The Woodland Homestead

The Woodland Homestead Author Brett McLeod
ISBN-10 9781612123509
Release 2015-07-10
Pages 240
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Put your wooded land to work! This comprehensive manual shows you how to use your woodlands to produce everything from wine and mushrooms to firewood and livestock feed. You’ll learn how to take stock of your woods; use axes, bow saws, chainsaws, and other key tools; create pasture and silvopasture for livestock; prune and coppice trees to make fuel, fodder, and furniture; build living fencing and shelters for animals; grow fruit trees and berries in a woodland orchard; make syrup from birch, walnut, or boxelder trees; and much more. Whether your property is entirely or only partly wooded, this is the guide you need to make the best use of it.



Working with Your Woodland

Working with Your Woodland Author Mollie Beattie
ISBN-10 9781611680690
Release 2012-06-19
Pages 302
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A landowner's manual for forest management in New England



The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects

The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects Author Spike Carlsen
ISBN-10 9781603428460
Release 2014-03-14
Pages 296
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Gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love this compilation of 76 rustic DIY projects. From plant supports and clotheslines to a chicken coop, a greenhouse, and a root cellar with storage bins, most of the projects are suitable for complete novices, and all use just basic tools and easy-to-find materials. You’ll find techniques to build whatever your outdoor world is missing, with additional tips to live sustainably, happily, and independently.



Farming the Woods

Farming the Woods Author Ken Mudge
ISBN-10 9781603585071
Release 2014-09-23
Pages 359
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Learn how to fill forests with food by viewing agriculture from a remarkably different perspective: that a healthy forest can be maintained while growing a wide range of food, medicinal, and other nontimber products. The practices of forestry and farming are often seen as mutually exclusive, because in the modern world, agriculture involves open fields, straight rows, and machinery to grow crops, while forests are reserved primarily for timber and firewood harvesting. In Farming the Woods, authors Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel demonstrate that it doesn’t have to be an either-or scenario, but a complementary one; forest farms can be most productive in places where the plow is not: on steep slopes and in shallow soils. Forest farming is an invaluable practice to integrate into any farm or homestead, especially as the need for unique value-added products and supplemental income becomes increasingly important for farmers. Many of the daily indulgences we take for granted, such as coffee, chocolate, and many tropical fruits, all originate in forest ecosystems. But few know that such abundance is also available in the cool temperate forests of North America. Farming the Woods covers in detail how to cultivate, harvest, and market high-value nontimber forest crops such as American ginseng, shiitake mushrooms, ramps (wild leeks), maple syrup, fruit and nut trees, ornamentals, and more. Along with profiles of forest farmers from around the country, readers are also provided comprehensive information on: • historical perspectives of forest farming; • mimicking the forest in a changing climate; • cultivation of medicinal crops; • cultivation of food crops; • creating a forest nursery; • harvesting and utilizing wood products; • the role of animals in the forest farm; and, • how to design your forest farm and manage it once it’s established. Farming the Woods is an essential book for farmers and gardeners who have access to an established woodland, are looking for productive ways to manage it, and are interested in incorporating aspects of agroforestry, permaculture, forest gardening, and sustainable woodlot management into the concept of a whole-farm organism.



A Landowner s Guide to Managing Your Woods

A Landowner s Guide to Managing Your Woods Author Anne Larkin Hansen
ISBN-10 9781603427302
Release 2011-09-01
Pages 256
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Whether you have a few acres of trees in the suburbs or a small commercial forest, you can encourage a healthy and sustainable ecosystem through proper woodland management. This introductory guide shows you how to identify the type, health, and quality of your trees and suggests strategies for keeping your woodland thriving.



