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Jim Mitchell and his wife Marie live in the Pacific Northwest on a family farm they share with their children and grandchildren. They raise livestock, maintain a large garden, and participate in their local agricultural community.
A specialist in rural property development, Jim enjoys assisting families find, develop, and maintain their rural properties. With a masters degree in civil engineering and more than 35 years of experience in commercial and residential development, Jim has overseen projects ranging from single-family residences to multi-million-dollar resorts.
Jim, Marie, and their daughter Bethany blog at The Homesteader School (http://HomesteaderSchool.com). Their focus is sharing practical how-to's for urban, suburban, and rural homesteaders. Jim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
on May 12, 2013 :
My first purchase from Smashwords, and a very good choice. I was considering a donkey for my "mini-farm", but now I'm convinced that a pair of Maremmas would be best. The comparisons were very helpful. A little more information on small predators like weasels and rats, as well as airborn predators like hawks and eagles would have been helpful. Those are all much bigger problems for me than large predators.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 23, 2013 :
Having just moved to our rural property, I was delighted to discover this informative read. While we do not yet have livestock, we do have plans to raise chickens and goats and have contemplated what we will need to do to protect them. This book gave us the info we were looking for. I knew a bit about donkeys and llamas, but very little about the differences between just a farm dog (which we had originally planned to get) and a livestock guardian dog (which falls into an entirely different category altogether). This saved us from ending up with the wrong animal, and pointed us in the right direction towards something that will really meet our needs. An easy read, I highly recommend.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)