The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People

The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People

by Amy Stross


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Reduce your lawn and your grocery budget. Take gardening to the next level!

Would you like to grow healthy food for your table? Do you want to learn the secrets of farming even though you live in a neighborhood? Author Amy Stross talks straight about why the suburbs might be the ideal place for a small farm.

In these pages you'll learn:

  • How to make your landscape as productive as it is beautiful
  • Why the suburbs are primed with food-growing potential
  • How to choose the best crops for success
  • Why you don't need the perfect yard to have a micro-farm
  • How to use easy permaculture techniques for abundant harvests

 If you're ready to create a beautiful, edible yard, this book is for you.

The Suburban Micro-Farm will show you how to grow your own fruits, herbs, and vegetables even on a limited schedule. From seed to harvest, this book will keep you on track so you feel a sense of accomplishment for your efforts.

You'll learn gardening tricks that are essential to success, like how to deal with a 'brown thumb', how to develop and nurture healthy soil, and how to manage garden pests.

Although this book has everything a new gardener needs to get started, experienced gardeners will not be disappointed. With helpful tips throughout, you will love the in-depth chapters about permaculture and making money on the micro-farm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997520835
Publisher: Twisted Creek Press
Publication date: 03/19/2018
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 161,368
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Amy Stross is a permaculture gardener, writer, and educator with a varied background in home-scale food production.

Through years of experience as a professional gardener specializing in ecologically friendly and edible landscapes, she discovered that healthy fruits and vegetables could actually grow right outside her own door.

After receiving her permaculture design certificate, she began to design ecologically regenerative and productive landscapes for others. Her own 0.10-acre micro-farm became a thriving example, with berry bushes, fruit trees, herbs, flowers, and vegetable gardens.

Amy also founded and ran a 5-year community food forest project at her local university, which included a variety of edible gardens.

Her current adventure is transforming a 3-acre property into a micro-farm with her husband and mischievous farm cat. She reaches hundreds of thousands of people with her adventures and expertise in small-scale permaculture gardening on her popular website,

Table of Contents


PART I: Getting to Know the Micro-Farm

Chapter 1: Suburbia:

Civilization’s Opportunity

The Suburban Problem

Suburban Micro-Farming Myths

The Suburban Micro-Farm Solution

Chapter 2: Managing Expectations

Prevent Garden Overwhelm Syndrome

Life Hacks for the Busy Micro-Farmer

When It’s Not Enough

Overcoming Brown Thumbs

Setting Up Your Neighborhood for Success

Chapter 3: Developing Healthy Soil

Building Soil Health and Fertility

Guide to Organic Soil Amendments

No-Till Micro-Farming

Constructing a Simple Compost System

How to Compost

Cultivate Worm Castings with Vermicomposting

Chapter 4: Vegetables On The Farm

The Efficient Micro-Farm

Guide to Planting and Growing Vegetables

Choosing Crops to Meet Your Needs

How to Place Vegetables

Extending the Season with Cold Frames

Chapter 5: Micro-Farming Fruit

Growing Fruit Trees

Growing Berries for Beginners

Choosing Fruit for Your Circumstances

Chapter 6: Growing Herbs on the Micro-Farm

Kitchen Garden Herbs

Growing a Medicine Garden

Herbs in a Pollinator Garden

Create an Herb Spiral

PART 2: Becoming a Micro-Farmer

Chapter 7: Organizing Your Micro-Farm

Make a Garden Sketch

Make Seed and Supply Purchases

Month-by-Month Micro-Farming

Checklists and Monthly Calendars

Chapter 8: Seed Starting & Planting

Starting Seeds Indoors: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Sow Seeds Directly Outdoors

How to Transplant Seedlings Outdoors

Chapter 9: Maintaining the Garden & Harvesting the Produce

Daily Garden Visits

Mulching in the Garden


Pest Management

Guide to Harvesting Vegetables

Cleaning up the Garden for Fall

Easy Seeds to Save

Storing Seeds

PART 3: Advanced Micro-Farming Techniques

Chapter 10: Edible Landscaping

Why Landscape with Edibles?

Things to Consider before Breaking Ground

Landscape Design Principles for Visual Appeal

Planning Techniques for the Edible Landscape

Choosing What to Plant

Utilizing the Parking Strip

Chapter 11: Digging Deeper: Permaculture & Micro-Farming

Using Water Wisely

Building Plant Guilds

Farming the Contour

Terracing with Check Logs

Managing the Edges

Permaculture Plants

Chapter 12: Making Money on the Suburban Micro-Farm

Perennial Crops

Annual Crops with a Long Season

Shade Crops

The Edible Plant Nursery

Cut Flowers

Maple Syrup

Cottage Food Products

Homemade Soap

Teaching and Writing

Tips for Success




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