Mom Prepares has been very blessed to have Angela England as a guest expert for a few months now and we know you’ve enjoyed her posts on backyard farming. This is why we’re really excited to introduce you to her brand new book, Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) and to give one of you a signed copy of this book.
Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) is written specifically for those of us who want to become more self sufficient, but don’t live on a farm. Angela’s family lives on the edge of town, but manages to raise goats, chickens and other animals, plus have a garden and put up their own food for winter.
This book is full of wisdom and would make a great gift for the backyard farmer in your family! It’s available now on Amazon.com and will be showing up in bookstores real soon. My favorite chapter? Beekeeping in the Backyard. My dad kept bees when I was a kid and my oldest brother and I had our own hives. We helped with every step and even had our own suits and earned money from the sale of honey from our hives. Of all the things I’d love to do on my own farm (when we get out of town) beekeeping is near the top of my list. Bees fascinate me and I love cooking with honey!
If you purchase the book before December 20th you’ll be eligible for three bonus books that are all downloadable! Just follow that link to see what they are and how to get them. Homeschoolers: There’s a super-duper Companion Guide written by a home educator so you can use this book as part of your school curriculum.
Transform your yard into a sustainable bounty of healthy food.
It doesn’t take a lot of space to reap a bountiful harvest of nutritious, affordable food. With proper planning, you can grow your own fresh vegetables and fruit; raise chickens and goats for eggs, milk, or meat; and keep bees for honey—on as little as a quarter-acre of land.
Whether your goal is to eat healthier, save money, live more sustainably, or a combination of these, Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) helps you get there. Comprehensive and detailed, it covers everything you need to know to plan, purchase, plant, raise, harvest, preserve, and enjoy your own backyard farm. Written by someone who has done exactly that, this helpful guide is packed with information, illustrations, instructions, advice, and resources. In it, you get:
- Down-to-earth advice on acquiring land or using the space you have, plus considerations such as water access and zoning restrictions.
- A useful primer on garden planning, including edible landscaping and container, raised bed, and vertical gardening.
- Key information on the tools and knowledge you need to prepare your soil and plant, nurture, and protect your garden.
- Tips on maximizing your harvest through crop rotation and succession and extending the growing season.
- Details on cultivating dozens of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and other popular crops.
- Startup instructions on buying and raising chickens and other poultry for eggs or meat; goats and sheep for milk, meat, or fiber; and rabbits for fiber or meat.
- The essentials of animal care, including housing, signs and prevention of illness, breeding, milking, and shearing.
- A year-round guide to beekeeping, with tips for acquiring a hive, keeping healthy bees, and harvesting the honey.
- Comprehensive coverage of home preserving techniques for every type of food you grow or raise.