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Publisher's Summary

Do you long for the country life? Hobby Farming For Dummies is a practical guide that will show you how to handle all the basics of small-scale farming, from growing healthy crops to raising livestock and managing your property. You'll see how to decide what to farm, provide shelter and utilities, select plants, and protect your investment. It's all you need to dig in and start growing!

You'll get a real idea of what it really means to jump from your current lifestyle to a life farming in the countryside. You'll get the information you need to decide if the farming lifestyle is right for you and your personality. You'll learn everything you need to know about property and how to access a power supply. You'll get practical advice on which animals would work best for your farm and you'll learn how to acquire them and what you need to know about caring for them properly.

You'll get help with all of the major decisions like whether you're better off with subsistence farming or a more ambitious project. Find out how to:

  • Make from change to a farm lifestyle
  • Get along with your neighbors
  • Find and buy rural properties
  • Select and maintain equipment
  • Raise and care for animals
  • Use and preserve food items
  • Avoid common farming pitfalls
  • Choose plants for your farm

    Hobby Farming For Dummies will help you discover how you can live the simple life.

  • ©2008 Wiley Publishing, Inc.; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Just for me

    Perfect book as my family is moving from a golf course community to a 38 acre farm. We learned a lot from listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    Either too dumbed down or too advanced

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    This book either went into notes that were far too generalized (such as a statement that horses like treats), or far too specific, (such as the exact measurement of a fiber of a type of hair). I did learn a couple of neat tidbits, though not nearly as much as I'd hoped when I purchased the book.

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    • Rhino
    • MILES, IA, United States
    • 04-25-13

    Basic zzzzzzzz what oh yeah I was zzzzzzzz

    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book was basic very basic so if that's the information you want this books for you to put me to sleep every single time I listen to it. I know, how deep could you go in an audiobook about farming, but I don't think even owning the actual book would be any better.

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    Mmeehhh

    It's ok. I forced myself to finish it in case I might get a good nugget. It's not captivating.

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    not bad could be great with more advice on animal

    husbandry and hunting. could also be helpful if it pointed out what to do if having trouble with a crop

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    • Melissa
    • COSTA MESA, CA, United States
    • 02-22-12

    Narration

    What would have made Hobby Farming for Dummies better?

    It bothers me that even though the author was female, they had to go in and edit out the words

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hobby Farming for Dummies?

    Content was fine, the narration just bugged me.