Mini Farming: Self Sufficiency on a 1/4 Acre

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2010 - House & Home - 227 pages
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Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more. Because self-suf?ciency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.
  

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Review: Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

User Review  - Jake Kuehl - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book but it is very basic in its coverage of concepts and I would only recommend it to somebody that has little to no understanding of gardening. Perfect for me, but not for everybody. Read full review

Review: Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

User Review  - Cory - Goodreads

Not in depth on any particular topic, but a good overview of numerous new subjects (for me). Read full review

Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1
Learning and Observation
2
Grow Your Own Seedlings
Prefer OpenPollinated Varieties
Temperature
Water
Fertilizer
12
Explanation of Plant Varieties
Selecting Plant Varieties
Selecting Parents
Saving Seeds

Use Intensive Gardening Techniques
Compost
Grow CalorieDense Crops
Raise Meat at Home
Plant Some Fruit
Extend the Season
Understand Your Market
The Economic Equation
3
Material Choices
Shape and Orientation of Raised Beds
Width
Length
Start at the Right Time and Grow Slowly
Creating the Beds
Digging Methods
What about NoDig Beds?
Flexible Trellising System
Complete Trellis Creation StepbyStep
4
WaterHolding Capacity and pH
Fertilizers
Soil Maintenance
The Amazing Power of Biochar
Cover Crops and Beneficial Microbes
Crop Rotation
5
The Composting Process
Composting to Destroy Pathogens
Thermophilic Composting
Compost Aging
Compost Activators
The Big Picture
6
Macronutrients
Micronutrients
Making a Micronutrient Mix
7
Timed Planting
Interplanting
Fall Gardening
Using Seedlings for a Head Start
Example Timeline
8
Use of a Watering Wand
Drip Irrigation
Soaker Hoses
Gray Water Recycling
9
10
Passive Prevention
Active Prevention
Lures and Traps
Compost Extract and Compost Tea
Pest Repellents
Active Reaction
When Pest Prevention Fails
Microbial Insecticides
Natural Insecticides
Synthetic Pesticides
Animal Pests
11
Starting Medium
Containers
Light
Inbreeding Depression and Genetic Diversity
Isolation by Time
Barrier Isolation
Dry Processing
Wet Processing
13
What to Grow
Special Considerations
Improving Greenhouse Efficiency
Portable Hoops for Raised Beds
14
Blackberries and Raspberries
Grapes
Strawberries
Apples and Pears
Stone Fruits
Nut Trees
Diseases and Pests
15
Overview
Chickens
Caring for Baby Chicks
Vaccinations
Antibiotics
Food
Housing
Collecting and Cleaning Eggs
The Broody Hen
16
Housing for Meat Birds
Feeding Meat Birds
Slaughtering Birds
17
Parts List
About the Motor and Electrical Safety
18
Conversion of a Leaf ShredderWood Chipper into a Grain Thresher
19
Home Canning Jars
Foods and Canning Methods
Using a Boiling Water Canner
Using a Pressure Canner
Fruits
Applesauce
Jellies
Brined Pickles and Kraut
Quick Process Pickles
Vegetables
Soups Stews and Other Mixtures
Freezing
Getting a Sealer
Bags
Dehydrating
Root Cellaring
20
Organic and Certified Naturally Grown
Taxes and Accounting
21
The Garden Year
Help around the Corner
The Final Analysis
Bibliography
Alphabetical Index
Notes
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Brett L. Markham is an engineer, third-generation farmer, and polymath. Using the methods explained in his book, he runs a profitable, Certified Naturally Grown mini farm on less than half an acre. Brett works full time as an engineer for a broadband ISP and farms in his spare time. He lives in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.

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