Woman Powered Farm Manual for a Self Sufficient Lifestyle from Homestead to Field

Woman Powered Farm  Manual for a Self Sufficient Lifestyle from Homestead to Field Author Audrey Levatino
ISBN-10 9781581576542
Release 2015-05-04
Pages 256
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To go-to guide for women who want to be part of the farming revolution. Women are leading the new farming revolution in America. Much of the impetus to move back to the land, raise our own food, and connect with our agricultural past is being driven by women. They raise sheep for wool, harvest honey from their beehives, grow food for their families and sell their goods at farmers' markets. What does a woman who wants to work the land need to do to follow her dream? First, she needs this book. It may seem strange to suggest that women farmers need a different guide than male farmers, but women often have different strengths and goals, and different ways of achieving those goals. Audrey Levatino shares her experiences of running a farm and offers invaluable advice on how to get started, whether you have hundreds of acres or a simple lot for an urban community garden. Filled with personal anecdotes and stories from other women farmers, from old hands to brand new ones, from agricultural icons like Temple Grandin, to her own sister, this book is a reassuring and inspirational guide that discusses: Should you do an internship or jump right in? How to find a farm or how to handle one that you’ve inherited Best practices for selling at the farmer’s market and how to sell your goods locally Farmhouse chores and how to get them done right How to handle large power tools, including a chainsaw Planning and growing an organic farm garden Incorporating animals as part of a farm ecosystem Where to get started if you want to farm-school your kids Tips for keeping your mind, body and spirit healthy while undertaking the demanding nature of farm work It's all here, in the same warm and friendly voice that readers embraced in The Joy of Hobby Farming. Full-color photography throughout provides step-by-step instructions for anything you’ll need to do on your farm.



The Woodlot Management Handbook

The Woodlot Management Handbook Author Stewart Hilts
ISBN-10 1552092364
Release 1999
Pages 282
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Making the most of your wooded property for conservation, income or both.



How to Make Money Growing Trees

How to Make Money Growing Trees Author James M. Vardaman
ISBN-10 0471609196
Release 1989-02-13
Pages 296
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The nature of the business. Avaiable forestry services. Sale of timber. Miscellaneous income. Minerals. Management costs. Timberland inventory. The financial forecast. Accounting and the tax laws. The lawyer. Sale of timberland. Loans. The big timber companies. Guesses about the future. Case history of a successful timberland investor: charting a course. Case history of a successful timberland investor: executing the plan. Long-term timberland investment with annual cash flows. Analysis of S Georgia tract. Table of compound interest rates. Interview with Leon Hood and Ben Stevens.



Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative Low Budget Homesteading Solutions

Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative  Low Budget Homesteading Solutions Author Oscar Will
ISBN-10 9781550925234
Release 2013-01-25
Pages 272
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Offers to teach modern homesteaders how to maximize their available resources, including animal management, construction techniques from woodlot materials, and replacing farm machinery with homemade hand tools.



Living on the Edge

Living on the Edge Author F.J. Bohan
ISBN-10 1610047605
Release 2012-08-01
Pages 146
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When it comes to survival, one size definitely does not fit all. That's exactly what author F. J. Bohan discovered when he and his family set out on a quest for self-sufficiency, a journey that has lasted more than 17 years. Living on the Edge describes why Bohan and his wife made the decision to pull their four sons from public school in the East and set off in a converted school bus to the American Southwest. On a very limited budget, the Bohans began their new life in a tent pitched in public campgrounds. As soon as they could, they purchased remote ranchland, on which they constructed a rustic cabin from the ground up that grew as they could afford to add on. In addition, they homeschooled the boys so well that all four received scholarships to the schools of their choice. On their journey, the Bohans learned a lot about living off the land and off the grid, mostly through trial and error. In this book, the author graciously shares valuable lessons on the following: Keeping a wife, four boys, two dogs, and two cats happy in a tent for 18 months Creating power for a tent or cabin through a combination of solar panels, car batteries, generators, and oil Heating and cooking on wood stoves Finding creative ways to earn money in an insular, impoverished rural area Securing enough water in the desert for a family of six, plus animals, to live on Erecting fences—literal and figurative ones—for privacy and security Raising chickens, goats, and ducks for food, while avoiding bears, bobcats, skunks, and other country critters Relocating to the desert, living in a tent, or homeschooling kids may not appeal to you. But if you have ever thought of living off the grid or simply becoming more self-sufficient, this is how one American family successfully did it . . . and found freedom along the way.



