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Successful Small Scale Farming: An Organic Approach (Down-To-Earth Book) Paperback – 4 Jan 1991

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  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 914,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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.

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