The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer

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ISBN: 0963810960
Release Date: 2010
Number of pages: 315
Author: Joel Salatin
Publisher: Polyface

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Das Omnivoren Dilemma

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ISBN: 9783641119805
Release Date: 2013-05-28
Number of pages: 608
Author: Michael Pollan
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

Download and read online Das Omnivoren Dilemma in PDF and EPUB Das Standardwerk über vernünftige Ernährung Der Mensch gehört von der Konsititution seiner Verdauungsorgane her zu den Omnivoren, den Allesfressern. Das war in der Evolution sicherlich nützlich. Doch das heutige Überangebot von Nahrungsmitteln in Supermärkten und Schnellrestaurants bringt nicht nur ihn selbst körperlich an den Rand des Abgrunds, sondern ruiniert auch noch seinen Lebensraum und sein soziales Umfeld. Mit Biss und investigativer Recherche sieht sich Pollan um, wie unsere Nahrungsmittel hergestellt und verarbeitet werden, vom Maisfeld über Cheeseburger mit Pommes bis zum Öko-Menü. Er öffnet uns die Augen für unser gestörtes Essverhalten und für den Weg zurück zu Einfachheit und Genuss.

Holy Shit

Filename: holy-shit.pdf
ISBN: 9781603583107
Release Date: 2010-08-30
Number of pages: 272
Author: Gene Logsdon
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Download and read online Holy Shit in PDF and EPUB In his insightful new book, Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind, contrary farmer Gene Logsdon provides the inside story of manure-our greatest, yet most misunderstood, natural resource. He begins by lamenting a modern society that not only throws away both animal and human manure-worth billions of dollars in fertilizer value-but that spends a staggering amount of money to do so. This wastefulness makes even less sense as the supply of mined or chemically synthesized fertilizers dwindles and their cost skyrockets. In fact, he argues, if we do not learn how to turn our manures into fertilizer to keep food production in line with increasing population, our civilization, like so many that went before it, will inevitably decline. With his trademark humor, his years of experience writing about both farming and waste management, and his uncanny eye for the small but important details, Logsdon artfully describes how to manage farm manure, pet manure and human manure to make fertilizer and humus. He covers the field, so to speak, discussing topics like: How to select the right pitchfork for the job and use it correctly How to operate a small manure spreader How to build a barn manure pack with farm animal manure How to compost cat and dog waste How to recycle toilet water for irrigation purposes, and How to get rid ourselves of our irrational paranoia about feces and urine. Gene Logsdon does not mince words. This fresh, fascinating and entertaining look at an earthy, but absolutely crucial subject, is a small gem and is destined to become a classic of our agricultural literature.

Toledo s Historic Farmers Market

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ISBN: 9781625841865
Release Date: 2011-10-13
Number of pages: 176
Author: Trini L. Wenninger
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Download and read online Toledo s Historic Farmers Market in PDF and EPUB With savory fruits, crisp vegetables, fresh herbs and more, the Toledo Farmers Market attests to the rich and bountiful goodness available in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Join historian Trini L. Wenninger as she guides you through the markets history, from its humble origins in the 1830s through its survival during rough times in the Glass City. Select the ripest tomatoes from Konstantinoss stall, crunch into one of the seventy different varieties of apples from Witts Orchards or savor honey from Wines Bee Yards apiaries. This collection is complete with selection tips, cooking and baking advice and mouth-watering recipes inspired by the market that will bring the taste of Toledo to your table.


Filename: greenhorns.pdf
ISBN: 9781603428088
Release Date: 2012-05-08
Number of pages: 256
Author: Zoe Ida Bradbury
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Download and read online Greenhorns in PDF and EPUB The Greenhorns are a community of more than 5,000 young farmers and activists committed to producing and advocating for food grown with vision and respect for the earth. This book, edited by three of the group’s leading members, comprises 50 original essays by new farmers who write about their experiences in the field from a wide range of angles, both practical and inspirational. Funny and sad, serious and light-hearted, these essays touch on everything from financing and machinery to family, community building, and social change.

