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Bullseye!  

Targeting Your Rangeland Health Objectives

By Kirk Gadzia & Todd Graham

Price: $15.00

“We produced Bullseye! Targeting Your Rangeland Health Objectives to fill the gap between the needs of land managers and the confusing array of monitoring methods available. Often, monitoring results are exhibited as tables of numbers and confusing charts with interpretation difficult for hands-on application. In addition, the choice of which type of monitoring methodology best fits the situation of the potential user is commonly unclear. We hope this manual will be of use in your efforts to improve rangeland health. Further, we hope users will modify and improve the techniques and pass these on to help others” -Kirk Gadzia & Todd Graham (soft cover)

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Holistic Management

A New Framework for Decision-Making

By Allan Savory with Jody Butterfield

Price: $60.00

The definitive text on Holistic Management written by Allan Savory with Jody Butterfield. This 500+ page book explains the theory and the practice of Holistic Management. (soft cover)

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Holistic Management Handbook

Healthy Lands. Healthy Profits

By Allan Savory, Jody Butterfield, and Sam Bingham

Price: $40.00

This handbook is a companion to the text book and is full of exercises and activities to make your holistic planning successful. Approximately 8 1/2 X 11 softcover. Covers financial planning, grazing planning, land planning, and biological monitoring. (soft cover)

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At Home With Holistic Management

Creating a Life of Meaning

By Ann Adams

Price: $20.00

As a Holistic Management Certified Educator, mediator, and mother, Ann Adams has created a workbook that helps individuals and families easily understand Holistic Management and put it into practice. (soft cover)

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Salad Bar BeefSalad Bar Beef

By Joel Salatin

Price: $35.00

In a day when beef is assailed by many environmental organizations and lauded by fast-food chains, a new paradigm to bring reason to this confusion is in order. With farmers leaving the land in droves and plows poised to “reclaim” set-aside acres, it is time to offer an alternative that is both land and farmer friendly.

Beyond that, the salad bar beef production model offers hope to rural communities, to struggling row-crop farmers, and to frustrated beef eaters who do not want to encourage desertification, air and water pollution, environmental degradation and inhumane animal treatment. Because this is a program weighted toward creativity, management, entrepreneurism and observation, it breathes fresh air into farm economics.  (soft cover)

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You Can FarmYou Can Farm

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start and Succeed in  a Farming Enterprise

By Joel Salatin

Price: $35.00

Have you ever desired, deep within your soul, to make a comfortable full-time living from a farming enterprise? Too often people dare not even vocalize this desire because it seems absurd. It’s like thinking the unthinkable.

After all, the farm population is dwindling. It takes too much capital to start. The pay is too low. The working conditions are dusty, smelly and noisy: not the place to raise a family. This is all true, and more, for most farmers.

But for farm entrepreneurs, the opportunities for a farm family business have never been greater. The aging farm population is creating cavernous niches begging to be filled by creative visionaries who will go in dynamic new directions. As the industrial agriculture complex crumbles and our culture clambers for clean food, the countryside beckons anew with profitable farming opportunities.

While this book can be helpful to all farmers, it targets the wannabes, the folks who actually entertain notions of living, loving and learning on a piece of land. Anyone willing to dance with such a dream should be able to assess its assets and liabilities; its fantasies and realities. “Is it really possible for me?” is the burning question this book addresses. (soft cover)

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Gaining Ground

Gaining Ground

A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm

By Forrest Pritchard

Price: $18.95

With humor and pathos, Forrest Pritchard recounts his ambitious and often hilarious endeavors to save his family’s seventh-generation farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Through many a trial and error, he not only saves Smith Meadows from insolvency but turns it into a leading light in the sustainable, grass-fed, organic farm-to-market community.

