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The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming: Sustainable Living in Your Home, Community, and Business

The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming: Sustainable Living in Your Home, Community, and Business

by Nicole Faires


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How to maximize your food production in an urban environment.

The idea of bringing agriculture into the city has been promoted by many on both sides of the political fence: proponents of sustainability and prevention of climate change as well as those who worry about government and social instability. To address the urgent need for a shift in the way our food is produced, The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming offers a practical education in everything there is to know about city agriculture: how to grow a lot of food in any kind of urban living situation, from apartment to full-scale commercial venture.

Subjects covered include:

• Small scale vs. large scale agriculture
• The economic, social, health, and environmental impacts of urban farming
• Making the most of the space available
• The latest technologies and developments in agriculture, including: hydroponics, vertical gardening, and aquaponics
• Case studies and design concerns for community-based farming
• The best plant species for cities and seasons
• Beekeeping and small animals
• Commercial agriculture and the business side of farming in a city environment

This comprehensive guide will introduce readers to the rewarding possibilities of growing their own food, as well as dispel the falsehood that says we need faraway factory farms to produce everything we eat.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510703926
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 438,054
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nicole Faires grew up on a hobby farm in Montana. She champions homesteading and sustainable living and has written several popular books on these subjects including The Ultimate Guide to Natural Farming and Sustainable Living and the bestselling Ultimate Guide to Homesteading. She is also the author of Food Confidential, a critique of the corporate takeover of food production in America. She lives in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Community & Business Planning 1

Defining Urban Agriculture 3

Permaculture 7

The Support System 8

Community 10

Decision-Making in Community 12

Business Structures 13

Record Keeping 17

Acquiring Land 19

Business Planning 25

Funding 33

Chapter 2 Designing Your Farm 35

Permaculture 37

Climate/Orientation 43

Water 47

Final Design 58

Chapter 3 Methods 63

Soil 66

Compost 79

Worms or Vermicomposting 82

Production Strategies 86

Indoor Growing 98

Planting 99

Tools 105

Increasing Production 107

Orchard 112

Organic Control Methods 117

Processing 129

Saving Seed 147

Chapter 4 Plants 151

Cash Crops 153

Grains 157

Plant Tables 161

Alphabetical Plant and Harvest Guide 168

Chapter 5 Animals 217

Before You Get Animals 219

Rabbits 221

Chickens 223

Ducks 233

Pigeons and Quail 236

Geese 238

Bees 241

Goats 248

Sheep 255

Aquaculture 260

Butchering and Preserving Meat 265

Bibliography 277

Index 283

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