The Good Living Guide to Keeping Sheep and Other Fiber Animals

A comprehensive and inspiring guide small-scale fiber farming and wool crafting.

Fiber crafts—such as knitting, weaving, and crocheting—continue to surge in popularity, with sites like Ravelry (a social media community for the wool obsessed) gaining more than six million members. Artists are seeking quality raw materials in greater numbers. The cottage industry of supplying not only raw fleece, but handcrafted yarns, is strong.

If you are considering a fiber flock, this would be a great addition to your library! Covers a wide variety of topics from purchasing your sheep all the way to marketing your wool.  — Sandra Morris, Mitten State Sheep & Wool

Janet Garman has a small fiber flock (including Pygora fiber goats) and shares her expertise, as well as interviews, tips, and advice from fiber farmers and craftspeople across the country. In these pages, readers will learn the basics of properly raising sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, and rabbits, with tips on selecting animals, feeding, housing, breeding, and healthcare. From there, instructions are provided for shearing, sorting, skirting, washing, picking, carding, combing, and spinning the wool. Enthusiasts will also find recipes and instructions for natural, plant-based dyes and advice for selling your finished yarn.

This comprehensive guide to raising a backyard flock of fiber animals guides the fiber artist to true self-reliance. It covers everything the artist-shepherd needs to raise her own medium including growing the fiber animals, preparing the fiber, natural dyeing, basic fiber arts techniques, and marketing the finished products. This can-do guide points the way to successful fiber farming.  — Christine Dalziel, author of The Beeswax Workshop

The proper care of fiber animals leads to a superior yarn product. Lapses in good care can show up in the fleece. As the demand for quality yarn and fiber grows, more people are becoming concerned with the animals’ treatment and care. Give your animals a good home and a happy life and enjoy superior fleece and yarn products for your own homestead or to sell.

As a long-time fiber enthusiast, I am so pleased with The Good Living Guide to Keeping Sheep and Other Fiber Animals! For a textile nerd, there’s just nothing finer than raising your own fleeces, and this book can easily empower you to begin with just a few, well-chosen animals. There is a lot of inspiration and experience in these pages, along with plenty of tips and tricks to make fiber animals a reality for any homesteader. Just think of running your hands through the fibers you grew on your own land!  — Tessa Zundel, author of The Do It Yourself Homestead

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50 Do it Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens

50 Do it Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens will help you give your flock the best life ever!

I am so happy to announce that 50 Do it Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens, my latest book, is now available. With a forward written by Joel Salatin and a Preface by Pam Freeman, editor of Backyard Poultry Magazine, the book helps you with not only projects but simple chicken keeping tips and tactics. Instead of just offering you blueprints, directions and step by step instruction, my book offers you the “why” behind the project. The reasons and science behind giving your chickens supplements, nestboxes, dropping boards, and brooder pens. The reason to increase protein during molting. The thoughts behind natural herbal care and so much more. 

50 Do it Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens will help you create a beautiful, functional, habitat for your chickens and non of the projects will cost you much in terms of dollars and cents. 

Chicken Coops, Brooders, Runs, Swings, Dust Baths, and More!

Get ready to jump into the world of chickens, one DIY project at a time. Owning and raising chickens doesn?t have to be an expensive hobby. With imagination, simple tools, and salvaged or bargain materials, you can make everything your flock needs for their health and safety.

Buying a chicken coop can be a major expense. Follow the steps provided in the book to retrofit an existing structure into a chicken palace fit for the fanciest hens. Brooders, grow out pens, and chicken runs can easily be pulled together and give your feathered family a safe place to scratch and peck.

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50 Do it yourself projects for keeping chickens

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Read MORE about the book ….. 50 Do it Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens

If your chickens want fun activities, create boredom busters with the directions for a chicken swing, dust bath, outdoor roosts, front porches, and resting perches. Are you planning to raise your own sustainable flock? Building a nesting box area fit for the best broody is included. You can even set up a maternity ward and brooder pen in the coop. Dropping boards to dust baths, feeding stations to first aid, read and learn the simplest ways to provide the infrastructure and fun that your chickens need to grow and thrive. After all the project building, and chores are done, treat your flock to a delicious seasonal recipe with one of the recipes included.

From beak to talon, you?re ready to tackle the needs of your flock with 50 DIY Projects you can create on a limited budget. Let?s get started!




Margarita and the Beautiful Gifts Books

In Margarita and the Beautiful Gifts, a kind farmer gives two ducks, Margarita and Jimmy, a place on her farm. Margarita plans to thank the farmer in the only way she can do. But then the gifts go missing! What follows is a romp around the farmyard, and a search party, as the ducks try to keep a secret from the farmer, who is the only one who can help solve the mystery.

