In this practical guide TV farmer Jimmy Doherty imparts his experience and ideas to show you how to achieve the self-sufficient lifestyle and how to build a business from it. Farmer, entrepreneur and TV presenter Jimmy Doherty is living proof that you can make a successful business from growing and rearing your own produce. Whatever your circumstances, whether you have a window box or a couple of acres, whether you want to grow a few herbs to stock your kitchen or make money from your own flock of sheep this book is full of ideas and suggestions to help you get started. The book opens with Jimmy's story and his foray into pig-farming over eight years ago. Since then the business in Suffolk has grown into a successful working farm with even more livestock, a farm shop and nature trails. Using Jimmy's knowledge and experience, this book will take you through all the pitfalls you may encounter and the realties to consider on the road to self-sufficiency, but above all it shows just how achievable it can be to grow and sell your own produce. Focusing on the two main areas, what you can grow and what you can rear, this book will answer all of your questions, offer you the most useful and practical advice and show you how you can apply these ideas to suit your situation. So, if you want to make your own juices, bread, knitted scarves or honey to sell at a local farmers market, save yourself the big grocery bills with your own vegetable garden, sell your own pork sausages or lamb burgers to local restaurants or rear your own turkey for your Christmas dinner this book will give you the practical knowledge and the confidence to actually do it. Jimmy covers everything from the skills to equipment to environmentalism to marketing and even shows that you don't necessarily need any land to live the self-sufficient lifestyle. Practical, realistic but full of good advice and encouragement, and case studies and essays to inspire you, A Farmer's Life for Me is the ultimate guide to the business of self-sufficiency.
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Reviews for On the Farm 'Doherty was a thoroughly engaging character and it was impossible not to wish him well' -- Daily Telegraph 'The emotional arc of this series is irresistible: life, death, sausages -- it's got it all' -- Radio Times 'It is impossible not to be won over by Jimmy's irrepressible enthusiasm' -- Daily Express 'The little man with the impossible dream is an irresistible!figure' -- Evening Standard 'An inspiring read. Filled with humour and anecdote' -- The Ecologist Reviews for A Taste of the Country 'Jimmy will inspire everyone to care more about food, from how it's farmed to where to buy the best produce -- as well as making people realise that they can live the good life too Jamie Oliver Jimmy's passion for producing good-quality food from free-range animals leaps off the page and some of it's bound to rub off on you. A great book -- everyone should own a copy' -- Heat MagazineAbout the Author:
Born in the Essex countryside Jimmy Doherty has always had a passion for farming and the outdoors. He started his career as an entomologist at Molehall Wildlife Park and the Natural History Museum but gave it all up to pursue his dream of farming in 2003, rearing rare breed pedigree pigs in Suffolk. The business has continued to grow and expand and Jimmy is still happily farming in Suffolk. This is his third book.
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