Living on an Acre, 2nd: A Practical Guide to the Self-Reliant Life

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Who hasn’t daydreamed at one time or another about selling produce at a farmer’s market, keeping chickens, or planting an orchard of fruit trees? Inside every do-it-yourselfer is a longing for a more independent lifestyle and the satisfaction that can come from getting one’s hands dirty while turning some earth.
 
Whether you are thinking about a second home in the country, starting a part-time farm, or going back to the land, Living on ...
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Overview


Who hasn’t daydreamed at one time or another about selling produce at a farmer’s market, keeping chickens, or planting an orchard of fruit trees? Inside every do-it-yourselfer is a longing for a more independent lifestyle and the satisfaction that can come from getting one’s hands dirty while turning some earth.
 
Whether you are thinking about a second home in the country, starting a part-time farm, or going back to the land, Living on an Acre will help you realize your dreams. This classic USDA guide is replete with comprehensive and fully updated information: 
 
The benefits of rural versus urban life
What to consider when remodeling an older house
How to build a barn
Growing produce for self-sufficiency versus growing for profit
Beekeeping
Raising livestock
Putting land into conservation
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599218854
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 785,454
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s team of experts is an impressive array of authorities ranging from farm management specialists, to state farm advisors, to agricultural economists, to a former Secretary of Agriculture.

Christine Woodside is a freelance editor and writer whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Backpacker, Yankee, Woman’s Day, and Publishers Weekly. She is also the author of Energy Independence (Lyons).

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Original Edition, Living on a Few Acres 1

Editor's Preface to the Second Lyons Press Edition 3

Acknowledgments 5

Part 1 Pluses and Minuses

Living in the Country-a Diversity of People 9

Consider the Trade-Offs Before Leaving the City 12

Face the Realities 17

Changing to a New Lifestyle: Little Things Add Up 24

Part 2 Acquiring that Spot

Selecting a Community 31

Alternative Rural Communities 36

Making Your Final Choice 39

Part 3 Improvements for Your Place

Remodeling a House-Will it be Worthwhile? 45

A Personal Experience 54

Building That Dream House: Don't be Caught Napping 57

Work and Storage Areas Outside 64

Landscaping: Get Help, Plan Carefully 73

Land Improvements-What You Need to Know 81

Your Farmstead Buildings 89

Water and Waste Disposal 101

Power Sources and Equipment 111

Part 4 The Big Picture

Five Years on Five Acres 121

Welcome to SweetAire Farm 124

Pigs and Pumpkins 129

The View from Golden Hill Farm 132

Attracting Wildlife to Your Land 135

The Benefit of a Woodlot 140

Part 5 Growing and Raising: How to Do it

Fruit Trees 147

Grapes 155

Four Kinds of Berries 163

Vegetables 171

How to Market Produce 179

Ornamental Plants 190

A Plant Nursery 193

Dried Flower Arrangements 200

Herbs 203

Greenhouse Gardening 207

Beekeeping 215

Christmas Trees 225

Growing Nut Trees 233

Keeping Chickens and Other Fowl 238

Raising Pigs 248

Raising Rabbits 253

Raising Beef Cattle 258

Raising Sheep Part-Time 266

Raising Dairy Cows 269

Raising Dairy Goats 276

Raising Horses 282

Vacation Farms 291

Part 6 Property

Disposing of Property 297

Transferring Land with Preservation in Mind 301

Providing for Your Heirs-Nonsale Property 303

How to Get Help 307

Notes 309

Further Reading 313

Contributors to the USDA 1978 Yearbook of Agriculture 315

Index 319

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