New Book: The Urban Farm Handbook

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Busy urban dwellers might feel relegated to a life of commercial supermarkets, but there's a new book out to disprove that assumption. Using personal success stories, charts, grocery lists, recipes and more, The Urban Farm Handbook shows readers how it can be done, even for busy families.Written by Annette Cottrell and Joshua McNichols, the handbook (which focuses on the Pacific Northwest) is organized by season and covers:

  • Tips for creating a farmer-to-consumer connection, and how to form a "buying club" with neighbors
  • Grinding grains for flour and other uses
  • How to maximize space for planting a variety of fruits and vegetables
  • Small-animal husbandry and beekeeping
  • Canning, drying, freezing, fermenting, and pickling techniques

Throughout the book, readers will also find "Opportunities for Change" - steps people can take to achieve a more sustainable urban kitchen, whether it's as simple as changing the types of vendors you buy from or turning your front yard into an edible farm!

Find It: The Urban Farm Handbook: City Slicker Resources for Growing, Raising, Sourcing, Trading, and Preparing What You Eat, $16.47 at Amazon

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