Author: Sherry Helms
The state of our industrialized food system is reaching a tension. More people than ever before are becoming ill and dying from poorly maintained mass produced food sources. The chemicals that are used in planting, maintaining, and fertilizing mass produced food crops deplete the nutrition level of the final produce. Americans today are the first society ever in history to be both overweight, yet malnourished.
The only solution for this predicament is to establish your own supply of highly nutritious and pesticide-free food, if you can. Organic produce not only dense in nutrients but also tastes far superior, having better flavor — ask any chef or food/nutrition expert.
So, put your backyard to work and enjoy fresher, organic, better-tasting food all the time. The solution is as close as your own backyard. The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! is a book that shows you how it’s done. With this volume, grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves; keep bees; raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. And, when the harvest is in, this book also help you learn how to cook, preserve, cure, brew, or pickle the fruits of your labor.
Start a mini farm on a quarter acre or less with the book Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre, and provide 85 percent of the food for a family of four and earn an income. This book describes a holistic approach to backyard farming that will show you how to produce most of the food of an average family on just a quarter acre, and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more.
There is a quiet revolution happening in our time: the emergence of micro farms on tiny acreages that achieve astounding yields of organic produce and provide a better-tasting alternative to the products of big agri-business. Micro eco-farmers across the nation are profiting from small acreages to small-town backyards. So, there is no harm in becoming a micro farmer. Micro Eco-Farming: Prospering from Backyard to Small Acreage In Partnership with the Earth is a book that details how the new micro eco-farmers succeed on mini-farms of from one to five acres, how they start with nothing, what traits they share, and what secrets they know. This volume also provides a treasury of what you can grow, what farming methods you can use, and how the farmers reach their markets in surprisingly creative, new ways.
If the breakfast of your family is fruit-based or else fruit is the part of every meal of your family, it is better for you to grow on your own your favorite fruits carrying their original nutrition level. Add apples, pears, cherries, and other tree fruit to your landscape with the book The Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden. Carrying solid information from a professional horticulturist and experienced fruit grower, Stella Otto, this book offers help on selecting the best fruit trees and information about each stage of growth and development, along with tips on harvest and storage of the fruit. Those with limited space will also learn from this book about growing dwarf fruit trees in containers.
There is available another book, Backyard Harvest: A year-round guide to growing fruit and vegetables, which we find very useful for growing highly productive organic crops in backyard space. From sowing and planting to growing and harvesting, this book covers storing, freezing, and preserving tips so that you can enjoy your garden’s bounty into the winter months and throughout the early-spring gap when little is ready to harvest. You can use this beautifully illustrated month-by-month guide by a gardener and gardening writer, Jo Whittingham, to find out when crops ripen, what to plant, what to do to keep crops healthy, what to harvest.
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