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Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm

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Over 300,000 copies of this video set are being used in more than 38 countries around the world. Covers everything you need to know including - water systems (and how to know when to water) - best gardening methods - easiest ways to keep small livestock with little work of feed - predator protection - how do do home butchering with honor and repsect - food forests and edible landscaping. The set also comes with many bonus reports on rainwater harvesting, tanning rabbit hides, free fertilizers, home meade food dehydrators, seeds saving, and much much. All the techniques show you how to grow food in a grid down, or 'real sustainability' environment.


Product Review: Video: Backyard Food Production Systems For a Backyard or Small Farm, by Michael Z. Williamson By James Wesley, Rawles on October 29, 2010 2:44 PM Backyard Food Production Systems For a Backyard or Small Farm is a great video and useful resource. Not only is it based on a lot of research, but on more than a decade of home farming in central Texas, which is certainly one of the tougher environments in America to farm in. Very clearly narrated and demonstrated. It s a little handheld and shaky at the beginning, which emphasized the small scale involved, but professionally filmed and edited after the intro. This is a farm for a family of four, run very efficiently and productively. It starts with a chapter on the most important aspect: Water. Subjects include collection and distribution, with some welcome attention to cleaning often overlooked in other publications. Rainwater, gray water, well and commercial water sources are all covered, with extensive discussion of catchment and cleaning of rainwater. Ponds and catfish are mentioned, too. The chapter on gardening covers critical issues such as shade mapping, soil types, compost production, including safe composting of human waste. The narrative is quick and clear, and mentions lots of documents, helpfully provided on Disk 2. Rabbits. Raising and butchering rabbits I d recommend adding a gut hook and shears to the demonstrated method, but it s good to learn how using just a basic knife. This section is professional and clean, but the killing and butchering of a rabbit is probably not something to show children who are not familiar with the realities of meat. Also covered is how to use the rabbit waste for compost, and the rabbits are fed off shade trees and garden waste, for a very efficient cycle. The chapter on poultry is almost exclusively about chickens, kept free range for eggs. While chickens are certainly edible themselves, the eggs provide a much more efficient source of protein and are useful for cooking or trading. Here again, the chickens serve another purpose, eliminating ground insects and weeds and providing fertilizer. Dogs are useful, even essential to protecting a garden from the predations of wildlife. There s a good discussion of socializing and raising them to respect the human and keep paws off the other animals. Perennials include fruit trees. It s important to work with fruits that thrive in the area, not try to force commercial crops to fit. Geese make a good adjunct to an orchard, providing fertilizer and winter eggs. The chapter on Essentials covers calorie rich foods, such as grains and tubers, natural pesticides, first aid, contour mapping and covers how to check imports (hay and other composts) for toxicity. There are summaries at the end of each section. Each chapter has great tips on saving power and resources by nesting and stacking various plants, animals and tools to minimize waste, labor and costs. Overall, it s very clear. It seems a little chaotic in spots on a first viewing, but there s a lot of inter-related information here that has to be covered. It s worth watching several times and keeping as a reference. In all, it was very watchable, very lively, and what a good documentary and summary instructional video should be. The second disk has the extensive documentation, references and recipes. There are sections on composting, companion planting for nitrogen fixing, acorn flour, tanning hides, soil amendments, processing of various plants for seed oils, root cellar construction, a solar food dehydrator, and various fruits that are uncommon these days, such as persimmons and pawpaws. I highly recommend this as an overview, aid and morale booster for anyone planning to do home gardening or farming to improve their sustainment and off grid capabilities. - S on October 29, 2010 2:44 PM

This DVD has everything you need to know, from water collection, gardens, home butchering and more. Get the most important education that you will ever need. Alex Jone, host of Alex Jones Radio and TV Show.

Urban Survival DVD Review for Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm If you re thinking of growing your own food, you better know what you re doing. Farming is a skill set that s quickly being lost and forgotten with the new generation, and it s more important then ever to learn it now! Peak oil, resource depletion and the collapse of society is coming right around the bend and if you re not growing your own food now, you ll be multiplying the amount of suffering you and your family will experience when SHTF. Luckily it s not too late, and we have a great product for you, that will give you a great introduction to growing your own food. If you re interested in backyard food production, this is the DVD to get! whether you just want to have a few hens in your backyard or you re thinking of completely overhauling your property and implementing a completely self sustainable food production system, this DVD will have the information you need. I ve seen/read a lot of videos/books on homesteading and food production, and this DVD in my opinion is one of the clearest, no BS products out there. It definitely has our recommendation. Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm is approximately 2 hours long with 9 chapter and numerous sub sections ranging in subjects like: water collection and treatment, garden logistics, rabbit and poultry raising and butchering, dogs, food forests, and much more. It s bookmarked and broken up in such a way that it s extremely easy to go back and review any particular subject. A single DVD is obviously not enough to teach you everything you need to know about farming which is why the DVD also comes with a CD loaded with .PDF documents covering the more advanced aspects of farming. There are 64 .PDFs and they cover a wide a range of subjects. This may not be the best product for advanced homesteaders and food growers, but this DVD is definitely the perfect product to start your journey into the homesteading, farming, gardening lifestyle. Marjory and her family have been growing their own food for many years and her experience shows with this well thought out, and articulate DVD that she s produced. I ll admit, it s a bit pricy, but worth every penny. Just read the amazon reviews and you ll know why this product has one of our highest recommendations. --Urban Survival

