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Product Details

  • Series: Mini Farming Guides
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616086130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616086138
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brett L. Markham is an engineer, third-generation farmer, and polymath. Using the methods explained in his book, 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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Hi! I'm Brett, your friendly mini-farming guru! I really have no idea what to say about myself that others might find useful or interesting, but I'll give it a try.

I'm interested in almost everything. I play lots of instruments and compose music, design custom embedded microcontrollers, have a ham radio license etc. etc. etc. But along with being a "thing" person I am a people person in that I care a lot about people and their wellbeing in the world around us.

That is what led me to write books. I have published other material under various pseudonyms; but the central idea is that these books, in some way, are intended to either help people help themselves or make sense of a world that can seem very chaotic.

I live on a mini-farm in New Hampshire where I grow a ton of food for purposes of self sufficiency plus raise some livestock. I shovel chicken manure about once a month, and believe (or hope) it is good for my character.

I do a lot of experimentation and research, and when I hit on something that will help people, I write about it.

I'm an intrinsically helpful guy; so feel free to send me inquiries about gardening via my website at www.markhamfarm.com.

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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dave Gillett on July 18, 2012
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I would not waste your time. This book skims over making beer, cheese, bread and wine and has less information than a reasonable google search. No useful images, or recipes. It's readable but don't get it if you already know anything about any of these subjects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angèle on September 12, 2014
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If you're a jack of all trades, you can't have mastered all of them. That's the case with this book.

This book has five sections, covering: wine, beer, vinegar, cheese, and bread.

The sections on cheese and bread are the weak part, and are rather appropriately hidden at the end. Both sections suffer the same fault: not thorough enough for an absolute beginner, but far too basic for anyone with any knowledge of the subjects. The pictures in those sections don't inspire confidence. The cheese wasn't pressed correctly and is uneven; the bread didn't rise, was badly shaped, and didn't get a good crust. If you haven't mastered the process, you shouldn't write a book trying to teach the craft to others.

That being said, the book is worth purchasing for the first three sections. The author knows his stuff here and takes an interesting and different approach to home brewing; chemistry. I've looked at a dozen or so home brewing books and each is about the same when it comes to explaining the basic process, ingredients, and techniques, and then finishes off with a nice fat recipe section. Where this book shines, and justifies its presence on your bookshelves, is that it teaches you the formulas you need to craft your OWN recipes. Yes, math is required, but it's not scary. Instead of relying on someone else's ingredients list, you can apply his formulas and create something new, confident that at least it will be well balanced. He gives you the tools to try all manners of fruit wines, and really good hand-crafted beers. This book is heavy on explanations and lean on recipes (only 1 wine, and 1 beer recipe), but I don't see that as a flaw; it's the primary reason to buy this book.

The section on vinegar is short but thorough.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Storm Watcher on February 15, 2013
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This is a great book for the self-sufficient mini-farmer who wants to make his own special concoctions. We highly recommend it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mjibg on December 8, 2012
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This book deals mostly with wine and beer, but there is some great information and I will be holding onto this book.
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good starter book haven't had a chance to try any of it yet I have most of the mini fartm series very good books full of use full info deff recommend to others
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