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Electric Fencing Book: How to Choose, Build, and Maintain the Best Fence for Your Plants and Animals
by Ann Larkin Hansen
96 pp, 2013, $10

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 how to use portable electric fencing for rotational grazing. Whether you need to keep livestock and horses in or keep predators out, you'll find the information you need in this comprehensive handbook.

 

 

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The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse
by Ali Berlow, Temple Grandin (Foreword)
144pp, 2013, $15

If you are raising chickens, turkeys, or other poultry for meat and lack easy access to a humane, local slaughterhouse, this guide shows you how to put together a slaughtering and processing unit that will accommodate any type of poultry and can be moved from farm to farm. These units can be funded, built, and used by a community of small farmers, or you can develop one by yourself and use it as part of a business. This book covers the mechanics of constructing the unit, government regulations, the permitting process, sanitation, safety, and much more.

 

 

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Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard
By Jessi Bloom

Photographs by Kate Baldwin
224pp, 2012, $20

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and while I’m admittedly biased in this case — that’s a real-life Garden Coop chicken coop in the background of the cover shot! — garden designer Jessi Bloom’s new book Free-Range Chicken Gardens is as lush and inspiring as the chicken paradise featured on the front.

 

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The premise of the book is simple: how do you best integrate chickens into a backyard vegetable or permaculture garden. Bloom does a wonderful job of showing you how, drawing not only from her own experience as a garden designer and chicken keeper, but also from the experiences of a diverse group of chicken gardeners she profiles throughout the book. Topics covered include all the basics of keeping backyard chickens plus how to create a plan for a chicken-friendly garden and what plants to include/avoid in your chickens’ day yard. The illustrations are clear. Kate Baldwin’s photos are gorgeous.

Many gardeners fear chickens will peck away at their landscape, and chicken lovers often shy away from gardening for the same reason. But you can keep chickens and have a beautiful garden, too! Fresh eggs aren't the only benefit — chickens can actually help your garden grow and thrive, even as your garden does the same for your chickens. For anyone who wants a fabulous garden where colorful chickens happily roam, Free-Range Chicken Gardens is the guide that will bring the dream home to roost.

Raising Goats Naturally:
The Complete Guide to Milk, Meat and More
by Deborah Niemann

304pp., 2013, $25
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to raising goats (or any livestock for that matter). But by working with nature, you can raise dairy goats as the centerpiece of a diversified homestead and produce your own milk, cheese, meat, fertilizer, leather, fiber and soap -- all without relying on drugs or following the factory-farm model. By observing your own animals closely and educating yourself about their specific needs, you can create an individualized plan for keeping them healthy and maximizing their productivity.

This unique, fully-illustrated guide will teach you to help your herd thrive with: breed-specific descriptions to help you choose the right goats for your goals and lifestyle, detailed information on housing, fencing, breeding, health, milking and nutrition, recipes and instructions for making your own cheese, dairy products, and soap, as well as cooking with goat meat.

Packed with personal experiences backed up by expert veterinary advice and scientific studies, Raising Goats Naturally brings together a wealth of practical information on raising goats for the love of it and using their milk and meat to become more self-reliant.

 

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"With endearing personal stories and layman's scientific explanations, Raising Goats Naturally lays an enjoyable and empowering foundation for goat-rearing success on the self-reliant farmstead." --- Joel Salatin Polyface Farm

Secrets of Plant Propagation
by Lewis Hill
176pp, 1985, $20

Plant Propagation? That's starting your own flowers and vegetables, inside and out. It's raising shrubs and trees for your property, creating your own orchard -- even growing many houseplants from one.

Here are just a few of the results you can expect:

* Raise the best tomato plants.
* Grow your own Christmas trees.
* Offer the finest of gifts -- houseplants.
* Avoid buying expensive shrubs; start your own.
* Plant those hard-to-find flowers, perennials and annuals, at little or no cost.

