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Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre


Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

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Aug 15, 2017
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9781541477209
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Descriere

Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce eighty-five percent of an average family's food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require.

Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more. Because self-sufficiency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high.
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Despre autor

Brett L. Markham is an engineer, third-generation farmer, and polymath. The author of the bestselling Mini Farming series, he runs a profitable, Certified Naturally Grown mini farm on less than half an acre. Brett works full time as an engineer for a broadband ISP and farms in his spare time. He lives in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.


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  • (4/5)
    Covering materials found in many other gardening books. The value lies in chapters 15, 16 & 17 - raising chickens. Some very pertinant advice, especially on homemade equipment for housing the birds and processing the meat. Chicken tractor, killing cone and plucker.
  • (4/5)
    Borrowed this from the local library (Markham is a local farmer/author). It was so well researched and written that I went to the local bookstore and picked up a copy of his expanded _Mini Farming Bible_, which includes this book, _Maximizing Your Mini Farm_ and other writings.
  • (5/5)
    I knew about most of the stuff covered in the book, but it's nice to have it condensed and all in one place. My only complaint is the audiobook narrator. Why is he mimicking a text to speech app? It was really distracting.
  • (2/5)
    The content was good, but the narrator was painful to listen to. There was absolutely no reasonable rhythm, strange pauses, and senseless emphasis on random words.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed the information in this book. However I found the narration to be a little difficult go listen to. Very robotic in voice in my opinion
  • (5/5)
    Best audiobook on mini-farming with a good amount of detail.
  • (5/5)
    Great intro to gardening for the new gardener with some good information to the experience gardener or beginning mini farmer that makes it a worthwhile read or listen. The numbers and price are a bit out dated, but current prices only support the principles and points made here in to a greater extent.
  • (2/5)

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    I found this book much less satisfying than others of its type (Backyard Homestead and The New Self-Sufficient Gardener are better). The chapters were basically an outline of what should be covered, but the coverage of various topics, from compost to accounting, often left a lot to be desired. The thing which sets this book apart from others is its focus on the economics of mini-farming. The back cover says that this book: "will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family's food on just one-quarter acre -- and earn $10,000 in cash annually." It failed to deliver on that promise. The author leaves a lot out when calculating the average family's food consumption, and the section on making money boiled down to, "Yes, you can do it! Look at these numbers." I don't get the sense that the author has done this himself, or that he has much business sense.

    This book has a lot of big pictures which mostly take up space, to make the book seem longer. There are also some interesting and useful charts, and I did find the author's economic calculations interesting and fun to read, but I don't think they're particularly useful.

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