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Carla Emery: The Encyclopedia of Country Living – this book is now in its tenth edition, and is the result of an incredible story and life process of the author. It began as a mimeographed and stapled stack of paper. My mother has the third or forth edition from when we lived on the farm in St. Joseph, Missouri. It is truly encyclopedic, and is highly recommended for all permaculture, gardening, farming, homesteading folks.

Joel Salatin: You Can Farm, Pastured Poultry Profits,  Joel is a master marketer and writer and one of the pioneers of modern pastured poultry. You Can Farm is the best overviews of how to begin farming, as well as an excellent approach to entrepreneurship for anyone, farmers or otherwise. Pastured Poultry Profits is an excellent how-to manual for moving poultry through pastures.

Andy Lee & Patricia Foreman: Day Range Poultry: Every Chicken Owners Guide to Grazing Gardens and Improving PasturesChicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil.

Rachel Kaplan and Ruby Blume’s lovely book Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. Excellent photos, a modern and urban approach to homesteading, and an inspiring approach to changing the world.


Harvey Ussery is my favorite current writer on poultry. His articles appear in Backyard Poultry magazine and online. He and his wife Ellen are modern homesteaders, and great writers. Their website can be found here: The Modern Homestead. We will be posting more from them as it becomes available. Harvey has recently created a create page called The Home Feeding Project.

Post Carbon Institute has at least one post about on site chicken feed production ( though they don’t seem to have thought much beyond supplementing the feed bag with home grown corn and sorghum. Need to follow up with them to see what other info they might have. this website has a nice overview of nutrition and the basics of feeding chickens, and links to many other online sources of information.     ATTRA – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website with information on feeding chickens