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The Urban Farmer's Handbook - Living the Good Life in the City Paperback – 12 Feb 2009


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Paul Peacock edits Home Farmer, the monthly magazine aimed at anyone the monthly magazine aimed at anyone Farmer who wants a slice of the good life whether you live in the heart of the city or deep in the country.

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1.0 out of 5 stars WOW... this is bad. 12 Dec. 2009
By A. Gift For You - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all the title is a little misleading. There REALLY isn't all that much in here that is urban farming specific. Yes, there is a comment here and there, but not the TRUE meat and potatoes of someone who is in the trenches every day dealing with the problems that we urban and suburban farmers have to deal with. Namely NEIGHBORS!!! And how to keep them happy, how to build things and and what to do with the land you've got. The Author (who is the publisher as well, I think it's the only way it would ever get published) mentions John Seymour and he's books A LOT!!! I suggest you get John Seymour's stuff instead. There are hard;y ANY pictures or drawings in this book. Descriptions are sketchy and the BIGGEST of ALL problems for me for this book: IT'S TOO ENGLISH!!! The guy writes this from a COMPLETELY UK angle, the verbiage, the location and the UK slang words. I mean it was VERY hard for me to understand one sentence to the next what this guy was talking about. Everything is in metric measurements with NO US conversions to help you out. I think ALL the goat breeds he talked about were specific to England

He talks about how he's in the top 2% percent of wealth in the world. I have a hard time believing that AND that he does all this work himself. His writing, too, is a little condescending. He doesn't really talk about what HE does day in and day out, as much as "You should do it this way". "You should do it that way." Kind of like he's read a bunch of books and is just giving reports on all he's read.

There's a part called the Market Garden, and I thought it was going to be about using your urban garden and selling opportunities that you can think of. Nope, it's just about vegetable gardening.

There are SOOOOO many better books out there to teach you how to vegetable garden and how to raise goats and other livestock. The first part of the book is the author's tirade of how bad things are going to get without a LOT of backing up what he says.

Originally, as I was reading I thought, well, it's a good beginners book to get your feet wet in a wide spectrum of urban farmer subjects. But really, there's better stuff out there. Again I go back to John Seymour's books and Eliot Coleman. No THOSE two guys can WRITE!!!! I mean, not only do you feel like you're there with them, but they have painted a BEAUTIFUL, yet truthful picture of what a GREAT way of life this is. EASY??? NO!!! But relaxing and fun!

There's NOTHING about how he has his urban farm laid out. NOTHING about creative and cheap fencing available to you in the city (think pallets). Or finding stuff that neighbors think is trash and is REALLY only waiting for someone to come along and give it a second life.

Seriously, this thing is a pretty bad book. Not even worth your time if you got it for free from the library.
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