Natural horse man ship

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ISBN: 3891180934
Release Date: 1995-01
Number of pages: 223
Author: Pat Parelli

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Why I Farm

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ISBN: 9781936511136
Release Date: 2013-06-06
Number of pages: 216
Author: Gary Romano
Publisher: BookBaby

Download and read online Why I Farm in PDF and EPUB Third-generation farmer Gary Romano, owner of Sierra Valley Farms, speaks from experience about today’s most vital issues: how to live with purpose and how to protect our food supply. In WHY I FARM: RISKING IT ALL FOR A LIFE ON THE LAND, Romano documents a disappearing way of life and issues a wake-up call, describing his metamorphosis from a small boy growing up on a farm to an adult white-collar worker and his ultimate return to the land. If you’ve ever wanted to claim a patch of earth, this book offers hard-earned counsel about small farming in the twenty-first century. Part memoir, part call to action, Romano details the challenges and joys of living off the land, what’s at stake, and why this way of life must be protected for the next wave of future farmers. WHY I FARM considers: • The benefits of a forgotten livelihood • How to avoid common small farm pitfalls • Problems with our current food supply and its distribution • Why small farms are vital to our food future • How we can help revive and sustain the small farm • How to start a successful, rural on-site farmers’ market

The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs

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ISBN: 9781455536962
Release Date: 2016-05-03
Number of pages: 304
Author: Joel Salatin
Publisher: Hachette UK

Download and read online The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs in PDF and EPUB From Christian libertarian farmer Joel Salatin, a clarion call to readers to honor the animals and the land, and produce food based on spiritual principles. What on earth is THE MARVELOUS PIGNESS OF PIGS? It's an inspiring call to action for people of faith . . . a heartfelt plea to heed the Bible's guidance . . . . It's an important and thought-provoking explanation of how by simply appreciating the marvelous pigness of pigs, we are celebrating the Glory of God. As a man of deep faith and student of the Bible, and as a respected and successful ecological family farmer, Joel Salatin knows that God created heaven and earth and meant for all living organisms to be true to their nature and their endowed holy purpose. He intended for us to respect and care for His gift of creation, not to ravage and mistreat it for our own pleasure or wealth. The example that inspires the book's title explains what Salatin means: when huge corporate farms confine pigs in cramped and dark pens, inject them with antibiotics and feed them herbicide-saturated food simply to increase profits, they are not respecting them as a creation of God or allowing them to express even their most rudimentary uniqueness - that special role that is part of His design. Every living organism has a God-given uniqueness to its life that must be honored and respected, and too often that is not happening today. Salatin shows us the long overlooked ethics and instructions in the Bible for how to eat, how to shop, how to think about how we farm and feed the world. Through scripture and Biblical stories, he shows us why it's more vital than ever to look to the good book rather than corporate America when feeding the country and your family. Salatin makes a compelling case for Christian stewardship of the earth and how it relates to every action we take regarding our food. He also opens our eyes to a common misconception many Christians may have about environmentalism: it's not a bad thing, and definitely not just the province of secular liberals; it's really a very good thing, part of heeding God's Word. With warmth and with humor, but with no less piercing criticism of the industrial food complex, Salatin brings readers on a fascinating journey of farming, food and faith. Readers will not say grace over their plates the same way ever again.

Principles of Sustainable Soil Management in Agroecosystems

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ISBN: 9781466513471
Release Date: 2013-06-10
Number of pages: 568
Author: Rattan Lal
Publisher: CRC Press

Download and read online Principles of Sustainable Soil Management in Agroecosystems in PDF and EPUB With the use of high-level soil management technology, Africa could feed several billion people, yet food production has generally stagnated since the 1960s. No matter how powerful the seed technology, the seedling emerging from it can flourish only in a healthy soil. Accordingly, crop yields in Africa, South Asia, and the Caribbean could be doubled or tripled through adoption of technologies based on laws of sustainable soil management. Principles of Sustainable Soil Management in Agroecosystems describes the application of these laws to enhance ecosystem services while restoring degraded soils and promoting sustainable use. With chapters contributed by world-class soil scientists, ecologists, and social scientists, this book outlines critical changes in management of agricultural soils necessary to achieve food security and meet the food demands of the present and projected future population. These changes include conversion to no-till and conservation agriculture; adoption of strategies of integrated nutrient management, water harvesting, and use of drip sub-irrigation; complex cropping/farming systems such as cover cropping and agroforestry; and use of nano-enhanced fertilizers. The book is based on the premise that it is not possible to extract more from a soil than what is put into it without degrading its quality. The strategy is to replace what is removed, respond wisely to what is changed, and be pro-active to what may happen because of natural and anthropogenic perturbations. The chapters, which exemplify these ideas, cover a range of topics including organic farming, soil fertility, crop-symbiotic soil microbiota, human-driven soil degradation, soil degradation and restoration, carbon sink capacity of soils, soil renewal and sustainability, and the marginality principle.


