• RAISING ANIMALS FOR FIBER

    Welcome to a “wool” new world! The perfect starting point, Raising Animals for Fiber focuses on four different fiber animal species to tackle all of your questions and curiosities. Understand the basics of keeping livestock for fiber, then progress into detailed information on raising sheep, Angora goats, alpacas, and Angora rabbits (and discover which would be the best fit for you).

    Learn tips for grooming, housing, feeding, shearing, breeding, and more for each animal, plus get ideas on how to use the fiber you harvest. Author and fiber farmer Chris McLaughlin began her journey out of a simple curiosity that converged with her hobby of raising and showing rabbits. The same can go for you, too!

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  • RAISING DUCKS & GEESE E-HANDBOOK

    High prices and availability are just two reasons why you should raise your own ducks and geese, but there are things you should know before you get started.

    This e-handbook guides you through the steps you need to take to raise your own ducks and geese. Chapters include:

    • Raising Ducks
    • The Kinds of Ducks
    • Sanitation
    • Starting Your Ducks
    • Raising Geese
    • Breeds of Geese
    • Goslings
    • Slaughtering and Dressing
    • Feed, Water, and Shelter Needs
    • Your Own Pond for Ducks or Geese

    In a pond or out, wild or tame, ducks and geese are some of the best, and certainly the most feed-economical, of all farm fowl to raise for meat and eggs.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-866-803-7096.

    GRIT E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

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  • RAISING GAME BIRDS E-HANDBOOK

    Raising game birds can be fun, educational, profitable and even therapeutic. They also provide your table with delicious, inexpensive meals. If you've decided to try raising game birds, there are some basic rules to follow.

    This e-handbook teaches you how to buy chicks, calculate feeding costs, incubate eggs, manage your flock and slaughter the birds. Also included is a list of bird varieties, diseases and types of feed, waterers and pens to use. With this valuable resource, you can feast on wild game such as pheasant, quail and guinea. 36 pages.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-866-803-7096.

    GRIT E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

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  • RAISING GOATS NATURALLY REVISED SECOND EDITION

    Produce your own milk, cheese, meat, fiber, fertilizer, and more.

    Incorporating dairy goats into a diversified homestead can be the key to greater self-sufficiency. Responding to questions and concerns from readers from all over North America and beyond, this fully revised and expanded edition of Raising Goats Naturally will help readers work with nature to raise dairy goats to produce milk, cheese, meat, fertilizer, leather, fiber, and soap – all without relying on drugs or following the factory farm model. By observing your own animals closely and educating yourself about their specific needs, you can create an individualized plan for keeping them healthy and maximizing their productivity. This unique, fully illustrated guide will teach you to help your herd thrive with:

    • Breed-specific descriptions to help you choose the right goats for your goals and lifestyle
    • Detailed information on housing, fencing, breeding, health, milking, and nutrition
    • Complete recipes and instructions for making your own cheese, dairy products, and soap, as well as cooking with goat meat

    Packed with personal experiences and backed up by expert veterinary advice and scientific studies, Raising Goats Naturally brings together a wealth of practical information on raising goats for the love of it and using their milk and meat to become more self-reliant.

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  • RAISING RABBITS FOR MEAT

    Rabbits are one of the most sustainable, nutritious, and economic meat sources available. They can easily be raised in a variety of locations and climates, and they require less space and infrastructure than many other species of livestock.

    Raising Rabbits for Meat is the how-to guide to help you succeed in starting and running a home rabbitry for a steady source of meat or income.

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  • SELF-SUFFICIENCY, 2ND EDITION

    Now, more than ever, people across the country are turning toward simpler, greener, and quieter ways of living, whether they’re urbanites or country folk. This large, fully illustrated book provides the entire family with the information they need to make the shift toward self-sufficient living.

    Self-Sufficiency provides tips, advice, and detailed instructions on how to improve everyday life from an environmentally and organic perspective while keeping the focus on the family. Readers will learn how to plant a family garden and harvest the produce; can fruits and vegetables; bake bread and cookies; design interactive and engaging “green” projects; harness natural wind and solar energy to cook food and warm their homes; boil sap to make maple syrup; and build treehouses, furniture, and more. Also included are natural crafts readers can do with their children, such as scrapbooking, making potato prints, dipping candles, and constructing seasonal decorations. Whether the goal is to live entirely off the grid or just to shrink their carbon footprints, families will find this book a thorough resource and a great inspiration.

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  • SILVOPASTURE

    The concept of silvopasture challenges our notions of both modern agriculture and land use. For centuries, European settlers of North America have engaged in practices that separate the field from the forest, and even the food from the animal. Silvopasture systems integrate trees, animals, and forages in a whole-system approach that offers a number of benefits to the farmer and the environment. Such a system not only offers the promise of ecological regeneration of the land, but also an economical livelihood and even the ability to farm extensively while buffering the effects of a changing climate: increased rainfall, longer droughts, and more intense storm events.

    Silvopasture, however, involves more than just allowing animals into the woodlot. It is intentional, steeped in careful observation skills and flexible to the dynamics of such a complex ecology. It requires a farmer who understands grassland ecology, forestry, and animal husbandry. The farmer needn’t be an expert in all of these disciplines, but familiar enough with them to make decisions on a wide variety of time scales. A silvopasture system will inevitably look different from year to year, and careful design coupled with creativity and visioning for the future are all part of the equation.

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  • START YOUR FARM

    More than a practical guide, Start Your Farm is a hopeful call to action for anyone who aspires to grow wholesome, environmentally sustainable food for a living. Take it from authors Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk: Making this dream a reality is not for the faint of heart, but it's well within reach … and there's no greater satisfaction under the sun!

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  • STOREY'S BARN GUIDE TO SHEEP

    Storey's Barn Guide to Sheep provides clear, step-by-step help, visible from several feet away. Graphic presentations guide farmers through trimming hooves, administering injections, assisting with lambing, bottle feeding, milking, shearing and every other situation that might arise during the normal course of a sheep's life.

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  • STOREY'S GUIDE TO KEEPING HONEY BEES

    Here is all the information you need to successfully keep your own honey bees. Learn how to plan a hive, acquire bees, install a colony, keep bees healthy, prevent new diseases, harvest honey crops and more. You’ll also find useful information on colony life, colony-collapse disorder, honey bee anatomy and behavior, and apiary equipment and tools. This comprehensive reference will serve both experienced beekeepers with specific problems and beginners who are just getting started.

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  • STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING BEEF CATTLE, 4TH EDITION

    Whether a farmer is raising one cow or a herd, Storey’s Guide to Raising Beef Cattle is the most reliable reference for ensuring a successful, healthy cattle operation. In this fully updated, full-color fourth edition, longtime cattle rancher and author Heather Smith Thomas explains every aspect of bovine behavior and provides expert guidance on breed selection, calving, feeding, housing, pasture, and health care.

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  • STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING CHICKENS - 4TH EDITION

    Serious poultry farmers and backyard bird raisers have relied on this best-selling reference for more than 20 years. The fourth edition of Gail Damerow’s comprehensive handbook is now completely revised and redesigned, making it more accessible and informative than ever. You’ll get the most up-to-date details on shelter, food, health care, eggs, chicks, and meat, and recent research into chicken behavior and communication makes the sections on flock management truly authoritative. New color photos and illustrations provide more specificity and information about chicken breeds, anatomy, and health.

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