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50 Years of Scientific Progress: A Historical Review of the Half Century since the Foundation of the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations.
Sugar Experiment Stations, Bureau of; Bell, Arthur F. (foreword).
A. H. Tucker, Government Printer Brisbane 1950 
  Paperback small octavo, very good condition, stapled pamphlet (staples little rusted), decorative marbled card cover, tables, graphs, black & white text-photos, corner tips covers creased, tiny piece missing base spine, pages lightly toned, bottom corner some pages little creased, minor edgewear, small biro mark title page. 92 pp. A great booklet for anyone interested in the history of sugar production in Australia. (No date but 1950, Trove.). 
Price: $30.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 29992  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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A Legacy Under Threat? Family Farming in Australia.
Lees, Jim (editor).
ISBN: 1875821368
University of New England Press (UNE Press) Armidale, NSW 1997 
  Paperback small quarto, good plus condition, tables, figures, covers lightly creased, minor insect damage inside front cover, minor edgewear. 259 pp. This book is an important source for those wishing to understand the complex factors that will determine the future of family farming in Australia. It is written for both the general reader and the serious student of the Australian farming scene. SALE PRICE. 
Price: $15.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 22596  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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A Mingled Yarn: The Seifert Family and Flaxmilling in New Zealand.
Pollard, Jane.
Jane Pollard Bowral, NSW 2004 
  Paperback small quarto, very good condition, black & white photos, top corner front cover little creased (& first few pages), autograph (author's written name title page). 159 pp. This is the story of a family who milled flax from Southland to the Waikato in New Zealand. The author is the great-granddaughter of Johann Herrmann Seifert. Using Alfred Seifert's personal letters, diaries, and business correspondence, plus wages books and cutter's tallies from several of his mills, this story traces the flax industry and the men who worked it, through the turbulent years of two Depressions and two world wars, and the mingled fortunes of those times. 
Price: $25.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 25218  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Against the Grain: How Agriculture has Hijacked Civilization.
Manning, Richard.
ISBN: 0865476225
North Point Press / Farrar Straus Giroux (FSG) New York 2005 
  Hardback octavo, dustjacket, very good condition (in very good plus dustjacket), cloth spine, bottom edge cover bumped, minor edgewear. 232 pp. A fascinating history of agriculture, from the domestication of plants and animals 10,000 years ago to today's corporate megafarms. 
Price: $10.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 20799  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Agroecology in Action: Extending Alternative Agriculture Through Social Networks.
Warner, Keith Douglass.
ISBN: 0262731800
MIT Press Cambridge, MA 2007 
  Paperback octavo, very good plus condition, figures, tables. 273 pp. An American environmental lecturer and friar describes agroecology, a new innovative scientific response to agriculture's growing environmental crises. He offers American case studies of ways in which social networks of growers, scientists, agricultural organizations, and public agencies have developed innovative, ecologically based techniques to reduce reliance on agrochemicals. 
Price: $12.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 12794  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Big Mobs: The Story of Australian Cattlemen.
McLaren, Glen.
ISBN: 1863682473
Fremantle Arts Centre Press (FACP) Perth, Fremantle 2000 
  Paperback small wide octavo, very good condition, black & white text-photos & drawings, minimal foxing fore-edge, minimal edgewear. 391 pp. Published in association with the Research Institute for Cultural Heritage, Curtin University, Perth. Provides Australian stockmen the place they so richly deserve in pastoral and Australian history. From the lonely months on a long cattle drive to the boots they wore and the places they lived in, this comprehensive work provides a fascinating insight into a unique way of life. 
Price: $15.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 21922  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Choosing and Keeping Chickens.
Graham, Chris.
ISBN: 9780600614388
Hamlyn / Practical Poultry Magazine London 2006 
  Paperback wide octavo (with flaps), very good condition, colour text-photos, corners covers & few pages little creased, edges lightly rubbed, tiny bump top spine, crease rear cover, minor edgewear. 208 pp. This book has information on over 50 of the most popular breeds. There are chapters on feeding, dealing with common ailments to breeding, and taking care of your chickens. 
Price: $20.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 29020  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Diary of a Weekend Farmer.
Jolley, Elizabeth; Kotai, Evelyn (paintings).
ISBN: 1863680438
Fremantle Arts Centre Press (FACP) Fremantle 1993 
  Hardback small octavo, dustjacket, very good condition (in very good dustjacket), colour paintings (including frontispiece), small dent bottom edge rear cover, base spine little rubbed, minor edgewear jacket (minor edgewear). 95 pp. This book is a delightful humorous and moving mixture of personal observation and poetry. The book is based upon the authors own record of life on the land. 
