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To go-to guide for women who want to be part of the farming revolution.Women are leading the new farming revolution in America. Much of the impetus to move back to the land, raise our own food, and connect with our agricultural past is being driven by women. They raise sheep for wool, harvest honey from their beehives, grow food for their families and sell their goods at farmers' markets. What does a woman who wants to work the land need to do to follow her dream? First, she needs this book. It may seem strange to suggest that women farmers need a different guide than male farmers, but women often have different strengths and goals, and different ways of achieving those goals. Audrey Levatino shares her experiences of running a farm and offers invaluable advice on how to get started, whether you have hundreds of acres or a simple lot for an urban community garden. Filled with personal anecdotes and stories from other women farmers, from old hands to brand new ones, from agricultural icons like Temple Grandin, to her own sister, this book is a reassuring and inspirational guide that discusses:Should you do an internship or jump right in? How to find a farm or how to handle one that you’ve inheritedBest practices for selling at the farmer’s market and how to sell your goods locallyFarmhouse chores and how to get them done rightHow to handle large power tools, including a chainsawPlanning and growing an organic farm gardenIncorporating animals as part of a farm ecosystemWhere to get started if you want to farm-school your kidsTips for keeping your mind, body and spirit healthy while undertaking the demanding nature of farm workIt's all here, in the same warm and friendly voice that readers embraced in The Joy of Hobby Farming. Full-color photography throughout provides step-by-step instructions for anything you’ll need to do on your farm.
|Publisher:||Countryman Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||7.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Audrey Levatino has been farming for thirteen years. For the last eight she has been growing specialty cut flowers and selling them at local farmers' markets, florists, restaurants, and for weddings. She and her husband, Michael, are the authors of The Joy of Hobby Farming. They care for crops and a menagerie of animals on their 23-acre farm, Ted’s Last Stand, near Gordonsville, Virginia.
Michael Levatino works off the farm at a major publishing house, and is the co-author of The Joy of Hobby Farming His twenty-three-acre farm, Ted’s Last Stand, is located outside of Gordonsville, Virginia.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 A Call to Farm-A Farm History of Women 16
Chapter 2 Learning About Farming-Internships, Classes, Resources, Neighbors, and Associations 24
Chapter 3 Finding a Farm-Buying, Leasing, and Inheriting 36
Chapter 4 The Healthy Farmer-Keeping Your Mind, Body, and Spirit Safe, Healthy, and Happy 70
Chapter 5 Getting to Know Your Farm from House to Field 86
Chapter 6 Tools and Techniques 106
Chapter 7 Growing on the Farm 152
Chapter 8 Farm Animals 220
Chapter 9 The Farm as a Business 276
Chapter 10 Farm Education and Farm Schooling 318