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Vertical Farming (Hardcover): Hazelle S. Cabugao Vertical Farming (Hardcover)
Hazelle S. Cabugao
R3,784 R3,240 Discovery Miles 32 400 Save R544 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Vertical farming or high-rise farming is a proposed indoor, urban farming technology involving large-scale agricultural production in multi-story buildings. It is an intensive farming strategy which mainly employs advanced techniques such as hydroponics and aeroponics to produce crops like fruits, vegetables and edible mushrooms continuously. Unlike traditional farming in non-tropical areas, indoor farming can produce crops year-round. All-season farming multiplies the productivity of the farmed surface by a factor of 4 to 6 depending on the crop. With some crops, such as strawberries, the factor may be as high as 30. Furthermore, as the crops would be sold in the same infrastructures in which they are grown, they will not need to be transported between production and sale, resulting in less spoilage, infestation, and energy required than conventional farming encounters. Crops grown in traditional outdoor farming suffer from the often suboptimal, and sometimes extreme, nature of geological and meteorological events such as undesirable temperatures or rainfall amounts, monsoons, hailstorms, tornadoes, flooding, wildfires, and severe droughts. The protection of crops from weather is increasingly important as global climate change occurs. Because vertical plant farming provides a controlled environment, the productivity of vertical farms would be mostly independent of weather and protected from extreme weather events. Although the controlled environment of vertical farming negates most of these factors, earthquakes and tornadoes still pose threats to the proposed infrastructure, although this again depends on the location of the vertical farms. With high-rise farming, a relatively large area of land will be converted into a facility on which a multi-story building will be constructed. It will be located in the urban center. Important food crops will be grown in this building on soil-less media, employing mainly the techniques in hydroponics. It is estimated that by the year 2050, close to 80% of the world's population will live in urban areas and the total population of the world will increase by 3 billion people. A very large amount of land may be required depending on the change in yield per hectare. Scientists are concerned that this large amount of required farmland will not be available and that severe damage to the earth will be caused by the added farmland.

Animal Genetic Resources - An International Journal No. 53, 2013 (Paperback): Food and Agriculture Organization of the United... Animal Genetic Resources - An International Journal No. 53, 2013 (Paperback)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
R1,105 R922 Discovery Miles 9 220 Save R183 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This 53rd volume includes a special issue on adding value to livestock breeds. The idea for this was born during the session "Strategies to add value to local breeds" at the 61st Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science held in August 2010, in Crete, Greece. Nine papers are presented here.

