Anyone can farm sustainably. Check out these backyard farming books for your small or large homestead.

  • THE SHEER ECSTASY OF BEING A LUNATIC FARMER

    Shunned by industrial farmers, vilified by corporate agri-business, and stalked by food police as being a lunatic, farmer-entrepreneur Joel Salatin enjoys the sheer ecstasy of being surrounded by happy, frolicking animals, dancing earthworms, and appreciative customers.

    His family's farm nestled in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley has achieved iconic status worldwide by featuring prominently in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Food. Inc., and the documentary, Fresh," as well as the runaway New York Times best-seller The Omnivore's Dilemma. From his own pen, Salatin explains both the rationale for the satisfaction from a solar-driven, pastured-based, locally-marketed, symbiotic, synergistic, relationally-oriented farm.

    This book describes, with stories and evangelistic fervor, the breadth and depth of the paradigm differences between healing and exploitive food systems. A landscape and food policy epiphany awaits every reader.

    About the author

    Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm, arguably the nation's most famous farm since it was profiled in Michael Pollan's New York Times best-seller, The Omnivore's Dilemma and two subsequent documentaries, "Food, Inc.", and "Fresh." An accomplished author and public speaker, Salatin has authored seven books. Recognition for his ecological and local-based farming advocacy includes an honorary doctorate, the Heinz Award, and many leadership awards.

    Item: 4808

    Author: Joel Salatin

    Format: Paperback

  • THE SMALL-SCALE DAIRY

    The Small-Scale Dairy offers a holistic approach that explores the relationships between careful, conscientious management and the production of safe, healthy and delicious milk. A historical overview offers readers a balanced perspective on the current regulatory environment in which raw milk lovers find themselves.

    Item: 7045

    Author: Gianaclis Caldwell

    Format: Paperback

  • THE SUBURBAN MICRO-FARM

    Reduce your lawn and your grocery budget. Take gardening to the next level! Would you like to grow healthy food for your table? Do you want to learn the secrets of farming even though you live in a neighborhood? Author Amy Stross talks straight about why the suburbs might be the ideal place for a small farm.

    In these pages you'll learn:

    • How to make your landscape as productive as it is beautiful
    • Why the suburbs are primed with food-growing potential
    • How to choose the best crops for success
    • Why you don’t need the perfect yard to have a micro-farm
    • How to use easy permaculture techniques for abundant harvests

    Item: 8832

    Author: Amy Stross

    Format: Paperback

  • THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO NATURAL FARMING AND SUSTAINABLE LIVING

    Permaculture is an important but often misunderstood method of growing food and building homes in a manner that works with nature, rather than against it, to create beautiful, healthy, and useful gardens. Blending ecology, organic agriculture, green home design, appropriate technology, and biology can be confusing and overwhelming, but The Ultimate Guide to Natural Farming and Sustainable Living simplifies this vast field for practical application.

    Item: 7861

    Author: NICOLE FAIRES

    Format: Paperback

  • THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PERMACULTURE

    This is a common-sense approach to sustainable living that creates a self-sufficient and low-effort home for the people that live there, whether in the city or the country. The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture isn’t a philosophy book, or a dissertation on theory. It is a step-by-step, complete guide to every aspect of permaculture.
    Item: 6058

    Author: Nicole Faires

    Format: Paperback

  • The Woman Hobby Farmer

    Hobby farming is alive and thriving in semi-rural, suburban, and rural areas across the country, and female farmers have been cited as the fastest growing sector within the farming community in recent years. With more than 1 million women in the United States and Canada describing farming as their primary source of income, and many more for whom hobby farming is just that—a hobby—the time is right for a publication dedicated to hobby farming from a female perspective. Written for women, by a woman, this insightful volume is packed with stories and advice from women hobby farmers and looks at female-specific farming challenges as well as issues that all farmers face.

    Inside The Woman Hobby Farmer:

    •Discussions on the who, what, why, and where of hobby farming

    •Deciding on your farming goals and making a plan

    •What to expect in your new endeavor

    •How to decide what to plant and prepare your planting sites

    •Advice on feeding, caring for, and housing different types of livestock

    •A look at “agripreneurship”—running and marketing your hobby farm as a successful business

    •Stories, quotes, and advice from successful female hobby farmers

    Item: 8577

    Author: Karen Lanier

    Format: Paperback

  • TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR FARMERS

    Days too short, list too long? Is being too busy taking the fun out of farming? Do you worry your business will suffer because you can't keep up with everything? Are you still expecting things to settle down to a manageable level once your farm gets "up and running"? You are not alone! In this book, farmers from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) speak from the heart about how they manage their days to reach short- and long-term goals while maintaining work/life balance. The result is a treasure trove of proven ideas for the ambitious, energetic self-starter tackling the business of farming.