Ten Acres Is Enough

Ten Acres Is Enough Author Edmund Morris
ISBN-10 9780980297638
Release 2009-01-01
Pages 214
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In 1864, Morris gave up his business and city life for a farm of 10 acres, made a go of mixed farming, and then wrote a book about it. The delightfully readable autobiography of a farmer in the America of the 1860s has been extensively re-edited for today's reader.



The Backyard Homestead Book of Kitchen Know How

The Backyard Homestead Book of Kitchen Know How Author Andrea Chesman
ISBN-10 9781612122052
Release 2015-09-19
Pages 368
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Growing vegetables and raising livestock is only the beginning of a successful homestead — that fresh food goes to waste unless you can properly prepare, cook, and preserve it. Andrea Chesman shows you how to bridge the gap between field and table, covering everything from curing meats and making sausage to canning fruits and vegetables, milling flour, working with sourdough, baking no-knead breads, making braises and stews that can be adapted to different cuts of meat, rendering lard and tallow, pickling, making butter and cheese, making yogurt, blanching vegetables for the freezer, making jams and jellies, drying produce, and much more. You’ll learn all the techniques you need to get the most from homegrown foods, along with dozens of simple and delicious recipes, most of which can be adapted to use whatever you have available.



How to Make Money Homesteading

How to Make Money Homesteading Author Tim Young
ISBN-10 1502786052
Release 2014-10-25
Pages 220
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Wherever you are, this book can show you how to start a business to fund your self-sufficient lifestyle!Wouldn't you like to escape the hectic pace of modern life and enjoy a worry-free, self-reliant lifestyle? A lifestyle in which your family builds and shares lasting memories of growing your own food in a natural setting instead of spending hours in front of television and computers. Whether you hope to move to the country or simply stay closer to the city, this book will show you: How to create streams of self-sufficient and passive income wherever you are That you can live a vibrant, healthy lifestyle and take care of yourself and your family How you can get out of debt just as others did on their path to self-sufficiency The 23 Critical Questions to ask before buying rural property That you can insulate yourself from financial collapse and SHTF doomsday scenarios How to retire happy and use homesteading as the NEW retirement plan Featuring profiles of 18 homesteaders and farmers who share intimate stories of their own journeys toward a healthier, freer, more fulfilling lifestyle, this book provides actionable ideas that you can use to achieve your dream of self-sufficiency. From how others got out of debt, to what to consider before buying land, to the critical steps to take when setting up a sustainable homestead or farmstead business, this book details the strategies that will save you money, generate income and put you on the path to self-sufficiency.From the bestselling author of The Accidental Farmers "I wrote this book hoping to inspire you to pursue a more self-sufficient lifestyle, just as I did many years ago. Becoming more self sufficient doesn't mean you have to go "all-in", you can choose the level of self-sufficiency you desire. This book is will give you lots of great ideas on how to make money to support your dreams of self-sufficient living, and discuss some of the pros/cons of each. I am particularly delighted to share with you profiles of 18 other people just like you and me, who found the courage to leave the "rat race" behind and become more self-sufficient. Some were over their heads in debt and found a way out, some went full-steam ahead into homesteading while others retained their city jobs as they slowly increased their self-sufficient skills. Each found a way to generate income to make it all possible. This book shares their experiences, their ideas as well as my own experience and ideas. If you are even remotely interested in this lifestyle, just add the book to your shopping cart, check out and let us share our stories with you!"



