πŸ“’ Author : Curtis Stone
πŸ“’ Publisher : New Society Publishers
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2015-12-01
πŸ“’ Pages : 240
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9781550926019
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Gardening

SYNOPSIS : Strategies and techniques for making a living with intensive food production in small spaces There are 40 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.


πŸ“’ Author : Justin Calverley
πŸ“’ Publisher :
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2017-03-01
πŸ“’ Pages : 304
πŸ“’ ISBN : 0733334539
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category :

SYNOPSIS : The guide for anyone who dreams of living the country life in the city by growing their own healthy, sustainable fruit and veg - and more! Producing our own fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs and honey is perfectly possible in a suburban backyard. This practical guide will help urban dwellers develop a more sustainable existence.With a deep knowledge of permaculture and organic gardening, horticultural expert Justin Calverley shows you how to establish a diverse urban farm, whether in your own backyard, a plot shared with your neighbours or even on a kerbside verge. Justin advocates observing and following nature's cycles and patterns as the best way to a sustainable and productive garden.As well as growing fruit and veg, Justin explains how to take up bee-keeping, mushroom growing, chook care, propagation and preserving your patch's bounty. So be inspired and get cracking on your own little garden of Eden!


πŸ“’ Author : Novella Carpenter
πŸ“’ Publisher : Penguin
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2012-01-10
πŸ“’ Pages : 592
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9781101559321
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Gardening

SYNOPSIS : The "how-to" guide for a new generation of farmers from the author of Farm City and a leading urban garden educator. In this indispensable guide, Farm City author Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal share their experience as successful urban farmers and provide practical blueprints-complete with rich visual material-for novice and experienced growers looking to bring the principles of ethical food to the city streets. The Essential Urban Farmer guides readers from day one to market day, advising on how to find the perfect site, design a landscape, and cultivate crops. For anyone who has ever grown herbs on windowsills, or tomatoes on fire escapes, this is an invaluable volume with the potential to change our menus, our health, and our cities forever.


πŸ“’ Author : Curtis Allen Stone
πŸ“’ Publisher :
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2015-12
πŸ“’ Pages : 265
πŸ“’ ISBN : 0865718016
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Farms, Small

SYNOPSIS : Farming is taking root in our cities. With only a small capital investment, and without the need to own land, you can become part of this growing movement. The Urban Farmer will help you learn the crops, techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing food intensively right in your own backyard.


πŸ“’ Author : Nicole Faires
πŸ“’ Publisher : Simon and Schuster
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2016-11-15
πŸ“’ Pages : 304
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9781510703933
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : House & Home

SYNOPSIS : How to maximize your food production in an urban environment. The idea of bringing agriculture into the city has been promoted by many on both sides of the political fence: proponents of sustainability and prevention of climate change as well as those who worry about government and social instability. To address the urgent need for a shift in the way our food is produced, The Ultimate Guide to Urban Farming offers a practical education in everything there is to know about city agriculture: how to grow a lot of food in any kind of urban living situation, from apartment to full-scale commercial venture. Subjects covered include: β€’ Small scale vs. large scale agriculture β€’ The economic, social, health, and environmental impacts of urban farming β€’ Making the most of the space available β€’ The latest technologies and developments in agriculture, including: hydroponics, vertical gardening, and aquaponics β€’ Case studies and design concerns for community-based farming β€’ The best plant species for cities and seasons β€’ Beekeeping and small animals β€’ Commercial agriculture and the business side of farming in a city environment This comprehensive guide will introduce readers to the rewarding possibilities of growing their own food, as well as dispel the falsehood that says we need faraway factory farms to produce everything we eat.


πŸ“’ Author : Tamara Thompson
πŸ“’ Publisher : Greenhaven Publishing LLC
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2014-08-08
πŸ“’ Pages : 120
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9780737768688
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Young Adult Nonfiction

SYNOPSIS : This edition includes a variety of articles on urban agriculture. Articles discuss urban agriculture as a viable solution to food insecurities; the economic sustainability of urban agriculture; the impact of urban agriculture on specific groups, such as women in developing countries; and the future of urban farming. Includes primary and secondary sources from a variety of perspectives; eyewitnesses, scientific journals, government officials, and many others.


πŸ“’ Author : Angus Stewart
πŸ“’ Publisher : Allen & Unwin
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2017-10-25
πŸ“’ Pages : 264
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9781760639709
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Gardening

SYNOPSIS : Urban environments require specific techniques to optimise growing conditions for plants. Two leading experts in horticulture and soil science teach the reader how to grow their own food-from the ground up-in this authoritative, accessible, generously photographed guide. Grow Your Own provides simple step-by-step methods and information enabling the average city dweller to grow food plants at whatever scale their time and resources permit and no matter their location, be it suburban backyard or apartment balcony. Some of the many topics covered include creating the best environment for growing (influenced by water/temperature/light/air quality), setting up the soil; fertilisers, compost and worm farms; choosing crops (annual/perennial/heirloom/modern); propagation, planting and maintenance; pest and disease management; seed saving; rooftop spaces and vertical gardens; and integrated urban farming including bees and poultry.


