Five acres and independence

a practical guide to the selection and management of the small farm
Author: Maurice Grenville Kains
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Agriculture
Page: 397
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Ten Acres Enough

Small-Farm Self-Sufficiency Through High-Quality Produce. A Back-to-the-Land Adventure From 1864
Author: Edmund Morris,Robert Plamondon
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780972177085
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 176
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Ten years after Henry David Thoreau learned how to be a poor farmer, Edmund Morris learned how to be a good one. Ten Acres Enough is the personal story of how Morris quit the publishing business and achieved happiness and prosperity by farming ten acres of fruits and berries. Rather than glorifying poverty and isolation, Ten Acres Enough shows farming as the path to financial security, while still providing all the benefits of country life-provided that the farmer understands that the key lies in producing crops of the highest possible quality, while living within striking distance of a major market. Five Acres Enough has left its mark on generations of back-to-the-land farmers. Its influence on both the title and the contents of M. G. Kains' classic Five Acres and Independence (1935) is obvious. And it is benefiting readers today, whether as a piece of Americana or as a source of small-farm ideas and inspiration. Through nearly 150 years old, Ten Acres Enough remains a fascinating book. However, the passage of time is making the original edition increasingly inaccessible due to its archaic vocabulary and style. This "Revived Edition" has been copy-edited to restore its clarity.

Small Farm Handbook, 2nd Edition


Author: Laura Tourte,Ben Andrews Faber
Publisher: UCANR Publications
ISBN: 1601076983
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 182
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Since its publication in 1994, the Small Farm Handbook has been an essential resource for California’s small farmers and the agricultural professionals advising them – selling over 4300 copies. Now this invaluable reference has been updated and expanded for today’s small-scale producers. The handbook covers three essential areas: Background skills and knowledge, the business side, and the farming side Within these broad areas you’ll find specific chapters on: Requirements for Successful Farming Growing Crops Raising Animals Farm and Financial Management Marketing and Product Sales Labor Management Also included are profiles of six small farm operators representing a sample of California’s diverse agriculture. Throughout you’ll get a look at emerging trends and issues for California agriculture and innovative methods for better production and management, all of which can lead to better farm performance. Drawing upon the knowledge of 32 experts from the University of California, No other publication covers the topics, issues, and facets of California’s small-scale agriculture with this depth or level of expertise. From the basics to risk management, specialty crops to marketing and product sales, this guide covers the gamut.

Five Acres and Independence


Author: Maurice G. Kains
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486316882
Category: Nature
Page: 432
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This classic of the back-to-the-land movement is packed with solid, timeless information. Written by a renowned horticulturist, it has taught generations how to make their land self-sufficient. 95 figures.

One Acre and Security

How to Live Off the Earth Without Ruining It
Author: Bradford Angier
Publisher: Willow Creek Press
ISBN: 9781572233942
Category: Nature
Page: 320
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Willow Creek Press is proud to bring back to print Bradford Angier's classic One Acre & Security: How To Live Off the Earth Without Ruining It. First published in 1972, Angier (deceased) is one of the pre-eminent voices of the back-to-the-earth movement. One Acre & Security is a book for all those who have dreamed of living close to the earth, not in the wilderness, but on land within easy driving distance of the city or suburbs. It begins by explaining what sort of land to look for, where to look and how to make sure of land titles. It goes on to discuss organic gardening on one acre of land, raising herbs for money and bees for honey, growing grapes, making wine, juice and jellies, and drying raisins. For the more serious back-to-the-earther, there are sections on how to build a house, keep cows, goats, sheep, pigs and poultry, raise rabbits, earthworms, fish, frogs and turtles, and how to find the best hunting and fishing. Angier's text is as useful and thorough today as it was 30 years ago, and deserves to be on the shelves of a new generation of back-to-earthers.

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.

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."

Living on an Acre

A Practical Guide to the Self-Reliant Life
Author: U.S. Department. of Agriculture
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762765550
Category: House & Home
Page: 336
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The classic USDA handbook to self-reliant living, now completely revised and updated.

You Can Farm

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start and Succeed in a Farm Enterprise
Author: Joel Salatin
Publisher: Polyface Incorporated
ISBN: 9780963810922
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 480
View: 6256

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Grow It!

The Beginner's Complete In-harmony-with-nature Small Farm Guide, from Vegetable and Grain Growing to Livestock Care
Author: Richard W. Langer
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN: 9780374523909
Category: Gardening
Page: 360
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For anyone who owns land - whether it be five or fifty acres - this is an indispensable guide to small-scale organic farming, with advice on everything from building and stocking a pond to planting an orchard or making cheese." Grow It "presents a philosophy and life-style in tune with today's concern for the environment.

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.

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.

Five Acres and Independence


Author: Maurice G. Kains
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486316882
Category: Nature
Page: 432
View: 957

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This classic of the back-to-the-land movement is packed with solid, timeless information. Written by a renowned horticulturist, it has taught generations how to make their land self-sufficient. 95 figures.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

A Year of Food Life
Author: Barbara Kingsolver,Camille Kingsolver,Steven L. Hopp
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061795831
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 400
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Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat. "As the U.S. population made an unprecedented mad dash for the Sun Belt, one carload of us paddled against the tide, heading for the Promised Land where water falls from the sky and green stuff grows all around. We were about to begin the adventure of realigning our lives with our food chain. "Naturally, our first stop was to buy junk food and fossil fuel. . . ." Hang on for the ride: With characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that's better for the neighborhood and also better on the table. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet. "This is the story of a year in which we made every attempt to feed ourselves animals and vegetables whose provenance we really knew . . . and of how our family was changed by our first year of deliberately eating food produced from the same place where we worked, went to school, loved our neighbors, drank the water, and breathed the air." Includes an excerpt from Flight Behavior.

Small-Scale Livestock Farming

A Grass-Based Approach for Health, Sustainability, and Profit
Author: Carol Ekarius
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603427341
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 192
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Full of practical everyday advice, this guide explains how a natural, organic approach to livestock farming produces healthy animals, reduces costs, and increases your operation’s self-sufficiency. Livestock expert Carol Ekarius helps you create a viable farm plan, choose suitable livestock, care for your animals’ health, and confidently manage housing, fencing, and feeding. Case studies of successful farmers provide inspiration as you learn everything you need to know to run a prosperous livestock farm and make the lifestyle of your dreams a reality.

Of Mice and Men

A Play
Author: John Steinbeck
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143127276
Category: Drama
Page: 172
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Presents a dramatization of the tragic story of the friendship between two migrant workers, George and Lenny, and their dream of owning a farm.

The Call of the Land (2nd Edition) - An Agrarian Primer for the 21st Century


Author: Steven McFadden
Publisher: NorlightsPress
ISBN: 1935254456
Category: Agricultural ecology
Page: 206
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The Call of the Land is a sourcebook exploring positive pathways for food security, economic stability, environmental repair, and cultural renewal. This book shows how everyone can respond creatively to the challenges we face. From community gardens and locavore restaurants to urban farms and local food banks, this book is a survey and synthesis of the great transition that is underway.