Agriculture and Farming
A Guide to Keeping Bees in the City
Paperback ISBN: 1904871690
Now, more than ever before, is the time to keep honey bees. Taking you through the beekeepers year this book covers all the essential requirements for small-scale beekeeping and considers the advantages for urban bees over their country living relations as well as giving advice on bees and children, neighbors and pets. It covers where and how to buy bees, transportation, legal issues, positioning the hive, planning the arrival, routine and management, cleaning the hive, swarming, equipment, health and safety, security, training, resources set up and running costs as well as collecting and producing honey, beeswax, candles, soap and other by-products.
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. 17,500 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.
Indian Herbalogy of North America
Paperback ISBN: 0877736391
For more than twenty years this pioneering work had served as a bible for herbalists throughout the world. It is an illustrated encyclopedic guide to more than two hundred medicinal plants found in North America, with descriptions of each plant's appearance and uses, and directions for methods of use and dosage. Native American traditions are compared with traditional uses of the same plants among other cultures where the science of herbs has flourished, particularly in Russia and China. Included is an annotated bibliography of pertinent books and periodicals.
Harvest of Grief
Grasshopper Plagues and Public Assistance in Minnesota, 1873-78
Hardcover ISBN: 0873511719
Atkins eloquently portrays the extreme hardships of Minnesota farmers during the grasshopper plagues of the 1870s. She examines local, state, and national relief efforts, which she reviews in the context of 19th-century social welfare philosophy.
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.
The One-Straw Revolution
An Introduction to Natural Farming
Paperback ISBN: 1590173139
Masanobu Fukuoka’s book about growing food has been changing the lives of readers since it was first published in 1978. It is a call to arms, a manifesto, and a radical rethinking of the global systems we rely on to feed us all. At the same time, it is the memoir of a man whose spiritual beliefs underpin and inform every aspect of his innovative farming system. Equal parts farmer and philosopher, Fukuoka is recognized as one of the founding thinkers of the permaculture movement. But when he was twenty-five, he was just another biologist taking advantage of the unprecedented development of postwar Japan. Then a brush with death shattered his complacency. He quit his job and returned to his family farm. Over the decades that followed, Fukuoka perfected his so-called “do-nothing” technique, a way of farming that dispenses with both modern agribusiness practices and centuries of folk wisdom, replacing them with a system that seeks to work with nature rather than make it over through increasingly elaborate–and often harmful –methods. Fukuoka developed commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminated the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and the wasteful effort associated with them–and his yields matched those of neighboring factory farms. His farm became a gathering place for people from all over the world who wished to adapt his ways to their own local cultures. Now, more than thirty years after they were first published, Fukuoka’s teachings are more relevant and necessary than ever.
The Beekeeper's Bible
Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home Uses
Hardcover ISBN: 1584799188
The Beekeeper’s Bible is as much an ultimate guide to the practical essentials of beekeeping as it is a beautiful almanac to be read from cover to cover. Part history book, part handbook, and part cookbook, this illustrated tome covers every facet of the ancient hobby of beekeeping, from how to manage hives safely to harvesting one's own honey, and ideas for how to use honey and beeswax. Detailed instructions for making candles, furniture polish, beauty products, and nearly 100 honey-themed recipes are included. Fully illustrated with how-to photography and unique etchings, any backyard enthusiast or gardener can confidently dive into beekeeping with this book in hand (or daydream about harvesting their own honey while relaxing in the comfort of an armchair).
A Slice of Organic Life
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 0756662117
Provides a comprehensive guide to growing one's own food organically, as well as how to cook home-grown produce, raise one's own selected livestock, and develop a more sustainable lifestyle, in a richly illustrated volume that features more than eighty self-contained projects for rural, suburban, and urban locales.