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Permaculture is an important but often misunderstood method of growing food and building homes in a manner that works with nature, rather than against it, to create beautiful, healthy, and useful gardens. Blending ecology, organic agriculture, green home design, appropriate technology, and biology can be confusing and overwhelming, but The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture simplifies this vast field for practical application. This is a hands-on guide, taking the beginner through each step of the design process, so that anyone can apply permaculture principles to their own life. While the principles are simple, the in-depth topics cover every aspect of permaculture, including:
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Hobby farming is alive and thriving in semi-rural, suburban, and rural areas across the country, and female farmers have been cited as the fastest growing sector within the farming community in recent years. With more than 1 million women in the United States and Canada describing farming as their primary source of income, and many more for whom hobby farming is just that—a hobby—the time is right for a publication dedicated to hobby farming from a female perspective. Written for women, by a woman, this insightful volume is packed with stories and advice from women hobby farmers and looks at female-specific farming challenges as well as issues that all farmers face.
Inside The Woman Hobby Farmer:
•Discussions on the who, what, why, and where of hobby farming
•Deciding on your farming goals and making a plan
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•How to decide what to plant and prepare your planting sites
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•A look at “agripreneurship”—running and marketing your hobby farm as a successful business
•Stories, quotes, and advice from successful female hobby farmers
Days too short, list too long? Is being too busy taking the fun out of farming? Do you worry your business will suffer because you can't keep up with everything? Are you still expecting things to settle down to a manageable level once your farm gets "up and running"? You are not alone! In this book, farmers from the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) speak from the heart about how they manage their days to reach short- and long-term goals while maintaining work/life balance. The result is a treasure trove of proven ideas for the ambitious, energetic self-starter tackling the business of farming.
"Farmers often feel like the days are never long enough; here is a handy manual that offers real life testimonials about what works on successful farms to get more done in less time." – Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm, Swoope, Virginia
This rollicking ride into machine history follows the innovators, entrepreneurs, and hucksters who transformed our world with farm machines. Starting with the turn-of-the-century visionaries who saw that four wheels and a motor could replace the horse, the book moves swiftly through key early developments to cover the power farming movement of the latter part of the 20th century—a time when major manufacturers lagged behind and independent builders and farmers began creating their own solutions with pencil drawings and welders.
Twenty years ago Joel Salatin wrote You Can Farm, which has launched thousands of farm entrepreneurs around the world. In those 20 years, Salatin’s 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. With these two decades’ worth of experience as a full-time farmer under his belt, Saladin has decided to build on that foundation with a sequel to his original book, thereby providing readers a graduate-level curriculum. Everyone who reads and enjoys You Can Farm will benefit from this additional information. Located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Polyface Farm serves 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. The farm stands as a beacon of hope in a food and farming system that’s floundering in dysfunction: toxicity, pathogenicity, nutrient deficiency, bankruptcy, geezers, and erosion. Speaking to that fear and confusion, Salatin offers a pathway to success, with production, profit, and pleasure thrown in for good measure.