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"GREAT BOOK!!!!!" - by Melissa Keyes
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! . I am planning to go commercial, as I need supplementary income badly, and this is the ticket. From fearful of my financial future, I am feeling calm and confident!

Mr. Burke is so completely thorough about every aspect of this NEW (to me) craft that I am amazed he missed one very small point. You plant a teaspoon, or a table spoonful of seed, but the sellers give you packets with 100 or 200 seeds, or ounces or pounds of seeds, and I don't know how many tablespoons of sunflower seeds are in a half pound of seed. I'll figure this soon enough. I will make myself a chart of seed sizes, quantities, and weights, I guess.

But , after all, this book is utterly fantastic! It is so complete that I feel rotten about complaining. There are ... full review

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"he does provide an EXCELLENT resource for handling bees in a more natural and ..." - by Carrie Sanders
While the author seems to be a little 'preachy' at times about the "evils" of industrial beekeeping, he does provide an EXCELLENT resource for handling bees in a more natural and non-chemical way. He focuses on essential oils and 'soft' treatments. The best part of this book is that he explains WHY things work biologically.
I would recommend that any new beekeeper first purchase the "dummies" book, read it, and then purchase this book as well. It fills in gaps that I didn't even know that I had in my knowledge base.

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"This book tells you exactly how to do tons of really useful stuff, like building ponds (inside and outside of ..." - by Maryl (Knoxville)
This is a very well-written book on how to actually implement Permaculture principles (especially stacking functions). This book tells you exactly how to do tons of really useful stuff, like building ponds (inside and outside of greenhouses), find out if a proposed building site will be shaded at any point during the year, the exact distance to build your pond from your house to maximize the amount of sunlight reflected in the winter and minimize the same in the summer, and tons of more super useful things. There are lots of formulas for very specific calculations that I found very helpful. When you are trying to plan a farm or homestead, you want to KNOW (not be guessing) that what you are about to do will work--and this book will help you do that. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to implement Permaculture principles on their land.

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"Amazing. Don" - by Don Stewart (Pittsboro, NC, US)
This book will challenge your assumptions about profitable small farming. Can it be that intensively farming a small space (a quarter of an acre) with hand tools can actually support a farmer? If you read the book and look at the numbers published on the internet, you will find that, indeed, a quarter of an acre can make money and support a farmer. A melding of John Jeavons' Biointensive horticultural methods and Permaculture work flow design.

From 'broke' to 'flourishing' in just a couple of years. Amazing.

Don Stewart

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"Home-scale to commerical-scale mushroom growing" - by Homesteader
I've been lucky enough to hear Tradd speak in person a few times, and his lectures are always visually appealing, intellectually revealing, and completely inspiring. His book is more of the same --- which is to say awesome!

I've been particularly wanting more information on rafts, totems, and propagating mushrooms on cardboard, and this book form of the lectures I'd attended didn't disappoint. In addition to providing step-by-step directions (with great diagrams and photos) on those topics, the text provided additional home-scale experiments that I'm itching to try, including propagating shiitakes using stacked rounds, raising oyster mushrooms on old clothes and coffee grounds, and producing homegrown morel spawn/microbe slurry for outside inoculation. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about, don't worry --- the beginning of the book has great information to bring beginners up to speed.)

The last third of the book consists of species-by-species cultivation accounts, and I'll save ... full review

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"This was a fantastic read. I was lucky enough to be one ..." - by Raymond McAvaddy
This was a fantastic read. I was lucky enough to be one of the students from Green Mountain College on the trip with Philip where this book idea was born. It is an inspirational story and one that becomes more important each day. I find it rare to feel an author's passion on a subject coming through on the page, but this is certainly the case here. It was an engrossing story I finished in two days. I would highly recommend this book.

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"Changing our culture’s relationships to the land and to animals... surely something we should all endorse – and pursue." - by Daryl Anderson (Trumansburg, NY USA)
If you own even a little bit of land in a temperate climate this book will set you to thinking… and maybe someday to “doing.” If you are not a land-owner but simply wonder about practical ways to reformulate human relationships with natural systems this book will satisfy equally. Anyone who advocates change needs to be ready to answer the question: “yeah, sure, that's great... but how do we do it?”

