• HOMEMADE FOR SALE

    From farm-to-fork and "Buy Local" to slow food and handmade artisan breads, real food (made with real ingredients by real people) is in increasing demand. Cottage food laws in the United States have been passed in many states, although they vary in regulation from state to state.* Finally, "homemade" and "fresh from the oven" on the package can mean exactly what it says.

    Homemade for Sale is the first authoritative guide to conceiving and launching your own home-based food startup. Packed with profiles of successful cottage food entrepreneurs, this comprehensive and accessible resource covers everything you need to get cooking for your customers, creating items that by their very nature are specialized and unique. Topics covered include:

    • Product development and testing
    • Marketing and developing your niche
    • Structuring your business and planning for the future
    • Managing liability, risk, and government regulations

    You can join a growing movement of entrepreneurs starting small food businesses from their home. No capital needed, just good recipes, enthusiasm and commitment … plus enough know-how to turn fresh ingredients into sought-after treats for your local community. Everything required is probably already in your home kitchen. Best of all, you can start tomorrow!

    *We recommend checking your state’s laws before starting a home-based food business. Also, we are not aware of any laws that authorize home-based food businesses in Canada.

    Item: 7537

    Author: Lisa Kivirist, John D. Ivanko

    Format: Paperback

  • BIOSHELTER MARKET GARDEN

    To ensure food security and restore the health of the planet, we need to move beyond industrial agriculture and return to the practice of small-scale, local farming. Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm describes the creation of a sustainable food system through a detailed case study of the successful year-round organic market garden and permaculture design at Pennsylvania’s Three Sisters Farm.

    At the heart of Three Sisters is its bioshelter — a solar greenhouse which integrates growing facilities, poultry housing, a potting room, storage, kitchen facilities, compost bins, a reference library and classroom area. Bioshelter Market Garden examines how the bioshelter promotes greater biodiversity and is an energy-efficient method of extending crop production through Pennsylvania's cold winter months.

    Both visionary and practical, this fully illustrated book contains a wealth of information on the application of permaculture principles. Some of the topics covered include:

    • Design and management of an intensive market garden farm
    • Energy systems and bio-thermal resources
    • Ecological soil management and pest control
    • Wetlands usage
    • Solar greenhouse design and management.

    Whatever your gardening experience and ambitions, this comprehensive manual is sure to inform and inspire.

    Item: 5223

    Author: Darrell Frey

    Format: Paperback

  • MAKING YOUR SMALL FARM PROFITABLE

    Whether you're buying a new farm or jump-starting an old one, with Ron Macher's down-to-earth advice on planning, farming and marketing you'll soon make your farm profitable- and find satisfaction doing it. Macher shares proven methods for farming smarter and explores today's new crops and livestock that translate into new ways to make money.

    Item: 684

    Author: Ron Macher

    Format: Paperback

  • MARKET FARMING SUCCESS

    Market Farming Success is a comprehensive overview of the direct-marketing business, written expressly for those just getting started. It identifies the key problem areas of this multifaceted business and shows how to avoid the obstacles.

    Item: 6157

    Author: Lynn Byczynski

    Format: Paperback

  • SUSTAINABLE MARKET FARMING

    Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. At the same time, most books and resources about food production aim at the backyard and hobby gardener, who simply want to supplement their family's diet with a few homegrown fruits and vegetables. Targeted at serious growers in every climate zone, Sustainable Market Farming acts as a comprehensive manual for small-scale farmers raising organic crops sustainably on a few acres.

    Informed by the author's extensive experience growing a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit to feed the approximately 100 members of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia, this practical guide provides:

    • Detailed profiles of a full range of crops, addressing sowing, cultivation, rotation, succession, common pests and diseases, harvest and storage
    • Information about new and efficient techniques, season extension, and disease-resistant varieties
    • Farm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterprise

    Whether you are a beginning market grower or an established enterprise seeking to improve your skills, Sustainable Market Farming is an invaluable resource and a timely book for the maturing local agriculture movement.

    Item: 6579

    Author: Pam Dawling

    Format: Paperback

  • THE FARMER'S OFFICE

    You decided to become a farmer because you love being outside, working the land and making a difference in the way we eat and farm.

    And when you decided to become a farmer, you also became an entrepreneur and business person. In order to be ecologically and financially sustainable, you must understand the basics of accounting and bookkeeping, and learn how to manage a growing business.

    Author Julia Shanks distills years of teaching and business consulting with farmers into this comprehensive, accessible guide. She covers all aspects of launching, running, and growing a successful farm business through effective bookkeeping and business management. She provides tools to make managerial decisions, apply for a loan or other financing, and offers general business and strategy advice for growing a business.

    Whether you've been farming for many years or are just getting started, The Farmer's Office gives you the tools needed to think like an entrepreneur and thoughtfully manage your business for success.

    Item: 8254

    Author: Julia Shanks

    Format: Paperback

  • 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.

    Item: 7617

    Author: Jeff & Melanie Carpenter

    Format: Paperback

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