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About the Author

Carol Ekarius has been a fulltime livestock farmer for nearly a decade, in addition to writing for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She has been involved with the sustainable agriculture movement for many years, including membership on the board of directors of the Sustainable Farming show more Association of Minnesota and the board of the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. Ekarius and her husband, Ken Woodard, now live and farm in Colorado. show less

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Works by Carol Ekarius


agriculture (11) animal husbandry (7) animals (32) barns (6) breeds (12) building (7) business (4) cattle (5) chickens (15) crafts (19) farm (11) farming (47) fiber (62) fiber arts (21) fibers (12) fleece (28) geese (4) goats (13) handspinning (7) Historic trades (4) homesteading (33) initial catalogue (5) knitting (29) library (6) livestock (27) non-fiction (46) pigs (4) poultry (11) reference (39) self-sufficiency (7) sheep (71) sheep breeds (11) spinning (110) sustainability (6) textiles (12) to-read (18) turkeys (4) weaving (13) wool (40) yarn (12)

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20th century



This is the book my husband used to build our awesome 3-room chicken coop with a little improvising...and I mean awesome!!! We never had any other animals on this 10 acres to have to build anything other kind of animal housing. But, I will not get rid of this book just encase one day something comes along. There's plenty of housing plans for animals on a small scale for smaller acreages.
MissysBookshelf | Aug 27, 2023 |
This book was given to me as a gift and I loved reading it! It is filled with beautiful photos of different species of wool-producing species, as well as their fleeces / fibers in raw, cleaned, spun, and knitted states. I am allergic to sheep's wool but I enjoyed reading about the different breeds of sheep so much that I almost ordered samples of several different fleeces just to see if perhaps my body would allow me to work with them. (I may still do that one day.) I loved that the camelids, goats, rabbits and other fiber animals were also included.

The stories of the different sheep breeds and other animals were fascinating and I especially loved reading about the at-risk and scarce species.

This seems to be a well-researched labor of love that must have taken so much time to compile. I'd recommend it for anyone interested in the fiber arts.
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erindarlyn | 8 other reviews | Jan 21, 2023 |
I was disappointed in this book. The info was not complete. In most cases it lacked information about how many and what color eggs you could expect from each breed. Whether the birds were flighty or docile etc. My biggest gripe was that most of the illustrations of chickens were of the bantam version of the bird. For someone totally uninterested in bantams, I wanted to see what the large original bird looked like. And they do in most cases look different. Bantams generally have a different body stance and look about them. I want to see the big egg laying version.… (more)
Luziadovalongo | 2 other reviews | Jul 14, 2022 |



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