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Paperback, 272 pages.
Nancy J. Hayden and John P. Hayden
Nancy and John Hayden have spent the last quarter century transforming their livestock grazing operation into an agroecological fruit farm, nursery, and pollinator sanctuary. In Farming on the Wild Side, they discuss the philosophical and scientific principles that influenced them as they reverted their property in a biodiverse, semi-wild state, phasing out sheep and potatoes as they embraced apples, pears, stone fruits, and uncommon berry crops - not to mention innovative marketing and sales strategies.
Both expert guide and inspiring narrative, this book offers new ways to manage old farms while also documenting the Hayden's unique and evolving relationship with their ecosystem and it's inhabitants. It's a small-farm success story about the things each of us can do to heal the land and ourselves.