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Building a Hugelkultur Bed

Use tree trimmings and yard waste to build up the base of a hugelkultur bed that will fertilize your plants as they grow.

An Oil Lamp Primer

In general there are four different types of oil lamps. Knowing the special qualities of each of the four types of lamps will help determine the best non-electric lighting choice for a particular situation.

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DIY Nontoxic Weed Killer

Learn how to make your own weed killer for use around your home.

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Backyard Blacksmithing



Chicken coops come in all sizes and styles to meet the needs of every chicken family. Start a great DIY project, and build a chicken coop with these how-to drawings and conceptual plans for 45 different designs — from strictly practical to flights of fancy — guaranteed to meet the needs of every chicken owner. A 16-page color section shows detailed photos of many of the featured coops.



The tools for a sustainable future continue to grow! In this book, Max and Eva Edleson offer a comprehensive guide for planning and building a practical, efficient and affordable wood-fired oven. The barrel oven offers surprising convenience: It's hot and ready to bake in within 15-20 minutes, and maintaining it at a constant temperature is easy.

The barrel oven can be the seed for a small-scale baking enterprise or the heart of a community's wood-fired cuisine. All kinds of food can be baked in it, including bread, roasts, pizza, cookies, cakes, pies, casseroles and stews. Follow this step-by-step guide to transform local, low-cost materials and the sun's energy into good food.



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 Markham’s book in full color with more than 100 of the author’s own photographs—and Mini Farming became an instant best-seller, spawning four additional Mini Farming books on everything from fermenting to composting. Now, for the first time, all five Mini Farming titles are collected 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 a quarter 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.