Steve Gabriel’s “Silvopasture” is full of such answers.

Gabriel’s prior book, “Farming the Woods”, co-authored with Ken Mudge, had a similar effect on me. It was critiqued by some for not including more information on farming with animals, but that loose end is addressed now in “Silvopasture”. Its hard to say if the book succeeds more as a fantastically detailed and lavishly illustrated guidebook to an agricultural practice you might undertake, or more of a dream book for advocates of ... full review

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"Don't plant a seed until you read this book!!!" - by DJkat (NJ)
This book is an invaluable resource for anyone who THINKS they want to become a flower grower. Written by someone who has a passion for flowers it's a needed reality check ... but in a good way. I could not have formulated my business plan or even known where to start without the many insights found through out. As I've connected with other growers, just about everyone of them has this book on their shelf.

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"This is a great book for an introduction to proper grazing management" - by The Great Gadfly
This is a great book for an introduction to proper grazing management. Really, start here and then go on to others if you want to go a bit deeper. Thorough, well written, scientific, adequately detailed to be useful but not so detailed that it is overwhelming. The photographs are very useful. It is the first book on these topics that has some good grass pictures. Instead of talking about grass and discussing the measurement of grass it just straight up shows what good grass looks like. It also proves that the authors actually achieved what they describe. It isn't just a bunch of fanciful drawings! I really enjoy how it discusses grazing from the plant's perspective THEN the animal's. This is how it should be.

Why not five stars? Well, mostly because I feel leaves out some very important corollary topics associated with grazing. The first being watering the animals and ... full review

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"The best animal homestead book out there" - by foxglove
I love this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in raising animals in a more natural and sustainable way. So many books out there on raising animals spend all their time on diseases and medicines, commercial feed, etc. If I wanted that I wouldn't be raising my own animals. This book also covers the nitty-gritty about fencing and watering, pretty much everything that you need to know.

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"Comprehensive and professional" - by Amazon Customer
This is a very comprehensive book, greatly exceeding my needs. I've learned a lot that I will never use, but am happy to have the background depth it provides. I found it very useful. I recommend it for anyone who is interested in greenhouse growing, no matter how big or small.

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"Beautiful, Easy and Well Organized Resource on Homesteading" - by Kristina
Great book, long awaited, very much needed. Pictures alone are wonderful, beautiful to browse through and enjoy, fun to look through with small children and discuss the nature, farming and chores. My kids love the images in the book. The book is well organized in well flowing chapters of homestead life: evolution and history, philosophy and practice, design, nutrition and food, soil and gardens, animals and slaughter, skills and tools, money and stuff, kids. There is an impressive index for easy look up. List of additional resources included is also great. And most of all, the writing is fun, personable and enjoyable, just like in other Ben Hewitt's books. Relevant snippets of good info are scattered through the book, similar to that of a textbook, but the writing also tells a story of a family living on their land, and brings out the personalities, warmth, some philosophy of the chosen ... full review

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"Good book, valuable info." - by S Sevcik
Overall I thought it was a good book, what I felt stopped it from being a 5 star review, is I didn't feel it was great throughout the entire book. The information on the 5S highly valuable, the case studies were good, though I would have like to have seen more on farm examples of perhaps other market farms instead of dairy farm from Denmark. Also the last part chapter 12 - on mega farms, is kinda like preaching to the choir. You figure most folks who get this book are typically going to be either market farmers, or small animal producers.

I'd say it was worth the money, there were valuable examples that we'll put into use on our farm.

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"Best Cider Book I Have Seen" - by MRW
I have purchased several books on making hard cider, and this is the best one I have seen. There is lots of in depth information for those interested in all the technical details. At the same time, there are clear simple to follow directions for the first time hard cider maker. I think that this is a good book for all levels of brewers.

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"Five Stars" - by Faith
Touching account of taking care of a feral cat population