Smallholding: A Beginner's Guide to Raising Livestock and Growing Garden Produce

Smallholding: A Beginner's Guide to Raising Livestock and Growing Garden Produce

by Georgina Starmer

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Overview

Smallholding as a concept is not limited to small-scale farming, and anyone can bring parts of it to their everyday lifestyle, whether it's a window box to grow produce, a garden to keep chickens, or a field or two for other livestock. Providing a comprehensive overview of smallholding for the beginner, Smallholding is a practical guide to growing food and farming livestock. It helps the reader learn how to incorporate some self-sufficiency into their lifestyle, to become knowledgeable enough to keep livestock, and to enjoy working and being productive with the land they have. It also gives information about making a profit from the fruits of labor, such as selling surplus home grown produce at the farm gate or farmers' markets. Contents include: an A-Z growing guide for fruits and vegetables; buying or renting land; soil health; composting; fruit trees; pasture management; and stock fencing. Detailed livestock information is also given on: keeping bees; caring for poultry; goats; llamas and alpacas; pigs; sheep and cattle; and the legal requirements that come with it. Smallholding is a practical, comprehensive guide to smallholding for beginners, aimed at people who have access to land, as well as those growing produce in their back garden. Georgina Starmer is an experienced writer on rural topics, and author of several smallholder articles for 5M websites. She shares her passion for smallholding, sustainability and natural food on her blog. [Subject: Farm Studies, Agriculture Studies, Agricultural Policy]

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910455920
Publisher: 5m Publishing
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Georgina Starmer is an experienced writer on rural topics, and author of several smallholder articles for 5M websites. She shares her passion for smallholding, sustainability and natural food at her blog, letsgrowwild.uk

Dr Sophie Aylett, MRCVS, is the veterinary advisor for livestock chapters.

Table of Contents

Notes on Smallholding viii

1 Sustainable Living 1-9

Creative ways to grow in small spaces 2

Growing sustainably 2

A healthy eco-system 5

Water management a Renewable energy sources 9

2 The Fruit and Vegetable Garden 11-25

Know your soil 13

Plant nutrients and fertilisers 18

How to save seed 21

Fruit trees and bushes 23

3 A-Z Growing Guide 27-73

4 How to Make Compost 75-81

The composting process 75

How to start 77

Hot composting 79

The finished product 79

5 Storing and Selling Produce 83-95

Storing and preserving fruits and vegetables 84

Selling produce 92

Food safety rules for market stalls 92

Weights and labeling 94

6 Land for a Smallholding 97-115

Buying or renting land 97

Land management 99

Managing pasture and grazing 101

Weed control 104

Livestock rotation 110

Haymaking 111

Livestock fencing 113

7 Livestock Management 117-131

Biosecurity 119

Body condition scoring 119

Eat tagging 122

Record keeping 125

First aid boxes 129

Vets for smallholders 130

8 Chickens 133-147

Choosing your chickens 134

Feed and nutrition 137

Housing, shelter and bedding 138

Choosing a chicken coop 139

Egg quality 143

Slaughter 144

Hazards for poultry 144

Common chicken aliments 145

9 Ducks and Geese 149-157

Choosing your ducks and geese 150

Feed and nutrition 153

Housing, shelter and bedding 153

Recommended equipment 155

Breeding 155

Common waterfowl ailments 157

Hazards for waterfowl 157

Legal requirements for keeping ducks and geese 157

10 Incubating Eggs and Caring for Chicks 159-167

Candling 160

The natural method 161

The artificial method 162

Hatching 163

Caring for chicks 164

11 Goats 169-185

Housing, shelter and bedding 170

Choosing your goats 170

Feed and nutrition 172

Foot care 174

Milking goats 176

Breeding goats 177

Caring for kids and does 179

12 Llamas and Alpacas 187-197

Choosing your llamas and alpacas 189

Feed and nutrition 190

Housing, shelter and bedding 190

Toenail trimming 191

Shearing and selling fleece 191

Breeding 192

Common ailments, diseases and symptoms 194

13 Pigs 199-213

Housing, shelter and bedding 200

Choosing your pigs 201

Feed and nutrition 203

Pig breeding and farrowing 204

Common ailments, diseases and symptoms 208

Slaughter 210

Identifying pigs: slap-marking techniques 210

14 Sheep 215-231

Choosing your sheep 216

Feed and nutrition 219

Housing, shelter and bedding 219

Shearing and selling fleece 220

Sheep milk 221

Breeding cycles and lambing 222

Slaughter 227

Foot care 227

Common ailments, diseases and symptoms 228

15 Cattle 233-247

Housing, shelter and bedding 235

Choosing your cattle 235

Feed and nutrition 236

Foot care 240

Milking 241

Cattle breeding and calving 242

Slaughter 247

16 Beekeeping 249-255

Beehives 250

Harvesting honey 253

Feeding bees 253

Swarming 254

Pest problems 254

17 Community Smallholding 257-263

Starting a community smallholding project 258

Case study: Chagfarm, Chagford Community Farm, Devon 260

Case study: Bosavern Community Farm, St. Just, Penzance, Cornwall 262

Afterword 264

Useful organisations 265

Index 266

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