Agriculture and Farming
A True Story of Cops, Con Men, and the Smuggling of America's Strangest Wildlife
Paperback ISBN: 0061537144
A unique blend of natural history and crime drama, Shell Games by Craig Welch is a riveting tale of rogues, scoundrels, and the hunt for natures bounty in the tradition of The Orchid Thief. A stranger-than-fiction true story centered around a larger-than-life character who pursued a larger-than-life clamthe Geoduckand then led wildlife police on a two-year-long chase, Shell Games is enthralling and remarkable from page one on.
Seeds Of Wealth
Four Plants That Made Men Rich
Hardcover ISBN: 1593760442
Four beautifully written essays explore the economic and ecological consequences of cash crops like timber, tobacco, rubber, and the wine grape, moving through the last four centuries of world history to trace the profound impact of these cultivated plants.
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.
The Secret Life Of Lobsters
How Fishermen And Scientists Are Unraveling The Mysteries Of Our Favorite Crustacean
Paperback ISBN: 0060555599
A social, economic, and biological portrait of the lobster also follows the stories of an island lobstering community and an eccentric band of renegade biologists, in a seafaring odyssey that discusses the crustacean's adventurous life cycle while conveying the sensations of nautical life, predatory survival, and melted butter. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.
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.
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.
Farm Families and the Ecology of Intensive, Sustainable Agriculture
Paperback ISBN: 0804721025
Contrasting the prevailing theories of the evolution of agriculture, the author argues that the practice of smallholding is more efficient and less environmentally degrading than that of industrial agriculture which depends heavily on fossil fuel, chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. He presents a convincing case for his argument with examples taken from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, and demonstrates that there are fundamental commonalities among smallholder cultures. "Smallholders, Householders" is a detailed and innovative analysis of the agricultural efficiency and conservation of resources practiced around the world by smallholders.