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The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms is a small-scale diversified working and teaching farm. They are a registered nursery, licensed seed dealer, grain dealer, and dairy goat farm. This book includes recipes and information regarding their workshops, from simple-cheese making, tapping maple trees using sumac spiles, making flower essence jellies, growing hops and bloody butcher corn, and much more.
With practical tips and techniques, Farming on the Wild Side is both an expert guide and an inspiring story of how and why the Haydens turned a former conventional dairy farm into a biodiversity-based regenerative farm. It’s a story about their farming practices and how they built a relationship with the land and all its inhabitants by working to heal and restore as co-creators with nature.
In Farming on the Wild Side, you’ll find information on:
• The benefits of pesticide-free perennial polyculture fruit plantings
• Regenerative no-till soil practices
• Rootstocks, scion wood, and grafting basics
• Working with and propagating uncommon berries like clove currants, beach plums, and honey berries
• And much more!
Farming While Black is the first comprehensive how-to guide for aspiring African-heritage growers to reclaim their dignity as agriculturists and for all farmers to understand the distinct, technical contributions of African-heritage people to sustainable agriculture.
As communities seek greater resiliency in the wake of economic upheaval, job loss, climate change and global food shortages, local farmers are seen as a key resource to help reinvigorate (or create) a diversified, regionalized, ecologically based food system. Farms with a Future explores the passion, creativity and entrepreneurship that's needed to help family farms find their niche and remain sustainable and successful in an age of agribusiness and consolidation.
What is a farm with a future? What will make it sustainable and resilient? And what key qualities and skills does a farmer need in today's climate to be successful?
Rebecca Thistlethwaite addresses these and other crucial questions in this must-read book for anyone aspiring to get into small to mid-scale market farming, or who wants to make their existing farm more dynamic, profitable and, above all, sustainable.
A growing interest in locally grown food is evident: In 2008, local food sales (direct to consumers or direct to restaurants/retailers) totaled $4.8 billion dollars, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. Those sales were predicted to top $7 billion by the end of 2011.
An experienced farmer herself, Thistlethwaite does not idealize or romanticize her subject in Farms with a Future. "If you are not prepared for some serious hard work, inclement weather, dirt lodged in every crevice of your body, and being so dog-tired that you fall into your easy chair at night and don't wake up until the next morning, then you might look into another vocation," the author warns.
Thistlethwaite and her husband took a one-year sabbatical and traveled the length and breadth of the United States to live and work alongside some of the nation's most innovative farmers to learn some of their best practices … and a whole lot about what doesn't work too.
Farms with a Future introduces readers to some of the country's most innovative farmers, who are embracing their "inner entrepreneur": unabashedly marketing and sharing the pride they have for what they produce; building systems and finding efficiencies and cost savings so they don't have to keep raising prices every year; shying away from huge debt loads by developing ways to build their businesses patiently over time, using earned income or creative arrangements with their community of customers; harnessing natural processes to ensure they are not degrading the natural resources the farms depend upon; and treating their employees and volunteers like family.
While many other books address agricultural production, very few talk about business management for long-term sustainability. Farms with a Future will help guide farmers to manage for long-term sustainability and build a triple-bottom-line farming business focused on economic viability, social justice and ecological soundness.
Readily available plant and animal residues can supply an extremely valuable source of plant foods that over the years will reward you with better soil, better crops, and reduced grocery and fertilizer bills.
This e-handbook is aimed at helping you do just that as inexpensively as possible. Topics discussed in this handy reference include soil composition, air and water conditions, planting tips and growing your own green manure. A great resource for discovering how composting and mulching can richly benefit the soil, how to use these materials and what to use to make them. 36 pages.
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America's average farmer is 60 years old. When young people can't get in, old people can't get out. Approaching a watershed moment, our culture desperately needs a generational transfer of millions of farm acres facing abandonment, development or amalgamation into ever-larger holdings. Based on his decades of experience with interns and multigenerational partnerships at Polyface Farm, farmer and author Joel Salatin digs deep into the problems and solutions surrounding this land- and knowledge-transfer crisis. Fields of Farmers empowers aspiring young farmers, midlife farmers and nonfarming landlords to build regenerative, profitable agricultural enterprises.
This practical guide contains all of the information you need to have before purchasing farmland, covering everything from the characteristics of the land and the surrounding area to government regulations, land use considerations, and financing. Checklists and questionnaires are included to help you decide exactly what you need and how to find it.
p>As the average age of America’s farmers continues to rise, we face serious questions about what farming will look like in the near future, and who will be growing our food. Many younger people are interested in going into agriculture, especially organic farming, but cannot find affordable land, or lack the conceptual framework and practical information they need to succeed in a job that can be both difficult and deeply fulfilling.
In Fruitful Labor, Mike Madison meticulously describes the ecology of his own small family farm in the Sacramento Valley of California. He covers issues of crop ecology such as soil fertility, irrigation needs, and species interactions, as well as the broader agroecological issues of the social, economic, regulatory, and technological environments in which the farm operates. The final section includes an extensive analysis of sustainability on every level.
