Compact Farms

15 Proven Plans for Market Farms on 5 Acres or Less; Includes Detailed Farm Layouts for Productivity and Efficiency
Author: Josh Volk
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1612125956
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 176
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Small is beautiful, and these 15 real farm plans show that small-scale farmers can have big-time success. Compact Farms is an illustrated guide for anyone dreaming of starting, expanding, or perfecting a profitable farming enterprise on five acres or less. The farm plans explain how to harness an area’s water supply, orientation, and geography in order to maximize efficiency and productivity while minimizing effort. Profiles of well-known farmers such as Eliot Coleman and Jean-Martin Fortier show that farming on a small scale in any region, in both urban and rural settings, can provide enough income to turn the endeavor from hobby to career. These real-life plans and down-and-dirty advice will equip you with everything you need to actually realize your farm dreams.

Mini Farming

Self Sufficiency on a 1/4 Acre
Author: Brett L. Markham
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1602399840
Category: House & Home
Page: 227
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Start a mini farm on a quarter acre or less and provide 85 percent of the food for a family of four and earn an income."

The Market Gardener

A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming
Author: Jean-Martin Fortier,Marie Bilodeau
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 0865717656
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 224
View: 1181

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Grow better not bigger with proven low-tech, human-scale, biointensive farming methods

Sustainable Market Farming

Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres
Author: Pam Dawling
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1550925121
Category: Gardening
Page: 456
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Growing for 100 - the complete year-round guide for the small-scale market grower.

Market Farming Success

The Business of Growing and Selling Local Food
Author: Lynn Byczynski
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603583866
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 275
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Market Farming Success is an indispensable guide to market gardening and farming for those in the business of growing and selling food, flowers, herbs, or plants. Condensing decades of growing experience from every part of the United States and Canada, Lynn Byczynski - editor and publisher of Growing for Market - identifies crucial areas that usually trip up beginners and shows growers how to avoid common obstacles. This book differentiates between market gardens, market farms, and vegetable farms, offering a concise and useful overview of how to find land, select and grow crops, acquire appropriate equipment, and market your produce, as well as tackle recordkeeping, insurance, and other fundamental business topics.--COVER.

The Lean Farm

How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work
Author: Ben Hartman
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603585923
Category: Agriculture
Page: 256
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A practical, systems-based approach for a more sustainable farming operation To many people today, using the words “factory” and “farm” in the same sentence is nothing short of sacrilege. In many cases, though, the same sound business practices apply whether you are producing cars or carrots. Author Ben Hartman and other young farmers are increasingly finding that incorporating the best new ideas from business into their farming can drastically cut their wastes and increase their profits, making their farms more environmentally and economically sustainable. By explaining the lean system for identifying and eliminating waste and introducing efficiency in every aspect of the farm operation, The Lean Farm makes the case that small-scale farming can be an attractive career option for young people who are interested in growing food for their community. Working smarter, not harder, also prevents the kind of burnout that start-up farmers often encounter in the face of long, hard, backbreaking labor. Lean principles grew out of the Japanese automotive industry, but they are now being followed on progressive farms around the world. Using examples from his own family’s one-acre community-supported farm in Indiana, Hartman clearly instructs other small farmers in how to incorporate lean practices in each step of their production chain, from starting a farm and harvesting crops to training employees and selling goods. While the intended audience for this book is small-scale farmers who are part of the growing local food movement, Hartman’s prescriptions for high-value, low-cost production apply to farms and businesses of almost any size or scale that hope to harness the power of lean in their production processes.

The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner

What to Do & When to Do It in the Garden, Orchard, Barn, Pasture & Equipment Shed
Author: Ann Larkin Hansen
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1612126987
Category: House & Home
Page: 208
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This hardworking addition to the best-selling Backyard Homestead series offers expert advice on what tasks to do around your farm and when to do them — no matter where on the planet you call home. Author Ann Larkin Hansen sets the priorities for each area of the farm, including the barn, garden, orchard, field, pasture, and woodlot. For every critical turn of the year (12 in all), Hansen provides an at-a-glance to-do list along with tips and a more in-depth discussion of key topics for the season. Easy-reference charts, checklists, and record-keeping sections help you keep track of it all.

How to Build a 12 X 14 Hoop Greenhouse with Electricity For $300


Author: Jesse W. Love
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781482035872
Category: Gardening
Page: 66
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Grow your own organic vegetables and enjoy fresh flowers late into the winter and early in the spring with your sturdy, homemade hoop greenhouse. Easy to follow, step-by-step guide to building a spacious 12'x14' greenhouse using reinforced PVC pipe that stands up to high winds and heavy snows! Includes detailed drawings, 25 closeup pictures and a complete list with pictures of every component, fastener and tool you will need to make it perfect.

