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The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants

The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants Lowest new price: $13.61
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Author: Samuel Thayer
Brand: Samuel Thayer

A guide to 32 of the best and most common edible wild plants in North America, with detailed information on how to identify them, where they are found, how and when they are harvested, which parts are used, how they are prepared, as well as their culinary use, ecology, conservation, and cultural history.

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  • Winner of the 2006 Midwest Book Award!
  • 218 color photos, demonstrating each edible part in the proper stage of harvest, plus showing important identifying features
  • Step-by-step tutorial to positive plant identification
  • Photos and text comparing potentially confusing plants
  • Thorough discussion on how to gather and use the plants

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You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise

You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise Lowest new price: $18.63
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Author: Joel Salatin
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Have you ever desired, deep within your soul, to make a comfortable full-time living from a farming enterprise? Too often people dare not even vocalize this desire because it seems absurd. It's like thinking the unthinkable.

After all, the farm population is dwindling. It takes too much capital to start. The pay is too low. The working conditions are dusty, smelly and noisy: not the place to raise a family. This is all true, and more, for most farmers.

But for farm entrepreneurs, the opportunities for a farm family business have never been greater. The aging farm population is creating cavernous niches begging to be filled by creative visionaries who will go in dynamic new directions. As the industrial agriculture complex crumbles and our culture clambers for clean food, the countryside beckons anew with profitable farming opportunities.

While this book can be helpful to all farmers, it targets the wannabes, the folks who actually entertain notions of living, loving and learning on a piece of land. Anyone willing to dance with such a dream should be able to assess its assets and liabilities; its fantasies and realities. "Is it really possible for me?" is the burning question this book addresses.






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Pastured Poultry Profit$

Pastured Poultry Profit$ Lowest new price: $23.17
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Author: Joel Salatin
Brand: Joel Salatin

A couple working six months per year for 50 hours per week on 20 acres can net $25,000-$30,000 per year with an investment equivalent to the price of one new medium-sized tractor. Seldom has agriculture held out such a plum. In a day when main-line farm experts predict the continued demise of the family farm, the pastured poultry opportunity shines like a beacon in the night, guiding the way to a brighter future.

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Compact Farms: 15 Proven Plans for Market Farms on 5 Acres or Less; Includes Detailed Farm Layouts for Productivity and Efficiency

Compact Farms: 15 Proven Plans for Market Farms on 5 Acres or Less; Includes Detailed Farm Layouts for Productivity and Efficiency Lowest new price: $13.56
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Author: Josh Volk
Brand: Volk Josh

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.

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  • Compact Farms 15 Proven Plans for Market Farms on 5 Acres or Less Includes Detailed Farm Layouts for Productivity and Efficiency

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Your Successful Farm Business: Production, Profit, Pleasure

Your Successful Farm Business: Production, Profit, Pleasure Lowest new price: $21.66
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Author: Joel Salatin

Twenty years ago Joel Salatin wrote You Can Farm, which has launched thousands of farm entrepreneurs around the world. With another 20 years of experience under his belt, bringing him to the half-century mark as a full-time farmer, he decided to build on that foundation with a sequel, a graduate level curriculum.

Everyone who reads and enjoys that previous work will benefit from this additional information. In those 20 years, 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.

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, Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley stands as a beacon of hope in a food and farming system floundering in dysfunction: toxicity, pathogenicity, nutrient deficiency, bankruptcy, geezers, and erosion. Speaking into that fear and confusion, Salatin offers a pathway to success, with production, profit, and pleasure thrown in for good measure.

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The Bio-Integrated Farm: A Revolutionary Permaculture-Based System Using Greenhouses, Ponds, Compost Piles, Aquaponics, Chickens, and More

The Bio-Integrated Farm: A Revolutionary Permaculture-Based System Using Greenhouses, Ponds, Compost Piles, Aquaponics, Chickens, and More Lowest new price: $21.81
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Author: Shawn Jadrnicek
Brand: Shawn Jadrnicek Stephanie Jadrnicek

The Bio-Integrated Farm is a twenty-first-century manual for managing nature’s resources. This groundbreaking book brings “system farming” and permaculture to a whole new level. Author Shawn Jadrnicek presents new insights into permaculture, moving beyond the philosophical foundation to practical advanced designs based on a functional analysis. Holding his designs to a higher standard, Jadrnicek’s components serve at least seven functions (classical permaculture theory only seeks at least two functions). With every additional function a component performs, the design becomes more advanced and saves more energy.

A bio-integrated greenhouse, for example, doesn’t just extend the season for growing vegetables; it also serves as a rainwater collector, a pond site, an aquaponics system, and a heat generator. Jadrnicek’s prevalent theme is using water to do the work. Although applicable in many climates, his designs are particularly important for areas coping with water scarcity. 