For hard-working urban professionals Kristy Athens and her husband, Michael, living in the country was a romantic dream. After purchasing 7 acres in Washington's beautiful Columbia River Gorge, Athens and her husband were surprised to learn just how challenging rural life could be.
Get Your Pitchfork On! provides the hard-learned nuts-and-bolts of rural living, from city folk who were in over their heads. Practical and often hilarious.
Get Your Pitchfork On! gives urbanites the practical tools they need to realize their own dreams of getting away from it all, with the basics of home, farm and hearth. The book enters territory that others avoid-straightforward advice about the social aspects of country living, from health care to schools to small-town politics. Athens doesn't shy away from controversial subjects, such as owning firearms and hiring migrant workers.
Kristy Athens' nonfiction and short fiction have been published in a number of magazines, newspapers and literary journals, most recently Jackson Hole Review, High Desert Journal, Barely South Review and the anthology Mamas and Papas. Athens currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works for Oregon Humanities and is also an artist and novice fiddle player. She and her husband are plotting their next attempt at rural living.
Owning a small wood or being able to help look after one well has become an increasingly popular subject. Getting Started in Your Own Wood has all you need to know about the basics. It is written by experts committed to the care and stewardship of woodland resources and provides practical advice and guidance for those coming to woodland management for the first time.
Getting Started in Your Own Wood is an expanded and updated edition of Julian Evans’ hugely successful Badgers, Beeches and Blisters, first published in the United Kingdom in 2006 and reprinted four times. Every chapter has been revised, and two new chapters were added by Will Rolls on firewood and tree pests and diseases. This revised and expanded edition includes:
It's not often that someone stumbles into entrepreneurship and ends up reviving a community and starting a national economic-reform movement. But that’s what happened when, in 1983, Judy Wicks founded the White Dog Café on the first floor of her house on a row of Victorian brownstones in West Philadelphia. After helping to save her block from demolition, Judy grew what began as a tiny muffin shop into a 200-seat restaurant—one of the first to feature local, organic, and humane food. The restaurant blossomed into a regional hub for community, and a national powerhouse for modeling socially responsible business.
Good Morning, Beautiful Business is a memoir about the evolution of an entrepreneur who would not only change her neighborhood, but would also change her world—helping communities far and wide create local living economies that value people and place as much as commerce and that make communities not just interesting and diverse and prosperous, but also resilient.
Wicks recounts a girlhood coming of age in the sixties, a stint working in an Alaska Eskimo village in the seventies, her experience cofounding the first Free People's store (now well known as Urban Outfitters), her accidental entry into the world of restauranteering, the emergence of the celebrated White Dog Café, and her eventual role as an international leader and speaker in the local-living-economies movement.
Her memoir traces the roots of her career—exploring what it takes to marry social change and commerce, and do business differently. Passionate, fun, and inspirational, Good Morning, Beautiful Business explores the way women, and men, can follow both mind and heart, do what’s right, and do well by doing good.
Raising chickens involves a variety of skills, from building a chicken coop to knowing what to feed the birds. GRIT Country Skills Series Guide to Chickens shows all you need to know. In this issue, you will read advice from flock owners and gain insight on incubators vs. broody hens.
Read about basic surviving skills, turkey hunting, whitetails, and more in the GRIT Country Skills Series Guide to Hunting. Whether you’re a beginner or have been out hunting hundreds of times, this guide has helpful tips for a successful hunting season.
The Grit Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 7th edition has more than 39 ways to be the best beekeeper! Plus, its articles include recent studies on the honey bee’s decline; businesses that provide classes for beekeepers; lessons on capturing a swarm wherever and whenever; recipes for cooking and baking with honey; and guidance for extracting and processing of honey the easy way.
Read how to get to know your bees and the sweet truth about the life and times of one of humankind’s most important social insects. Discover the 10 items to take to the bee yard. Learn the difference between hives and the lists of pros and cons of the three top beehive designs: Top-Bar, Warre, and Langstroth. Read how to build a honey extractor from simple materials available in your local hardware store. Put down the sugar bowl and switch to honey with the wholesome recipes inside this colorful guide.
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Learn everything you need to know about raising bees with the Grit Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey! Beekeeping is becoming both more popular and more necessary in our world. Experience the beauty and joy of raising your own bees every day with this guide! Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey will teach you how to: attract pollinators with buzzworthy plants; discover the differences between beehives; use fresh, local honey in a host of recipes; and more. Read all the beekeeping basics to get you started, or take it a few steps further and become an expert beekeeper in your own backyard! Peruse articles on harnessing a swarm of honey bees (also known as getting your bees for free), building honey extractors, spotting the difference in beehives, the pros and cons of a top-bar hive, and more. This 96-page guide will get you started on being your own backyard beekeeper.
Although they are small, bees are one of the most important insects in our ecosystem. The sweet part is, we can keep them in our own backyard! The Grit Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 8th Edition shows how easy and rewarding it is to have a colony of your own. You’ll learn five helpful tips to know before getting started, the differences between the top three beehive designs, how to harness a swarm to save money, and more!
