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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New World Publishing (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963281437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963281432
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anyone interested in microfarming, food health, the environment, or the future of agriculture will learn from the success stories and lessons in this lively account." -- William Dietrich, Pulitzer prize-winning environmental journalist and author, Natural Grace and Northwest Passage, on micro Eco Farming"

About the Author

The author raised her children on a micro eco-farm and continues to study, research, and write feature articles on sub-acre or small acreage farms across the globe. In this title, she introduces the many possible full or part time ways in which land owners from rural to urban, are earning part time to full time income in an eco-friendly fashion. She is also author of the longer how-to title, The New Agritourism: Hosting Community & Tourists on Your Farm.

More About the Author

Barbara Adams hosts the Center for the Micro Eco-Farming Movement (www.MicroEcoFarming.com) for those planning, creating or operating micro eco-farms from urban rooftops to small town backyards to small rural acreages of 1 to 20 or so. Growing up in a family rooted in generations of farming, ranching, and horticulture, she has managed a number of micro eco-farm projects, and is currently restoring Island Meadow Farm in Washington State with her husband. She has traveled to South Africa, Europe, Mexico and across North America to study the micro eco-farming movement and hear the real voices of those who are succeeding. Her readers include generational farmers reinventing their home businesses, USA and Canadian university students entering the field, Permaculturists restoring sustainable agriculture in South Africa, USA families, couples and singles looking for nature-based backyard home businesses, citizens involved in creating children's school and community mini-farms, Europeans involved in the local food revival, North American planning committee members uplifting their regional economy to include new micro eco-farms, university researchers, and quite often, home gardeners and modern homesteaders exploring the changes and discoveries of this new century that allow very small acreage and even backyard gardens to earn income again.

Customer Reviews

Easy to read and packed with practical ideas.
C. Bandi
If I were an urbanite who knew nothing about gardening or nature, I suppose this could be a good inspirational book.
Justin A. Price
This is a must have book for anyone wanting to get more for less out of their garden, farm, or acreage.
Jennifer E. Binkley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

88 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Lois G. Lenz on September 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a creative work of art, as well as a practical explanation of various methods of eco-farming. Barbara Berst
Adams has a glorious ability to live close to the earth while
being highly articulate and spiritual. It reminds me of my childhood during the depression when we would have starved had it not been for our gardens, chickens and cows! At least we knew what real food tasted like, and when it was recommended that we not eat eggs, I never stopped eating eggs. This book is not only timely, practical and educational. It is delightfully written with the heart of a poet! You will encounter many varieties of eco-farms with interesting and successful concepts in producing and marketing on surprisingly small acreages. I loved this book!

Lois Gates Lenz
Norman, Oklahoma
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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By J. DeCourtney on October 25, 2006
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It has been my long-time dream to have a house in a rural place with a few acres and a cash crop. With this dream in mind, I read

"Micro Eco-Farming" by Barbara Berst Adams. It is a wonderful book. Besides great suggestions for types of small farm or backyard businesses that lend themself to success, the many real examples bring the possibilities to life. But, there is much more. The book describes how to go about setting up a small eco-business, why and how each one works, and how the benefits of such an endeavour go far beyond just cash. Of special interest to me is practical ways to make the most of a very small gardening plot or space. I don't have land yet (I'm still in a condo in a small city), but there was one tip that I used immediately. It was using trace minerals to help plants flourish, with sometimes dramatic results. I use trace minerals for my personal health, but never thought about my houseplants needing the same. This makes total sense, and I have just started adding trace minerals to their water! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Barbara's delightful book and can hardly wait until I get my

own small plot of land to make use of the wisdom she conveys through her own experience and that of others. I could almost taste the strawberries, smell the hay, and hear the sounds of the birds as I read her book. Ahhh.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Mary on May 27, 2006
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This book makes me want to stop everything I'm doing and start farming full-time. It has inspired me to have a small farm-stand outside my apartment this summer. (I have a small city garden) Her writing was full of hope and wonder for the natural world. It wasn't a simple 1, 2, 3 steps for farming, although she did cover various sustainable farming techniques. (not in full - but it gives the reader the freedom to pursue what works for them. Included is an awesome "Resources and Networking" Appendix so the reader can do more research.)

Barbara actually dives into connection with the earth, connection with community, and even connection with her children. It was very personal, but I could relate to everything she covered. I actually wrote down various quotes that I loved from the book. This is one of my favs:

"We don't need corporate agribusiness to save us from starvation. Food is our excuse to co-create with nature instead of being passive recipients; to reach across species; to mingle with other humans; and to listen to an earthly rhythm."
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Susan Woods on October 30, 2005
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This book is much more than the old "a few cows on a few acres story." It presents an updated way of seeing small business, and local sustainable economy, from creating a backyard microfarm, to a new type of small acreage farm, even to adding a microfarm to a larger farm. The possibilities are so vast in this age of information and global communication, even a collection of huge textbooks could not begin to list all the perpetually changing and overlapping possibilities. The author took me up onto a hill and allowed me a perspective I hadn't seen before to help me make my choices. People who have taught permaculture for 20 years are using it to give perspective to those in the emerging small organic farm movement in more than one country. It points to the vast sources of microfarming information already out there but not always obvious, from methods that grow hundreds of pounds of tomatoes on one plant to biointensive to no-till gardening. The author appears to then assume you are smart enough to make the choices from those she presents, or from the sources of even more methods she leads you to, that fit your style, then wisely counsels to then get grounded and hunt for the best sources for the deeper, technical methods that may be available in your local area or more obscure sources, but not available in the mainstream markets. For example, there are at least 20 methods of staking tomatoes alone, and that depends on your local climate and soil, and it also depends on the types you want to grow, and it depends on what you want to grow near them, and that depends on your local market... no one book could possibly cover every crop and every growing method and every type of livestock for every local region. This one book, though, opened doors for me. I loved reading about the other successful farms.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Ann Myers on March 8, 2007
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If you've ever dreamed of having a small, productive farm but didn't know where to begin or how to creatively make money and have fun at the same time, this book is The Source for you. Barbara Berst Adams' "Micro Eco-Farming" is loaded with great ideas, sensible how-to information and strategies for starting, maintaining and expanding an environmentally friendly mini farm. The breadth of her knowledge is impressive. She obviously understands every aspect of small-scale farming from raising livestock and poultry to growing specialty herbs, flowers and vegetables. This is a practical handbook and a solid reference you will always want to keep on hand. It has earned a permanent place in my library.
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