“Brew Beer Like a Yeti” is another fun brewing expedition with Jereme Zimmerman, author of “Make Mead Like a Viking“. The subtitle “Traditional Techniques and Recipes for Unconventional Ales, Gruits, and Other Ferments Using Minimal Hops” is a teaser for the brews in this book, but where Jereme shines is as a storyteller. There's no question that he loves to brew. He also enjoys sharing the history of some of our favorite fermented beverages.
The Doable Off-Grid Homestead by Stewart and Shannon Stonger gives the reader a taste of off grid life on a tight budget. When they say “off grid”, they mean it. They have no grid electricity, no well or conventional running water. They share their mistakes as well as their successes. If you have a determination to get back to the land, but little money to follow your dream, this book may be a good resource for you.
“Silvopasture : A Guide To Managing Grazing Animals, Forage Crops, And Trees In A Temperate Farm Ecosystem” by Steve Gabriel delves into various components of silvopasture and managing grazing animals in a silvopasture system.
The USDA Forest Service defines silvopasture as, “The deliberate integration of trees and grazing livestock operations on the same land.” Mr. Gabriel answers many questions about managing a silvopasture system, including pros and cons of both tree and animal species. He writes in a straight-forward, easy to understand manner. [Read more…]
“50 Do-It-Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens – Chicken Coops, Brooders, Runs, Swings, Dust Baths, and More!” by Janet Garman of Timber Creek Farm is a pleasure to read. You might think that with so many chicken care books already on the market, there would be limited need for another, but Janet will prove you wrong. This book is chock full of practical tips and projects, photos and step-by-step instructions. It's a great addition to the library of any chicken keeper, large or small.
I had the honor of checking out a review copy before it went to publication. (You can spot my endorsement on the back cover.) Now the book is in print and I can share it with all of you! [Read more…]