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So begins this classic guide to organic small-scale agriculture, fully updated and revised for the 1990s -- for a new generation of readers who would like to live closer to the earth.
Successful Small-Scale Farming introduces anyone owning (or planning to own) a small farm to both the harsh realities and the real potential involved in making a full- or part-time living on the land. Karl Schwenke's clear-eyed approach to the best farming methods covers a wide range of proven techniques and practical advice, including:
* How to improve, conserve, and enrich your soil organically, to ensure the highest (and healthiest) yields.
* What machinery you'll need and how to use it.
* The best "cash crops" and specialty crops to grow for profit and how to raise them.
* How to use innovative strategies to find or create a market "niche" for your farm's crops or services.
* A concise overview of essential farmstead skills, such as haying, fencing, and managing a woodlot.
* Numerous charts and tables that put useful calculations at your fingertips.
With today's increased concern for the quality of the food we eat and the health of our environment, Successful Small-Scale Farming offers a unique and invaluable perspective on the future of agriculture. Karl Schwenke's message -- that small-scale farms can be cleaner, smarter, and more efficient than corporate agribusiness -- has never been so relevant as it is today.
This boolk reads a lot like a business book for those who want to farm. It is not a popular, easy to read, you can do it book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sally V. Smith
so good its the sound of a rumble of a tractor in the field and the veggies getting bigger in the fields.Published 17 months ago by S Moore
I only glanced through this book as I bought for a gift for my very environmentally inclined son. Who is striving to be self sufficient food wise.Published 19 months ago by Marva Lang
This was a gift for my husband. When I asked him howled he liked the book he had only read the first chapter, but he was pleased with it so far,Published 23 months ago by Rebecca T. Thompson
This gives you everything you need to begin your farm...right down to the little details. So glad I bought it!Published 23 months ago by Jennifer Crabiel
My son is interested in one day starting a small farm and this contained a lot of general, good information.Published 23 months ago by Kim Shultz
Bought this for my dad (in India) who decided to make a career switch from a metallurgist to an agriculturist/farming. Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by Chaz
I liked this book, but I feel that the author could have gone into more detail about alot of things in it. Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by N. Smyer
This book is easy to read, to understand and it is very informative. I was not interested in a book full of stats from cover to cover, or a book with PHD dissertation styled... Read morePublished on September 21, 2010 by Zaur