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  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Books (28 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580171613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580171618
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This practical, step-by-step guide to operating a small farm in the new millennium examines 20 alternative farming enterprises. Readers will learn how to target niche markets and sustain a farm's biological and economic health.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pooky Doodle on 19 July 2010
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I bought this quite a few years ago and have read it right through twice and also dipped into it. It will be helpful for anyone who has aquired a piece of land and wants to do something with it. From half an acre, through to a smallholding, and up to a 100 acre farm or so.

This book will give you more ideas and understanding of the main issues than you will get by talking to an average farmer in the UK.

The author is very knowledgable and also comes across as someone who cares and has personal experience of small farms and their diverse nature

This book will help to inspire you but will also talk sense. It makes the point that anything you do, even if its a hobby, must be profitable or else you wont be doing it for long. It will also explain that farming is a huge commitment for the whole family.

There is so much information imparted in a concise and interesting style. Some of it concerning farming principles and practices, and some just very good common sense which can be easily lost by being too over enthusiatic at the beginning of any new farm project.

There are lots of suggestions of different types of farm products with supporting economic data such as net profit for different crops (in $) , and farm case studies.

It also teaches the reader to beware of faddy livestock. A warning to anyone still considering Alapcas, I think.(Don't do it!)

Its a USA book, so bear that in mind, but its still applies to the UK
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Buchanan on 13 Jan. 2014
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This is a valuable book, and worth a hundred times its price if you are prepared to act on the advice. It is possible to make a living from a small holding, if you are prepared to produce what the market wants to buy, rather than expecting people to give you money for doing what you fancy. I wish I had bought and read this book years before I did. My experience has shown that Ron Maher is right on most matters, and is not actually wrong at all. Where I have taken his advice, it has worked out. Where I have done other than he suggests, it has cost me. I wish I'd read the advice about farm buildings before I built what I built- If I knew then what I know now.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Bunniss on 31 Oct. 2013
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This is an excellent book that allows the reader to assess the viability of various projects. It is useful in other spheres too in that the guiding principles can be applied to other business too.
I've read it three times already and apply the lessons to assessing projects.
I can recommend this to anyone considering setting up a farming enterprise of any size. For a beginner like me it will be a continuos source of information and guidance.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rugbyspark on 21 Dec. 2010
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Dreaming of starting up a farm has been boosted by this book. very useful and principled advice. Really gives you a sense of optimism about starting and running your own farm business tempered with realism and expectation of the hard work involved.
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By paula watson on 13 July 2015
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very good
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