Successful Smallholding - Planning, Starting and Managing Your Enterprise
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Downshifting has become synonymous with selling up, starting a smallholding and escaping the rat race. Some people are lucky enough to purchase a property large enough to ensure that the whole family is self-sufficient, but for most only enough land will be available to make smallholding a hobby. Accordingly, this book caters for those with a small amount of land and for the lucky minority with a much larger acreage. Many of the books currently available mention only the pleasures of owning a smallholding, this volume adopts a pragmatic approach and discusses the many pitfalls.
Topics covered: Examines the essential characteristics of a smallholding with reference to location, size, water sources, safety and security, tools and machinery Discusses the all-year-round vegetable patch, and how to create an orchard and grow fruit Considers practical poultry keeping and beekeeping Analyses what is involved in keeping cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, horses, donkeys, rabbits and alpacas Includes a chapter on barns, buildings, walls, fencing and grassland management Presents ideas and information on recycling, composting, rainwater storage, and the natural harvest of the hedgerow, fields and woods.RRP: £19.95