Living off the Land - My Cornish Smallholding Dream (Paperback): Lorraine Turnbull Living off the Land - My Cornish Smallholding Dream (Paperback)
Lorraine Turnbull
R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
African Smallholders - Food Crops, Markets and Policy (Hardcover): Hans Holmen African Smallholders - Food Crops, Markets and Policy (Hardcover)
Hans Holmen; Edited by Goeran Djurfeldt; Contributions by Magnus Jirstrom; Edited by Ernest Aryeetey; Contributions by Agnes Andersson; Edited by …
R2,528 Discovery Miles 25 280 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Poverty in sub-Saharan Africa is predominantly a rural and agricultural phenomenon. The large majority of all poor are farmers and herders, therefore as long as the poor remain smallholders, alleviation of poverty remains an agricultural task. African Smallholders documents the farm-level effects of agricultural policies, focusing on a variety of themes including micro-credit, infrastructure, cash crop production and food security. To deepen our understanding of agricultural development it discusses staple food production in sub-Saharan Africa and its response to changing geo-political, macro-economic and agricultural policy. It is a useful resource for all those researching or involved with food security, agricultural and rural development in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Smallholder Pocket Guides - No2 - Home-Grown Fruit - The All Year Care Of Garden Trees And Bushes (Paperback): Home Farm... The Smallholder Pocket Guides - No2 - Home-Grown Fruit - The All Year Care Of Garden Trees And Bushes (Paperback)
Home Farm Books
R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Winter Egg Production - In Garden and Holding - Housing Improvements, Feeding, Routine & General Care - The Smallholder Pocket... Winter Egg Production - In Garden and Holding - Housing Improvements, Feeding, Routine & General Care - The Smallholder Pocket Guides - No. 3 (Paperback)
Home Farm Books
R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Farming Made Easy (Paperback): J C Newsham Farming Made Easy (Paperback)
J C Newsham
R424 Discovery Miles 4 240 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Smallholder's Pocket Guide (Paperback): S. A. Maycock The Smallholder's Pocket Guide (Paperback)
S. A. Maycock
R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Gardener-Smallholder for Profit (Paperback): Anon The Gardener-Smallholder for Profit (Paperback)
Anon
R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Practical Hints for the Holding - With 240 Illustrations - A Collection of Prize Paragraphs from "The Smallholder" (Paperback):... Practical Hints for the Holding - With 240 Illustrations - A Collection of Prize Paragraphs from "The Smallholder" (Paperback)
Anon
R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Allotment Book - How To Make The Most Of Your Land (Paperback): Walter Brett The Allotment Book - How To Make The Most Of Your Land (Paperback)
Walter Brett
R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Pigs - How to Make Them Pay - In the Sty or on the Open-Air System - A Handbook for the Pig-Breeder, Smallholder, and Cottager... Pigs - How to Make Them Pay - In the Sty or on the Open-Air System - A Handbook for the Pig-Breeder, Smallholder, and Cottager (Paperback)
Home Farm Books
R420 Discovery Miles 4 200 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Self-Sufficiency Handbook - Your Complete Guide to a Self-Sufficient Home, Garden, and Kitchen (Paperback): Alan... The Self-Sufficiency Handbook - Your Complete Guide to a Self-Sufficient Home, Garden, and Kitchen (Paperback)
Alan Bridgewater, Gill Bridgewater
R411 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R109 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Worried about ever-rising fuel bills and longing for the day when you can be off-grid and independent? Anxious about the quality of the food you eat and planning to go organic? Yearning to get back to the way it was but don't know where to start? This book will show you how to achieve the eco-friendly good life. The authors cover the ecological gamut from geothermal heating to crop rotation to soap making. They answer important questions like how much land is really needed to be self-sufficient, whether or not to depend entirely on natural forms of energy, and which farm animals will best meet your needs. There’s practical information here on building an insulated flue pipe chimney, identifying edible wild plants, and composting with worms―as well as recipes for jams, rhubarb wine, cheeses, and more. Packed with full-color photographs, helpful illustrations, and diagrams, Self-Sufficiency Handbook will appeal to urban dwellers who want to adopt certain aspects of greener living and to serious adherents of back-to-basics living.

- Inside Self-Sufficiency Handbook

- Inspirational yet practical introduction to a greener way of living.

- Essential reading for anyone considering a shift to a more self-sufficient lifestyle, no matter how small the change.

- Emphasis is on the positive aspects of self-sufficiency, such as cutting living costs and eating well.

- Covers everything from fitting a wind turbine to making honey from your own beehives.

- Step-by-step instructions on keeping animals, growing organic food, and preserving your own produce.

- Guidelines for creating a self-sufficient home and eco-friendly home improvements.

Poultry Production - The Practice and Science of Chickens (Paperback, 9th Revised and Updated ed.): Leslie E. Card Poultry Production - The Practice and Science of Chickens (Paperback, 9th Revised and Updated ed.)
Leslie E. Card; Cover design or artwork by Robert Plamondon
R934 Discovery Miles 9 340 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Biochar Systems for Smallholders in Developing Countries - Leveraging Current Knowledge and Exploring Future Potential for... Biochar Systems for Smallholders in Developing Countries - Leveraging Current Knowledge and Exploring Future Potential for Climate-Smart Agriculture (Paperback)
Sebastian Scholz, Thomas Sembres, Kelli Roberts, Thea Whitman, Kelpie Wilson, …
R695 Discovery Miles 6 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Biochar is the carbon-rich organic matter that remains after heating biomass under minimization of oxygen during a process called pyrolysis. Its relevance to deforestation, agricultural resilience, and energy production, particularly in developing countries, makes it an important issue. This report offers a review of what is known about opportunities and risks of biochar systems. Its aim is to provide a state of the art overview of current knowledge regarding biochar science. In that sense the report also offers a reconciling view on different scientific opinions about biochar providing an overall account that shows the various perspectives of its science and application. This includes soil and agricultural impacts of biochar, climate change impacts, social impacts, and competing uses of biomass. The report aims to contextualize the current scientific knowledge in order to put it at use to address the development- climate change nexus, including social and environmental sustainability. The report is organized as follows: chapter one offers some introductory comments and notes the increasing interest in biochar both from a scientific as well as from a practitioner's point of view; chapter two gives further background on biochar, describing its characteristics and outlining the way in which biochar systems function. Chapter three then considers the opportunities and risks of biochar systems, chapter four presents a typology of biochar systems emerging in practice, particularly in the developing world. New, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14040-based life-cycle assessments of the net climate change impact and the net economic profitability of three biochar systems with data collected from relatively advanced biochar projects were conducted for this report and are presented in chapter five, providing a novel understanding of the full life-cycle impacts of these known biochar systems. Chapter six investigates various aspects of technology adoption, including barriers to implementing promising systems, focusing on economics, carbon market access, and sociocultural barriers. Finally, the status of knowledge regarding biochar systems is interpreted in chapter seven to determine potential implications for future involvement in biochar research, policy, and project formulation.

