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Micro Eco-Farming: Prospering from Backyard to Small Acreage in Partnership with the Earth

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Microfarms—or small acreage farms—are gaining popularity across the country for their astoundingly high yields and great tasting produce, as well as their profitability. This handbook reveals the secrets of successful micro eco-farming and explains what eco-farmers need to know to start their own small agribusiness. Questions such as What can be grown? How do farmers reach their markets? and What sustainable production methods can be used? are answered in detail and supported be hundreds of real-life examples. A variety of unusual uses for crops are also provided, including producing organic spa products, building an urban greenhouse, creating a heritage rose farm, or cultivating a connoisseur apple orchard. Ecologists, amateur gardeners, farmers, and those interested in sustainable living will enjoy this in-depth look at the spiritually and financially rewarding aspects of this new field.

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Barbara Berst Adams is a micro eco-farmer. She also conducts research and writes about global microfarming techniques and creating a sustainable world. She lives in Anacortes, Washington.

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Daniel Haynes, April 18, 2010 (view all comments by Daniel Haynes)
Short version: Beyond bad.

Long version: If you want specific and factual information on farming or gardening, this book won't provide it.

If you a handful of names of very delicious sounding heirloom vegetables, it's worth a very quick skim through.

Sadly, the bulk of the book is nonsense of the worst sort. New Age idiocy and superstitions heaped on top of the most ridiculous anecdotal "evidence". Not even an attempt at logical or rational analysis. Just lots of stuff like "We sprinkled sea water on our vegetables and got beets the size of soccer balls and suddenly no more colds or flu in our family". I'm serious, that's one of the claims made in the book. Not bad enough for you? How about the 83 trace elements from the periodic table that are "absolutely required" for healthy soil/plants were once "evenly distributed" over the Earth. If that doesn't reduce even a first year geology student to tears of laughter wait until she gets to the part about plants and animals "sending out signals over the airwaves" that they're unhealthy/dying and thereby attracting weeds and predators to themselves.

Don't even get me started when she babbles on about "holy water", "radionics" and "paramagnetics". I wish I were making that up folks, but it's in the book that I paid $12 for.

How/why she came to the decision to leave the term "New Age" out of the title I don't know but if she had, I wouldn't have had to write the bad review because I wouldn't have wasted my time or money on it.

The amount of factual information in the book is so limited that I can't recommend it to anyone. The only reason I gave it a 2 rating is that she cites several sources, a few of which are quite good and helpful. That plus the aforementioned handful of descriptions of some delicious sounding heirloom crops kept it from getting a 1.

What limited facts it does (apparently accidentally) include can be found in much more practical and reality oriented books like "Successful Small-Scale Farming: An Organic Approach" by Karl Schwenke.

I'm going to keep my copy of "Micro Eco-Farming". I'm not going to sell it cheap, give it away or try to trade it back to Powells. It's so bad that I couldn't in good conscience pass it on to anyone. The buck and the bad book stops here.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780963281432
Author:
Adams, Barbara Berst
Publisher:
New World Publishing
Author:
Berst Adams, Barbara
Location:
Auburn, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Organic gardening
Subject:
Industries - Agribusiness
Subject:
Agriculture - Crop Science
Subject:
Agriculture - Sustainable Agriculture
Subject:
TEC003030
Subject:
Agriculture-Sustainable Living
Copyright:
Series Volume:
239
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.98x6.06x.46 in. .64 lbs.

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