But is it expensive? Definitely not. You don't need a greenhouse or costly equipment. You can do a lot with a couple of fluorescent bulbs. Seeds are cheap, some are free. As for shrubs, trees, and houseplants, Lewis Hill explains how to collect, rather than buy, the materials you'll need. It's fun, can be profitable, and, with the help of Lewis Hill plus the many illustrations in this book, is easy. Beginners will learn from step one; those more advanced will discover new techniques and find tips to improve their results.

 

 

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NEW! Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes
by Leila Darwish
$25, 336pp., 2013

Millions of acres of land have been contaminated by pesticides, improperly handled chemicals, dirty energy projects, toxic waste, and other pollutants in Canada and the United States. This toxic legacy impacts the environment, our health, our watersheds, and land that could otherwise be used to grow healthy local food and medicines. Conventional clean-up techniques employed by government and industry are not only incredibly expensive and resource-intensive, but can also cause further damage to the environment. More and more communities find themselves increasingly unable to rely on those companies and governments who created the problems to step in and provide solutions.

How can we, the grassroots, work with the power of living systems to truly heal and transform toxic and damaged landscapes into thriving, healthy, and fertile places once more? How can we respond to environmental disasters in accessible and community empowering ways?

Earth Repair explores a host of powerful grassroots bioremediation techniques to assist with the recovery of the lands that nourish us, and to support the work many of us do everyday to grow healthy food and medicine amidst the polluted and damaged soils of our backyard gardens, community commons, and wild lands.

 

 

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These techniques include:
Microbial remediation – using microorganisms to break down and bind contaminants
Phytoremediation – using plants to extract, bind, and transform toxins
Mycoremediation – using fungi to clean up contaminated soil and water.

Packed with valuable, firsthand information, recipes and remedies from visionaries in the field, Earth Repair empowers communities and individuals to take action and heal contaminated and damaged land. Encompassing everything from remediating and regenerating abandoned city lots for urban farmers and gardeners, to responding and recovering from environmental disasters and industrial catastrophes such as oil spills and nuclear fallout, this fertile toolbox is essential reading for anyone who wishes to transform environmental despair into constructive action.

Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre
by Eric Toensmeier
$20, 240pp., 2013

When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to work designing what would become not just another urban farm, but a "permaculture paradise" replete with perennial broccoli, paw paws, bananas, and moringa—all told, more than two hundred low-maintenance edible plants in an innovative food forest on a small city lot. The garden—intended to function like a natural ecosystem with the plants themselves providing most of the garden's needs for fertility, pest control, and weed suppression—also features an edible water garden, a year-round unheated greenhouse, tropical crops, urban poultry, and even silkworms.

In telling the story of Paradise Lot, Toensmeier explains the principles and practices of permaculture, the choice of exotic and unusual food plants, the techniques of design and cultivation, and, of course, the adventures, mistakes, and do-overs in the process. Packed full of detailed, useful information about designing a highly productive permaculture garden, Paradise Lot is also a funny and charming story of two single guys, both plant nerds, with a wild plan: to realize the garden of their dreams and meet women to share it with. Amazingly, on both counts, they succeed.

 

 

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Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land:
Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty

by Gary Paul Nabhan
$30, 257pp., 2013

With climatic uncertainty now “the new normal,” many farmers, gardeners, and orchardists in North America are desperately seeking ways to adapt how they grow food in the face of climate change. The solutions may be at our back door.

In Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land, Nabhan, one of the world’s experts on the agricultural traditions of arid lands, draws from the knowledge of traditional farmers in the Gobi Desert, the Arabian Peninsula, the Sahara Desert, and Andalusia, as well as the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Painted deserts of North America to offer time-tried strategies, including:

Building greater moisture-holding capacity and nutrients in soils;
Protecting fields from damaging winds, drought, and floods;
Reducing heat stress on crops and livestock;
Harvesting water from uplands to use in rain gardens and terraces filled with perennial crops;
Selecting fruits, nuts, succulents, and herbaceous perennials that are best suited to warmer, drier climates; and,
Keeping pollinators in pace and in place with arid-adapted crop plants.