Rebuilding the Foodshed

Rebuilding the Foodshed Author Philip Ackerman-Leist
ISBN-10 9781603584241
Release 2013-03-01
Pages 360
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Droves of people have turned to local food as a way to retreat from our broken industrial food system. From rural outposts to city streets, they are sowing, growing, selling, and eating food produced close to home—and they are crying out for agricultural reform. All this has made "local food" into everything from a movement buzzword to the newest darling of food trendsters. But now it's time to take the conversation to the next level. That's exactly what Philip Ackerman-Leist does in Rebuilding the Foodshed, in which he refocuses the local-food lens on the broad issue of rebuilding regional food systems that can replace the destructive aspects of industrial agriculture, meet food demands affordably and sustainably, and be resilient enough to endure potentially rough times ahead. Changing our foodscapes raises a host of questions. How far away is local? How do you decide the size and geography of a regional foodshed? How do you tackle tough issues that plague food systems large and small—issues like inefficient transportation, high energy demands, and rampant food waste? How do you grow what you need with minimum environmental impact? And how do you create a foodshed that's resilient enough if fuel grows scarce, weather gets more severe, and traditional supply chains are hampered? Showcasing some of the most promising, replicable models for growing, processing, and distributing sustainably grown food, this book points the reader toward the next stages of the food revolution. It also covers the full landscape of the burgeoning local-food movement, from rural to suburban to urban, and from backyard gardens to large-scale food enterprises.



Creating the Low Budget Homestead

Creating the Low Budget Homestead Author Steven D. Gregerson
ISBN-10 1610047621
Release 2012-09-01
Pages 184
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If you've ever thought about pursuing a self-sufficient lifestyle on your own rural homestead or survival retreat but feared you didn't have the money or skills to do it, you simply must read this book. It is a goldmine of practical steps and instructions to take you from dreaming about an off-grid, independent lifestyle to living one! There are hundreds of things to think about before planning and starting your new life, and this book will save you valuable time and money by steering you down productive paths and making you carefully consider others. Just some of the areas it covers include: 4 rules for defining your goals for your homestead or retreat creative ways to find inexpensive rural property to buy the essential tools, vehicles, and skills you will need to succeed 10 rules for a self-sufficient garden designing the off-grid home so it's warm in winter and cool in summer questions you must ask before investing in farm animals, livestock, or even pets 9 rules for getting along with your country neighbors tips for working smart, being realistic, and avoiding burnout A person who's reliant on others for the necessities of life will always be subject to the people, companies, and agencies who feed, house, and protect him. With determination, creativity, and the knowledge in this book, you can break this cycle of dependence and become a successful low-budget homesteader!



The Ultimate Guide to Natural Farming and Sustainable Living

The Ultimate Guide to Natural Farming and Sustainable Living Author Nicole Faires
ISBN-10 1634502817
Release 2016-01-05
Pages 224
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A beautiful, comprehensive guide to going green and living sustainably. Permaculture is an important but often misunderstood method of growing food and building homes in a manner that works with nature, rather than against it, to create beautiful, healthy, and useful gardens. Blending ecology, organic agriculture, green home design, appropriate technology, and biology can be confusing and overwhelming, but The Ultimate Guide to Natural Farming and Sustainable Living simplifies this vast field for practical application. This is a hands-on guide, taking the beginner through each step of the design process, so that anyone can apply permaculture principles to his or her life. While the principles are simple, the in-depth topics cover every aspect of permaculture, including: • building green homes and passive solar design • growing edible plant communities and forest gardens • using no-till and natural farming methods • creating microclimates for extended growing seasons • raising livestock with ecological foraging techniques This is a common-sense approach to sustainable living that creates a self-sufficient and low-effort home for the people that live there, whether in the city or the country. The Ultimate Guide to Natural Farming and Sustainable Living isn’t a philosophy book or a dissertation on theory. It is a step-by-step, complete guide to every aspect of permaculture.



The Backyard Lumberjack

The Backyard Lumberjack Author Frank Philbrick
ISBN-10 9781603421720
Release 2012-10-12
Pages 176
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Whether you’re splitting a cord of wood for your fireplace or managing acres of woodland, The Backyard Lumberjack provides plenty of practical instruction and firsthand advice. Familiarize yourself with the proper equipment and safety gear, then learn how to fell, buck, split, and stack your own wood supply for the season. Veteran lumberjacks Frank Philbrick and Stephen Philbrick cover everything you need to know to bring a tree from the forest to your fireplace, safely and effectively.