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There is pride, joy and money to be saved in do-it-yourself projects. Some of the essential tools of successful small-scale farming can be created with your own hands. Dive in and give it a try with these guides.

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  • Bio-Integrated Farm, The

    The Bio-Integrated Farm offers in-depth information about designing and building a wide range of bio-integrated projects including reflecting ponds, water-storage ponds, multipurpose basins, greenhouses, compost heat extraction, pastured chicken systems, aquaculture, hydroponics, hydronic heating, water filtration and aeration, cover cropping, and innovative rainwater-harvesting systems that supply water for drip irrigation and flushing toilets.

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    $39.95

  • Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook, The

    Organic Vegetable Production Using Protected Culture

    The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook shares the best practices for both large- and small-scale production of the eight most profitable crops: tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, leafy greens, lettuce, and microgreens. From seed to sale, this book is the indispensable resource for protected growing.

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    $34.95

  • Keeping Bees in Horizontal Hives

    A Complete Guide to Apiculture

    Learn natural beekeeping from George de Layens, Europe’s foremost beekeeping authority and inventor of the world's most popular horizontal hive!

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    $39.95

  • Year-Round Solar Greenhouse, The

    How to Design and Build a Net-Zero Energy Greenhouse

    The Year-round Solar Greenhouse is the one-stop guide to designing and building greenhouses that harness and store energy from the sun to create naturally heated, lush growing environments even in the depths of winter, covering principles of solar greenhouse design and siting, glazing material properties and selection, controlling heat loss, ventilation, and construction methods. Additionally, an in-depth section covers sustainable ways of heating the greenhouse without fossil fuels, including using thermal mass and storing heat underground with a ground to air heat exchanger. Learn More

    $29.95

  • Independent Farmstead, The

    Growing Soil, Biodiversity, and Nutrient-Dense Food with Grassfed Animals and Intensive Pasture Management

    In witty and welcoming style, The Independent Farmstead covers everything from choosing a species of ruminant and incorporating it into a grass-based system to innovative electric fencing and watering systems, to what to do with all of the milk, meat, and, yes, manure that the self-sustaining farm produces.

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    $34.95

  • Start Your Farm

    An all-purpose handbook for today’s modern agricultural generation by two of the most respected figures in sustainable farming.

    Forrest Pritchard is the New York Times–bestselling author of Gaining Ground and Growing Tomorrow. He is also a full-time organic livestock farmer and seventh-generation producer. 

    Ellen Polishuk is a first-generation sustainable vegetable farmer. Formerly an owner of Potomac Vegetable Farms, she is a sought-after farm consultant and conference speaker.

    Softcover, Copyright 2016, 272 pages

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    $19.95

  • Homemade Contrivances

    This extensive book, originally published in 1897, is full of practical innovative ideas from an era when farmers had to make things themselves or do without, covering a wide range of topics such as gate construction, self-closing doors, portable fences, wire fence tightener, poultry nesting boxes, feeding cribs and a pitchfork holder. Learn More
    $14.95

  • Fences, Gates & Bridges and How to Build Them

    This classic instructional guide details the best methods for building an incredible variety of these devices for all regions and weather conditions. More than 300 illustrations make all the plans easy to grasp and execute.  Learn More
    $14.95

  • Handy Farm Devices & How to Make Them

    Discover how to create a wealth of labor- and money-saving devices: spillproof chicken waterers; a portable chicken coop; a lightweight orchard ladder; a small truss bridge; an easy fence-post and stump-puller; gates that don’t sag; gates that lift over snowdrifts and more in this classic. Learn More
    $9.95

  • Shelters, Shacks & Shanties and How to Build Them

    In this classic text D.C. Beard provides instructions for dozens of worry-free shelters including a sod house for the lawn, a treetop house, over-water camps, a bog ken and much more. Learn More
    $9.95

  • Build A Smokehouse

    If you want a know how to make everything from a hot smoke pit, simple smoke box or a strong, tight smokehouse that will endure for decades, Build a Smokehouse has the instructions, illustrations and materials lists to get the job done. Learn More
    $3.95

  • Chicken Coops

    This collection of 45 building plans is sure to meet the needs of any chicken owner. The featured designs include basic easy-to-assemble hoop houses, A-frames and multi-storied wooden structures, as well as larger models for small commercial farms.  Learn More
    $19.95

  • The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse

    Subtitled Building a Humane Chicken Processing Unit to Strengthen Your Local Food System, this guide was especially written for those who raise chickens, turkeys or other poultry for meat and lack easy access to a humane, local slaughterhouse. Learn More
    $14.95

  • Build Your Own Beekeeping Equipment

    Tony Pisano’s step-by-step illustrated instructions show you how to build everything you need to keep bees successfully, including beehive bodies, supers, covers, hive stands, frames, swarm catchers, feeders and more. Learn More
    $19.95

  • How to Build Your Own Greenhouse

    Features nine complete plans for do-it-yourself gardeners to build your own greenhouse, each with a different style of foundation that range from a simple season extender to a hoop house made using a PVC pipe frame to a lean-to structure and slant-front insulated building. Learn More
    $24.95

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