Home :: Overstock and Clearance :: Books :: Farming and Sustainability

Farming and Sustainability


Back to Basics
SKU: SKU5389
Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills—the kind employed by our forefathers—and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast-food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead.

More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers—even if you live in a city apartment, you will find your imagination sparked, and there’s no reason why you can’t, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.
Market price: $19.95 save 35%
Add to wish list
Greenhorns- The Next Generation of American Farmers
SKU: SKU5383
Meet America's new farmers. Resourceful and hard-working, "greenhorns" are passionate about improving the food we eat through sustainable and humane farming practices. Their inspirational stories speak to the challenges and rewards of earning a living off the land, embracing risks, and feeding local communities―all while maintaining a profound respect for the Earth.

In this new book―a companion to the documentary film The Greenhorns―editors and movement leaders Zoe Ida Bradbury, Severine von Tscharner Fleming, and Paula Manalo have assembled a wide range of stories that instruct as they inspire. With topics including financing, family, logistics, machinery, community building, and social change,

Greenhorns helps young and aspiring farmers navigate career paths, build skills, connect with each other while growing self-sufficient enterprises with conviction, vision, and respect for the earth. Filled with advice, anecdotes, and stories of life lessons learned, Greenhorns is a must-read not only for new farmers, but also for self-reliance enthusiasts and anyone interested in organic, locally grown food.
Market price: $13.95 save 36%
Add to wish list
Hobby Farm
SKU: 21Y
This beautiful book offers an intimate look at life on a hobby farm. From finding a farm to creating a business, to choosing what to plant to canning fruits, Hobby Farm will teach readers how to reap the benefits of rustic life with sound guidance.
Carol Ekarius has taken her 20-plus years of farming expertise and compiled an essential guide for anyone yearning to move to a hobby farm. From the early stages of planning to the day-to-day life on a farm, whatever questions you might have, chances are Carol has thought of them and answered them in Hobby Farm." --Karen Keb Acevedo, Editor of Hobby Farms magazine
Market price: $24.95 save 52%
Add to wish list
How to Build a Fence
SKU: SKU5387
Whether you want to protect your garden, provide a safe enclosure for pets, or add privacy, this Storey BASICS® guide covers you everything you need to know to build the perfect fence. Offering clear step-by-step instructions, Jeff Beneke shows you how to construct a variety of fences from wood, vinyl, and chain link. With designs that are easily adaptable to all types of yards, you’ll soon be putting up a functional and beautiful fence that works with your landscape.
Market price: $9.95 save 40%
Add to wish list
Keeping Livestock Healthy
SKU: 25K
25K Keeping Livestock Healthy
A classic book for livestock owners that includes information on technology and treatment of disease. Subjects covered include prevention and early detection, vaccinations, artificial insemination, ultrasonography, disease testing and drug treatments. Written in easy-to-read language. Reflects the latest progress in management of animal health. Softbound, 344 pages.
Market price: $19.95 save 50%
Add to wish list
Making Hay
SKU: SKU5382
From cutting, drying, and raking to baling and storing, this Storey BASICS® guide covers all you need to know to successfully make your own hay. Ann Larkin Hansen offers expert advice on everything from scythes to disc mowers, and details the pros and cons of using horse power or tractors. You’ll learn how to choose the right species for your soil, judge hay quality to buy or sell, and determine how many bales your animals need to stay happy, healthy, and energetic.
Market price: $9.95 save 40%
Add to wish list
One Woman Farm
SKU: SKU5394
In this inspiring memoir, Jenna Woginrich reflects on the joys, sorrows, trials, and blessings discovered through a year of homesteading. With eloquent prose, delightful illustrations, and inspiring snippets of poetry, Woginrich revels in the unique charms of each season on the land. Full of poignant observations and fascinating tidbits of farming lore, this book is a heartfelt testament to the deep fulfillment one can find in the practical tasks and timeless rituals of an agricultural life.
Market price: $14.95 save 54%
Add to wish list
Spinning, Dyeing, and Weaving
SKU: SKU5386
Whether it’s moving to the country and starting over on a whim or just making city- living a little simpler and easier, the “Green” movement is changing the way we live our day- to-day lives. Skyhorse's Self-Sufficiency handbooks are meant to help—offering advice on what to do, how to do it better, and how to save money as well. This is a beautifully illustrated series made even more beautiful, because its goal is to help everyone live in a more earth-friendly fashion.

Weaving your own textiles is a rewarding activity—with the added benefit of knowing that the entire process can be done by hand, with little outside energy. This handbook looks at where different fibers come from, how to grow and harvest them, and how to prepare them for spinning. The principles of spinning are also included, as well as information on how to dye your fibers with natural dyestuff. Also included are numerous simple projects for decorating your home.
Market price: $12.95 save 39%
Add to wish list
The Big Book of Preserving The Harvest
SKU: 25S-9
by Carol W. Costenbadernstenbader
Learn how to preserve with this classic primer on drying, freezing, canning and pickling techniques with recipes. Even the busiest folks can create a well-stocked pantry of fruits, vegetables, flavored vinegars, pickles, chutneys and seasonings. Step-by-step illustrated instructions, informative charts, and a host of delicious recipes make this an indispensable kitchen reference for cooks at all levels. Softbound, 352 pages
Market price: $18.95 save 53%
Add to wish list
The Farmstead Creamery Advisor
SKU: SKU5381
There has never been a better time to be making and selling great cheese. People worldwide are consuming more high-quality, handmade cheese than ever before.

The number of artisan cheesemakers has doubled in recent years, and many of the industry’s newcomers are “farmstead” producers— those who work only with the milk of their own animals. Today, the people who choose to become farmer-cheesemakers need access to the knowledge of established cheese artisans who can help them build their dream.

In The Farmstead Creamery Advisor–retitled and reissued in 2014 as The Small-Scale Chees Business*–respected cheesemaker, instructor, and speaker Gianaclis Caldwell walks would-be producers through the many, and often confusing, steps and decisions they will face when considering a career in this burgeoning cottage industry.

This book fills the gap that exists between the pasture and the cheese plate. It takes readers far beyond issues of caring for livestock and basic cheesemaking, explaining business issues such as:

Analyzing your suitability for the career
Designing and building the cheese facility
Sizing up the market
Negotiating day-to-day obstacles
Ensuring maximum safety and efficiency
Drawing from her own and other cheesemakers’ experiences, Caldwell brings to life the story of creating a successful cheesemaking business in a practical, organized manner. This book is an essential read for anyone interested in becoming a licensed artisan cheesemaker, The Farmstead Creamery Advisor appeals to the many small- and hobby-farm owners who already have milking animals and who wish to improve their home-dairy practices and facilities.
Market price: $19.95 save 50%
Add to wish list
The Joy of Keeping Farm Animals
SKU: SKU5167
When the going gets rough, the rough . . . start raising their own food. In the first full-color guide of its kind, author and small farm owner Laura Childs reveals exactly what it takes to start raising your own animals, including chickens, geese, goats, sheep, pigs, and cows. Childs discusses what you can expect to harvest from your animals—from eggs to milk to meat to wool—based on her own real-life experiences. Whether you want to raise a few chickens for eggs alone, try your hand at a few goats with the aim to make your own cheese, or are looking to sustain your family and make some extra money from raising and selling beef, this is the book for you.

Childs offers general information for each breed and animal, from how to get started to what to feed and where to house the animals. This invaluable guide is the perfect first book for anyone interested in starting a backyard barnyard or a small farm—or simply dreaming about the idea.
Market price: $14.95 save 53%
Add to wish list
Gift certificates