Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less)

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Penguin, Dec 4, 2012 - Gardening - 432 pages
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As food prices continue to rise, more and more people have discovered that they can create their own food supply, right on their own property, and at a fraction of the price of conventional farm food that's been shipped to their local grocery from locations unknown. By raising and harvesting their own fruits, vegetables, chickens, bees, milk-bearing animals, and more, people are growing locally, sustainably, and at a fraction of the cost. However, poor planning for needs, proper use of available space, and a lack of preparedness for preserving or selling the harvest can quickly lead to wasted time and sweat. Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) is written by people who have planned and run a successful small-scale backyard farm. The authors guide readers through the essentials of planning a small-scale farm from a 1/4 acre all the way up to an acre and beyond. Readers will learn how to decide how large (or small) their farm should be, what they should plant or raise based on their invidual wants and needs (and available space), and how they can prevent their efforts from being wasted. Proven, sustainabile techniques will be presented to readers so they can yield the maximum benefit of their harvest through proven best practices. Readers will also learn how to raise small animals such as chickens and goats for milk, eggs, and meat, and will learn the crticial practices for successfully parenting bees, growing fruit tress, and much more.

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We have way less than an acre (a nice size backyard for a city neighborhood and we have a home owners association); the great thing about this comprehensive book is that it address both of those ... Read full review

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Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) is exactly what I've been looking for. This book is loaded with top notch, practical information that would greatly benefit the novice gardener who's just ... Read full review


Living Large on a Small Scale 1
Gardening on a Backyard Farm 41
Animals for a Backyard Farm 179
Enjoying the Bounty 255
Crafting from the Backyard Farm 319

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About the author (2012)

Angela England is a freelance writer who, along with her husband and five children, cultivates a 1/2 acre farm in their Oklahoma backyard where they manage to raise diary and meat goats, keep enough chickens for eggs and free-range poultry, and foster an intensively productive garden for fresh fruits and vegetables. Angela is the founder of and enjoys guiding others in recapturing the lost arts of self-sufficient living. She also manages and maintains the Blissfully Domestic community and contributes to other sites and forums on a regular basis.

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