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40 PROJECTS FOR BUILDING YOUR BACKYARD HOMESTEAD

David Toht
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Backyard Homesteading addresses the needs of many people who want to take control of the food they eat and the products they use-even if they live in an urban or suburban house on a typical-size lot. …

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Backyard Homesteading addresses the needs of many people who want to take control of the food they eat and the products they use-even if they live in an urban or suburban house on a typical-size lot. It shows homeowners how to turn their yard into a productive and wholesome "homestead" that allows them to grow their own fruits and vegetables and raise farm animals, including chickens, ducks and goats. Backyard Homesteading covers the laws and regulations of raising livestock in populated areas and demonstrates to readers how to use and preserve the bounty they produce.

This wonderful resource also:

  • Speaks to the homeowner who wishes to be self-sufficient and provide wholesome, homegrown food to his or her family
  • Shows how to turn even a small urban or suburban yard into a productive, efficient small farm
  • Covers vegetable gardens, beekeeping and raising farm animals, including chickens, ducks and goats
  • Runs the gamut from planting seeds to canning your own vegetables, from raising farm animals to preserving your own meat and poultry
This is truly a how-to guide for people who want to take control of what they eat and the products they use.

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO SELF-RELIANCE AND COUNTRY SKILLS

Mother Earth News
Paperback

Price: $6.99

Learning to live off the land can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Preparing meals with ingredients that you cultivated yourself provides a feeling of self-accomplishment and the satisfaction…

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Learning to live off the land can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Preparing meals with ingredients that you cultivated yourself provides a feeling of self-accomplishment and the satisfaction of knowing where your food comes from. 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.

Growing and raising your own food, completing energy-saving projects and choosing renewable energy, and more are all covered in this 100-page guide. It's jam-packed with articles that will help you start your journey toward making life more self-sufficient.

Read how to plan the perfect homestead and design your homestead on only 1 acre of land. Learn to build the best greenhouses and garden fences. Discover how to plan for food self-sufficiency and maximize your harvest.

More articles include:
Find Your Country Property - Follow this advice to locate the property that's just right for you.

Space-Saving Home Design - Has clutter taken over your life? Make your house feel bigger by tapping into five strategies that makes your homework far more efficiently.

Make Your Own Herbal Medicine - To find ingredients for many basic herbal remedies, you often need to look no further than your own backyard.

Raising Chickens for Meat - Want to ensure that the chicken on your plate was raised and processed humanely? Do it yourself!

Keeping Bees in Top-Bar Hives - Use this less-expensive method to raise bees that will pollinate your crops and provide tasty honey fresh from the comb.

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UPRISINGS

Sarah Simpson, Heather McLeod
Paperback

Price: $19.95

If we want to reduce our environmental impact, build resiliency in our community and improve food security, it's up to us to make it happen. In many North American communities, the instrument of chang…

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If we want to reduce our environmental impact, build resiliency in our community and improve food security, it's up to us to make it happen. In many North American communities, the instrument of change is ... grain. Grain is the perfect metaphor for how we've lost control of our food supply, and with it the skills and tools to feed ourselves. Uprisings shows how communities can take back their power by reviving local grain production to improve food security, local economies and the environment.

Profiles of 10 unique community models demonstrating how local grain production is making a difference are rounded out by step-by-step instructions for small-scale grain production that will turn any community into a hotbed of revolution. Learn about:

  • How locally grown wheat, barley and other grains can impact a community
  • How to start a community grain project from scratch
  • How to plant, grow, harvest, thresh, winnow and store your grain
  • How to use whole and sprouted grains in your kitchen
The new self-sufficiency is community sufficiency. Uprisings offers a wealth of practical advice to inspire and empower anyone interested in local initiatives to develop a community grain-growing model tailored for their unique needs and resources.

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HOMEGROWN PORK

Sue Weaver
Paperback

Price: $18.95

Raising a pig is easy to do, even in a small space like a suburban backyard. In just five months, a 30-pound shoat will become a 250-pound hog and provide you with 100 pounds of pork, including tender…

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Raising a pig is easy to do, even in a small space like a suburban backyard. In just five months, a 30-pound shoat will become a 250-pound hog and provide you with 100 pounds of pork, including tenderloin, ham, ribs, bacon, sausage, and more. For anyone who wants to raise a pig for meat in a backyard or on a small farm, Homegrown Pork explains exactly how to do it, humanely and safely. Livestock expert Sue Weaver covers everything from selecting a breed with great flavor and bringing your shoat home to feeding, housing, fencing, health care, and humane processing.

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CHOOSING AND KEEPING PIGS

Linda McDonald-Brown
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Backyard pig keeping is growing in popularity, both as a food source (as demonstrated by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay) and as pets. Pigs are easy to rear, breed and feed, and they are hardy and adapta…

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Backyard pig keeping is growing in popularity, both as a food source (as demonstrated by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay) and as pets. Pigs are easy to rear, breed and feed, and they are hardy and adaptable animals that help clear ground, recycle waste and fertilize soils.