Pest Control for the Smallholder (Hardcover): David Bezzant Pest Control for the Smallholder (Hardcover)
David Bezzant 1
R404 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R38 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Among the many challenges facing the contemporary smallholder who keeps livestock and grows his own food, is how to deal with the various pests that are capable of decimating crops, degrading pasture, stealing produce, contaminating animal feed and killing valuable livestock. This book provides the smallholder with the knowledge and the information about the skills to meet this challenge in an effective and humane way.

Working the Land - The Stories of Ranch and Farm Women in the Modern American West (Hardcover): Sandra K. Schackel Working the Land - The Stories of Ranch and Farm Women in the Modern American West (Hardcover)
Sandra K. Schackel
R704 R664 Discovery Miles 6 640 Save R40 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Helen Tiegs didn't take to driving a tractor when she became a farmer's wife, but after fifty years she considers herself the hub of the family operation. Lila Hill taught piano, then ultimately took a job off the farm to augment the family income during a period of rising costs. From Montana's cattle pastures to New Mexico's sagebrush mesas, women on today's ranches and farms have played a crucial role in a way of life that is slowly disappearing from the western landscape.
Recalling her own family-farm ties, Sandra Schackel set out to learn how these women's lives have changed over the second half of the twentieth century. In Working the Land, she collects oral histories from more than forty women-in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, and Texas-recalling their experiences as ranchers and farmers in a modernizing West.
Through this diverse group of women-white and Hispanic, rich and poor, ranging in age from 24 to 83-we gain a new perspective on their ties to the land. Although western ranch and farm women have often been portrayed as secondary figures who devoted themselves to housekeeping in support of their husbands' labors, Schackel's interviews reveal that these women have had a much more active role in defining what we know as the modern American West.
As Schackel listened to their stories, she found several currents running through their recollections, such as the satisfaction found in living the rural lifestyle and the flexibility of gender roles. She also learned how resourceful women developed new ways to make their farms work-by including tourism, summer camps, and bed-and-breakfast operations-and how many have become activists for land-based issues. And while some like Lila made the difficult decision to work off the farm, such sacrifices have enabled families to hold onto their beloved land.
Rich with memory and insight into what makes America's family farms and ranches tick, Working the Land provides a deeper understanding of the West's development over the last fifty years along with new perspectives on shifting attitudes toward women in the workforce. It is both a long-overdue documentation of the lives of hard-working farm women and a celebration of their contributions to a truly American way of life.

The Quarter-Acre Farm - How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year (Paperback): Jesse Pruet, Spring... The Quarter-Acre Farm - How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year (Paperback)
Jesse Pruet, Spring Warren
R476 R423 Discovery Miles 4 230 Save R53 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When Spring Warren told her husband and two teenage boys that she wanted to grow 75 percent of all the food they consumed for one year,and that she wanted to do it in their yard,they told her she was crazy.She did it anyway. The Quarter-Acre Farm is Warren's account of deciding,despite all resistance,to take control of her family's food choices, get her hands dirty, and create a garden in her suburban yard. It's a story of bugs, worms, rot, and failure of learning, replanting, harvesting, and eating. The road is long and riddled with mistakes, but by the end of her yearlong experiment, Warren's sons and husband have become her biggest fans,in fact, they're even eager to help harvest (and eat) the beautiful bounty she brings in. Full of tips and recipes to help anyone interested in growing and preparing at least a small part of their diet at home, The Quarter-Acre Farm is a warm, witty tale about family, food, and the incredible gratification that accompanies self-sufficiency.

