OK, so you've read No-Impact Man and Fritz Haeg. If it's time to try your hand at the land, SPIN Farming intends to help you do it for fun and yes, profit. You don't even need a yard of your own. But warning: most of the weed control is by hand.
SPIN stands for Small Plot IN-tensive. The Spin Farm-ers know of what they speak—two of the creators gave up traditional farming to operate Wally's Urban Market Garden, a sub-acre operation on 25 rented residential backyard garden plots in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The 25 yards equal just one acre.
The major precepts simple: Relay cropping, which mixes varying plants within a space, and choosing a profitable crop based on your local market. City growing also provides a more controlled environment with fewer pests, better wind shelter and a longer growing season.
SPIN uses a series of PDF guides, most cheaper than a paperback. A complete series is also available for $83.93.
You even get personal consulting and a support group via email.