The Mini Farming Bible

The Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency on 1⁄4 Acre
Author: Brett L. Markham
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1632200473
Category: Gardening
Page: 560
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When Brett Markham published a small black and white handbook about how to run a successful mini farm—he never dreamed how popular the book would soon become. In 2010 Skyhorse Publishing Inc. published Brett’s book in full color with over a hundred of the author’s own photographs—and Mini Farming became an instant bestseller spawning four additional Mini Farming books on everything from fermenting to composting. Now for the first time all 5 Mini Farming titles are collected together in one massive volume: Mini Farming Maximizing Your Mini Farm Mini Farming Guide to Composting Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening Mini Farming Guide to Fermenting Learn how to make your own compost, save seeds, start a compost pile, ferment your own wine, get the most out of your vegetable garden—and more! And all on just ¼ acre or less. Learn why tens of thousands of readers across North America have chosen Mini Farming for all their self sufficiency needs. This is the must have guide for any farmer—whether they’re beginners or experienced mini farmers looking for new ideas.

The Urban Farmer

Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land
Author: Curtis Stone
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1771421916
Category: Gardening
Page: 288
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There are twenty million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement. The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include: Low capital investment and overhead costs Reduced need for expensive infrastructure Easy access to markets Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces. Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a commercial urban farm growing vegetables for farmers markets, restaurants, and retail outlets. During his slower months, Curtis works as a public speaker, teacher, and consultant, sharing his story to inspire a new generation of farmers.

The Independent Farmstead

Growing Soil, Biodiversity, and Nutrient-Dense Food with Grassfed Animals and Intensive Pasture Management
Author: Beth Dougherty,Shawn Dougherty
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603586229
Category: Organic farming
Page: 336
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With in-depth information on electric fencing, watering, and husbandry for ruminants, poultry, and pigs, plus butchering, dairying, and more If we work hard, we sleep well. Twenty years ago, when authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased the land they would come to name the Sow s Ear, the state of Ohio designated it not suitable for agriculture. Today, their family raises and grows 90% of their own food. Such self-sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture management. Pioneered by such luminaries as Allan Savory, Greg Judy, and Joel Salatin, the tenets of holistic grazing employed mostly by larger-scale commercial operations have been adapted by the Doughertys to fit their family s needs. In The Independent Farmstead, The Sow s Ear model for regenerating the land and growing food the best you ever tasted is elucidated for others to use and build upon. In witty and welcoming style, The Independent Farmstead covers everything from choosing a species of ruminant and incorporating it into a grass-based system to innovative electric fencing and watering systems, to what to do with all of the milk, meat, and, yes, manure that the self-sustaining farm produces. Within these pages, the Doughertys discuss how to: Find and improve poor, waste, or abused land and develop its natural water resources; Select and purchase the appropriate ruminant for regenerating your farmstead; Apply fencing strategies and pasture management basics; Implement basic, uncomplicated food processing, including large and small animal butchering and cheese making; and Integrate grass, gardens, and livestock to minimize or eliminate the need for off-farm inputs. As the Doughertys write, more and more people today are feeling the desire for clean, affordable food, unmodified, unprocessed, and unmedicated and the security of local food sourcing for ourselves and our children. The Independent Farmstead is a must-have resource for those who count themselves as part of this movement: both new and prospective farmers and homesteaders, and those who are interested in switching to grass-based systems. Best of all it s the kind of rare how-to book that the authors themselves view not as a compendium of one-size-fits-all instructions but as the beginning of a conversation, one that is utterly informative, sincere, and inspiring. "

Welcome to the Farm

How-to Wisdom from The Elliott Homestead
Author: Shaye Elliott
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493030426
Category: Gardening
Page: 368
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A fresh, new guide to the backyard lifestyle 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-change 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.

The Flower Farmer

An Organic Grower's Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers
Author: Lynn Byczynski
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1933392657
Category: Gardening
Page: 266
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Acre-for-acre, flowers are the most profitable--as well as the most beautiful--crop on the farm. In The Flower Farmer expert flower grower Lynn Byczynski provides a complete introduction to raising a cornucopia of cut flowers for home use and for sale to retail customers, florists, and other markets. The book offers detailed, manageable plans for flower growing on a scale ranging from a backyard border to a half-acre commercial garden. It will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, including: Home gardeners who want growing tips from professionals, so that they can enjoy an abundance of flowers year-round in fresh and dried bouquets Passionate gardeners and small-scale growers who want to raise and sell cut flowers in season for additional income Small commercial farmers who want to increase farm revenue or even make a living from selling field-grown, specialty cut flowers. The Flower Farmer provides a clear, realistic look at both the benefits and the challenges of growing flowers organically for local markets. Chapters include information on: The best varieties of cut flowers--an A-Z list of more than one hundred recommended annuals and perennials, spotlighting the cultivars that are grown by professional flower farmers How to cut, store, and preserve flowers for long-lasting beauty How to dry flowers for crafting or for a dried-flower business Flower-arranging basics from a designer's perspective Extending the season with woody shrubs and trees Marketing options for commercial growers, including sales at farmer's markets, supermarkets, florists, and wholesalers. Sprinkled throughout are profiles of successful flower farmers--from Vermont to California, Texas to Wisconsin--each of them providing a unique perspective proving that growing flowers can be as profitable as it is satisfying.

