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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.
Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution
Too High To Fail
Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution
Hardcover      ISBN: 1592407099

The first in-depth look at the burgeoning legal cannabis industry and how the new green economy is shaping our country
The nation s economy is in trouble, but there s one cash crop that has the potential to turn it around: cannabis (also known as marijuana and hemp). According to "Time," the legal medicinal cannabis economy already generates $200 million annually in taxable proceeds from a mere two hundred thousand registered medical users in just fourteen states.
But, thanks to Nixon and the War on Drugs, cannabis is still synonymous with heroin on the federal level even though it has won mainstream acceptance nationwide.
ABC News reports that underground cannabis s $35.8 billion annual revenues already exceed the combined value of corn ($23.3 billion) and wheat ($7.5 billion). Considering the economic impact of Prohibition and its repeal "Too High to Fail" isn t a commune-dweller s utopian rant, it s an objectively (if humorously) reported account of how one plant can drastically change the shape of our country, culturally, politically, and economically.
"Too High to Fail" covers everything from a brief history of hemp to an insider s perspective on a growing season in Mendocino County, where cannabis drives 80 percent of the economy (to the tune of $6 billion annually). Investigative journalist Doug Fine follows one plant from seed to patient in the first American county to fully legalize and regulate cannabis farming. He profiles an issue of critical importance to lawmakers, media pundits, and ordinary Americans whether or not they inhale. It s a wild ride that includes swooping helicopters, college tuitions paid with cash, cannabis-friendly sheriffs, and never-before-gained access to the world of the emerging legitimate, taxpaying ganjaprenneur. "

Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm
Adventures in Yarn Farming
Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm
Hardcover      ISBN: 1590308239
A knitting book focusing on the sheep-to-shawl process by a well-known knitter, shepherd, and artisanal yarn producer.

Gain an insider's view on fiber farming and yarn craft, from sheep to skein, all told through the eyes of shepherd and textile artisan Barbara Parry. Follow her flock over the course of a year and discover all the facets of life with sheep: from shearing day and lambing season, to preparing fiber for yarn. Along the way you'll find projects for the fiber obsessed by top knitwear designers, essays on country life, and over 100 stunning photographs. With the growing locavore movement, the rising trend in sustainable farming, and the ever-increasing interest in crafting, this book is perfect for those who yearn for a closer connection to a rural lifestyle and who enjoy making things by hand.
Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them.
Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them.
Trade Paperback      ISBN: 1906621179

This is the quintessential text on how to build essential labour saving devices. It is an indispensible companion for farmers, smallholders, eco-communities and DIY enthusiasts.

The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin
The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin
1st Edition    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. Winner, Best Midwest Regional Interest Book, Midwest Book Awards

The Chicken Keeper's Problem Solver: 100 Common Problems Explored and Explained
The Chicken Keeper's Problem Solver
100 Common Problems Explored and Explained
Paperback      ISBN: 1631590340

While keeping chickens certainly isn't rocket science, doing it properly does involve decent levels of understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Getting the basics right is essential, and this demands a solid appreciation of important areas such as housing, feeding, breed choice, and health

Whether you're a newcomer or an old hand, The Chicken Keeper's Problem Solver provides the information you need to nip probelms in the bud - and, better still, avoid them in the first place. Let longime chicken keeper and poultry expert Chris Graham guide you thorugh 100 common problems faced by chicken keepers. You'll discover in clear and simple terms what the underlying cause is and how to solve it. Each issue is tackled in depth, with photographs and diagrams, as well as a wide range of practical tips and useful insights. The problems are divided into ten chapters covering the main areas of chicken keeping, from health to housing and parasites to predators.

Don't let a simple problem ruin your love for chicken keeping; The Chicken Keeper's Problem Solver has the answers you need

Chickens in Your Backyard: A Beginner's Guide
Chickens in Your Backyard
A Beginner's Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 0878571256

Your backyard can be the source of the best eggs and meat you've ever tasted. The answer is chickens--endearing birds that require but a modest outlay of time, space and food.

