Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

by Brett L. Markham


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Go back to basics—compost, raising chickens, water and irrigation, dealing with pests, and much more—with this unique, full color bestseller (over 400,000 sold).

Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food 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
  • Selling your produce arm planning, and much more.

Because self-sufficiency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602399846
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 184,635
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Brett L. Markham is an engineer, third-generation farmer, and polymath. Using the methods explained in his book, he runs a profitable, Certified Naturally Grown mini farm on less than half an acre. Brett works full-time as an engineer for a broadband ISP and farms in his spare time. He lives in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.

Christopher Solimene approaches voice art with a lifetime of experience and passion as a director, producer, performer, and educator. Studying story during a recently earned master's degree from Yale University, Chris appreciates the enriching qualities that story brings to enlightening each individual.

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Mini Farming 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Callileah More than 1 year ago
Dear Fellow Readers, I found the structure of the book to be done quite well. Each progressive chapter flows easily from the previous one. The information is clearly written, such that even a novice gardener can grasp concepts and techniques. Seems like all of the bases are covered and one can begin utilizing the information immediately. The images are also done well, giving the reader lots of viusal queues and inspiration. I especially liked the author's inclusion of cost analysis to argue for this type of gardening versus buying from big grocery stores. Showing how an average, but dedicated individual can grow almost everything they need (veggies, fruits, nuts) in a very small space, only about 1/4 of an Acre and save some big $$$. That really motivated me to read all the way through and start to plan my own food garden! Even if a reader, like myself, is just starting out and has but a little time and say about 600 sf of space in their backyard/sideyards, the health and financial benefits can be very much worth it. Besides, growing things, especially things that you can EAT, is fun exercise and I find it a meditative activity. This is easily the most usable Gardening book I have read so far, and I've read quite a number of them already. I wish I had found this one sooner! Respectfully, Callileah
FarmGirlShelley More than 1 year ago
There are a LOT of these books out now, but one of the things that sets this one apart is the easy design for a chicken plucker. I really enjoyed the format of this book, it is packed with useful information to help you get started.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives you a basic understanding of everything you need to start your own mini farm and suggests place for you to find more information on each subject if you desire.
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This book is good for anyone interested in living a more self sufficent lifestyle. Full of information along with pictures demonstrating diffrent techniques for growing and maintaning your own gardens.
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Marcaine_Art More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book with lots of helpful information for the smaller scale farmer/ large scale gardener. My only complaint is that I bought the Nook version and most of the charts and tables used in it are too small to see on any of my devices, iPad or laptop. I recommend a slight change to make these larger and able to be read if possible.
chriscr More than 1 year ago
great for the small farmer
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Great reference for beginners and not so beginners, too.