The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land [EPUB]

The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land [EPUB]
The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land by Curtis Allen Stone
2015 | EPUB + AZW | 8.51/9.0MB

There are twenty million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement.

The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include:

  • Low capital investment and overhead costs
  • Reduced need for expensive infrastructure
  • Easy access to markets

Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces.

The Urban Homestead, Expanded & Revised Edition [EPUB]

The Urban Homestead, Expanded & Revised Edition [EPUB]
The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City by Kelly Coyne, Erik Knutzen
2010 | EPUB + AZW | 2.15/2.17MB

This celebrated, essential handbook shows how to grow and preserve your own food, clean your house without toxins, raise chickens, gain energy independence, and more. Step-by-step projects, tips, and anecdotes will help get you started homesteading immediately. The Urban Homestead is also a guidebook to the larger movement and will point you to the best books and Internet resources on self-sufficiency topics.

Written by city dwellers for city dwellers, this copiously illustrated, two-color instruction book proposes a paradigm shift that will improve our lives, our community, and our planet. By growing our own food and harnessing natural energy, we are planting seeds for the future of our cities.

Learn how to:

  • Grow food on a patio or balcony
  • Preserve or ferment food and make yogurt and cheese
  • Compost with worms
  • Keep city chickens
  • Divert your grey water to your garden
  • Clean your house without toxins
  • Guerilla garden in public spaces
  • Create the modern homestead of your dreams

Hellstrip Gardening: Create a Paradise between the Sidewalk and the Curb [EPUB]

Hellstrip Gardening: Create a Paradise between the Sidewalk and the Curb [EPUB]
Hellstrip Gardening: Create a Paradise between the Sidewalk and the Curb by Evelyn Hadden
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 126.46/106.09MB

In this fresh and enchanting book, Evelyn Hadden invites you to use your gardening power to convert your “hellstrip”—the space between the street and the sidewalk—into a rewarding garden that generates smiles and celebrates nature. And you don’t need to stop there: if you have some unused ground outside the fence, down the steps, or beside the driveway, you can turn it into a pocket garden bursting with beauty and character. You’ll gain inspiration from twelve dazzling curbside gardens from coast to coast, discover what you need to know before jumping in, learn how to actually create your hellstrip garden, and become acquainted with 108 plants especially suited to curbside conditions. With just one small curbside garden, you can make your yard and neighborhood more fragrant, more lively, more peaceful, more interesting, more earth friendly, and more beautiful.

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