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Planting Noah’s Garden
Brother Crow, Sister Corn
The Scythe Book
The American Dominique
Free-Range Poultry Production and Marketing
From Asparagus to Zucchini
Cheese – Quick and Easy Recipes for Elegant Entertaining

Resources Worth Noting
   Penn State Dairy Housing Plans
   Apple Harvesting, Handling, and Storage
   Post-Frame Building Handbook
   Home*A*Syst
   Breaking Ground
   Suppliers of Beneficial Organisms in North America


Planting Noah’s Garden, Further Adventures in Backyard Ecology
by Sara Stein
448 pages. $35 hardcover. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1997

Brother Crow, Sister Corn
by Carol Buchanan
124 pp. $11.95 paper. Ten Speed Press, 1997.

The Scythe Book
David Tresemer
120 pp. $15.00 paper. Alan C. Hood & Co., Inc., Chambersburg, Pa. 1996.

The American Dominique
352 pages, cloth. $45.00 plus $3.25 shipping.
The Dominique Club of America, 4254 Audrain Rd. #165. Clark, Missouri 65243

The Dominique Club of America is pleased to announce the release of the only book on America’s first and most historic breed of livestock, the Dominique chicken. The American Dominique is the culmination of 20 years of research, spans more than 200 reference items and is written by one of the country’s foremost breeders of Dominiques, Mark A. Fields.

The 352-page book is printed on acid-fee paper and has a cloth, hardcover binding reminiscent of books published in the early 1800s. A four-color dust jacket is highlighted by matching photographs of Carol Voter, recently deceased authority on Dominiques.

Chapters include: Origin of the Dominique, Comparison to Other Breeds, Genetics, Bantams, Folklore, and more. The chapters are generously supplemented with quality photographs and many pieces of historic artwork. Several items included in this book have not been seen by the general public for almost a century.

The printing of this book was made possible by a one-time loan from a member of the Dominique Club of America. There are no plans for a second printing, therefore, when the 500 copies of the book are sold, no more will be available.

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Free-Range Poultry Production and Marketing
$39.50 plus $4.50 shipping and handling
Back Forty Books
26328 Locust Grove Road
Creola, OH 45622

This new guidebook, developed with the assistance of a USDA SARE grant by Herman Beck-Cheno­weth, describes an innovative way to raise poultry on range and market meat and eggs. Under the free-range method, long, portable houses (skids), which hold up to 400 broilers each, are towed by tractor every few weeks to new locations in the pasture. The wooden skids are enclosed with chicken wire, have litter-covered floors and tarp-covered gable roofs, and doors on both ends. Concentrate feed costs are reduced by access to range.

Popular in the United States before the 1960s, this method for raising chickens continues to be used in Europe today. Interest is currently increasing in the United States in range poultry models for seasonal production or for year-round production in warm areas.

This free-range method differs from the “pastured poultry” model developed by Virginia farmer Joel Salatin in that the chickens are not confined on range in specialized pens. In the free-range model, the commercial broilers range about 100 feet from the skid. The only required fencing is a strong perimeter fence to keep out neighbors’ dogs. Predation at night is not a problem if the chicken wire is tightly attached to the skid. Turkeys are raised in a similar way. The author also keeps egg-layers, but they are kept in a permanent building with access to a large yard.

This model is well-suited for direct marketing and appeals to consumers interested in “natural” products produced without routine use of antibiotics and growth promoters. The processing and marketing sections of the guidebook include first-hand information on egg collection, processing, pricing and promotion. Eggs are sold fresh, within three to four days after being gathered.

Fryers, broilers, roasters and various cuts are sold. Advertising and sale to grocery stores, health food stores, restaurants, caterers, farmers’ markets and buying clubs is discussed, along with home delivery, mail order, CSAs, tips on media coverage and other strategies. Sample promotion materials are included, such as newsletters and order forms, as are counter cards for point-of-sale promotion.

The guidebook is in a three-ring binder with tabs and has sections on incubation and hatching, and on brooding chicks. It is about 82 single-spaced pages. Diagrams are included for skid construction and range feeders. The author has researched older, hard-to-find scientific literature and has six years of free-range poultry experience. The writing style is informal and conversational.

