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Your Farm in the City

An Urban Dweller's Guide to Growing Food and Raising Livestock
Taylor, Lisa (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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The most complete book on urban farming, covering everything from growing organic produce and raising chickens, to running a small farm on a city lot or in a suburban backyard. Eating locally and growing one's own food is a rapidly evolving movement in urban settings - Hantz Farms in Detroit has transformed 70 acres of abandoned properties into energy-efficient gardens, and Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, a 6,000-foot vegetable farm in Brooklyn, New York, yields 30 different kinds of produce, while private square-foot farms are cropping up in cities all over the country. Created by Lisa Taylor and the gardeners of Seattle Tilth, Your Farm in the City covers all of the essential information specific to gardening and farming in a city or town. Clear, easy-to-follow instructions guide and inspire even the most inexperienced urbanite in how to grow and harvest all types of produce, flowers, herbs, and trees, as well as how to raise livestock like chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, and honeybees. Important information particular to gardening in a city or town is included, such as planning and maximizing limited space, building healthy soil, managing irrigation, understanding zoning laws, outwitting urban pests, and being a considerate farming neighbor. With 100 two-color instructional illustrations throughout and dozens of vital resources, Your Farm in the City is the most practical, comprehensive, and easy-to-follow guide to the burgeoning trend of urban farming.
Authors: Taylor, Lisa
Title: Your farm in the city
an urban dweller's guide to growing food and raising livestock
Publisher: New York, NY : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., c2011
Characteristics: 336 p. :,ill. ;,26 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Lisa Taylor, and the gardeners of Seattle Tilth
Notes: "Chickens, bees, and livestock; container, raised bed, and vertical gardening; organic vegetables and fruits; backyard composting, herbs and edible flowers"--Cover
Subtitle on cover: An urban dweller's guide to growing food and raising animals
Contents: Down on the city farm
Planning your city farm
Building healthy soil
Raised beds, containers, and vertical planting
Starting with seeds
Soil fertility
The fruits and vegetables of your labors
Keep it growing
Loving your enemies
Extending the harvest
Urban farm animals
Additional Contributors: Seattle Tilth Association
ISBN: 1579128629
9781579128623
Branch Call Number: 630.91732 T2439y 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 294-297) and index
Subject Headings: Vertical gardening Urban agriculture United States Urban agriculture
Topical Term: Vertical gardening
Urban agriculture
Urban agriculture
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*Discussions of preserving food and urban farm husbandry, from chickens to bees, as well as detailed information on growing a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, edible flowers, and herbs, are thorough enough to be useful and realistic.* -Publishers Weekly

The most complete book on urban farming, covering everything from growing organic produce and raising chickens, to running a small farm on a city lot or in a suburban backyard.

The most complete book on urban farming, covering everything from growing organic produce and raising chickens, to running a small farm on a city lot or in a suburban backyard.


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Jan 12, 2013
  • FRANCYNE PELCHAR rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very helpful. The full range of gardening and livestock raising are covered in clear detail. The livestock part doesn't apply to me, but I will check this book out again closer to planting season.

Jun 24, 2011
  • terrymccuaig rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Contains good tips for diagnosing what is wrong with your soil by observing which weeds grow in it. However, it is NOT "the most complete book on urban farming". Your Farm in the City is a very brief introduction to many things associated with homesteading. It is entertaining for the newbie. If you seriously want to grow your own food, you will require more detailed textbooks on specific topics. For example, it would be dangerous to raise bees, ducks, or chickens with the info contained in this book alone. If Your Farm in the City whets your appetite, then check out more comprehensive guides by John Seymour, Marjory Wildcraft, or Bill Mollison.

Jun 03, 2011
  • jinzhong rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very good. Lisa not only tells you tips, but also the reasons.
Many charts are clear and useful.

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