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HOME FARM

From Hobby Farms Magazine

The best-looking book on our bookshelf is definitely Home Farm: A Practical Guide to the Good Life by Paul Heiney. This hardback book, published by Dorling Kindersley, is brimming with colorful photographs and drawings tempting you to the farming life. A truly great advertisement for the simple life, Home Farm could draw even the most hardened city dweller to the country-at least for a visit. Home Farm addresses small house garden farms with mostly produce and a few animals, as well as larger home farms (over 10 acres) with wheat fields, grapevines, orchards and a range of livestock. The book is exhaustive with detailed information on livestock, gardens, field crops and food preparation. Split into five easy-to-use sections, each chapter addresses an element of the home farm. Under Animal Husbandry, Heiny provides several-page spreads on keeping each common type of livestock, including rabbits, goats, sheep and poultry. The chapters brim with information on everything from breeding and birthing, to feeding and sheltering.

Heiney is also careful to show where the home farm fits into the larger farming industry and the environment surrounding it. An especially interesting chapter, Farming and Wildlife, provides methods to ensure your farm co-exists happily with surrounding nature.


As Heiney relates in his forward, “[Home farming] brings you closer to that deep satisfaction that can come only from living and working on the land.”

Books by Paul Heiney

The Last Man Across the Atlantic

Can Cows Walk Downstairs? Do Cats Have Belly Buttons?

The Nuts and Bolts of Life

Home Farm

Maritime Britain

The Traditional Farming Year

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THIS BOOK WILL BE RE-PUBLISHED IN JUNE 2010 IN THE UK AND US