Price: $15.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 28296  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Duck Keeping for Beginners.
Putland, Helen.
ISBN: 0864179634
Kangaroo Press Sydney 1998 
  Paperback wide octavo, very good condition, drawings, colour photos, few page corner tips creased (bookmarks), minor edgewear & marking. 46 pp. A quirky little fun but practical book about all aspects of keeping ducks for pleasure, and perhaps a little profit. How to feed, house and breed ducks, how to keep them clean, and how they can coexist with hens and geese. Her infectious love for these waddling creatures is readily apparent. 
Price: $14.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 15484  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time.
Jenkins, Steve; Walter, Derek; Crane, Caprice (with).
ISBN: 9781925344950
Affirm Press Melbourne 2016 
  Paperback small trade, very good condition, colour photos, top spine lightly bumped, top corner front cover slightly creased, minor edgewear. 212 pp. This is a funny, inspiring story about a very special pig named Esther. Esther came to live with the Canadian author and his partner. Esther started being a 'micro' piglet but soon grew into a huge 270 kilogram loveable adult pig who completely changed their lives. In time, they bought a farm and named it the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, where they could care for Esther and other animals in need. They have become two of the world's most successful and beloved animal rights activists - alongside Esther, a social media star with many fans around the world. 
Price: $18.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 30545  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Fifteen Hundred Down the Murranji.
Lunney, Bob.
ISBN: 1863331417
Crawford House Adelaide 1998 
  Paperback trade, very good condition, crease fore-edge front cover, light crease cover near spine, pages lightly toned, minor edgewear. 200 pp. This is a well-told tale of a true-life adventure full of drama, conflict, danger, humour and pathos. He begins his story in 1956, when he was 17 years old, and joined a droving team on one of the last epic long-distance cattle drives in Australia, when road-trains were beginning to make such treks obsolete. The story is drawn from notes scribbled in an old exercise book during the trip. 
Price: $15.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 28297  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Food for Thought: Towards a Future for Farming.
Herman, Patrick; Kuper, Richard.
ISBN: 0745320775
Pluto Press London 2003 
  Paperback small, very good condition, boxes, minimal edgewear. 156 pp. The French radical farmers union Confederation Paysanne, with its leader Jose Bove, has led the world in demonstrating a socially progressive future for farming. Originally published in French, this book has been expanded and adapted for an English-speaking audience. Rejects the increasing intensification and industrialisation of agriculture. Argues for local food production by small, independent farmers - both for the sake of food quality, and to support the kind of societies we deserve. 
Price: $10.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 23572  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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From Beneath the Volcano: The Story of a Salvadoran Campesino and His Family.
Gorkin, Michael; Pineda, Martha Evelyn.
ISBN: 9780816529636
University of Arizona Press Tucson, AZ 2011 
  Paperback octavo, very good condition, map, corner tips little scuffed, scuff marks spine edges, minor edgewear corners. 201 pp. This is the story of one family in rural El Salvador. The conflict experienced in the 1980s, in guerrilla camps, refugee camps and war zones, is told through experiences of the family. The authors have written a fascinating story which is helpful in understanding the lives of the rural families in Central America The family and friends of Louis Campos, appear in the book with a pseudonym. 
Price: $25.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 29821  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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GM Crops: The Impact and the Potential.
Thomson, Jennifer A.
ISBN: 0643091602
CSIRO Publishing Melbourne, Collingwood 2006 
  Paperback octavo, very good condition, figures, tables, minimal edgewear. 158 pp. Examines the issues and concerns surrounding the development of genetically modified (GM) crops and their impacts on the environment. 
Price: $10.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 24502  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Going to the Show? Images and Memories of Sydney's Royal Easter Show.
Cooke, Anne; Birkl, Joanne (with).
ISBN: 0949753602
Historic Houses Trust of NSW / Royal Agricultural Society (NSW) Sydney 1996 
  Paperback wide octavo (with flaps), very good condition, colour & black & white text-photos. 80 pp. The Royal Easter Show has attracted millions of visitors since its inception in 1823, and held at Sydney Showgrounds Moore Park (until the recent move to Homebush). Covers posters & advertising, historical development, entertainment in the arena, the sideshows, the country comes to town, the woodchop, the district exhibits, arts & crafts exhibitions, industrial & commercial exhibitions, and the past & the future. 
Price: $20.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 3688  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Hobby Farming: The First Steps.
Humphries, Allan (editor).