There is nothing young Farmer Pritchard won’t try. Whether he’s selling firewood and straw, raising free-range chickens and hogs, or acquiring a flock of Barbados Blackbelly sheep, his learning curve is steep and always entertaining. Pritchard’s world crackles with colorful local characters—farm hands, butchers, market managers, customers, fellow vendors, pet goats, policemen—bringing the story to warm, communal life. His most important ally, however, is his renegade father, who initially questions his son’s career choice and eschews organic foods for the generic kinds that wreak havoc on his health. Soon after his father’s death, the farm becomes a recognized success and Pritchard must make a vital decision: to continue serving the local community or answer the exploding demand for his wares with lucrative Internet sales and shipping deals.

More than a charming story of honest food cultivation and farmers’ markets, Gaining Ground tugs on the heartstrings, reconnecting us to the land and the many lives that feed us. (soft cover)

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Cows Save the PlanetCows Save the Planet

And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

By Judith D. Schwartz with Foreword by Gretel Ehrlich

Price: $17.95

Cows saving the planet? Why not? An idea that sounds preposterous begins to make sense when you take a soil’s-eye view of our current ecological predicament. Cattle, like all grazing creatures, can, if appropriately managed, restore land and help build soil.

Rebuilding soil is only one aspect of this important, paradigm-shifting book. Drawing on the work of thinkers and doers, renegade scientists and institutional whistleblowers from around the world, Schwartz challenges much of the conventional thinking about global warming and other problems.

Cows Save the Planet is at once a primer on soil’s pivotal role in our ecology and economy and an antidote to those awash in despairing environmental news. It is also an important call to action on behalf of the soil—and, by extension, those of us who benefit from it. (soft cover)

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Kick the Hay Habit

Kick the Hay Habit

A Practical Guide to Year-Around Grazing

By Jim Gerrish

Price: $27.00

Do you want to know how to Kick the Hay Habit and pump more profit into your operation?

This enlightening guide to eliminating hay will show you…

* Just how much it really costs to produce a ton of hay.
* How to use nature as your guide for low-cost winter grazing.
* How to conduct a pasture inventory.
* How to select the optimal breeding and birthing seasons.
* How to custom design your own winter forage system.
* How to make the transition from hay feeding to grazing, and much more.

Wouldn’t you rather Kick the Hay Habit, dump the heavy metal, and start collection the profits? (soft cover)

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The Dirty Life

A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love

By Kristin KimballThe Dirty Life

Price: $15.00

“This book is the story of the two love affairs that interrupted the trajectory of my life: one with farming—that dirty, concupiscent art—and the other with a complicated and exasperating farmer,” writes Kristin Kimball in her autobiography.

Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses but shed her city self and moved to five hundred acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him. The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of their first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through the following harvest season—complete with their wedding in the loft of the barn.

“As much as you transform the land by farming,” she writes, “farming transforms you.” In her old life, Kimball would stay out until four a.m., wear heels, and carry a handbag. Now she wakes up at four, wears Carhartts, and carries a pocket knife. At Essex Farm, she discovers the wrenching pleasures of physical work, learns that good food is at the center of a good life, falls deeply in love, and finally finds the engagement and commitment she craved in the form of a man, a small town, and a beautiful piece of land. (soft cover)

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How Stella Saved the FarmHow Stella Saved the Farm

A Tale About Making Innovation Happen

By Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble

Price: $19.99

This simple parable about making innovation happen tells a story of a farm in trouble using farm residents – that is a sheep, an alpaca, a horse, a bull, and even some humans – that are most assuredly going to remind you of yourself or of people you have the pleasure of working with. The fun tale includes an unexpected leadership challenge, an ambitious call to action, a bold idea, countless internal obstacles and conflicts, fears, joys, triumphs, and even a love interest! This story can be enjoyed by anyone and delivers 8 simple lessons to guide innovation initiatives to success. (soft cover)

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Comeback Farms

Rejuvenating Soils, Pastures and Profits with Livestock Grazing Management

By Greg Judy

Price: $32.00

Comeback Farms takes up where Judy’s previous book, No Risk Ranching, ended.  Here, he shows how to add sheep, goats and pigs to existing cattle operations.  He details fencing and water systems that build on existing infrastructure set up for Management-intensive grazing.  Sharing his first-hand experiences (the mistakes as well as successes).