Jatropha - A Smallholder Bioenergy Crop. The Potential for Pro-Poor Development (Paperback, 2010): Richard Brittaine, NeBambi... Jatropha - A Smallholder Bioenergy Crop. The Potential for Pro-Poor Development (Paperback, 2010)
Richard Brittaine, NeBambi Lutaladio
R861 R720 Discovery Miles 7 200 Save R141 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Jatropa is an underutilized, oil-bearing crop. It produces a seed that can be processed into non-polluting biodiesel, and grows under drought condition. This publication presents a compilation of information on key practical issues affecting jatropha for pro-poor development, based on the knowledge available from research reports and ongoing unpublished research material. This document provides a brief overview of biofuels, their growth drivers and their potential impacts on poor societies. The information is provided to increase knowledge of jatropha throughout subtropical and tropical areas. It will also contribute to strengthening policies and strategies that recognize the potential of jatropha with regard to pro-poor development, sustainable rural income and improved livelihoods in developing countries. This publication will interest a wide range of readers including government and institutional policy- and decision-makers, international and multilateral development organizations, donors, NGOs, the private sector and foundations as well as researchers, advisors, teachers and professionals in agriculture.

Adding Values to Livestock Diversity - Marketing to Promote Local Breeds and Improve Livelihoods (Paperback): Evelyn Mathias,... Adding Values to Livestock Diversity - Marketing to Promote Local Breeds and Improve Livelihoods (Paperback)
Evelyn Mathias, Paul Mundy
R864 R723 Discovery Miles 7 230 Save R141 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Many local livestock breeds and minor species are in decline and may be lost because they cannot compete with high-yielding exotic breeds. Conserving these breeds is important: many have unique traits, such as hardiness and disease resistance, that are vital for future livestock production. One way to help ensure their survival may be to sell products from these breeds to high-value, specialist markets. The Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources acknowledges the importance of market access to the sustainable use of livestock diversity and calls for development of markets for products derived from local species and breeds, and for strengthening processes that add value to their products. This publication describes eight examples of marketing of livestock products (wool, cashmere, milk, meat and hides) from local breeds of Bactrian camels, dromedaries, goats and sheep in seven countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It shows how they have kept local breeds in use, while enabling the small-scale livestock keepers and pastoralists who raise them to improve their livelihoods.

Bean Blossom Dreams, With a New Afterword - A City Family's Search for a Simple Country Life (Paperback, With a New... Bean Blossom Dreams, With a New Afterword - A City Family's Search for a Simple Country Life (Paperback, With a New Afterword)
Sallyann J. Murphey
R456 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R71 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Sallyann J. Murphey and her husband did what a lot of us have dreamt of but never quite built up the courage to do. In 1990, Murphey, who was a successful BBC producer, and her husband, Greg, a commercial photographer, left their high stress, hectic life in Chicago and moved to a dilapidated 40-plus-acre farm in Brown County, Indiana, hoping to raise their daughter in a more natural and less stressful environment. In Bean Blossom Dreams, Murphey warmly and humorously details life on the family's farm. Though Brown County might not offer the idyllic country life they were expecting, Sallyann and Greg have realized through trial and error, laughter and tears, that they made the right decision to relocate. A delightful fish-out-of-water story

Farm DIY - 20 Useful and Fun Projects for Your Farm or Homestead (Paperback): Samantha Johnson, Daniel Johnson Farm DIY - 20 Useful and Fun Projects for Your Farm or Homestead (Paperback)
Samantha Johnson, Daniel Johnson
R412 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R109 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Roll Up Your Sleeves and Build a Better Farm! Loaded with complete plans and easy-to-follow construction tips, this book offers a creative mix of both practical and decorative projects for working and hobby farms. Veteran family farmers and 4-H alumni Samantha and Daniel Johnson present 20 essential projects for aspiring homesteaders. From log jacks, rabbit hutches, and milking stands to a weather vane and a barn quilt, clear step-by-step color photographs guide the reader through each hands-on project. An introduction to the DIY mindset explains the positive benefits and satisfaction of building things yourself, and provides an overview of the basic tools and skills needed to complete each task. Farm DIY also includes a background discussion of farming today, and instructions for building an effective farmer's market display stand for selling your products. Inside Farm DIY - 20 step-by-step, do-it-yourself projects for creating the farm of your dreams. - Build practical items like fences, gates, bee houses, log jacks, rabbit hutches and milking stools. - Make fun items like a weather vane, a barn quilt and a goat see-saw. - Create an attractive display stand for selling your products at farmer's markets. - Easy-to-complete projects all feature inexpensive materials and basic techniques.

