Mini Farming Self Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre - Brett L Markham
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Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre
A concept destined to appeal to that intrepid individual whose independent nature finds the idea of abandoning the grocery store alluring. (Carol Haggas - Booklist )
A helpful addition, alongside Bartholomew and Jeavons, for the serious DIY gardener. (Margaret Heller - Library Journal )
Start a mini farm on a quarter acre or less, provide 85 percent of the food for a family of four and earn an income.
Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more. Because self-sufﬁciency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.
This reminded me of something funny. Writing on Sept 29th (2011), find the current issue of New Statesman mag (it is British.) On the inside back they always show an historical photo. The one for the current week shows a former candidate in Britain standing in front of a campaign sign that says "Bring Back Winstanley." It made me laugh out loud reading in the library here since I've seeded the film Winstanley for a long time. I have since pulled it down but can put it up again if there is interest.
Sep 29 2011, 20:19 CEST
FAO loninappleton - I am currently stuck with only a satellite link so can not download for another 10-14 days. I would much appreciate it though if after that time you could upload "Winstanley". Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Nov 06 2011, 01:18 CET
Bear in mind this is historical and more about reclaiming land. It was shot on a minimum budget by (if memory serves) the same guy who did "It Can't Happen Here" which is an alternate history where Nazi's won the Second World War.
I'll look around for it on disk or on cd and will make the effort to post it again.
Nov 06 2011, 02:21 CET
When I saw your post I read a movie review on it and liked the look of it. I quite like the whole Glorious Revolution period although I must confess I am not familiar with Gerrard Winstanley or his legacy. Apologies that I will not be in a position to download for another two week or so.
Nov 06 2011, 03:24 CET
Here is a summary.
Based on the novel: Comrade Jacob / by David Caute.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1975.
Includes the documentary featurette: It happened here again / director, Eric Mival ; producer, Patrick W. Lui ; commentator, John Rowe.
Summary April 1, 1649. St. George's Hill, Surrey, England. A reformation-era religious sect called the Diggers sets out to form a commune and till the soil on "common land," which by law permits grazing-- but not settlement and cultivation. Led by Gerard Winstanley, theirs is a nonviolent action to reclaim land for the poor who have been dispossessed by Oliver Cromwell's recent Civil War. But the local villagers see the Diggers as a threat to their livelihood and, led by the Presbyterian parson, John Platt, take violent action to harass and burn them out.
Nov 06 2011, 03:31 CET
One other thing: I also torrent "La Commune, Paris 1871" by Peter Watkins. This I've had going for years. I'm not going to go through what is complicated to explain since the technique is one of kind.
Here's the link. There's notes. It's always on:
Interestingly, this one has picked up some hits since the Occupy movement started.
Nov 06 2011, 03:40 CET
Thanks - Much appreciated
Nov 06 2011, 17:18 CET
Help to support OBT on the donations. I'll have to redo the Winstanley but that that's not the reason to chip in. OBT is self sustaining and I am in no way associated with its operation.
Nov 06 2011, 18:01 CET