Street Farm

Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier
Author: Michael Ableman
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603586024
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia--one of the worst urban slums in North America--who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood. It is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing others as a way to heal our world and ourselves. During the past seven years, Sole Food Street Farms--now North America's largest urban farm project--has transformed acres of vacant and contaminated urban land into street farms that grow artisan-quality fruits and vegetables. By providing jobs, agricultural training, and inclusion in a community of farmers and food lovers, the Sole Food project has empowered dozens of individuals with limited resources who are managing addiction and chronic mental health problems. Sole Food's mission is to encourage small farms in every urban neighborhood so that good food can be accessible to all, and to do so in a manner that allows everyone to participate in the process. In Street Farm, author-photographer-farmer Michael Ableman chronicles the challenges, growth, and success of this groundbreaking project and presents compelling portraits of the neighborhood residents-turned-farmers whose lives have been touched by it. Throughout, he also weaves his philosophy and insights about food and farming, as well as the fundamentals that are the underpinnings of success for both rural farms and urban farms. Street Farm will inspire individuals and communities everywhere by providing a clear vision for combining innovative farming methods with concrete social goals, all of which aim to create healthier and more resilient communities.

Living on One Acre Or Less

How to Produce All the Fruit, Veg, Meat, Fish and Eggs Your Family Needs
Author: Sally Morgan
Publisher: Green Books
ISBN: 9780857843302
Category:
Page: 224
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You don't need a huge parcel of land to start your own mini-farm and live more self-sufficiently. With an acre, or even a half-acre, you can juggle a job, family, and still grow fruit and veg and even have some chickens, pigs or sheep. Sally Morgan takes the reader through the basics of a starting your own smallholding, including planning and setting up, growing your own fruit and vegetables, keeping chickens, pigs and sheep - all while making use of sustainable and organic principles. This inspirational book is perfect for anyone who aspires to take control of their food supply, or who wants to do more with the land they've got.

Fearless Farm Finances

Farm Financial Management Demystified Second Edition
Author: Jody L Padgham,Paul Dietmann,Craig Chase
Publisher: Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service
ISBN: 9780692801888
Category:
Page: N.A
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Fearless Farm Finances is a one-of-a-kind resource packed with instructions, tips and tools for setting up and managing a farm's financial system. The 2nd edition offers new information and templates for those setting up paper-based systems, a new chapter on farm transition, as well as a new layout and updated resources.

The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook

Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture
Author: Andrew Mefferd
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603586377
Category:
Page: 288
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Best practices for the eight most profitable crops Today only a few dozen large-scale producers dominate the greenhouse produce market. Why? Because they know and employ best practices for the most profitable crops: tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, leafy greens, lettuce, herbs, and microgreens. The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook levels the playing field by revealing these practices so that all growers--large and small--can maximize the potential of their protected growing space. Whether growing in a heated greenhouse or unheated hoophouse, this book offers a decision-making framework for how to best manage crops that goes beyond a list of simple do's and don'ts. As senior trial technician for greenhouse crops at Johnny's Selected Seeds, author Andrew Mefferd spent seven years consulting for growers using protected agriculture in a wide variety of climates, soils, and conditions. The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook brings his experience and expertise to bear in an in-depth guide that will help readers make their investment in greenhouse space worthwhile. Every year, more growers are turning to protected culture to deal with unpredictable weather and to meet out-of-season demand for local food, but many end up spinning their wheels, wasting time and money on unprofitable crops grown in ways that don't make the most of their precious greenhouse space. With comprehensive chapters on temperature control and crop steering, pruning and trellising, grafting, and more, Mefferd's book is full of techniques and strategies that can help farms stay profitable, satisfy customers, and become an integral part of re-localizing our food system. From seed to sale, The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook is the indispensable resource for protected growing.

The Farmer's Office

Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business
Author: Julia Shanks
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 1550926101
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 272
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Starting and running a farm makes one into both a farmer and an entrepreneur, and to be ecologically and financially sustainable, farmers must understand basic accounting and bookkeeping in order to manage their growing business. The Farmer’s Office gives farmers the tools they need to think like an entrepreneur and thoughtfully manage their business for success.