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The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit
The Joy of Keeping Chickens
The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit
Paperback      ISBN: 1602393133

Finally backyard farmers who want to keep a few hens for eggs have a bible that's attractive enough to leave out on the coffee table, and inexpensive enough to purchase on a whim. This comprehensive guide, written in charming prose from the perspective of an organic farmer, will appeal to readers who are interested in raising chickens, or simply want the best knowledge about how to cook them. With this in mind, farmer and animal expert Jennifer Megyesi discusses all the basic details of raising the birds--general biology, health, food, choosing breeds, and so on--and she cuts through the smoke to identify what terms like "organic," "free-range," and so on really mean for poultry farmers and consumers.

No chicken book would be complete without information on how to show chickens for prizes, and this is no different, but The Joy of Keeping Chickens also stresses the importance of self-sustainability and organic living, and the satisfaction of keeping heirloom breeds. Readers will appreciate the comprehensive nature of this readable, informative guide, and Megyesi's enthusiasm about keeping chickens. Coupled with Geoff Hansen's gorgeous full-color photographs, this text makes for an instant classic in the category.
Secret Ingredients: The Brave New World of Industrial Farming
Secret Ingredients
The Brave New World of Industrial Farming
Paperback      ISBN: 0771045964
You are what you eat, but do you know what is in the food you're eating - or how it's grown?

Chicken, corn, potatoes, a slice of bread, and a glass of milk. Where does a meal like this come from? Who and what is involved in getting it to your table? Most Canadians don't know - and will be shocked to find out that, while we were snacking, farming has been transformed. Today, once-independent farmers work on contract for huge food corporations, growing genetically modified food in soil saturated with chemicals. Farming is big business and has become a matter of world trade regulations that favour global corporations. Laidlaw, in investigating the state of modern farming, uncovers many shocking practices, from pesticide use so severe it causes massive fish kills in PEI rivers to the transformation of small prairie abattoirs into vast, industrial slaughterhouses dependent on minimum-wage immigrant workers. Secret Ingredients brings a whole new dimension to the age-old question of what to have for dinner tonight.
Reinventing the Chicken COOP: 14 Original Designs with Step-By-Step Building Instructions
Reinventing the Chicken COOP
14 Original Designs with Step-By-Step Building Instructions
Paperback      ISBN: 1603429808

Build a stylishly modern home for your poultry. Backyard chickens meet contemporary design in this inventive compilation from authors Matthew Wolpe and Kevin McElroy. Reinventing the Chicken Coop presents 14 complete building plans for chicken houses that range from the purely functional to outrageously fabulous, with designs that include water-capturing roofs, built-in composting systems, and modernist architectural details.

Keeping Chickens: Getting the Best from Your Chickens
Keeping Chickens
Getting the Best from Your Chickens
Paperback      ISBN: 0715336258

Keeping chickens is a popular and growing pastime, so find out all you need to know in this must-have book.

  • Covers everything from egg-laying to ease of keeping for over 70 different breeds
  • Discover how to set up and maintain a healthy hen house to keep your chickens warm, dry and safe from predators
  • Practical advice on hygiene, disease and healthcare ensures that your flock is always in pristine show condition
  • Learn about broody birds and egg incubation, and rear a new generation of chicks to brighten up your garden
""Whether you plan to keep chickens for eggs or meat, this practical guide covers all the issues you need to consider first."" Devon Life
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading
Paperback      ISBN: 1615641041

How to save money, time, and the environment-on the urban frontier.
With "The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Urban Homesteading" anyone can learn how to live sustainably and responsibly-and save money and time-in any urban environment. Expert urban homesteader Sundari Elizabeth Kraft shares her hands-on knowledge of: growing organic foods and preserving them; composting; raising small livestock and chickens; generating electricity and biofuels; and other ways to cut costs and live green. This book has all the information required to become a successful urban homesteader in any city.
Practical advice on everything from composting to clean energy.
Sundari Elizabeth Kraft is an expert in urban homesteading."

Seeds Of Wealth: Four Plants That Made Men Rich
Seeds Of Wealth
Four Plants That Made Men Rich
Hardcover      ISBN: 1593760442

Following the widely celebrated Seeds of Change (1985) comes Seeds of Wealth, a collection of four elegant essays focusing on the economic and cultural consequences of the exploitation of timber, tobacco, rubber, and the wine grape. These cash crops have bound together trade relations for the past three centuries and have had a profound if little noted effect on our world.
As early as Shakespeare's time, timber quantities in England had become deficient, promoting the use of coal and leading to the industrial revolution. Conversely, the abundance of timber and excellent growing conditions for tobacco in the United States led to great wealth and power for the young nation. The cultivation of the rubber tree and its importance in modern society helped to create the nations of Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. And good wine, Hobhouse observes, makes people wealthy as well as mellow and wise.
These four plants enormously increased the wealth of those who dealt with them, created new industries, shaped destinies, and changed the course of history.

The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood
The Good Good Pig
The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood
Paperback      ISBN: 0345496094
"In loving yet unsentimental prose, Sy Montgomery captures the richness that animals bring to the human experience. Sometimes it takes a too-smart-for-his-own-good pig to open our eyes to what most matters in life."
--John Grogan, author of Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

A naturalist who spent months at a time living on her own among wild creatures in remote jungles, Sy Montgomery had always felt more comfortable with animals than with people. So she gladly opened her heart to a sick piglet who had been crowded away from nourishing meals by his stronger siblings. Yet Sy had no inkling that this piglet, later named Christopher Hogwood, would not only survive but flourish--and she soon found herself engaged with her small-town community in ways she had never dreamed possible. Unexpectedly, Christopher provided this peripatetic traveler with something she had sought all her life: an anchor (eventually weighing 750 pounds) to family and home.

The Good Good Pig celebrates Christopher Hogwood in all his glory, from his inauspicious infancy to hog heaven in rural New Hampshire, where his boundless zest for life and his large, loving heart made him absolute monarch over a (mostly) peaceable kingdom. At first, his domain included only Sy's cosseted hens and her beautiful border collie, Tess. Then the neighbors began fetching Christopher home from his unauthorized jaunts, the little girls next door started giving him warm, soapy baths, and the villagers brought him delicious leftovers. His intelligence and fame increased along with his girth. He was featured in USA Today and on several National Public Radio environmental programs. On election day, some voters even wrote in Christopher's name on their ballots.

But as this enchanting book describes, Christopher Hogwood's influence extended far beyond celebrity; for he was, as a friend said, a great big Buddha master. Sy reveals what she and others learned from this generous soul who just so happened to be a pig--lessons about self-acceptance, the meaning of family, the value of community, and the pleasures of the sweet green Earth. The Good Good Pig provides proof that with love, almost anything is possible.
Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family
Mapping the Farm
The Chronicle of a Family
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0679430091

A study of America's vanishing country lifestyle focuses on a family farm, owned by a single family since 1880, near Rochester, Minnesota, capturing the good times, hardships, rituals of rural life, and dramatic changes that have made the farm's existence uncertain

The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean
The Secret Life of Lobsters
How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean
Paperback      ISBN: 0060555599

In this intimate portrait of an island lobstering community and aneccentric band of renegade biologists, journalist Trevor Corson escorts the reader onto the slippery decks of fishing boats, through danger-filled scuba dives, and deep into the churning currents of the Gulf of Maine to learn about the secret undersea lives of lobsters.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.--Natural History magazine
Keeping Bees
Keeping Bees
Hardcover      ISBN: 0753719851