Looking to start raising rabbits for meat? Wondering how you can keep those pesky wild rabbits out of your garden? Grit’s Guide to Backyard Rabbits is the answer to all these questions and many more. Inside this 96-page guide you'll find more than 69 keys to a successful rabbit-raising enterprise.
Follow the simple instructions to help your rabbitry dreams move from concept to reality, with easy-to-follow rabbit housing plans. Discover how to cook with rabbit meat. Learn the best time to start breeding rabbits, and how to care and feed your pregnant does. Read how to keep your rabbit healthy by following basic guidelines.
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Want the best-looking yard in your neighborhood? Or a sprawling green lawn that welcomes visitors as they make their way up your driveway? With the help of the Grit Guide to Field and Lawn Care you'll discover how to grow and maintain the sharpest lawn, as well as tips for safe mowing, advice for rejuvenating your lawn, and so much more.
Packed from cover to cover with expertise on field and lawn care, this helpful guide can assist you as you decide which mower will work best for your yard. And whether you need an economical pushmower or a time-saving zero turn machine, you'll find advice on routine maintenance that will keep your mower or garden tractor on track all summer long. Read 10 ways to sustainably manage the unwanted weeds that sprout up every year. Master the ins and outs of lawn maintenance and keep your yard looking its best all summer. Plus, learn how to lawn stripe your yard: Not only will it look professionally mowed, but fertilizing and overseeding will be that much easier!
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Live self-sufficiently with this GRIT Premium Country Resource Set! Get all the know-how and the best advice for country-living from GRIT, including how to raise chickens, how to live frugally in the country, and how to make money from farmers markets. This set includes: GRIT Premium: Guide to Chickens, 2nd Edition GRIT has created more than six editions of GRIT Guide to Chickens, and all have been extremely popular with readers and full of valuable, expertly written articles on raising and maintaining a healthy backyard flock. Now, GRIT has compiled the best of the best chicken articles into this newly updated and revised premium issue! The second edition of the GRIT Premium: Guide to Chickens features 112 pages of articles to get you tending your flock to the best of your abilities. With this premium issue, get advice from GRIT flock owners, learn about a variety of chicken breeds, discover why and how a rooster crows, try delicious recipes for eggs and meat chickens, keep predators at bay, build a coop, and more. Other articles include: • Incredible Homestead Chickens – Easy-to-keep, chickens will provide delicious eggs and meat, plus bug control, fertilizer, and tillage. • Use Up Those Eggs – Without feeding the local wildlife. • Wintering Chickens – Fowl weather lies ahead; follow a few easy steps, and your flock won’t be vulnerable. • Chickens in the Garden – You can “recoop” much of the expense of raising chickens by putting their manure to work in your garden and enlisting your birds for organic pest control. • Adventures with Mail-Order Chickens – Certain beverages and ordering poultry do not mix. GRIT PREMIUM: GUIDE TO FRUGAL COUNTRY LIVING, WINTER 2016 GRIT has compiled expertly written tips on thriving on less out where the pavement ends. The new Grit Premium Issue: Guide to Frugal Country Living is 112 pages of articles that help you live a more sustainable lifestyle. Inside, you’ll find how to create your own home-based business, heat the homestead with wood, build a hoop house, feed a flock of chickens the easy way, learn more about cast-iron cookware, make your own soap, and so much more. Learn how a few extra seed saving steps, and simple ones at that, will keep your garden growing next year. Read everything you need to know when considering a biomass system to heat your home or shop. Discover how reclaimed-lumber raised beds let you garden without the toil of tilling. Find out how the original nonstick cookware – with its versatility, durability, and ease of use, remains a kitchen essential. Learn the best (and simple) homemade cleaning recipes and avoid harmful chemicals (and save money!). Other articles include: • Farmhouse Kitchen Renovation – For about $1,000, you can give your kitchen area an inspired and refreshing face-lift. • Salvaging Our Past – Reuse and repurpose items from the junk pile or antique shop for unique and low-budget farmstead furnishings. • Build a Passive Solar Greenhouse – Grow vegetables anywhere in any season in these climate-optimized, zero-energy-input greenhouses. • How to Cook Wild Game Meat – Learn the techniques to cook wild game meat for the best results, and try one of these five recipes for big and small game and wild fowl. • Save Money with Home-Canned Foods – The pursuit of food independence is a proposition that pays off. GRIT PREMIUM FARMERS MARKET SPRING 2018 Profit from your homestead with this brand-new premium issue of Grit! With Farmers Markets, learn how to: create a home-based business; break into your local farmers market; create a DIY personalized farm stand sign; become a beekeeper and grow lavender to make a profit; can jams and jellies for display at fairs; sell bread, soap, and birdhouses; and more! Do what you love to do every day, but create a business out of it. This 113-page issue contains 28 popular and relevant articles from Grit’s archives. 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