Ann Larkin Hansen
Ann Larkin Hansen runs her family’s farm and is the author of The Organic Farming Manual, The Landowner’s Guide to Managing Your Woods, Finding Good Farmland, and Electric Fencing. A long-time journalist, she has worked as a staff writer for Corporate Report Minnesota and regional editor for The Country Today, as well as contributing to Mother Earth News.
Books by this Author
Ann Larkin Hansen covers everything you need to know to successfully make your own hay, from cutting, drying, and raking to baling and storing. She also tells you everything you need to know about equipment options, including horse power, tractor power, and implements ranging from scythes to disc mowers. You’ll learn how to choose the right species for your soil, how to predict haymaking weather, how to judge hay quality, how to determine how much hay your animals need, and how to buy and sell hay successfully.
This practical guide covers everything you need to know about the types of electric fencing available, how to choose the type that is right for your needs, how electric fencing works, how to put an electric fencing system together, and even how to use portable electric fencing for rotational grazing. Whether you need to keep livestock in or predators out, you’ll find the information you need in this comprehensive handbook.
This practical guide contains all of the information you need to have before purchasing farmland, covering everything from the characteristics of the land and the surrounding area to government regulations, land use considerations, and financing. Checklists and questionnaires are included to help you decide exactly what you need and how to find it.
This introductory resource explains how to sustainably manage a wooded property, whether it’s a few acres in the suburbs or a small commercial forest. Readers will learn how to identify the type, health, and quality of their trees and woodland; how to plant, prune, and thin trees; how to improve their ecosystem by creating trails, adding water, and diversifying; how to improve wildlife habitat; and how to increase enjoyment and use of the land by harvesting timber, cutting firewood, building wildlife blinds, making maple sugar, growing Christmas trees, hunting, and more.
Whether you’re just starting out or transitioning from traditional farming techniques, this comprehensive guide has everything you need to know about growing and marketing organic produce, grains, meat, and dairy. Includes detailed information on how to obtain organic certification.