Agriculture and Farming
A Love Story
Hardcover ISBN: 0307267156
Examines the natural history of the tuna, one of the world's most endangered marine animals, revealing how the increasing demand for sushi has caused a devastating overfishing of the tuna and detailing the implications of its potential extinction.
Backyard Chickens Guide to Coops and Tractors
Paperback ISBN: 1440316961
Keeping chickens isn't just for farms! The backyard chicken revolution has coops popping up in neighborhoods all over. Home-raised chickens provide a great source of superior, organic eggs that are as close as your backyard. Chickens also make good pets and provide free fertilizer?and lots of fun. Backyard Chickens Guide offers plans and photos for 16 custom coops built by real chicken owners, (including three portable designs known as tractors). Read their stories and learn from their experiences, then head out to the backyard to start your own flock.
Getting the Best from Your Chickens
Paperback ISBN: 0715336258
Introduces the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of chickens and offers practical advice on everything from egg-laying and maintaining a healthy hen house to egg incubation and healthcare.
DIY Projects for Farmers, Smallholders and Gardeners
Paperback ISBN: 1904871321
Contains step-by-step instructions and plans for over 50 projects for farmers, smallholders or landowners. Using reclaimed materials, wherever possible, and renewable energy, this title shows how to construct beehives, pig arcs, chicken coops, goat sheds, mobile hen units, gates and fences, turbines and much more.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading
Paperback ISBN: 1615641041
Teaches urban dwellers how to grow organic foods and preserve them, raise livestock and chickens, use alternative fuels and other ways to live environmentally friendly and economically. Original.
The Urban Food Revolution
Changing the Way We Feed Cities
Paperback ISBN: 0865716838
Describes how to ensure food security in urban areas by bringing food production into neighborhoods through the use of community gardening, cooking and composting programs so that cities will have local, fresh and sustainable food sources. Original.
The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin
Paperback ISBN: 0299234347
This book—beautifully photographed and engagingly written—introduces hardworking, resourceful men and women who represent an artisanal craft that has roots in Europe but has been a Wisconsin tradition since the 1850s. Wisconsin produces more than 600 varieties of cheese, from massive wheels of cheddar and swiss to bricks of brick and limburger, to such specialties as crescenza-stracchino and juustoleipa. These masters combine tradition, technology, artistry, and years of dedicated learning—in a profession that depends on fickle, living ingredients—to create the rich tastes and beautiful presentation of their skillfully crafted products. Certification as a Master Cheesemaker typically takes almost fifteen years. An applicant must hold a cheesemaking license for at least ten years, create one or two chosen varieties of cheese for at least five years, take more than two years of university courses, consent to constant testing of their cheese and evaluation of their plant, and pass grueling oral and written exams to be awarded the prestigious title. James Norton and Becca Dilley interviewed these dairy artisans, listened to their stories, tasted their cheeses, and explored the plants where they work. They offer here profiles of forty-three active Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin, as well as a glossary of cheesemaking terms, suggestions of operations that welcome visitors for tours, tasting notes and suggested food pairings, and tasty nuggets (shall we say curds?) of information on everything to do with cheese.
The Education of an Urban Farmer
Hardcover ISBN: 1594202214
Urban and rural collide in this wry, inspiring memoir of a woman who turned a vacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving farm Novella Carpenter loves citiesÂ—the culture, the crowds, the energy. At the same time, she canÂ't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back-to-the-land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables. Ambivalent about repeating her parentsÂ' disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways: a homegrown vegetable plot as well as museums, bars, concerts, and a twenty-four-hour convenience mart mere minutes away. Especially when she moved to a ramshackle house in inner city Oakland and discovered a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door. She closed her eyes and pictured heirloom tomatoes, a beehive, and a chicken coop. What started out as a few egg-laying chickens led to turkeys, geese, and ducks. Soon, some rabbits joined the fun, then two three-hundred-pound pigs. And no, these charming and eccentric animals werenÂ't pets; she was a farmer, not a zookeeper. Novella was raising these animals for dinner. Novella CarpenterÂ's corner of downtown Oakland is populated by unforgettable characters. Lana (anal spelled backward, she reminds us) runs a speakeasy across the street and refuses to hurt even a fly, let alone condone raising turkeys for Thanksgiving. Bobby, the homeless man who collects cars and car parts just outside the farm, is an invaluable neighborhood concierge. The turkeys, Harold and Maude, tend to escape on a daily basis to cavort with the prostitutes hanging around just off the highway nearby. Every day on this strange and beautiful farm, urban meets rural in the most surprising ways. For anyone who has ever grown herbs on their windowsill, tomatoes on their fire escape, or obsessed over the offerings at the local farmersÂ' market, CarpenterÂ's story will capture your heart. And if youÂ've ever considered leaving it all behind to become a farmer outside the city limits, or looked at the abandoned lot next door with a gleam in your eye, consider this both a cautionary tale and a full-throated call to action. Farm City is an unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmersÂ' tips, and a great deal of heart. It is also a moving meditation on urban life versus the natural world and what we have given up to live the way we do.