whether you're growing crops or raising animals, you'll need some helpful advice as you get started. Organic Farming can help … its pages are full of inspiring and educational wisdom from author Peter V. Fossel, who has farmed organically for more than 25 years. Find out how to farm without pesticides, how to find your way through the rules and regulations surrounding organic certification, and how to develop a marketing strategy. A list of resources also points the way to other books, websites and organizations that focus on organic farming, including state standards. Organic Farming is the ideal practical handbook to fulfilling your dreams.


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ALL FLESH IS GRASS

Gene Logsdon
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Amid mad cow scares and consumer concerns about how farm animals are bred, fed and raised, many farmers and homesteaders are rediscovering the traditional practice of pastoral farming. Grasses, clover…

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Amid mad cow scares and consumer concerns about how farm animals are bred, fed and raised, many farmers and homesteaders are rediscovering the traditional practice of pastoral farming. Grasses, clovers and forbs are the natural diet of cattle, horses and sheep, and are vital supplements for hogs, chickens and turkeys. Consumers increasingly seek the health benefits of meat from animals raised in green paddocks instead of in muddy feedlots.

In All Flesh Is Grass: The Pleasures and Promises of Pasture Farming, Gene Logsdon explains that well-managed pastures are nutritious and palatable; they’re virtual salads for livestock. Leafy pastures also hold the soil, foster biodiversity, and create lovely landscapes. Grass farming might be the solution for a stressed agricultural system based on an industrial model and propped up by federal subsidies.

In his clear and conversational style, Logsdon explains historically effective practices and new techniques. His warm, informative profiles of successful grass farmers offer inspiration and ideas. His narrative is enriched by his own experience as a “contrary farmer” on his artisan-scale farm near Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

All Flesh Is Grass will have broad appeal to the sustainable commercial farmer, the home-food producer and all consumers who care about their food.


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THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO FARMING

P. Hasheider & S. Johnson
Paperback

Price: $24.99

Are you interested in the country lifestyle or becoming more self-reliant? Do you think about someday raising livestock or growing crops? If you're ready to make these thoughts a reality, The Complete…

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Are you interested in the country lifestyle or becoming more self-reliant? Do you think about someday raising livestock or growing crops? If you're ready to make these thoughts a reality, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Farming is the perfect place to start. Farming experts Philip Hasheider and Samantha Johnson explain farming from start to finish: build your own fence, repair your own machinery, and know what to look for when you're buying a tractor. Instead of buying a book on each subject area, you need just this one, which condenses the most important and relevant information on every aspect of running a farm into a single handy volume. Unlike other books, it's designed specifically for the owner of a working farm. This practical illustrated guide provides hard-won expert advice on raising livestock, growing crops, making repairs, harvesting and butchering, managing a woodlot, and more. It's everything you need to know to establish and maintain your farm.


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FARMING WITH NATIVE BENEFICIAL INSECTS


Paperback

Price: $24.95

This comprehensive guide shows you how to create a farm or garden habitat that will attract beneficial insects and thereby reduce crop damage from pests without the use of pesticides. Four experts fro…

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This comprehensive guide shows you how to create a farm or garden habitat that will attract beneficial insects and thereby reduce crop damage from pests without the use of pesticides. Four experts from the Xerces Society, a world leader in conservation and environmental issues, discuss the ecology of native beneficial insects and show how you can conserve their presence on your land through conservation biocontrol: recognizing these insects and their habitat, reducing pesticide use, protecting existing habitat, and providing new habitat. Specific solutions and strategies include creating native plant field borders, mass insectary plantings, hedgerows, cover crops, buffer strips, beetle banks, and brush piles. Step-by-step illustrated instructions for these projects and more are accompanied by stunning full-color photography.


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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO OLD FASHIONED COUNTRY SKILLS

Abigail Gehring
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Whether you’re a suburbanite looking to live more simply or a die-hard homesteader interested in taking your garden to the next level, this guide is packed with step-by-step instructions, useful tips,…

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Whether you’re a suburbanite looking to live more simply or a die-hard homesteader interested in taking your garden to the next level, this guide is packed with step-by-step instructions, useful tips, vintage photographs and illustrations, and time-honored wisdom … creating one of the most comprehensive books on country skills available. This book is compiled of tested and practical experience passed down from generations of farmers and homesteaders.

Here readers can learn about:

  • Creating a vegetable garden
  • Canning and preserving
  • Keeping poultry
  • Soap making
  • Natural medicine
  • Bridge building
  • Farm mechanics
  • Crop rotation
  • Cattle and dairying
  • The basics of beekeeping
  • Foraging for wild food
  • Fertilizing, soils, drainage and irrigation
  • Building a barn
  • And much, much more!

Success comes to the person who works the most efficiently … not simply the person who works the hardest. Learn invaluable advice and tips for how to create a sustainable lifestyle and live off the land.

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