Source: “New free-range poultry guidebook covers production, processing, pricing & promotion,” by Anne Fanatico, ATTRA News, Spring, 1997.

From Asparagus to Zucchini
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
W2493 County Road ES, East Troy, WI 53210, (414) 642-3303.
Please send a check made payable to MFAI for $18.50 to cover the cost of the book plus shipping and handling. Wisconsin residents please include an additional 5.5% tax.

Cheese – Quick and Easy Recipes for Elegant Entertaining
by Lou Seibert Pappas
Chronicle Books, 1996. $9.95

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Resources Worth Noting:

Penn State Dairy Housing Plans, NRAES-85, offers 29 plans for freestall barns, heifer barns, dry cow and maternity housing facilities. This 106-page publication was written by Robert E. Graves, Prof., Agricultural and Biological Engineering Dept., Penn State; Dan F. McFarland, Extension Agent, Penn State Coop. Extension, York County; and John T. Tyson, Asst. Extn. Agent, Penn State Coop. Extn., Erie County. It is available for $11 plus $3.50 shipping and handling from Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service (NRAES), Cooperative Extension, 152 Riley-Robb Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-5701; For more information, for rates on multiple copies, or for a publications catalog, contact NRAES at Tel. (607)255-7654; fax (607)254-8770; e-mail nraes@cornell.edu. Checks should be made out to NRAES.

Apple Harvesting, Handling, and Storage, NRAES-112, provides an overview of current issues in harvest and postharvest technology. The 84-page publication is the proceedings from the Harvesting, Handling and Storage Workshop held at Cornell in August, 1997. It is available for $15 plus $3.50 shipping and handling from NRAES (address above).

Post-Frame Building Handbook: Materials, Design Considerations, Construction Procedures, NRAES-1, is a major revision of the popular NRAES publication Pole and Post Buildings: Design and Construction Handbook (1984). The 1997 edition has 78 pages, including 38 additional illustrations and new sections on building codes, zoning regulations, functional planning, heating and ventilation, structural wood products, design stresses, earthquake loading, critical load combinations, and engineering safety factors. Updated sections include wood preservatives, structural lumber grades, site drainage and planning, post foundation design, frost action, truss and roof bracing, wood fasteners, structural loading, construction safety, and bulk storage of commodities. The book was edited by Jon M. Carson, Asst. Prof. of Engineering, Penn State Univ., Wilkes Barre Campus, and Mark Dougherty, Staff Engineer, Northeast Regional Ag. Engineering Service. It is available for $12 plus $3.50 shipping and handling from NRAES (address above).

Home*A*Syst: An Environmental Risk-Assessment Guide for the Home is designed to help residents of rural and suburban areas evaluate their homes for safety and environmental risks. Includes evaluating a property for environmental risks, stormwater management, drinking water well management, household waste­water, hazardous household products, lead, yard and garden care, liquid fuels, indoor air quality, heating and cooling systems, and household waste management. Written by 15 authors from cooperative extension, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the National Farm*A*Syst/Home*A*Syst Program. 122-pages. Available for $8 per copy plus $3.50 shipping and handling from NRAES (address above).

Breaking Ground is a new publication by the editors of The Herb, Spice and Medicinal Plant Digest. It tells how to choose and establish specialty crops and connect with markets, and lists more than 100 resources, such as seed and supply companies, publications, Internet sites, and more. To order, send a check or money order for $15, payable to University of Massachusetts, to HSMP Press, 12A Stockbridge, Univ. of Mass., Amherst, MA 01003. In addition to Breaking Ground, you’ll receive a free copy of two issues of The Herb, Spice and Medicinal Plant Digest: “Financial Considerations” and “Process Budget: A Tool for Analyzing.” Source: HortIdeas, Dec. 1997.

Suppliers of Beneficial Organisms in North America lists more than 100 commercial sources of beneficial organisms. It is free from the Dept. of Pesticide Regulation, Environmental Monitoring and Pest Management Branch, Attn: Beneficial Organisms, 1020 N St., Room 161, Sacramento CA 95814-5624; Tel. (916) 324-4100; or download the booklet from www.cdpr.ca.gov.
Source: HortIdeas, Dec. 1997.

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