Filename: geotherapy.pdf
ISBN: 9781466595408
Release Date: 2014-12-19
Number of pages: 630
Author: Thomas J. Goreau
Publisher: CRC Press

Download and read online Geotherapy in PDF and EPUB A Practical, Get-Your-Hands-in-the-Soil Manual Global climate change, increasing pollution, and continued rapid population growth is wreaking havoc on the planet. Stabilizing the environment at safe levels requires a large-scale restoration of damaged ecosystems. Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, and Reversing CO2 Increase outlines the basic concepts of geotherapy and highlights the importance of healing the biosphere’s ability to store soil carbon to prevent climate change impacts. Facing challenges head on, it addresses how and why policymakers have underestimated the long-term impacts of climate change and how we can correct the flawed carbon management mechanisms today. The book also factors in where carbon can be most effectively stored, how quickly that can be done, and the practical and policy actions needed to get there. This text presents innovative new technologies for restoring the most productive ecosystems on land while maintaining high biodiversity. It addresses processes and techniques of soil carbon restoration through biogeochemical cycling, biochar, slow-release fertilizers, weathering of minerals (olivine) and rock (basalt) powders, amendments and bio-fertilizers, and the establishment of vetiver and other perennials. Written by highly recognized professionals from every continent except Antarctica, this extensive work consists of 34 chapters covering issues that include: field experiences with biochar including a history of its research; practical uses of biochar in farming systems and the use of biochar for soil fertility enhancement; the potential of remineralization as a global movement; seawater concentrate for abundant agriculture; superior food production using sea salt and plant extracts; recycling waste nutrients using biochar and limestone; and commercially viable carbon farming. The book concludes with a chapter providing general thoughts on regreening the earth and averting a global crisis. Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, and Reversing CO2 Increase is an encyclopedia of ideas providing the tools needed for anyone involved with the ecological restoration and transformation of the planet.

Novel Measurement and Assessment Tools for Monitoring and Management of Land and Water Resources in Agricultural Landscapes of Central Asia

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ISBN: 9783319010175
Release Date: 2013-10-04
Number of pages: 716
Author: Lothar Mueller
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

Download and read online Novel Measurement and Assessment Tools for Monitoring and Management of Land and Water Resources in Agricultural Landscapes of Central Asia in PDF and EPUB The book aims to initiate a sustainable use of land and water resources in Central Asia by the transfer of scientific methods. It deals with the most advanced methods worldwide for better monitoring and management of water and land resources. We offer an array of methods of measuring, assessing, forecasting, utilizing and controling processes in agricultural landscapes. These are laboratory and field measurement methods, methods of resource evaluation, functional mapping and risk assessment, and remote sensing methods for monitoring and modeling large areas. The book contains methods and results of data analysis and ecosystem modeling, of bioremediation of soil and water, field monitoring of soils, and methods and technologies for optimizing land use systems as well. The chapter authors are inventors and advocators of novel transferrable methods. The book starts with an analysis of the current state of water and land resources. Finally concrete proposals for the applicability of novel methods are given.


Filename: foodshed.pdf
ISBN: 9781927129159
Release Date: 2012
Number of pages: 278
Author: Dee Hobsbawn-Smith
Publisher: TouchWood Editions

Download and read online Foodshed in PDF and EPUB Winner of Best Food Literature (Canada) at the 2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards In this intimate guide to Alberta's sustainable food scene, writer, poet, professional chef, and food advocate Dee Hobsbawn-Smith profiles more than seventy-five of the province's growers and producers. Learn the A to Z's of each producer, from Asparagus growers to Zizania cultivators, and enjoy the twenty-six original recipes, one for each type of produce. The book also examines the ground that farmers stand on: government involvement, sustainability and the environment, animal welfare, farm labour, and organizations from Slow Food to the grassroots Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement. An (agri)cultural examination of modern farming that offers a clear look at current government policies and sustainable growers' best practices, Foodshed sets forth some of the issues that modern farmers face, as seen by the growers themselves.

Virginia Off the Beaten Path

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ISBN: 9780762775521
Release Date: 2011-10-04
Number of pages: 240
Author: Judy Colbert
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Download and read online Virginia Off the Beaten Path in PDF and EPUB Virginia Off the Beaten Path features the things travelers and locals want to see and experience––if only they knew about them. From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, Virginia Off the Beaten Path takes the reader down the road less traveled and reveals a side of Virginia that other guidebooks just don't offer.

Food and Faith

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ISBN: 9780521195508
Release Date: 2011-05-23
Number of pages: 244
Author: Norman Wirzba
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online Food and Faith in PDF and EPUB A comprehensive theological framework for assessing the significance of eating, demonstrating that eating is of profound economic, moral and theological significance.