Judy takes graziers to the next level.  He shows how High Density Grazing (HDG) on his own farm and those he leases can revitalize hayed out, scruffy, weedy pastures, and turn them into highly productive grazing landscapes that grow both green grass and greenbacks.

An extra bonus for holistic managers, Judy shares much of what he learned from Certified Educator Ian Mitchell Innes. (soft cover)

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The Organic Farmer’s Business HandbookOrganic Business Handbook

A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops and Staff – and Making a Profit

By Richard Wiswal

Price: $34.95

Contrary to popular belief, a good living can be made on an organic farm. What’s required is farming smarter, not harder.

In The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook, Richard Wiswall shares advice on how to make your vegetable production more efficient, better manage your employees and finances, and turn a profit.

In this comprehensive business kit, Wiswall covers step-by-step procedures to make your crop production more efficient, advice on managing employees, farm operations, and office systems, novel marketing strategies, and what to do with your profits: business spending, investing, and planning for retirement.

A companion CD offers valuable business tools, including easy-to-use spreadsheets for projecting cash flow, a payroll calculator, comprehensive crop budgets for forty different crops, and tax planners (Word and Excel based).  (soft cover)

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Stockmanship Manual

A Powerful Tool for Grazing Lands Management

By Steve Cote

Price: $35.00

Steve Cote from the National Resources Conservation Service in Arco, Idaho has written an easy to understand book on cattle herding on extensive rangeland. This book contains many diagrams that show you how to turn, move, and sort large and small herds of cattle. The cattle herd will stay together, drive easily, and stay where you put them without fences. Low stress handling methods will also reduce sickness and facilitate grazing management. Learning these methods will enable ranchers to quietly move cattle in pasture rotation systems and keep them out of fragile riparian areas along streams.  (soft cover)

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How to Not Go Broke Ranching  How To Not Go Broke Ranching

Things I Learned the Hard Way in Fifty Years of Ranching

By Walt Davis

Price: $30.00

An irreverent and sometimes humorous effort of a multi-generation rancher to help people keep from making all of the mistakes that he made in fifty+ years of ranching. It is drawn from real life, though some  names are changed or not given to protect the guilty. (soft cover)

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The Gardeners of Eden

Rediscovering Our Importance to Nature

By Dan Dagget

Price: $25.00

Dan Dagget’s most recent book is an excellent book explaining why humans must consider our responsibility to nature and become “Gardeners of Eden.”  Full of case studies and based on solid research, Dagget convincingly demonstrates how human beings are a keystone species whose management skills are necessary to revitalize damaged ecosystems.  A veritable who’s who of Holistic Management practitioners. (soft cover)

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The Oglin

A Hero’s Journey Across Africa… Towards the Tomorrows

By Dick Richardson

Price: $15.00

The first Holistic Management novel written by Dick Richardson of South Africa with Rio de la Vista. A JRR Tolkienish novel set on the African continent, this hero’s epic will be sure to enthrall young and old alike. (hardcover)

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Range Plants of North Central Texas

A Land User’s Guide to Their Identification, Value and Management

By Ricky J. Linex

Price: $20.00

This book is more than just another plant identification book. It also contains good, relevant and practical information on the values and management of each species. It is more of a manual or handbook rather than an ordinary field guide. Landowners will become especially fond of the book, which contains useful information about grazing value, wildlife value and management tips. – Steve Nelle, San Angelo TX

345 pages of  impressive color photos of range plants of North Central Texas that will also be useful to land managers, students and enthusiasts throughout the middle half of Texas and southern Oklahoma and beyond. (soft cover)

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