The Independent Farmstead

“The Independent Farmstead” by Shawn and Beth Dougherty is an inspiring journey from barren land to a thriving, self-sufficient farm.

Once deemed “not suitable for agriculture” by Ohio, their farm now produces 90% of their food, thanks to intensive pasture management and holistic grazing techniques.

Transforming Land and Life

  • The Doughertys’ story redefines farming success on land once considered worthless.
  • They share how to revive poor land and develop its natural resources.

A Guide to Grass-Based Farming

  • Detailed advice on selecting ruminants to regenerate the farmstead.
  • Tips on electric fencing, watering systems, and pasture management.

Beyond Farming: A Full Food Cycle

  • From butchering to cheese making, learn to process your farm’s bounty.
  • Strategies for integrating grass, gardens, and livestock to reduce external inputs.

A Conversation Starter for the Self-Sufficient

  • Aimed at new farmers, homesteaders, and anyone aspiring towards self-sufficiency.
  • Described as the start of a conversation on switching to grass-based systems.

“The Independent Farmstead” isn’t just a manual; it’s an invitation to embrace a sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyle, filled with insights and strategies for anyone eager to learn about pasture-based farming.


Author: Beth Dougherty; Shawn Dougherty

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 9781603586221

Pages: 336

Country: UK  

Language: English  

Dimension: 8 x 10 inch