The Woodland Homestead
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The Woodland Homestead

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You'll learn how to take stock of your woods; use axes, bow saws, chainsaws, and other key tools; create pasture and silvopasture for livestock; prune and coppice trees to make fuel, fodder, and furniture; build living fencing and shelters for animals; grow fruit trees and berries in a woodland orchard; make syrup from birch, walnut, or box elder trees; and much more. Whether your property is entirely or only partly wooded, this is the guide you need to make the best use of it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 203.2 x 251.46 x 17.78mm | 544.31g
  • North Adams, United States
  • English
  • 161212349X
  • 9781612123493
  • 340,252

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A wooded property -- even just a small one -- is full of possibilities for sustainable use. Whether your goal is to grow food, harvest wood, or support livestock, forester and homesteader Brett McLeod has the knowledge, tools, and techniques you need to get the most out of your land. You'll learn how to take stock of the forest makeup, use different axes and saws, prune and coppice trees, grow fruit and berries, build living fences, and much more. Along the way, you'll read the stories of other homesteaders who, through innovation and resourcefulness, have realized their dreams of a bountiful woodland home.
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Review quote

"When you start reading The Woodland Homestead, you'll learn how to think about your woodland not only as an ecosystem but also as an 'ecology of possibilities'."
-- from the foreword by Philip Ackerman-Leist

"A friendly and informative book about a subject that intimidates many folks new to homesteading. McLeod makes a walk in the woods a whole new world."
-- Jenna Woginrich, author of One-Woman Farm, Barnheart, and Chick Days
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About Brett Mcleod

Brett McLeod is an Associate Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources at Paul Smith's College in upstate New York. Inspired by other creative farmers and foresters, McLeod's 25-acre draft-horse-powered mountain homestead serves as a living laboratory for self-sufficiency. McLeod is also a professional lumberjack competitor and a former producer of the Stihl Ironjack Series and Stihl Timbersports Series. He coaches the Paul Smith's Woodsmen's team and founded the Adirondack Woodsmen's School and the Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival. He lives in Vermontville, New York.
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72 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
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4 42% (30)
3 18% (13)
2 1% (1)
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