 

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“Emulating and refining these adaptations may help us secure food in the face of climate change,” writes Nabhan.

A certain type of agricultural history was made in 2011 when more than 500 food-producing counties in the continental United States were declared parts of disaster areas because they suffered weather-related crop failures. The searing heat waves and dry conditions suffered across seven-tenths of the United States during the summer of 2012 proved even more devastating: 2,228 counties were designated as federal disaster areas, where crops and livestock were either severely affected or lost to drought.

This practical book is replete with detailed descriptions and diagrams showing how to implement desert-adapted practices in your own backyard, orchard, or farm to mitigate the impact of these rapid changes. It also includes colorful “parables from the field” that exemplify how desert farmers think about increasing the carrying capacity and resilience of the lands and waters they steward.

 

Restoration Agriculture
by Mark Shepard

2013, 344pp., $30
Around the globe most people get their calories from annual agriculture - plants that grow fast for one season, produce lots of seeds, then die. Every single human society that has relied on annual crops for staple foods has collapsed. Restoration Agriculture explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs - in your own backyard, farm or ranch. This book, based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future.

Restoration Agriculture is the intentional restoration of healthy, functional ecosystems as the context for economically-viable farm operations. Perennial crops, livestock, fungus, and pollinators are integrated to produce abundant food, fiber, and fuel and simultaneously restore critical ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, water purification and infiltration, nutrient cycling, and biodiversity.

 

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The Organic Seed Grower:
A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production

by John Navazio
400pp, 2012, $50

The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices. It is written for both serious home seed savers and diversified small-scale farmers who want to learn the necessary steps involved in successfully producing a commercial seed crop organically.

Detailed profiles for each of the major vegetables provide users with practical, in-depth knowledge about growing, harvesting, and processing seed for a wide range of common and specialty vegetable crops, from Asian greens to zucchini.

In addition, readers will find extensive and critical information on topics including:

• The reproductive biology of crop plants • Annual vs. biennial seed crops • Isolation distances needed to ensure varietal purity • Maintaining adequate population size for genetic integrity • Seed crop climates • Seed-borne diseases • Seed cleaning basics • Seed storage for farmers • and more . . .

 

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This book can serve as a bridge to lead skilled gardeners, who are already saving their own seed, into the idea of growing seed commercially. And for diversified vegetable farmers who are growing a seed crop for sale for the first time, it will provide details on many of the tricks of the trade that are used by professional seed growers. This manual will help the budding seed farmer to become more knowledgeable, efficient, and effective in producing a commercially viable seed crop.

With the strong demand for certified organic produce, many regional seed companies are increasingly seeking out dedicated seed growers to ensure a reliable source of organically grown seeds for their farmer and gardener customers. This trend represents a great business opportunity for small-scale commercial growers who wish to raise and sell vegetable seeds as a profitable part of their diversified small-farm operation. Written by well-known plant breeder and organic seed expert John Navazio, The Organic Seed Grower is the most up-to-date and useful guide to best practices in this exciting and important field.

 

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers--With information on building ... feed, and working with poultry in the garden
By Harvey Ussery, 2011, 394pp, $39
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The most comprehensive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry for the small-scale farmer, homesteader, and professional grower. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock offers a practical and integrative model for working with chickens and other domestic fowl, based entirely on natural systems.
Readers will find information on growing (and sourcing) feed on a small scale, brooding (and breeding) at home, and using poultry as insect and weed managers in the garden and orchard. Ussery's model presents an entirely sustainable system that can be adapted and utilized in a variety of scales, and will prove invaluable for beginner homesteaders, growers looking to incorporate poultry into their farm, or poultry farmers seeking to close their loop.

