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March 1, 2013 - Kimberly Gomes from San Francisco Chronicle

Here are a few resources we like for small-scale farming and gardening:

—Backyard Beehive Starter Kit: This set of tools and clothing for managing and harvesting a hive of honeybees includes a helmet, gloves, hive tool, bee brush, smoker and feeder. (Williams-Sonoma, $179.95;

—Cider and Wine Press: Squeeze juice from most types of your favorite fruits with this 16-quart enameled cast-iron and hardwood press to enjoy fresh or fermented. (Williams-Sonoma, $299.95;

—Chicken Waterer: This double-walled 2-gallon waterer in galvanized steel uses gravity to provide fresh water to your flock. (Peaceful Valley Farm Supply, $24.99;

—Worm Factory 360: On its stackable plastic trays, red worms compost your kitchen scraps and household waste into nutrient-rich organic fertilizer. (Worms sold separately.) (Peaceful Valley Farm Supply, $109;

—“How to Grow More Vegetables (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops)” by John Jeavons, forward by Alice Waters: The director of Ecology Action in Willits (Mendocino County), Jeavons shares his expertise in biointensive growing, an eight-step method that doubles a gardener’s yield within small plots. (Ten Speed Press, $20.75)

—“The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem,” by Christopher Shein: A Berkeley permaculture landscaper and instructor, Shein offers plenty of color photos, diagrams and plans for turning a backyard garden into an edible ecosystem. (Timber Press, $24.95)

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