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The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects

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76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the Garden, Store the Harvest, House Your Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture

By Spike Carlsen
Storey Publishing
2014 – coming in April

Homesteaders, gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love these 76 DIY projects for practical outdoor items designed to help you live more sustainably and independently. Expert woodworker Spike Carlsen offers clear, simple, fully illustrated instructions for everything from plant supports and a clothesline to a potting bench, a chicken coop, a hoop greenhouse, a cold frame, a beehive, a root cellar with storage bins, and an outdoor shower. Most of the projects are suitable for complete novices, and all use just basic tools and standard building materials.

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January 24, 2014   Comments Off on The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects

San Francisco launches easier to navigate urban agriculture effort

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The Urban Agriculture Program will oversee all activities related to growing food in The City. The agency was created after a SPUR report criticized The City’s patchwork system. Photo by Mike Koozmin.

Counties and cities must pass ordinances and resolutions to create urban agriculture incentive zones, something Chiu said his office is pushing.

By Jessica Kwong
SF Examiner
Jan 16, 2014

Excerpt:

The Urban Agriculture Program announced by the Recreation and Park Department on Wednesday will coordinate all activities related to urban agriculture, which at its most basic level entails growing food within a city.

More than 36 community gardens the department manages, as well as new urban agriculture resource centers and the application and waitlist processes for new projects, will fall under the responsibility of a forthcoming urban agriculture program coordinator.

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January 24, 2014   Comments Off on San Francisco launches easier to navigate urban agriculture effort