This book introduces anyone owning (or planning to own) a small farm to both the harsh realities and real potential involved in making a full or part time living on the land. Karl Schwenke's clear-eyed approach to the best farming methods covers a wide range of proven techniques and practical advice, including:
-How to improve, conserve, and enrich your soil organically, to ensure the highest (and healthiest) yields.
-What machinery you'll need and how to use it.
-The best "cash crops" and specialty crops to grow for profit and how to raise them.
-How to use innovative strategies to find or create a market "niche" for your farm's crops or services
-A concise overview of essential farmstead skills, such as haying, fencing, and managing a woodlot. Numerous charts and tables that put useful calculations at your fingertips.