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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Contents

Chapter
1
Chapter
7
Chapter
13
Overview of Intensive Agriculture
19
Soil Composition and Maintenance
37
Compost
51
Plant Nutrients Indepth
61
Time and Yield
67
Selecting and Saving Seed
111
Season Extension
121
Fruit Trees and Vines
127
Raising Chickens for Eggs
141
Raising Chickens for Meat
155
The Markham Farm Chicken Plucker
165
Public Domain Thresher Designs
173
Preserving the Harvest
179

Watering and Irrigation
73
Crop Proportions and Sizing
79
Pest and Disease Control
85
Seed Starting
99
Selling Your Produce
201
Putting It All Together
207
Index of Tables
215
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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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