 

 

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Ussery offers extensive information on:
- The definition of an integrated poultry flock (imitation of natural systems, integrating patterns, and closing the circle)
- Everything you need to know about your basic chicken (including distinctive points about anatomy and behavior that are critical to management)
- Extended information on poultry health and holistic health care, with a focus on prevention
- Planning your flock (flock size, choosing breeds, fowl useful for egg vs. meat production, sourcing stock)
- How to breed and brood the flock (including breeding for genetic conservation), including the most complete guide to working with broody hens available anywhere
- Making and mixing your own feed (with tips on equipment, storage, basic ingredients, technique, grinding and mixing)
- Providing more of the flock's feed from sources grown or self-foraged on the homestead or farm, including production of live protein feeds using earthworms and soldier grubs
- Using poultry to increase soil fertility, control crop damaging insects, and to make compost-including systems for pasturing and for tillage of cover crops and weeds
- Recipes for great egg and poultry dishes (including Ussery's famous chicken stock!)
- And one of the best step-by-step poultry butchering guides available, complete with extensive illustrative photos.
No other book on raising poultry takes an entirely whole-systems approach, or discusses producing homegrown feed and breeding in such detail. This is a truly invaluable guide that will lead farmers and homesteaders into a new world of self-reliance and enjoyment.

Sepp Holzer's Permaculture:
A Practical Guide to Small-Scale Integrative Farming & Gardening,
2011, 256pp, $30
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Sepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1,500 meters above sea level. His farm is an intricate network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks, well covered with productive fruit trees and other vegetation, with the farmhouse neatly nestling amongst them. This is in dramatic contrast to his neighbors’ spruce monocultures.

In this book, Holzer shares the skill and knowledge acquired over his lifetime. He covers every aspect of his farming methods, not just how to create a holistic system on the farm itself, but how to make a living from it. Holzer writes about everything from the overall concepts, down to the practical details.

In Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture readers will learn:

* How he sets up a permaculture system
* The fruit varieties he has found best for permaculture growing
* How to construct terraces, ponds, and waterways
* How to build shelters for animals and how to work with them on the land
* How to cultivate edible mushrooms in the garden and on the farm
* and much more!

 

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Holzer offers a wealth of information for the gardener, smallholder or alternative farmer yet the book’s greatest value is the attitudes it teaches. He reveals the thinking processes based on principles found in nature that create his productive systems. These can be applied anywhere.

 

Meat: A Benign Extravagance by Simon Fairlie
336pp, 2013, $25 (Read Review - PDF)

Meat is a groundbreaking exploration of the difficult environmental, ethical and health issues surrounding the human consumption of animals. Garnering huge praise in the UK, this is a book that answers the question: should we be farming animals, or not? Not a simple answer, but one that takes all views on meat eating into account. It lays out in detail the reasons why we must indeed decrease the amount of meat we eat, both for the planet and for ourselves, and yet explores how different forms of agriculture--including livestock--shape our landscape and culture.
At the heart of this book, Simon Fairlie argues that society needs to re-orient itself back to the land, both physically and spiritually, and explains why an agriculture that can most readily achieve this is one that includes a measure of livestock farming. It is a well-researched look at agricultural and environmental theory from a fabulous writer and a farmer, and is sure to take off where other books on vegetarianism and veganism have fallen short in their global scope.

 

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The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming & Climate Change by Albert Bates
208pp, $18

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Civilization as we know it is at a crossroads. For the past 10,000 years, we have turned a growing understanding of physics, chemistry and biology to our advantage in producing more energy and more food and as a consequence have produced exponential population surges, resource depletion, ocean acidification, desertification and climate change.

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The path we are following began with long-ago discoveries in agriculture, but it divided into two branches, about 8,000 years ago. The branch we have been following for the most part is conventional farming -- irrigation, tilling the soil, and removing weeds and pests. That branch has degraded soil carbon levels by as much as 80 percent in most of the world's breadbaskets, sending all that carbon skyward with each pass of the plow.

The other branch disappeared from our view some 500 years ago, although archaeologists are starting to pick up its trail now. At one time it achieved success as great as the agriculture that we know, producing exponential population surges and great cities, but all that was lost in a fluke historical event borne of a single genetic quirk.It vanished when European and Asian diseases arrived in the Americas.