This practical and accessible guide is the ideal beginner's handbook and includes expert advice on:

  • How to choose and purchase a quality animal and how to help preserve rare breeds
  • Equipment, housing and fencing
  • Moving and handling
  • Feeding, nutrition and pasture
  • Pig health care and common diseases
  • Selecting a boar or sow for breeding, hogging, farrowing, taking care of piglets and pedigree breeding
  • Preparing for slaughter, butchering and subsequent storage
  • Showing pigs in competitions.
Choosing and Keeping Pigs also includes a history of pig keeping and a comprehensive directory of 30 traditional and rare breeds. This unique reference provides all the information a pig keeper requires.

166.

POPULAR POULTRY BREEDS

David Scrivener
Hardcover

Price: $55.00

Popular Poultry Breeds examines 40 popular breeds of chickens and bantams. Most breeds exist in several plumage color varieties, and in large and bantam (miniature) size versions, all of which are als…

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Popular Poultry Breeds examines 40 popular breeds of chickens and bantams. Most breeds exist in several plumage color varieties, and in large and bantam (miniature) size versions, all of which are also included in this comprehensive book.

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GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD BEES AND HONEY


Paperback

Price: $6.99

Keeping bees is a great hobby. It provides you with an unlimited supply of honey; the bees help pollinate your plants and crops; and can provide enjoyment for you and the whole family. This 100-page g…

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Keeping bees is a great hobby. It provides you with an unlimited supply of honey; the bees help pollinate your plants and crops; and can provide enjoyment for you and the whole family. This 100-page guide is filled with some of the best articles on keeping bees, building your own beehives, cooking with honey and how to identify different types of bees.

Inside you'll find more than 77 ways to get more from your backyard bees. Read how to get to know your bees and all it takes to get started raising bees. Discover how to build your own beehive and save money in the process. Learn how to keep bees with top bar hives. You can also find 10 easy steps to becoming an urban beekeeper.

Other articles include:

  • Beginning With Honeybees: Questions and answers help beginning beekeepers.
  • Wholesome as Honey: Famous as a sweet treat, this bee staple is packed with good nutrition and health.
  • Bee Byproducts: Honey is but one of the items caused by ever-industrious honeybees.
  • Go Native With Wild Bees: The humble little orchard mason bee is the best-kept (pollinator) secret.
  • Community Buzz for Overwintering Bees: GRIT bloggers' best tips for keeping your hive healthy during its most difficult months.
  • Beehive Baking: Put down the sugar bowl and switch to honey with these wholesome recipes.

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THE RABBIT BOOK

Samantha Johnson
Paperback

Price: $17.99

This invaluable resource contains everything you need to know about selecting and caring for healthy rabbits, whether you keep pet bunnies or exhibit animals as youth projects for the National FFA Org…

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This invaluable resource contains everything you need to know about selecting and caring for healthy rabbits, whether you keep pet bunnies or exhibit animals as youth projects for the National FFA Organization or 4-H. Advice on feeding, housing and much more will help you set up your own rabbitry. Learn about maintaining clean hutches and nest boxes, breeding trios and raising kits, and diagnosing and treating health problems. The Rabbit Book gathers information about showing many different kinds of rabbits at fairs and events, including fancy, Angora, and commercial meat breeds. Beautifully illustrated with color photography, this guidebook covers everything you need to know to succeed.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO HERITAGE BREEDS

Sponenberg, Beranger, Martin
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Heritage breeds matter, and they are often a better choice than conventional breeds for small farms and backyards. This eloquent and inviting visual guide explains why conserving heritage breeds is im…

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Heritage breeds matter, and they are often a better choice than conventional breeds for small farms and backyards. This eloquent and inviting visual guide explains why conserving heritage breeds is important and shows you how you can raise these breeds yourself, helping to preserve them and benefiting from them at the same time. Written by three experts from the Livestock Conservancy, this book includes chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, pigs, sheep, goats, cattle, donkeys and horses, detailing each breed's specific needs and characteristics so that you can select the one that's right for you. Whichever breed you choose, you'll find thorough, comprehensive information on how to raise it successfully.

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BIRD BRAINS

Budd Titlow
Hardcover

Price: $29.95

Through a hundred short vignettes accompanied by stunning avian portraits, Bird Brains takes a look at the antics, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from the viewpoint of a professional wild…

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Through a hundred short vignettes accompanied by stunning avian portraits, Bird Brains takes a look at the antics, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from the viewpoint of a professional wildlife biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer. Titlow's engaging stories, complemented by vivid images, provide a fascinating compendium of wild bird lore perfectly suited to the 65-million-plus birders across the United States.

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