" Beautiful Pigs presents pigs as you have never seen them before - primped, polished and looking positively gorgeous. Every aspect of porcine elegance has been captured here in glorious full-colour photography. In this beautifully illustrated and ground-breaking book, porcine glamour takes centre stage. The top breeds from a... read more
Throughout the world, one breed of farm animal becomes extinct every month. This book outlines the history of the breeds of heritage livestock that were brought into, or developed in, New Zealand before 1950. Modern factory-farming methods rely on only a few breeds of livestock, and differentiated breeds are disappearing at a... read more
Make the break, realise the dream and start living "The Good Life!" with John Seymour.
The new edition of this enduring classic from the founding father of modern self-sufficiency, John Seymour, is still the key reference to living off the land. Covering all the practicals from ploughing fields to milking c... read more
|Author:||Karl-Ernst Osthaus (transl. by Beate Buchinger)|
Large-scale agriculture tends to view a farm as a means for producing a certain amount of grain, milk or meat. This practical book argues instead for a holistic method of farming: the farm as a living organism. This is the principle of biodynamic farming. The author, an experienced farmer, takes a down-to-earth approach. Base... read more
Self-sufficiency and organic living have never been more prominent and hen keeping is becoming increasingly popular. Part of a growing series of authoritative and inspirational titles, this book provides an introduction to some of the key aspects of aspiring to a self-sufficient lifestyle by keeping your own chickens and bene... read more
The working dogs of New Zealand certainly deserve our respect. Generations of careful breeding have produced the traits of stock-handling skill, loyalty, hardiness and courage that are now inherent in their bloodlines. This book has been written to assist those who use working dogs to handle livestock and provides a practi... read more
Living on a small block of land in the country is a cherished dream for many New Zealanders, and with the current boom in lifestyle farming this is a dream that is increasingly becoming a reality for these people. Running a small number of animals is the most popular use of lifestyle farms in this country, but for those witho... read more
More and more people, even those in cities, are keeping chickens, tempted by the appeal of eating fresh free-range eggs. This comprehensive guide covers everything from choosing a breed to ensuring they are happy, healthy and productive. How do I make their house secure? What if I go on holiday? Will they get on with my child... read more
This wonderful little book covers everything you need to know about the types of plants known as weeds. Ehrenfried Pfeiffer discusses the different varieties of weeds, how they grow and what they can tell us about soil health. The process of combatting weeds is discussed in principle as well as in practice, so that it can be ... read more
Beautiful Ducks plucks 40 of the world's most distinctive duck breeds from the pond and displays them in all their glory. Stylishly lit and shot against draped backgrounds, these sitting ducks are prize-winning examples that have been primped and preened for their moment in the spotlight. They reveal not only a surprising div... read more
In today's economic climate, self-sufficiency is increasingly seen as a viable means of taking control of our lives and safeguarding for the future - this is the book that will help every householder do just that.
Each of the twelve chapters focuses on key topics for living a more self-sustainable life, with practica... read more
This year, highly regarded journalist Vaughan Yarwood and photographer Arno Gasteiger travelled through rural New Zealand, visiting and staying with a range of farming families, on properties as diverse as a Waikato dairy farm, a Canterbury wheat farm, a Southland sheep farm, a Central Otago merino run and a North Island high... read more
Today even the small or hobby farmer has to contend with his or her share of machinery - and keeping that machinery running smoothly can cost far less (and perhaps afford the mechanically minded farmer greater pleasure) if it's done right on the farm. For the new farmer or the urban transplant who'd like to do just that, this... read more
Beekeeping provides rural people in developing countries with sources of income and nutrition. It is a sustainable form of agriculture, which is beneficial to the environment and provides economic reasons for the retention of native habitats and potentially both increased yield from food and forage crops. Complex processing m... read more
Ducks and geese make wonderful pets. Not only will they control the insects in your garden and act as handy lawn mowers and watchdogs, they will also provide you with a constant supply of fresh, delicious eggs. With detailed information on over 40 of the most popular duck and geese breeds, this book shows you how to select th... read more
A manual providing information for organic and conventional sheep farmers. This second edition has been expanded in the areas of breeding for finer wool and meat, land management, sheep management, and treatment of health problems.
Owning chickens is becoming the latest in metropolitan chic, proving that you don't need to be a farmer to raise poultry. This book chronicles both the pleasures and the myriad pitfalls of chicken-keeping. Written from first-hand experience, this is a quirky introduction to the feather-clad soap opera primal urges, pecking... read more
Colour photos, 26pp, 295x210mm, Healthy soil is productive soil and the keys to maintaining soil health can be found in this full colour booklet. Devised by experienced Landcare Research soil scientists, it is a practical, easy to follow manual which will help farmers and vegetable growers manage their soils sustainably.... read more
This is an easy-to-read, comprehensive guide to fruit and nut plants that explores old favourites, as well as many little-known yet exciting food-producing plants. It contains an A-to-Z guide to more than 220 species and lists of the most popular cultivars in different countries, as well as a general introduction to various a... read more
Practical how-to advice for raising chickens in virtually any backyard! Raising chickens on a small scale is a popular-and growing-pastime. And Raising Chickens For Dummies provides an up-to-date, thorough introduction to all aspects of caring for chickens, including choosing and purchasing chickens, constructing housing, and... read more