Written for ages 1 to 8, all ages will enjoy the story of how Margarita and the Beautiful Gifts came from two unwanted ducklings moving to a farm.  Duck facts scattered through out the book add interest to the story and will appeal to the inquisitive minds of little ones. 

Age level 1 – 8 years old
Pages 36
Size 8.5″ x 8.5″

Available in hardcover, softcover, and in gift sets.

The Gift Set edition for Margarita and the Beautiful Gifts includes softcover edition of the book, an adorable sturdy tote bag for books or lunch, and a plush duckling to cuddle.  

Illustrated through out with adorable full color drawings of the farm animals.

The story is based on a real life scenario that plays out on our farm each spring. I took Margarita and Jimmy in when they needed a new home. They quickly became my favorite farm couple. Watching them grow and form a bond, as ducks will do, was a privilege. They watch out for each other. And each spring, Margarita plays out the same ritual of collecting eggs and building a nest. I love the farm life we lead and was happy to write and share Margarita and the Beautiful Gifts,story with young readers, and families. 

Get your copy today!  All books ordered through this website will be signed by the author and the illustrator. 

 

Please note**  I can only calculate shipping charges for sales shipped within the United States.  For shipping to other countries please email garmanjanet@gmail.com and I will get a shipping estimate for you before you pay. 




Margarita and the Beautiful Gifts – Gift Sets

In Margarita and the Beautiful Gifts, a kind farmer gives two ducks, Margarita and Jimmy, a place on her farm. Margarita plans to thank the farmer in the only way she can do. But then the gifts go missing! What follows is a romp around the farmyard, and a search party, as the ducks try to keep a secret from the farmer, who is the only one who can help solve the mystery.

Written for ages 1 to 8, all ages will enjoy the story of how Margarita and the Beautiful Gifts came from two unwanted ducklings moving to a farm.  Duck facts scattered through out the book add interest to the story and will appeal to the inquisitive minds of little ones. 

Age level 1 – 8 years old
Pages 36
Size 8.5″ x 8.5″

Available in hardcover, softcover, and in gift sets.

The Gift Set edition for Margarita and the Beautiful Gifts includes softcover edition of the book, an adorable sturdy tote bag for books or lunch, and a plush duckling to cuddle. For just the book without the tote and plush duckling, click here.

Illustrated through out with adorable full color drawings of the farm animals.

The story is based on a real life scenario that plays out on our farm each spring. I took Margarita and Jimmy in when they needed a new home. They quickly became my favorite farm couple. Watching them grow and form a bond, as ducks will do, was a privilege. They watch out for each other. And each spring, Margarita plays out the same ritual of collecting eggs and building a nest. I love the farm life we lead and was happy to write and share Margarita and the Beautiful Gifts,story with young readers, and families. 

Get your copy today!  All books ordered through this website will be signed by the author and the illustrator. 

 

Please note**  I can only calculate shipping charges for sales shipped within the United States.  For shipping to other countries please email garmanjanet@gmail.com and I will get a shipping estimate for you before you pay. 




Habitat Housing for Rabbits

housing for rabbitsUsing habitat housing for rabbits,will change the way you look at rabbit hutches. Our tried and proven system will give your rabbits more freedom to act the way they would in a natural setting. Leaving in natural elements such as tree limbs and stumps, grasses, and some earth to dig into, allows rabbits to live as they would in the wild.

Learn how to prepare the ground to prevent the rabbits from digging out and escaping from the habitat. 

Twelve page booklet and mini plans for building a rabbit habitat in your backyard or farm.

Habitat Housing for Rabbits results in – 

  • Happier, healthier pets, or livestock rabbits
  • Easier cleanup
  • Use all the litter and manure for great compost
  • Plenty of  fresh air and sunshine while in a safe environment

Read my e-book and learn how you can build a natural, safe, predator resistant environment for your homestead rabbits.

Building plans included with plenty of photographs showing the progress.  Materials list and steps for constructing the rabbit pods and attached pens.  

Immediate download after payment!

habitat housing for rabbits




Chickens From Scratch

Chickens from Scratch celebration

By: Janet Garman

Raising Chickens the old fashioned way will be enjoyable and rewarding once you learn the basics.  Soft cover version only $12 on this website!

In Chickens from Scratch you will learn how and where to purchase your chicks, how to house, feed and care for them and ultimately enjoy the delicious fresh eggs the chickens will provide for your family. This is the sale page for the Softcover copy of Chickens From Scratch. 

For the digital e-book version click here >