ISBN: 0642973830
Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) Sydney 1983 
  Paperback wide trade, very good condition, fore-edge front cover & few pages little creased, minor edgewear. 103 pp. Based on the ABC Radio series. There are a lot of good ideas for anyone interested in hobby farming. 
Price: $10.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 25154  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Integrated Pest Management.
Dent, David (editor).
ISBN: 0412573709
Chapman & Hall London 1995 
  Hardback octavo, no jacket as issued, pictorial cover, very good plus condition, figures, tables, base spine end little creased. 356 pp. A practical guide to the principles and practice of developing an integrated pest management (IPM) program. The term 'pest' in this book is used in its broadest sense and includes insects, pathogens, weeds, nematodes, etc. This will be a useful book for agricultural and plant scientists, entomologists, acarologists and nematologists and all those studying crop protection. 
Price: $50.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 26945  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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It's Not All Bull: Biography of Colin Pearse of Yarragadee, and Family Back to 1830.
Watson, Graham.
ISBN: 0646258893
William Colin Kennedy Pearse Perth 1995 
  Paperback thick trade, very good condition, black & white text-photos, map, few light creases covers & fore-edge, faint foxing edges, minor edgewear. 271 pp. This biography presents a graphic, entertaining, and enlightening account of the many enduring facets and challenges encountered throughout the life of this unique Australian agriculturalist. 
Price: $20.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 26601  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Keeping Chickens! Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and Other Small Spaces.
Kilarski, Barbara.
ISBN: 1580174914
Storey Publishing North Adams, MA 2003 
  Paperback wide octavo, very good condition, black & white text-photos & drawings, colour photos, minor edgewear. 150 pp. The author gives the detailed information that will assist you to keep chickens. There are simple instructions on feeding and caring for chickens, the breeds that are happy in small spaces, lists of the equipment that is needed, coop design, how to collect eggs, and how to keep chickens in the city and keep within the council guidelines, and most important how to keep chickens healthy and happy. 
Price: $20.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 30274  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Keeping Chickens: Getting the Best from Your Chickens.
Hobson, Jeremy; Lewis, Celia.
ISBN: 9780715336250
David & Charles Blue Ash, OH 2012 
  Paperback small square quarto, very good condition, colour photos (few full-page), tiny scuff spine ends, small crush top edge rear cover, minor edgewear corners & spine ends. 174 pp. This book discusses the care of chickens. Covers egg-laying to ease of keeping for over 70 different breeds, setting up and maintaining a healthy hen house, keeping the chickens warm - and dry and safe from predators. There is practical advice on hygiene, disease and healthcare. Learn about broody birds and egg incubation, and rear a new generation of chicks to brighten any garden. 
Price: $18.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 29591  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Last Chance Mustang: The Story of One Horse, One Horseman, and One Final Shot at Redemption.
Bornstein, Mitchell.
ISBN: 9781250087478
St Martin's Press New York 2015 
  Paperback octavo, very good condition, colour photos centre spread, bottom corner rear cover creased, minor edgewear. 300 pp. The author has spent 20 years as a horse trainer, and thought that he had met every dangerous horse there is, until he met Samson who hated everyone and everything, and would let everyone know it. After years of abuse at the hands of sadistic owners he had learned that all humans mean pain and fear. Over one year, Mitch and Samson learnt respect for each other, and Mitch experienced firsthand the true mettle and greatness of the wild American mustang (from the Nevada wilds). This is a story of hope, redemption, commitment, friendship, and love, told with great compassion. 
Price: $18.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 29066  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Making Their Own Way: The Dunbabins on Maria Island 1869 - 1876.
Dunbabin, Tom.
ISBN: 9780646542317
Bangor Publications Dunalley, TAS 2010 
  Paperback wide octavo (with flaps), very good plus condition, black & white & sepia (brown-tinted) & colour text-photos. 144 pp. The story of two brothers establishing a farm on remote Maria Island, a former penal settlement, off Tasmania's east coast. The author has long been fascinated by his ancestors and their island home. A local history based mostly on surviving letters that reveal their triumphs and tragedies, loves and losses, in early colonial Tasmania. 
Price: $50.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 14897  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Managing Small Herds of Beef Cattle [Information Series].
Pollard, David; Cavaye, Jim.
ISBN: 0724239251
Department of Primary Industries Queensland Brisbane 1996 
  Paperback trade, card covers, very good plus condition, black & white photos & drawings, tables, figures, corrective bookplate, printed on recycled paper. 113 pp. This book provides practical and easy-to-follow advice about all aspects of small-scale beef production, property planning, selecting a production system, cattle breeds, cattle management, animal health, selling to a market, calculating profits. The book emphasises the need to manage properties in a responsible and sustainable way. It discusses property development and advises on improvements such as roads, fences and yards. Small-scale cattle producers, students, agribusiness people and agricultural advisers will find it useful. 
