The Independent Farmstead: Growing Soil, Biodiversity, and Nutrient-Dense Food with Grassfed Animals and Intensive Pasture Management

The Independent Farmstead: Growing Soil, Biodiversity, and Nutrient-Dense Food with Grassfed Animals and Intensive Pasture Management Author Beth Dougherty
ISBN-10 1603586229
ISBN-13 9781603586221
Year 2016-09-07
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing
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With in depth information on electric fencing watering and husbandry for ruminants poultry and pigs plus butchering dairying and more If we work hard we sleep well Twenty years ago when authors Shawn and Beth Dougherty purchased the land they would come to name the Sows Ear the state of Ohio designated it not suitable for agriculture Today their family raises and grows 90 of their own food Such self sufficiency is largely the result of basing their farming practices around intensive pasture management Pioneered by such luminaries as Allan Savory Greg Judy and Joel Salatin the tenets of holistic grazingemployed mostly by larger scale commercial operationshave been adapted by the Doughertys to fit their familys needs In The Independent Farmstead The Sows Ear model for regenerating the land and growing foodthe best you ever tastedis elucidated for others to use and build upon In witty and welcoming style The Independent Farmstead covers everything from choosing a species of ruminant and incorporating it into a grass based system to innovative electric fencing and watering systems to what to do with all of the milk meat and yes manure that the self sustaining farm produces Within these pages the Doughertys discuss how to Find and improve poor waste or abused land and develop its natural water resources Select and purchase the appropriate ruminant for regenerating your farmstead Apply fencing strategies and pasture management basics Implement basic uncomplicated food processing including large and small animal butchering and cheese making and Integrate grass gardens and livestock to minimize or eliminate the need for off farm inputs As the Doughertys write more and more people today are feeling the desire for clean affordable food unmodified unprocessed and unmedicated and the security of local food sourcing for ourselves and our children The Independent Farmstead is a must have resource for those who count themselves as part of this movement both new and prospective farmers and homesteaders and those who are interested in switching to grass based systems Best of all its the kind of rare how to book that the authors themselves view not as a compendium of one size fits all instructions but as the beginning of a conversation one that is utterly informative sincere and inspiring

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