- Paperback: 134 pages
- Publisher: Storey Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (4 Jan. 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0882666428
- ISBN-13: 978-0882666426
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 914,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Successful Small Scale Farming: An Organic Approach (Down-To-Earth Book) Paperback – 4 Jan 1991
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Instructs the beginning farmer in evaluating and preserving the soil, acquiring and maintaining machinery, and raising a successful crop through sound farming practices.
From the Back Cover
When I first wrote Successful Small-Scale Farming eleven years ago, writes Karl Schwenke in the preface to this new edition, "an 'organic farmer' was synonymous with a 'lonely hippie troublemaker.' Today he is classed somewhere between a high-priced elitist and an opportunistic liar."
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.See all Product description
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Don't be put off--small means American small so you can look to grow some serious quantities for food with using the knowledge in this volume.
Excludes livestock - it does say this on the cover but just in case you missed it.
I'm a complete starter and I found it easy to read, with useful introductions and the right amount of technical details. More advanced folks go else where.
If you don't know about those things, this book is the place to start. With the information here and a little current market research, (ie. surf the web for 20 minutes to get prices,) you can write a complete farm business plan.
Well written, clear and to the point, it's full of tips and tricks to make your venture a success. It would be a bargain at ten times the price! (And I'm a hard grader.)
It is very clearly aimed at the American cash crop farm - and small scale should be understood as 'American' small.
Animals are deliberately excluded from the book.
Organic is not quite what we understand as organic here in Europe (you are advised to 'spray' if it is a choice between saving a profit and not) but is certainly very environmentally friendly.
It gives a whole host of information on farm machinary and how to use it effectively; lots of useful charts and data; and has a style which makes me feel as though I have an experienced advisor available to do a quick consultation with when I want one.
Certainly well worth the money.
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