From excavations on the banks of the Amazon river, clearings of the savanna/gallery forests in the Upper Xingu, and ethnographic studies of Mesoamerican milpas, science has now re-traced the path of the second great agriculture, and, to its astonishment, found it more sustainable and productive that what we are currently pursuing.

While conventional agriculture leads to deserts, blowing parched dirt across the globe and melting ice caps, this other, older style, brings fertile soils, plant and animal diversity and birdsong. While the agriculture we use has been shifting Earth's carbon balance from soil and living vegetation to atmosphere and ocean, the agriculture that was nearly lost moves carbon from sky to soil and crops. The needed shift, once embarked upon, can be profound and immediate. We could once more become a garden planet, with deep black earths and forests of fruit and nuts where deserts now stand. We can heal our atmosphere and oceans.

"Reads like a detective story but marked by impressive scholarship. New historical evidence that climate is remarkably responsive to human impacts had me gripping the edge of my seat." --Peter Bane

Small-Scale Livestock Farming:
A Grass-Based Approach for Health, Sustainability, and Profit
by Carol Ekarius 1999, 217pp, $19
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A natural, organic, grass-based approach to livestock management for healthier animals, reduced feed and healthcare costs, and maximum profitability. Through case studies of successful farmers, nitty-gritty details on every facet of livestock farming, and fascinating insights for working with nature instead of against it, you'll learn to make your farm thrive.

This wonderfully illustrated book is full of "I wish somebody had told me that!" information, from the "big picture" of small-scale-farming to mathematical equations for figuring feeds and feeding or interest and payments. The book is divided into sections on: The Roots of Grass-Based Farming, Animal Husbandry, Marketing, and Planning.

Ekarius has been a full-time livestock farmer for over a decade, in addition to writing for a variety of newspapers and magazines. This book is a wonderful meld of those skills. It is for "those people who are still in the dreaming phase, and for those who have recently taken the plunge." But Ekarious does such a good job of laying out her information that even city slickers will enjoy browsing through this book and picking up interesting bits of information such as how to use an animal's point of balance to move it backwards or forwards, or the anatomy of a goat.

 

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Quick-Start Booklet Series - simple, low-tech solutions in booklet form.

Water in the Home Landscape

 

Water in the Home Landscape
32 pp, $7

Basic approaches to Tanks, Rainwater Catchment, Ram Pumps, Ground Recharge, Urban Stormwater, Ponds, Dowsing

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Building Living Soil booklet
32pp., $7

Basic understanding of and approaches to soil health. Soil fertility, Earthworms, Cover Cropping, Getting the Most out of Your Compost Pile, the Art and Science of Sheet Mulching, Rhizosphere Wars: Tree & Soil Health, Keyline Planning for Soil Improvement, Very Intensive Beds, Silt as a Resource, Roof Gardens Using Leaves, Soil Pesticide Detox.


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Beekeeping Simplified: Step-by-step instructions to make your own round hive for healthier bees.
40 pp, $7


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Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology
by Eric Grissell with photographs by Carll Goodpasture

2002, 345pp (with more than a hundred exquisite photos), $20
Let us make a truce in the war on insects and end the annual application of a billion pounds of pesticides in America's ecosystems. With a sound basis in science and a practical grounding in gardening experience, Grissell aims to introduce the reader to insect biology and the role of insects in garden ecology. Unlike other books on insects, this is not a handbook on how to recognize and eliminate "pests". Instead, Insects and Gardens casts a more appreciative eye on them and seeks to find a middle ground in which both humankind and insectkind can share the garden to mutual benefit. Very high -quality hardcover book.

 

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Ecological Aquaculture: A Sustainable Solution
by Laurence Hutchinson,
2005, $45, 149pp, 2 color foldout charts

This work, research and development, 25 years in the making and 4 years in the writing, presents a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the principles and objectives of freshwater resource management for aquatic diversification.
Enhance and improve your recreational fisheries through ecological design.

