Maximizing Your Mini Farm
Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre
Brett L. Markham
There are some books that you read and leave and then there are keepers. Maximizing Your Mini Farm is a keeper and a recommended book for gardeners, preppers and homesteaders alike.
Markham writes that Maximizing Your Mini Farm is a companion book to Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre. I have to admit that after reading Maximizing Your Mini Farm, I want to go pick up a copy of his first book.
Maximizing Your Mini Farm is a “big book” of information with 26 chapters and 3 major sections: Getting the Most of Your Vegetables, Tools & Techniques and Greater Food Self-Sufficiency.
Getting the Most out of Your Vegetables starts out with a summary of soil and fertility (which the author mentions is expanded in his first book). However, the 17 chapters after that covers major vegetables: asparagus, beans, corn, cucumbers, herbs, onions, peppers, potatoes, squash and tomatoes, just to mention a few. But the big draw in this section is how thorough Markham writes. Each chapter covers general variety selection, soil preparation, planting, weeds, pests and diseases, harvesting, seed saving, preparation and preservation and even recipes! The book is worth it just for these 18 chapters, but there is more.
Section 2 consists of Tools and Techniques. In this section, Markham covers planting guides and trellising and weed control techniques. The trellising info. is helpful as wells as the section on weed control.
Section 3, Greater Food Self-Sufficiency, covers making your own country wines, vinegar cheese and other secrets of self-sufficiency. Again, Markham is very thorough in his covering of these topics.
Let me close out with this… I pastor a home church and this last Sunday was Family Day. On Family Day, everyone stays after the service and we eat, fellowship and just have a good time together. Maximizing Your Mini Farm was out and one of the guys picked it up. Before the end of our time together, every guy, (we all garden in one way or the other) had picked it up and read chapters of interest. I told some of them that they could borrow the book, but they mentioned that this is the kind of book they would want to keep. It’s a keeper!
About the Author – Brett L. Markham is an engineer, third-generation farmer, and polymath. Using the methods explained in his book, he runs a profitable, Certified Naturally Grown mini farm on less than ½ an acre. Brett works full time as an engineer for a broadband ISP and farms in his spare time. The author of Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4/ Acres, he lives in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.