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The Urban Farm Handbook

City-slicker Resources for Growing, Raising, Sourcing, Trading, and Preparing What You Eat
Cottrell, Annette (Book - 2011 )
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The Urban Farm Handbook

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Is that . . . a goat in your garage?! It might be if you've been reading The Urban Farm Handbook: City-Slicker Resources for Growing, Raising, Sourcing, Trading, and Preparing What You Eat. In this comprehensive guide for city-dwellers on how to wean themselves from commercial supermarkets, the authors map a plan for how to manage a busy, urban family life with home-grown foods, shared community efforts, and easy yet healthful practices. More than just a few ideas about gardening and raising chickens, The Urban Farm Handbook uses stories, charts, grocery lists, recipes, and calendars to inform and instruct. As busy urbanites who have learned how to do everything from making cheese and curing meat to collaborating with neighbours on a food bartering system, the authors share their own food journeys along with those of local producers and consumers who are changing the food systems in the Pacific Northwest. Organized seasonally, this handbook instructs on: How to maximize space for planting a variety of fruits and vegetables; Small-animal husbandry and beekeeping; Canning, drying, freezing, fermenting, and pickling techniques; Grinding grains for flour and other uses; Tips for creating a farmer-to-consumer connection; How to form a "buying club" with neighbours; "Opportunities for Change" steps to follow; And more!
Authors: Cottrell, Annette, 1967-
Title: The urban farm handbook
city-slicker resources for growing, raising, sourcing, trading, and preparing what you eat
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. :, Skipstone,, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 383 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Annette Cottrell and Joshua McNichols ; photography by Harley Soltes
Contents: How it all began
Deciding not to leave the city
WINTER. It all begins with grain
The chicken and the egg
Dairy dilemma
SPRING. Growing your own
It's all in the dirt
Going to the source
Seeding your garden
Growing strategies to maximize space
Garden pests and beneficial insects
SUMMER. Eating seasonally
Winter gardening: it starts in summer!
Preserving the harvest
Building food community
FALL. Going whole hog
Raising small animals for meat
Beverages and syrups
Soaps and other sundries
Annette's original grocery list
Annette's revised grocery list
Annette's calendar
One front yard and one pantry at a time
A question answered
Plant lists for the Pacific Northwest
Additional Contributors: McNichols, Joshua
ISBN: 9781594856372
Branch Call Number: 630.91732 C8517u 2011
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