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The Woodland Homestead: How to Make Your Land More Productive and Live More Self-Sufficiently in the Woods

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Put your wooded land to work! This comprehensive manual shows you how to use your woodlands to produce everything from wine and mushrooms to firewood and livestock feed. You’ll learn how to take stock of your woods; use axes, bow saws, chainsaws, and other key tools; create pasture and silvopasture for livestock; prune and coppice trees to make fuel, fodder, and furniture; build living fencing and shelters for animals; grow fruit trees and berries in a woodland orchard; make syrup from birch, walnut, or boxelder trees; and much more. Whether your property is entirely or only partly wooded, this is the guide you need to make the best use of it.

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A wooded property — even just a small one — is full of possibilities for sustainable use. Whether your goal is to grow food, harvest wood, or support livestock, forester and homesteader Brett McLeod has the knowledge, tools, and techniques you need to get the most out of your land. You'll learn how to take stock of the forest makeup, use different axes and saws, prune and coppice trees, grow fruit and berries, build living fences, and much more. Along the way, you'll read the stories of other homesteaders who, through innovation and resourcefulness, have realized their dreams of a bountiful woodland home.

About the Author

Brett McLeod is an Associate Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources at Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York. Inspired by other creative farmers and foresters, McLeod’s 25-acre draft-horse–powered mountain homestead serves as a living laboratory for self-sufficiency. McLeod is also a professional lumberjack competitor and a former producer of the Stihl Ironjack Series and Stihl Timbersports Series. He coaches the Paul Smith’s Woodsmen’s team and founded the Adirondack Woodsmen’s School and the Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival. He lives in Vermontville, New York.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface

Chapter 1: Seeing the Forest Through the Trees: How to Unlock Your Woodlot's Potential
  • Taking Stock
  • Evaluating Your Options
  • Your Woodland Eye
Chapter 2:  Tools and Techniques: Essentials for the Homestead Woodlot
  • The Axe
  • From Rusty to Trusty: Restoring an Old Axe
  • Felling and Chopping
  • The Peavey
  • The Bow Saw
  • The Chainsaw
  • Splitting Firewood
  • Skidding Logs
  • The Portable Sawmill
Chapter 3:  Animals in the Forest:  From Stumps to Greener Pastures
  • Silvopasture
  • The Closed-Loop Silvopasture Sequence
  • Pork Power for Stumps and Soil
  • Taking Stock of Livestock
  • Multispecies Grazing
Chapter 4:  The Coppice Forest: Fauna, Fodder, Fuel and Furniture
  • A Brief History of Coppice Forestry
  • Establishing a Coppice Woodlot
  • Creative Woodlot Tending
  • Coppice with Standards
  • Fauna in Your Forest
  • Coppicing for Fodder
  • Coppicing for Charcoal
  • Forest Furniture
Chapter 5:  Woodland Structures: From Living Fence to Living Barn
  • Fencing Psychology
  • A Short History of Living Fences
  • Living Fence for the Homestead
  • Inosculation Hedges
  • The Living Fencepost
  • Formerly Living Fenceposts
  • Building with Stumps
  • Shelterbelts
  • The Living Barn

Chapter 6: Giving Trees: Fruit, Honey, and Syrup

  • The Homestead Orchard
  • Deciding What to Grow
  • The Multipurpose Forest Micro-Orchard
  • The Art of Planting
  • Resurrecting the Woodland Orchard
  • Bees in the Woodland Homestead
  • Cellar and Cider: Enjoying the Harvest
  • The Homestead Sugarbush
Chapter 7: Farming The Forest Floo:  Nuts, Berries, Mushrooms, and More
  • Hugelkulter: A Whole-Tree Composting System
  • Cultivating Forest Edibles
  • Edibles, Medicinals, and Miscellany
  • Baskets, Burls, and Birch Bark
A Typical Woodland Homestead Calendar
Resources
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781612123493
Author:
Mcleod, Brett
Publisher:
Storey Publishing
Author:
McLeod, Brett
Author:
Ackerman-Leist, Philip
Subject:
GARDENING / Vegetables
Subject:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Sustainable Agriculture
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20150631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in

Related Subjects

Home and Garden » Gardening » Vegetable
Home and Garden » Sustainable Living » General
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » Sustainable Living

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A wooded property — even just a small one — is full of possibilities for sustainable use. Whether your goal is to grow food, harvest wood, or support livestock, forester and homesteader Brett McLeod has the knowledge, tools, and techniques you need to get the most out of your land. You'll learn how to take stock of the forest makeup, use different axes and saws, prune and coppice trees, grow fruit and berries, build living fences, and much more. Along the way, you'll read the stories of other homesteaders who, through innovation and resourcefulness, have realized their dreams of a bountiful woodland home.
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