    "Farmers often feel like the days are never long enough; here is a handy manual that offers real life testimonials about what works on successful farms to get more done in less time." – Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm, Swoope, Virginia

    Item: 8148

    Author: Caroline Owens

    Format: Paperback

  • URBAN FARMING

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    It doesn’t take a farm to have the heart of a farmer. Now, due to a burgeoning sustainable-living movement, you don’t have to own acreage to fulfill your dream of raising your own food. Urban Farming, from Hobby Farm Press, will walk every city and suburban dweller down the path of self sustainability. Urban Farming will introduce readers to the concepts of gardening and farming from a high-rise apartment, participating in a community garden, vertical farming, and converting terraces and other small city spaces into fruitful, vegetableful real estate. This comprehensive volume will answer every up and coming urban farmer’s questions about how, what, where and why—a new green book for the dedicated citizen seeking to reduce his carbon footprint and grocery bill.

    Item: 5856

    Author: Thomas J. Fox

    Format: Paperback

  • URBAN FARMING, 2ND EDITION

    It doesn’t take a farm to have the heart of a farmer. Thanks to the burgeoning sustainable living movement, you don’t have to own acreage to fulfill your dream of raising your own food. Urban Farming, 2nd Edition walks every city and suburban dweller down the path of self-sustainability. It offers practical advice and inspiration for gardening and farming from a high-rise apartment, participating in a community garden, vertical farming, and converting terraces and other small city spaces into fruitful, vegetableful real estate.

    Item: 9266

    Author: Thomas J. Fox

    Format: Paperback

  • Welcome to the Farm: How-To Wisdom From the Elliot Homestead

    The homesteading movement is continuing to grow, as more people are stepping up to have a hand in where their food comes from. Whether you want to dabble or immerse yourself completely in the do-it-yourself, back-to-basics lifestyle, Welcome to the Farm is a comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to growing the very best food right in your own backyard. Shaye Elliott takes readers on a journey that teaches them how to harvest baskets full of organic produce, milk a dairy cow (and make butter), plant a homestead orchard, can jams and jellies, and even raise chickens and bees. From her experience running The Elliott Homestead, Shaye provides all the how-to wisdom you need to know about:

    • The benefits of a home garden
    • The basics of seed starting
    • Building your own greenhouse
    • What belongs in the winter garden
    • Canning, freezing, and dehydrating techniques and recipes
    • The pros and cons of caged vs. free-range chickens
    • Keeping a dairy cow and what to do with all the milk
    • Raising animals for meat
    • Making your own cider and wine
    • And so much more!


    Welcome to the Farm is aimed to serve homesteaders and urban-farmers alike, guiding them through the beginning stages of small-area farming and utilizing whatever amount of space they have available for optimal and delicious food production.

    Item: 8576

    Author: Shaye Ellliot

    Format: Paperback

  • YOUR SUCCESSFUL FARM BUSINESS: PRODUCTION, PROFIT, PLEASURE

    Twenty years ago Joel Salatin wrote You Can Farm, which has launched thousands of farm entrepreneurs around the world. In those 20 years, Salatin’s Polyface Farm progressed from a small family operation to a 20-person, 6,000-customer, 50-restaurant business, all without sales targets, government grants, or an off-farm nest egg. With these two decades’ worth of experience as a full-time farmer under his belt, Saladin has decided to build on that foundation with a sequel to his original book, thereby providing readers a graduate-level curriculum. Everyone who reads and enjoys You Can Farm will benefit from this additional information. Located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Polyface Farm serves as a germination tray for new farmers ready to take over the 50 percent of America's agricultural equity that will become available over the next two decades. The farm stands as a beacon of hope in a food and farming system that’s floundering in dysfunction: toxicity, pathogenicity, nutrient deficiency, bankruptcy, geezers, and erosion. Speaking to that fear and confusion, Salatin offers a pathway to success, with production, profit, and pleasure thrown in for good measure.

    Item: 8399

    Author: JOEL SALATIN

    Format: Paperback

  • YOUTH RENEWING THE COUNTRYSIDE

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    Whether we live in Manhattan or Peoria, we depend on a healthy countryside: It supplies the food we eat. So it’s welcome news that across the nation, a hearty crop is taking root. Smart, young people are returning to the roots of American Agriculture — roots steeped in a tradition and culture of diversity, quality and respect for the Earth. Full of brilliant color photographs, Youth Renewing the Countryside shares remarkable stories of young people in each state changing the world through rural renewal.

    Produced by Renewing the Countryside in partnership with young writers and photographers across the country and with support from Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) and the Center for Rural Strategies.

    Item: 4818

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