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Backyard Homesteading All-in-One For Dummies

Published 04-30-2019

<p><b>Live a more sustainable lifestyle</b>&nbsp;</p> <p>Historically referred to as a government program for revitalizing undesirable living areas, "homesteading" today has come to mean the pursuit of a self-sufficient lifestyle. Homesteading can include everything from keeping bees, growing vegetables, and composting to installing solar panels, creating a rain barrel, and canning your own food,&mdash;plus much more.</p> <p><i>Backyard Homesteading All-in-One For Dummies </i>has a little bit of everything for the homesteader in all of us. It walks you through the basics of creating your own sustainable homestead and offers expert tips and tricks for making it as easy and successful as possible.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Raise chickens</li> <li>Keep bees</li> <li>Compost</li> <li>Can and preserve</li> </ul> <p>This book gives you everything you need to embark on your own homesteading adventure.</p>

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Hobby Farming For Dummies

Published 08-11-2008

<div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>Do you long for the country life?&#8239;Get back to nature and feel your toes in the dirt&nbsp;with this friendly guide to&nbsp;a new&nbsp;farming&nbsp;lifestyle&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>Don&rsquo;t know&nbsp;the first thing about&nbsp;how to handle&nbsp;the basics of small-scale farming, from growing healthy crops to raising livestock and managing your property?&nbsp;Hobby Farming&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies&nbsp;is the no-nonsense guide&nbsp;you need&nbsp;to decide what to farm,&nbsp;find the right piece of property,&nbsp;set up&nbsp;utilities, select plants&nbsp;and livestock,&nbsp;protect your investment, and so much more.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>You&rsquo;ll get a realistic&nbsp;look into&nbsp;what it really means to&nbsp;move&nbsp;from your current lifestyle to a life farming in the countryside, starting with figuring out if&nbsp;the farming lifestyle is right for you.&nbsp;From what&nbsp;you need to know about&nbsp;maintaining country&nbsp;property&nbsp;to&nbsp;how to access&nbsp;a&nbsp;power supply,&nbsp;you&rsquo;ll get help with&nbsp;major decisions&nbsp;of hobby farming:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;"> <ul> <li>Whether you&rsquo;re better off with subsistence farming or a more ambitious&nbsp;project&nbsp;</li> <li>Which outbuildings you&rsquo;ll need for shelter and storage&nbsp;</li> <li>What&nbsp;tools are&nbsp;best&nbsp;for various types of farm labor&nbsp;</li> <li>Which animals you want&nbsp;to raise and care for&nbsp;</li> <li>Where to buy the land and how to acquire it&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; overflow: visible; cursor: text; clear: both; position: relative; direction: ltr;"> <p>This comprehensive and user-friendly guide also shows you&nbsp;how to:&nbsp;</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;"> <ul> <li>Avoid common farming pitfalls&nbsp;</li> <li>Choose plans for your farm&nbsp;</li> <li>Get along with your&nbsp;neighbors&nbsp;</li> <li>Maintain&nbsp;your&nbsp;equipment&nbsp;and&nbsp;machinery&nbsp;</li> <li>Raise and care for animals, including caring for sick or injured animals&nbsp;</li> <li>Get creative&nbsp;by&nbsp;turning fiber into scarves&nbsp;and making cheese or&nbsp;yogurt&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Enrich&nbsp;your soil with manure&nbsp;and compost&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Reap the benefits of preserving&nbsp;fruits and&nbsp;vegetables&nbsp;</li> </ul> </div> </div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; font-family: Calibri, Calibri_MSFontService, sans-serif; font-size: 14.6667px;"> <div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; position: relative;">Additionally, you can read about&nbsp;opportunities for fun&nbsp;in country communities&nbsp;and the top ten misconceptions about farm living.&#8239;Grab a copy of&nbsp;Hobby Farming&#8239;For&nbsp;Dummies&#8239;and&nbsp;discover how you can live the simple life.&nbsp;</div> </div>

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