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About Brett L. Markham
Hi! I'm Brett, your friendly mini-farming guru! I really have no idea what to say about myself that others might find useful or interesting, but I'll give it a try.
I'm interested in almost everything. I play lots of instruments and compose music, design custom embedded microcontrollers, have a ham radio license etc. etc. etc. But along with being a "thing" person I am a people person in that I care a lot about people and their wellbeing in the world around us.
That is what led me to write books. I have published other material under various pseudonyms; but the central idea is that these books, in some way, are intended to either help people help themselves or make sense of a world that can seem very chaotic.
I live on a mini-farm in New Hampshire where I grow a ton of food for purposes of self sufficiency plus raise some livestock. I shovel chicken manure about once a month, and believe (or hope) it is good for my character.
I do a lot of experimentation and research, and when I hit on something that will help people, I write about it.
I'm an intrinsically helpful guy; so feel free to send me inquiries about gardening via my website at www.markhamfarm.com.
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Mini Farming Guide to Composting
Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening
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Learn how to make your own compost, save seeds, start a compost pile, ferment your own wine, get the most out of your vegetable gardenand more! And all on just ¼ acre or less. Learn why tens of thousands of readers across North America have chosen Mini Farming for all their self sufficiency needs. This is the must have guide for any farmerwhether they’re beginners or experienced mini farmers looking for new ideas.
Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require.
Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started:
- Buying and saving seeds
- Starting seedlings
- Establishing raised beds
- Soil fertility practices
- Dealing with pest and disease problems
- Crop rotation
- Selling your produce arm planning, and much more.
Because self-sufficiency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.
- Soil and Fertility Tools and Techniques
- Planting Guides and Seeders
- Easy Trellising
- Weed Control Techniques
- Greater Food Self-Sufficiency
- Making Your Own Country Wines
- Making Your Own Vinegars
- Making Cheese at Home
- Cooking for Self-Sufficiency
Keep your costs down and production high with this complete guide to maximizing your mini farm—whether it’s a rooftop urban garden, a suburban backyard, or a more substantial plot of land. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with tables, diagrams, and 200 color illustrations and author photographs.
Soil management and making your own fertilizer
Crop rotation and cover cropping
Seed starting and timing/planning
Raised beds and pest management
Pvc trellising and planting spacers
Raising chickens, making your own chicken plucker, and butchering
Growing fruit/nut trees and vines
Food preservation (canning and freezing)
Fermenting wine, vinegar and cheese
With the full color photographs that made the original Mini Farming so popular, and step by step drawings, projects, graphs, and tables, you’ll have everything you need for your new or established mini farm at your fingertips. So dive in a learn how to begin and cultivate your own mini farm on less than a quarter acre.
An avid food dryer for years, Brett walks you through the simple steps for dehydrating everything from traditional classics like apples and jerky to more unusual fare. Whether you’re following a raw food lifestyle or looking for new ways to make the most of your garden’s produce, this is an inside look at all aspects of dehydrating.
The Food Dehydrating Bible includes:
Straightforward, easy easy-to to-follow instructions
Dozens of recipes
One hundred color photographs
This is a must-have manual for beginners and dehydrating gurus alike!
Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Good Books and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of cookbooks, including books on juicing, grilling, baking, frying, home brewing and winemaking, slow cookers, and cast iron cooking. We’ve been successful with books on gluten-free cooking, vegetarian and vegan cooking, paleo, raw foods, and more. Our list includes French cooking, Swedish cooking, Austrian and German cooking, Cajun cooking, as well as books on jerky, canning and preserving, peanut butter, meatballs, oil and vinegar, bone broth, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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Why didn't our Paleolithic forebears suffer from tooth decay at all, yet dentists offices must now be ubiquitous in our society? Why is it that middle-aged men who are gobbling whole grains by the bushel and eating tofu to banish meat from their diets are still requiring expensive life-time statin drug prescriptions to control their cholesterol? The Modern Caveman Diet tries to answer these questions, describing an evolutionarily healthful lifestyle of diet, living patterns and exercise that are easily adopted and maintained throughout life. Are you ready to fulfill the true destiny that nature has given you? The Modern Caveman Diet holds the answer to achieving and maintaining a great body, strength, energy and active wellness right into a healthy old-age with dramatically decreased risks of diseases of civilization.”