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Compact farms : 15 proven plans for market farms on 5 acres or less / Josh Volk ; foreword by Michael Ableman.

By: Volk, Josh.
Contributor(s): Ableman, Michael [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: North Adams, Massachusetts : Storey Publishing, [2017]Description: xi, 226 pages : colour illustrations ; 26 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781612125947; 1612125948.Subject(s): Farms, Small | AgricultureDDC classification: 338.1/6 Summary: Josh Volk, the proprietor of Slow Hand Farm with 20 years experience of managing small farms in the United States presents detailed farm layouts for productivity and efficiency for small farms on 5 acres or less.Summary: When it comes to farming, it turns out that small isn't only beautiful - small is also sustainable, manageable, and productive. Come along on a tour of 15 successful farms, from urban rooftops to rural retreats, all flourishing on five acres of land or less. Learn from veteran farmers like Eliot Coleman and a new generation of growers like Jean-Marting Fortier how small-scale farms can be profitable, fulfilling, and vital to their communities; then set your dreams on the right track with tips and resources for planning your own compact farm.--COVER.
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Small is beautiful, and these 15 real farm plans show that small-scale farmers can have big-time success. Compact Farms is an illustrated guide for anyone dreaming of starting, expanding, or perfecting a profitable farming enterprise on five acres or less. The farm plans explain how to harness an area's water supply, orientation, and geography in order to maximize efficiency and productivity while minimizing effort. Profiles of well-known farmers such as Eliot Coleman and Jean-Martin Fortier show that farming on a small scale in any region, in both urban and rural settings, can provide enough income to turn the endeavor from hobby to career. These real-life plans and down-and-dirty advice will equip you with everything you need to actually realize your farm dreams.

"Detailed farm layouts for productivity and efficiency"--Cover.

Includes bibliographical references (pasges 222-223) and index.

Josh Volk, the proprietor of Slow Hand Farm with 20 years experience of managing small farms in the United States presents detailed farm layouts for productivity and efficiency for small farms on 5 acres or less.

When it comes to farming, it turns out that small isn't only beautiful - small is also sustainable, manageable, and productive. Come along on a tour of 15 successful farms, from urban rooftops to rural retreats, all flourishing on five acres of land or less. Learn from veteran farmers like Eliot Coleman and a new generation of growers like Jean-Marting Fortier how small-scale farms can be profitable, fulfilling, and vital to their communities; then set your dreams on the right track with tips and resources for planning your own compact farm.--COVER.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. ix)
  • Preface (p. x)
  • Part 1 Why Farm Small? (p. 1)
  • Compact Values and Strategies (p. 3)
  • Sustainability as a Core Goal (p. 7)
  • Part 2 Farm Profiles (p. 13)
  • Slow Hand Farm (p. 18)
  • Four Season Farm (p. 34)
  • Cook's Garden (p. 48)
  • Harvest Moon Flower Farm (p. 62)
  • Peregrine Farm (p. 76)
  • Liberty Gardens (p. 88)
  • Kealaola Farm (p. 98)
  • Les Jardins de la Grelinette (p. 108)
  • Groundswell Farm (p. 120)
  • Mellowfields Urban Farm (p. 132)
  • Full Plate Farm (p. 142)
  • Flywheel Farm (p. 152)
  • Leap Frog Farm (p. 162)
  • Cully Neighborhood Farm (p. 172)
  • Brooklyn Grange (p. 182)
  • Part 3 Nuts and Bolts (p. 193)
  • Planning and Designing Your Own (p. 194)
  • Making It Work Financially (p. 213)
  • Epilogue: Small Plans for the Future (p. 221)
  • Learning More (p. 222)
  • Index (p. 224)

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Library Journal Review

Taking his theory and practice from John Jeavons's biointensive How To Grow More Vegetables, the author covers the motivation, personal philosophy, and everyday experiences that led him and 14 other subjects to work the land. Almost all of the geographically diverse representatives were farmhands before being farmers. A few of the stories date from the 1960s and 1980s; over half of the farms were started in the past ten years, much higher than the census of agriculture's 18 percent. While the title says "5 acres," time commitments, personnel, and resources mean most fall into the "or less." Maps of the farms' physical layout and charts of "harvest windows" complement photos that are both informative and personal. A section on tools and infrastructure gives farmers an opportunity to address their particular challenges of planting, harvesting, and delivery with ingeniously devised methods and tools. The final chapter, "Nuts and Bolts," presents the hard facts of what makes a financially successful operation in an increasingly competitive market. Janet Hurst's The Farm to Market Handbook spends little time on farming methods, but uses her farmers' stories as business textbook examples of marketing applications. VERDICT Neither for hobbyist nor homesteader, this title's examples and solid advice are nugget-sized for the farmhand thinking of starting a small-scale, sustainable farm.--Jeanette McVeigh, Univ. of the Sciences, Philadelphia © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.