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Product Details

  • Actors: Marjory Wildcraft, Farm Dog, Five Spot
  • Directors: Marjory Wildcraft
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Rooster Crows Productions
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0578046725
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Robinson on April 26, 2010
This is an amazing DVD for anyone interested in backyard food production!!

From simply adding a few hens to your backyard to incorporating an entire closed system of food production and water collection, this DVD has something for everyone. It is the most comprehensive yet compact instruction I have seen for becoming more self-reliant from the standpoint of a homesteader.

Water collection and treatment systems, garden success, rabbit and poultry production, home butchering, benefits of having dogs, food forests and edible landscaping, solar food dehydrators, contour mapping . . . the list goes on.

The DVD itself is about 2 hours long and is very easy to understand. The DVD is broken up into 9 main chapters and is further divided into sub-chapters making it very easy to go back and locate any particular topic to watch again.

Obviously it would take much longer than two hours to go into the detail necessary to understand all of the subjects on the DVD, and so an excellent resource CD is also included. There are 64 PDF documents included on the CD. Some documents, such as the one that instructs how to make a spray to get rid of fire ants, are only a few pages in length, but others, such as permaculture and rain water harvesting, approach 100 and 50 pages, respectively. Other documents include subjects such at catfish ponds, companion planting, rabbit and poultry butchering, hide tanning, compost tea, solar food dehydrator construction, homemade vegetable oil, water treatment, contour mapping and many others.

Learning something on your own invariably involves much trial and error . . . well, Marjory and her family have endured many of these errors and she goes through great lengths to point out the right and wrong ways.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Angel on March 28, 2010
I received an advanced copy of this DVD as an apprentice at the homestead of the Permaculture Activist, and it is remarkably helpful. The featured family has an impressive home system, and they present their findings and practices in a concise but thorough way. There's great information about poultry and rabbit raising, utilizing dogs for livestock and garden protection, garden and orchard design and maintenance, water systems and food preservation. I especially appreciated the respectful and highly practical demonstration of a rabbit's slaughter and butchery. The second disc offers a great collection of useful material, covering information on permaculture, overseas aid (perhaps to become highly practical for us domestically too in a low-energy future), and myriad useful topics complementing Marjory's presentation on the main disc.

Overall, an excellent, highly useful production done by a quite clearly sincere, dedicated, informed and deeply grounded family. Highly recommended.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Pam K. Larson on April 26, 2011
One thing I wish right off is that I had waited a couple of weeks to get this. I bought it on her website and it was quite a bit more expensive than Amazon and that always bums me out.

But that is not a review, is it?

There is virtually too much information on this one DVD. She needs to break down each subject and make a DVD just on that one subject. Every subject she covers is a great introduction but just not enough meat.

I saw the miniture cows, but no explaination on what she uses them for. Nothing that produces milk? No butter, cream, milk, etc. for this family?

I also know there is a much faster way to kill a rabbit and a lot less messy if you bleed it out before you butcher it. And what does she do with the fur? How does she market it?

I appreciate all the information I did get, just not enough of it. I LOVE the newsletter, guess the price was worth it just to get that!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Dennis on April 15, 2010
What an incredibly valuable resource! Short of a personal mentor, there could be no better way to learn homestead food production skills. It's not just that Marjory knows what she's talking about because she's living it, it's that she started out where her target audience is - not knowing how to get these systems up and running. So often our teachers are people who have done what they are teaching for so long, they've forgotten what it's like to be a beginner. By contrast, Marjory is sharing her recently gained knowledge, so she has a good feel for what aspects of the subject will be most helpful to the uninitiated. The combination of her clear narration/demonstration and the excellent videography made me feel that I could start right in even with no previous experience.

She is very candid about the fact that some lessons were learned the hard way and she takes every opportunity to advise you on what she now understands would be a better way than what she did. I saw Marjory's place when she was dealing with the failure of many of the first orchard trees she planted. Four years later, watching the DVD, I was astounded to see the progress she has made and how much better everything looks. Her solutions to the problems of growing fruit trees in Texas are impressive--she didn't give up and was willing to change direction when her first plan didn't work. By studying this video, you can avoid those costly and time-consuming mistakes.

Both the video and the CD are jam-packed with information--much more than can be absorbed in a single viewing. This will become a frequently revisited resource. The pacing is excellent. You get enough time with each point to really see and understand what Marjory is saying but not so much that your attention can wander.
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