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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…
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.
Learn to cut your food bills in half. Live off the grid without using any propane. Build your own low-cost, multipurpose greenhouse. Live on less and love it with the 100-page Mother Earth NewsGuide t…
Learn to cut your food bills in half. Live off the grid without using any propane. Build your own low-cost, multipurpose greenhouse. Live on less and love it with the 100-page Mother Earth News Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills, 2nd Edition. With more than 20 articles, this guide has hundreds of great ideas for self-reliant living. From preserving food to small-space gardening, from backyard chickens to making your own yogurt and cheese, Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills has a wide variety of information that will help you lead a sustainable life.
Bake your own crispy gorgeous homemade loaves with the simple technique covered in this guide. Learn to brew your own beer and make uniquely flavored, affordable drinks at home. Follow step-by-step advice for choosing the right woodstove for your home. Build permanent beds and paths in your garden to protect the soil and preserve its fertility. Also, enjoy reading a compilation of more than 25 of the best reader-written tips for wiser living, including a soothing herbal soak, how to freeze extra eggs, instructions for making durable tomato stakes and more.
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Maximize the returns from your garden. Learn how to grow more of what you eat. Read top tips for growing and preserving your own harvest. Lead a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Learn 12 tips for maxim…
Maximize the returns from your garden. Learn how to grow more of what you eat. Read top tips for growing and preserving your own harvest. Lead a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Learn 12 tips for maximize gas mileage. You can achieve all this and more with the help of the Mother Earth News Wiser Living Resource Set. Six guides in all make up this spectacular set that includes some of the magazine's most popular articles on organic gardening, preserving the harvest, green cars, saving money on food bills, baking easy homemade bread and more.
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Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Your Own Food, 4th Edition
With beautiful color photos, this guide has the information to help readers have a self-sufficient life, starting in their own backyards. Learn a better way to fertilize your garden, read about tips for vertical gardening techniques and maximizing returns, follow instructions to build an affordable, portable and predator-proof chicken coop, and more.
Mother Earth News Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills
Are you looking for an easy-to-read guide that provides you with all the information you need to lead a self-reliant lifestyle? This excellent resource will show you how to make your own herbal medicine, rodent-proof your house, bake easy homemade bread and choose the best backyard chicken breeds.
Mother Earth News Guide to Real Food All Year
Filled with nearly 20 articles that instruct, help and point readers in the right direction for eating fresh food all year long, Guide to Real Food All Year covers everything from drying tomatoes to making your own cider, from growing great salads to saving time and energy with pressure cookers. Readers will learn how to choose inexpensive cuts of grass-fed beef, how to grow colorful heirloom corns, and how to dry the harvest they buy to make homegrown snacks and convenience foods for year-round eating.
Mother Earth News Guide to Organic Gardening, 3rd Edition
This glossy-paged guide has everything you need to create the garden of your dreams. Everything from natural insect control to tomato cage plans, from fertilizer to growing berries is covered in this helpful guide. Read all about growing cucumbers, berries and lettuce. Learn the best vegetables to grow in the shade and create your own edible landscape. Discover why poultry is your garden's secret weapon and much more.
Mother Earth News Guide to Green Cars
Just how high will gas prices go? Nobody knows, but you can save money on gas now and find the right fuel-efficient vehicle for your needs via our new Guide to Green Cars. With reviews of more than 50 cars that get 35-plus mpg, proven tips for maximizing mpg, and the latest on hybrid, electric, clean diesel and flex-fuel vehicles, this 100-page special issue will be an invaluable resource whether you need a new ride now or down the road.
Mother Earth News How to Grow and Preserve Your Own Food, 3rd Edition
From cover to cover, this resource guide contains tips and techniques for growing your own fruits and vegetables, and for preserving them using simple, easy-to-learn techniques. Learn how to grow winter tomatoes indoors all through the season; harvest the freshest mushrooms with the help of a do-it-yourself kit; discover how to make sauerkraut; and more.
