From the Back Cover
Who hasn't daydreamed at one time or another about selling produce at a farmer's market, keeping chickens, or planting an orchard of fruit trees? Inside every do-it-yourselfer is a longing for a more independent lifestyle and the satisfaction that can come from getting one's hands dirty while turning some earth. Whether you are thinking about a second home in the country, starting a part-time farm, or going back to the land, Living on an Acre will help you realize your dreams. This classic USDA guide is replete with comprehensive and fully updated information: The benefits of rural versus urban lifeWhat to consider when remodeling an older houseHow to build a barnGrowing produce for self-sufficiency versus growing for profitBeekeepingRaising livestockPutting land into conservation
About the Author
The U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE's team of experts is an impressive array of authorities ranging from farm management specialists, to state farm advisors, to agricultural economists, to the former Secretary of Agriculture.CHRISTINE WOODSIDE is a freelance editor and writer whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Backpacker, Yankee, Woman's Day, and Publishers Weekly. She is also the author of Energy Independence (Lyons Press). In 1987, she hiked the entire Appalachian Trail with her husband Nat Eddy.