 

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Seed Libraries
& other means of keeping seeds in the Hands of People
by Cindy Conner
2014, 176pp., $20

Imagine if you had one source to refer to with the basics of starting and maintaining a seed library to use with your seed-saving partners. Seed Libraries: And Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People is that source! From this book you will learn the history of the seed library movement, why you should be involved, and how to go about it. Getting your seed sharing program up and running is only part of the story. You need to keep it going and this book is full of ideas to help with that.

If you have been watching from afar, wondering if a seed library is in your future, this book will help you decide. If you can, visit a seed library that is already established. Do your homework first so you will know what to ask about. All the seed libraries I’ve visited were happy to show me around and not just because I was writing a book. They are that friendly to everyone and excited to show off what they’ve accomplished. They are also frank about the pitfalls they experienced. There are no guarantees that the seed library road won’t be bumpy, but it will surely be exciting.

 

 

 

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Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres by Pam Dawling

435pp., 2013, $35

Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. But most of the available resources on food production are aimed at the backyard or hobby gardener who wants to supplement their family's diet with a few homegrown fruits and vegetables. Targeted at serious growers in every climate zone, Sustainable Market Farming is a comprehensive manual for small-scale farmers raising organic crops sustainably on a few acres.

Informed by the author's extensive experience growing a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit to feed the approximately one hundred members of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia, this practical guide provides:

Detailed profiles of a full range of crops, addressing sowing, cultivation, rotation, succession, common pests and diseases, and harvest and storage. Information about new, efficient techniques, season extension, and disease resistant varieties. Farm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterprise.

 

 

 

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Sustainable Agriculture and Resistance
edited by Fernando Funes, Luis Garcia, Martin Bourque, Nilda Perez, and Peter Rosset
2002, $19.00, 307pp

This is a story of resistance against all odds, of Cuba's remarkable recovery from a food crisis brought on by the collapse of trade relations with the former socialist bloc and the tightening of the U.S. embargo. Unable to import either food or the farm chemicals and machines needed to grow it via conventional agriculture, Cuba turned inward toward self-reliance.

Sustainable agriculture, organic farming, urban gardens, smaller farms, animal traction and biological pest control are part of the successful paradigm shift underway in the Cuban countryside. In this book Cuban authors offer details-for the first time in English-of these remarkable achievements, which may serve as guideposts toward healthier, more environmentally friendly and self-reliant farming in countries both North and South. Get the acclaimed Video / CD The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

 

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Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties:
The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving
by Carol Deppe. 2000, 384pp., $28

An authoritative and easy-to-understand guide to plant

breeding for the home gardener. Presents information essential to taking control of our food supply starting with seeds. Stabilize hybrids; domesticate wild plants; select for flavor, size shape, color, or hardiness. Explains all major breeding methods in clear language.

 

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Seed to Seed:
Seed Saving Techniques for the Vegetable Gardener

by Suzanne Ashworth 2nd Edition 2002. 228pp. $25

A complete guide to saving seed from 160 vegetable crops, with detailed information on each vegetable: botanical classification, flower structure and pollination method, isolation distances, caging and hand-pollination techniques, and proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning and storing. Save your own seed...before the corporate corpses make it illegal! Here's how.  


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All Flesh Is Grass: The Pleasures & Promises of Pasture Farming
by Gene Logsdon 2004, 262pp. $20

Gene Logsdon explains that well-managed pastures are nutritious and palatable—virtual salads for livestock. Leafy pastures also hold the soil, increase biodiversity, and create lovely landscapes. Grass farming may be the solution for a stressed agricultural system based on an industrial model and propped up by federal subsidies. The pasture farming that Gene Logsdon practices can also produce grains, fruits, herbs, mushrooms, and salad greens for human consumption. The book explains historically effective practices and new techniques that have blossomed in recent years for the care and sustenance of horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, and poultry on pasture. Logsdon's warm profiles of successful grass farmers offer inspiration and ideas.

His narrative is enriched by his experience as a "contrary farmer" on his own artisan-scale farm.The culmination of a lifetime's experience, this book is vital for owners of small acreages, home food producers, horse enthusiasts, and sustainable commercial farmers. 

 

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