Food Confidential - The Corporate Takeover of Food Security and the Family Farm-and What to Do About It (Paperback): Nicole... Food Confidential - The Corporate Takeover of Food Security and the Family Farm-and What to Do About It (Paperback)
Nicole Faires
R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Out of stock

When author and homesteader Nicole Faires decided to retrofit an old school bus and tour America's small farms with her husband and two small children, she expected to learn a lot, be inspired, and have some fun. But what she found disturbed her. Mismanaged small farms; clueless urbanites setting up shop to "get back to the land"; a mindless devotion to organic farming; and, ultimately, the discovery of just how dependent we are on corporations for our food. She began to understand how dangerous and fragile our food system really is. Climate change. Farmers retiring or going out of business. Corporations controlling our food distribution system while being protected from the consequences when they endanger our health. Skyrocketing food prices. Outsourced food production. With this admittedly bleak assessment of the current state of affairs, Nicole and her family decided to abandon the bus trip and instead start a farm. "I couldn't tell people the solutions to our food crisis while I was traipsing around America taking photos. I had to live it," Nicole says. And so the seeds for Food Confidential were sown. Our basic right to healthy food is at risk. What can we do? Written in an astute, engaging style, armed with examples from her own homesteading lifestyle, small farmer Nicole Faires's Food Confidential gives you the tools to fight the intangible battles, as well as the practical ones.

Cold Antler Farm (Paperback): Jenna Woginrich Cold Antler Farm (Paperback)
Jenna Woginrich
R440 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R76 (17%) Out of stock

"Farm City" meets "The Omnivore's Dilemma" in "Cold Antler Farm," a collection of essays on raising food on a small homestead, while honoring the natural cycle of the "lost" holidays of the agricultural calendar.
Author Jenna Woginrich is mistress of her one-woman farm and is well known for her essays on the mud and mess, the beautiful and tragic, the grime and passion that accompany homesteading. In "Cold Antler Farm," her fifth book, she draws our attention to the flow and cycle not of the calendar year, but of the ancient agricultural year: holidays, celebrations, seasonal touchstones, and astronomical events that mark sacred turning points in the seasons.
Amidst the "lost" holidays of the equinoxes, May Day, Hallowmas, and Yule, we learn the life stories of her beloved animals and crops--chicken, pig, lamb, apples, basil, tomatoes. May apple blossoms are sweet fruit for rambunctious sheep in June. And come September, the harvest draws together neighbors for cider making under the waning summer sun. The living beings she is tending fuel one another--and the community--day to day, season by season.
By examining what eating seasonally really means, the "ancient" reclaimed calendar becomes a source of wisdom. How do we set down roots and break new ground in spring? How to best nourish body and soul in the heat of deep summer? And what can we learn by simply paying more attention to weather patterns than to our social network feeds? "Cold Antler Farm" encourages us to eat and live well with respect to for the natural rhythm of the seasons. In turn we learn what it means to be truly connected, not super-networked.

The Sty's the Limit - When Middle Age Gets Mucky (Hardcover): Simon Dawson The Sty's the Limit - When Middle Age Gets Mucky (Hardcover)
Simon Dawson 1
R330 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R66 (20%) Out of stock

Following a drunken misunderstanding Simon Dawson gave up his job in the city, moved to the wilds of Exmoor and became an accidental self-sufficient smallholder with an array of animals. But that was years ago now. Following up on his first book, PIGS IN CLOVER, this is the story of what happens when he suddenly realises that his life is changing all over again. He's not quite the spring chicken that he used to be: he is, horror of horrors, getting older.With a cast of best friends (some more helpful than others) including Ziggy, a panicked soon-to-be father desperate to grow up, Garth, an annoying teenager, and a rather handsome pig called The General, a plan is hatched to help each other mature (or immature). Heartfelt discoveries and hilarious endeavours ensue as they work through their age-related angsts, all with a fair dose of pigs, chickens, lambs and animal madness along the way. This is Exmoor's uplifting laugh-out-loud antidote to middle age in the mud; a place where you truly realise that the sty's the limit!

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