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Horse-Powered Farming for the 21st Century

The second volume written by Stephen Leslie "picks up where the first volume left off and digs farther into the nuts and bolts, identifying and using the equipment that will allow you to operate a successful draft-animal-powered market garden.The theme of the 'Basic Tool Kit' will help you to understand the function of each horse-drawn implement necessary for market gardening. Picking up on the concept of an 'Essential Equipment List' used extensively in the first book, we will examine the function and use of all the implements typically employed on a contemporary draft-animal-powered market garden and illustrate these points with insightful 'Farm Profiles' and 'Home built Solutions' provided by more than 60 draft-animal-powered farmers and equipment manufacturers from across the North American continent and Europe."
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The New Horse-Powered Farm

In a moment when fossil fuel cannot be considered as a valuable energy source for the future any longer and when the enormous importance of small farmers around the world is increasingly recognized this book offers an overview of modern "tools and systems for the small-scale sustainable market grower". The author works as an experienced small farmer in the U.S.He describes in 335 pages all you need to know about working horses, farm fertility and the numerous different works that can be done with horses. A large range of tools and implements are presented and their use for producing all kinds of vegetables and fodder for the animals is explained. Contributions from other experienced farmers and many photos and illustrations enhance the book. A special chapter deals with the economics of a small horse-powered farm.
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Permanent Farming Systems based on Animal Traction

This handbook explains how to farm with oxen or donkeys in tropical Africa. It provides information and advice about the housing, feeding, training and handling of the traction animals and about their health care. The vehicles and implements used for transport, plowing, harrowing, ridging, weeding, seeding and planting are presented and their use and maintenance are explained. The booklet also deals with soil and sustainable farming techniques for different crops and vegetables. A final chapter gives practical advice about farm management.
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Hand labor, tractor labor and horse labor: a question of power and scale

"To understand why we farm the way we do today it is important to look back to where our agriculture began and how it changed. From there onward we can look at the question: Why do we farm or why would we want to farm with live horse power in small scale vegetable farming? When we look at hand labor, tractor labor and horse labor as three different power sources,where do horses fit in? From the historical perspective to a present day perspective we can shine new light on having (a) 'four legged employee(s)'."
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