From craft projects to guides for your woodstoves and chimneys, from delicious recipes to sowing seeds, CAPPER'S Farmer Spring 2013 has a variety of projects for getting you through the winter, and yo…
From craft projects to guides for your woodstoves and chimneys, from delicious recipes to sowing seeds, CAPPER'S Farmer Spring 2013 has a variety of projects for getting you through the winter, and your garden and home ready for spring. With 100 pages of tips, recipes, projects, photographs and more to help you gear up for spring, this resourceful guide will have you and your family busy all season long.
Feel the warmth of spring with this invaluable, treasure-trove of knowledge with tips for winterizing your home and enjoyable craft projects that the whole family can do. Enjoy making your own Valentine's Day cards, dyeing Easter Eggs with natural dyes, following recipes for soups, meat pies and chocolate goodies. Learn to mend and recycle clothing, sow your own seeds, prepare your garden for winter, bake delicious St. Patrick's Day recipes and more.
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Build a honey extractor. Use top-bar hives. Bake with honey. Find your favorite honeybee. Read about all this and more with GRIT's Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 3rd Edition. This treasure-trove of…
Build a honey extractor. Use top-bar hives. Bake with honey. Find your favorite honeybee. Read about all this and more with GRIT's Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 3rd Edition. This treasure-trove of bee knowledge has more than 75 ways to get more from your bees. Cover-to-cover, this 100-page guide includes great advice, tips, techniques, instructions, recipes and more to help you get started with beekeeping … or, if you are a seasoned beekeeper, to help you learn new tricks of the trade.
Save money while building your own beehive or honey extractor with simple materials available at your local hardware store. Read how to use a top-bar hive, a less expensive method to raising bees that will pollinate your crops and provide tasty honey fresh from the comb. Honey adds something natural, healthy and sweet to any recipe, whether it's appetizers or main dishes.
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Fueled by a failing economy and a passionate desire for a return to simpler times, a new wave of homesteaders is seeking…
Order your copy, signed by authors Oscar H. Will III and Karen K. Will, today!
Fueled by a failing economy and a passionate desire for a return to simpler times, a new wave of homesteaders is seeking the good life, and the kind of true satisfaction that can only be built, not bought. Many of these modern pioneers are cash poor, but rich in energy and creativity. Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions offers them a set of fresh ideas for achieving independence through sweat equity and the use of unconventional resources.
This highly readable and entertaining guide brings together answers to common problems faced by homesteaders young and old, urban, suburban, and rural. Traditional knowledge is combined with MacGyver-style ingenuity to create projects that maximize available resources, including:
This beginner's guide clearly explains everything you need to know to keep bees successfully, from getting your first bees to harvesting your first crop of honey. Spectacular macro photography by Mars…
This beginner's guide clearly explains everything you need to know to keep bees successfully, from getting your first bees to harvesting your first crop of honey. Spectacular macro photography by Mars Vilaubi brings the inner workings of the hive to life, while the playful text by Alethea Morrison gives you the information you need to make it through your first year. Everything is addressed here, from hive structure, colony hierarchy and bee behavior to allergies, permits and restrictions, and how to deal with the neighbors.
This practical guide covers everything you need to know about the types of electric fencing available, how to choose the type that is right for your needs, how electric fencing works, how to put an el…
This practical guide covers everything you need to know about the types of electric fencing available, how to choose the type that is right for your needs, how electric fencing works, how to put an electric fencing system together, and even how to use portable electric fencing for rotational grazing. Whether you need to keep livestock in or predators out, you’ll find the information you need in this comprehensive handbook.
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…
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.
Today's beekeepers face unprecedented challenges, a fact that is now front-page news with the spread of "colony collapse disorder." Newly introduced pests like varroa and tracheal mites have made chemical treatment of hives standard practice, but pest resistance is building, which in turn creates demand for new and even more toxic chemicals. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making matters worse.
It's time for a new approach. Now revised and updated with new resources and including full-color photos throughout, Natural Beekeeping offers all the latest information in a book that has already proven invaluable for organic beekeepers. The new edition offers the same holistic, sensible alternative to conventional chemical practices with a program of natural hive management, but offers new sections on a wide range of subjects, including:
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