As they learned to raise chickens, Gail and Rick Luttmann came to realize the need for a comprehensive but clear and nontechnical guide. Their book covers all the basics in a light and entertaining sytle, from housing and feeding through incubating, bringing up chicks, butchering, and raising chickens for show.

Througout Chickens In Your Backyard, the Luttmanns express their wonder at the personalities of chickens--the role of brash protector played by roosters, and the instinctive motherliness of the hens. Given some freedom and attention, these birds can become much more than the egg-and-meat machines of commercial hatcheries and broiler factories. Chickens provide backyard farmers with enjoyable pastime, as well as a supply of good food.
The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities
The Good Food Revolution
Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities
Hardcover      ISBN: 1592407102

A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur Genius Award winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed and heal broken communities.
The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, Allen cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot a half mile away from Milwaukee s largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of local residents.
In the face of financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country s preeminent urban farm a food and educational center that now produces enough vegetables and fish year-round to feed thousands of people. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power has sought to prove that local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. Today, Allen s organization helps develop community food systems across the country.
An eco-classic in the making, "The Good Food Revolution" is the story of Will s personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.
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Wisdom for Beekeepers: 500 Tips for Successful Beekeeping
Wisdom for Beekeepers
500 Tips for Successful Beekeeping
Hardcover      ISBN: 1621137619

Get the latest buzz on beekeeping. A hot new trend that parallels the growing interest in sustainable farming and locally grown food, beekeeping continues to attract enthusiasts. For the best, solid information on beekeeping for beginners or veterans, you'll want to consult Wisdom for Beekeepers.

500 expert tips from a veteran beekeeper. Whether you reside in the quiet suburbs or a busy city, this delightful collection of 500 expert tips from lifelong beekeeper Jim Tew provides all you need to get started in this rewarding and fascinating hobby.

A quick-and-easy reference. Wisdom for Beekeepers is divided into chapters covering all aspects of beekeeping, including:

  • Hives and equipment
  • Buying your first bees
  • Managing your colony
  • Processing your honey crop

There's even advice on how to identify and treat bee ailments, plus a healthy dose of bee biology. Be sure you have Wisdom for Beekeepers--and it makes a honey of a gift

The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth about Food and Flavor
The Dorito Effect
The Surprising New Truth about Food and Flavor
Paperback      ISBN: 1476724237

A lively argument from an award-winning journalist proving that the key to reversing America's health crisis lies in the overlooked link between nutrition and flavor: "The Dorito Effect is one of the most important health and food books I have read" (Dr. David B. Agus, New York Times bestselling author).

We are in the grip of a food crisis. Obesity has become a leading cause of preventable death, after only smoking. For nearly half a century we've been trying to pin the blame somewhere--fat, carbs, sugar, wheat, high-fructose corn syrup. But that search has been in vain, because the food problem that's killing us is not a nutrient problem. It's a behavioral problem, and it's caused by the changing flavor of the food we eat.

Ever since the 1940s, with the rise of industrialized food production, we have been gradually leeching the taste out of what we grow. Simultaneously, we have taken great leaps forward in technology, creating a flavor industry, worth billions annually, in an attempt to put back the tastes we've engineered out of our food. The result is a national cuisine that increasingly resembles the paragon of flavor manipulation: Doritos. As food--all food--becomes increasingly bland, we dress it up with calories and flavor chemicals to make it delicious again. We have rewired our palates and our brains, and the results are making us sick and killing us.

With in-depth historical and scientific research, The Dorito Effect casts the food crisis in a fascinating new light, weaving an enthralling tale of how we got to this point and where we are headed. We've been telling ourselves that our addiction to flavor is the problem, but it is actually the solution. We are on the cusp of a new revolution in agriculture that will allow us to eat healthier and live longer by enjoying flavor the way nature intended.