Price: $10.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 22171  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Merinos, Mallee Roots and Making Tracks.
Russell, Rob.
ISBN: 9780646474014
R. T. R. Russell Ballarat, VIC 2007 
  Paperback wide trade, as new condition, black & white text-photos. 179 pp. Rob's third book again takes us on his classing run, and relates the humour of the Australian sheepyards, woolsheds, country pubs and homesteads. 
Price: $15.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 14889  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Natural Gain in the Grazing Lands of Southern Australia.
Smith, David E.
ISBN: 0868405639
University of New South Wales Press (UNSW Press) Sydney 2000 
  Paperback octavo, very good condition, tables, pages lightly toned. 225 pp. In the 20th century, some remarkable changes occurred to the grazing lands of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. The author observed these changes, and was an active participant as researcher, teacher and farmer. He documents these changes, and in the process challenges many current assumptions about ecological change on the continent over the last 200 years, especially with regard to land degradation. 
Price: $10.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 23507  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Peter Waite 1834 - 1922: The Story of His Life and Times.
Hogg, Gladys.
ISBN: 0959054057
Waite Agricultural Research Institute / University of Adelaide Foundation Adelaide 1991 
  Paperback trade, card covers, very good plus condition, black & white text-photos, creasing last page base near spine. 55 pp. The story of the South Australian pioneer pastoralist and public benefactor. 
Price: $10.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 22248  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Pig Keeping on a Small Scale.
McFarlane, Annette; McFarlane, Grant.
ISBN: 0864177909
Kangaroo Press Sydney, Kenthurst 1996 
  Paperback wide octavo, very good condition, colour photos centre spread, tables, old price marks. 72 pp. Two pig breeders from Samsonvale, Queensland, detail their own experiences, and the trial and error process that they hope this book will eliminate. They have successfully exported the rare Tamworth pig breed back to England. 
Price: $15.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 13384  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Practical Prickle Farming: Hard-won Advice to Small Area Farmers.
Hayes, Mike; Hayes, Janet.
ISBN: 0642527199
ABC Enterprises Sydney 1986 
  Paperback wide octavo, very good condition, black & white cartoons & text-photos, minor edgewear corners, minimal faint foxing edges, old price marks. 192 pp. Practical advice to small-area farmers. Based on their seven years of experience of running what was once the worst little farm in Australia, as previously reported on the Prickle Farm stories on ABC radio and TV. Not for the hobby farmer or alternative lifestylers. It's aimed at the ordinary bloke and his missus, who'd love to have a place in the country to get a bit of fresh air, give the kids a bit os space, and maybe raise a few chooks. The comical drawings are a delight. SALE PRICE. 
Price: $10.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 25124  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Reminiscences of a Fun'gi: The Story of a Community that Mushroomed [Fungi].
Miller, John.
ISBN: 0646434306
John Miller / Hawkesbury City Council Windsor, NSW 2004 
  Paperback large quarto, very good condition, card covers, black & white text-photos, slight creasing spine, bottom corner front cover creased, few marks bottom corners last few pages, minor edgewear. 257 pp. About the old and new migrant Australian men, women and their children who created a new farming industry with their bare hands in the Hawkesbury Valley and Hills District of New South Wales. Ernest Roy Sanders was the "Pioneer Founder of the Mushroom Industry" when in 1936 he established the first mushroom farm in the area at Oakville. On 26th January, 2004, Hawkesbury City Council, posthumously awarded Roy Sanders, who died in 1986, the Australia Day Commemorative Plaque for establishing an economically and environmentally sustainable agricultural crop to the benefit of the district. Describes the history, development and importance of the mushroom industry in the Hawkesbury from his perspective as a farmer in the Hawkesbury since 1955. This book will be of interest to anyone wanting to understand the future of agriculture in northwestern Sydney. 
Price: $80.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 29319  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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Rural Safety Manual: Published Papers Presented at the 1978 Royal Easter Show.
Institute of Australia, Safety.
Safety Institute of Australia [Sydney] 1978 
  Hardback small octavo, very good condition, green cloth cover, old price marks, compliments slip affixed. 164 pp. Includes papers on child and home safety, machinery accidents, insecticide poisoning, bushfires, animal-derived diseases, and explosions in the grain industry. 
Price: $10.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 12147  Bookseller: Bookhome Australian Internet Bookshop
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