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Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization
Against the Grain
How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization
Hardcover      ISBN: 0865476225
The author of Last Stand and Grassland argues that agriculture has enslaved humanity rather than set it free, revealing the limitations placed on humanity by the domestication of plants and animals. 75,000 first printing.
Agriculture in Transition
Agriculture in Transition
Paperback      ISBN: 0911311610
Tuna: A Love Story
Tuna
A Love Story
1st Edition    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.
Barnheart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One's Own
Barnheart
The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One's Own
Paperback      ISBN: 1603427953
Whether they're about raising chickens or herding sheep, the tales of Jenna Woginrich have caught the imagination of thousands of young homesteaders. As she learns traditional farming skills by trial and error, Woginrich records her offbeat observations and poignant moments with honesty, humility, and humor. In BarnHeart, she lands at a small rented farm and struggles to find her place in a reserved rural community filled with working farmers who are scraping by and wealthy vacation-home owners with fancy barns that never house livestock. Although her barnheart — a term Woginrich coins to describe her state of longing for a farm of her own — never subsides, she makes do on her rented farmstead, caring for her sheep, chickens, geese, ducks, rabbits, a goat, and a turkey, until relationships sour and she's abruptly forced to leave. Where will she and her animals go? Will she finally be able to afford the farm she's always dreamed of? Even when dealing with cranky neighbors, small-town politics, and the loneliness that comes with running a farm on her own, Woginrich never loses her sense of humor. Readers will recognize themselves and find inspiration in this appealing story of longing and striving for a more authentic life.
Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats: Managing, Breeding, Marketing
Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats
Managing, Breeding, Marketing
Paperback      ISBN: 1603425829
Goat meat production is the fastest growing segment of U.S. agriculture, and an estimated 70 percent of all meat consumed globally is from goats. Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats is the essential reference on raising, caring for, and marketing meat goats. This updated edition gives caprine producers the vital information they need to start a meat-goat business or expand their current operation.
Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard
Free-Range Chicken Gardens
How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard
Paperback      ISBN: 1604692375
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. In this essential handbook, award-winning garden designer Jessi Bloom covers everything a gardener needs to know, including chicken-keeping basics, simple garden plans to get you started, tips on attractive fencing options, the best plants and plants to avoid, and step-by-step instructions for getting your chicken garden up and running. 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.
Build It!: DIY Projects for Farmers, Smallholders and Gardeners
Build It!
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.
Raising Chickens for Dummies
Raising Chickens for Dummies
Paperback      ISBN: 0470465441
Provides comprehensive and authoritative coverage of all aspects of caring for chickens on a small scale, from purchasing a starter flock and constructing housing to proper feeding and care, discussing the various aspects of raising chickens for eggs, meat, and pets. Original.
Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation
Enduring Seeds
Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0816522596
As biological diversity continues to shrink at an alarming rate, the loss of plant species poses a threat seemingly less visible than the loss of animals but in many ways more critical. In this book, one of America's leading ethnobotanists warns about our loss of natural vegetation and plant diversity while providing insights into traditional Native agricultural practices in the Americas.
Crop Rotation and Cover Cropping: Soil Resiliency and Health on the Organic Farm
Crop Rotation and Cover Cropping
Soil Resiliency and Health on the Organic Farm
Paperback      ISBN: 1603583459
Part of a set of eight organic farming handbooks, this guide to crop rotation and cover crops was originally published as Soil Resiliency and Health; Crop Rotation and Cover Cropping on the Organic Farm in 2004 by the Northeast Organic Farming Association. Written for farmers, homesteaders, and serious gardeners in the Northeastern US, the guide presents best practices in the areas of tillage, weed control, grouping crops, cash and cover crops, good rotation, and economics of rotations and cover croppings. Case studies of two organic farms and sample crop rotations have been included. Kroeck is the owner of Chrystal Spring Community Farm in Brunswick, Maine. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)