πŸ“’ Author : Thomas Fox
πŸ“’ Publisher : i5 Publishing
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2011-06-07
πŸ“’ Pages : 416
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9781935484837
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Technology & Engineering

SYNOPSIS : It doesn’t take a farm to have the heart of a farmer. Now, due to a burgeoning sustainable-living movement, you don’t have to own acreage to fulfill your dream of raising your own food. Hobby Farms Urban Farming, from Hobby Farm Press and the same people who bring you Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home magazine, will walk every city and suburban dweller down the path of self sustainability. Urban Farming will introduce readers to the concepts of gardening and farming from a high-rise apartment, participating in a community garden, vertical farming, and converting terraces and other small city spaces into fruitful, vegetableful real estate. This comprehensive volume will answer every up and coming urban farmer’s questions about how, what, where and whyβ€”a new green book for the dedicated citizen seeking to reduce his carbon footprint and grocery bill.


πŸ“’ Author : Novella Carpenter
πŸ“’ Publisher : Penguin
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2009-06-11
πŸ“’ Pages : 288
πŸ“’ ISBN : 1101060174
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Biography & Autobiography

SYNOPSIS : Urban and rural collide in this wry, inspiring memoir of a woman who turned a vacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving farm Novella Carpenter loves cities-the culture, the crowds, the energy. At the same time, she can't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back-to-the-land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables. Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways: a homegrown vegetable plot as well as museums, bars, concerts, and a twenty-four-hour convenience mart mere minutes away. Especially when she moved to a ramshackle house in inner city Oakland and discovered a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door. She closed her eyes and pictured heirloom tomatoes, a beehive, and a chicken coop. What started out as a few egg-laying chickens led to turkeys, geese, and ducks. Soon, some rabbits joined the fun, then two three-hundred-pound pigs. And no, these charming and eccentric animals weren't pets; she was a farmer, not a zookeeper. Novella was raising these animals for dinner. Novella Carpenter's corner of downtown Oakland is populated by unforgettable characters. Lana (anal spelled backward, she reminds us) runs a speakeasy across the street and refuses to hurt even a fly, let alone condone raising turkeys for Thanksgiving. Bobby, the homeless man who collects cars and car parts just outside the farm, is an invaluable neighborhood concierge. The turkeys, Harold and Maude, tend to escape on a daily basis to cavort with the prostitutes hanging around just off the highway nearby. Every day on this strange and beautiful farm, urban meets rural in the most surprising ways. For anyone who has ever grown herbs on their windowsill, tomatoes on their fire escape, or obsessed over the offerings at the local farmers' market, Carpenter's story will capture your heart. And if you've ever considered leaving it all behind to become a farmer outside the city limits, or looked at the abandoned lot next door with a gleam in your eye, consider this both a cautionary tale and a full-throated call to action. Farm City is an unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmers' tips, and a great deal of heart. It is also a moving meditation on urban life versus the natural world and what we have given up to live the way we do.


πŸ“’ Author : Michael Ableman
πŸ“’ Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
πŸ“’ Release Date : 2016-08-17
πŸ“’ Pages : 256
πŸ“’ ISBN : 9781603586030
πŸ“’ Available Language : English, Spanish, And French
πŸ“’ Category : Gardening

SYNOPSIS : Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbiaβ€”one of the worst urban slums in North Americaβ€”who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood. It is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing others as a way to heal our world and ourselves. During the past seven years, Sole Food Street Farmsβ€”now North America’s largest urban farm projectβ€”has transformed acres of vacant and contaminated urban land into street farms that grow artisan-quality fruits and vegetables. By providing jobs, agricultural training, and inclusion in a community of farmers and food lovers, the Sole Food project has empowered dozens of individuals with limited resources who are managing addiction and chronic mental health problems. Sole Food’s mission is to encourage small farms in every urban neighborhood so that good food can be accessible to all, and to do so in a manner that allows everyone to participate in the process. In Street Farm, author-photographer-farmer Michael Ableman chronicles the challenges, growth, and success of this groundbreaking project and presents compelling portraits of the neighborhood residents-turned-farmers whose lives have been touched by it. Throughout, he also weaves his philosophy and insights about food and farming, as well as the fundamentals that are the underpinnings of success for both rural farms and urban farms. Street Farm will inspire individuals and communities everywhere by providing a clear vision for combining innovative farming methods with concrete social goals, all of which aim to create healthier and more resilient communities.