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Word of Mouth

Jump-starting Your Backyard Garden

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Rising costs and concerns about safety have many people re-evaluating what they eat and where it comes from. A huge portion of Americans consume fatty, sugary and cheap industrial food. Some Americans have started their own crops in community and backyard gardens, and many others would like to start gardening, but don’t know where to begin.  Brett Markhamis an engineer and third generation farmer in New Ipswich, New Hampshire. Two years ago, he published Minifarming: Self-sufficiency on ¼ Acre, a guide for practiced and aspiring gardeners. With no media push or fanfare, the book is still wait-listed on Amazon, and sells like crazy. A new edition, which incorporates reader responses and questions, came out in May, and he’s here to talk us through some suggestions for getting started on a back…or front-yard…garden.