Jadrnicek focuses on his experience as farm manager at the Clemson University Student Organic Farm and at his residence in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  These locations lie at the cooler northern edge of a humid subtropical climate that extends west to the middle of Texas and north along the coast to New Jersey. He has created permaculture patterns ranging from raising transplants and field design to freshwater prawn production and composting. These patterns have simplified the operation of the 125-share CSA farm while reducing reliance on outside resources. In less time than it takes to mow his two-acre homestead, Jadrnicek is building a you-pick fruit farm using permaculture patterns. His landscape requires only the labor of harvesting, and the only outside input he buys is a small amount of chicken feed. By carefully engaging the free forces of nature―water, wind, sunlight, convection, gravity, and decomposition―Jadrnicek creates sustenance without maintenance and transforms waste into valuable farm resources.

The Bio-Integrated Farm offers in-depth information about designing and building a wide range of bio-integrated projects including reflecting ponds, water-storage ponds, multipurpose basins, greenhouses, compost heat extraction, pastured chicken systems, aquaculture, hydroponics, hydronic heating, water filtration and aeration, cover cropping, and innovative rainwater-harvesting systems that supply water for drip irrigation and flushing toilets.

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The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook: Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture

The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook: Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture Lowest new price: $22.50
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Author: Andrew Mefferd
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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.

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Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle, 3rd Edition

Storey's Guide to Raising Beef Cattle, 3rd Edition Lowest new price: $13.20
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Author: Heather Smith Thomas
Brand: Storey Publishing

Whether you’re raising one cow or a herd, this comprehensive guide shows you everything you need to know to successfully manage your beef cattle operation. Heather Smith Thomas stresses the importance of understanding bovine behavior while covering breed selection, calving, feeding, housing, medical care, and humane slaughter practices. Along with in-depth information on raising grass-fed animals and dealing with toxic pasture plants, you’ll also find advice on creating a viable business plan and identifying niche markets for your beef. 

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  • Storey s Guide to Raising Beef Cattle

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Farm and Workshop Welding: Everything You Need to Know to Weld, Cut, and Shape Metal (Fox Chapel Publishing) Over 400 Step-by-Step Photos to Help You Learn Hands-On Welding and Avoid Common Mistakes

Farm and Workshop Welding: Everything You Need to Know to Weld, Cut, and Shape Metal (Fox Chapel Publishing) Over 400 Step-by-Step Photos to Help You Learn Hands-On Welding and Avoid Common Mistakes Lowest new price: $13.76
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Author: Andrew Pearce
Brand: Andrew Pearce

Farm and Workshop Welding is your practical handbook for welding on the farm or in your home workshop, school workshop, blacksmith shop, or auto shop:

  • Learn hands-on welding and start repairing and creating metal equipment and structures
  • Hundreds of step-by-step photographs illustrate welding processes and show the differences between good and bad welds
  • Covers all the major types of welds, including arc welding, MIG welding, gas welding, TIG welding, plasma cutting, and more
  • Avoid and correct common mistakes and pitfalls as author Andrew Pearce lays out welding problems section by section and teaches you to how to solve each one
  • Tips and suggestions help the beginner improve and the intermediate operator broaden their technique
  • Go beyond welding metals and plastics with advice that extends into the wider workshop such as on drills, cutting threads, and basic blacksmithing

Almost anyone can learn to weld, cut or shape metal. That's the starting point for this supremely practical, comprehensive handbook which, through tips, suggestions and fault finding, helps the beginner to improve and the intermediate operator to broaden his or her technique.

The ideal reference for farm, home workshop, school workshop, blacksmith shop, and auto shop, Farm and Workshop Welding even takes you beyond welding metals and plastics, with advice that extends into the wider workshop with chapters on drills, cutting threads, and basic blacksmithing. Author Andrew Pearce lays out pitfalls and common mistakes section by section, and then offers constructive advice to help you to avoid or correct them. Useful if you're stumped by a problem!

Hundreds of step-by-step photographs illustrate welding processes and show the differences between good welds and bad welds. Clear, concise, easy-to-understand text takes any confusion or frustration out of learning the processes.

Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced welder who wants to learn more, Farm and Workshop Welding provides a wealth of useful shop-tested advice. You'll discover everything you need to know to learn hands-on welding, and start repairing and creating metal equipment and structures.

Inside you'll find practical instructions for:

  • Cast Iron Welding
  • Pipe Welding
  • Hardfacing
  • Soldering
  • Welding Plastics
  • Metal Identification
  • Welding Safety
  • Workshop Techniques
  • Drill Sharpening
  • Taps and Dies
  • Basic Blacksmithing

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  • Farm and Workshop Welding Everything You Need to Know to Weld Cut and Shape Metal

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Home Cheese Making: Recipes for 75 Homemade Cheeses

Home Cheese Making: Recipes for 75 Homemade Cheeses Lowest new price: $4.86
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Author: Ricki Carroll
Brand: Storey Publishing

In this home cheese making primer, Ricki Carrol presents basic techniques that will have you whipping up delicious cheeses of every variety in no time. Step-by-step instructions for farmhouse cheddar, gouda, mascarpone, and more are accompanied by inspiring profiles of home cheese makers. With additional tips on storing, serving, and enjoying your homemade cheeses, Home Cheese Making provides everything you need to know to make your favorite cheeses right in your own kitchen.

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